Bylaws of ISACA Nur-Sultan Chapter

ISACA Nur-Sultan Chapter Bylaws updated 22 January 2020.

Article I.   Name

The name of this non-union, non-profit organization shall be ISACA Nur-Sultan Chapter, hereinafter referred to as “Chapter”, a Chapter affiliated with the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), hereinafter referred to as the “Association”.  Although the Chapter is affiliated with the Association and is subject to the Chapter Affiliation Agreement and other directives of the ISACA Board of Directors, the Chapter is a legally independent entity from the Association as well as any other association, enterprise, or entity, and is responsible for its own legal and administrative affairs, including compliance will all applicable laws and regulations.


Article II.   Purpose

Chapter’s Purpose

The primary purpose of the Chapter is to promote the education of individuals for the improvement and development of their capabilities relating to the auditing of, management consulting in, or direct management of the fields of IT governance, IS audit, cybersecurity, control and assurance.

The objectives of the Chapter are:

  • To promote the education of, and help expand the knowledge and skills of its members in the interrelated fields of IT governance, IS audit, cybersecurity, control and assurance;
  • To encourage an open exchange of IT governance, IS audit, cybersecurity, control, and assurance techniques, approaches, and problem solving by its members;
  • To promote adequate communication to keep members abreast of current events in IT governance, IS audit, cybersecurity, control and assurance that can be of benefit to them and their employers;
  • To communicate to management, auditors, universities, and to IS professionals the importance of establishing controls necessary to ensure proper IT governance and the effective organization and utilization of IT resources; and
  • To promote the Association’s professional certifications and IT governance.


Article III.   Membership and Dues

Section 1.   Classifications and Qualifications

Membership in the Association is a requirement for membership in a Chapter. 

 Member — Any member of the Association interested in the purpose and objectives of the Chapter as stated in Article II shall be eligible for membership in the Chapter, and the Association, subject to rules established by the Association Board. Members shall be entitled to vote and to hold office at the Chapter level.

  1. Retired Member — Any member of the Association, who presents proof of retirement status, subject to rules established by the Association Board. Retired members shall be entitled to vote and hold office at the Chapter level.
  2. Student Member — Full time student currently enrolled in a degree program of an accredited college or university, subject to rules established by the Association Board. Student members shall be entitled to vote and hold office at the Chapter level.
  3. Recent Graduate—Individuals who graduated within the last two years from a recognized college or university, subject to rules established by the Association Board. Recent Graduate members shall be entitled to vote and hold office at the Chapter level.



Section 2.   Admission

  1. Potential members shall:
    1. Meet the requirements of membership as outlined in Article III, Section 1.
    2. Complete an Association membership application form.
    3. Pay required Chapter and Association dues to the Association.
    4. Follow the Code of Professional Ethics of the Association.
  2. Membership in the Chapter shall be conferred upon an individual when the Association has accepted the membership application and received the required Association dues, fees, and assessments for that individual, and the Association or individual designates the Chapter.


Section 3.   Dues

  1. Chapter dues shall be payable on or before 1 January of each year, in an amount determined by the Chapter Board, plus Association dues. Dues and fees must be paid in full to the Association. A member shall forfeit membership in the Chapter and Association, if dues, fees or assessments have not been paid to the Association in compliance with terms as set by the Association Board of Directors and to the Chapter as required.
  2. Any additional Chapter dues or assessments that is paid directly to the Chapter must be pre-approved by the Association Board.
  3. Resignation — any member who resigns shall not be entitled to a refund of his/her annual Association or Chapter dues.


Section 4. Termination and Suspension

  1. Only the Association has the authority to terminate Association and Chapter membership of an individual.
  2. Termination of membership in the Association, for whatever reason, shall automatically terminate membership in the Chapter.
  3. A person whose membership in the Association has been suspended shall not be deemed a member of the Chapter during the period of suspension.


Article IV.   Chapter Meetings

Section 1. Regular Meetings

Regular meetings of the Chapter membership shall be held quarterly, unless otherwise ordered by the Chapter Board and shall be for the purpose of conducting the regular business of the chapter including for the educational sessions.


Section 2. Annual General Meeting            

The annual general meeting shall be held in January and shall be for the purpose of electing officers, receiving reports of officers and committees, and for any other business that may arise.


Section 3. Special Meetings           

Special meetings may be called by the President, Vice-President, the Chapter Board or upon written request by 15 of the members. The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the call.


Section 4. Mail or Electronic Voting           

If required electronic means may be used for the purposes of membership voting on resolutions approved by the Chapter Board, and such correspondence will be considered a special meeting for the purposes of these Bylaws.


Section 5. Quorum for Chapter Meetings  

The quorum for any regular meeting, annual general meeting or special meeting shall be 10 members. In absence of quorum, the meeting will be adjourned, and reconvened two weeks later. The new date and time will be communicated to members.


Section 6. Act of the Membership

The affirmative vote of the majority of the members at any chapter meeting shall constitute an act of the membership.


Section 7. Notification     

Members shall be notified 30 days in advance of the annual general meeting. Members shall be notified at least 10 days in advance of any regular meetings and special meetings. Notification may be by postal mail, by email or by telephone.


Article V.   Chapter Officers

Section 1.   Chapter Officers

The Officers of the Chapter shall be 10 in number, constituting:

President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past President, the Marketing and Communications Director, the Membership Director, the Certification Director, the Education Director, and the Director at Large.


Section 2.   Term of Chapter Officers

  1. The Chapter Officers, except the immediate Past President, shall be elected for a term of two year(s), or until their successors are elected and assume office, or until they resign or are removed from office. The term of office shall begin at the close of the annual meeting at which they are elected.
  2. No member shall hold more than two Chapter office(s) at a time, and no member shall be eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms in the same Chapter office.


Section 3.   Duties of Chapter Officers

The Chapter Officers shall perform the duties prescribed by these bylaws, and the parliamentary authority adopted by the Chapter.

A. The Chapter President shall:

  • Preside at meetings of the Chapter and the Chapter Board,
  • Appoint all committee chairpersons and members,
  • Represent the Chapter at Leadership Conferences, and other conferences and functions, where appropriate or appoint another Chapter Board member as a representative,
  • Present an annual report to members at the annual general meeting - such report to consist of reports from various Chapter officers and committees,
  • Maintain communications with the Association and respond to Association enquiries,
  • Be responsible for submission of the required annual chapter reports to the Association within 30 days after the annual general meeting,
  • Supervise budgetary matters and proper internal control of finances, and
  • Perform other duties as pertain to the office of President, or which may be delegated by the Chapter Board.

B. The Chapter Vice President shall:

  • Preside at meetings of the Chapter and the Chapter Board, in the absence of the President,
  • Perform the duties of the President in the event of his/her absence, disability, or in case requested by President in a written form for certain period of time, and
  • Perform other duties as pertain to this office.

 C. The Chapter Secretary shall:

  • Take minutes of the meetings of the Chapter Board, membership meetings, and annual general meeting, and maintain a copy of the records,
  • Maintain accurate attendance records,
  • Be responsible for the legal affairs, Chapter records and correspondence pertaining to the Chapter,
  • Assist the President in the administration of Chapter membership meetings, and
  • Perform other duties as pertain to this office.

 D. The Chapter Treasurer shall:

  • Be custodian of Chapter funds,
  • Receive and disburse such funds of the Chapter as shall be required in the conduct of its affairs and the carrying on of its activities or as directed by the Chapter Board,
  • Remit dues to the Association as required,
  • Submit a written report at each meeting,
  • In concert with the President, authorize expenditures from, or transfers of funds from/to, the Chapter US dollar credit account held at the Association,
  • Submit annual financial statements for presentation to the membership at the annual general meeting,
  • Submit books and records for audit when required,
  • File any and all tax forms required, and
  • Perform other duties as pertain to this office.

E. The Immediate Past President of the Chapter shall:

  • Provide advice and guidance to the new President and Chapter Board, and
  • Perform other duties as pertain to this office.

F. The Marketing and Communications Director shall:

  • Conduct general marketing and publicity of the Chapter, ISACA’s certifications, COBIT, CSX, the Association, and any other new initiative, 
  • Coordinate initiatives involving partnerships and alliances,
  • Acquire any required marketing materials from ISACA International as authorized by the Chapter Board,
  • Exercise general policy control and direction of any mail-out kits, publications, editorial or advertising which the Chapter may issue, authorize or sponsor under the direction of the Chapter Board, and
  • Maintain electronic lists of members and guests,
  • Forward information on events and other pertinent information to e-mail lists,
  • Identify and use other means of disseminating information about events and the chapter, where appropriate, and
  • Perform other duties as pertain to this office.

 G. The Membership Director shall:

  • Encourage ISACA and Chapter membership
  • Maintain accurate lists of membership,
  • Disseminate membership lists as directed by Chapter Board, with due regard to security and privacy issues,
  • Report on membership data from the Association,
  • Coordinate plans for maintaining and Increasing Chapter membership, and
  • Perform other duties as pertain to this office.

H. The Certification Director shall:

  • Maintain resource material related to ISACA’s certifications,
  • Promote ISACA’s accreditations,
  • Maintain exam participation rate to sustain the local area as an exam writing site,
  • Report to Chapter Board on exam results,
  • Act as a liaison between exam participants and the Association, and
  • Perform other duties as pertain to this office.

I. The Education Director shall:

  • Plan and organize ISACA certifications exam preparation sessions such as review courses,
  • Provide liaison with academic institutions (universities, colleges etc.)
  • Establish opportunities to brief appropriate classes of academic institutions on ISACA, CSX, ISACA certifications, and IT governance,
  • Provide liaison with Association re: IT governance issues and approaches to dissemination,
  • Assist in the inclusion of IT governance presentations in the chapter education sessions,
  • Coordinate with outside bodies on awareness, presentations and conferences related to IT governance,
  • Stay current with the offerings of the Association as related to COBIT and other IT-governance resources
  • Arrange training sessions on COBIT
  • Assist in expanding awareness and use of COBIT, and
  • Perform other duties as pertain to this office. 

J. The Director at Large shall:

  • Contribute to the work of the Chapter Board on a wide variety of topics and projects, as directed by the President and Chapter Board.


