Section 1: The name of this organization shall be the Oklahoma Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (hereafter OKCVPR)

Section 2: The primary office of the Oklahoma Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation shall be located at the facility of acting President or at the specific direction of the Board of Directors.

Section 3: OKCVPR shall operate as a non-profit in accordance with the Nonprofit Corporation Law of Oklahoma.

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Section 1: Statement of Purpose:

Recognizing that cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation is a multi-disciplinary field, OKCVPR is dedicated to the improvement of clinical practice, and promotion of scientific inquiry, communication, and advancement of education for the benefit of health care professionals and the public we serve.

Section 2: Objectives

  1. To provide educational opportunities for the professionals caring for cardiovascular and pulmonary patients through sponsorship and/or promotion of education, conferences, and industry updates.

  2. To promote exchange of ideas and develop a communication network among the members of OKCVPR.

  3. To promote understanding throughout the public sector, the nature of the cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation and to increase awareness of related health care services available in Oklahoma.

  4. To collaborate with other organizations having interests similar to those of the

    Association and to align with the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) as a joint affiliate member with support and practice of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation guidelines published and established by the AACVPR.

  5. To provide ways and means to enhance career development for the Association members.

  6. To provide and promote collaboration among cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation professionals in the State for professional development and improvement of patient outcomes.

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Section 1: Membership in the Association shall be of the following classes: Joint Affiliate Member and Student Member.

Section 2: A roll of all members shall be kept by the secretary

Section 3: With regard to qualifications, every member shall meet one set of the following requirements:

  1. Joint Affiliate Member: Shall be any interested health care professional working in the realm of cardiovascular and/or pulmonary rehabilitation. Joint Affiliate Members have full Association voting privileges.

  2. Student Member: A Student Member shall be any interested undergraduate or graduate college or university student studying in a medical or allied health-related curriculum. Student members do not have voting privileges.

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Section 1: Elected Officers

  1. The elected officers shall assume their official duties at the Spring meeting following conclusion of previous officers’ two year term.

  2. Elected officers may serve consecutive terms.

  3. Each elected office will maintain an electronic reference for their designated office.

  4. Elected officers will oversee the website and social media accounts for OKCVPR.

Section 2: Duties of the President

  1. The President shall preside at all regular and special meetings of the Association and the Board of Directors.

  2. The President shall be an ex-officio member of each committee – an exception is a Nominating Committee, wherein the President serves as a voting member. The President shall from time to time appoint other committees as may be necessary to conduct the activities of the Association.

  3. The President shall serve a two-year term.

Section 3: Duties of the President-Elect

  1. The President-Elect, during the absence of the President, shall assume the duties of the President.

  2. The President-Elect shall serve as Chairperson of an Association Committee and perform duties assigned by the President and the Board of Directors.

  3. In the event the President is unable or unwilling to fulfill his/her term of office, the President-Elect shall assume, for the unexpired term, all duties and have authority of the President.

  4. The President-Elect shall serve a one year term and subsequently assume duties of the Presidency.

Section 4: Duties of the Secretary

  1. The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping a record of all regular or special meetings of the Board of Directors and Association membership.

  2. The Secretary shall be responsible for giving notice of all official meetings to Board of Directors.

The Secretary shall perform other duties assigned by the President and the Board of Directors. The secretary shall have charge of all papers, archives, and records of the Association.

  1. The Secretary shall serve a two-year term.

Section 5: Duties of the Treasurer

  1. The Treasurer shall present a statement summarizing the receipts and disbursements of the Association    to the Board of Directors and to the membership at the Annual Meeting and upon request.

  2. The treasurer shall be responsible for monitoring all deposits and expenditures of funds relative to all accounts of the Association and shall verify the accuracy and currency of those records.

