BYLAWS OF THE CALIFORNIA ATHLETIC TRAINERS ASSOCIATION

BYLAWS

Updated April 2016

ARTICLE 1 PRESIDENT 2018, 2021, 2024, 2027, 2030

Section 1

Selection: In accordance with Article 8, Section 3 of the Constitution.

Section 2

Term of Office: In accordance with Article 8, Section 3 of the Constitution.

Section 3

Functions and responsibilities:

  1. Serves as official spokesman for the Managing Board and the Association.
  2. Implements the mandates and policies of the Association, as determined by the Managing Board.
  3. Calls all meetings of the Managing Board as deemed necessary and advisable.
  4. Presides over all meetings of the Managing Board.
  5. Presides over all Association business meetings.
  6. Keeps the Managing Board informed about Association affairs between meetings.
  7. Possesses full power and complete responsibility to transact all business for and on behalf of the Association and to manage all property, affairs and activities of the Association subject to the provisions of the Constitution and Bylaws and the resolutions and enactment to the Managing Board.
  8. Serves as official spokesperson concerning business and governmental affairs for the Association.
  9. To commit the Association to no financial obligation in excess of its available financial resources.
  10. Coordinates the activities of the Association and acts as liaison between the regions and the State office and polls the Regional Representatives at least one month in advance of the annual board meeting for suggestions on the board agenda.
  11. Maintains liaison with allied organizations in conjunction with CATA representatives to such organizations.
  12. Serves as an ex-official member on all Association committees.
  13. Appoints with the approval of the Managing Board all Committee Chairpersons.
  14. Serves as the California Representative on the FWATA Managing Board.
  15. Voting position on the Managing Board.
  16. As listed under Managing Board Article 6.

ARTICLE 2 REGIONAL DIRECTORS

Section 1

Selection: Elected representative of the six (6) state regions. Each director must be a Certified member of the Association.

Section 2

Regional geographic areas will be defined by zip code, and are delineated as follows by a 3-digit prefix:

  • REGION 1: 942, 947 - 949, 954 – 961 Northern California
  • REGION 2: 939 - 941, 943 - 945, 950 – 953 Bay Area & San Joaquin Valley
  • REGION 3: 932 – 938 Central Valley
  • REGION 4: 900 - 918, 923 - 924, 930 – 931 Santa Barbara& Los
    Angeles
  • REGION 5: 92250 - 92299, 925 – 928 Orange County &
    Southeast CA
  • REGION 6: 919 - 921, 92200 – 92249 San Diego

Regional memberships determined by the member's official address registered by the California Athletic Trainers Association.

Section 3

Term of Office: Three years for elected regional directors. Regional directors may serve only two (2) consecutive three (3) year terms or until the successor is elected. In the case of a resignation the managing board may appoint an interim director. The regional elections of these representatives will be held on a rotating basis. The first year of the first three (3) year term will begin on January 1st:

  • Region 3 & 4: 2017, 2020, 2023, 2026, 2029
  • Region 2 & 5:  2018, 2021, 2024, 2027, 2030
  • Region 1 & 6: 2016, 2019, 2022, 2025, 2028

The elections will be held in the fall the year before the representative is to take office. The membership voting shall be by mail. A ballot shall be mailed to each voting member at his/her address of record by November 15 and the marked ballot must be returned by mail to the Secretary at the designated address and be postmarked no later than December 1st.

Section 4

Functions and responsibilities:

  1. Voting position on the Managing Board.
  2. As listed under Managing Board Article 6.

ARTICLE 3 SECRETARY 2016, 2019, 2022, 2025, 2028

Section 1

Selection: The Secretary shall be elected from the Certified membership by a majority popular vote of the voting membership of the California Athletic Trainers Association. The Secretary may not simultaneously hold the office of Regional Director.

Section 2

Term of Office: Three (3) years. The Secretary may serve only two (2) consecutive three (3) years or until the successor is elected.

