The Connecticut Association for
Marriage and Family Therapy

     A Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

 

 BYLAWS  OF

THE CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY, INC.

AMENDED 1999

ARTICLE I

NAME 

The name of this organization shall be the Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc., a Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc.

ARTICLE II

PURPOSE

The purpose of this Division shall be:

a. To promote the common professional interest of those who are marriage and family therapists;

b. To represent marriage and family therapy as a mental health profession before public and governmental bodies;

c. To establish and to maintain professional standards in marriage and family therapy. This purpose shall be furthered by meetings and by support of publications, education, training, and research in this field;

d. To cooperate with other organizations and agencies in furtherance of these ends;

e. To take legitimate action necessary to further the foregoing purposes;

f.  To carry out the foregoing purposes solely for the beneficent purposes and entirely without pecuniary gain, benefit or profit to the Division, its members, officers or directors. The Division shall not [earn or] declare dividends and no part of its earnings shall accrue to the benefit of any private individual..

ARTICLE III

MEMBERSHIP

Section I

The membership of the Division shall consist of two (2) categories:

a. Voting Members. The voting membership shall be composed of Clinical Members.

b. Non-Voting Members. The non-voting membership shall be composed of Student Members, Associate Members, and Affiliate Members.

Section II

Any person whose address of record in the American Association For Marriage and Family Therapy national office is in Connecticut and who is a member in good standing of the American Association For Marriage and Family Therapy is a member of this organization.

Section III

The membership shall be entitled to attend all regular meetings of the Division. The classes of members and their respective voting rights shall be set forth by the Bylaws of the American Association For Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc. Students, Associates, and Affiliates shall be entitled to attend meetings but shall not be entitled to hold office (except for the Student and the Associate Members of the Board of Directors) nor to vote, except that Students and Associates may nominate and vote in their respective categories for their own member of the Board.

Section IV

All members of the Division shall abide by and be governed by the Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws of the Division and all rules and orders lawfully made thereunder.

Section V

Any member of the Division shall be considered to be in good standing until declared to be otherwise by the Board of Directors.

Section VI

Any member whose membership in the Division shall cease for any reason whatsoever shall have no further rights in the Division or its property.

 Section VII

Any member of the Connecticut Association For Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc. who ceases to be a member in good standing of the American Association For Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc., shall concurrently cease to be a member of the Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc.

Section VIII

All members, except student members, shall pay both AAMFT and their division dues.

ARTICLE IV

OFFICERS

Section I

The officers of the Division shall be a President, a President-Elect, a Past President a Secretary, and a Treasurer who shall be members in good standing of the Division.

If any officer ceases to be a member in good standing of the Division for any reason and/or fails to attend two consecutive Board meetings without due cause, that position as an officer shall be declared vacant by the Board of Directors.

Section II

Vacancies in position of an officer of the Division shall be temporarily filled by appointment by the President, with approval of the Board of Directors until such time as election can be held among the members in good standing of the Division.

Section III

Divisional officers shall be assumed to have resigned from office at such time as they move outside the divisional geographic boundary. If any officer ceases to be in good standing by reason of nonpayment of dues, the Board shall declare his/her office to be vacant.

ARTICLE V

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section I

The Board of Directors of the Division shall consist of the duly elected officers as well as the most recent Past President together with four (4) members, one (1) Student Member, and one (1) Associate Member elected in accordance with Article IX of these Bylaws. The Past President shall serve one (1) year on the Board of Directors immediately following his or her completion of term of office as President.

Section II

The Board of Directors from time to time may delegate such functions and powers as it shall see fit to any appropriate committee or committees. Such delegations of power may be revoked at any time. The chairpersons of regular standing committees may be invited by the President to attend meetings of the Board of Directors but they shall not have a vote. Any member of the Division, upon written request to the Secretary, shall be heard by the Board.

Section III

Each member of the Board of Directors shall be entitled to one vote.

Section IV

The Board of Directors shall meet at the call of the President at least twice a year upon written request to the Secretary by no less than three members of the Board. A quorum shall constitute no less than one-third of the membership of the Board at any given time.

Section V

If any member of the Board of Directors ceases to be a member in good standing of the Division for any reason, and/or fails to attend two consecutive Board meetings without due cause, that member's position on the Board of Directors shall be declared vacant, or the President, with approval of the Board of Directors, can appoint a successor to complete the remainder of the term.

Section VI

The Board shall exercise all powers of the Division, except as specifically prohibited by these Bylaws and the AAMFT Bylaws. The Board shall be authorized to adopt and publish such policies, procedures, and rules as may be necessary and consistent with these Bylaws and AAMFT Bylaws, and to exercise authority over all Divisional business and funds.

ARTICLE VI

DUTIES AND POWERS OF OFFICERS

Section I

The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Division and of the Board of Directors and shall perform such duties as are customary for presiding officers. The President shall also serve as a member ex officio on all committees except the Elections committee. The President shall make all required appointments of standing and special committees with the approval of the Board of Directors. The Chairperson of each committee shall be a Clinical Member.

Section II

In the absence of the President, the President-Elect shall assume the President's duties. In the event that the President is unable to complete the current term of office, as determined by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of special election, the President-Elect shall assume the Presidential duties and a special election shall be called to elect a new President-Elect by the regular election procedures. In the event that a President-Elect is unable to complete the current term of office, as determined by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board, a special election shall be called. In either event, the length of the term of office will be determined by the Board of Directors.

Section III

The Secretary shall take minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors and circulate these to Board Members

Section IV

The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds and shall pay all expenses by and with the consent of the Board of Directors.

Section V

No officers of the Division shall receive any remuneration whatsoever for services rendered as such officers.

