At the three District business meetings in April 2013, delegates voted on a proposal to dissolve the current Prairie Star, Central Midwest and Heartland Districts and re-form as MidAmerica Region. The three District Boards worked tirelessly to get the draft MidAmerica bylaws out for public review and comment. Thank you for the comments you sent. The final is now ready for you to view (below). As you review the bylaws, please keep in mind that details will be in Board policies created by the MidAmerica Regional Board of Trustees.
-- Kathy Burek, Bill Sasso, Amy Taylor, District Presidents; and the Regionalization Bylaws Committee.
MidAmerica Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association
The name of this organization is the MidAmerica Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association (hereinafter referred to as the “Region”).
Section 1. Purpose. The Region shall work to support, enrich, and extend Unitarian Universalism in the defined geographic area. The Region shall work in collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Section 2. Geographic Area. The general geographic areas comprising the Region are that of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, most of Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, western Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Section 3. Cooperative Relationships. The Region affirms the independence and autonomy of local churches, fellowships, societies and congregations (hereinafter all called “congregations”), as well as the strength and vitality that comes from their active collaboration and cooperation with each other, with the Region, with the Unitarian Universalist Association (hereinafter called “the UUA”) and with other groups. The Region affirms its cooperative relationship with the UUA.
Section 4. Inclusivity. Systems of power, privilege, and oppression have traditionally created barriers for persons and groups with particular identities, ages, abilities, and histories. We pledge to do all we can to replace such barriers with ever-widening circles of solidarity and mutual respect. We strive to be an association of congregations that truly welcome all persons and commit to structuring congregational and associational life in ways that empower and enhance everyone’s participation.
Membership and Representation
Section 1. Member Congregations. All congregations recognized as active member
congregations of the UUA according to the provisions of the UUA Bylaws, and assigned to the
Region by the UUA Board of Trustees, shall be member congregations of the Region.
Section 2. Good Standing. A congregation is in good standing if it has made a financial contribution to the Region in the preceding fiscal year of the Region.
Section 3. Delegates of Member Congregations.
Section 4. Church of the Larger Fellowship. The Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) shall be allocated one (1) delegate for every fifty (50) CLF members or fraction thereof residing in the MidAmerica Region as identified by CLF on or before the February 1st preceding the Regional Assembly. CLF members in attendance at any MidAmerica Region Business Meeting may select CLF delegates amongst those CLF members in attendance and be certified as delegates by a MA staff person and MA Board officer in attendance at the meeting location.
Section 5. Tie-breaking. The presiding Regional officer will only cast a vote to break a tie in a floor vote at business meetings.
Section 1. Annual Meeting. The Annual Business Meeting of the MidAmerica Region (“Annual Meeting”) shall be held at a time and place to be determined by the Board of Trustees (hereinafter called the “Regional Board”) and may be held in conjunction with the Regional Assembly.
Section 2. Special Meetings.
Section 3. Notice of Meetings.
Section 4. Quorum. A Quorum for Business Meetings shall be defined as consisting of delegates representing at least twenty-five (25) congregations located in at least five (5) states.
Section 5. Business Submitted by Congregational Action. Member congregations wishing to have business considered by the Annual Meeting shall do so following a process to be determined by the Board and communicated to the member congregations.
Section 6. Chair of the Meeting. The President of the Region or that person’s appointee will chair Annual or Special meetings.
Section 7. Accreditation and Certification of Delegates. The Regional Board shall make rules for the accreditation and certification of delegates.
Board of Trustees
Section 1. Officers. The officers of the Region shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The officers shall be elected as provided in these Bylaws, and shall serve until completion of their terms and until their successors shall have been duly elected or appointed.
Section 2. Enumeration of the Regional Board.
Section 3. Qualifications and Limitations for Election. Each elected member of the Regional Board and each member of the Nominating Committee shall be a member in good standing of one of the member congregations of the Region or be a CLF member residing within MA geography. If someone is a member of both CLF and a MidAmerica congregation, for the purposes of this section their membership will be deemed to be in the congregation physically
located in MidAmerica. The Board of Trustees and the Nominating Committees, together, shall not have more than two (2) members from the same congregation serving at the same time. No person shall simultaneously hold more than one elected position.
Section 4. Term of Office. The term of the members of the Regional Board shall begin on the July 1st subsequent to their election, or immediately upon appointment in the case of a vacancy.
Section 5. Vacancies. Vacancies on the Regional Board may be filled by action of the Regional Board until the next Annual Meeting at which time the vacancy shall be filled by election for the balance of the unexpired term of the previous incumbent in accordance with these Bylaws. Individuals appointed or elected to serve for less than one-half (1/2) of an unexpired term will be eligible to be elected for two (2) additional consecutive terms.
Section 6. Removal from Office. Any individual trustee may be removed from office for failure to fulfill the duties of the office, or otherwise for cause, by the action of a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Regional Board, provided that the trustee has received notice of the proposed removal and is given an opportunity to address the Board, either at the meeting or in writing.
Duties of Officers
Section 1. The President shall:
Section 2. The Vice-President shall:
Section 3. The Secretary shall:
Section 4. The Treasurershall:
Section 5. Powers and Responsibilities.