Section 3

Functions and responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate the registration of the membership through the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) membership for the state of California, including membership acknowledgment and mailing list.
  2. Coordinate the registration of non-NATA members, including Student, Affiliates, Actives, and sponsor Affiliate memberships.
  3. Takes the minutes of all Managing Board meetings and distributes the minutes to all Board Members within a reasonable time subsequent to each meeting.
  4. Handles all correspondence concerning business matters of the Association.
  5. Serves as custodian of all records, books and papers belonging to the Association.
  6. Conducts the official correspondence of the Association including such matters as notifying members of meetings, officers of their election, committee members of their appointment and all notices as required by the Bylaws or as requested by the Managing Board.
  7. Maintains communications and records of all committee chairmen, committee members and the members of the Managing Board.
  8. Voting position on the Managing Board.
  9. As listed under Managing Board Article 6.

ARTICLE 4 TREASURER 2017, 2020, 2023, 2026, 2029

Section 1

Selection: The Treasurer shall be elected from the Certified membership by a majority popular vote of the voting membership of the California Athletic Trainers Association. The Treasurer may not simultaneously hold the office of Regional Director.

Section 2

Term of office: Three (3) years. The Treasurer may serve only two (2) consecutive three year terms or until the successor is elected.

Section 3

Functions and responsibilities:

  1. Handles financial matters of the Association.
  2. Submits an audited financial report of the Managing Board prior to the annual meeting.
  3. Prepares the annual budget and presents this budget to the Board for approval.
  4. Voting position on the Managing Board.
  5. As listed under Managing Board Article 6.

ARTICLE 5 PARLIAMENTARIAN

Section 1

Selection: Appointed by the President with approval of the Managing Board.

Section 2

Term of Office: Subject to yearly review by the Managing Board.

Section 3

Functions and responsibilities:

  1. Should be a Certified member of the CATA and must have a thorough knowledge of Parliamentary procedure. If no such individual is available within the Association, the CATA must hire a qualified expert from outside the Association.
  2. Is in charge of keeping the Managing Board and annual business meeting’s operating under parliamentary procedure as prescribed by the Roberts' Rules of Order.

ARTICLE 6 MANAGING BOARD

Section 1

Members: Consists of the State President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Regional Directors

Section 2

Functions and responsibilities:

  1. Meets at the annual meeting and at any other time during the year the President determines it necessary to call a board meeting.
  2. Serves as the official legislative body of the Association.
  3. Approves the appointment of a special committee deemed necessary to conduct
  4. Approves the appointment of all Committee Chairman and standing committee members.
  5. Continually evaluates and defines the roles and functions of all Association offices, standing committees and special committees.
  6. Continually re-evaluates the goals and objectives of the Association and accepts primary responsibility for progress toward these goals.
  7. Meets in private session when it becomes necessary to terminate the office of the appointed person. This will require a majority vote. This will be done by secret vote and counted by the President and one Board Member.
  8. Serves as the nomination committee for the position of President of the Managing Board. Will nominate two candidates with the biographies published in the Newsletter prior to popular vote.
  9. Accepts and investigates reports of violations of the code of ethics. Notifies the accused person of charges pending and advises him of his right to appear before the Board prior to Board action on the charges. The decision of the Managing Board in code of ethics matters is final, except that if the decision is to initiate cancellation of membership, such cancellation shall be done as prescribed in Article 6, Section 1 and 2 of the Constitution.
  10. Acts as an auditing committee for the Association financial affairs and approves financial report of the Treasurer.
  11. Receives and acts upon proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws according to Article 12 of the Constitution.
  12. Screens and helps process nominations for CATA State Recognition, Special Service and Lifesaver Awards. Procures the awards and delivers them to the site of the CATA Annual Business Meeting at the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium.
  13. Screens and helps process nominations for FWATA (service, ethnic diversity, doctor advocate, honorary membership, most distinguished, and hall of fame) and NATA (special service, special recognition, all-district, education, most distinguished, and hall of fame) awards.
  14. Serves as members of the Clinical Symposium Committee to provide functions and responsibilities as assigned by the CSC Chair for site selection, speaker procurement, vendor procurement, publication, registration, on-site functions and evaluation of the facility/educational program.
  15. Submits a written report of officer’s activities to the Secretary and the Managing Board for the semi-annual board meetings.
  16. Submits officer’s budget request to the Treasurer and Managing Board prior to the December/January Managing Board meeting.

