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BY-LAWS OF THE MICHIGAN ATHLETIC TRAINERS SOCIETY INC.

ARTICLE I - MEMBERSHIP PROVISIONS AND DUES

A. Membership Classes - The classification of members shall be in accordance with the following criteria:

1. Certified - Individuals must be certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association, Inc.
2. Associate - Individuals must meet all criteria for holding an associate membership in the National Athletic Trainers Association, Inc. This may include physicians and allied health professionals who are active in the field of sports medicine.
3. Student - Individuals must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students and meet all criteria for holding a student membership in the National Athletic Trainers Association, Inc.
4. Honorary - Individuals who, by virtue of their acts and speech, show profound interest in the profession of athletic training and in enhancing its service to those in athletics shall be eligible for membership in this class. The Executive Board must approve all nominees for honorary membership.
5. Retired - A certified member who retires in good standing because of age or disability shall have the privilege of continuing in this class of membership without further payment of dues.
6. Supplier - Individuals and corporations must meet all criteria for holding supplier membership in the National Athletic Trainers Association, Inc. This membership class is the Executive Board upon recommendation of the Fund Raising Committee may waive dues paying, however, dues.

B. Membership NATA/GLATA members residing in Michigan will have automatic MATS Membership and pay no additional dues. Non-NATA/GLATA members or individuals residing outside of Michigan shall request and complete an application. This shall be forwarded, along with their dues, to the official MATS mailing address. The Executive Board has the final authority on approval for membership classification.

C. Rights of Members

1. Certified members shall be entitled to all membership privileges including the right to vote in matters requiring a membership quorum, make motions, hold office and hold committee appointments.
2. Student, Associate, Supplier, and Honorary members have the right to attend meetings with the right to speak, but not to make motions or to vote.
3. Retired certified members shall have the right to attend meetings, make motions and vote in matters requiring a membership quorum.
4. Certified Hall of Fame members retain the rights of certified members until they retire.

D. Dues

1. Certified, Associate, Advisory, Supplier, and Student NATA/GLATA members residing in Michigan will have automatic MATS membership. Non-NATA/GLATA members or individuals residing outside of Michigan shall pay dues in the amount of $35 per year.
2. Student members who are not NATA/GLATA members shall pay dues in the amount of $10 per year.
3. Honorary, Retired, Hall of Fame and Executive Board-approved Supplier members shall be exempt from paying dues.

ARTICLE II -EXECUTIVE BOARD

A. The Executive Board consists of the five elected officers of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, including: President, President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

B. The Executive Board shall meet at regular intervals with a minimum of two (2) meetings per year or as otherwise deemed necessary by the President.

C. The Executive Board shall have exclusive voting authority of the following:

1. Budget and all Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. expenditures.
2. Final approval on membership classifications. (By-Laws, Article I., Section B)
3. All By-Law changes. (Constitution-Article VI., Section 3)
4. Approval of all Committee Chairpersons and Liaison Appointments. (By-Laws, Article III., Section B., Item 7) (By-Laws, Article III., Section B., Item 8)
5. Final Selection of Hall of Fame Inductees. (By-Laws., Article XI., Section I., Item 6., Line 6)

D. The President will be the tie breaking vote when there are ties regarding motions.

E. Vacancy or resignation of any Executive Board member can occur at anytime. The Board member must resign in writing. Such resignation shall take effect at the time agreed to by the Board member and the Executive Board. Replacement of the Board member shall be governed by the Constitution (Article IV., Section 4).

ARTICLE III - PRESIDENT

A. Terms of Office - Elected for a two (2) year term as President-Elect, followed by a two (2) year term as President. Acts as an advisor to the Executive B-oard/Council when term of President is finished.

B. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Serve as official spokesperson for the Executive Board and Executive Council.
2. Summon all meetings of the Executive Board and Executive Council.
3. Preside over all meetings of the Executive Board and Executive Council.
4. Preside over all meetings of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc.
5. Implement and mandate the policies of the Society as determined by the Executive Board and Executive Council.
6. Inform the Executive Board and Executive Council on affairs concerning the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc.
7. Appoint or re-appoint, with agreement of the Executive Board, all committee chairpersons.
8. Appoint, with agreement of the Executive Board, all Liaisons of the Mich-igan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. and the State Representative to the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association subject to the provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws.
9. Transact all business on behalf of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. subject to the provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws.
10. Develop written goals and objectives with the chairperson of each committee, with approval of the Executive Board liaison, on an annual basis.
11. Have exclusive signing authority to commit MATS to financial obligations with the approval of the Executive Board.
12. Identify, in conjunction with the chairperson, an individual that can serve as chairperson in the event of emergency or resignation on a committee.
13. Seek nominations for chairperson positions via announcements in the newsletter, and informational sheets (FAX), and other forms of communication.
14. Require committee projects and informational reports two weeks prior to the Executive Council meeting for agenda items.
15. Cast the tie-breaking vote on motions when there is a tie.


