BYLAWS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY
ARTICLE I – NAME / PURPOSES
- The name of this organization shall be the Pacific Northwest Neuropsychological Society (hereinafter, the “Society”).
- Purposes. The purposes of the Society shall be:
- To promote the profession of clinical neuropsychology through the dissemination of knowledge, the interchange of ideas, and the support of standards of excellence in training and practice.
- To provide a forum for the interchange between neuropsychologists and others interested in brain – behavior relationships.
ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP
- Two Tiered Membership: Beginning July 1, 1992, the Society will have a two tiered membership structure of “members” and “associate members”.
- Members: A member of the Society must be a doctorate level psychologist with a primary interest, focus and professional commitment to neuropsychological education, neuropsychological research, or clinical neuropsychological practice.
- Associate Members: Any person with an interest in neuropsychology, but who does not meet the requirements necessary to qualify as a member, may join as an associate member. This category may include, but is not limited to, individuals in the following professions: psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, neurologists, psychiatrists, etc.
- Voting Privileges: All members and associate members (hereinafter, the “membership”) have the same voting privileges.
- Officers: Only members may be officers of the Society. Only associate members may serve as Executive Board “Representative”.
- Committee Membership: Both members and associate members may serve on standing and ad hoc committees.
ARTICLE III OFFICERS
- OFFICERS. The officers of the Society shall include President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The officers are members of the Executive Board.
- PRESIDENT. The President shall have general executive charge of the management of the affairs of the Society, in cooperation with the Executive Board and the membership. The President, in consultation with the Executive Board, shall appoint committees as may be prescribed in the bylaws. The term of office shall be one year.
- VICE PRESIDENT. The Vice President shall discharge the duties of the President in case of the latter’s absence or disability and shall be a member of the Executive Board. The Vice President shall be the President-elect, succeeding the President following the vice presidential year.
- SECRETARY. The Secretary shall keep records of the meetings of the Society and of the Executive Board and shall maintain and safeguard the records of the Society, including minutes of meetings and details of programs as necessary. The Secretary shall serve a term of one year.
- TREASURER. The Treasurer shall keep or cause to be kept the books of the Society, providing a complete and accurate account of all monies, funds, and property of the Society and of al! disbursements, resources and liabilities thereof. The Treasurer shall collect dues and disburse funds according to the guidelines established by the Executive Board. The Treasurer shall be a member of any fiscal planning committee that may be established. The Treasurer shall report to the Executive Board and the membership on at least an annual basis regarding the finances of the Society in addition to filing a written annual financial report. The Treasurer shall serve a term of one year.
- REPRESENTATIVE. The Executive Board Representative is an associate member who shall serve on the executive board and will be elected by the membership. The Representative shall serve a term of one year.
- EXECUTIVE BOARD. The Executive Board of the Society shall consist of the officers of the Society together with one associate member Representative and the immediate past president of the Society.
ARTICLE IV ELECTIONS
- In May of each year all members of the Society interested in holding office, and all associate members interested in serving on the Executive Board as Representative, shall be listed on a ballot for nominations. The membership (members and associate members) will be asked by mail ballot to check one choice for each office. Those nominees with the largest number of votes for each office shall serve their respective terms. In the event of a tie the outgoing president will cast the tie breaking vote.
- Elections shall be conducted by mail ballot cast prior to the June meeting of the Society. The officers shall be installed as the final act of the June meeting at which the election is verified.
ARTICLE V FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
- The financial affairs of the Society shall be governed by the Executive Board with the exception of an increase in membership dues.
- Alterations in dues structure or amount requires recommendation by the Executive Board and subsequent approval by a majority of the Society membership. The Executive Board may recommend a differential dues structure based upon type of membership.
- A simple majority vote of the membership (members and associate members) will establish any changes in the dues amount or structure.
- The fiscal year of the Society will be from July 1 through June 30.
- The Treasurer shall submit the Society’s financial books for external independent audit at the end of each fiscal year.
- An individual at either membership level not paying the required dues for a period of 12 months will be deemed to have resigned from the Society.
ARTICLE VI COMMITTEES
- The following standing committees shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee:
- MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE. The committee for membership will consist of a chairperson appointed by the President. The chair will form a committee to review all applications for membership and shall nominate those meeting the requirements for consideration by the Executive Board.
- PROGRAM COMMITTEE. The committee will consist of a chairperson appointed by the President. The chair will form a committee to be responsible for planning and coordinating monthly meetings and any other general meetings of the Society.
- AD-HOC COMMITTEES. The President may appoint special ad-hoc committees from time to time as necessary to conduct the affairs of the Society.
ARTICLE VII MEETINGS
- Place of meeting. All meetings will occur at announced times and places.
- Special Meetings. Special Meetings of the membership shall be held whenever called by the President or requested by a majority of the Executive Board.
- Annual Meeting. The Society will have an Annual Meeting. The President of the Society will appoint a chairperson to coordinate the place and program of the Annual Meeting.
ARTICLE VIII AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS
- Amendments may be proposed by the Executive Board upon concurrence of a majority of the Board.
- Voting upon amendments shall be by mail ballot sent to the Society membership. A favorable two-thirds majority of all returned ballots shall be necessary for ratification of any amendments.