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Bylaws of the
North Carolina Physical Therapy Association, Inc.
ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of this organization is the NORTH CAROLINA PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED, hereinafter referred to as the Chapter. This organization is a component of the American Physical Therapy Association, hereinafter referred to as the Association.
The territorial boundaries of the Chapter and its districts shall correspond with the territorial boundaries of the State of North Carolina.
ARTICLE II - OBJECT
The object of the Chapter shall be the object of the Association as stated in the Association Bylaws
ARTICLE III - FUNCTIONS
The functions of the Chapter shall be to:
A.Carry out the functions of the Association as set forth in the Association’s Bylaws and in policy statements made by the House of Delegates.
B.Cooperate with the Association in promoting the development and the improvement of physical therapy as a profession by fostering sound standards of professional ethics, service, education and research.
C.Cooperate with other health professional groups and agencies in order to meet the physical therapy needs of the people.
D.Promote interest in and understanding of physical therapy in the area served by the Chapter.
E.Promote and protect the professional status and the economic and general welfare of qualified persons lawfully engaged in the practice of physical therapy.
ARTICLE IV - MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Categories and Qualifications of Members
The Chapter membership categories and qualifications for Physical Therapist, Retired Physical Therapist, Life Physical Therapist, Student Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Retired Physical Therapist Assistant, Life Physical Therapist Assistant, and Student Physical Therapist Assistant shall be the same as those of the Association.
In addition, the Chapter shall maintain a single Corresponding Member category with rights and privileges as stated in the Association bylaws
Section 2. Rights
The rights and privileges of the Chapter's members shall be identical to those established in the Association's Bylaws.
Section 3. Obligations
A member, to be in good standing in the Chapter, must:
A.Comply with these Bylaws.
B.Comply with the ethical standards of the Association.
C.Continue to qualify for the type of membership that he holds.
D.Pay all dues.
Section 4. Disciplinary Action
Section 5. Reinstatement
Individuals are reinstated to Chapter membership in accordance with the Association’s Standing Rules. The Chapter may not charge a reinstatement fee.
ARTICLE V - DISTRICTS
Section 1. This Chapter shall be composed of seven (7) Districts, namely: Coastal, Sandhills, Capital, Piedmont, Triad, Mountain and Foothills.
Section 2. Purpose
The purpose of the Districts is to meet the physical therapy needs of society, to meet the needs and interests of its members, and to develop and improve the arts and sciences of physical therapy, including practice, education, and research.
Section 3. Territorial Jurisdiction of Districts
The following listing is for information only, and the Board has full authority to add, alter the boundaries of, or dissolve Districts.
A.The Coastal District shall include the following counties:
Carteret Onslow Pitt Hertford
Craven Pamlico Perquimans Bertie
Gates Greene Wayne Halifax
Pasquotank Dare Jones Martin
Currituck Lenoir Tyrell Hyde
Camden Chowan Washington Nash
Wilson Northampton Edgecombe Beaufort
B. The Sandhills District shall include the following counties:
Brunswick Pender Hoke Robeson
Sampson Columbus Bladen Moore
Scotland Cumberland Richmond Harnett
C. The Capital District shall include the following counties:
Warren Granville Person Wake
Franklin Vance Lee Orange
Chatham Johnston Durham
D. The Piedmont District shall include the following counties:
Cabarrus Stanley Anson Gaston
Union Montgomery Mecklenburg
E. The Mountain District shall include the following counties:
Yancey Clay Transylvania Mitchell
Swain Jackson Cherokee Graham
Buncombe Henderson Madison Haywood
F.The Triad District shall include the following counties:
Surry Stokes Caswell Yadkin
Forsyth Guilford Alamance Davie
Davidson Rowan Randolph
G. The Foothills District shall include the following counties:
Alexander Alleghany Ashe Avery
Burke Caldwell Catawba Cleveland
Iredell Lincoln McDowell Polk
Rutherford Watauga Wilkes
Section 4. Formation and Operation of Districts
A.To form a new District, a written application signed by five (5) or more Physical Therapists shall be sent to the Chapter Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall act on this application at the next Board meeting. If approved, the Chapter Board of Directors and the members who signed the application for the District shall determine the territorial boundaries of the District.
