BYLAW AMENDMENT

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Amendments To Bylaw of ANACP (November 26, 2022)

1. Article II,Jurisdiction ( Amendment 1) shall change to “The organization headquarter should be changed from “located in Texas” to “the state of Illinois”.  

 

2.Article IV, Membership, Section 1 ( Amendment 2) shall change “Full Members” to “Annual Full Members”, add “(Annual and Lifetime)” after “Associate Members”, change “Lifetime Members” to “Lifetime Full Members” and add “Junior Members” to the membership classes. It should be “There may be Annual Full Members, Lifetime Full Members, Physician-in-training Members, Associate Members (Annual and Lifetime), Emeritus Members, Honorary Members, and Junior Members”. 

 

Shall also add “Full Members include Annual Full Members and Lifetime Full Members. Annual Full Members should be the people who pay the membership fee annually. Lifetime Full Members should be the people who pay a set of lifetime membership fees. Full Members shall have the right to vote regarding the overall affairs of the organization”. 

 

Shall delete the sentence “The Full members should account for no less than 80% of the total members”. 

 

3. Article IV, Membership, Section 3 shall add "Physicians in training are not eligible for the Board of Director and shall not have voting right equal to Full Members.

 

4. Article IV, Membership, Section 4 ( Amendment 4) shall change from “Associated members should have the voting right equal to Full Members” to “Associate Members are not eligible for the Board of Director and shall not have voting right equal to full member”.  The Grandfather rule applies when this amendment is effective. 

 

5. Article IV, Membership shall add Section 5c: Junior members shall be medical graduates of Chinese heritage who are actively pursuing their postgraduate training become doctors in the US and are required to register with full payment of the junior membership fee that is 25% of that of annual full membership. The membership is valid for one year. The candidates should be ERAS registered. Junior members are not eligible for the Board of Directors and shall not have voting power. Junior members are not eligible for the same benefits and privileges as the full members. 

 

Shall also add to Section 5b: “Honorary member are not eligible for the Board of Director and shall not have voting right equal to full member”. 

 

6. Article IV, Membership. Section 6 ( Amendment 7) shall add “Due of Junior Member are 25% of that of annual full membership." Shall also add "The dues for all categories of membership are non-refundable”.  

 

7. Article VI,Election and Nomination Processes. 

Section 1 ( Amendment 8) Nomination for officers and the Board Member At Large shall be made by self-recommendation or by recommendation of other Full Members. Deleting the brackets of (The Chairman of the BOD is the immediate past Present. If due to a special circumstance, the position of the Chairman of the BOD is vacant and no person is available, a new) Chairman of the BOD is elected by self-recommendation or by recommendation of other board members. The president of the organization is elected by the board members. The election of the new president (President-elect) will be done in September in the year when the current president will finish serving his/her term. 

 

8. Add Article X:

Section 1. The term limit for each BOD member is two years. After a two-year term, at least four of the seven members shall leave the Board. The remaining Board members may seek to be re-elected to different office positions.  No Board members can serve more than two consecutive terms. Previous Board members who seek to be re-elected to the BOD may do so after four years away from the Board.  

 

Section 2. Responsibilities of the Officers: The chairman of the Board and the president of the alliance: The chairman is in charge of the work of the BOD. The president of the alliance is in charge of the executive committee and the resolutions of the Executive Council. The BOD meets at least four times a year. The meeting shall be presided over by the chairman or acting officer, and the secretary-general shall make the minutes. The minutes of the meeting are the official documents of the BOD which can be kept and filed for members to inquire. 

 

Section 3. Regarding removal of Board members: There must be documentation in the form of meeting minutes with warnings to a specific member before the removal procedure. These documents are available for member’s inquiry. Removal of a Board member requires a two-thirds majority vote by Board members and subsequently a two-thirds majority vote by total eligible voting members of the ANACP. 

 

Section 4. The transfer of records between the terms of BOD is completed within one month before the end of the previous term. All alliance accounts, official documents and member registration records need to be fully transferred to the next BOD. 

 

Section 5. The Advisory committee shall be composed of retired Board members from the last two terms who provide advice to the BOD. Advisory Committee members can attend the board meetings upon invitation by BOD, but are not permitted to vote on Board matters. 

 

Section 6.  The board shall protect members’ personal information from participating in public welfare activities. 

 

Section 7. The funds accumulated by ANACP over the years, mainly membership fees, will shrink in value due to inflation. The Board should make low-risk investments to avoid heavy depreciation.   

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