The name of this organization shall be the Maryland Society of Radiologic Technologists, hereinafter referred to as THE SOCIETY, affiliated with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).
Purpose, Policy, Function and Definition
The purpose of THE SOCIETY shall be to advance the profession of radiation and imaging disciplines and specialties; to maintain high standards of education; to enhance the quality of patient care; and to further the welfare and socio-economics of Radiologic Technologists.
Radiologic Technologists shall be the term used to define individuals certified or licensed in any of the areas listed in the category code of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), or equivalent.
Article III: Membership
The membership of THE SOCIETY shall consist of active members, associate members, student members, life members, and retired members.
A. Active members shall be those who are registered by the ARRT or its equivalent or hold an unrestricted license under state statutes. They shall have all rights, privileges and obligations of membership including the right to vote, debate and hold office. Active members who serve on THE SOCIETY’s Board, for a minimum of two (2) years, can serve as a delegate to the House of Delegates of the ASRT.
B Associate members shall be those persons who support the aims of THE SOCIETY, but who do not qualify for active membership. They shall have the rights, obligations and privileges of active members except the right to vote or hold office.
C. Student members shall be those students enrolled in an accredited radiologic science educational program. Eligibility for this category shall terminate upon completion of, or discontinuation in, the educational program. They shall have the rights, obligations, and privileges of active members except the right to vote or hold office.
D. Life members shall be those who have rendered exceptional service and dedication to THE SOCIETY and the profession. They shall be selected by three-fourths vote of the entire membership of the Board of Directors. They shall have all rights, privileges and obligations of active members. Life members are exempt from all annual dues payments. All Past Presidents of THE SOCIETY will be granted Life membership. Life members, who are also members of the ASRT, are eligible to serve as a delegate to the House of Delegates of the ASRT.
E. Retired members shall be those who hold a certificate of recognition from the ARRT or equivalent; or who meet the Social Security Administration requirements for retirement, and have been a member of THE SOCIETY for no less than ten (10) years. Members who meet this qualification shall submit a request, in writing to the Secretary and include all applicable documentation, to be included in this category. Retired members shall pay no dues and have all privileges and obligations of members, except they shall not be eligible to as a delegate to the House of Delegates of the ASRT.
Any member shall have the right to resign by written communication to THE SOCIETY.
Section 4: Reinstatement
Any member who has resigned may be reinstated after submitting a new application and paying dues.
Any member may be suspended or terminated for cause. Sufficient cause for such suspension or termination of membership shall be a violation of the Bylaws or any lawful rule or practice duly adopted by THE SOCIETY or any other conduct prejudicial to the interests of THE SOCIETY.
The officers of THE SOCIETY shall be the President, Vice President, President Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be combined.
A. The Vice President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be elected by majority vote of the voting members present at the business session of the annual meeting.
B The method of voting shall be by ballot, unless a single candidate is nominated for office, in which case the vote may be held viva voce.
C. If a tie occurs, the President shall cast the deciding vote.
Section 7: Absentee Ballots
Absentee ballots must be requested from the Secretary, at least sixty (60) days prior to the annual meeting. Reminders about absentee ballots shall be posted in at least two (2) general membership publications prior to the annual meeting. All absentee ballots must be returned to the Secretary and postmarked at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual meeting. These ballots shall be opened and counted at the annual meeting.
An officer shall practice in the medical imaging, radiation therapy or health care profession. An officer who meets eligibility requirements at the time of nomination shall be permitted to complete the term, even though employment status changes.
Any officer may be censured, reprimanded or removed from the office for dereliction of duty or conduct detrimental to THE SOCIETY. Such action may be initiated when the Board of Directors receives formal and specific charges against an officer.
Any Board member may be censured, reprimanded or removed from the position for dereliction of duty or conduct detrimental to THE SOCIETY. Such action may be initiated when the Board of Directors receives formal and specific charges against a Board member.
A majority of the Board of Directors' members shall constitute a quorum for all meetings.
Section 1: Annual Meeting
Special meetings of the Society may be called at such time and place designated by the Board of Directors. A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute sufficient authority to call a special meeting. The membership shall be notified of the business to be transacted. No business other than that specified shall be transacted.
A parliamentarian, selected by the President, shall be in attendance at each business session during the annual meeting or special meeting of THE SOCIETY.
Section 4: Quorum
A quorum for a business session or any special Society meeting shall consist of twenty-five percent (25%) of the voting members in attendance and includes not less than two (2) officers. No business can be conducted with less than fifteen (15) voting members present.
Section 1: Standing Committees
Section 1: Rules
A. Two (2) Society Delegates and one (1) Alternative Delegate shall be appointed by THE SOCIETY.
B. THE SOCIETY shall submit to ASRT the names of THE SOCIETY Delegates by the last business day of January or THE SOCIETY Delegate positions shall remain open until after the ASRT House of Delegates’ meeting
C. A Delegate shall show proof of continuing education.
D. A Delegate shall be a voting member of the ASRT and THE SOCIETY for two (2) years immediately preceding nomination.
E. A Delegate shall have served as the President or Chairman of the Board.
F. A Delegate shall practice in the medical imaging, radiation therapy or health care profession.
G. A Delegate may serve concurrently on the Board of any national radiologic science certification or national accreditation agency.
H. A Delegate shall have the time and availability necessary to travel to represent ASRT.
I. A Delegate shall attend the ASRT House of Delegates’ meeting and all meetings required of Delegates.
J. THE SOCIETY has the power to remove affiliate Delegates.
Section 2: Absence
An absence exists when a SOCIETY Delegate is unable to fulfill the duties of the position during the ASRT House of Delegates’ meeting. The Delegate shall be considered absence for the purpose of that meeting only. It is the responsibility of the Delegate to notify ASRT, the Speaker of the House, and the Alternate Delegate of the Delegate’s inability to attend the conference as soon as possible. The Alternate Delegate shall be seated for the meeting only. Any Delegate position or Alternate Delegate position not filled by an appointment process remains open. There shall be no on-site credentialing of Delegates.
Section 3: Vacancy
A vacancy exists when a Delegate has submitted a written letter of resignation or when a Delegate position has not been filled by the appointment process. A Delegate vacancy shall be filled by the Alternate Delegate.
The rules contained in the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the THE SOCIETY in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are consistent with these bylaws.
Amendments to these bylaws may be made by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members present at the annual business session.
Notice of the proposed Bylaws amendments shall be provided to the membership at least thirty
(30) days prior to the annual meeting. Amendments shall be effective at the conclusion of the business session unless otherwise specified.
Every officer, employee, or Delegate of THE SOCIETY shall be indemnified by THE SOCIETY against all expenses and liabilities, including attorney's fee in connection with any threatened, pending, or completed proceeding in which the above-named individual is involved by reason of the above-named individual being or having been an officer, employee, or Delegate of THE SOCIETY if the above-named individual acted in good faith and within the scope of the above- named individual’s authority and in a manner reasonably believed to be not opposed to the best interest of THE SOCIETY. In no event shall indemnification be paid to or on behalf of any above-named individual going beyond or acting beyond the powers granted by authority of this organization or bylaw. The foregoing right of indemnification shall be in addition to and not exclusive of, all other rights to which such officer, employee, or Delegate may be entitled.
In the event of dissolution or final liquidation of THE SOCIETY, all of its assets remaining after the payment of its obligations shall have been made or proved for, shall be distributed to and among such corporations, foundations or other organizations organized and operated exclusively for scientific and educational purposes, consistent with those of THE SOCIETY, as designated by the Board of Directors.