Section VI

At the Annual meeting, the President and the Treasurer shall each present a report of the official transactions during the past Fiscal Year, as well as any committee chair-persons who have relevant reports.

ARTICLE VII

MEETINGS

Section I

An annual business meeting shall be held and this will ordinarily be convened during the month of January. The President shall have the power to decide on the date and place of the annual business meeting.

Section II

Special meetings of the membership may be called by the President. The President shall be required to call such a meeting upon written request to the Secretary of at least ten (10) members of the Division.

Section III

Notice of al annual and special meetings shall be sent by the Board of Directors to all voting members of the Division at least 45 days in advance of the meeting. Action at such meetings shall be limited to those agenda items contained in the notice of the meeting.

Section IV

All meetings shall be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised.

ARTICLE VIII

PAYMENT OF DUES

Section I

Dues for the Division shall be established by majority vote of the Division's Board of Directors, under policies and procedures established by the AAMFT Board, except in such instances where the proposed increase is greater than ten (10) percent of the previous year's dues. In that event, dues shall be set by a majority of votes cast by voting members within the Division, voting by mail ballot under procedures established by the Board.

Section II

When a members fails to pay dues, they shall be removed from the AAMFT membership system which is reflected in the report available to the Division each month. [Section III]

Section III

The Fiscal Year of the Division shall begin January 1st and end on December 31st.

Section IV

All dues billings, dues collections, and dues disbursements shall be performed by AAMFT.

ARTICLE IX

NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section I

Nomination of Officers, Directors, and Members of the Elections Committee shall be made annually by the Elections Committee. Nominees for Officers, Members of the Board of Directors, and the Elections Committee are elected solely by clinical members, except the Student and the Associate representative to the Board of Directors who are nominated and elected by Student and Associate Members only for these respective positions. Discrimination in nominations and election procedures on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, age, or sexual orientation is forbidden.

Section II

The Elections Committee shall consist of the Past President, who shall serve a two-year term, immediately following his or her completion of term of office as President, and four (4) elected members. Members of the Elections Committee are elected for a term of two (2) years. In odd-numbered years, two (2) members will be elected. In even-numbered years, two (2) members will be elected. No current officer or Board member of the Division shall be on the ballot for election to the Elections Committee for the following year.

Section III

A. In even-numbered years the ballot shall contain nominees for two (2) year terms for two (2) Board Members and two (2) members of the Elections Committee, and for a one (1) year term for one (1) Student Member.

B. In odd-numbered years the ballot shall contain nominees for a two (2) year-term for President-Elect which is followed by two years as President and one year as Past President, two (2) year terms for Secretary, Treasurer, two (2) members of the Elections Committee, two (2) Board Members, one (1) Associate Board Member, and for a one (1) year term of one (1) Student Board member.

C. As each student Representative to the Board completes their one year position, the Board may invite them to return for the next year as the Student Consultant to the new Student Representative. The Student Consultant will not be entitled to vote.

Section IV

The Elections Committee shall prepare a slate containing at least two nominees for each position and shall determine the eligibility and willingness of each nominee to stand for election. Write-in voting shall be allowed provided the write-in candidates are eligible for election and have agreed to serve if elected. The candidate who receives the majority of votes for each office shall be elected. Ballots shall be counted by the Board or by members of the Elections

Section V

Other rules which apply to elections policy include:

  1. CAMFT paid staff must wait one year prior to running for a CAMFT board position.
  2. No person currently serving on the elections committee may write recommendations for those running for office. Other recommendations must follow the AAMFT guidelines.
  3. The Past president may run for the elections committee only after resigning his/her advisory position or at the end of his/her advisory year.
  4. No modifications of the written statement of candidacy may be made by any other person without prior notification and agreement by the nominee.
  5. Each member may nominate only one person per position

Section VI

During the month of July of each election year the Elections committee shall call for recommendations from all members by mail. The elections committee shall send information regarding elections policies and practices to all candidates prior to the election

Section VII

During the second week of September, the Elections Committee shall cause the names of all nominees for each office to be incorporated in ballots with space also for a write-in vote for each office. A summary of the professional background and experience of each nominee shall accompany the ballot. The election shall be conducted by mail ballot. These ballots shall be returnable in a sealed envelope to the Elections Committee by October 15th. As soon as possible thereafter, they shall be opened and counted by members of the Elections committee. The elected officers and representatives shall then be notified, and their names made public to the membership. The results of the ballot shall be officially declared at the next Business Meeting and shall be incorporated into the minutes thereof.

Section VIII

The term of office for Officers and Members of the Board of Directors, and members of the Elections Committee shall be for two (2) years, except the Student Board Member who shall serve for one (1) year. The President-Elect shall serve for two (2) year in that capacity before assuming a two (2) year term as President and a one (1) year term as Past-President. All elected officers, Board Members and members of the Elections Committee shall commence the tenure of their term on January 1st of the year immediately following the year in which they are elected and shall hold office for the tenure of their office, or until their successors have been elected and qualified.

Section IX

The elections committee shall prepare a slate of nominees for all elected positions, and shall oversee the elections of such positions as provided in these bylaws and in rules and procedures adopted by the board for elections.

ARTICLE X

AMENDMENTS

These Bylaws may be amended or repealed by two-thirds (2/3) of the votes cast by the voting members by a mail ballot, returned within thirty (30) days of the date by which the members can reasonably be presumed to have received the ballot. Amendments may be proposed by the Board of Directors on its own initiative, or upon petition by twenty percent (20%) of the voting members addressed to the Board. All such proposed amendments shall be presented by the Board to the membership with or without recommendation.

 

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