BY-LAWS OF THE MINNESOTA ATHLETIC TRAINERS ASSOCIATION
(Revised and Updated March 2004)

 

STRUCTURE

  • President
  • Executive Committee
  • President-Elect Vice-President Secretary Treasurer/Membership Chair
  • Clinical Nominating State Representative Honors/Awards Golf Legislative Public Relations
  • Symposium Committee to NATA District 4 Committees
  • Committee (Awards Banquet) HS Clinical (ad hoc committees) GLATA Meeting Committee

ARTICLE I - PRESIDENT top

  • Selection: Moves to this position from President-Elect.
  • Term: Two Years. May not be elected to consecutive terms.
  • Functions and Responsibilities:
  1. "Serves as official spokesperson for the Executive Committee and the Minnesota Athletic Trainers’ Association.
  2. Presides over the meeting of the Executive Committee prior to the annual business meeting.
  3. Calls additional meetings of the Executive Committee as deemed necessary and advisable.
  4. Implements the mandates and policies of the association as determined by the Executive Committee.
  5. Possesses full power and complete responsibility to transact all business for and on behalf of the association.
  6. Presides over the annual business meeting.
  7. Appoints all association committees with the approval of the Executive Committee.
  8. Acts as Executive Committee liaison to the Legislative Committee.
  9. Acts as Executive Committee liaison committee to the GLATA Annual Meeting Committee (when committee is functioning).

ARTICLE II - PRESIDENT-ELECT top

  • Selection: Elected by a popular majority vote of the registered membership attending the annual business meeting.
  • Term: Elected for a four-year term: Two years as President-Elect and two years as President.
  • Functions and Responsibilities:
  1. Serves as member of the Executive Committee.
  2. Serves as chairperson of the Nominating Committee with duties of obtaining nominations, distributing voting ballots, and counting votes.
  3. Serves as President-Protempore with the absence of the President.
  4. Shall assume the responsibilities of any other officer who might be absent, with exception as indicated under no. 3.
  5. Serves as coordinator for MATA Undergraduate Scholarship selection.
  6. Responsible for By-Law revisions.
  7. Acts as the Executive Committee Liaison to the Honors and Awards Committee and awards banquet.

ARTICLE III - VICE PRESIDENT top

  • Selection: Elected by a popular majority vote of the registered members attending the annual business meeting.
  • Term: Elected for a term of two years; may serve more than one term, but not more than two terms.
  • Functions and Responsibilities:
  1. Serves as a member of the Executive Committee.
  2. Assumes the responsibility of any officer in the event of their absence, except the President.
  3. Serves as chairperson of the Clinical Symposium Committee.
  4. Acts as the Executive Committee liaison to the Region Rep. Committee.

ARTICLE IV - SECRETARY top

  • Selection: Elected by a popular majority vote of the active membership attending the annual business meeting.
  • Term: Elected for a term of two years; may serve more than one term, but not more than two terms.
  • Functions and Responsibilities:
  1. Serves as a member of the Executive Committee.
  2. Records minutes of all Executive Committee meetings and distribute necessary information to the association membership.
  3. Records minutes of all association business meetings and distribute them to all association members.
  4. Conducts the official correspondence of the association including such matters as notifying members of meetings.
  5. Acts as custodian of association’s records including constitution, bylaws, committee minutes, and other records of importance.

ARTICLE V - TREASURER/MEMBERSHIP CHAIRPERSON top

  • Selection: Elected by a popular majority vote of the active membership attending the annual business meeting.
  • Term: Elected for a term of two years; may serve more than one term, but not more than two terms.
  • Functions and Responsibilities:
  1. Serves as a member of the Executive Committee.
  2. Possesses full power and complete responsibility to transact all financial business for, and on behalf, of the association.
  3. To commit the association to no financial obligations in excess of its available financial resources.
  4. Serves as custodian of all financial records, books, and papers belonging to the association.
  5. Maintains records of current and accurate mailing lists and official records of the association membership.
  6. Submits a financial report to the Executive Committee prior to all meetings.
  7. Submits a financial report to the association membership at all business meetings.
  8. Responsible for reimbursement of MATA committee members for travel and other expenses (travel reimbursement is $.30/mile).
  9. Acts as the Executive Committee liaison to the Golf Committee.

