Section 1. Name. This organization, a non-for-profit corporation, shall be known as the American College of Cardiology, Iowa Chapter (hereinafter referred to as the “Chapter”).
Section 1. Eligibility. All members in good standing with the American College of Cardiology residing or working in Iowa shall be eligible for membership in the Chapter.
Section 2. Class of Members.
Section 3. Voting and Office Holding Rights. All members of the Chapter in good standing shall be eligible to vote and hold office in the Chapter. All classes of Chapter membership shall be eligible to serve on committees of the Chapter.
Section 4. Termination of Membership. Membership in the Chapter shall terminate when the member ceases to hold membership in the American College of Cardiology or fails to pay Chapter dues as specified in Article VIII.
Section 1. Officers. The officers of the Chapter shall consist of the President, the President-Elect, the Immediate Past President, and the Secretary-Treasurer. The American College of Cardiology Governor for the state of Iowa shall serve concurrently as the President of the Chapter. The American College of Cardiology Governor-Elect for the State of Iowa shall serve concurrently as the President-Elect of the Chapter. The American College of Cardiology Immediate Past Governor for the state of Iowa shall serve concurrently as the Immediate Past President of the Chapter.
Section 2. Election and Term of Office. Governors of the College are elected through a process as set forth the Bylaws of the American College of Cardiology. The term of office for College Governors is three (3) years. The Chapter Immediate Past President shall also serve a term of three (3) years. The Chapter Secretary-Treasurer shall serve a term of three (3) years and shall be elected by the members of the Chapter by electronic ballot. The Secretary-Treasurer may serve a maximum of two (2) consecutive terms as Secretary-Treasurer.
Section 3. Vacancies. If a vacancy for the office of President, and/or President-Elect, occurs for any cause it shall be filled, after consultation with the Chapter, in accordance with Article XI, Section 2 of the Bylaws of the American College of Cardiology. If the offices of Immediate Past President or Secretary-Treasurer become vacant, these offices shall be filled by action of the Executive Committee. Subsequently, this action shall be ratified by the members of the Council and chapter at the next business meeting or by electronic ballot (whichever is most feasible).
Section 1. President. The President of the Chapter, who concurrently is the American College of Cardiology Governor for the state of Iowa, shall be the chief elected officer of the Chapter and shall in general supervise and direct the business and affairs of the Chapter, in consultation with the Council. The President shall serve as Chair at all meetings of the membership and of the Council. The President, in consultation with the Council and the committee Chair, shall appoint the members of all standing and special committees of the Chapter.
Section 2. Immediate Past President. The Immediate Past President shall assist the President in the discharge of the duties of the President as the President may direct, and shall perform such duties as from time to time may be assigned by the President. In the absence of the President and President-Elect, the Immediate Past President shall perform the duties of the President.
Section 3. President-Elect. The President-Elect, who concurrently is the American College of Cardiology Governor-Elect for the state of Iowa, shall make it his/her duty to learn the business of the Chapter, and attempt to attend all meetings of the Chapter, as well as meetings of the Governors-Elect and Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology. The President-Elect will also assume any duties delegated to him/her by the President including assisting in the annual chapter meeting.
Section 4. Secretary-Treasurer. The Secretary-Treasurer shall: (1) serve as the principal financial officer of the Chapter and shall have responsibility for maintenance of adequate books and accounts for the Chapter; 2) submit a financial statement with an assessment and recommendations at each Council meeting and to the membership at the Annual Meeting; 3) review the financial viability of all proposed chapter projects; and (4) in general perform all duties customarily incident to the offices of Secretary and Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the Chapter President or Council. If required by the Council, the Secretary-Treasurer shall give a bond for the faithful discharge of duties of that office in such sum and with such surety or sureties as the Council shall determine the cost of any such bond or surety to be paid from the funds of the Chapter.
Section 1. General Powers:
The administration, property and activities of the Chapter shall be managed by its Council. The primary function of the Council shall be to formulate and implement the policies of the Chapter. The Council shall exercise all the powers of the Chapter that are not otherwise assigned.
