NEW JERSEY ASSOCIATION OF OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS BYLAWS
As Amended April 24, 2018
The name of this Association shall be the NEW JERSEY ASSOCIATION OF OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS
ARTICLE II – OBJECTS
The objects of this Association shall be to promote public health, to encourage scientific research, to support high standards of osteopathic education, to unite the profession for the maintenance of high standards of practice and to cooperate with the American Osteopathic Association.
ARTICLE III – CORPORATION
This Association shall function as a not-for-profits corporation organized under the laws of New Jersey and no funds shall be distributed from the treasury by loan, gift or other distribution for the benefit of any individual member.
ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP
- Applicants for membership, except Honorary, shall be graduates of a college of Osteopathic Medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association at the time of their graduation and shall be licensed to practice medicine and surgery in the State of New Jersey. They shall be of good moral character and shall agree to conform to the Code of Ethics of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
- Application shall be made upon the prescribed form, and shall be accompanied by the application fee and dues as required by the Bylaws.
- The office address of a member shall be considered the official address in both the Association and District Society, unless the member requests the use of their residence as the official address.
- Application Processing
- The name of each applicant shall be published to the membership.
- If objection is filed with regard to any applicant within 30 days after publication, the Membership Committee shall make a full investigation and report to the Board of Directors.
- Applications which are complete in every detail, and on which no objection has been received from the membership, shall be referred to the Membership Committee for review and the granting of provisional approval, which action shall be reported to the Board of Directors at its next meeting.
- The Board of Directors shall make the final approval or rejection of all applications.
- Following final approval by the Board of Directors the Executive Director shall enroll the applicant and notify the member and the secretary of the proper district society.
ARTICLE V – FEES AND DUES
- All applicants for membership shall pay an application fee as from time to time determined by the Board of Directors and approved by the House of Delegates.
- There shall be no application fee for those who apply for membership while a student, intern or resident.
ARTICLE VI – DISTRICT SOCIETIES
District societies shall be organized throughout the state to provide adequate representation for the individual member by election of the proper number of delegates to the House of Delegates.
ARTICLE VII – HOUSE OF DELEGATES
The House of Delegates shall be composed of the delegates elected by the District Societies of this Association who shall have one vote each, and the elected officers of this Association who shall have voice but no vote. NJAOPS Officers may be elected by their District Societies as delegates.
ARTICLE VIII – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- The voting members of the Board of Directors shall be composed of the officers of the association and sixteen elected directors. Non- voting members of the Board shall include the Executive Director and Member of the Board of Medical Examiners.
- Nine Directors to be elected from the general membership.
- One Senior Director who shall be a Past President, at least five years removed from office.
- One Student Director selected by the House of Delegates.
- Three Resident Directors selected by the House of Delegates.
- The Dean of the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine or his/her appointee.
- One Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Director appointed by the institution and approved by the House of Delegates.
- Members of the Association in good standing may attend meetings of the Board of Directors and have voice, but no vote.
- Guests may be admitted to meetings of the Board of Directors upon approval of the President or 2/3 consent of the members thereof.
ARTICLE IX – OFFICERS
The officers shall be active members in good standing of this Association, the American Osteopathic Association and their respective District Societies for at least two years immediately preceding their election.
ARTICLE X – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Executive Director shall serve as the Chief Operating Officer for the Association. Working in concert with the President, the Executive Director shall fully and faithfully perform all duties required by the officers, Board of Directors and other responsible parties of the Association consistent with the policies established by the Board of Directors and the House of Delegates.
ARTICLE XI – DEPARTMENTS AND COMMITTEES
Appointment of Department Directors, Committee Chair-persons and committee members shall be made by the President. The President shall ensure that there is equitable representation from the District Societies on all committees. All appointments are subject to the approval of the Board of Directors at the last scheduled meeting before the Annual Meeting and take effect as of the Annual Meeting. All Department
Directors shall be members of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE XII – DELEGATES TO THE A.O.A. HOUSE OF DELEGATES
Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the House of Delegates of the American Osteopathic Association shall be active members in good standing of this Association and of the American Osteopathic Association for at least three years immediately preceding their election. Delegates shall have served on the Board of Directors or the House of Delegates for at least two years.
In addition to the House of Delegates and Board of Directors meetings, the Association may hold business and/or clinical meetings as required and approved by the House of Delegates.
ARTICLE XIV - CODE OF ETHICS
The Code of Ethics of the American Osteopathic Association shall constitute the Code of Ethics of this Association and its affiliated organizations.
ARTICLE XV – BUDGET & FINANCES
The Budget and all necessary appropriations shall be adopted by the House of Delegates upon recommendation of the Executive and Finance Committee and approval by the Board of Directors. An adverse ruling on such proposals by the Board of Directors or the Executive & Finance Committee may be overruled by a two-thirds vote of the House of Delegates.
ARTICLE XVI – PUBLICATIONS
- An Editor and Consulting Editors shall be appointed by the President. The Editor shall act as Chairman of the Editorial Board. The Editor, with the assistance of the Executive Director who shall serve as Executive Editor, shall cause to be published at least six times a year, an Association publication for the purpose of keeping the members informed of Association policies, activities, state and national news of interest to the profession and as a media for publication of acceptable clinical material.
- The Editor and Consulting Editors shall be members of this Association, the American Osteopathic Association and of their respective District Societies for at least two years prior to their appointments.
ARTICLE XVII – MANUAL OF PROCEDURE
- A Manual of Procedure shall be prepared by the Executive Director. The purpose of the Manual shall be to provide a guide describing the duties of all officers, directors, departments, committees and employees of this Association in order to avoid conflict of jurisdiction or duplication of effort. A copy of the Manual shall be furnished to each officer, director, department director and committee chairman.
- The Manual of Procedure shall be reviewed annually.
ARTICLE XVIII – FISCAL YEAR
The Fiscal Year of this Association shall be January 1 to December 31 of each year.
ARTICLE XIX – PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES
“Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised” shall govern this Association in all cases to which it is applicable, and in which it is not inconsistent with the Bylaws or the special rules of order of this Association.
ARTICLE XX – AMENDMENTS
These Bylaws may be amended by the House of Delegates at any annual or semi-annual meeting by the following procedure:
- The proposed amendment shall be presented in writing to the Executive Director at least ninety days prior to an annual or semi-annual meeting at which it is to be considered.
- The Executive Director shall forward copies of the proposed amendment to the members of the Committee on Bylaws for review of grammar and form.
- The Committee on Bylaws shall forward the proposed amendment and its recommendations to the Executive Director within fifteen days of receipt.
- The Executive Director shall publish same to the membership not less than 30 days prior to the said annual or semi-annual meeting.
- Passage of the proposed amendment shall require a two thirds vote of the total number of delegates present and voting at the said meeting.
- The revised Bylaws shall become effective immediately upon adoption.