UTAH ASSOCIATION OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS

Utah Association of

Emergency Medical

Technicians

By-Laws

Revised May 20, 2016


BY LAWS OF THE UTAH ASSOCIATION OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS

A Utah Non-Profit Corporation

ARTICLE I Name

The name of this corporation is The Utah Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (hereinafter, The Association).

ARTICLE II Office

The principal address office of The Association may be changed from time to time as the Board of Directors may determine and without amending these by-laws.

ARTICLE III Policies

Section 1          The name of the Association or the name of any person in their official capacity with the Association shall not be used for any purpose not related to the promotion of the Association as approved by the Board of Directors.

Section 2          The Association and its members shall cooperate with local, state, and federal authorities and shall assist Emergency Medical Providers and Agencies without interfering with their sworn duties and internal workings.

Section 3          Individuals shall not make commitments binding the Association or act on behalf of the Association through correspondence or verbal communications, without prior approval from the Board of Directors.

Section 4          The Association does not endorse any individual company, product or services.


ARTICLE  IV Purposes

To promote professionalism, education, comradery, and advance the education, health and overall wellbeing of Emergency Medical Services personnel and the agencies they represent.

ARTICLE  V Membership

Section 1      Any person may be granted membership in the Association providing the                          following requirements are met:

a. Payment of current dues.

b. Qualifications under the requirements of one of the four (4) types of membership described herein.

c.   Adherence to the Association and By-laws of the Association.

d. Any membership may be suspended for debts or liabilities owed the association.

Section 2       Types of Membership:

a.   Active Members: Those persons who are currently engaged in medical services as emergency medical responders, (EMR); Emergency Medical Dispatch, (EMD); Emergency Medical Technician, (EMT); Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, (AEMT) Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate (EMT-I), Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate Advanced, (EMT-IA) Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic, (EMT-P) Paramedic

That have applied for membership, paid all required fees and dues as provided for in these by-laws.

b.  Honorary Members: Those persons upon whom the Board of Directors has conferred honorary membership, because of their outstanding contributions to emergency medical services or to the Association.

       

c.   Associate Members: Those persons or organizations manufacturing, renting or selling equipment or providing services used by Emergency Medical Technicians and to whom the Association has seen fit to grant an associate membership.

d.  Charter Member: Is an individual who shall have paid dues before August 31,     1977.

e. Life Members:  Past Presidents, John N. Henery Award recipients and Charter       Members shall be life members of the Association. 

Section 3        Responsibilities of Members:

                        It shall be the responsibility of all members         to promote the purposes of the                Association and to adhere to its Bylaws.

Section 4        Applications for Membership:

  Request or nomination for any type of membership shall be made in writing.

Section 5        Removal:

Any member may be removed for just cause from the Association by the Board of Directors.

Section 6          Voting Rights:

 Each Active member or Life member shall be entitled to cast one vote on all matters submitted to a vote of the membership.

Section 7          Transfer of Membership:

Membership in this Association is not transferable or assignable.

ARTICLE VI Dues

Section 1          Dues: Dues shall be set by the Board of Directors.

Section 2        Payment of Dues: Dues shall be paid in full upon application for membership and   shall be considered paid in full until the last day of the same month the following year.

Section 3          Honorary and Life members shall be exempt from payment of dues.

ARTICLE VII Meetings

Section 1         Annual Business Meeting:

An Annual Business Meeting shall be held for the purpose of nomination of the     Board of Directors and consideration of amendments to the Bylaws of the Association,    and other Association business as required. The Membership shall be notified of the Date    Time and Location of the next annual business meeting (30) days in advance of said annual             business meeting by means of Flyers, E-Mail, or other  electronic or  social media as determined      by the Board.

Section 2         Special Meetings:

Special meetings of the Association shall be held at the call of the President or      upon written petition of one-fourth (1/4) of the Association membership, or by a majority   vote of the Board of Directors. Notification of Special meetings will be the same as            provided in Section 1 of this Article.

