Bylaws 

Date Chapter Founded: December 2, 1927
Date of Chapter Charter: June 17, 1949
Dates of bylaw revisions: October 1993, April 1996, August 1997, April 1999, July 2003, August 2006 (compliance), October 2008 (compliance), April 2009  

ARTICLE I. NAME AND RELATIONSHIP TO AMERICAN PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION

Section 1. The Minnesota Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, hereinafter referred to as the Chapter, shall be a chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, hereinafter referred to as the Association.

Section 2. The geographic jurisdiction of the Chapter shall coincide with the territorial boundaries of the State of Minnesota.

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 the same as the functions of the Association as stated in the Association Bylaws.  

ARTICLE IV. MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. 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 Association bylaws.

Section 2. Rights and Privileges of Members

The rights and privileges of the Chapter’s members shall be identical to those established in the Association’s Bylaws.

Section 3. Admission to Membership

Admission to Chapter membership is by assignment by the Association’s Board of Directors.

Section 4. Good Standing

An individual member is in good standing within the meaning of these Bylaws if the member is in good standing in the Association.

Section 5. Disciplinary Action

A. Any member of the Chapter who is suspended by the Association shall have his or her membership privileges suspended in the Chapter. Any member who is expelled from membership shall be expelled from Chapter membership.

B. Complaints to the effect that a member has violated the ethical principles or standards of the Association shall be processed in accordance with the Association’s Procedural Document on Disciplinary Action.

Section 6. Reinstatement

Individuals shall be reinstated to Chapter membership in accordance with the Association’s Standing Rules. The Chapter may not charge a reinstatement fee.

ARTICLE V. DISTRICT AND SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

Section 1. District

A. A district shall operate under bylaws or Rules of Order that shall not be inconsistent with Chapter or Association Bylaws and that shall be approved by the Chapter Board of Directors. A district shall not establish dues and shall not levy special assessments that carry punitive action or loss of good standing.

B. Formation or Dissolution - A district of the Chapter may be established and/or dissolved in accordance with the rules and conditions specified by the Chapter’s Board of Directors.

Section 2. Special Interest Groups

Members of the Chapter having a common interest in specific areas of practice may meet, confer, and promote their area of interest and the interests of the special interest group.

A. A special interest group shall operate under bylaws or rules of order that shall not be inconsistent with Chapter or Association Bylaws approved by the Chapter Board of Directors. A Special Interest Group shall not establish dues and shall not levy special assessments that carry punitive action or loss of good standing.

B. Formation or Dissolution - A special interest group of the Chapter may be established and/or dissolved in accordance with the rules and conditions specified by the Chapter’s Board of Directors.

Section 3. Limitations

District and Special Interest Groups are subject to the following limitations:

A. Bylaws and policies of the Association and the Chapter.

B. No district or special interest group shall profess or imply that it speaks for or represents the Chapter or members other than those currently holding membership in the district or special interest group unless authorized by the Chapter's Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VI. ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

Section 1. Meetings

The Chapter shall hold at least one meeting during the Spring of the year for the conduct of business, with attendance limited to Chapter members and invited guests approved by the Chapter officers, provided at least thirty (30) days notice is given to all members. A quorum consists of 8% of the membership, eligible to vote, including at least two officers.

Section 2. Special Meetings

Special meetings may be called by the Board of Directors or any 8% of the membership, provided that thirty (30) days notice is given to all members. Attendance is limited to Chapter members and invited guests approved by the Chapter officers. A quorum shall consist of 5% of the membership, eligible to vote, including two officers.

Section 3. Minutes

All meeting minutes shall be submitted to the Association within 45 days of the date of the meeting.

ARTICLE VII. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1. Composition

The Board of Directors shall consist of the five officers, (President, Vice-President of Professional Affairs and Quality, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Secretary, and Treasurer), seven elected Physical Therapist directors, one elected Physical Therapist Assistant director and Chief Delegate.

Section 2. Qualifications

A. Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Life Physical Therapist, Life Physical Therapist Assistant, Retired Physical Therapist or Retired Physical Therapist Assistant members who have been Association members in good standing for no fewer than two years immediately preceding their election, who have consented to serve, and are currently Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Life Physical Therapist, Life Physical Therapist Assistant, Retired Physical Therapist or Retired Physical Therapist Assistant members of the Chapter shall be eligible for election to office.

B. Only Physical Therapist, Life Physical Therapist, and Retired Physical Therapist members may serve as President and Vice President.

C. Only Physical Therapist Assistant, Life Physical Therapist Assistant, and Retired Physical Therapist Assistant members may serve as the Physical Therapist Assistant director.

Section 3. Term of Office

A. Board members are elected for a term of three years or until their successors are elected. No Board member shall serve more than three consecutive terms and not more than two consecutive terms in the same office.