B.The Districts shall be governed by the Chapter Bylaws and policies established by the membership for the conduct of their business and activities.
C.Districts may submit matters of policy to the Chapter Board of Directors, which much act on these matters at the next Board of Directors meeting. If not approved, the affected District may appeal to the membership of the Chapter at the next meeting. The Board of Directors must then act as instructed by the Chapter membership.
Section 5. Membership
A member shall be assigned to the District whose territorial jurisdiction corresponds to his area of employment or the area in which he/she resides. In cases where an individual works in the territorial jurisdiction of more than one District, he shall select the District to which he/she will be assigned.
Section 6. Organization
A.The officers of a District shall be the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Chairman shall serve on the Chapter Board of Directors.
B.The District shall hold a minimum of two (2) meetings annually, excluding Chapter meetings.
C.A written report of the District activities shall be presented at the semi-annual business meetings of the Chapter and at other times on request of the Chapter’s Board of Directors.
Section 7. Finance
The Chapter Board of Directors determines the allocation of the Chapter dues in each District.
A.The Chapter shall allocate funds to each District.
B.Districts shall not establish dues.
C.Districts shall maintain complete and accurate financial records that shall be audited annually.
Section 8. Dissolution of Districts
A.A District that fails to comply with Chapter policy or these Bylaws may be abolished, provided it is given an opportunity to be heard in its own defense, following at least one month’s notice and with at least two-thirds (2/3) of the Chapter Board of Directors concurring. A District so disciplined shall have the right to appeal to the Chapter membership at its next meeting and the decision of the membership shall be final.
B.All records and property of a District belong to the Chapter and must be returned to it on the dissolution of the District.
C.Districts may voluntarily dissolve with the approval of the Chapter Board of Directors.
Section 9. Limitations
Districts are subject to the following limitations:
A.Bylaws and policies of the Association and the Chapter.
B.No District shall profess or imply that it speaks for or represents the Chapter or members other than those currently holding membership in the District unless authorized to do so in writing by the Chapter’s governing body.
Article VI – Special Interest Groups
Section 1. Purpose
The purpose of a Special Interest Group is to provide a means through which NCPTA members having a common interest in special areas of physical therapy may meet, confer and promote the interests of the respective Groups.
Section 2. Formation
A Special Interest Group of the NCPTA may be established in accordance with the rules specified by the NCPTA SOP and by approval of the NCPTA BOD.
Section 3. Structure
A.A Special Interest Group shall operate under bylaws that shall not be inconsistent with NCPTA or Association bylaws and that shall be approved by the NCPTA BOD.
B.A Special Interest Group may not establish dues without specific approval by the NCPTA BOD.
Section 4. Obligations
A Special Interest Group shall do the following:
A. Further the Object and Functions as set forth in the NCPTA Bylaws.
B. Conduct its affairs in accordance with its bylaws.
C. Maintain complete and accurate financial records that shall be audited annually.
D. Submit to the NCPTA BOD annual reports of its activities and other such reports as may be requested by the NCPTA BOD.
E. Limit attendance at SIG business meetings to SIG members and invited guests, as approved by the SIG officers.
F. Shall not profess or imply that it speaks for or represents the NCPTA or members, other than those currently holding membership in the SIG, unless authorized by the NCPTA BOD.
Section 5. Dissolution
A Special Interest Group of the NCPTA may be dissolved in accordance with the rules specified by the NCPTA SOP and by approval of the NCPTA BOD.
ARTICLE VII- MEETINGS
Section 1. Number
Section 2. Voting Body and Quorum
Section 3. Mail Vote
Section 4. Attendance at Chapter Business Meetings
Attendance at a Chapter Business meeting is limited to:
B.Invited guests approved by the Chapter Officers.
Section 5. Minutes
All meeting minutes shall be submitted to the Association within 45 days of the date of the meeting.
ARTICLE VIII - DELEGATES TO THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES OF THE ASSOCIATION
Section 1. Qualifications
No member may serve as a Chapter delegate in the House of Delegates of the Association unless he/she has been a member in good standing in any category of membership of the Association for the two years immediately preceding the meeting. A Chapter Delegate may not, in the same year, serve as a Section Delegate. The Chapter must be represented in the House of Delegates at least every third year.
