Greater Kansas City Area Chapter

 Emergency Nurses Association

Bylaws

 

 

ARTICLE I

NAME

 

  The name of this organization shall be the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter of the Missouri Emergency Nurses Association, hereinafter referred to as the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter or the Chapter.  The Missouri Emergency Nurses Association (Missouri ENA) is a not-for-profit corporation incorporated in the State of Missouri.  The National Emergency Nurses Association may hereinafter be referred to as the ENA.  

ARTICLE II

PURPOSE AND GOALS

    Section 1. Purpose Greater Kansas City Area Chapter is affiliated with the Emergency Nurses Association to implement its philosophy, objectives, and leadership at the chapter level, as well as to coordinate the professional activities of members within the Kansas City Metropolitan area in liaison with the Missouri ENA and the National ENA.  The purpose for which the corporation is organized are educational, within the means of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, including but not limited to the advancement of emergency nursing through education and public awareness. Greater Kansas City Area Chapter ENA shall act in accordance with these Bylaws.   Section 2. Mission The mission of the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter is to advocate for patient safety and excellence in emergency nursing.     Section 3. Goals A. Promote the specialty of emergency nursing in the Greater Kansas City Area. B. Promote the interests of ENA’s members and to improve the professional environment of the emergency nurse through education and public awareness.  C. Promote ethical principles as defined in the ENA Code of Ethics for Emergency Nurses and the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics. D. Work in collaboration with other health related organizations to improve emergency care. E. Be the primary resource for emergency nursing leadership, education, and research. F. Define standards that serve as a basis for emergency nursing practice. G. Develop, disseminate and evaluate emergency nursing education and research.  H. Encourage interaction and mentorship among emergency nurses. I. Identify and disseminate information on key trends affecting and pertinent to emergency nursing. J. Serve as an advocate for the public regarding emergency care.   Section 4. Limitations A. No part of the net earnings of the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter shall be used to benefit of any private individual, with the exception of donations to any group, organization, or entity promoting emergency nursing or supporting purposes and goals of the Chapter, when approved by the Chapter.  Further, no part of the income of Greater Kansas City Area Chapter shall be distributed to its members, directors, or officers, provided however that payments of reasonable compensation for services rendered shall not be deemed a distribution of income.  The Greater Kansas City Area Chapter shall not participate in or intervene in, including the publication or distribution of statements, any political campaign on behalf of any candidates for public office. B. Greater Kansas City Area Chapter ENA shall not engage in any activity which would disqualify it from being exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or any subsequent law of the United States of America. C. Anything herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding, no assets of Greater Kansas City Chapter ENA shall be donated, distributed, applied to, paid over or otherwise used or employed in any manner which would disqualify ENA from being exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or any subsequent law of the United States of America.    

ARTICLE III

MEMBERSHIP

    Section 1. Membership Applications  Membership applications must be submitted to the headquarters office with any required fees. Upon acceptance, a membership card is sent and Missouri ENA and Chapter council is notified.   Section 2. Responsibilities of Membership Each member has the responsibility to support the purpose, mission, objectives, and positions of ENA.   Section 3. Classifications A. Voting Member- Any voting ENA member as defined in National ENA Bylaws Article III, Section 3, who selects the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter as their desired chapter of membership, or who expresses no chapter preference but is assigned to the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter by the Missouri ENA membership committee, shall be a member of the Chapter.  Voting members shall have the right to vote, hold elected office, serve on committees, and attend ENA meetings and social functions.    B. Nonvoting members – As per National ENA Bylaws Article III, Section 3, nonvoting members shall be classified as affiliate, student and honorary. Nonvoting members shall be entitled to serve on ENA committees and attend ENA member meetings and social functions.  Nonvoting members shall have the rights and privileges of ENA membership, except the right to vote and to hold elected office. Membership rights discussed in these bylaws refer to voting members only unless otherwise specified.   Section 4. Privileges A. Membership in ENA gives automatic membership in the Chapter designated or assigned by the Membership Committee if no designation is made, with representation at the State Council level. B. Members shall have the right to vote and to run for office in Chapter elections.   Section 5. Dues and Finance A. Membership dues of ENA members shall be determined by the board of directors and collected by ENA. B. A single payment of membership dues shall include benefits at the National, State, and Chapter level.  