Section 3         Voting Rights:

To be eligible to vote on any matter, membership must be validated at the annual meeting. Each Active member, Honorary member and Life member shall be entitled to cast   one vote. Members must be in attendance to cast their votes. No member shall cast more    than one ballot.

ARTICLE  VIII Board of Directors

Section 1         Make-up:

The Board of Directors (hereinafter “The Board”) shall consist of the President, the Vice         President, the immediate Past President,(Chairperson of the Board) the Secretary and the            Treasurer of the Association, and one representative of the Utah State Bureau of      Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness; appointed by the Director of the Utah Bureau of    Emergency Medical Services.

Section 2         General Powers:

The affairs and operation of the Association shall be governed by The Board. The         Board, shall determine the general policies of the Association within the limits prescribed     by these By-laws. It shall counsel the President and other Officers in the conduct of their      office. The Board shall approve all expenditures and budgets and shall make such   provision for auditing of records as it may deem proper for the protection of the funds and property of the Association. It shall consider all applications for membership and it     maintains the right to accept or reject any membership application.

Section 3         Regular Meetings:

A regular meeting of The Board shall be held without any notice other than this by-law immediately following, and at the same location as, the annual meeting of the     membership.  The Board may provide, by resolution, the time and place for holding         additional regular meetings without other notice than said resolution.  Additional regular       meetings may be held at the principal office of the Association or at a location determined           and designated by the President  in the absence of any designation of location in  the       resolution.

Section 4         Special Meetings

Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by or at the request of the    President or any two directors, and may be held at a location as the directors may                determine.

Section 5         Notice of Meetings:

          Notice of any special meeting of the Board of Directors shall be given at least seven                   days previous to the meeting thereto by written notice, or by electronic                                         transmission, delivered personally sent by regular US Mail, or by electronic                           notification, e-   mail,  social media, or other electronic communication to each                               director at his/her address as shown by the records of the Association.

Section 6         Quorum:

  A quorum shall consist of:

a.) For Board of Directors meetings, three (3) voting members of the Board of Directors.

b.) For Annual and General membership  meetings, three (3) members of the Board of Directors and those current members present and eligible to vote.

Section 7         Voting Without a Meeting:

                        A. The Board of Directors may vote on matters before the board through telephone,      E-mail or other electronic means. Matters voted on by E-mail or electronic means shall     meet the following requirements:

            1. Item(s) requiring a vote shall be listed individually.

            2. A quorum for voting without a meeting shall consist of the majority of members of the

            board of directors.

            . Sufficient materials shall accompany the request for such vote to permit each person

            casting a vote to reach an informed decision on the matter.

            3. Board members shall be provided a time and date by which votes must be received

            that must be at least 72 hours after the request is sent.

            4. Prior to adoption of the measure the President, or acting charperson will provide all board     members with a roll call of the votes cast by the deadline and Board Members will be             24 hours to contest the vote recorded on their behalf.

Section 8         Manner of Acting

The act of a majority of the directors shall be the act of the Board of Directors, unless the act of the greater number is required by law or by these by-laws.

ARTICLE IX Officers

Section 1         Individuals Who May Serve:

          Only active members in good standing shall be eligible to hold office. Should the                                   right of a member to hold office be questioned, the records of the Association shall                     be conclusive evidence.

Section 2          Kind:

a)      The officers of the Association shall be the current President, Vice-          President Immediate Past President (Chairperson of the Board,) the Secretary, the Treasurer, and the Bureau of EMS&P Representative.

b)      No individual shall hold two offices simultaneously.

c)  The   officers,   the   appointed   Bureau   of   Emergency   Medical   Services Representative, and the Immediate Past-President Chairperson of the Board, shall make up and be known as the Board of Directors for the purpose of conducting the business of the Association.

