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THE OKLAHOMA CHAPTER

OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY

ARTICLE I

NAME AND PURPOSE

Section 1. Name. This organization, a not-for-profit corporation*, shall be known as the Ok1ahoma Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (hereinafter referred to as the "Chapter").

Section 2. Purpose. The purpose of the Chapter shall be to contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and to
ensure optimal quality of care for individuals with such diseases.
In carrying out these purposes the Chapter shall function, in consulta-tion with the leadership of the College,-as a source of advice to local and state governmental and professional
organizations concerning issues related to cardiovascular disease. The Chapter shall, in the interests of patients, physicians, and the public in general, maintain a high level of social consciousness and involve-ment with socioeconomic factors and access to the highest possible qual-ity of cardiovascular health care.

*This Chapter will be formed as a 501(c) (6) not-for-profit corporation under the federal and state tax codes.

ARTICLE II

MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Eliqibilitv. All members of the American College of Cardiology residing or working in Ok1ahoma shall be eligible for membership in the Chapter.

Section 2. Classes of Members. The Chapter shall have the following classes of membership. The qualifications for membership in the respective classes are:

a) Active Members: all Fellows, Associate Fellows, Affiliates, Distinguished Fellows and Honorary Fellows of the American College of Cardiology residing or working in Ok1ahoma.

b) Affiliate-in-Traininq Members: all Affiliates-in Training of the American College of Cardiology residing or working in Ok1ahoma.

c) Emeritus Members: all Emeritus members of the American College of Cardiology residing or working in Oklahoma.

d) Critical Care Associates (CCA): the requirement for this membership class will be the same as the requirement for the national organization.

Section 3. Votinq and Office Holdinq Riqhts. Only Active members of the Chapter in good standing shall b~ eligible to vote and hold office in the Chapter. Other classes of Chapter membership shall be eligible to serve on committees of the Chapter.

Section 4. Termination of Membership. Membership in the Chapter shall terminate when the member ceases to hold membership in the American Col-lege of Cardiology or fails to pay Chapter dues as specified in Article VIII.

ARTICLE III

OFFICERS

Section 1. Officers. The officers of the Chapter shall consist of the President, the President-Elect, the Immediate Past President who will also serve as the Vice-President, when there is no President-Elect, and the Secretary-Treasurer. The American College of Cardiology Governor for the state of Oklahoma shall serve concurrently as the President of the Chapter. The American College of Cardiology Governor-Elect for the state of Oklahoma shall serve concurrently as the President-Elect of the Chap-ter. The American College of Cardiology Immediate Past Governor for the state of Oklahoma shall serve concurrently as the Immediate Past Presi-dent of the Chapter.

Section 2. Election and Term of Office. Governors and Governors Elect of the College are elected through a process as set forth in Article III, Section 6 of the Bylaws of the American College of Cardiology. The term of office for College Governors is three (3)years; therefore, the Chapter President's term shall be for a like number of years.' The term of office for College Governors-Elect is one (1) year; therefore, the Chapter President-Elect's term shall be for a like number of years. At the end of his /her one-year term as President-Elect, he/she shall begin a three-year term as President. The Chapter Immediate Past President shall also serve a term of three (3) years. The Chapter Secretary-Treasurer shall serve a term of two (2) years and shall be elected by the members of the Chapter at an annual meeting or by mail ballot. The
Secretary-Treasurer may serve a maximum of two (2) consecutive terms as Secretary-Treasurer.

Section 3. Vacancies. If a vacancy for the office of President and/or President-Elect occurs for any cause it shall be filled, after consulta-tion with the Chapter, in accordance with Article VI,
Section 1 of the Bylaws of the American College of Cardiology. If the of-fices of Immediate Past President or Secretary-Treasurer become vacant, these offices shall be filled by action of the members of the council and subsequently ratified by the members of the Council at any meeting of the Council.





ARTICLE IV

DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1. President. The President of the Chapter, who concurrently is the American College of Cardiology Governor for the state of Ok~ahoma shall be the chief elected officer of the Chapter and shall in general supervise and direct the business and affairs of the Chapter,in consulta-tion with the Council. The President shall serve as Chairman at all meetings of the membership and of the Council. The President, in consul-tation with the Council and committee chairmen, shall appoint the members of all standing and special committees of the Chapter.

Section 2. President-Elect and Immediate Past President. The
President-Elect and Immediate Past President shall assist the President in the discharge of the duties of the President as the President may di-rect, and shall perform such duties as from time to time may be assigned by the President. In the absence of the President, the Immediate Past President shall perform the duties of the President.

