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TEXAS SOCIETY OF RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS, INC.

 

ARTICLE 1:   NAME

 

The name of this society shall be the TEXAS SOCIETY OF RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS, INC. hereinafter referred to as the TSRT.

 

ARTICLE 2:  MISSION STATEMENT AND GOALS

 

SECTION 1: MISSION

The mission of TSRT shall be to advance the professions of radiation and imaging disciplines and specialties; to maintain high standards of education; to enhance the quality of patient care; and to further the welfare and socioeconomics of radiologic technologists.

 

SECTION 2: GOALS OF TSRT

A.        Shall meet several times a year to transact TSRT business, to promote scientific papers, displays, and educational opportunities, to discuss professional achievements and problems, and to encourage similar programs among organizations affiliated with or subordinate to TSRT.

B.       Shall publish and disseminate information pertinent to the TSRT and the profession.

C.       Shall assist in establishing and articulating high standards of education and training in diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy and to implement them through appropriate channels.

D.       Shall encourage research and/or programs designed to assure increasingly efficient imaging technology, therapy methodology, and patient care.

E.        Shall expand educational opportunities and to develop programs designed to broaden the scope of the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession service.

F.        Shall advance policies concerning the professional status, legislative activity, and the welfare of its members.

G.       Shall cooperate with other organizations and agencies that support and encourage TSRT and whose policies do not conflict with TSRT.

 

ARTICLE 3:  GOVERNING BODY

 

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists shall be the governing/advising body. The TSRT will be governed by its Bylaws and regulations pertaining to its affiliate organizations. The Society needing counseling shall submit its problems to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists by contacting the Affiliate Relations Department. 

 

ARTICLE 4:  CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

 

A.       The name of the TSRT or any it’s Executive Board or its staff, in their official capacities, shall not be used in connection with a corporate company for other than the regular functions of the TSRT.

 

B.       TSRT shall be committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all programs and activities.  No one shall be denied opportunities or benefits on the basis of age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religious persuasion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, political belief or disability.

C.       Members shall follow the ethical standards as stated by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT or their equivalent registries or certification agencies), and the Texas Medical Radiologic Technologist (MRT) Act. 

 

ARTICLE 5:  MEMBERSHIP AND MEMBERSHIP FEES   

 

SECTION 1:  MEMBERSHIP CLASSIFICATIONS

The TSRT Executive Board shall establish, change, and/or update membership classifications and fees as needed.   All candidates for membership, except for life and supportive members, shall submit their completed application form, required fees, and additional information to the TSRT Executive Office Manager (EOM).   These classifications and their rights and obligations include:

A.       Active Members

1.      Shall be Radiologic technologists in good standing with the ARRT or diagnostic imaging professionals and radiation therapist professionals registered or certified by their equivalent agencies.

2.      Shall be MRTs with a general license.

3.      Shall have all the rights, privileges, and obligations of membership including the right to vote, debate, hold office, and serve as an ASRT delegate (upon ASRT approval).

B.       Associate Members

1.      Shall be persons with Texas Non Certified Technician (NCT) or Limited Medical Radiologic Technologist (LMRT) certificates or other persons who are interested in promoting the purposes and functions of TSRT.

2.      Shall be persons not eligible for active or student membership.

3.      Shall have the right, obligations and privileges of membership, except they may not vote debate, hold office, or serve as an ASRT delegate.

C.       Student Members

1.       Shall be students enrolled in an accredited diagnostic imaging or radiation therapy programs that are recognized by ARRT or equivalent professional agencies. 

2.      Shall have the rights, obligations, and privileges of Active members including the right to vote and debate.

3.       Shall not hold office.

D.       Life Members

1.      Shall be active TSRT members who have rendered long and distinguished service to TSRT, its members, and/or the profession.

2.      Shall be selected by a unanimous vote of the TSRT Executive Board and become life-long Active members of TSRT.

3.      Shall not pay membership fees, but have all the rights, obligations, and privileges of Active members including the right to vote, debate, hold office, and serve as an ASRT delegate (upon ASRT approval).

E.       Supportive Members

1.      Shall be a person, group, company, or institution that has rendered long and distinguished service to TSRT, its members, and/or the profession.

2.      Shall be selected by unanimous vote of the TSRT Executive Board.

3.      Shall pay membership fees and have the rights, obligations, and privileges of an Associate member, except they may not vote, hold office, or be an ASRT delegate.

 

SECTION 2: MEMBERSHIP RESIGNATION

A.       A member may resign their TSRT membership by sending a written or electronic notice to the TSRT Executive Office

B.        A member who resigns may re-apply for membership by submitting their TSRT member application and membership fees to the EOM. 

 

SECTION 3:  LOSS OF MEMBERSHIP

A.       Active, Associate, Life, and Supportive members shall lose their TSRT membership if they are in violation of their professional registry (ARRT or equivalent) or license (MRT Act).

B.       Student membership will end upon conclusion or discontinuance of their education.  Eligibility for Student membership shall terminate upon initial certification.

 

SECTION 4: CENSURE, REPRIMAND, AND REMOVAL

Any member may be suspended or terminated for cause. Sufficient cause for such suspension or termination of membership shall be a violation of the Bylaws or any lawful rule or practice duly adopted by the TSRT or any other conduct prejudicial to the interests of the TSRT.

A.     If the Board of Directors deems the charges to be sufficient, the person charged shall be advised in writing of the charges.
B.  A statement of the charges shall be sent by certified or registered mail to the last recorded address of the member at least twenty (20) days before final action is taken.
C.  The statement shall be accompanied by a notice of the time and place of the meeting of the Board of Directors at which the charges shall be considered.
D.  The member shall have the opportunity to appear in person and be represented by counsel to present any defense to such charges before action is taken.

E.  Censure or reprimand of a member shall be by majority vote of the entire membership of the Board of Directors.
F.  Suspension or expulsion shall be by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the entire membership of the Board of Directors.

 

SECTION 5:  REINSTATEMENT

After loss of membership, a member may seek reinstatement by meeting with the Executive Board. 

A.       The Executive Board will decide to approve membership or uphold the loss of membership.

B.       The decision will be by majority vote of the Executive Board.

 

SECTION 6:  MEMBERSHIP FEES

A.        The annual fees for active, supporting, and student members shall be payable each year on or before the last day of the month of expiration of membership.

B.        Fees for all members, established by the Board of Directors, require adoption by a two- thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members at the annual conference business meeting. Notice of such vote shall be given to the members at least thirty (30) days in advance of the vote.

 

 

SECTION 7:  OVERDUE MEMBERSHIP FEES

A.       A member with overdue membership fees:

1.       Shall not be considered an active, associate, supportive, or student member.

2.       Shall not be allowed to vote, hold office, or receive communications from the TSRT.

B.       A member with overdue membership fees may apply for membership by sending their completed TSRT membership application and required fees to the EOM.

 

ARTICLE 6:  OFFICERS

 

The TSRT Officers shall be the Board Chair, President, President-Elect, and Vice-President. 

 

SECTION 1: ELECTION OF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

The membership shall elect a Vice President annually. 

 

SECTION 2: QUALIFICATIONS OF AN EXECUTIVE OFFICER

A.       Shall be a voting member of the ASRT.

B.       Shall be a TSRT active member for one year.

C.       Shall be a Radiologic technologist in good standing with the ARRT or a diagnostic imaging/radiation therapy professional registered/certified by their equivalent agencies.

D.       Shall hold a MRT general license.

E.        An officer shall practice in the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession or health care. 

F.        An officer shall show proof of continuing education if serving as a delegate to the ASRT House of Delegates.

G.       Shall have served on a TSRT committee or as an Area Counselor, Sub-ordinate officer for at least one term.

 

If elected, Executive Officers shall commit to attending all Executive Board meetings.  Failure to attend two consecutive Executive Board meetings without prior approval of the President shall be considered a resignation from office.

 

An officer who meets eligibility requirements at the time of nomination shall be permitted to complete the term, even though employment status changes.

 

SECTION 3:  TERMS OF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND AREA COUNSELORS

A.       The elected Vice President shall serve four (4) one year terms of office.

1.      First term as Vice President.

2.      Second term as President Elect. 

3.      Third term as President.

4.      Fourth term as Board Chair.

B.       Succession of Officers:  Following the installation of Executive Officers at the Annual Meeting, the Vice-president will become President Elect, President-Elect will become President, and President will become Board Chair. 