C. This is a non-paying position.

ARTICLE IV - PRESIDENT ELECT

A. Terms of Office - elected to a two (2) year term as President Elect, followed by a two (2) year term as President. Acts as an advisor to the Executive Board/Council when term of President is finished.

B. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Serve as a member of the Executive Board and Executive Council.
2. Serve as a liaison to the Governmental Affairs Committee.
3. Serve as an ex officio member on all Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. committees.
4. Conduct the Board elections.
a. The President-Elect chairs the Nominations Committee
1. Nominations for all elected offices shall be solicited by the area code representatives and submitted to the President Elect.
2. Each nominee must express his or her desire to run for office.
b. Mail election ballots to the membership before October 1 and receives completed ballot on or before November 1st.
c. Notify candidates of their election to office.
d. In the event the President - Elect and President are to be elected within the same year; the Vice President shall run the election process.
5. Serve as a member of the Finance Committee.
6. Participate with the President in conducting written goals, objectives and evaluations for chairpersons of the Governmental Affairs, Public Relations , Finance, and Nominations Committees.
7. Serve as President pro tempera in the absence of the President.

C. This is a non-paying position.

ARTICLE V - VICE PRESIDENT

A. Terms of Office - Elected for a two (2) year term and may serve more than two (2) consecutive terms if elected.

B. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Serve as a member of the Executive Board and Executive Council.
2. Assume the responsibility of any officer in the event of their absence except for the office of President.
3. Serve as an ex officio member on all Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. committees.
4. Maintain a record of committee chairpersons, committee members and members of the Executive Board and Executive Council.
5. Be responsible for soliciting suggestions and making recommendations to the Executive Board regarding revisions of the By-Laws. Conduct annual review of the By-Laws and Constitution.
6. Participate with the President in conducting written goals, objectives and evaluations for chairpersons of Professional Education, Winter Meeting, Student Athletic Trainers, Clinical Athletic Trainers, Industrial Athletic Trainers, High School Athletic Trainers, and Ethics Committees.
7. Bring an updated copy of the Constitution, By-Laws, and Robert's Rules of Order to each meeting.
8. Serve as Parliamentarian for Executive Board, Executive Council and General Business Meetings.
9. Serve as Chairperson of Ethics Committee.
10. Maintain NATA-BOC Approved CEU-Provider status.

C. This a non-paying position.

ARTICLE VI - SECRETARY

A. Terms of Office - Elected for a two (2) year term and may serve more than two (2) consecutive terms if elected.

B. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Serve as a member of the Executive Board and Executive Council.
2. Serve as custodian of all records, books, papers, stationary and documents belonging to the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc.
3. Record minutes of all Executive Board and Executive Council meetings (not committee meetings) and distributes copies of minutes to the Executive Board and Newsletter Chairperson within one (1) week of said meeting.
4. Record minutes of all Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. meetings and distributes them to the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. membership via the MATS Newsletter.
5. Maintain a current and accurate mailing list, with the Newsletter and Membership committees, using the employment address whenever possible. Keep the official record of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. membership in cooperation with the Membership Services Committee Chairperson.
6. Participate with the President in conducting written goals, objectives and evaluations for chairpersons of the Membership, History and Archives, Newsletter, and Honors and Awards committees.
7. Work with the President in compiling and distributing materials for Executive Board, Executive Council and business meeting agendas. All materials are to be given to the Secretary fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting. Materials are compiled and distributed to Executive Board and Council members.
8. Provide a detailed order of business including reports and announcements
prior to each Executive Board, Executive Council and business meetings.