ARTICLE VI - STATE REPRESENTATIVE top

  • Selection: Elected by popular majority vote of the active membership attending the annual business meeting. Nominees must have prior Executive Committee experience and have been active within the MATA.
  • Term: Elected for a term of two years may serve more than one term, but not more than two terms.
  • Functions and Responsibilities:
  1. Serves as a member of the Executive Committee.
  2. Serves as liaison representative to NATA District 4, the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association.
  3. Submits report to the Executive Committee following the Mid-Winter GLATA Meeting and the Summer GLATA Meeting.


ARTICLE VII - COMMITTEES
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NOMINATING COMMITTEE (President-Elect as chairperson)

  • Selection: Nominated by the Executive Committee and appointed by the President.
  • Term: Members (not chair) appointed for a two-year term and may serve no more than three terms.
  • Functions and Responsibilities:
  1. Presents a slate of nominees for the appropriate offices to be elected.
  2. Must provide at least two nominees from Code A, Certified Membership, for each office.
  3. Responsible for conducting any balloting. Exception is if any committee member is running for an office, the Executive Committee shall appoint members to count the votes.

CLINICAL SYMPOSIUM COMMITTEE (Vice-President as chairperson) top

  • Selection: Nominated by the Executive Committee and appointed by the President.
  • Term: Members (not chair) appointed for a two-year term and may serve no more than three terms.
  • Functions and Responsibilities:
  1. Has complete authority and responsibility for the planning, coordination, and supervision of the annual Clinical Symposium.
  2. Solicits, organizes, and controls all commercial exhibits.
  3. Responsible for entire clinical program.
  4. Allows one 2-3 hour period for Executive Committee and annual business meetings.
  5. Maintains communication with Treasurer/Membership Chair for approval of all financial obligations.
  6. Maintains communication with the Membership Chair so appropriate announcement may be made.

HONORS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE (President-Elect as liaison) top

  • Selection: Nominated by the Executive Committee and appointed by the President.
  • Term: Members (not chair) appointed for a two-year term and may serve no more than three terms.
  • Functions and Responsibilities:
  1. Develops and maintains MATA awards that reflect commitment to athletic training and the MATA as approved by the Executive Committee.
  2. Develops and maintains nominating criteria for each of the MATA awards that are established.
  3. Develops and maintains criteria to determine nominee minimum eligibility requirements for each award.
  4. Develops and maintains an applicant evaluation system in order to determine whether to recommend/not recommend a nominee to the Executive Committee to receive an MATA award.
  5. Maintains communication with the Executive Committee regarding awards and nominations/nominees, including submitting minutes from meetings.

GOLF COMMITTEE (Treasurer as liaison) top

  • Selection: Nominated by the Executive Committee and appointed by the President.
  • Term: Members (not chair) appointed for a two-year term and may serve no more than three terms.
  • Functions and Responsibilities:
  1. Organizes and administrates the annual MATA Golf Tournament as a fundraiser for the MATA.
  2. Reports to Executive Committee financial and logistical information associated with the event.
  3. Maintains communication with the Executive Committee including submitting committee-meeting minutes.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE (President serves as liaison)

  • Selection: Nominated by the Executive Committee and appointed by the President.
  • Term: Members (not chair) appointed for a two-year term and may serve no more than three terms.
  • Functions and Responsibilities:
  1. Appoints one of the members to the Athletic Trainers Advisory Board of the MN State Board of Medical Practice.
  2. Monitors and acts upon any activity that may be detrimental or in violation of the Athletic Trainers Act.
  3. Maintains communication with the Executive Committee including submitting committee-meeting minutes.