C.       Executive Officers may be re-nominated and/or re-elected.

D.       The TSRT Executive Board, by unanimous vote, may add an additional officer.

E.        Area Counselor term is one year.

 

SECTION 4:  VACANCY OF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

A.       Vacancy of Vice President or Board Chair:  The Executive Board shall review qualified candidates and appoint a new officer by majority vote. 

B.       Vacancy of President shall be filled by the President Elect.

1.      Vice President shall become President Elect.

2.      The Executive Board shall review qualified candidates and appointed a new Vice President by majority vote.

C.       Simultaneous President and President-Elect vacancies: Board Chair will assume duties of the President, seek qualified candidates, and the Board shall appoint a new President and President Elect by unanimous vote.

 

SECTION 5:  DUTIES OF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

Board Chair

A.        Shall serve as an Alternate Delegate to the ASRT House of Delegates (HOD) meeting.

B.        Shall serve as chairperson of Nominating Committee.

C.       Shall serve as the Affiliate Society Liaison. Shall preside over meetings in the temporary absence of the President.

D.       Shall review current bylaws, prepare bylaw proposals if needed, and seek Executive Board approval of proposals at Winter Meeting.

1.      Shall post Executive Board approved bylaw proposals on Web-site thirty (30) days prior to Annual Meeting.

2.      Shall present bylaw proposals to the membership at Annual Meeting and seek membership approval.

3.      Shall post membership approved bylaws on Web-site by thirty (30) days after Annual Meeting.

E.        Shall review current annual budget, propose a next year’s annual budget, and seek Executive Board approval of proposed budget at Winter Board meeting.

1.       Shall post Executive Board approve annual budget on Web site thirty (30) days prior to Annual Meeting.

2.      Shall present new budget proposal to the membership at Annual Meeting and seek membership approval.

3.      Shall post membership approved budget on Web-site by thirty (30) days after Annual Meeting.

F.        Perform other duties as outlined in the Standing Rules.

 

President

A.       Shall preside over all TSRT Board meetings, Annual Meeting, and may call additional meetings as needed.

B.       Shall appoint, with TSRT Executive Board approval

1.      Committee members and chairpersons.

2.      The Annual Meeting Parliamentarian.

3.      Tex-Rays Editor and Editorial Staff

C.       Shall set time, date, and location of TSRT Board meetings.

D.       Shall serve as liaison to ASRT.

E.        Shall serve as TSRT Affiliate Delegate to the ASRT House of Delegates annual meeting.

F.        Shall attend to the matters concerning state licensure.

G.       Shall serve as Ex Officio member of all committees; except the Nominating Committee.

H.       Shall perform other duties as outlined in the Standing Rules.

 

President-Elect

A.       Shall serve as TSRT Affiliate Delegate to the ASRT House of Delegate annual meeting.

B.       Shall serve on the Organizational Development and Marketing Committee.

C.       Shall serve on the Budget Committee.

D.       Shall serve on the Legislative Committee.

E.        Shall perform other duties as outlined in the Standing Rules.

 

Vice President

A.       Shall serve as Student Affairs Committee Chairman.

B.       Shall serve as coordinator of all student competitions/events at the Annual Meeting.

C.       Shall serve on the Continuing Education for Radiologic Technologist in Texas (CERTT) Committee.

D.       Shall serve as liaison with the Alliance Committee for Educators.

E.        Shall perform other duties as outlined in the Standing Rules.

 

Executive Office Manager

A.       Shall be appointed by the TSRT Board.

B.       Shall take directives from the Board Chair.

C.       Shall serve as Treasurer and Secretary for the TSRT Board.

D.       Shall be a non-voting member of the TSRT Board.

E.        Shall serve as liaison to the Alliance Committee for Educators.

F.        Shall serve as chairman of the CERTT Committee.

G.       Shall serve as the Annual Meeting Planner and Parliamentarian.

H.       Shall serve as the TEX-Rays Editor and Editorial Staff.

I.          Shall perform other duties as outlined in the Standing Rules.

 

SECTION 6: CENSURE, REPRIMAND, AND REMOVAL


Any member or officer may be suspended or terminated for cause. Sufficient cause for such suspension or termination shall be a violation of the Bylaws or any lawful rule or practice duly adopted by the TSRT or any other conduct prejudicial to the interests of the TSRT.

