Bylaws of the Association For Integrative Medicine (October 17,1998)

BYLAWS

Chapter I. General

Article 1.

1.This association shall be known as the Association For Integrative Medicine, abbreviated AIM.

Article 2.

1. AIM is an organization of all practitioners of the healing arts, administrators, advocates, and other interested parties, representing a diversity of careers related to the profession.

2. The purpose of the organization is to:
A. promote the principles of Integrative Medicine and the scope of practice permitted by individual State legislation and Federal jurisdiction;
B. the provision of educational opportunities within the field of Integrative Medicine for members of the general public as well as Integrative Medicine professionals;
C. the promotion of public awareness of the field of Integrative Medicine;
D. the progressive development of the field of Integrative Medicine;
E. the advancement of research and standards of clinical practice;
F. the maintenance or development of criteria for credentialing qualified practitioners that do not fall under the auspicies of an existing credentialing body;
G. the provision of appropriate vehicles for the exchange of information with colleagues and the general public;
H. A continuing purpose is to expand and redefine our program of activities from time to time to meet the ongoing challenges presented by the advancement of the field of Integrative Medicine.
3.The philosophy of the organization is that an integrated approach to health and healing is ultimately superior to a single-model framework.

4. Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary, this association is organized exclusively for such purposes as are authorized and permitted by Section 501(c) (3) of the internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), and this Corporation shall not carry on any activities which are not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from taxation under said Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

5. No amendment shall be made to the Bylaws which would interfere with or terminate the ASSOCIATION'S status as a charitable organization pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).

Article 3.
1.AIM shall be headed by a six-person minimum, Board of Directors, elected bi-annually by a vote of the general membership. The term of the Board of Directors shall be approximately two years or until their successors are chosen, to whom they shall without delay, deliver and transfer all monies, records and other property in their possession which belong to the Association.

2. Directors shall be elected to represent various medical, therapeutic, healing, psychiatric, artistic, psychological, philosophical, cultural and community perspectives.

Article 4.
1.The six member Board of Directors shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Program Chairman or Chairmen, and Legislative Chairman or Chairmen. The President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of directors, shall be referred to as the Executive Committee. The duties of the President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer shall be stipulated in the bylaws.

Chapter II. Membership

Article 1. Active members.

1. Active professional members shall be credentialed and held in good standing by their respective credentialing body.
2. Active members in good standing shall enjoy the rights and privileges of the Association including participation in meetings, voting, and holding office, as provided in the Bylaws.
3. Applicants for active membership shall submit their names to the Association and must be duly vouched for by two members of the Association.
4. Applicants fulfilling the requirements for membership shall become members by a majority vote at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Membership Committee .

5. Active members shall be required to pay Active Member dues following an optional 6 month gratis trial period which may be implemented from time to tome by the Board of Directors.

Article 2. State Chapters

1. State Chapters of AIM may be established by submitting a minimum roster of President, Secretary and Treasurer to be known as the Chapter Board for the state submitting application.

2. Members of a State Chapter will receive all priveleges of belonging to the parent Association - AIM.

3. Members of a State Chapter shall pay dues directly to the State Chapter.

4. The State Chapter shall remit 50% of dues collected back to AIM. This figure may be subject to fluctuation at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

5. There shall be an Assembly of Chapters which shall represent and serve the needs of AIM Chapters. The Assembly shall operate in accord with procedures recommended by the Assembly and approved by the Board of Directors.

Article 3. Honorary Members

Any member may propose a candidate as an Honorary member, such proposals shall be presented to the Board of Directors and acted upon at the next Membership Committee meeting. A majority vote of the Membership Committee shall constitute him or her as an Honorary member.

Article 4. Associate Members

1. Associate Members shall be non-licensed, or non credentialed health care professional, or lay person desirous of promoting the principles of Integrative Medicine.
2. An individual desiring Associate Member status may propose himself/herself directly for membership, or may be proposed by an active member. Such candidate shall prepare and submit an associate membership form to the Membership Committee, such form to be acted upon at the next meeting of the Committee.
3. Associate members shall be required to pay Annual Associate Membership dues.
4. Associate Members are non-voting members, but shall enjoy the rights and privileges of attending and speaking at all general meetings of the Association.