Section 6. Regional Board Meetings. Meetings of the Regional Board shall be held at least quarterly. Notices shall be sent to Regional Board members at least ten (10) days prior to the time of the meeting. Five (5) trustees shall constitute a quorum of the Regional Board. The reasonable expenses of trustees incurred in traveling to and from business meetings shall be paid by the Region if requested Special meetings of the Regional Board may be called by the
President and must be called upon request of three (3) trustees of the Regional Board. In emergency situations, Special Meetings of the Regional Board may be called with or without the required ten (10) days’ notice.
Section 7. Regional Board Report to the Annual Meeting. A report of the actions of the Regional Board shall be submitted by the Board President to the Annual Meeting of the Region.
Section 8. Minutes of Regional Business Meetings. The minutes of each Business Meeting of the Region will be approved by the Regional Board within three (3) months of the Business Meeting during a regular Board meeting.
Section 9. Board Committees. The Regional Board may establish and appoint Board Committees for such terms and with such powers and duties as the Regional Board shall deem necessary or desirable to carry out its duties. Board Committees are responsible to the Regional Board, which shall appoint the chairs of such committees.
Section 1. A Nominating Committee shall consist of seven (7) persons. The committee shall elect its own chair no later than August 31st of each year.
Section 2. Nominations by Congregational Action. A member of a congregation in good standing with the Region may be nominated for any position to be elected by formal endorsement of the governing bodies of at least ten (10) congregations within the Region. Nominations by congregational action must be received by the Secretary no fewer than thirty-five (35) days in advance of the Annual Meeting at which the election is to be held.
Section 1. Headquarters. The Board will determine the headquarters of this organization.
Section 2. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of this organization shall commence on July 1st and end on June 30th of the following calendar year.
Section 3. Budget. The Annual Budget, as approved by the Board, will be presented at each Annual Meeting. This budget shall include sufficient resources to permit the effective operation of the programs and services of the Region to its member congregations.
Section 4. Parliamentary Procedure. When not inconsistent with law or these Bylaws, the parliamentary rule and usages set forth in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order (Newly Revised) shall govern all MidAmerica Region Business Meetings and meetings of the Board.
Section 5. Member Congregation Dissolution. All property, or net sale proceeds therefrom, received by the Region from a dissolved or inactive congregation shall be held separately and allocated as if in trust for a period of five (5) years. During this time, the principal and the net income received from investment of the funds or rental or lease of the real estate of said congregation shall be used only for aiding a successor or new congregation in the same geographical area, as may be determined by the Board. After five (5) years all remaining funds, income, or property may, by action of the Board, revert to the Region.
Section 6. Initial Terms. For the first year of MidAmerica Region, the election of Trustees and Nominating Committee members shall be by the combined total of votes cast at the 2013 Annual Meetings of the Central Midwest, Heartland and Prairie Star Districts. Such elections shall include provisions to stagger the terms of the trustees and Nominating Committee members to allow for the smooth transition to the MidAmerica Region. This Section shall become moot as of the First Annual Meeting of the MidAmerica Region, and will then automatically self-delete from these Bylaws.
Section 7. Reports. All reports and notices required by Bylaws may be published electronically.
Special Relationships to Other Organizations
Section 1. Camp UniStar Foundation (CUF). The MidAmerica Region is the sole corporate member of the Camp UniStar Foundation. The membership rights of the MidAmerica Region are described in the CUF bylaws. Three of the seven voting members of the CUF Board are appointed by the MidAmerica Region Board. Such appointments shall follow the guidelines expressed in the Article titled “Nominations” of these bylaws. These Directors shall meet with
the MidAmerica Regional Board upon request and provide a written report for distribution at the Annual Business Meeting of the Region. MidAmerica Directors shall serve a term of three (3) years. Appointments shall be so arranged that approximately one-third of the total number of MidAmerica CUF Directors are elected each year. The MidAmerica Board will appoint the first three MidAmerica Directors of the CUF Board to staggered terms no later than September 1, 2013.
Section 2. Midwestern Unitarian Universalist Conference. The Region shall be represented on the Board of the Midwestern Unitarian Universalist Conference (hereinafter referred to as “MUUC”) by persons elected in such numbers for terms as set out in the MUUC bylaws and MUUC governing documents. These Directors should meet with the Regional Board upon request and provide a written report for distribution at the Annual Meeting of the Region.
Dissolution of the Region
Section 1. Dissolution of the Region may be authorized by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the delegates present at an Annual Meeting. A motion to dissolve the Region can only be placed on the agenda by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Trustees. The full text of any such motion must be included in the notice of the meeting as specified in-“Business Meetings, Notice of Meetings”
Section 2. Transfer of Assets. Upon dissolution of the Region, all assets thereof shall be transferred to any successor district or region. If there is no successor district or region, then all assets thereof shall be transferred to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) or its successor.
Amendments to These Bylaws
These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the delegates present at any MidAmerica Business Meeting, provided that the substance of the proposed change shall have been included in the notice of the meeting as specified in “Business Meetings, Notice of Meetings.”
Motion to create MidAmerica Region with these bylaws was approved by:
- Prairie Star District Annual Meeting 4-6-2013
- Heartland District Annual Meeting 4-13-2013
- Central MidWest District Annual Meeting 4-27-2013
Bylaws MidAmerica Region UUA
approved April 2013