A.     If the Board of Directors deems the charges to be sufficient; the person charged shall be advised in writing of the charges.
B.    A statement of the charges shall be sent by certified or registered mail to the last recorded address of the member at least twenty (20) days before final action is taken.
C.    The statement shall be accompanied by a notice of the time and place of the meeting of the Board of Directors at which the charges shall be considered.
D.    The member shall have the opportunity to appear in person and be represented by counsel to present any defense to such charges before action is taken.

E.    Censure or reprimand of a member shall be by majority vote of the entire membership of the Board of Directors.
F.    Suspension or expulsion shall be by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the entire membership of the Board of Directors. Removal of a member shall be by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the entire membership of the Board of Directors

 

 

ARTICLE 7:  SUBORDINATE SOCIETIES

 

SECTION 1: AFFILIATE SUBORDINATES

A.       Radiology, therapy, or imaging professionals (minimum of four) seeking to create an affiliate subordinate society shall submit a written/electronic notice to the TSRT EOM, submit bylaws, develop an annual budget, and seek to become compliant with ASRT.

1.      The TSRT Executive Officers/EOM shall review submitted bylaws and check for conflicts with current TSRT/ASRT bylaws.

2.      Upon TSRT Executive Board approval, a charter will be issued to the affiliate society.

3.      The affiliate subordinate society shall establish, by majority vote at a regular meeting, such voting procedures that best meets the needs of the society and are applicable to the business conducted.

4.      TSRT shall notify ASRT of the formation of new affiliate subordinate society.

B.       The affiliate subordinate society shall maintain a charter, income tax forms, bylaws, and operations within the bounds, guidance, rulings, and operation of TSRT and ASRT.

1.        If an affiliate subordinate society chooses to send a disband notice to the TSRT EOM or if its  charter is revoked by TSRT or ASRT, the affiliate society shall send to TSRT 1)  its charter, 2) last four years of Continuing Education (CE) paperwork, 3) minutes of meetings, and 4) all remaining funds and accounts.

C.       Upon receiving a TSRT charter, an affiliate subordinate society Board shall be established by a vote of its membership in accordance with its by-laws and shall include a President and at least three other officers: President-Elect, Vice-President(s), Secretary, Treasurer, and/or other officers as needed.

1.       Affiliate subordinate officers shall be members of the society, TSRT, and ASRT.

2.       The President or appointed designee shall serve on the TSRT Nominating committee and attend the TSRT Annual Meeting. 

D.       The affiliate subordinate society shall state the amount and method of payment of membership fees as determined by its by-laws.  The affiliate subordinate society…

1.      Shall promote membership in TSRT, ASRT, and other professional organizations.

2.      Shall control and keep records of its funding and treasury.

3.      Shall hold a minimum of one meeting per year with a quorum as established by its by-laws.

E.        An affiliate subordinate may be terminated by the TSRT Board of Directors or by a majority vote of the members of the affiliate subordinate.

F.        TSRT shall not be responsible for any debts or statements made by an affiliate subordinate society.

 

SECTION 2: AREA COUNSELORS

Area Counselors

A.       The TSRT Executive Board shall create four areas within Texas:  North East, North West, South East, and South West.

B.       Each area shall have an Area Counselor who shall be responsible for societies within their area.

C.       Area Counselors

1.      Shall be elected by TSRT members in that area or appointed by the TSRT Executive Officers by majority vote.

2.      Shall be non-voting members of the TSRT Executive Board.

3.      Shall be members of TSRT and ASRT.

4.      Shall serve on the TSRT Nomination Committee.

5.      Shall attend or send reports about their area to the TSRT President prior to a TSRT Board meeting.

6.      Shall attend the TSRT Annual Meeting.

7.      Shall notified TSRT immediately if an area society in their area has disbanded.

D.       Area Counselors may appoint committees or additional staff (Area Counselor-Elects or Area Assistants) in their areas upon majority approval of the TSRT Board.

