April 11, 2013; RR May 16, 2024

Article I – Name

1.  The name of the organization shall be the Montana Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation. (MACVPR)

2.  The Montana Association for Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation shall be formed as a non-profit organization.

Article II – Purpose and Goals

MACVPR Mission Statement:

1.  Purpose:
MACVPR is the leader for cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation in Montana.
MACVPR is dedicated to responding to, and carrying statewide opportunities for cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation in Montana.
MACVPR will empower (Pass – It – On) its members to meet the challenges of tomorrow and sustain excellence of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation services by sharing resources to ensure quality outcomes.

MACVPR is accountable to our members, our programs, and our national leadership and expect accountability among our members.

2.  Goals:

To promote the implementation of nationally developed Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Guidelines.

To promote an increased quality of patient care.

To provide and promote educational opportunities to increase professional and staff development.

To promote awareness of cardiac & pulmonary health issues among community, physicians, and third-party payers.

To increasingly align ourselves with our national organization – American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR); to improve collaboration within our state organization (MACVPR); and, in addition, promote networking with all identified state programs.

To maximize reimbursement for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

Article III – Membership

1.  MACVPR is a Joint Affiliate with AACVPR and professionals are only eligible for Joint Affiliate Membership. Joint Membership is available via the AACVPR fiscal year July 1 to June 30.

2.  A membership directory for all members shall be kept by the secretary.

3.  Bylaws are available to all members on our web page.

4.  Memberships are not limited to programs or individuals working within Montana.

5.  Discipline: Any member of the Association may be disciplined or expelled for conduct, which in the opinion of the Executive Board is derogatory to the dignity of, or inconsistent with, the purposes of the Association. The expulsion of a member may be ordered only upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds of Executive Board present at a regular or special meeting, provided a quorum takes action, and only after such member has been informed of the charges preferred against him/her and has been given an opportunity to refute such charges before the Executive Board.

Article IV – Elections and Terms of Office

1.  The President Elect position will be elected annually.

2.  The secretary position will be elected for a two-year term.

3.  The Treasurer position will be elected for a three-year term. A Treasurer Elect will be elected every two years to understudy the position during the year prior to their office.

4.  Officers will be elected by the general membership every year at the Annual Meeting.

5.  Unexpired terms of office or vacancies therein, with the exception of the President, may be filled for the remainder of the terms by appointment of the President with the recommendation of the Executive Board.

6.  No officer may be elected to more than two terms consecutively in the same office.

7.  Resignation: Any officer may resign by submitting a written resignation with a thirty-day notice to the Executive Board.

8.  All newly elected officers will assume their position during the month following the annual conference.

Article V – Officers

1.  The officers of the Association must have Professional Member status and shall consist of the President, President Elect, Immediate Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Committee Chairs.

A.  President. The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Association. The President shall serve as chairperson of the Executive Board, fill vacancies on committees, appoint chairpersons and members of special committees and be an ex-officio member of all committees. The president shall have general authority to supervise, direct and control the business and affairs of the Association. The President shall preside at all meetings of the members and have such powers and duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the Executive Board. The president will be the committee chair for the Program Planning Committee. He/She shall serve a one-year term. The President, if so desires and voted in, may be re-elected to serve a second term.

B.  President Elect. In the absence or disability of the President, the President-Elect shall perform all the duties of the President and in so acting shall have all powers of the President. The President-Elect will be responsible for overseeing annual membership renewals. The President-Elect shall have other such powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the Executive Board. The President Elect will also sit on the Program Planning Committee. He/She shall serve a one-year term as President Elect and a one-year term as President. The President Elect will be presented an option to serve another term if the current President is re-elected for another term.

C.  Immediate Past President. The Immediate Past President shall assist the President in formulating goals for the Association and shall perform other duties as may be assigned by the President or the Executive Committee, such as serving as liaison with one or more Committees. This individual will also sit on the Program Planning Committee. He/She shall serve a one-year term, with an option to serve another one-year term should the President be re-elected. The immediate past president will also provide oversight over the association’s finances.

D.  Secretary. The Secretary shall record the minutes of all meetings; arrange correspondence with members, preside as editor of the quarterly newsletter, will maintain the accuracy of the web page, and will be the sole provider of all information sent to the webmaster. The secretary will maintain a current directory of all programs and members. He/She shall serve a two-year term.

E.  Treasurer. The Treasurer shall monitor all deposits and disbursements of funds relative to all accounts of the Association and verify the accuracy and currency of said accounts. He/She shall assist in the coordinating the activities of the Association’s budget and finances in order to maintain fiscal responsibility. The treasurer will provide an end-of-year report to the board and quarterly report to the Immediate Past President. He/She shall serve a three-year term.

F.  Treasurer Elect. The Treasurer Elect shall understudy the Treasurer one year before they assume office. During this year they will be added to the financial accounts and assist the Treasurer prn.

F.  Committee Chairs. The committee chairs shall be appointed by the President to perform duties designated for standing committees and shall function as representatives of the general membership.

G.  In the event that an officer is unable to fulfill their responsibilities, the executive board will appoint the appropriate replacement to complete the term.

Article VI – Meetings

1.  Regular meetings of the Association will be held at least one time per year. An annual business meeting of the Association shall be held to conduct corporate business and to elect officers as indicated for an election year. Date and site of the annual meeting will be approved by the Executive Board.

2.  The Executive Board, consisting of all of the officers and committee chairs, shall meet a minimum of once per year or more as needed.

Article VII – Standing Committees and Duties

1.  There shall be appointed committees as required to carry on the work of the Association. Each chairperson of the committee will sit on the Executive Board, and will be a current paid member of MACVPR. Each chair will decide how many committee members are needed to complete the tasks of the committee.

2.  Executive Board: The Executive Board shall oversee the operations of the Association and coordinate activities of the other committees. The Executive Board is empowered to create, combine or dissolve committees or to change their composition or responsibilities as the need may arise. The composition of the committees shall be determined by the Executive Board. Except as otherwise provided, chairpersons of the committees shall be appointed by the President with approval of the Executive Board.

3.  Program Planning Committee: Shall be responsible for organizing and implementing an annual conference and workshops dealing with membership education. The chair of this committee will be held by the President. The President Elect and the Immediate Past President will sit on this committee along with other appointed members. The committee will have Professional Planner.

4.  At-large Board positions will be appointed by the President each year to help achieve the MACVPR Mission Statement both purpose and goals.

Article VIII – Quorums

1.  The voting body at membership meetings shall consist of members in good standing. A quorum shall consist of 25% of the membership in good standing.

2.  The quorum of the Executive Board shall consist of a half of its members.

Article IX – Fiscal Year

1.  The fiscal year shall begin on January 1 of each calendar year.

Article X – Funds

1.  The funds of the Association shall be provided by the membership dues as well as from endowments, gifts, grants, requests and other such sources as the Executive Board sanctions.

Article XI – Amendments

1.  The bylaws may be amended by two-thirds vote of the active members who are present in person, or represented by proxy, at any regular business meeting.

Article XIII – Dissolution

1.  The affiliate shall not be dissolved as long as eight members in good standing dissent. No proposal for dissolution shall be considered unless four week’s notice in writing is provided to each member in good standing.

Signatures of the Executive Board:

President: __________________________________________________________

President Elect:______________________________________________________

Immediate Past President: ____________________________________________

Secretary: __________________________________________________________

Treasurer: __________________________________________________________

Treasurer Elect: _____________________________________________________

Ratified the date: ________________, by ___ % of members.

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