ARTICLE IV

OFFICERS

 

Section 1. Composition A.         Officers The officers of the Chapter shall be President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Secretary and Treasurer; hereinafter known as the Executive Board of the Chapter with full voting privileges.  The Secretary and Treasurer positions may be held by the same person.            B.         Eligibility Requirements             1. Each officer must be a current active member of ENA.             2. A candidate for any position as chapter officer must be a current member of     the Chapter.             3. Each officer must maintain current Professional Nursing License.             4. A candidate for any office of the Chapter must have attended a minimum of     50% of the chapter meetings over the proceeding 12 months, or have an           excused absence.   C.        Responsibilities In addition to those responsibilities delineated below, officers of the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter shall exercise all the duties, privileges, and responsibilities as an officer of the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter in accordance with the Bylaws and Procedures of the ENA.  In the event an officer fails to fulfill their duties or responsibilities, they may be removed by a vote of the chapter at a scheduled meeting, provided notice of such a planned vote was given at a previous meeting.               1. President. a. Serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter. b. Preside over all chapter meetings, oversee chapter activities and chapter courses, and assure the officers and committees are fulfilling their duties to the chapter. c. Appoint committee chairpersons and co-chairs for chapter committees. d. Coordinate all Chapter administrative activities. e. Attend State Council meetings as a voting delegate representing the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter, provide a quarterly report to State Secretary prior to Missouri ENA meeting, and present report.  May designate a replacement delegate. f. Prepare the yearly National ENA report for Greater Kansas City Area Chapter and submit by October 31st yearly. g. Prepare “message from the President” and “Message from Greater Kansas City Area Chapter” for Chapter and State Newsletter. h. UpdateState and National website with changes or additions to Chapter officers or committees. i. Attend Leadership Orientation, the State and Chapter Leaders Meetings at National and Leadership conferences as able and funding allows.   2. President-Elect             a. Perform duties as assigned by Chapter President b. Attend State Council meetings as a voting delegate, representing the   Greater Kansas City Area Chapter.  May designate a replacement delegate. c. To succeed to the office of President at the expiration of the President's term.  In the event the position of President becomes vacant, the President-Elect shall serve for the unexpired term and the term for which they were elected.  d. Attend Leadership Orientation, the State and Chapter Leaders Meetings at National and Leadership conferences as able and funding allows.   3. Immediate Past President             a. Perform duties as assigned by Chapter President b. Attend State Council meetings as a voting delegate, representing the    Greater Kansas City Area Chapter.  May designate a replacement delegate. c. Serve as a mentor as needed. d. Attend the State and Chapter Leaders Meetings at National and Leadership conferences as able and funding allows.   4. Secretary             a. Keep a record of the proceedings of the Chapter b. Record the minutes of the meetings of the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter Meetings and any other proceedings of Chapter. c. Distribute all minutes to Missouri ENA website prior to Chapter meeting, indicated as “pending approval”. d. Submit minutes electronically to Missouri ENA communications committee on a quarterly basis. e. Attend State Council meetings as an alternate delegate, representing the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter. f. Attend the State and Chapter Leaders Meetings at National and Leadership conferences as able and funding allows.   5. Treasurer a. To maintain financial records in accord with Missouri ENA bylaws and SOP’s.   b. To maintain records and provide for a mechanism to transfer records (general and financial) upon the installation of a new Treasurer. c. To work with the President and President-Elect to present a budget proposal annually and submitted at Chapter meeting in December.                         d. To maintain banking accounts and disbursement thereof.                          e. Submit financial reports on monthly basis to Missouri ENA Treasurer.                         f. Prepare and present Treasurers report for bi-monthly Chapter meeting.     D.        Terms of Office             1. The term of office for each officer shall commence January 1 of the elected     term year and terminate on December 31st two (2) years later.             2. The President-Elect shall succeed to the office of the President at the    conclusion of the term of office of the President.             3. The office of Immediate Past President shall be filled by the outgoing     President at the conclusion of the term of office.   E.         Committee Chairs 1. Committees will be established, as necessary to research and address the objectives, educational needs, professional practice, special interests, and programs of the Chapter, and appointed by the Chapter President 2. The Greater Kansas City Area Chapter will attempt to maintain the following standing committees:             a. Institute for, Quality, Safety, and Injury Prevention (IQSIP)             b. Education/Course Operations             c. Governmental Affairs             d. Communications             e. Disaster Preparedness             f.  Membership             g. Awards Banquet             h. Special Events             2. Each chair person of a Committee must be a current active member of ENA. 3. Chairs and co-chairs are expected to attend chapter meetings and provide an update on committee work.  If unable to attend, a report should be prepared and sent for presentation.   F.         Chapter Delegates to the State Council             1. Each delegate must be a current active member of ENA.             2. Each delegate must attend a minimum of 50% of the State Council meetings    and a minimum of 50% of Chapter meetings.             3. Chapter delegates shall be appointed, by the Chapter, to serve a one (1) year    term.  
  1. Chapter Delegates to National ENA General Assembly
1. To be eligible to attend, you must attend 50% of State Council and 50% of the Chapter meetings. 2.  Once qualifications met, member must complete appropriate application and submit to State Council by deadline for consideration.   Section 2. Elections
  1. Nominations for President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer will be accepted in June bi-annually.
  2. At the close of nominations, each candidate will be validated and slate of nominees will be communicated to Chapter members.
  3. Elections will be held in August bi-annually.
  4. Officers shall be elected by majority vote of active members present, either in person or via video broadcast, at Chapter meeting.  (Active member as defined previously in Article III, Section 3A.)
  5. Active members may vote by proxy if have attended 50% of Chapter meetings within the preceding 12 months.  If voting by proxy, vote must be submitted to Chapter President prior to the start of the meeting. 
    Section 3. Vacancies A.  If the office of president becomes vacant, the president-elect shall succeed to the office of president for the unexpired term and shall subsequently serve the term of office of president to which elected. In such case, the immediate past president may remain as immediate past president or the office may remain vacant. B. In the event that the office of Immediate Past President becomes vacant, it shall remain vacant for the duration of that term. B. In the event of a vacancy in any position other than President, the Chapter may conduct a special balloting of the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter to fill the vacancy or vacancies. C. No member shall hold two offices on the Executive Board.  

