BY-LAWS OF THE
OHIO CHAPTER, THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOTISTS
AND PROSTHETISTS, INC.
The name of this association shall be the Ohio Chapter, The American Academy of
Orthotists and Prosthetists, Inc., hereinafter called "The Chapter".
- The term "the profession of orthotics and prosthetics" as used in the Certificate of
Incorporation and in these By-laws refers to the providing of orthotic and/or
prosthetic patient management in consultation with physician, including
measuring, designing, fabricating and fitting orthotic devices (other than dental
devices) and of prosthetic devices which are designed to substitute for missing
external parts of the body.
- The term "practitioner" refers to an individual practicing the profession of orthotics
and/or prosthetics to whom the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and
Prosthetics, Inc., has awarded the title of Certified Orthotist, Certified Prosthetist or
Certified Orthotist and Prosthetist and/or has secured license to practice in the
state of Ohio as an orthotist, prosthetist or pedorthist. His or her principal function
is to provide orthotic-prosthetic patient management pursuant to physician's
prescription and according to the patient's requirements.
- The term "Chapter" identifies the geographical area in the United States from which
membership of this Chapter is drawn. Such membership consists of persons
engaged in profession described in #2 hereof. The geographic area is the State of
The purposes of the Chapter shall include but not necessarily be limited to the following:
- To initiate and conduct activities designed to promote attainment of the highest
standards of technical competency and ethical conduct by orthotic-prosthetic
- To provide, through membership in the Chapter, recognition of orthotic, prosthetic,
and pedorthic practitioners who practice according to technical and ethical
standards established by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and
Prosthetics and/or the state of Ohio.
- To collaborate with recognized educational, research and other organizations to
develop technical and ethical standards for the profession of orthotics and
- This Chapter was chartered by the American Academy of Orthotists and
Prosthetists, Inc. This Chapter is authorized to use the insignia of the Academy for
all purposes related to its business or that of the Academy.
- The voting membership of the Ohio Chapter shall consist only of practitioners who
are Active or Affiliate Members of the Academy.
- Any and all fees, dues and special assessments collected by local Chapters shall
be in addition to fees and dues assessed by the Academy.
- The principal office of this Chapter, shall be that of the Secretary-Treasurer duly
elected from time to time in accordance with the provisions of these By-laws.
- TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP:
- § Active Member (Also called “Member”): Individuals eligible to hold Active
Member status in the Chapter include and are limited to those:
- who are orthotic-prosthetic practitioners certified by The American
Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics; and are
members in good standing in the American Academy for Orthotists
- and who practice orthotics and/or prosthetics within the
geographical boundaries of this Chapter (as defined in
Article II, Section 3 of these By-laws)
- or who practice orthotics and/or prosthetics within a
neighboring state not having its own Chapter, or;
- who hold current license to practice orthotics, prosthetics or pedorthics in
the state of Ohio and are Affiliate Members of the American Academy for
Orthotists and Prosthetists.
- Active Members are eligible to vote in all Chapter elections and hold office in the
- § Associate Member: Individuals eligible for Associate Member status in the
Chapter include and are limited to those:
- 1) who hold current “Registered Associate” or “Technician” certification
from The American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, or;
- 2) who hold current BOC Orthotic Fitter/Mastectomy Fitter Certification from
the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification.
- 3) any certified or licensed individual who wishes to receive Associate
Member discounts for Chapter meetings and other member benefits.
Associate Members can neither vote nor hold office in the Chapter
- 2. MEMBERSHIP YEAR: The membership year is 12 months in length and is
established by the Board of Directors.
- 3. MEMBERSHIP DUES: Membership dues shall be in the amount established
from time to time by the Board of Directors
- 4. MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING: Only individuals whose dues are paid are
considered members in good standing
- 5. This Chapter may sponsor candidates for honorary membership. An honorary
member is not entitled to vote or hold office.
FISCAL YEAR: The Fiscal Year of the Chapter shall begin on December 1 of each year.
DUES: Membership dues shall be in the amount established from time to time by the
Chapter Board of Directors.
GENERAL MEETINGS: The Chapter shall hold at least one General Meeting in each year
for the transaction of Chapter business.
SPECIAL MEETINGS: Special Meetings of the Chapter shall be held at the call of the
President or upon written request of one-seventh of the Active Members of the Chapter.
NOTICE OF MEETINGS: Notice of Special Meetings shall be mailed by the Secretary of the
Chapter to each Member at his or her last recorded address at least thirty days in advance
of Special Meetings, and it shall contain the statement of the time and place of the Special
Meeting and information as to the subject or subjects to be considered.
A. The right to vote on matters affecting the Chapter is limited to Active Members in
good standing. Associate, and Honorary Members may participate in discussions in
matters affecting the Chapter at both General and Special Meetings and shall be
recognized for that purpose, but shall not be entitled to vote on such matters.
B. Each voting Member of the Chapter is entitled to vote, in person or by proxy, at all
regular and special meetings of the Academy and the Ohio Chapter or by mail ballot if that
procedure is used. To vote by proxy the member, in writing, shall designate a voting
member to cast the proxy vote in a predetermined manner or to vote according to the
selected member's discretion. Every proxy must be in writing and filed with the Secretary-
C. QUORUM: A quorum at all meetings shall consist of one-fourth of Active Members
in good standing of the Chapter present in person or by proxy. If a quorum is not present,
the President shall adjourn the meeting for [no] longer than thirty (30) days. Issues will be
decided by a simple majority of those voting.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
GOVERNANCE OF THE CHAPTER: The governing body of the Chapter shall be the Board
of Directors and shall consist of the following officers of the Chapter: President, President-
elect, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer and Immediate Past President
TERM OF OFFICE: The term of office of each officer shall be one year in length beginning
on December 1st.