Section 3         Election and Terms of Office:

The regular term of office for the officers of the Association shall be for a period of one year, with the exception of the Secretary and the Treasurer, which shall be for two (2) years; not to exceed two (2) consecutive terms. The Vice President, and either the Secretary or the Treasurer of the Association shall be elected by secret ballot annually by the members entitled to vote at the regular annual meeting, or conference of the Association. The Secretary and The Treasurer shall be elected biannually,  each on opposite years to add continuity to the Board. The Vice President shall automatically succeed to the office of President. The President shall succeed to the Immediate Past President, (Chairperson of the Board). Each officer shall hold office until his successor has been duly elected and qualified. The President, Vice President and Immediate Past President, shall not serve on the Board of Directors for more than one consecutive round of terms in said positions. Terms of office shall commence at the conclusion of the annual Conference.

                            

Section 4              Eligibility:

            To be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors an individual shall: (a) Be an active member in good standing.

            (b) Have never been convicted of a felony, moral turpitude or offenses related to Emergency Services.

Section 5         Nominations:

Nominations shall be done from the floor at the business meeting of the          

Association.    Before a member can be elected, the Secretary shall verify eligibility. To become a nominee, a candidate should understand and be willing to abide by these Bylaws and policies of the Utah Association of Emergency Medical Services.

The Secretary shall present the nominees at the annual conference.  Each nominee will be given a chance to and may speak at the annual meeting for no more than five (5) minutes prior to the election. Nominees must be present.

 

Section 6         Elections:

An Election Committee consisting of three (3) members and chaired by a member of the Board shall be appointed by the President prior to the business meeting. The Committee shall: provide balloting materials, count and tally the votes, act as tellers / judges of and for the election. A majority of the votes shall be necessary for election. In the event of a tie vote, the board shall cast the determining vote. Nominees shall not serve on this committee.

Section 7         Removal:

Board Members may be removed from the Board of Directors for actions detrimental, damaging, or for conduct resulting in discrediting of this Association. All charges will be investigated by a committee appointed by the President. The member may be removed by a two- thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Section 8         Vacancy:

              A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification or       otherwise shall be filled by appointment of the Board of Directors for the          unexpired portion of the term, except that a vacancy in the office of the President   shall be filled by the Vice President. The office of the Vice President shall be                    filled by recommendation of the President. All Appointments shall be ratified by       a two thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Board of Directors. If the Vice President is          unwilling or unable to assume the duties of the President, the Board of Directors             shall elect a new President who shall serve until the next annual election of the   Association.


Section 8.1    Appointment of New Officers:

                       New offices may be created and filled at any meeting of the Board of Directors. The                President shall make the recommendation for appointment. There shall be a 2/3                         majority vote of the Board of Directors for ratification of the appointee.

Section 9         Duties of the Officers:

  Duties of the Officers of the Association shall include, but not be limited              to the following:

          a) Duties of the President: The President shall preside  at all meetings of the Association:  shall have the power to act on behalf of the Association with the consent of the Board of Directors;  shall act as the spokesperson of the Association; shall be a nonvoting, ex officio member of all committees; shall act as a liaison between the Association and all other organizations;  may delegate duties to other members of the Association;  and shall perform such additional duties as may be incident to the office of President.

          b) Duties of the Vice-President: The Vice-President shall assume the duties of the President in his/her absence or, at the direction of the President, shall perform other duties as prescribed by the President. The Vice-President shall succeed the President at the end of the next annual meeting.

c) Duties of the Secretary: The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping all records of the Association; shall submit reports  as directed by the Board to the Board of Directors and surrender the records to his/her successor when the latter has been duly elected to office. Shall keep minutes of all meetings of the Association, prepare notices of such meetings and perform other duties as may be assigned by the President.

d) Duties of the Treasurer: The Treasurer shall prepare and maintain an annual budget; collect all fees and dues, disburse all monies and encumbrances, and keep such accounts as may be determined by the Board of Directors. The Treasure shall bring to each regular board meeting an accounting of the income and expenditures of the Association.  The Treasure, shall submit the record books for audit when requested by the board or required by law or these By-laws. They shall submit quarterly reports to the Board of Directors and surrender the records to the duly elected successor to office, and perform other duties as may be assigned by the President.