Section 2. Term of Chief Delegate
The Chief Delegate shall be elected by the Chapter at the Fall Meeting and serve a three-year term, which shall begin immediately following election. If the Chief Delegate cannot serve, the Chapter President shall appoint an Acting Chief Delegate. The Chief Delegate shall be a Physical Therapist member.
Section 3. Election of Additional Delegates
A Chapter President shall serve as one of the Delegates to the House of Delegates of the Association. At the Fall Meeting, the Chapter shall elect from its members the additional number of delegates to which the Chapter is entitled and two (2) alternates. The term of the Delegates shall begin immediately following election. A Delegate shall serve a term of two (2) years. Alternate Delegates will be elected for one (1) year term. The Chapter shall notify the Association headquarters of the names of Delegates elected.
Section 4. Rights and Duties
A.The Chief Delegate:
1)Is responsible for the Chapter’s total voting delegation at the annual meeting of the House of Delegates of the Association.
2)Shall present a summary of pertinent business transacted by the House of Delegates of the Association to the Chapter at its annual meeting.
1)Shall attend the annual and special meetings of the House of Delegates of the Association.
2)Shall present to the House of Delegates of the Association such matters as are ordered by the voting body of the Chapter.
3)Shall vote at the meeting of the House of Delegates of the Association in accordance with instructions and/or policies of the Chapter.
Section 5. Notification
The Chapter shall notify Association Headquarters of the name of the Chapter Delegate(s), as required by the Association and the Standing Rules of the House of Delegates.
Article IX. REPRESENTATIVE TO THE Physical Therapist Assistant Caucus (PTA Caucus)
Section 1: Qualifications
A.The qualifications of the representative shall be as stated in the APTA Board policies and procedures. The chapter shall notify Association headquarters of the name of the Representative, as required by the Association.
Section 2: Election and Term
A.At the fall Chapter meeting, the Physical Therapist Assistant, Retired Physical Therapist Assistant and Life Physical Therapist Assistant members of the Chapter shall elect the Representative to which the Chapter is entitled. An alternate Representative may also be elected. Representatives shall be elected to a term of two years.
B.In the event the Representative and the alternate are unable to attend the annual session, the Chapter President and PTA Committee shall appoint a replacement.
Section 3: Duties of Representative
A.To attend the annual and special meetings of the PTA Caucus.
B.To present to the PTA Caucus such matters as are ordered by the voting body of the Chapter.
C.To vote at meetings of the PTA Caucus in accordance with instructions and/or policies of the Chapter.
ARTICLE X- BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. Composition
Section 2. Duties
Section 3. Conduct of Business
ARTICLE XI - OFFICERS, DIRECTORS AND DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE
Section 1. Titles, Election and Term
1) The Officers of the Chapter shall be President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
2) Directors shall be those members elected by their respective Districts to serve as District Chairmen.
3) Directors-At-Large shall be those members elected from the Chapter membership-at-large.
1) Directors shall be elected at a District meeting immediately preceding the Fall Chapter Meeting.
2) Officers and Director-At-Large shall be elected at the Fall Chapter Meeting. They shall assume office at the close of the Chapter meeting at which they are elected.
1)The Officers, Directors, and Directors-At-Large shall serve three-year terms, or until the election and installation of their successors.
2)No member shall serve neither more than three complete consecutive terms on the Chapter Board of Directors, nor more than two complete consecutive terms in the same elected office.
Section 2. Qualifications
Only such members of the Chapter who are Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Life Physical Therapist, Life Physical Therapist Assistant, Retired Physical Therapist or Retired Physical Therapist Assistant members of the Association and who have consented to serve if elected shall be eligible for election. Physical Therapist Assistant, Retired Physical Therapist Assistant and Life Physical Therapist Assistant members may only serve in the offices of District Treasurer, District Secretary, or Physical Therapist Assistant Director-at-Large.
Section 3. Duties
1) Serve as the official spokesman of the Chapter and assume leadership of Chapter activities.