Article 7 COMMITTEE STRUCTURE

Section 1

Selection of Chairperson: Appointed from the Certified or active membership by the President with approval of the Board of Directors.

Section 2

Term of Office of Chairperson: May serve two (2) consecutive two (2) year terms or until a successor is appointed.

Section 3

Committee Members: The number of committee members shall be determined by the Chairperson to form a workable group.

Section 4

Selection of the Committee Members: Recommended by the Chairperson from the Certified or active membership of the Association appointed by the President with the approval of the Managing Board.

Section 5

Term of Office Committee Members: May serve two (2) consecutive two (2) year terms or until a successor is appointed.

Section 6

Reports and Budget: Chairperson Submits a written report of activities and a budget request to the Secretary, Treasurer and the Managing Board for the semi-annual board meetings.

ARTICLE 8 WEB MASTER ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Section 1

Functions and responsibilities:

  1. Develops and maintains CATA web page through securing domain name, hosting company, design or web site, installation of membership posting software, and updating of pages and sections deemed necessary by the managing board.
  2. Develops and delivers to membership e-news and e-mailings regarding association business.
  3. Serves as a member of the FWATA Web Master Advisory Committee.

ARTICLE 9 PUBLIC RELATIONS & INFORMATION COMMITTEE

Section 1

Functions and responsibilities:

  1. Establishes and maintains an effective public relations program for the Association by preparing and distributing appropriate news releases, feature stories, etc. to the various news media, radio, television and newspapers.
  2. Investigates and recommends to the Managing Board avenues through which the Association may enhance its image and interpret its purposes and objectives to allied organizations and professionals, high schools, colleges, universities, and the general public.
  3. Establishes and maintains a list of members available for public speaking engagements.
  4. Coordinates collection and editing for printing of the CATA newsletter at least once per year, as well as, mailing and distribution of the newsletter to the Association membership.
  5. Serves as a member of the FWATA Public Relations Committee.

ARTICLE 10 GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Section 1

Functions and responsibilities:

  1. Investigates and pursues all avenues toward the establishment of professional licensure or legal codification of athletic training.
  2. Develops practice and guidelines necessary to the formulation of an Athletic Training Practice Act.
  3. Formulates recommendations for the President and Managing Board concerning the professional development and qualifications of the membership of the association to achieve licensure or legal codification of athletic training.
  4. Establishes and acts as liaison with state legislative bodies and professional organizations necessary for the establishment of licensure or legal codification of athletic training.
  5. Investigates legislative propositions with our governmental advocate to formulate positions of support, opposition, or watch.
  6. Works with the Public Relations Chair and Political Action Committee Treasurer to foster their functions and responsibilities.
  7. Serves as a member of the FWATA Governmental Affairs Committee.

Section 2

CATA Student Sub-Committee on Governmental Relations and Legislative Affairs:

  1. Mission: To educate undergraduate students from California ATEP programs about current legislation and governmental affairs that are pertinent to the athletic training profession on both the state and national level. In doing so, students will develop into leaders who will continue to promote the profession through political activism.
  2. Committee Members: One representative from each California ATEP program. The committee will elect from its membership a President who will oversee all affairs related to the subcommittee, as well as, be the student representative to the CATA Governmental Affairs Committee.

ARTICLE 11 POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

Section 1

Committee Treasurer: Appointed by the President with the approval of the Managing Board. Term of Office is subject to yearly review by the Managing Board. The Treasurer is responsible for managing the CATA PAC Fund including record-keeping of income and expenses, management of fund accounts and filing appropriate information in accordance with the Fair Political Practice Committee requirements.

