Indigenous Theological Training Institute
The Indigenous Theological Training Institute (ITTI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1996 that provides resources, advocacy and support to people of Native American heritage who seek religious leadership education and spiritual formation through ordained orders, lay leadership roles, or their respective community-based ministerial and leadership positions.
The Indigenous Theological Training Institute of America, Inc.
The name of this non-profit corporation shall be: The Indigenous Theological Training Institute of America, Inc. (herein after, referred to as ITTI). It shall operate as a theological training, non-profit education corporation, governed by the rules set forth herein.
The purpose of ITTI is to promote theological training to individuals in order to accomplish leadership in the church, and to provide strategic support for the training needs of the indigenous communities of the Americas.
III. FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year of the Corporation will begin on January 01 and end on December 31 of each year.
The Corporation will be governed by a board of directors, which will consist of at least nine (9), but no more than fifteen (15) members.
A majority of the members of ITTI shall constitute a quorum at an ITTI meeting. A quorum must be present for the transaction of any official business.
VI. OFFICIAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The members of the board of directors will be elected for a three-year term. To achieve staggered terms, members will be elected to different terms of service. A Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer will be elected from the members triennially. No officers may be elected to more than three (3) consecutive terms to the same office. In the event that a board seat is vacated, the board may appoint a replacement for the remainder of the vacated term.
VII. DUTIES OF BOARD MEMBERS
Members will attend board meetings, participate in fundraising, make policy, consider and approve on-going and proposed projects. In addition, members will appear and speak on behalf of ITTI when so authorized by the board. The Chair or his/her assigned delegate shall monitor and supervise the activities of the Executive Director.
Members unable to attend board meetings will notify the chairperson and/or Executive Director two weeks in advance of meeting. Two consecutive absences from regular board meetings may result in replacement. Proxy votes are disallowed, and any representative sent by a board member will have voice but no vote.
The board may, by two thirds (2/3) vote of the quorum, expel or remove any board member for neglect of duty, or gross misconduct. Such charges shall be in writing and formally served upon the accused not less than thirty (30) days or more than forty-five (45) days before the hearing called for such reason. The accused board member shall be given a full and fair opportunity to reply to any and all such charges against him/her, and also the opportunity to summon witnesses in his/her behalf.
VIII. GLOBAL ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
The board through its Nominating Committee may designate individuals know to be supportive of alternative approaches to theological education to sit on a Global Advisory Board to assist with policy, program, and development. Efforts shall be made to convene the Global Advisory Board at least once each triennium.
IX. DUTIES OF OFFICERS
The Chairperson shall preside and conduct all meetings of ITTI in an orderly manner. In the scope of his/her authority he/she shall appoint membership to all standing and ad hoc committees at his/her discretion. He/She will work in conjunction with the other elected board members of ITTI to prepare all agendas and authorize expenditures as provided in annual and special budgets approved by ITTI. The Chairperson shall have the same voting rights as any other board member of ITTI. The Chairperson shall be ex-officio member of all committees without vote. The Chairperson acts as an official spokesperson for ITTI on matters and duties specifically authorized by the board of directors.
The Vice-Chairperson shall perform all duties and assume all responsibilities of the Chairperson in his/her absence.
The Secretary will be responsible:
The Treasurer will be responsible:
X. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
ITTI shall employ an Executive Director who shall be responsible for the day-to-day activities of ITTI. The Executive Director shall be directly responsible to the chairperson of ITTI and the board members thereof. He/she shall be delegated any authority as may be deemed necessary to carry on the duties and responsibilities in accordance with ITTI policies. A position description for the Executive Director shall be approved by the board of directors.
XI. NOTES PAYABLE/LOANS
The Chairperson and Executive Director shall be authorized to sign on behalf of the Corporation, and furthermore carry the responsibility for the execution and delivery of all promissory notes, upon approval of the board of directors.
XIII. MEETING DATES
Regular meetings of the board of directors of ITTI shall be held at least two (2) times each year. Meeting dates shall be determined by members of the board present at the meeting, when the dates are set. Location shall be determined by the Executive Director and the chairperson. Special meetings of the board of directors of ITTI may be called by the chairperson or in his/her absence two-thirds (2/3) of the board.
Written or printed notice stating time, place, and the purpose of special meeting shall be delivered by email where possible, not less than ten (10), nor more than thirty (30) days before the date thereof to each member of the board.
The By-laws of ITTI, as officially adopted, shall be amended only in accordance with the following procedures:
XV. CONDUCT OF MEETINGS
ITTI shall conduct its meetings in any manner so designated by the members, and in the absence of such designation, Roberts Rules of Order shall be used.
The powers of the board of directors of ITTI are:
ITTI shall exercise such other powers as may be required to accomplish the objectives set forth in Article II of this document, and as may be exercised in accordance with the Articles of Incorporation.
CERTIFICATION OF ADOPTION
THE FOREGOING REVISED CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS WAS DULY ADOPTED ON THE 23RD DAY OF JULY 2010 AT A MEETING HELD IN PRIOR LAKE, MINNESOTA IN THE MDEWAKANTON SIOUX COMMUNITY BY A VOTE OF SEVEN FOR, NONE AGAINST, AND NONE ABSTAINING, OF THE ITTI BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT.
THIS SUPERCEDES ALL PREVIOUS DOCUMENTS.