 

ARTICLE 8: NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

 

SECTION 1:  NOMINATING COMMITTEE

A.       Shall consist of

1.      TSRT Board Chair as Chairman.

2.      Affiliate sub-ordinate presidents.

3.      Other committee members as appointed by the Board Chair and approved by the Board.

B.       Shall follow time-line as state in Standing Rules when sending out a call for candidates for VP and posting notices on the TSRT website.

1.      Shall instruct potential candidates to review the TSRT Guide Book, Bylaws, Standing Rules, and other information as posted on the website.

2.      Shall verify the qualifications of the candidates.

3.      Shall interview the candidates and verify their willingness to serve as Vice President and succeeding terms.

4.      Shall verify a candidate will not hold two Executive Officer’s positions in the current year.

5.      Shall submit qualified candidates to the Board.

 

SECTION 2:  TSRT EXECUTIVE BOARD AND ELECTIONS

A.       The TSRT Executive Board shall approve the VP candidates and designate the Board Chair or EOM to create an election ballot.  The TSRT Executive Board…

1.       Shall post on the website the notice of the election and candidate statements.

2.       Shall establish start/end election dates and distribute the VP election ballot to the membership.

3.      Shall determine how the membership will cast their votes; either by mail, electronically, or by other methods.

4.      Shall determine how the votes will be counted; either by the Nominating Committee, two Board Officers, EOM and one Board Officer, or by an outside agency.

5.      Shall break a tie vote on the ballot by vote of the membership on the floor during the Annual Meeting.

6.      Shall verify and document the results of the election at the next Board Meeting.

B.       The President shall notify the candidates the results of the election prior to the Annual Meeting.

C.       TSRT Executive Board shall establish a method to destroy final ballots after Annual Meeting.

 

ARTICLE 9:  MEETINGS

 

SECTION 1:  ANNUAL MEETING

A.       The Executive Board shall determine the date and location of the Annual Meeting.

B.       In the event of an emergency, the Executive Board (by majority vote) may postpone or cancel the Annual Meeting.

 

SECTION 2:  BUSINESS MEETING(S)

A.       A quorum is established at a TSRT business meeting(s) when fifty (50) voting TSRT members (registered at the meeting) and two Board Officers are present.

B.       TSRT voting members may cast their votes during business meeting(s) per Robert’s Rules of Order. 

C.       TSRT voting members may only cast one vote per each call for votes.

D.       There shall be no voting by proxy.

 

SECTION 3:  SPECIAL MEETING(S)

A.       The President or three TSRT active members may request a special meeting. 

1.      TSRT members shall submit their request in writing to the EOM or an Executive Officer.

2.      The Executive Board will select the date, time, and location of the special meeting by majority vote of the Executive Officers.

3.       The date, time, location, and agenda of the special meeting shall be posted on the TSRT website at least fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting.

B.       No essential business other than that specified shall be transacted during the special meeting.

 

ARTICLE 10:  TSRT EXECUTIVE BOARD

 

SECTION 1:  COMPOSITION

The TSRT Executive Board shall include the Board Officers, Executive Office Manager (EOM), and Area Counselors

 

Voting Executive Officers:  Board Chair, President, President-Elect, and Vice-President

 

Non-voting Board Members:  Area Counselors and EOM

 

SECTION 2. DUTIES

A.   Be vested with the responsibility of the management of the business of the TSRT.

B.   Provide for the audit of the books and accounts of the TSRT.

C.   Control all funds and property owned by the TSRT.

D.   Establish committees as deemed necessary to aid the TSRT in carrying out its activities

E.   Change the dates or location of the annual meeting if found advisable, and in case of state or national emergency, to cancel an annual meeting, and to provide for election of officers.

F.   Employ such personnel as may be necessary to conduct the business of the TSRT.

G.  Determine the number and boundaries of the affiliate subordinates.

H.  Temporarily suspend action adopted by the membership if such policy is found to be contrary to Federal, State, or Local laws, TSRT Bylaws, or to be financially infeasible. All such action shall be ratified by the voting members at the next annual meeting.

I.   Fill vacancies in the Nominations Committees.

J.   Follow the appropriate guidelines included in the Guidebook and Duties for the Board of Directors.

K. Fulfill requirements of ASRT regarding annual renewal, including documentation of corporate existence and proof of current IRS tax-exemption status and documentation of appropriate tax returns being filed with the IRS in the prior year.