B. Board elections will occur according to the following three-year election cycle which begins 7/1/10.

1. During year 1 of the election cycle, the President, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, two Physical Therapist directors and the Physical Therapist Assistant director positions will be elected.

2. During year 2 of the election cycle, the Vice President of Professional Affairs and Quality, Secretary, and three Physical Therapist director positions will be elected.

3. During year 3 of the election cycle, the Treasurer, Chief Delegate and two Physical Therapist directors will be elected.

C. Board Members assume their official duties on July 1 of the year elected.

Section 4. Officers and Executive Committee

The officers of the Chapter shall be the President, Vice President of Professional Affairs and Quality, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Secretary, and Treasurer. The officers constitute the Executive Committee.

Section 5. Duties and Responsibilities

A. President - The President shall:

1. Serve as official head and public spokesperson of the Chapter.

2. Preside at all meetings of the Chapter, the Board of Directors, and its Executive Committee.

3. Report directly to the Board of Directors.

4. Not be a board liaison to any committee.

5. Be an ex-officio member of all committees, except the Nominating Committee and Ethics and Judicial Committee.

6. Be a delegate to the House of Delegates.

7. Appoint all standing committee and task force chairs, with the approval of the Board of Directors.

8. Appoint official representatives of the Chapter to serve as liaison to external organizations, with the recommendation of the appropriate committee chair.

9. The President shall appoint directors to serve as board liaisons to committee(s).

B. Vice President of Regulatory Affairs - The Vice President of Regulatory Affairs shall:

1. Assume the duties of the President in his/her absence

2. Be responsible for regulatory affairs strategic planning,

3. Keep/update applicable Chapter Policies and Procedures

4. Serve as a board liaison to committee(s) as appointed by the President.

C. Vice President of Professional Affairs and Quality - The Vice President of Professional Affairs and Quality shall:

1. Be responsible for professional affairs and quality strategic planning

2. Keep/update applicable Chapter Policies and Procedures

3. Serve as a board liaison to committee(s) as appointed by the President.

D. Secretary - The Secretary shall:

1. Be responsible for keeping minutes of the proceedings of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Chapter meetings

2. Oversee the chapter’s awards process

3. Serve as a board liaison to other committee(s) as appointed by the President.

4. Make editorial changes to the Chapter's Bylaws without the vote of the membership.

E. Treasurer - The Treasurer shall:

1. Be responsible for all Chapter funds.

2. Chair the Chapter Finance Committee

3. Serve as a board liaison to other committee(s) as appointed by the President.

4. Be bonded and the expense of bonding will be paid by the Chapter.

5. Prepare financial reports for the membership for each membership meeting and for publication.

F. Board of Directors - The Board of Directors shall:

1. Carry out the mandates and policies of the Chapter as determined by the membership.

2. Transact business for the Chapter, subject to the provisions of these Bylaws.

3. Create and determine purposes and establish priorities for committees as it deems necessary to carry out the mandates and policies of the Chapter.

4. Inform Chapter members regarding communications from the Association for their opinion, and/or vote.

5. Publish these Bylaws.

6. Provide for development and maintenance of procedural documents related to these Bylaws.

7. Review and revise existing Chapter policies, except in these Bylaws, for consistency of intent and language with new policies as may be adopted by the House of Delegates.

G. Executive Committee - The Executive Committee shall:

1. Be responsible for decisions that require immediate action. The actions of the Committee will be reviewed or approved by the Board of Directors.

2. Direct all Chapter responsibilities of the Chapter employee(s) in keeping with their job description(s) and any contract with outside agents.

3. Monitor outside agents; e.g. legal consultant, lobbyist, financial consultant in order that Chapter objectives may be achieved.

4. Monitor financial activities of the Chapter.

5. Provide for the maintenance of a headquarters of the Chapter and assume responsibility for personnel policies within the financial constraints of a prior approved Chapter budget.

6. Provide the bonding of all persons handling money or other property of the Chapter.

Section 6. Conduct of Business

A. Board of Directors

1. Meetings

a. Board of Directors shall meet at least six times annually.

b. The President may call a special meeting

c. A special meeting must be called if at least two thirds of the board members submit a written request to the President for a special meeting.

d. Notification of meetings will be published no less than fourteen days prior to the meeting.

e. A majority of the members shall Constitute a quorum.

f. The affirmative vote of the majority of directors voting is required for board action.

2. Action Between Meetings - If a decision must be made between meetings, the Board of Directors may be polled by mail Or electronic communication.

a. All directors must be polled.

b. A majority of directors shall constitute a quorum.

c. The affirmative vote of the majority of directors voting is required for board action.

