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Constitution

Article I - Name
The name of this organization shall be the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Incorporated.

Article II - Objective
The objectives of this Society shall be:

  1. The advancement, encouragement, and improvement of the Athletic Training Profession  in the state of Michigan.
  2. To better serve the common interest of its members by providing a means for an open exchange of ideas within the profession.
  3. To enable members to become better acquainted personally through casual good fellowship.

Article III - Membership

Section 1.  It is requested that members of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. concurrently hold a certified or associate membership in the National Athletic Trainers Association, Inc.

Section 2.  Each applicant for membership shall sign an application stating their desire and intention to become a member to advance its best interests in every reasonable manner and to accept as binding upon him/herself its Constitution and By-Laws.

Section 3.  All members shall be obligated to pay dues as indicated by the By-Laws.  Payment of dues, three (3) months past the due date, shall be cause of membership cancellation.

Article IV - Organization

Section 1.  The governing body of this organization shall be the Executive Council.

Section 2.  The Executive Board of this organization shall consist of the President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Their powers and duties shall be prescribed by the By-Laws of the Constitution.

Section 3.  The President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be elected for a two (2) year term by a majority mail vote of the membership.  The President-Elect shall automatically assume the office of the President immediately after the conclusion of the President's term of office.

The membership shall be notified of an upcoming election in the M.A.T.S. Newsletter.  At that time, application for nominations will be solicited from the membership.  Applications for nominations to office shall be returned to the Vice-President.

Section 4.  Any vacancy in the office of the President shall be filled for the unexpired term by the President-Elect.

Any vacancy in the office of the President-Elect shall be filled for the unexpired term by the Vice-President.  During the next election year, both the President and President-Elect will be elected by the membership.

Any vacancy in the offices of the Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer, shall be filled with an appointee by the President for the unexpired term, at which time a generalelection shall take place for the position(s).

Section 5.  During the absence of the President, the President-Elect shall assume the duties of the President pro tempore and in the absence of the President and President-Elect, the Vice President shall assume the duties of the President pro tempore.

Section 6.  Removal of Officers:  All state officers may be impeached and convicted on the following grounds:  embezzlement, malfeasance in office, and actions contrary to or in violation of this Constitution and its By-Laws.

Before impeachment proceedings can be instituted, a brief containing the charges with the name of the person or persons preferring charges shall be drawn up and presentedby a state officer to the Executive Board sitting in Executive session.  The aforementioned brief must then be adopted by a majority vote prior to the formal presentation of the charges.

Impeachment of any officer shall require a two-thirds (2/3) vote by mail of the voting membership of the Society.

Section 7.  Committees:  All committees will be appointed by the President of the Society with purpose of acting in an advisory and fact finding capacity to the membership and President.

Article V - Meetings

Section 1.  The annual meeting of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc shall be held each year at a time and place set by the Executive Council.  Business portions of the meeting shall be run by "Roberts Rules of Order".

Section 2.  The Executive Council may call for meetings of the membership at other times to meet the objectives of this organization.

Article VI - Amendments to the Constitution

Section 1.  All proposed amendments to the Constitution shall be submitted in writing to the President.  The President shall distribute copies to the membership.

Section 2.  A proposed amendment to the Constitution that has been properly submitted shall be voted on by the entire membership through the mail.  A two-thirds (2/3) majority of the entire membership shall be necessary for the adoption of the said amendment.

Section 3.  The By-Laws may be amended at any official meeting of the Executive Board by a majority vote.