  3. The Treasurer shall serve a two-year term.

Section 6: Cardiac and Pulmonary Medicare Advisory Committee (MAC) Reps

  1. There shall be two separate individuals elected: one as Cardiac and one as Pulmonary MAC Rep

  2. The Cardiac and Pulmonary MAC reps will update the Association on pertinent policy and reimbursement changes, and address related questions from Association members.

  3. The Cardiac and Pulmonary MAC Reps will act as liaison to the AACVPR MAC Committee and collaborate with MAC representatives from other states.

  4. The Cardiac and Pulmonary MAC Reps will each serve a two year term.

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Section 1: The Board of Directors shall consist of the administrative officers of the Association including the President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and Cardiac and Pulmonary MAC Representatives.

Section 2: The Board of Directors will perform routine administrative functions related to the concerns of the Association. They shall meet a minimum of once per year at the call of the President or upon written request of two other of its constituent members.

Section 3: A quorum for the transaction of business by the Board of Directors shall consist of a majority of the body. In the absence of a quorum, business may be transacted by a mail vote.

Section 4: The President of the Association shall be the Chair of the Board of Directors.

Section 5: An individual member of the Board of Directors who is absent from a meeting of the Board may designate another member to cast a proxy vote in his/her absence.

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Section 1: Dues and Fees

  1. All members of the Association shall pay annual dues as established by AACVPR for Joint Affiliate Membership. Annual dues are as follows:  Joint Affiliate Membership – $215

  2. Dues shall be paid annually to AACVPR. A member who is delinquent in his/her dues thereby loses all privileges of the Association.

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Section 1: the Board of Directors shall determine the standing committees for the Association as deemed necessary.

Section 2: The members of all committees shall hold office until their qualified successors have been duly elected or appointed.

Section 3: The President may appoint and dissolve special committees as necessary.

Section 4: The President, in consultation with the Board of Directors shall appoint all committee members. Committees should consist of at least two members, as appointed by the Board. Appointments to committees will be determined by the President.

Section 5: When requested, committee chairpersons shall report at meetings of the membership and/or Board of Directors.

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The funds of the Association shall be derived from members, as determined by the AACVPR, as well as from endowments, gifts, and other such sources as the Board of Directors sanctions.

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Section 1: An annual meeting of the Association shall be held to conduct business, to certify the election of officers and for other such business as the Board of Directors may designate. The date and site for each annual meeting shall be submitted from the membership and approved by the Board of Directors.

Section 2: In conjunction with each annual meeting, the Association will provide continuing education and sessions on scientific, clinical, and professional topics pertinent to the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation. Attendance to these sessions shall be open to non-Joint Affiliate members for a fee, which shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

Section 3: The membership can meet outside of the annual meeting at selected sites submitted from the membership or appointed committee and approved by the President and/or Board of Directors.

Section 4: The Association may sponsor, co-sponsor or endorse meetings of other organizations. Sponsorship and authorization for endorsement shall be granted upon approval of the Board of Directors.

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These by-laws may be amended at any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors or by mail or electronic vote. Any member in good standing may bring an amendment to the Board of Directors for consideration of a vote. A favorable vote of two-thirds of the Board of Directors shall be required for an amendment. No mail or electronic vote shall be valid beyond thirty days after official notification of the proposed amendment.

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Any member of the Association may be disciplined or expelled for conduct, which, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, is derogatory to the dignity of or inconsistent with the purposes of the Association. The expulsion of a member may be ordered only upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Board of Directors present at a regular or special meeting, provided a majority takes action, and only after such member has been informed of the charges against him/her and has been given an opportunity to refute such charges before the Board of Directors.

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Section 1: The Association shall not be dissolved while ten members in good standing dissent. No proposal for dissolution shall be considered unless four weeks notice is given each member of the Board of Directors and each member in good standing.

Section 2: In the event of the dissolution of the Association, its assets shall be distributed to an organization or organizations engaged in activities similar to those for which this Association was established, provided that such organizations are exempt from taxation under regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Service. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for the selecting of the organization in accordance with the stipulations contained in this section.