Section 2

Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for managing the CATA PAC Fund including recordkeeping of income and expenses, management of fund accounts and filing appropriate information in accordance with the Fair Political Practice Committee requirements.
  2. Coordinates and oversees fundraising efforts for the CATA PAC Fund with Public Relations Chair.
  3. Makes recommendations to the Managing Board as to disbursement of PAC Fund moneys in support of candidates or legislative acts with the Governmental Affairs Chair.

ARTICLE 12 REVENUE COMMITTEE

Section 1

Functions and responsibilities:

  1. Investigates and recommends to the Managing Board avenues through which the Association may establish sponsorships for the CATA
  2. Investigates and recommends to the Managing Board avenues through which the Association may develop avenues of income.
  3. Establishes and coordinates sponsorship – income generating activities for the Association that are approved by the Managing Board.

ARTICLE 13 SECONDARY SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Section 1

Functions and responsibilities:

  1. Establishes direct representation between Certified Athletic Trainers in the Secondary School Setting and the Association to recognize the concerns and responsibilities associated with the Secondary School Setting.
  2. Interfaces with individuals and organizations that contribute to accomplishing NATA goals for the Secondary School Setting.
  3. Develops programs and activities to enhance the effectiveness of Secondary School Certified Athletic Trainers.
  4. Serves as a member of the FWATA Secondary School Committee.

ARTICLE 14 CLINICAL SYMPOSIUM COMMITTEE

Section 1

Functions and responsibilities:

  1. Selects sites and hotels.
  2. Selects the program theme and contacts and secures prospective speakers.
  3. Disseminates information regarding the symposium to the membership.
  4. Secures and organizes vendor sponsorship and exhibits.
  5. Develops and produces the program flyer.
  6. Organizes all registration materials and activities.
  7. Coordinates the educational program and all on-site functions.
  8. Maintains BOC Approved Provider status and ensures the CATA adheres to the guidelines for Approved Providers.
  9. Produces and Disseminates attendance sheets and participant’s CEU Certificate of Attendance.
  10. Conducts membership evaluation of the symposium publicity, registration, program and on-site logistics.

ARTICLE 15 MEMBERSHIP LEGISLATIVE ACTION COMMITTEE

Section 1

Functions and responsibilities:

  1. Works with the Governmental Affairs and Public Relations Chairs to enhance membership involvement to support the CATA legislative efforts.
  2. Manages the grass-roots advocacy group the Legislative Action Team including new member recruitment and providing mentorship and direction for current volunteers.
  3. Organizes the membership of the association to mobilize when timely action and support is needed for CATA’s regulatory efforts.
  4. Coordinates and organizes the annual Hit-the-Hill Lobbying Day in Sacramento.
  5. Serves as a member of the CATA Governmental Affairs Committee.

ARTICLE 16 MEMBERSHIP PROVISIONS AND DUES

Section 1

Functions and responsibilities:

  1. CERTIFIED
    Must be an NATABOC, Inc Certified Athletic Trainers, (ATC) as set fourth in the NATA, Inc Bylaws. All certified student certified members are entitled to vote on FWATA affairs. Provisions for maintaining certification units are set forth in the NATABOC, Inc., Bylaws.
  2. ASSOCIATE
    Associate members are not entitled to vote on FWATA affairs or to hold FWATA office.
  3. STUDENT
    Qualifications for membership are set forth in the NATA, Inc. Bylaws. Student members are not entitled to vote on FWATA affairs or to hold FWATA office.
  4. INTERNATIONAL
    Qualifications for membership are as set fourth in the NATA, Inc. Bylaws.  International members are not entitled to vote on FWATA affairs.

Section 2

Dues:

  1. Chapter dues for each classification of membership shall be set by the Managing Board.
  2. If a member is found to be in the wrong membership classification by the Membership chair, the member shall be reclassified by the Managing Board. The secretary will then notify the member.

 

 

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