C. This is a non-paying position.

ARTICLE VII - TREASURER

A. Terms of Office - Elected for a two (2) year term and may serve more than (2) consecutive terms if e-lected.

B. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Serve as a member of the Executive Board and Executive Council.
2. Possess full power and complete responsibility to transact all approved financial busi-ness for, and on behalf of, the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. as approved by the Executive Board and/or Executive Council.
3. Does not commit the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. to ANY financial obligations.
4. Submit a financial report in writing to the Executive Board and Executive Council one (1) week prior to all Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. meetings.
5. Submit a financial report in writing to the membership of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. via the newsletter.
6. Collect dues from the Membership Chairperson and other special assessments to the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. members.
7. Maintain a permanent and accurate record of all receipts and disbursements of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc.
8. Files and maintain all State and Federal required documents including non-profit status, Articles of Incorporation, Annual Report required by the State of Mich-igan, etc.
9. Act as chairperson of the Finance Committee.
10. Must be bonded throughout term of service. Treasurer Is responsible for security and maintaining appropriate levels of bonding as determined by Finance Committee.
11. Participate with the President in conducting written goals, objectives and evaluations for chairpersons of the Fund Raising committee.

C. This is a non-paying position.

ARTICLE VIII - EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

A. Members - The Executive Council will consist of the five (5) elected Executive Board members plus the State Representative to the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association, and all standing committee chairpersons.

B. Qualifications - Only certified members in good standing in the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. may be members of the Executive Council.

C. Duties

1. The Executive Council shall carry out the mandates and policies of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. as determined by the Constitution, By-Laws or membership vote.
2. Subject to provision of these By-Laws, the By-Laws of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Inc. and all resolutions and enactments of the membership, the Executive Council has full power and complete authority to perform all acts and to transact all business for and on behalf of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc.
3. The Executive Council shall meet at regular intervals with a minimum of two (2) Executive Council meetings a year. Each Executive Council member must attend at least two Council meetings a year. A majority in attendance shall constitute a quorum.
4. The Executive Council shall bring before the membership at any regular or special meeting, by correspondence, or comments from the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. for their information, opinion and/or vote.
5. The Executive Council shall make a report to the membership at each meeting and within one (1) week after each meeting via the Newsletter.
6. All Executive Council positions are non-paying positions.

ARTICLE IX - MEETINGS

A. Number - a minimum of two (2) meetings are to be held each year. The President may call for additional meetings of the membership as he/she deems necessary. Notice of meetings shall be sent to the membership at least ten (10) business days prior to the meetings. One meeting will be held in conjunction with the annual Professional Education Conference.

B. Voting Body - The voting body shall consist of all Certified and Retired members present at regular or special meetings properly called by the President. Each member shall be entitled to one (1) vote. One-third (1/3) of the voting body in attendance shall constitute a quorum. A simple majority shall be required for passage of any motion.

C. Mail Vote - When a decision is required between meetings of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. the Executive Council may ask for a mail vote. There shall be a minimum of two (2) weeks allowed for a reply. A simple majority responding shall be required for passage of any motion.

ARTICLE X - EXECUTIVE COUNCIL COMMITTEES

A. All standing committees will be created and approved by the Executive Board. The chairperson for each committee will be a voting member of the Executive Council.

B. Selection of Chairpersons - Appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Board.

C. Term of Office of the Chairpersons - Two (2) years and may be re-appointed by the new President with ap--proval of the Executive Board.

D. Committee members - The number of committee members will be determined by the committee chair-person to form a workable committee, but should attempt to have a representative from each area code to assist and promote the goals of each committee in their area. All committee members shall be current members of MATS.

E. Selection of committee members - recommended by the chairperson and approved by the Executive B-oard.

F. Term of Office for Committee Members - Two (2) years and may be re-appointed by the chairperson with the approval of the Executive Board.

G. Each committee will be required to submit a report to the Secretary two (2) weeks prior to each board meeting, an annual report prior to the January meeting and an annual budget proposal to the Executive Board at every July meeting.

H. Each Committee Chairperson will be required to submit a quarterly report to the Newsletter chairperson for publication, on or before the deadline as established by the Newsletter Chairperson.

I. Each committee chairperson is responsible to:

1. Appoint all members of their respective committees with approval of Executive Board.
2. Meet with the President to develop written goals and objectives for Executive Council approval.
3. Develop a written strategy for the orientation of new committee members.
4. Identify and train an interim replacement in case of an emergency.
5. Use the established reporting format.

J. Each Committee Chairperson will be required to submit a budget proposal to the
Finance Committee in July.

K. Each Committee Chairperson will be required to submit a list of accomplishments for the annual membership report to the Secretary in August.

L. Each Committee Chairperson will be required to submit an annual report to the Executive Board in January.

M. The President and Executive Board may establish ad Hoc Committees whose authority is limited to that of advising the Executive Board. The President may designate ad Hoc committee chairs.