B. Executive Committee

1. Meetings - The Executive committee shall meet at least four times per year.

Notification of meetings will be sent no less than fourteen days prior to the meeting. Three people constitute a quorum. The President or three Executive Committee members may call a special meeting as needed.

2. Action Between Meetings - If a decision must be made between meetings the Executive Committee may be polled by mail or electronic communication.

Section 7.

The Board of Directors shall fill any vacancies until the next regular election at which time the vacant position shall be filled for the remainder of the term.

ARTICLE VIII. COMMITTEES

Chapter Physical Therapist, Life Physical Therapist, Retired Physical Therapist and, with the exception of the Nominating Committee, Physical Therapist Assistant, Life Physical Therapist Assistant, and Retired Physical Therapist Assistant members in good standing may serve as appointed committee chairs.

All standing committees shall be appointed by the President, with the approval of the Board of Directors as the Board of Directors deems necessary to carry out the work of the Chapter.

Chapter members may be on no more than two standing committees at any time. This requirement does not pertain to ad hoc committees or task forces. Board members may not serve as a committee chair.

The chair of any standing committees, unless otherwise provided for, shall be appointed by the President with approval of the Board of Directors on and shall serve a two-year terms or until a successor is appointed and assumes office.

Section 1. Finance Committee - The Finance Committee is chaired by the Treasurer. This committee shall advise the Board of Directors on matters pertaining to the Chapter’s financial needs, growth and stability based on periodic review of income, expenditures, and investments. The committee shall present an annual budget to the Board of Directors.

Section 2. Ethics and Judicial Committee - The Ethics and Judicial Committee shall be at least a three person committee; at least one person appointed annually by the Board of Directors. The individual with the most seniority on the committee shall serve as chairperson. The committee shall be charged with investigating any ethics complaints according to the Association’s stated procedures.

Section 3. Nominating Committee

A. Composition

This committee shall consist of at least three eligible members elected by the Chapter. At least one member shall be elected each year who shall serve a term of three years or until the election of his successor. The members of this committee must be Chapter members for at least two years prior to their election. The senior member of the committee shall serve as Chairperson. The Board of Directors shall fill any vacancies, until the next regular election at which time the vacant position shall be filled for the remainder of the term.

B. Duties

1. Seek Candidates - The Nominating Committee shall seek out candidates for vacant offices, determine if they are qualified to run, and ascertain their willingness to serve.

2. Slating Authority - The Nominating Committee shall nominate one or more candidates for each office by preparing a slate of one or more candidates for each office to be elected that year.

3. Presentation of Slate to Membership - The slate shall be presented to the membership four weeks prior to the election.

4. Tellers - The President shall appoint a tellers committee to receive, tally and report the election results to the membership.

ARTICLE IX. DELEGATES TO THE ASSOCIATION’S HOUSE OF DELEGATES

Section 1. Selection

A. Qualifications of Chief Delegate - The Chief Delegate must have served as a Minnesota Chapter delegate within the last three years and be a current Chapter member.

B. Qualifications of Delegates - Physical Therapist members in good standing in any category for the two years immediately preceding who are current members of the Chapter may serve as Chapter delegates.

C. A Chapter delegate may not in the same year serve as section delegate.

D. The Chapter shall notify Association headquarters of the names of Chapter Delegates as required by the Association and the Standing Rules of the House of Delegates.

E. The Chapter must be represented in the House of Delegates at least every third year.

Section 2. Election

A. Chief Delegate - The Chief Delegate will be elected in years 3 of the election cycle and serves on the Chapter Board of Directors. Duties are assumed July 1 of the year elected.

B. Delegates - The Delegates, will be elected for a three-year term with one-third of the delegates elected each year. The nominees receiving the next highest number of votes after the elected Delegates shall be considered Alternate Delegates for a period of one year. An Alternate Delegate will become a Delegate, based on the highest number of votes received, upon the inability of a Delegate to perform duties. If the Alternate Delegate remains an Alternate, he/she is eligible to be a candidate in the following year’s election. Duties are assumed July 1 of the year elected.

Section 3. Duties

A. Chief Delegate - The Chief Delegate shall serve as the chief spokesperson for the Chapter during the House of Delegates and Regional Caucus meetings, and throughout the year for House-related matters. The Chief Delegate shall be responsible for organizing and disseminating all information to delegates and the membership pertaining to the House of Delegates.

B. Delegates - The Delegates serve as members of the Chapter delegation to the House of Delegates and are responsible for attending all annual and special meetings of the House of Delegates and all MN delegation meetings as called by the Chief Delegate.

ARTICLE X. REPRESENTATIVE TO THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT CAUCUS (PTA CAUCUS)

Section 1. Selection

A. The Chapter Representative must be a Physical Therapist Assistant, Life Physical Therapist Assistant or Retired Physical Therapist Assistant member of the PTA Caucus.