Section 3. Secretary-Treasurer. The Secretary-Treasurer shall:
1) maintain a current roster of all members of the Chapter, 2) send all notices of meetings of the Chapter and of the Council, 3) keep a record of proceedings of all meetings of the Chapter, 4) serve as the principal financial officer of the Chapter and shall have responsibility for main-tenance of adequate books and accounts for the Chapter, 5) have charge and custody of all funds and securities of the Chapter, and be respon-sible for the receipt and disbursement thereof, 6) deposit all funds and securities of the Chapter in such banks, trust companies or other deposi-tories as shall be selected by the Council, and 7) in general perform all duties customarily incident to the offices of Secretary and Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the chapter President or Council. If required by the Council, the Secretary-Treasurer shall give a bond for the faithful discharge duties of that office in such sum and with such surety or sureties as the council shall determine, the cost of any such bond or surety to be paid from the funds of the Chapter.


ARTICLE V

COUNCIL

Section 1. General Powers. The administration, property and activities of the Chapter shall be managed by its Council.

Section 2. Composition. The Council shall consist of the officers of the Chapter and six area councilors: three from the Eastern area {encompass-ing Congressional Districts 1,2 and 3} and three from the
Western area (encompassing Congressional Districts 4,5 and 6 plus Wash-ington County) and a delegate and alternate delegate, appointed by the Council, who represent the Chapter in the House of Delegates of the Okla-homa State Medical Association. The Chapter President shall serve as Chairman of the Council.

Section 3. Election and Term of Office. During the initial year of the Chapter, two of the area councilors shall be appointed by the President to a one-year term, two to two year ter.ms and two to three year ter.ms. For subsequent years, councilors shall be elected by the members of the Chapter residing in each area, using a mail ballot of candidates proposed by the Nominating Committee, and shall serve three-year terms. The Chap-ter Secretary-Treasurer shall be responsible for mailing ballots contain-ing nominees recommended by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Council. Area councilors are eligible to succeed themselves for one addi-tional three-year term.

Section 4. Vacancies. A vacancy on the Council for members other than the President and President-Elect may be filled by action of the members of the Council at any meeting of the Council. The individual so appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve for the unexpired term of his/her predecessor.

Section 5. Meetinqs. Meetings of the Council may be called by the Chapter President, who also serves as Chairman of the Council, or
at the request of five Council members. The President shall fix
the place for holding all Council meetings unless otherwise directed by the council. The Council shall meet at least twice each year.

Section 6. Notice. A notice stating the place, day and hour of the meet-ing and the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called
shall be mailed to each Council member not less than thirty (30) days be-fore the date of the meeting.

Section 7. Quorum. A majority of the members of the Council, when duly called and assembled, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Council.


ARTICLE VI

COMMITTEES

Section 1. Establishment and Composition. Committees may be established by resolution of the Council adopted at any duly called and constituted meeting. The size, purposes and powers of any such committee shall be as provided in such resolution. The President of the Chapter shall, in con-sultation with the Council, appoint the members of each such committee. All Standing Committee appointments must have the approval of the Council. The term of service of any committee member may be termi-nated by the President, whenever, in the judgment of the President and the Council the best interests of the Chapter shall be served by such termination.

Section 2. Term of Office. The term of office for the members of all com-mittees, with the exception of the Nominating Committee, shall be deter-mined by the Council.

Section 3. Chairman. A chairman for each committee, with the exception of the Nominating Committee, shall be appointed by the President of the Chapter.

Section 4. Vacancies. Vacancies in the membership of any committee shall be filled by appointments made by the Chapter President. Standing commit-tee vacancy replacements require the approval of the Council. The indi-vidual so appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve
for the unexpired term of his/her predecessor.

Section 5. Reportinq. All Chapter committees shall report to the Council.

Section 6. Standinq Committees. Standing Committee of the Chapter sha~~ be: a Nominating Committee.

Section 7. Special Committees. Upon recommendation by the Chapter Presi-dent, the Council may establish special or ad hoc committees to address special subjects of interest to the Chapter.

Section 8. Nominatina Committee.

Committee Composition: The Immediate Past President shall serve on
this committee. With the Immediate Past President representing
his/her area, the Chapter President shall select two additional Chapter members to this committee. These shall be area councilors or members of other Chapter committees. This process shall produce one member from the area not representated by the Past President and one other member. The Immediate Past President shall not be eligible to serve as committee chairman. Each year, the chairman
of the committee shall be elected by the members of the committee.

Term of Committee Membership: The term of the Immediate Past President shall be for as long as that individual holds office as Immediate Past President of the Chapter. The remaining [number of
additional members selected by President] members of the committee shall serve one year terms. No member shall be eligible to serve a second con-secutive term on the committee.. Vacancies in the membership of this com-mittee shall be filled by the process set forth in Article VI, Section 4 of the Bylaws.