N. Standing Committees

1. Professional Education Committee (PEC)

a. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Investigate and study all possibilities for education and advancement of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc., its members and the athletic training profession and makes recommendations to the Executive Council.
2. Investigate and recommend opportunities for in-service training and continuing education for the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc.
3. Coordinate Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. clinical symposiums.
4. Cooperate with other state and district organizations in the development, planning, and execution of joint education programs and symposiums.
5. Submit all annual reports - financial, budget proposals, and
accomplishments.
6. Coordinate a mentorship program to serve as a resource for new athletic trainers in each worksite area.
7. Coordinates an annual student writing contest with the Student Athletic Trainers Committee
8. Coordinate periodical study groups throughout the state.
9. Screen applications and bids for future educational conference sites and prepares materials for review at the Executive Board Meeting.
10. Recommend selection of future educational conference sites to the Executive Board.
11. Maintain current files of past and future annual educational meeting reports and provides projections when necessary.
12. Prepare an Annual Post-Educational Conference report for the Executive Council (due two weeks after the educational conference). This Post-Conference report will also be submitted to Newsletter Chairperson on or before the next deadline.
13. Keep membership informed of educational opportunities throughout the state, via quarterly newsletter reports.

b. Executive Board liaison is the Vice-President.

2. Membership Services Committee

a. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Solicit new members for the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc.
2. Renew memberships in the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc.
3. Maintain communications with the Secretary regarding membership status, address changes, new memberships, and membership renewals.
4. Maintain communication with the Treasurer as to membership dues payments and renewals.
5. Relay any pertinent information received from the membership to the appropriate committees or officers.
6. Acts as a liaison between the members and the Executive Council.
7. Coordinate membership address labels with the Newsletter chairperson.
8. Works with the District Secretary to:
a. identify new members in Michigan
b. distribute MATS member information to new District members in Michigan
c. obtain an updated list of District members in Michigan
9. Distribute the year end membership report.
10. Distribute membership renewal packet which includes, but is
not limited to:

a. membership interest survey
b. membership renewal
c. annual membership report

b. Committee Members

1. The Committee Chair position is a bonded position.
2. Recommended by the Membership Services Chairperson
with the approval of the Executive Board.
3. Assist the Membership Services Chairperson with the above functions.
4. Assist the President-Elect in finding willing candidates to run for the Executive Board.
5. Assist the Public Relations committee in obtaining and
disseminating information.

c. Executive Board liaison is the Secretary.

3. Newsletter Committee

a. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Publish a newsletter biannually.
2. Gather, organize, and edit information appropriate for the Newsletter.
3. Solicit information from officers and committee chairpersons regarding activities within the organization.
4. Report all information pertinent to the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc.
5. Solicit advertisers to defray the cost of printing and mailing with the Executive Boards approval.
6. Carry out all activities in developing, printing, and distributing the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. Newsletter as deemed necessary by the committee chairperson.
7. Maintain current addresses and labels for mailings in conjunction with Membership Services Committee Chairperson and Secretary.
8. Write, solicit and edit articles from and about the membership.

b. Executive Board liaison is the Secretary.

4. Public Relations Committee

a. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Responsible for all activities necessary to promote the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. its members and the profession of athletic training in the state of Michigan.
2. Work in conjunction with Liaison Chairperson to provide information and representation from the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. to all state medical organizations and various special interest groups.
3. Generate and maintain the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. public relations display and video, printed materials, and photographs.
4. Supply the public relations display booth and video to members of the Society for meetings and clinics to enhance the awareness of athletic training and the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc.
5. Works in conjunction with the District IV and NATA public relations chairs on common projects to promote the profession of Athletic Training.
6. Identify and coordinate press releases for the promotion of
athletic trainers and MATS members.
7. Assist all committees with the marketing of new programs and projects.
8. Assist Winter Meeting Committee with public relations and information prior to the meeting.
9. Coordinate all media coverage undertaken by MATS.
10. Pursue bids and designs of image and logo for materials to promote MATS to present for Executive Board approval.

b. Executive Board liaison is the President-Elect.