B. The Chapter Representative may not serve as a member of the APTA PTA Caucus Board of Directors.

C. The Chapter shall notify Association headquarters of the name of the PTA Caucus representative as required by the association and the Standing Rules of the PTA Caucus.

Section 2. Election

A. The Chapter Representative to the PTA Caucus will be elected to a three year term.

B. The nominee receiving the next highest number of votes after the elected Representative will become the Chapter Representative upon the inability of the representative to perform duties.

C. Duties are assumed July 1 of the year elected.

Section 3. Duties

A. The Chapter Representative will attend the PTA Caucus and shall be responsible for organizing and disseminating information to the Chapter Physical Therapist Assistant Special Interest Group (PTA SIG) and Chapter membership pertaining to the PTA Caucus.

ARTICLE XI. ELECTIONS

A. A rule of plurality shall be effective in all elections.

B. Election Positions

1. The slate of nominees shall be published by the Chapter and distributed to the members at least four weeks prior to the ballot return deadline.

a. Election positions:

i. Chapter Officers

ii. Board of Directors

iii. Chief Delegate

iv. Nominating Committee

v. Delegates to the House of Delegates

2. Election shall be by mail and/or electronic vote

3. Members who fulfill qualifications and who have agreed to serve may be written in as write-in candidates.

C. The candidate who receives the highest number of votes for each position shall be declared elected.

D. In the event of a tie, a special tie breaking election shall be held at the Annual Business Meeting. A written ballot will be distributed to all members attending the business meeting. The results of the vote shall be made known prior to the close of the business meeting.

E. Voting Body

1. Each Physical Therapist, Life Physical Therapist and Retired Physical Therapist member is entitled to one vote.

2. Each Physical Therapist Assistant, Life Physical Therapist Assistant and Retired Physical Therapist Assistant member is entitled to one-half vote.

F. Election of the Chapter Representative to the PTA Caucus shall be the responsibility of the Chapter Physical Therapist Assistant Special Interest Group and follow their bylaws.

ARTICLE XII. FINANCES

Section 1. Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of the Chapter shall be the same as the Association, from January 1 through December 31.

Section 2. Limitations on Expenditures

No officer, employee or committee shall expend any money not provided in the budget as adopted, or spend any money in excess of the budget allotment, except by order of the Chapter Board of Directors or Executive Committee. The Board of Directors shall not commit the Chapter to any financial obligation in excess of its current financial resources.

Section 3. Dues

A. Chapter dues shall be as follows:

1. Physical Therapist: $140. Physical Therapist- Post Professional Student: $10.

2. Physical Therapist Assistant: $60.

3. Student Physical Therapist and Student Physical Therapist Assistant: $10.

4. Life Physical Therapist $10

5. Life Physical Therapist Assistant $10

6. Retired Physical Therapist $10

7. Retired Physical Therapist Assistant $10

8. Corresponding $50

B. Discount for Student Conversion - 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, the 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 and Physical Therapist Assistant members are eligible for one year of membership at 50% of the Association and Chapter dues rate for a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant member.

C. All dues shall be for the period specified in the Association Bylaws and shall be payable following the Association’s schedule.

D. All dues changes approved by the Chapter membership and approved by the Association Board of Directors before the Association’s deadline will become effective on the first of the Association’s next fiscal year.

Section 4.

The Chapter shall submit its annual financial statements, tax returns, and audit reports to the Association when and as directed by the Association.

ARTICLE XIII. DISSOLUTION OF CHAPTER

The Chapter may dissolve subject to a recommendation to dissolve supported by no less than two-thirds of the Chapter Board of Directors and adoption by ten percent of the Chapter members.

ARTICLE XIV. 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 of order adopted by the Chapter.

ARTICLE XV. AMENDMENTS

Section 1.

If the intent of an amendment is editorial or to bring the Chapter Bylaws into agreement with those of the Association, the amendment shall be made as required by the Secretary and shared with the Board of Directors. The Secretary shall notify the Chapter membership that such amendments have been made.

Section 2.

A. These Bylaws may be amended or revised at a
Chapter meeting when a quorum is present
provided that:

1. A copy of the proposed amendment has been sent by mail and/or electronic communication to the Chapter membership at least 10 days prior to the meeting.

2. Two-thirds of those present and voting in favor.

B. Amendments to the Chapter Bylaws become effective upon approval in writing by the Association Board of Directors. (Exception: changes in Chapter dues become effective on the first day of the Chapter’s next fiscal year following approval.)

ARTICLE XVI. ASSOCIATION AS HIGHER AUTHORITY

In addition to these Bylaws, the Chapter is governed by the Association Bylaws and Standing Rules, and by Association House of Delegate and Board of Directors policies.

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