Charqe and Function of Nominatinq Committee: The committee shall recom-mend to the Council at least two (2) nominees for each area councilor po-sition whose term is due to expire. Nominations shall be restricted to Active members of the Chapter residing in the area where the vacancy is to occur. The committee shall not nominate any of its members to any po-sition on the ballot.

The committee shall recommend to the Chapter membership at the annual business meeting the committee's nominee(s) for the office of Secretary-Treasurer.

ARTICLE VII

MEETINGS

Section 1. Annual Business Meetinq. The Chapter shall hold an annual business meeting, open to all members and invited guests, at a time and place designated by the Council. The Council is described in Article V of these Bylaws. The purpose of the meeting
shall be to transact any business that may come before the Chapter.

Section 2. Special Meetinqs. Special meetings of the membership may be called by the President after consultation with the Council or upon writ-ten request of not less than twenty percent(20%) of the membership.

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Section 3. Notice of Meetinq. A notice stating the place, day and hour of the meeting shall be mailed to each member of the Chapter not less than thirty (30) days before the date of the meeting. In the case of special meetings, the purpose or purposes of the meeting shall be stated in the notification and no other business shall be transacted except that stated in the call.

ARTICLE VJ:II

DUES AND ASSESSMENTS

Annual dues and assessments shall be set by the Council and approved by the American College of Cardiology prior to
implementation. The American College of Cardiology shall be responsible for billing all ACC members in the state of Oklahoma for Chapter dues. Upon receipt of the dues paYment, the American College of Cardiology shall promptly remit such paYments to the Chapter Secretary-Treasurer. Active members, with the exception
of [Distinguished fellows or Honorary Fellows, or both], shall be deemed as dues paying members. Dues shall be waived for Emeritus members and Af-filiate-in-Training members.


ARTICLE IX

REPORTING

The Chapter shall submit to the American College of Cardiology an annual report which includes: a) a statement of income and expenses signed by a duly-authorized Chapter officer (usually the Secretary-Treasurer); b) a copy of Internal Revenue Service Form 990 and other required IRS forms submitted by the Chapter; and c) a summary of Chapter activities for the previous twelve-month period plans for the corning year.

ARTICLE X

CHAPTER AND NATIONAL RELATIONS

Neither the Chapter nor any of its officers,or members, is authorized to represent or in any way bind the American College of Cardiology, unless authorized to do so by the College President, nor will any of them in any way hold themselves out as being authorized
to do so without specific authorization of the College President.
The College shall inform the Chapter of all policy and position state-ments in order for Chapter statements to be consistent with those of the College, and major new policy statements by the Chapter shall be devel-oped in consultation wi th College leadership. The relationship between the Chapter and the governing bodies of the American College of Cardiol-ogy is defined in the American College of Cardiology Constitution and By-laws. Article XI of the constitution states that: 1) Chapters may be or-ganized under guidelines established by the AGC board of Trustees for the purpose of furthering the objectives of the College; 2) Articles or Cer-tificate of Incorporation and Bylaws of each Chapter must be approved by the Board of Trustees of the College; and 3) after incorporation, no Chapter shall amend, restate, or otherwise change the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws or other governing documents without the approval of the ACC Board of Trustees.

The American College of Cardiology may terminate Chapter status for any Chapter if the ACC Board of Trustees finds that the Chapter has engaged in activities detrimental to the best interests of the College. The Chap-ter shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard pursuant to such reason-able procedures as the ACC Board of Trustees shall provide.


ARTICLE XI

DISSOLUTION

Upon dissolution of the corporation, all its assets, after payment of all debts and other liabilities, shall be paid and distributed to the Ameri-can College of Cardiology.

ARTICLE XII

INDEMNIFICATION

To the full extent permitted by law, the Chapter may indemnify any and all of its officers, council members and committee members for certain expenses and other amounts paid in connection with legal proceedings in which any such person becomes involved by reason of serving in any such capacity with or for the Chapter. The Chapter may purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of any or all officers, council members or committee members against any liability asserted against any such person, and in-curred in any such capacity, whether or not the Chapter would have the power to indemnify them against such liability under the provisions of this article.

ARTICLE XIII

ETHICS

Members of the Chapter are expected to exhibit high ethical and moral standards. The Bylaws of the American College of Cardiology provide a mechanism for addressing matters related to the ethical conduct of all members of the College.

ARTICLE XIV

AMENDMENTS

Bylaws may be amended or repealed and new Bylaws may be adopted by mail ballot with a two-thirds (2/3) approval by the respondents,
provided that written notice of the proposed change or changes has been mailed to each voting member at least thirty (30) days before the final vote count. However, before becoming effective such amendments must have the approval of the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiol-ogy.



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