The responsibilities of Council include, but are not limited to, the following:
Section 2. Composition:
The Council will be regionally diverse and shall consist of the
All the members must be in good standing with the Chapter.
All except medical school students and residents will be voting members.
Section 6. Notice. A noticed stating the place, day and hour of the meeting and the purpose or purposes for which the meeting has been called shall be mailed to each Council member not less than thirty (30) days before the date of the meeting.
Section 1. Establishment and Composition. Committees may be established by resolution of the Council adopted at any duly called and constituted meeting. The size, purposes and powers of any such committee shall be as provided in such resolution. The President of the Chapter shall, in consultation with the Council, appoint the members of each such committee. All standing committee appointments must have the approval of the Council. The term of service of any committee member may be terminated by the President at any time, if in judgment of the President and the Council, the best interests of the Chapter would be served by such termination.
Section 7. Special Committees. Upon recommendation by the Chapter President, the Council may establish special or ad hoc committees to address special subjects of interest to the Chapter.
Section 8. Nominating Committee.
Section 9. Executive Committee.
Section 1. Annual Business Meeting. The Chapter shall hold an annual business meeting, open to all members and invited guests, at a time and place designated by the Council. The Council is described in Article V of the Bylaws. The purpose of the meeting shall be to transact any business that may come before the Chapter.
Annual dues and assessments shall be set by the Council and approved by the American College of Cardiology prior to implementation. The American College of Cardiology shall be responsible for billing all American College of Cardiology members in the state of Iowa for Chapter dues. Upon receipt of the dues payment, the American College of Cardiology shall promptly remit such payments to the Chapter Secretary-Treasurer. Active members, with the exception of Distinguished Fellows or Honorary Fellows, or both, shall be deemed as dues paying members. Dues shall be waived for Emeritus members, Fellows-in-Training, medical residents and any pre-medical student members.
The Chapter shall submit to the American College of Cardiology an annual report which includes:
Neither the Chapter nor any of its officers or members is authorized to represent, or in any way bind the American College of Cardiology, unless authorized to do so by the College President, nor will any of them in any way hold themselves out as being authorized to do so without specific authorization by the College President. The American College of Cardiology shall inform the Chapter of all policy and position statements in order for the Chapter statements to be consistent with those of the College, and major new policy statements by the Chapter shall be developed in consultation with College leadership.
The relationship between the Chapter and the governing bodies of the American College of Cardiology is defined in the American College of Cardiology Constitution and Bylaws. The American College of Cardiology constitution states that:
The American College of Cardiology may terminate Chapter status for any Chapter if the American College of Cardiology Board of Trustees finds that the Chapter has engaged in activities detrimental to the best interests of the College. The Chapter shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard pursuant to such reasonable procedures, as the American College of Cardiology Board of Trustees shall provide.
Upon dissolution of the corporation all its assets, after payment of all debts and other liabilities, shall be paid and distributed to the American College of Cardiology.
To the full extent permitted by law, the Chapter may indemnify any and all of its officers, council members and committee members for certain expenses and other amounts paid in connection with legal proceedings in which any such person becomes involved by reason of serving in any such capacity, with or for the Chapter. The Chapter may purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of any or all officers, council members or committee members against any liability asserted against any such person, and incurred in any such capacity, whether or not the Chapter would have the power to indemnify them against such liability under the provisions of this article.
Members of the Chapter are expected to exhibit high ethical and moral standards. The Bylaws of the American College of Cardiology provide a mechanism for addressing matters related to the ethical conduct of all members of the American College of Cardiology.
Bylaws may be amended or repealed and new Bylaws may be adopted by mail ballot with a two-thirds (2/3) approval by the respondents, provided that written notice of the proposed change or changes has been mailed to each voting member at least thirty (30) days before the final vote count. However, before becoming effective such amendments must have the approval of the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology.