Los Angeles Chapter — California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
LOS ANGELES CHAPTER of the
CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS
Article I NAME
The name of this chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists shall be CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, LOS ANGELES CHAPTER, INC. (LA-CAMFT or Chapter).
Article II OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSES
(The Mission Statement is to be included in the Chapter Policies and Procedures.)
The Chapter may pursue such other objectives and purposes that are in the best interests of CAMFT, its members, and the members of this chapter and that are not in conflict with CAMFT’s Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws or Ethical Standards for Marriage and Family Therapists.
Specific policies and procedures needed to carry out these By-Laws will be included in the Policies and Procedures document, to be filed with these By-Laws, but not to be considered a part of the By-Laws. Changes to the Policies and Procedures may be made with a majority vote of the LA-CAMFT Board of Directors. Changes to these By-Laws are addressed in Article XIV.
Article III MEMBERSHIP
(Membership dues, renewal information, benefits and constraints are detailed in the LA-CAMFT Policies and Procedures.)
A. VOTING MEMBER CATEGORIES
(Must maintain current CAMFT membership in order to retain membership in LA-CAMFT.)
1. Clinical (LMFT) Members, including those in other qualifying Clinical LMFT membership categories, as described in the Policies and Procedures document, must:
2. Pre-licensed Members must:
3. Associate Members must:
B. NON-VOTING MEMBER CATEGORIES
(Membership in CAMFT is not required in these categories.)
Per the statement of Chapter Objectives and Purposes, LA-CAMFT encourages involvement by other related and interested individuals and businesses that would not otherwise qualify for any of the memberships described in Part A of this Article. To that end, the Chapter may establish additional, non-voting membership categories that allow more inclusiveness.
Those categories are to be detailed in the Policies and Procedures of the Chapter, since the intent is to develop membership categories that can be changed to meet the evolving needs of the Chapter community.
C. RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF MEMBERS
D. TERMINATION and REINSTATEMENT OF MEMBERSHIP
(Specific procedural guidelines may be addressed in the Chapter Policies and Procedures.)
Membership in the chapter shall terminate upon the occurrence of any of the following:
A member may resign from membership at any time, by submitting in writing to the chapter a letter of resignation. The effective date of the resignation shall be when the chapter receives the letter of resignation or at such later time as is indicated in the letter. Resignation does not entitle the member to a dues refund.
2. Nonpayment of Dues
Anyone whose dues are in default to the chapter shall be dropped from membership.
3. Loss of Eligibility
Any member, regardless of category, who is no longer eligible for membership due to a loss in the qualifications entitling such person to hold such membership, shall be dropped from membership, with no requirement for LA-CAMFT to refund all or a portion of the dues already paid.
4. Reinstatement of Membership
Any member who has voluntarily resigned membership from the Chapter or has terminated membership because of non-payment of dues may be reinstated to that member’s former category of membership, provided that the applicant meets the criteria for that category of membership and has submitted a new application for membership to the chapter, accompanied by payment of appropriate dues, application or other fees.
Article IV BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
A. COMPOSITION OF BOARD
The Full Board of Directors shall consist of all elected officers, including, but not limited to:
The Executive Board includes, but is not limited to these members (who are also members of the Full Board):
All elected Board members and officers shall be clinical members of LA-CAMFT, with the exception of the Intern Representative, who shall be an intern, and the Directors-at-Large, who may be licensed or pre-licensed intern members.
Any unfilled elected positions on the board may be filled through appointment by the President, with approval from a majority of the current voting board members. The President may, upon approval of the Board, appoint interns to fill any positions not filled through the election process or to replace Board members who leave before completing the term of office. This provision may override the requirement that specific positions are to be filled by licensed, clinical members only.
Additional Board positions may be added, upon a majority vote of the current Board. Board changes must be included in the Chapter Policies and Procedures.
B. POWERS and RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS (voting members)
The activities and affairs of this chapter shall be conducted under the direction of a board of directors (referring to voting members only, unless otherwise noted), all of whom shall be members of the chapter.
The board of directors has the authority and responsibility to:
The Executive Board has the authority and responsibility to:
C. DUTIES OF OFFICERS
1. The President shall, with the consent and direction of the board:
2. The Vice-President shall:
3. The Secretary shall:
4. The Treasurer shall:
D. ORDER OF SUCCESSION
In the absence of the President from a meeting over which he/she should preside or in the permanent absence of the President, the order of succession shall be: Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary.
E. REMOVAL OF OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS
The Board of Directors, by a vote of a majority of its members, shall have the authority to recommend, for approval by the membership, removal from office for cause, any one of its members after having given that member an opportunity to appear before the board of directors to answer the charges.
F. MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
1. Number of Meetings
The Full Board of Directors shall:
The Executive Board shall:
2. Notice of Meetings:
3. Special Meetings:
J. TERMS OF OFFICE
The term of office for all elected officers and board members shall be two years. There shall be no limitation on the number of terms that may be served by an elected officer.
The term of office shall run from January 1 of the first year of service, through December 31 of the second year of service.
If a Board member has been appointed to an office in the middle of a two year term, that member is expected to complete the remaining time left in that term and may run again in the next regular election.
Article V COMMITTEES
1. Committees are essential to the mission and function of the Chapter.
2. Committees of the Board are those formed to carry out the work of the Chapter, but are not essential to the mission and function of the Chapter.
Article VI SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are formed at the request of one or more Chapter members, with the approval of the Board.
Parameters and organizational details of SIGs are to be addressed in the Policies and Procedures.
Special Interest Groups may be approved when:
Article VII FINANCES
A. FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year of the chapter shall begin January 1 of each year and end December 31 of each year.
The establishment of dues and the procedures for collecting dues shall be set in the Policies and Procedures.
The Chapter budget will be set in the governance policies.
Article VIII RECORDS AND REPORTS, INSPECTION
A. MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTION OF BYLAWS
The chapter shall keep at its selected location in California, the bylaws of the chapter as amended to date, which shall be open to inspection by the members at all reasonable times. The chapter shall provide CAMFT with a copy of the chapter bylaws and any amendment(s) thereafter made.
B. MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTION OF OTHER RECORD
C. INSPECTION BY DIRECTORS
Every director shall have the right at any reasonable time to inspect all books, records and documents of every kind and the physical properties of the chapter. This inspection by a director may be made in person or by an agent or attorney, and the right of inspection includes the right to copy and make extracts of documents.
Article IX LIABILITY OF MEMBERS
No member, regardless of the class or category of membership held, and whether or not a voting member, shall be personally or otherwise liable for any of the debts, liabilities and/or obligations of the chapter. Nothing in this article shall be construed to relieve any person of any liability imposed by the California Non-profit Corporation Laws.
Article X PROPERTY
The chapter, through its board of directors, shall hold the title to all property, funds and assets of the chapter and they shall have complete control over the acquisition, administration, and disposition of any property, funds or assets. The chapter may accept gifts, legacies, devises, donations, and/or contributions in any amount and in any form upon such terms as may be decided by the board of directors.
Article XI USE OF NAME
No member shall speak in the name of the chapter without authorization from the president or board of directors.
Article XIV AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS or REWRITES OF THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT
A. Amendments to the bylaws may be initiated by any member of the board of directors.
B. Adoption of Amendments:
CERTIFICATION OF PRESIDENT and VICE-PRESIDENT
We, the undersigned, certify that we are presently elected to and acting in the offices named below, for the Los Angeles Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the above bylaws are as adopted at a meeting of the board of directors held on September 21, 2012 and by a vote of the membership, completed by October 3, 2012.