   

                                e) Duties of the Immediate Past President: (Chairperson of the Board) The                         Immediate Past President shall be an advisor to and assist the President as directed.

                        f) Duties of the Utah Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparednes              (UT BEMS&P) Representative:  The UT BEMS&P Representative shall be and             act as a liaison between the Board and the UT BEMS & P. Inform and report to the                        Board on matters from the Bureau of EMS Committees. Advice the Board on items                         may be of interest or have an impact on EMS arising from or up for consideration                  by the   BEMS&P. State Legislature; and other duties as assigned by the President;                                    that are not and do not result in or become a conflict of interest.     

ARTICLE X Committees

Section 1         Committees

The  President  may  appoint  committee  chairpersons  to  carry  out  a specific assignment  for the Association. The appointment shall be ratified by a simple majority vote of the Board.

Section 2         Committee Members

            Each Committee Chairperson may choose his/her own committee members from a      list of eligible members of the Association. The Members selected to serve on a                                specific committee shall be approved by a simple majority vote of the Board.

ARTICLE  XI

Contracts, Checks, Deposits, and Funds

Section 1         Contracts

            The Board of Directors must authorize any officers or agents of the Association,                      prior to their entry into any contract to execute and deliver any instrument                           in the name of and on behalf of the Association.

Section 2         Checks, Drafts or Orders

          All checks, drafts or orders for the payment of money, notes or other evidences of         indebtedness issued in the name of the Association shall be signed by such officer or          officers, agent or agents of the Association and in such a manner as shall determined by   resolution of the Board of Directors. All orders for merchandise and supplies shall be          approved and authorized by the Board.

Section 3         Deposits

          All funds of the Association shall be deposited by the Treasure, within thirty        days of receipt.

Section 4       Gifts

The Board of Directors may accept on behalf of the Association any contribution gift,          bequest, or devise for any purpose of the Association.

ARTICLE  XII

Books and Records

The Association shall keep correct and complete books and record in accordance with             state and federal regulations.

These By-laws, and current Board Members shall be available to all members.

ARTICLE  XIII Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of the Association shall extend from January 1st through December 31st of          the calendar year.

ARTICLE XIV Seal

The Board of Directors may provide a corporate seal.

ARTICLE XV Waiver of Notice

Whenever any notice is required to be given under the provisions of Utah Code Annotated, Sec. 16-6a-103 et seq. or under the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation or By- laws of the Association, a waiver thereof in writing signed by the person or persons entitled to such notice, whether before or after the time stated therein, shall be deemed equivalent to the giving of such notice.

ARTICLE  XVI Parliamentary Authority

Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised: Shall govern all proceedings except when in conflict with the Bylaws, or Board of Directors resolutions.

ARTICLE  XVII Amendments

a)         Proposed amendments to these Bylaws must be submitted in writing, and signed by at least three (3) current association members.

b)         The proposed amendments must be submitted to the Board of Directors no less than ninety (90) days prior to the Annual Meeting.

c)         The Board of Directors will review the changes to determine if they violate any other provisions of the Bylaws or Roberts Rules of Order.

d)         The  proposed  By-laws  changes  must  be  published  to   the  general

membership thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.

e)         Confirmation of the proposed changes will require two thirds (2/3)

ratifying vote of the voting membership at the Annual Meeting.

ARTICLE  XVIII Salary or Fees

Members of the Board of Directors of the Association shall not receive any salary or fee for their services, but may receive payment for expenses incurred in the performance of their Association duties and authorized in the budget. If, however, expenses are incurred which have not been approved in advance, are a duplication of service or are incurred outside of Association procedures, said expenses shall not be reimbursed and shall be borne by the Board Member.

Dated this 22nd day of February 2016.



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