ROTATION OF OFFICERS: At the discretion of the Active Membership, the annual election
of officers may consist only of the office of Secretary-Treasurer, and each other officer shall
be moved to a new position according to the following order: existing Secretary-Treasurer
assumes the position of Vice President, Vice President assumes the position of President-
elect, President-elect assumes the position of President, and President assumes the
position of Immediate Past President.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS: The Officers of the Chapter are responsible for the management
of the Chapter and are hereby vested with authority to do such acts as are necessary,
desirable and legally proper to conduct the business of the Chapter in accordance with the
laws of the State of Ohio, the corporate charter, the by-laws of the American Academy of
Orthotists and Prosthetists and the by-laws of the Ohio Chapter.
MEETINGS: The Board of Directors may hold regular meetings at such times and places
as it shall determine and the requirement that prior notice shall be given may be waived on
the record of the meeting. The President may call special meetings of the Board only after
giving ten days notice, personally, by mail, or by telegram to each Board member. The
President shall call special meetings in like manner upon the request of three or more
officers. The notice of a special meeting shall state the time, place and purpose of the
QUORUM: A simple majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the
purpose of conducting business.
COMPENSATION: Officers as such receive no salary for their services, but by resolution of
the Board of Directors, reimbursement may be allowed for those expenses properly
incurred in connection with Chapter duties.
PRESIDENT'S DUTIES: The President shall preside at General and Special Meetings of
the Chapter and at meetings of the Board of Directors of the Chapter and shall serve as an
ex officio member of all committees of the Chapter. He/she shall also, at General
Meetings of the Chapter and at such other times as he/she shall consider appropriate,
communicate to the Chapter, to the Board of Directors of the Chapter and to The American
Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists such matters, suggestions and recommendations
as shall tend, in his or her opinion, to promote the welfare and usefulness of the Chapter
and Organization. He/she shall perform such other duties as are necessarily incident to
the office of President of the Chapter or as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors of
the Chapter. The President shall appoint a person who is duly qualified to fill any vacancy
which may occur in the directorship of the Chapter caused by death, resignation, or
otherwise until a successor shall have been duly elected.
PRESIDENT-ELECT DUTIES: The President-Elect shall, in the absence or disability of the
President perform the duties and exercise the powers of the President and such other
functions as the Board of Directors may prescribe. He/she shall be responsible for all
arrangements for the educational portion of the annual meeting. He/she shall organize
the educational program so that the Secretary-Treasurer may mail copies to all members
thirty (30) days prior to the annual meetings. The President-elect shall serve in place of
the President during his or her absence and perform duties assigned to the President.
VICE PRESIDENT'S DUTIES: The Vice President shall, in the absence or disability of the
President and the President-Elect, perform the duties and exercise the powers of the
President and such other functions as the Board of Directors may prescribe. He/she shall
also apply Continuing Education for credit to appropriate organizations for Ohio Chapter
programs. He/she shall assist the President-Elect in organizing the Annual education
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S DUTIES: The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep the official
minutes of all meetings of the Chapter and its Board of Directors and shall conduct all
correspondence concerning the Chapter's activities except that which is appropriate for the
President. He/she also shall mail dues invoices to each member in November for the
forthcoming fiscal year.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT'S DUTIES: The Immediate Past President shall perform
such duties as the Board of Directors may prescribe or the President may assign.
GENERAL: The President, with the concurrence of the Board of Directors, may create such
committees as he/she considers to be necessary for the conduct of the Chapter's
business. Committee membership shall terminate on expiration of the term of the
President appointing them.
1. The Chapter may be dissolved by the vote of a two-thirds majority of its Active Members.
2. No part of the net income of the chapter may inure to the benefit of any member. Upon
dissolution, the property of the association shall be donated to a tax exempt organization of
the same class as the Chapter.
1. Any member of the Chapter may initiate the process of amending the Bylaws by
providing proposed amendments in writing to the Board of Directors
2. Proposed amendments to the Bylaws are eligible for ratification by a membership vote
following a review and approval by a majority of the Board of Directors at its next regularly
3. Should the Board of Directors approve a proposed amendment to the Bylaws, the
Board of Directors shall determine whether the membership is to vote on the proposed
amendment at any official meeting of the Chapter or by mail ballot.
4. If the proposed amendment is to be voted on at an official Chapter meeting, the text of
the proposed amendment shall be sent by first-class mail to the members entitled to vote
thereon no later than 30 days prior to the meeting.
5. If the proposed amendment is to be voted on by mail ballot, the Board of Directors
shall mail to each member the text of the proposed amendment, a ballot, and a notice of
the postmarked closing deadline for returning the ballot.
6. The Board of Directors shall stipulate the procedure for the receiving and counting of
7. The affirmative vote of a majority of Active Members (either in person or by proxy if the
vote is conducted at a regular business meeting, or received with postmarks no later than
the closing deadline for mailed ballots) shall be sufficient to ratify and make effective the
RULES OF PROCEDURE
To the extent not inconsistent with the applicable law, the Articles of Incorporation, the
Bylaws or policies or procedures of special rules duly adopted by the Chapter or the Board
of Directors, the proceedings of the Chapter, including meetings of the members, the
Board of Directors and other committees, shall be governed by the most recent edition of
Robert’s Rules of Order.