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APTANJ 2019 Bylaws Update

Monday, September 16, 2019   (2 Comments)
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The APTANJ Council of Directors proposes the following bylaws changes to be voted on by the membership at the APTANJ Fall Conference Business Meeting being held on Saturday, October 19 at the National Conference Center/Holiday Inn in East Windsor, New Jersey. 

Bylaw Amendment 1:
Article VI.  Section 1
The Chapter shall hold at least two meetings (Fall and Spring) of its membership each year.  The spring conference is designated as the Annual Meeting. One meeting shall be held sufficiently far in advance to allow for main motions by the Chapter to be submitted to the House of Delegates.
SSThis provides clarification as to which NJ Chapter meeting is the annual meeting where elections take place. 

Section 2: Nominating Committee

A. Physical Therapist, Retired Physical Therapist, Life Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Retired Physical Therapist Assistant, and Life Physical Therapist Assistant members who have been Chapter members for the two years preceding the election will be eligible to serve on the Nominating committee.


Section 2: Elections

D. If, after all alternate delegates have been utilized, a vacancy occurs in the delegation prior to a scheduled Chapter membership meeting, an election will be held to fill that vacancy. If the vacancy occurs after the last scheduled Chapter meeting prior to the House of Delegates, the Council of Directors may either appoint an eligible member to fill the vacancy, or may authorize the Chief Delegate and/or designated delegates to carry the vote(s).



C. Any amendment to these bylaws shall be effective 180 days after the adoption of such amendments with exception of any and all amendments that impact the current election cycle for the remaining 2014 calendar year including President – elect, Chief Delegate, delegates at large and PTA Caucus Rep in accordance with this article.




Shannon L. Lenahan says...
Posted Monday, September 16, 2019
comment continued (ran out of characters :-)) Article XV. C. SS: This 2014 reference is outdated and no longer applies to present day. The 180-day delay in adoption is outdated and delays business of the association. Article VI. Section 1 SS: This provides clarification as to which NJ Chapter meeting is the annual meeting where elections take place.
Shannon L. Lenahan says...
Posted Monday, September 16, 2019
Below are support statements from the COD for the proposed amendments: Article VIII. Section 2A. SS: SS: PTAs are currently not listed as potential Nominating Committee members. Regardless of role within the PT profession, both PT and PTAs can identify and grow future leaders within NJ. This amendment aims to increase collaboration and engagement across the profession. Article IX. Section 2D. SS: Current NJ bylaws restrict delegate elections to 2x per year regardless of time of vacancy. With year-round governance, this restricts preparation and impedes notification for deadlines to the House of Delegates. This proposed strikethrough allows the COD to appoint delegates to any vacancies as they occur to improve fluidity of governance and improve preparation and participation of all delegates. Re-lettering is editorial in nature.

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