Article 5. Student Members.

1. Student Members are enrolled at least half time in an accredited college, university, or established institute.

2. An individual desiring student membership status may propose himself/herself directly for membership, or may be proposed by an active member. Such candidate shall prepare and submit a student membership form to the Membership Committee, such form to be acted upon at the next meeting of the Committee.

3. Student members shall be required to pay Annual Student Membership dues.

4. Student members are non-voting members and may attend and speak at all general meetings. Student members may elect a student representative board member who would have voting privelege in the executive governing board decisions.

Article 6. Forfeiture of Membership.

The membership of any member may be forfeit for reasons of non payment of dues in a timely fashion, immoral or unprofessional behavior, conviction for a felony in a court of law, or conduct which is contrary to the best interests of the AIM as determined by a majority of the Board of Directors.

Chapter III. Dues and Arrears.

1. The Board of Directors shall determine the estimated annual expenses of the Association. Based upon this estimate the Board shall determine the Annual Membership Dues for each category of membership.
2. Failure to pay dues within a reasonable period of time as determined by the Board of Directors shall result in forfeiture of membership and it's privileges. Chapter IV. Auxiliary. AIM may establish an Auxiliary composed of any and all parties supportive to the mission of AIM. The Vice-President of the Board of Directors shall be the liason to the Auxiliary. In order to coordinate activities with AIM, the Auxiliary shall present to the Board of Directors, through the Vice President, from time to time, a written Plan, outlining meetings, events, fundraising, educational programs, and budget estimates.
Chapter V. Program Committee.
1. The Program Committee shall be a standing committee of the AIM. It shall be chaired by a duly elected Program Chairman and, if desired, a Co-chairman. The program Chairman, as a member of the Board of Directors, shall have one vote. In the absence of the program chairman, at a Board of Directors meeting, the Co-chairman in attendance may cast one vote.


2. The Program Chairperson(persons) shall cause a committee to be created of Association members from all categories, who in turn shall create a proposed schedule of events, referred to as the Program Committee Plan, including but not limited to monthly general meetings, weekend seminars, and formal Integrative Medicine courses.

Chapter VI. Board of Directors.

Article 1. The Board of Directors shall be constituted as provided in Chapter I, Article 3.

Article 2. The Board shall be chaired by the President, and in his/her absence, the Vice President.

Article 3.

1. The Board shall meet upon notice of it's chairman (President) at regularly scheduled intervals which shall be no less than quarterly.
2. Any active member of the Association may attend meetings of the Board.
3. The Board itself may invite interested parties to attend it's meetings, such parties to be considered ex-offico members at that meeting/s.

Article 4. Matters of the Association which are urgent or emergent may be acted upon by the Executive Committee of the Board on behalf of the Association. Any decision so made shall be reported to the Board at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.

Chapter VII. Elections and Voting.

Article 1.

1. The elected officers of the AIM shall include a President, Vice-president, and Secretary-Treasurer, Program Committee Chairman and/or Co-chairman, and Legislative Committee Chairman and/or Co-chairman.

2. At a meeting of the Board of Directors, each officer and chairman shall have one vote (Co-chairmen vote only in the absence of their respective chairmen-see Chapter V, paragraph a. and Chapter VI, paragraph a.) and a simple majority shall be required for a motion to pass. A tie vote is considered less than a majority.
3. No motion can be made nor voted upon unless a proper quorum is present. A quorum for the Board of Directors shall consist of three Board members, two of which must be either the President, vice-president, or secretary-treasurer. In the absence of a committee chairman, the committee Co-chairman may be counted for purposes of attaining a quorum. Clarification: A meeting can be held without a quorum, but no motion nor vote can be made.

Article 2.