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE (Secretary as liaison) top

  • Selection: Nominated by the Executive Committee and appointed by the President.
  • Term: Members (not chair) appointed for a two-year term and may serve no more than three terms.
  • Functions and Responsibilities:
  1. Develops and implements strategies to promote athletic training and the MATA in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.
  2. Coordinates other athletic training sub-committees including but not exclusive to public relations, website, newsletter.
  3. Maintains communication with the Executive Committee including submitting committee-meeting minutes.

GLATA ANNUAL MEETING COMMITTEE (President serves as liaison)

  • Selection: Nominated by the Executive Committee and appointed by the President.
  • Term: Members (not chair) appointed for a two-year term and may serve no more than three terms.
  • Functions and Responsibilities:
  1. Initiates and administrates the process of procuring the GLATA Annual Meeting for the MATA in the state of Minnesota.
  2. Drafts sub-committees for the preparation and administration of the event, including but not exclusive to, program, exhibitor, entertainment, public relations, and housing.
  3. Report to Executive Committee periodically on progress, including minutes of meetings.

ARTICLE VIII - MEMBERSHIP CLASSIFICATIONS top

  • Certified – NATA members that reside in the state of Minnesota will have automatic membership in the MATA. If they are certified or certified student status in the NATA they will carry that status with the MATA. All state dues are collected by the NATA and then dispersed to the state.
  • Affiliate: Qualifications for membership.
    This membership class is open to individuals who are interested in the relationship of athletic training to education, athletics, biological sciences, or sports medicine, but who at the time are not directly related to athletic training.
  1. Professionals working in education, coaching, or the field of medicine (i.e. MD, physical therapy, RN's, EMT’s, etc.).
  2. Membership: $35.00
  • Student: Qualifications for membership.
  1. A person who is a full-time student in a college or university and who is performing some of the duties of an athletic trainer under the supervision of an athletic trainer, and who expresses interest in preparing for the profession of athletic training or a related field in sports medicine is eligible for student membership.
  2. The full-time student can be enrolled in either undergraduate or graduate school.
  3. Membership: Dues are collected by the NATA as part of national dues and then disseminated to the state.
  • Retired: Qualifications for membership.
  1. A registered or affiliate member who retires shall have the privilege of continuing in the class of retirement without the payment of dues.
  2. A retired registered member shall continue to have the privilege of voting on association affairs and to hold an association office.
  3. Dues: None (continued membership in MATA as continued member of NATA).
  • Honorary: Qualifications for membership.
    An individual may be awarded honorary membership through the Executive Committee only. A person who, by virtue of his/her acts and presentations, shows profound interest in the athletic training profession and in enhancing its service to those in athletics shall be eligible for membership in this class.
  1. Nominations may be made by a registered member and shall be directed to the Executive Committee.
  2. Dues: None

ARTICLE IX - FINANCES top

  • All dues are collected by the NATA per national dues. These are collected annually at renewal time for national dues. All members of the NATA in good standing that reside in the state of Minnesota are automatically members of the MATA. There are no additional dues to be collected by the MATA.
  • One member of the Executive Committee will be sent to the GLATA and the NATA Symposium each year with MATA funds. The MATA will pay for transportation, housing, and a $25 per Diem for each meeting. Meeting registration costs will not be covered. The President will attend the meetings under this system if available. The President-Elect will attend if the President is unable. If the President-Elect is unable to attend, then the Executive Committee will decide which of the other positions will represent the MATA at the function.
  • In the year of a newly elected State Representative, when the State Representative is elected at the May annual MATA meeting, the newly elected State Representative will travel to the NATA annual meeting with the current State Representative. The MATA will pay for the expenses of the newly elected State Representative as GLATA pays for the current representative. The newly elected State Representative will take office immediately following the NATA annual meeting.