2) Preside at all meetings of the Chapter, the Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee.
3) Act as an ex-officio member of all committees, with the exception of the Nominating and Chapter Ethics Committees.
4) Serve as a Delegate of the Chapter to the House of Delegates of the Association.
5) Call meetings of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, according to Chapter Bylaws.
6) Compile, with the assistance of the Executive Secretary, the annual report of the Chapter, to be sent to the Association.
1) Assume the duties of the President in his/her absence.
2) Assist the President in the discharge of his/her duties.
C. The Secretary shall:
1)Record in the minutes the business of all meetings of the Chapter, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, and read the previous minutes as requested submitting a copy to Association headquarters within forty-five (45) days.
2)Preserve all records, reports and documents of the Chapter except those specifically assigned to the custody of others.
D. The Treasurer shall:
1) Be responsible for all funds of the Chapter.
2) Be responsible for reporting in writing on the financial status of the Chapter to Chapter Business Meetings and the Chapter Board of Directors.
E. The Directors and Directors-at-Large shall:
1) Participate in planning and making decisions in determining Chapter policies and activities.
2) Serve on the Executive Committee if elected to it by the Chapter Board of Directors.
3) Serve the Chapter in capacities requested by the President.
Section 4. Vacancies
If, before the expiration of the term for which he/she is elected, the President dies, resigns, is removed, or becomes disqualified, the Vice-President shall succeed to the office vacated for the unexpired portion of the term. If the Vice-President is unable to succeed to the Presidency, the Chapter Board of Directors will select from its body a person to serve as President until a Chapter election can be held. Vacancies created by death, resignation, removal or disqualification of the other officers shall be filled by appointment by the Chapter Board of Directors for the unexpired portion of the term.
Section 5. Removal of an Officer from Office
A member of the Board of Directors shall be removed from office when it is determined that he/she is not in good standing. A member shall be considered not in good standing if he/she does not carry out the stated duties/responsibilities of his/her elected office. Determination of this failure will be made by a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE XII - COMMITTEES
Section 1. Standing Committees
The Standing Committees of the Chapter shall be:
A. Nominating Committee
B. Finance Committee
C. Chapter Ethics Committee
Section 2. Nominating Committee
1)The Nominating Committee shall prepare slates for (a) all elected officers and directors-at-large, (b) Nominating Committee, (c) Chief Delegate, (d) Physical Therapist Delegates, (e) the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Scholarship and Loan Fund, Inc., and (f) for all other needs of the Chapter.
2)The slate prepared by the Nominating Committee shall be sent to the Chapter membership no later than the call for the meeting at which the election shall take place. Any qualified member shall have the right to nominate from the floor any other qualified member for any office; only those consenting to serve if elected shall be nominated.
3)The Nominating Committee shall suggest to the Chapter candidates for Association offices, awards committee, and task forces.
1)Election shall be by ballot unless there is but one nominee, when a voice vote may be called.
2)A majority vote is necessary for election, when one office is to be filled. A plurality elects when more than one position is to be filled.
3)The president shall appoint a minimum of two (2) tellers.
4)The voting body shall consist of the Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Retired Physical Therapist, Retired Physical Therapist Assistant, Life Physical Therapist, and Life Physical Therapist Assistant members of the Chapter.
5)Results of the election will be forwarded to the Association within forty-five (45) days.
Section 3. Finance Committee
A.The Finance Committee, appointed by the Chapter Board of Directors, and subject to approval by Chapter membership, shall consist of four (4) members who have been members in good standing for at least five (5) years immediately preceding their appointment and are not concurrently serving in an elected capacity of the chapter.
B.Members shall serve four-year terms or until their successors are appointed. The term of a member shall expire each year.
C.The Chairman shall be elected by the Committee and shall serve until the successor assumes office.
D.Vacancies on this Committee shall be filled by appointment by the Chapter Board of Directors.
E.This Committee shall, in addition to the duties otherwise directed by the Board of Directors:
1)Audit the Chapter’s financial reports annually.
2)Review and advise on Chapter financial performance in comparison to budget.
3)Review and advise on Chapter investments.
4)Develop, in conjunction with the Treasurer, an annual budget for approval by the Board of Directors.