 

SECTION 3 MEETINGS

A.  The Executive Board shall meet at least three (3) times per year.

B   The board chair, or a majority of the members of the Executive Board, upon written request to the board chair, may call a special meeting, provided a fifteen- (15-) day notice to all Board members is given.

C.  Meetings of the Executive Board may be held by teleconference, at the discretion of the board chair.  Members of the Board shall each pay their own costs associated with participating in a teleconference, although TSRT may pay set-up costs or other administrative costs of holding a special meeting by teleconference.  Standing rules specific to meetings held by teleconference may be adopted by the Board.  The EOM shall be responsible for preparing minutes of all meetings conducted via teleconference.

D.  Voting shall be conducted according to the rules of the parliamentary authority cited in Article ##.  There shall be no proxy or absentee voting allowed.

E.  A majority of the Executive Board members shall constitute a quorum for all meetings.

 

 

ARTICLE 11:  TSRT AFFILIATE DELEGATES AND THE ASRT HOUSE OF DELEGATES

 

SECTION 1: TSRT AFFILIATE DELEGATES TO ASRT HOUSE OF DELEGATES MEETING

The President and EOM shall submit to ASRT the names of the two TSRT affiliate delegates and alternate delegate by the last business day of January or the TSRT delegate positions shall remain open until after the ASRT House of Delegates’ meeting.

A.       The President and President-Elect should serve as TSRT affiliate delegates at the annual ASRT House of Delegates meeting.  TSRT affiliate delegate.

1.      Shall meet ASRT’s affiliate delegate criteria.

2.      Shall complete and submit affiliate delegate information when requested by ASRT. 

3.   Shall be voting members of ASRT and TSRT for a minimum of two years.

      4.   Shall practice in the medical imaging or radiation therapy professions or health

care.

      5.   Shall have the time and availability for necessary travel to represent the ASRT.

      6.   Shall attend the ASRT House of Delegates’ meeting and all meetings required of

Delegates.

      7.  Shall notify the Board and ASRT immediately if unable to attend the HOD

meeting.

8.      May serve concurrently on other national certification or accreditation agencies.

B.       The Board Chair will serve as alternate affiliate delegate and attend the HOD meeting in event the President or President Elect are unable to serve.  TSRT has the power to remove affiliate delegates according to the procedures found in Section 3.

C.       The Board, by majority vote, may appoint another officer or TSRT committee member to serve as affiliate delegate or alternate delegate if there is a vacancy in the list of delegates, and if the individual so appointed meets the requirements of ASRT.

 

SECTION 2:  RESPONSIBILITIES

TSRT affiliate delegate

A.       Shall attend meetings, vote, submit reports, follow ASRT bylaws/directives, and perform other duties as mandated in the ASRT Delegate Handbook.

B.       Shall serve in the best interest of TSRT, ASRT and the profession. 

C.       If at the HOD meeting a TSRT affiliate delegate cannot serve, they shall notify ASRT and the Speaker of the House immediately. ASRT will determine if the TSRT alternate delegate may be seated.

 

SECTION 3:  ABSENCE

An absence exists when an appointed TSRT delegate is unable to fulfill the duties of the position during the ASRT House of Delegates’ meeting. The delegate shall be considered absent for the purpose of that meeting only. It is the responsibility of the TSRT delegate to notify the ASRT, the Speaker of the House, and the alternate delegate of the delegate’s inability to attend the conference as soon as possible. The alternate delegate shall be seated for that meeting only. Any delegate position or alternate delegate position not filled by the appointment process remains open. There shall be no on-site credentialing of delegates.

 

 

 

SECTION 4:  VACANCY

A vacancy exists when a delegate has submitted a written letter of resignation or when a delegate position has not been filled by the appointment process.  Vacancies caused by the written resignation of a delegate shall be filled by the appointed alternate delegate.

 

SECTION 5: CENSURE, REPRIMAND, AND REMOVAL

The TSRT delegates may be suspended or terminated for cause. Sufficient cause for such suspension or termination of membership shall be a violation of the Bylaws or any lawful rule or practice duly adopted by the TSRT or any other conduct prejudicial to the interests of the TSRT.

A.  If the Board of Directors deems the charges to be sufficient; the person charged shall be advised in writing of the charges.
B.  A statement of the charges shall be sent by certified or registered mail to the last recorded address of the member at least twenty (20) days before final action is taken.
C.  The statement shall be accompanied by a notice of the time and place of the meeting of the Board of Directors at which the charges shall be considered.
D.  The member shall have the opportunity to appear in person and be represented by counsel to present any defense to such charges before action is taken.
E.  Censure or reprimand of a member shall be by majority vote of the entire membership of the Board of Directors.
F.  Suspension or expulsion shall be by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the entire membership of the Board of Directors.

 

ARTICLE 12:  COMMITTEES

 

A.       The Executive Board shall establish committees as deemed necessary for the business of TSRT. 

1.      Committees shall be responsible to the Executive Board.

2.      The President shall serve as Ex Officio member of all committees, except the Nominating Committee.

3.      Committee chairpersons and members shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Executive Board. 

B.       The Alliance Committee for Educators shall elect their chairperson at the Annual Meeting.

C.       The Organization of Past Presidents shall elect their chairperson as needed.

D.        In the event of a committee vacancy, the President (with Executive Board approval) shall appoint a replacement.

E.        In the event of a vacancy of the Nominating Committee, the Board Chair (with Executive Board approval) shall appoint a replacement.

F.        The term for the Committees shall be one year. 

 

ARTICLE 13:  PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

 

The rules contained in the current edition of  Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, shall govern the TSRT in all cases in which they are applicable in which they are consistent with the Bylaws.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 14:  REVISIONS AND AMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS

 

A.       TSRT Board Chair shall submit proposed revisions/amendments of TSRT bylaws to the Executive Board and seek approval by the Executive Board at least six weeks prior to the Annual Meeting.

B.       The proposed revisions/amendments (upon Board approval) shall be posted in TEX-RAYS, posted on the TSRT website, or mailed to the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Meeting.

C.       The proposed bylaw revisions/amendments shall be presented to the membership by the Board Chair/designee at the Annual Meeting. 

D.       Upon closure of discussion, the membership in attendance shall vote on approving the proposed revisions or amendments. 

E.        Approval of the proposed revisions/amendments shall be by two-thirds (2/3) vote of members in attendance.

F.        Bylaws may be revised-amended in less than thirty (30) days by unanimous approval of the Board, five day notice to membership, and four/fifths (4/5) approval of membership votes submitted by e-mail, electronically, or mail.

 

ARTICLE 15:  INDEMNIFICATION

To the greatest extent of the laws of the State of Texas, every officer, director, employee or delegate of the TSRT shall be indemnified by the TSRT against all expenses and liabilities, including attorney's fees, in connection with any threatened, pending or completed proceeding in which the above-named individual is involved by reason of being or having been an officer, director, employee or delegate of the TSRT if the above-named individual acted in good faith and within the scope of the above-named individual’s authority and in a manner reasonably believed to be not opposed to the best interests of the(state society’s acronym). In no event shall indemnification be paid to or on behalf of any above-named individual going beyond or acting beyond the powers granted by authority of this organization or bylaw. The foregoing right of indemnification shall be in addition to, and not exclusive of, all other rights to which such officer, director, employee or delegate may be entitled.

 

ARTICLE 16:   DISSOLUTION

In the event of dissolution or final liquidation of the TSRT, all of its assets remaining, after payment of its obligation shall have been made or provided for, shall be distributed to and among such corporations, foundations, or other organizations organized and operated exclusively for scientific and educational purposes, consistent with those of the TSRT, as designated by the TSRT Executive Board.

 

Adopted 1986                         Amended 2001

Amended 1988                       Amended 2002

Amended 1989                       Amended 2003

Amended 1990                       Amended 2005

Amended 1991                       Amended 2006

Amended 1992                       Amended 2007

Amended 1993                       Amended 2008

Amended 1994                       Amended 2009

Amended 1996                       Amended 2010

Amended 1997                       Amended 2011

Amended 1998                       Amended 2012

Amended 1999                       Amended 2013

Amended 2000                       Amended 2014