National Association for Associate Degree Respiratory Care (NA2RC)
This organization shall be known as the National Network for Associate Degree Respiratory Care. The name of the organization shall officially be abbreviated as NN2RC. The official domain name will be www.nn2rc.org
Mission and Vision Statement
Mission – NA2RC advocates for Associate Degree Respiratory Care education and practice.
Vision – To confirm the role of the Associate Degree for entry into the Respiratory Care educational and career pathways.
Eligibility for Membership. – Membership shall be open to individuals and agencies interested in the goals and objectives of the organization.
Membership Classification – There shall be the following classes of members:
** Individual Members – These are Respiratory Therapists who have an interest in associate degree respiratory care education. Individual members have all the rights of membership, shall have one vote, and have the right to hold office.
** Associate members – Individuals other than respiratory therapists that have an interest in associate degree respiratory care education. Associate members have all the rights of membership, shall have one vote, and have the right to hold the office of Director.
** Agency – Organizations that have an interest in associate degree respiratory care education.
** Institutional Members – Institutions of higher education that have an interest in associate degree respiratory care education.
** Student Members - Individuals who are currently enrolled in an educational program who upon completion will be eligible for individual membership.
Annual dues shall be set by the Board of Directors. The annual dues shall cover a calendar year and renewable each January.
Officers - The elected officers of NA2RC shall be President, President-elect, Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three Directors. One individual may be appointed as a non-voting Public Director.
Eligibility – The President-elect, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be elected by and from the voting membership of this organization. The President-elect, Secretary, and Treasurer must hold active individual membership status. The 3 Directors must hold active individual or associate membership status.
Terms of Office – The President-elect shall serve a one-year term as president-elect, two years as President, and one year as Immediate Past President. S/he, and the Secretary, shall be elected during odd years. The Treasurer and Directors shall be elected during even years and serve a two year term.
Election – The annual election shall be conducted by ballot. A plurality vote for any office shall constitute the election.
Vacancies – In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, the president-elect or Immediate Past President shall serve the unexpired term. Other vacancies shall be filled by the Board of Directors for the unexpired term.
Board of Directors – The Board of Directors shall be composed of the Officers and Directors. The Board of Directors shall conduct the business of the Organization. A quorum is met with the President and/or Past President and/or President-elect plus a simple majority of board members.
Duties of Officers
President – The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and general membership of the organization and shall represent the organization.
President-elect/Past President – The Officer shall preside in the absence of the President and serve in such other capacity as the Board may direct.
Secretary – The Secretary shall ensure an accurate record of all business proceedings of the Organization and the Board of Directors.
Treasurer – The Treasurer shall manage organizational finances.
Directors – Directors shall serve in such capacities as the Board directs.
The regular meeting of the organization shall be held at least annually unless otherwise directed by the Board of Directors. Special meetings may be called by the President and Board of Directors as needed. The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the call to meeting.
The Board shall appoint such committees and task forces as considered necessary to meet the goals of the organization.
The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, President-elect or Past President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Executive Committee shall make decisions on behalf of the Board with actions subject to ratification at the next regular meeting.
The Nomination/Election Committee will be appointed annually by the Board of Directors and conduct all functions as related to the nomination and electoral process.
These Bylaws may be amended by a majority of the voting membership, with the ballots cast constituting a quorum for voting purposes.
The rules contained in the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall govern meetings of the Organization in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws.
Every Director and Officer shall be indemnified by NN2RC against all expenses and liabilities including counsel fees, reasonably incurred or imposed upon them in connection with any proceedings to which they may have been a part, or in which they may become involved, by reason of having been a Director or Officer of NA2RC, or any settlement thereof, whether the person is a Director or Officer at the time such expenses are incurred, except in such cases wherein the Director or Officer is adjudged guilty of willful misfeasance or malfeasance in the performance of duties.
This organization may be dissolved by resolution of the membership passed by at least two-thirds vote of the members responding to the vote. In the event of dissolution of this organization, the Board shall, after paying all liabilities, dispose of the remaining assets of NA2RC to an organization qualifying under the Internal Revenue Code, pursuant to the language of the Articles of Incorporation.