5. Honors and Awards Committee

a. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Maintain the Hall of Fame.
2. Coordinate with History and Archives Chairperson a record of all Michigan award and scholarship winners from the NATA, District and Michigan.
3. Communicate the guidelines to the membership (in the fall newsletter) of the selection process for prospective Hall of Fame, Distinguished Athletic Trainer and Service Awards candidates.
4. Distribute biographical data sheets to all nominees.
5. Collect and review all biographical data sheets.
6. Submit a list to the Executive Board of all nominees for the purpose of discussing and selecting the recipient(s) for the awards. Identify for the Executive Board previous award winners who may be eligible for nomination of District and National awards.
7. Present award(s) [NATA, District and State] at the Annual Golf Outing/Hall of Fame dinner.
8. Provide Certificates of Appreciation to recipients identified by the Executive Board, as well as Committee Chairpersons upon resignation.
9. Prepare memorial resolutions for the newsletter.
10. Coordinate any Michigan Athletic Trainers Society Scholarship Award.

b. Executive Board liaison is the Secretary.

6. High School Athletic Trainers Committee

a. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Enhance the awareness and the necessity for athletic trainers in the high schools in the State of Michigan.
2. Enhance the status and professional reputation of the High School Athletic Trainer in the State of Michigan.
3. Work with the Public Relations Chairperson to increase the lines of communication with the Michigan High School Athletic Association, and other related organizations with involvement of high school athletic trainers.
4. Submit a list of concerns annually to the PEC for inclusion
of ideas for the educational conference.
5. Coordinate outcome studies in conjunction with the NATA
6. Coordinate with the PEC the mentorship program for new
high school athletic trainers.
7. Submit articles and/or a committee report in each newsletter on or before the deadline.
8. Serve as liaison to Michigan High School Athletic Association regarding medical concerns involving high school athletes and possible rules revisions.
9. Coordinate high school summer workshop information in
State of Michigan.
10. Identify and notify the Executive Council of relevant issues in the high school employment setting that are of District or National scope.
11. Maintain a Speakers Bureau to assist the PEC.

b. Executive Board liaison is the Vice-President.

7. Industrial Athletic Trainers Committee

a. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Coordinate with the Public Relations Committee to enhance the awareness of the role of the industrial athletic trainer
2. Provide a means for Industrial Athletic Trainers to communicate, exchange information, ideas and address common problems.
3. Maintain a speakers bureau to assist the PEC.
4. Assist other committees as directed by the Executive Board.
5. Identify educational deficiencies at the collegiate level to better provide employment in the industrial setting.
6. Identify and notify the Executive Council of relevant issues in the industrial employment setting that are of District or National scope.

b. Executive Board liaison is the Vice-President.

8. Clinical Athletic Trainers Committee

a. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Collaborate with the Public Relations Committee to enhance
the awareness of the role of the clinical athletic trainer.
2. Provide a means for Clinical Athletic Trainers to communicate, exchange information, ideas and address common problems.
3. Maintain a Speaker's Bureau to assist the PEC.
4. Identify educational deficiencies at the collegiate level to better provide employment in the clinical setting.
5. Identify and notify the Executive Council of relevant issues in the clinical employment setting that are of District or National scope.

b. Executive Board liaison is the Vice-President.

9. Student Athletic Trainer Committee

a. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Encourage student athletic trainer membership and
involvement in the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc.
2. Coordinate student athletic trainer meetings/conferences at
rotating sites.
3. Work with the PEC to obtain speakers of interest for student
athletic trainers.
4. Serve as a liaison between student athletic trainers' concerns and the Executive Board.
5. Work with each work setting (clinical, industrial, high school) committee chairperson to enhance student athletic trainer education.
6. Coordinate an employment resource placement program for student athletic trainers.

b. Executive Board liaison is the Vice-President.

10. Winter Meeting Committee (District IV)

a. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Investigate feasible state convention sites for possible hosting of the GLATA Mid-Winter Meeting.
2. Make a formal presentation to the Executive Council of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. concerning dates, locations, costs, etc.
3. The Executive Council will approve all sites and presentations. Only one site from the state of Michigan can be selected for presentation to the Executive Board of GLATA per year.
4. Make a formal presentation to the GLATA Executive Council at the Mid-Winter Meeting for possible site selection.
5. Organize and coordinate the GLATA meeting from all aspects when MATS hosts clinical symposium.

b. Executive Board liaison is the Vice-President.

11. History and Archives

a. Functions and Responsibilities

1 Act as guardian of all historical papers, documents, photographs and memorabilia of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. and athletic training.
2. Work with the Scholarship and Awards Chairperson for display and history of award winners.
3. Prepare a history in writing of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. and of athletic training in the state of Michigan.
4. Works with the District and NATA History and Archives
Committees.

b. Executive Board liaison is the Secretary.

12. Finance Committee

a. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Maintain policy and procedures for the preparation of all revenue, expenditures and capital budgets, annually.
2. Review and analyze all budget requests from all committees.
3. Ensure proper external reporting to comply with IRS, Federal and State guidelines.
4. Perform an annual internal audit to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures.
5. Act as advisory committee to the Executive Board concerning all financial matters, including investments and the establishment of the annual operating budget.
6. Work with a professional agency to assist with asset management (stocks, money markets, etc.).

b. Committee Members

1. Chairperson - MATS Treasurer
2. President - Elect
3. Fund Raising Committee Chairperson
4. Two MATS members at large

c. Executive Board liaison is the President-Elect.

13. Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC)

a. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Coordinate all activities involved with obtaining and regulation for the certified athletic trainer in the State of Michigan.
2. Conduct fact-finding activities to ensure the regulation meets the needs of certified athletic trainers in all professional settings.
3. Collect and annually review all regulatory bills for certified athletic trainers that presently exist.
4. Communicate, educate, and coordinate efforts to obtain
support from other medical professions.
5. Act as the coordinating committee for all activities pertaining to regulation including lobbying, public relations, etc.
6. Act as advisory committee to the Executive Board on all aspects of the regulatory process and third party reimbursement.
7. Manage all financial considerations of the legislative process in coordination with the Finance Committee and third party reimbursement.
8. Coordinate all activities for third party reimbursement
for the certified athletic trainer in the State of Michigan.
9. Keep the membership and Executive Board informed of the progress, and changes pertaining to achieving and maintaining regulation and third party reimbursement, on the State, District and National level.

b. Committee Members

1. Chairperson will be an appointed member by approval of the Executive Board.
2. Additional members as recommended by the chair and approved by the Executive Board.

c. Executive Board liaison is the President-Elect.

14. Fund Raising Committee

a. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Oversee any and all fund raising activities that occur within MATS.
2. Work with committee chairs to coordinate and pursue donations of money, goods and/or services when needed to support special or non-budgeted MATS projects.
3. Determine with the Treasurer the monetary values of donated goods, supplies and services.
4. Maintain an annual written record of all fund raising activities for the Finance Committee and the IRS.
5. Make recommendations when needed to waive dues of Supplier members.
6. One member represents MATS to the Research Education Foundation of the NATA.
7. Chairperson is a member of the Finance Committee.
8. Coordinate a sponsor recognition program (along with PEC, and Awards committees).

b. Executive Board liaison is the Treasurer.

15. Ethics Committee
(NOTE: Should any of the Ethics Committee members be the one in question the President shall appoint a replacement)

a. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Accept and review briefs submitted regarding unethical conduct of elected/appointed positions.
2. Notify the President of the committee's decision (by unanimous vote) concerning dismissal from office.

b. Executive Board liaison is the Vice-President.

16. Nominations Committee

a. Functions and Responsibilities:

1. Seek interested electoral candidates.
2. Determine the willingness of a candidate to accept nominations for office by verifying their eligibility according to the Constitution and By-Laws. This also includes completion of the appropriate MATS nomination forms
3. Present a slate of nominees for the appropriate offices to be elected.
4. Provide at least two nominees for each office.
5. Develop and mail ballots (per Policy and Procedure Manual)
6. The balloting deadline is four weeks.
7. President-Elect shall notify all candidates by phone and by letter of election results.

b. Executive Board liaison is the President-Elect.

c. Committee Members

1. Chairperson - President - Elect
2. Selected Representatives
3. Executive Council

ARTICLE XI - BOARD LIAISONS

A. State Representative

1. Terms of Office - Appointed for a two year term by the President. May serve more than one term.

B. Functions and Responsibilities

1. Serve as a member of the MATS Executive Board and Council.
2. Voting power is that of a regular certified MATS member when participating at MATS Executive Board and Council meetings.
3. Recognized by the District Executive Council as the individual who possesses full power and complete responsibility to transact District business for and on behalf of his/her respective State, as the official representative of say in the State.
4. Represent MATS and adjoining Canadian province in District problems or concerns, and in interpretations of District goals and functions.
5. Provide the District Executive Council as well as the District Newsletter Editor with current state news.
6. Serve as a member of the District Nominating Committee.
7. Serve as a member of the District Ethics Committee.
8. Serve as a member of the District Financial Committee.
9. Serve as a member of the District Scholarship Committee.
10. Serve as a member of the District Honors and Awards Committee.
11. Perform the duties as listed for MATS Executive Council members.

C. Executive Board liaison is the President.