1. At a general meeting all active members shall have one vote. A motion will pass with a simple majority. A tie vote is considered less than a majority.

2. A quorum at a general meeting shall be one-fourth of the Board rounded to the next highest whole number. No motion can be made nor voted upon unless a proper quorum is present.

Article 3. A change in the bylaws or constitution of the Association shall require a two-thirds majority vote at a general meeting. Such a vote may occur no sooner that thirteen days after the active membership has been notified of the proposed change.

Article 4. Election of Officers (Board of Directors).

1. Election of all offices of the board, including committee chairmen, will occur at general meeting held in August or September annually, notice of said election to be mailed to each active member and out of state active member. A member must be present in order to vote.

2. Each person nominated for office must receive a second nomination and must then be available to either immediately accept or reject the nomination.

3. Newly elected officers will assume their duties immediately upon completion of the elections.

4. In the event that a vacancy exists on the Board, the president will nominate a replacement, the nominee, shall be given the opportunity to accept or reject his/her nomination, and a vote to ratify same will occur at the next general meeting of the Association.

Chapter VIII. Officers.

Article 1. Compensation of Officers

No compensation shall be made for the services of the officers. Reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred by an officer in the course of his/her duties can occur upon written request to the Secretary-treasurer. The Board of Directors shall determine if an expense is to be reimbursed.

Article 2. Duties of Officers

1. The duties of the President are as follows:

1. To chair meetings.

2. To attend to the financial expenses along with the Secretary/Treasurer and the Association accountant, and be a signer on the checks.

3. To promote the mission statement of the Association with members of the association, patients, legislators, other medical and health boards, allied professionals, and the public.
4. To make and support contact with other integrative medicine boards.
5. To assist in establing state chapters of AIM.
6. To promote out of global membership through special contacts with organizations, schools, and associations.
7. To act as the chief executive officer of the Association and supervise activites of the Executive Director.

1. The duties of the Vice President are as follows:

1. To perform the duties of the president in his absence.
2. To serve as the Board of Directors' liason to the Auxiliary. 1. The duties of the Secretary-Treasurer are as follows: 1. To keep and distribute minutes of both general and executive committee meetings.
2. To take direction from the President and the Board to schedule and send notices of meetings.
3. To conduct correspondence on direction of Board of Directors' decisions.
4. To collect and deposit Association funds, keep accurate records of same, and report the status of same at regular intervals.
5. To attend to the financial expenses of the Association along with the President and the association accountant, and be a signer on the checks.

1. The duties of the Program Committee Chairman(men) are as follows: 1. To serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
2. To perform in accordance with Chapter V. of these bylaws.
2. The duties of the Legislative Committee Chairman(men) are as follows:
1. To serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
2. To perform in accordance with Chapter VI. Of these bylaws.

Article 3. Staff 1. Paid staff may be hired from time to time at the discretion of the Board. Such positions may include that of Executive Director, Administrative Assistant, Accountant, Bookkeeper, Promotional Specialist, etc.,

2. No hired staff shall have a vote in association affairs, though they may attend and speak at meetings.

ARTICLE IX: NON-PROFIT STATUS DISSOLUTION

This corporation is not organized for pecuniary profit, nor shall it have any power to issue certificates of stock or declare dividends, and no part of its net earning shall inure to the benefit of any member, director, trustee, or individual. The balance, if any, of all money received by the corporation from its operation, after payment in full of all debts and obligations of the corporation of whatsoever kind and nature, shall be used and distributed exclusively for carrying out only the purpose or purposes of the corporation, particularly set forth herein above. in the event of the dissolution of this corporation or in the event it shall cease to carry out the objects and purposes herein set forth, all the business, property, and assets of the corporation or association of like purpose or purposes as set forth herein, and which possesses similar or like exemptions, pursuant to Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law); as the directors of these corporations may select and designate; and in no event shall any of said assets or property, in the event of dissolution thereof, go or be distributed to members, either for the reimbursements of any sums subscribed, donated or contributed by such members, or for any other purpose.



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