ARTICLE V

MEETINGS

 

A. The Greater Kansas City Area Chapter shall endeavor to meet on a bi-monthly basis, or more frequently as circumstances warrant.  The President may convene Executive Board meetings as needed. B. Three (3) voting members of the Chapter shall constitute a quorum for all chapter meetings.  

ARTICLE VI

EXECUTIVE BOARD

 

Section 1. Function A. The Executive Board shall assist the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter in managing chapter affairs between meetings and shall have duties and powers delegated by the chapter as outlined here. 1. The Executive Board may carry out any duties and expend any monies that have been previously approved by the Chapter 2. Any member of the Executive Board may spend up to $50.00 without prior approval of the Chapter. 3. All decisions, expenditures, and actions made or undertaken by the Executive Board or any member thereof, will be reported at the next Chapter meeting.  

ARTICLE VII

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION

 

The official publication of the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter shall be the Chapter Newsletter, produced quarterly, and shall reflect the purpose and objectives of the chapter.  

ARTICLE VIII

PARLIMENTARY PROCEDURES

 

These Bylaws and the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern all meetings of the Greater Kansas City Chapter ENA provided they are not in conflict with the National or State Council Bylaws and Procedures.  

ARTICLE IV

DISSOLULTION OF THE CHAPTER

  In the event that the Chapter chooses to dissolve itself, its assets, after any outstanding debts are paid, will revert to the Missouri ENA State Council.  In the event the Chapter becomes inactive, its assets will be held in trust by the Treasurer or other Executive Board member for one year, after which assets will revert to the Missouri ENA State Council.  

ARTICLE V

AMMENDMENTS

 

A. Amendments to the Bylaws may be proposed by any member of the Chapter. B. In order to be approved, amendments must be submitted in writing to the Executive Board of the Chapter.  They will be presented, discussed and/or modified and disseminated to members for their review.  The amendment will be voted on at the next chapter meeting and will require a 2/3’s vote of members present.

 

 

 

        Adopted: October 12, 2011 Revised December 14, 2011 Revised December 12, 2012    
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