Bylaws of National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, Inc.

Article 2
Categories of Membership

Section 2.1. Categories of Membership.
There are four (4) categories of membership in the Federation:
(a) Diocesan membership category refers to Latin rite dioceses and/or archdioceses and Eastern rite eparchies;
(b) Constitutive membership category refers to those organizations, the engagement and presence of which, is an essential part of the mission and function of the Federation and has had an historic and longstanding relationship with the Federation since its inception;
(c) Organizational membership category refers to organizations that are youth-oriented, educational, formational, resource focused, publishing, or are religious orders or ministerial organizations that share in the mission, activity and interests of the Federation; and
(d) Associate membership category refers to individuals who share in the mission, activity, and interests of the Federation.

All categories of membership shall enjoy the privilege of receiving the annual written accountability report from the board and executive director.

Section.2.2. Diocesan Members.
Any United States Catholic diocese and/or eparchy may apply for diocesan membership in the Federation.

Section 2.3. Privileges and Responsibilities of Diocesan Members and Designated Representatives.
Each diocese and eparchy that is a member may identify up to five (5) designated representatives ("representatives"). Each diocese and eparchy shall have one (1) vote on all matters before the membership. The vote of each diocese and eparchy is determined through consensus among the five (5) representatives of the diocese/eparchy. By virtue of membership, representatives shall have the following privileges and responsibilities:
(a) The possibility to serve as a member of the board representing one of the fourteen (14) geographic episcopal regions ("region");
(b) To address the membership while in general session at the annual membership meeting on all matters before the membership;
(c) To be eligible to serve as members of and leaders for committees, project teams, ministry networks, and other bodies of the membership; and
(d) To receive Federation mailings and discounts.

Section 2.4. Diocesan Membership Dues.
(a) The annual membership dues for each diocese and eparchy shall be based on Catholic population in the diocese or eparchy as listed in the current Official Catholic Directory, multiplied by a rate established by the board from time to time.
(b) Annual membership dues shall be computed on the basis of the Federation’s fiscal year (July-June).

Section 2.5. Constitutive Members.
As above, a constitutive member is an organization, the engagement and presence of which, is an essential part of the mission and function of the Federation and has had an historic and longstanding relationship with the Federation since its inception. The National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire ("NCCGSCF") shall be a constitutive member.

Section 2.6. Privileges and Responsibilities of a Constitutive Member.
Each constitutive member may identify one (1) designated constitutive representative ("representative") from each region who shall have one (1) vote on all matters before the membership. By virtue of membership, representatives shall have the following privileges and responsibilities:
(a) To discern, one (1) member of the board based on an agreed upon regional process;
(b) To participate through its representatives in the annual membership meeting and to address the membership while in general session at the annual membership meeting on all matters before the membership;
(c) To serve as members of and leaders for committees, project teams, or other work groups of the membership; and
(d) To receive Federation mailings and discounts.

Section 2.7. Constitutive Membership Dues.
Constitutive members shall not be required to pay any membership dues.

Section 2.8. Organizational Members.
Organizational members are any youth-oriented group or organization, educational/formational organization, resource/publishing organization, religious order, or ministerial organization that shares in the mission, vision and values of the Federation and wish to be engaged in the mission and work of the Federation. The board shall establish from time to time criteria and a process whereby such groups and organizations are nominated and affirmed for organizational membership.

Section 2.9. Privileges and Responsibilities of Organizational Members.
Each organization that is a member shall have one (1) vote on all matters before the membership for which an organizational member is entitled to vote. Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizational members shall have one (1) vote on all matters before the membership including governance and non-governance (ministerial) issues. For-profit organizational members shall have (1) one vote on all non-governance related issues before the membership such as membership papers. For-profit organizational members do not vote on governance related issues such as election of directors or officers, amendments to articles of incorporation or bylaws, or vision, mission and values statements. By virtue of their membership, each organization that is a member shall have the following privileges and responsibilities:
(a) To identify one (1) designated representative ("representative");
(b) To participate on, and serve as members of and leaders for the project teams, ministry networks and other activities including the annual membership meeting;
(c) To participate in the annual membership meeting and to address the membership while in general session at the annual membership meeting on all matters before the membership; and
(d) To receive Federation mailings and discounts.

Section 2.10. Organizational Membership Dues.
(a) The membership dues for each organization shall be based on criteria defined by the board from time to time; and
(b) Annual membership dues shall be computed on the basis of the Federation’s fiscal year (July-June).

Section 2.11. Associate Members.
Associate members may include those individuals in various ministerial roles relevant to young Catholics who wish to be engaged in the work of carrying out the mission, vision and values of the Federation. Such individuals may apply for associate membership. The board shall establish from time to time a criteria and a process whereby such persons apply for and are approved for associate membership.

Section 2.12. Privileges and Responsibilities of Associate Members.
There shall be one (1) vote per region on any matter before the membership for which an associate member may vote, with criteria for voting identified by the region. For the purposes of selecting from time to time the one (1) representative of the associate membership category to serve on the board, each region may identify one (1) designated associate member representative ("representative") who shall meet with the other thirteen (13) representatives to discern the board member. By virtue of their membership, associate members shall have the following privileges and responsibilities:
(a) To participate on, and serve as members of and leaders for the project teams, ministry networks and other activities;
(b) To participate in the annual membership meeting and to address the membership while in general session at the annual membership meeting on all matters before the membership; and
(c) To receive Federation mailings and discounts.

Section 2.13. Associate Membership Dues.
(a) The membership dues for the associate category are based on criteria defined by the board from time to time; and
(b) Annual membership dues shall be computed on the basis of the Federation’s fiscal year (July-June).

Section 2.14. Challenges to and Appeals for Membership.
In addition to the process established from time to time by the board for new members, the board shall also establish from time to time a process whereby the membership of any organization or individual may be challenged and/or reviewed and whereby those applying for membership who are denied may reapply.
(a) In addition, any group or organization that is denied membership in the Federation may appeal such a decision to the membership at the annual membership meeting one (1) time only; and
(b) The membership of any diocese or of a constitutive member cannot be challenged.

Section 2.15. Resignation or Removal.
A member may resign at any time by giving written notice to the board. A member may be removed from participating in the work of the Federation based on a process developed from time to time by the board. In event of resignation or removal there shall be no refunding of dues.

Section 2.16. Vacancies.
Any vacancies that may occur in any representative by reason of death, resignation, or otherwise may be filled by appointment by a regional process for the remainder of the unexpired term.