DCR CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
FDCR CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS
WE, THE FILIPINO CATHOLICS IN THE DIOCESE OF RENO, AWARE OF OUR CHRISTIAN RIGHTS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES, UNITE IN ORDER TO ENHANCE INVOLVEMENT OF FILIPINO CATHOLICS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE PARISHES IN THE DIOCESE, TOWARDS CONTINUOUS LAY FORMATION.
ARTICLE I. NAME
The organization shall be known as the Filipino Diocesan Council of Reno, otherwise known as FDCR.
ARTICLE II. OBJECTIVES
The objectives of the council are:
A. To serve as the Pastoral Council of the Filipino Catholic Ministry and to assist the Local Ordinary or his representative (Spiritual Advisor) in ministering to the specific needs of the Filipino Catholic Community.
B. To celebrate annually together with all the Filipino Catholics, their Pastors, and our Local Ordinary the feasts of Santo Niño, San Lorenzo Ruiz, San Pedro Calungsod and Simbang Gabi.
C. To plan diocesan activities which will enhance mutually beneficial relationships among Filipino Catholics and families, building on appropriate Filipino tradition and culture in the American context.
D. To promote priestly and religious vocations.
E. To support the implementation of the Diocesan Plan which focuses on the promotion of Lay Leadership, Youth and Young Adults, and Social Justice.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1. Official membership in the council is open to Filipino Catholics, at least eighteen years old, residing in the Diocese of Reno, willing and able to serve in the Council.
A. Definition of Filipino. Anyone who recognizes and admits to be of Filipino heritage.
SECTION 2. Actual membership shall be limited to no more than five (5) representatives from each parish within the Diocese but only two (2) representatives will have voting rights.
SECTION 3. Though it is not necessary that a member of the Council be a member of the parish group or organization, it is preferable that s/he belong to such an organization or at the very least, be endorsed in written form by the Pastor or Parochial Vicar.
ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS
SECTION 1. The officers of the Council shall be a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Diocesan Liaison and the Spiritual Advisor.
SECTION 2. In the event of death or incapacity of the Chairman to perform the duties of his/her office, the Vice Chairman shall become Chairman. Any other vacancies shall be filled temporarily by the Chairman for the unexpired term until the next election.
SECTION 3. The Chairman shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Council. S/he shall preside at all meetings, create committees, exercise administrative supervision over all elective officers, appoint representatives to any function or undertaking, represent the Council in its external relations with other organizations.
SECTION 4. The Vice Chairman shall perform such other duties as may be assigned to him/her by the Chairman.
SECTION 5. The Secretary shall prepare and keep an official record of the proceedings of all meetings, attend to all correspondence, file all letters or memoranda to or from the Council, send notices of all meetings to all members, keep an updated membership roster and attendance records.
SECTION 6. The Treasurer shall receive and disburse all monies of the Council, establish and maintain accurate and updated records of receipts and disbursements, deposit or withdraw all monies in a reputable banking institution, and thus keep and maintain savings and/or checking accounts for the purpose. The Treasurer shall also issue letters of demand or collection to insure payment of monies owed by other parties to the Council.
SECTION 7. The Diocesan Liaison is an Officer of the Council by virtue of his/her appointment by the Bishop as Episcopal Vicar for the Filipino Ministry. He/she shall act as a liaison between the Chancery and the Council, and advise the Council on Church and Diocesan matters. In the event of permanent disability or incapacity or death, the Council may recommend to the Bishop his/her replacement.
SECTION 8. The Spiritual Advisor is an Officer of the Council by virtue of his/her appointment by the Bishop as Religious Director. He/she shall assist in maintaining guidance and purpose for the Council.
SECTION 9. An Officer shall forfeit his or her office after three (3) consecutive unexcused absences and after due process to be determined by the Council and its Advisor.
SECTION 10. In the event of a vacancy by forfeiture, the Chairman shall appoint a successor who shall serve the unexpired term until the next election without prejudice to the provisions of the above mentioned.
ARTICLE V. TERMS OF OFFICE
SECTION 1. The term of office of the officers shall commence upon taking their oath on the Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz. All officers shall hold office for a term of two years. With the exception of the Chairman, who shall hold office for a maximum of two consecutive terms, all officers may be re-elected for as long as they are willing and able.
SECTION 2. The term of office of all officers shall terminate upon the induction of the newly elected officers.
ARTICLE VI. VOTING RIGHTS
SECTION 1. The right to vote in the Council meetings is limited to all officers and two designated representatives from each member parish. However, discussions are open to all present.
SECTION 2. Voting shall be “Viva Voce” unless the members present decide otherwise.
SECTION 3. Voting on minor issues as determined by the Council is deemed approved by a simple majority of all present in the meeting.
SECTION 4. Voting on a major issue as determined by the Council is deemed approved by the simple majority of the voting members as described in SECTION 1 and 2 of this Article VI.
ARTICLE VII. FUNDS
SECTION 1. No funds shall be disbursed without approval by the Council.
SECTION 2. Disbursement of funds by checks shall be signed and countersigned by any two of the following signatories: Chairman, Treasurer and Diocesan Liaison.
SECTION 3. The Chairman may authorize disbursement of funds which shall not exceed the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00)
ARTICLE VIII. MEETINGS
SECTION 1. Regular Meeting: There shall be a regular meeting of the Council every second (2nd) Monday of the month at 6:00 pm at the place designated by the Chairman.
SECTION 2. Special Meeting: A special meeting may be called by the Chairman and day and time to discuss special matters.
ARTICLE IX. AMENDMENT
SECTION 1. The Constitution and Bylaws may be amended by a vote of two thirds of the members present in a meeting called for the purpose. Notice of such amendment or repeal shall be furnished to the members of the Council before the meeting.
ARTICLE X. RATIFICATION
SECTION 1. This is to certify that this Constitution and Bylaws is adopted by two thirds vote of all members present in a quorum during the special membership meeting held on July 15, 2013.