5)Review and advise on Chapter fiscal policy and procedures and other fiscal matters.
6)Review and advise on fiscal applications of proposed or adopted Chapter projects.
7)Provide long-term financial planning for the Chapter.
Section 4. Chapter Ethics Committee
Section 5. Special Committees/Task Forces
Special committees and task forces may be created and appointed by the Board of Directors except as otherwise provided by these Bylaws.
Section 6. Committee Chairman
The Chairman, unless otherwise provided in the Bylaws, shall be appointed by the Board of Directors. He/she shall be appointed to a term that shall coincide with the President’s term. The Chairman shall serve his/her designated term, or until a successor is appointed.
ARTICLE XIII - FINANCE
Section 1. Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the Chapter is from January 1 through December 31.
Section 2. Chapter Dues
A.Chapter dues shall be:
1.Physical Therapist $135.00
Physical Therapist – Post Professional Student No dues
2.Physical Therapist Assistant $90.00
3.Student Physical Therapist and Student Physical Therapist Assistant $10.00
4.Life Physical Therapist No Dues
5.Life Physical Therapist Assistant No Dues
6.Retired Physical Therapist $50.00
7.Retired Physical Therapist Assistant $35.00
8.Corresponding Member $55.00
B. Allocation to Districts
The Board of Directors of the Chapter determines the allocation of the Chapter dues to each District.
C.All dues shall be for a period specified in the Association Bylaws.
D.Student Physical Therapist and Student Physical Therapist Assistant member dues are for 12 months from the time of renewal or join date. As of the last day of the graduation month, a Student Physical Therapist or Student Physical Therapist Assistant member automatically converts to the Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant member category for the remainder of the 12 months of membership. Once the membership remainder expires, these new Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant members are eligible for one year of membership at 50% of the chapter dues rate for Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant member.
Section 3. Financial Statements
The Chapter shall submit its annual financial statements, tax returns, and audit reports to the Association when and as directed by APTA Headquarters.
ARTICLE XIV - AMENDMENTS
At any meeting of the Chapter which has been properly called, these Bylaws may be amended in whole or in part by affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the members present and voting, providing a copy of the proposed amendment(s) has been sent to each member of the Chapter at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting. The amended Bylaws must be submitted to the Board of Directors of the Association and approval must be received before they are in effect.
If the intent of an amendment is editorial or to bring the Chapter's bylaws into agreement with those of the Association, the amendment shall be made as required by the Chapter Board of Directors and shared with the Chapter Executive Committee. The Chapter Board of Directors shall notify the Chapter's membership that such amendments have been made.
Amended Bylaws must be consistent with the Articles of Incorporation of the Chapter. The Association Board of Directors must approve chapter Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation.
ARTICLE XV - DISSOLUTION OF CHAPTER
A.The Board of Directors of the Association may revoke the charter of this Chapter if the Chapter has failed to satisfy its obligations as set forth in these Bylaws or failed to observe the limitation upon its activities set forth.
B.The Chapter may be dissolved by a two-thirds vote of the membership.
Notice of the resolutions for dissolving the Chapter, and for disposing of the assets and properties to the Association, shall be sent to each member of the Chapter with the call for the meeting at which such action will be voted upon.
As the Chapter is incorporated under the laws of the State of North Carolina, the North Carolina Non-Profit Corporation Act must be observed.
In the event that the charter of the Chapter is revoked or in the event the Chapter is dissolved or its existence otherwise terminated, all property and records of whatsoever nature in the possession of the Chapter shall, after payment of its bona fide debts, be conveyed to the Association. In the case of two or more Chapters merging, all property and records will be turned over to the continuing Chapter without being returned through headquarters.
ARTICLE XVI - PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s 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 or order the Chapter may adopt.
ARTICLE XVII - ASSOCIATION AS HIGHER AUTHORITY
In addition to these Bylaws, the Chapter is governed by the Association Bylaws and Standing Rules, and by Association policies.
Date of Chapter Charter: December 1, 1951
Revised: July 14, 1966
Date of Articles of Incorporation of Chapter: January 25, 1951
Dates of Bylaws Revisions: