Constitution

Constitution of the California Athletic Trainers’ Association
Updated April 23, 2005

ARTICLE 1 NAME

The name of this organization shall be the California Athletic Trainers Association.

ARTICLE 2 OBJECTIVES

The objectives of this association shall be:

  • The advancement, encouragement, and improvement of the athletic training profession in all its phases, and to promote a better working relationship among persons interested in the problems of athletic training.
  • To develop further the ability of each of its members.
  • To better serve the common interest of its members by providing a means for a free exchange of ideas within the profession.
  • To enable members to become better acquainted personally through casual good fellowship.

ARTICLE 3 MEMBERSHIP

Section 1

There shall be four (4) classes of membership as follows:

  • Certified
  • Associate
  • Student
  • International
  • And no individual shall be eligible for more than one (1) class of membership at the same time.

Section 2
Qualifications for membership and the rights and obligations of members shall be as indicated in the Bylaws.

ARTICLE 4 APPLICATION

Section 1
Any individual applying for any class of membership in the NATA, shall by submitting an application, state a desire to become a member of both the FWATA and the CATA, Inc., to advance the interest of CATA and the NATA, Inc., and to abide by their respective Constitution and Bylaws.

ARTICLE 5 DUES

Section 1
The dues of all classes of membership shall be prescribed by the Bylaws.

ARTICLE 6 SUSPENSION OF MEMBERSHIP

Section 1
Membership cancellations may be recommended by any member of the Association to the Managing Board for a cause and the membership of any member be caused to cease by a two-thirds vote of those members present at the annual business meeting.
Membership cancellation shall be automatic for non-payment of dues as set forth in the Bylaws.
Membership cancellation in the CATA shall be automatic with membership cancellation by the NATA, Inc.

Section 2
Appeals: A person whose membership is canceled in accordance with Section 1 shall be allowed either in person or through some member of the Association to appeal to the Managing Board for reconsideration. Information in the appeal shall be presented to the Managing Board and the Board shall by majority vote decide whether to submit the question of the membership cancellation of the Association membership for another one in accordance with Section 1.

ARTICLE 7 VOTING POWER

Section 1
Certified members shall be entitled to one (1) vote upon all questions submitted to the Association for decision.

ARTICLE 8 ORGANIZATION

Section 1
The governing board of this organization shall be the Managing Board.

Section 2
For the purpose of facilitating the work of the California Athletic Trainers Association and to give the membership equal representation in the Managing Board the State shall be divided into six (6) regions. These regions shall be designated as numbers one (1) through six (6) Each region shall elect a regional director who must be a Certified member of the California Athletic Trainers Association. Each regional director shall serve as a member of the Managing Board and act with the full authority of the region in carrying out the functions and responsibilities of the Managing Board. In addition the Managing Board will consist of a President, Secretary, and Treasurer elected by the statewide membership who must be a Certified member of the California Athletic Trainers Association.

Section 3
A. President: The President shall be elected by a majority popular vote of the voting membership of the California Athletic Trainers Association. The president may not simultaneously hold the office of regional director. The Managing Board shall be the nominating committee. Candidates must have served on the Managing Board or as the chairperson of a standing committee at some time during the four years immediately preceding the meeting at which nominations are made. Two candidates shall be nominated at the annual meeting during the final year of the current president’s term. A platform statement by each candidate shall be presented on the CATA Web Site following the nominations.

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 or designee at the designated address and be postmarked no later than December 1.

The term of office of the President shall be three consecutive years and he/she may not serve more than two consecutive terms. The term of office shall begin on January 1st of the year following the election.

If the office of President becomes vacant before the end of the term for which the President was elected, an Interim President shall be appointed from a committee made up of the Board of Directors the State Secretary and the State Treasurer.

The Interim President shall serve as President for the remainder of the term for which the previous President was elected. In the event that the President-elect is unable to assume the office of President, an Interim President shall be appointed from a committee made up of the Managing Board, the State Secretary and the State Treasurer. The Interim President then becomes the President at the beginning of the term for which the original President was elected and serves for the full term. It is therefore possible that an Interim President could serve a partial term as President followed by a full term. In such a circumstance a President shall be eligible for nomination and election for one consecutive term following the first term.

Section 4
Removal of Officers: All state officers may be impeached and convicted on the following grounds: embezzlement, malfeasance in office, and actions contrary to or in violation of this Constitution and its Bylaws. Before impeachment proceedings can be instituted, a brief containing the charges shall be drawn up and presented by a board member to the Managing Board sitting in executive sessions. The aforementioned brief must then be adopted by a majority vote prior to the formal presentation of the charges. Impeachment of any officer shall require a two-thirds vote of the voting membership of the Association present at a business meeting.

ARTICLE 9 POWERS AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1
The officers are the President, State Secretary, State Treasurer, and Regional Directors

Section 2
All powers and duties of officers are as prescribed in the Bylaws or Article 8 of the Constitution.

ARTICLE 10 COMMITTEES

Section 1
All committees shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Managing Board. An eligible member may serve on only two (2) committees concurrently and serve as Chairman of only one (1) of these committees.

ARTICLE 11 MEETINGS

Section 1
The annual business meeting shall be held each year at the FWATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium.

A quorum for the annual meeting shall be a simple majority of the voting membership of the Association present.

Section 2
The Managing Board may submit items of Association business to the voting membership for a vote by mail, FAX, or email. Approval of items so submitted shall require a “yes” majority of respondents of at least one-fifth of the voting membership of the Association.

Section 3
The Managing Board shall convene at the annual meeting and at any other time that the President determines it necessary to call a Board Meeting. A quorum for a Managing Board meeting shall be five (5).

The President may submit appropriate items of Association business to the Managing Board by mail, fax, or email. For such a voting procedure the President shall first secure a second to the proposal, then submit the proposal to each member of the Board by mail, fax, or email, with a request to mail a yes or no vote on the proposal by a definite date not sooner than ten (10) days after the mailing of the proposal. Board approval of items submitted shall require a yes vote of at least five (5) members of the Board.

The President may submit emergency items of Association business that are appropriate for Board action to the Managing Board by telephone. For such a voting procedure the President shall first secure a second to the proposal and then call each member of the Board for their vote on the proposal. Board approval of items so submitted shall require a yes vote of at least five (5) members of the Board.

ARTICLE 12 AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

Section 1
All proposed amendments to the Constitution shall be submitted in writing to the State Secretary by a Certified member at least six weeks prior to the annual business meeting. The State Secretary shall distribute copies of the proposal to all of the voting members at least three (3) weeks prior to the annual business meeting.

Section 2
A proposed amendment to the Constitution that has been properly submitted shall be read at the annual business meeting and a two-thirds majority vote of the voting membership present shall be necessary for the adoption of said amendment.

ARTICLE 13 AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS

Section 1
The Bylaws may be amended at any official meeting of the Managing Board by a majority vote. Bylaws may not be added, deleted or amended by a vote by mail.
A proposed Amendment to the Bylaws must be submitted to the Managing Board three weeks prior to any meeting of the Managing Board at which the proposed amendment would be voted on.

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