Section 4.   Chapter Officer Vacancies

  1. If a vacancy should occur in the office of President, the vacancy shall be filled by the Vice-President.
  2. If a vacancy should occur in any other office, except that of Immediate Past President, the vacancy shall be filled by the Chapter Board.
  3. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Immediate Past President, the vacancy shall remain vacant until filled by routine succession.
  4. If a Chapter officer’s membership in the Association shall for any reason terminate, that individual’s position as Chapter officer shall automatically become vacant.



Article VI.   Nominations and Elections

Section 1.   Chapter Nominations

  1. Nominations shall be open, and will be declared open by the President at the regular meeting in the month of September. Nominations will then be accepted from the floor from any member of the Chapter.
  2. Each candidate shall have consented to serve and shall have completed a Willingness to Serve agreement and Conflict of Interest form.


Section 2.   Chapter Elections

  1. Officers shall be elected by ballot.
  2. Electronic voting is permitted, as specified and approved by Chapter Board.
  3. In the event there is only one candidate for any office, voting on that office may be by voice.


Article VII.   Chapter Board


Section 1.   Composition of the Chapter Board

The Chapter Board shall consist of the officers listed in Article V, Section 1.


Section 2.   Duties

The Chapter Board shall:

  1. Supervise the affairs and conduct the business of the Chapter between business meetings
  2. Make recommendations to the membership
  3. Meet at least quarterly at a time and place determined by the Chapter Board
  4. Meet in regular meetings and special meetings as determined by these bylaws and the Chapter Board
  5. Perform the duties prescribed in these bylaws and the parliamentary authority adopted by the Chapter


Section 3.   Financial Authority

The Chapter Board shall have the authority to:

  1. Approve the annual budget
  2. Expend funds allotted in the approved budget


Section 4.   Fiscal Year & Annual Financial Statements

  1. The fiscal year of the Chapter shall run from January 1 to December 31 unless otherwise established by the Chapter Board.
  2. The Chapter Board shall ensure that annual financial statements are prepared, audited or verified by individual(s) other than the Chapter Board, and approved by the Chapter Board, presented to members at the annual general meeting, and submitted as part of the Chapter Annual Report to the Association.


Section 5.  Insurance

The Chapter Board shall

use commercially reasonable efforts to carry at all times adequate insurance coverage to insure the risk associated with the Chapter’s activities, and shall hold the Association harmless from any lawsuits, damages, other expenses or liabilities, arising out of the activities of the Chapter.


Section 6.  Quorum

A majority of the Chapter Board shall constitute a quorum for any Chapter Board meeting.


Article VIII.   Chapter Committees  

Section 1.   Program Committee   


There shall be a Program Committee with the objective of developing and implementing the Chapter training and development events for the year.


Section 2.   Special Committees    


Other committees may be created as necessary by the Chapter Board.



Article IX. Indemnification

The Chapter shall indemnify any and all of its directors or officers or former directors or officers or any person who may have served at its request or by its election as a director or officer of another corporation, against expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in connection with the defense or settlement of any action, suit or proceeding in which they, or any of them, are made parties, or a party, by reason of being or having been directors or a director or officer of the corporation or of such other corporation, except in relation to matters as to which any such director or officer or former director or officer or person shall be adjudged in such action, suit or proceeding to be liable for willful misconduct in performance of duty and to such matters as shall be settled by agreement predicated on existence of such liability. 


The indemnification provided hereby shall not be deemed exclusive of any other rights to which anyone seeking indemnification may be entitled under any bylaw, agreement, vote of members, or disinterested directors or otherwise, both as to action in his or her official capacity and as to action in another capacity while holding such office.


Article X.   Dissolution

If dissolution of the Chapter becomes inevitable, these bylaws must be rescinded by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the chapter membership after ten (10) days notice has been mailed to each member. In the event of dissolution, the Chapter shall notify the Chief Executive Officer of the Association, in writing, indicating the reason(s) for dissolution and shall return the Chapter charter and any other Chapter or Association documents to International Headquarters. All net assets shall be distributed to other selected ISACA chapters, or to a welfare, education, or civic project designated by the Chapter membership, pursuant to legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the approval of the Association’s International Chair and Chief Executive Officer.


Article XI.   Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in the current edition of Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised, shall govern the chapter in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules the chapter may adopt.


Article XII.   Amendment of Chapter Bylaws

The Chapter Board shall approve all suggested bylaw changes and forward them to the Association, with changes indicated. The Association must give written approval to all bylaw changes prior to them being submitted for a vote by chapter membership.


Chapter bylaw amendments will be approved, at any chapter meeting, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote, provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing at the previous meeting, or has been mailed or e-mailed to the entire Chapter membership at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting at which it will be considered. The  Chapter Relations Team of the Association will be advised that the Bylaw amendments have been approved, and will be sent a copy of the approved version of the Bylaws.


The Chapter Board shall conduct a periodic, ideally annual, comparison of the Chapter practices to the Bylaws. The Chapter must ensure the compliance of the Bylaws with the Association's Bylaws and any applicable country or state requirements.