Eastern Pain Association
Eastern Pain Association
Eastern Pain Association


EPA By-Laws

THE EASTERN PAIN ASSOCIATION, INC.

A REGIONAL CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN PAIN SOCIETY, INC.

ARTICLE I. MEMBERS

Section I.1 General:

Membership in the EPA is a privilege arising from election thereto, and is contingent on compliance with the requirements of these Bylaws and such other general requirements of membership as may be adopted from time to time by the Board of Directors.

 

Section I.2 Regular Members:

Health professionals and other scientists interested in the objects of the EPA are eligible for election as Regular Members of the EPA upon written application to the Membership Committee.  The Membership Committee shall verify the applicant’s professional status and his/her membership in the American Pain society, hereinafter referred to as the APS, the International Association for the Study of Pain, hereinafter referred to as the IASP, or any other Regional Chapter of the APS.  Upon approval by the Membership Committee, the President shall inform the applicant in writing of his/her election to the Regular Membership of the EPA.  Each Regular Member of the EPA shall be entitled to one vote on matters brought before the membership.  All Regular Members of the EPA who initially paid their dues prior to July 1, 1976 shall be designated as Founder Members.

 

Section I.3 Life Members:

Any person, who has attained the age of 65 years and has been a Regular or former Sustaining Member in good standing of the EPA for at least fifteen (15) years, is eligible for election as a Life Member of the EPA, upon written application to the Membership Committee.  The Membership Committee shall review the application and, upon finding it in order,shall act affirmatively on the application except for cause.  In the latter case, the application shall be brought before the entire Board of Directors for their action.  The President shall inform the applicant in writing of his/her election to Life Membership of the EPA.  A Life Member shall have all the rights and privileges of Regular Members, including one vote upon matters brought before the Membership, but shall pay no dues.

 

Section I.4 Student Members:

Individuals who are interested in the objectives of the EPA, but who are still at the predoctoral or pre-professional level of their careers, will be classified as Student Members upon written application the Membership Committee and sponsored by a Regular, or Life Member of the EPA.  The Membership Committee shall review the application and make appropriate recommendation to thePresident.Upon approval the President will notify the candidate in writing of his/her election as a Student Member.  Student Members shall have all the rights and privileges of Regular Members but shall have no vote.  Student Membership will only be valid for a total of three (3) years, when the Student Member may apply for Regular Membership.

 

Section I.5 Individual Affiliates:

Individuals who are not health professionals or scientists, but who are interested in and wish to support the objectives of the EPA, may apply for Individual Affiliate status by writing to the Membership Committee, which will review the application and forward its recommendations to the President, who shall then present it to the Board of Directors.  Election to Individual Affiliate status shall require approval by majority vote of the Directors present at a Board meeting at which there is a quorum.  Individual Affiliates will be informed of, and shall have the right, to attend and participate in, the educational and scientific meetings of the EPA.  However, Individual Affiliates may not participate in the business meetings and shall have no vote upon matters brought before the membership.  This membership category is intended for applicants such as professional writers, journalists, and other public media representatives.

 

Section I.6 Honorary Members:

Distinguished individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of pain research, management or treatment may be nominated by any Voting Member for election by the Board of Directors as Honorary Members of the EPA.  A majority vote of the entire Board shall be required for election to Honorary Membership and no more than two persons shall be elected in any one year. The Honorary Member shall have all rights and privileges of Members, but shall have no vote and shall pay no dues.

 

Section I.7 Corporate Affiliates:

Private corporations who are interested in the objectives of the EPA and wish to support these objectives may apply for Corporate Affiliate status by either paying the appropriate Corporate Affiliate dues, or by making a donation equal to or greater than the corporate affiliate dues.  Such donations may be in the form of a grant, fellowship or other similar support.  However, the President shall apprise the Board of Directors of any such donation or Corporate Affiliate application for approval of the sponsor. Corporate Affiliates shall be apprised of all educational and scientific meetings of the EPA and have the right to have one or more of their representatives attend such meetings.  However, Corporate Affiliates have no vote upon matters brought before the Membership and thus may not be represented in a business meeting, except by specific invitation from the Board.  This restriction does not apply to any members entitled to a vote by virtue of his/her status as a Regular, or Life Member in the EPA (hereinafter designated as a “Voting Member”), regardless of his/her association with a Corporate Affiliate.  Corporate Affiliates may be listed in the Membership Directory and in such other publications or notices as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.

 

Section I.8 Membership Directory:

The Board of Directors shall from time to time publish a Membership Directory of the EPA, listing all individuals and corporations by their Membership category current at the time of publication.  In addition, such a Directory shall contain a list of all persons who are current Members of the Board of Directors (Officers and Directors-At-Large). Chairpersons of all Standing Committees and the Membership of such Standing Committees.  In chronological order lists of all Past Presidents, Bonica Award Recipients and Honorary Members shall also be included.  The EPA Constitution and Bylaws should also be added.

 

Section I.9 Dues and Assessment:

The Board of Directors shall establish annual dues and any special assessments to the various classes of members, according to the needs of the EPA.  Dues shall be payable on the first of January of each year.

 

Section I.10 Delinquency in Dues:

A member who has not paid dues within a period of eighteen (18) months after billing will, at the time of billing for the succeeding year, be notified of forfeiture of membership unless all indebtedness to the EPA is met within ninety (90) days.  Restitution of membership shall require: (a) a written request for reinstatement from the delinquent and (b) liquidation of all indebtedness to the EPA by the delinquent. Corporate Affiliates are exempted from this regulation.

 

Section I.11 Termination of Membership:

A member may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President.  Dues or assessments, which have been paid, shall not be refunded.  If after being duly notified and given an opportunity to respond a Member who is delinquent in the payment of dues and assessment shall be considered to have forfeited or resigned his membership.

 

ARTICLE II   MEETINGS OF MEMBERS

 

Section II.1 General:

There shall be at least two (2) Scientific Meetings each year. One shall be the Annual Scientific Meeting and the other the John J. Bonica Award Lecture.  These two meetings may be held concurrently or separately as determined by the Board of Directors. The locations, dates and registration fees for the Annual Scientific Meeting are to be determined by the Program and Education Committee, subject to approval by the Board of Directors.  However, the Board of Directors shall determine the date and location of the Bonica Award Lecture for which there shall be no registration fee and which shall be open to the public.  The President or his/her representative may, with the assistance of the Finance Committee and with the approval of the Board of Directors, seek financial contributions toward the cost of scientific meetings from individuals or organizations, Corporate Affiliates and other organizations interested in the objectives of the EPA, provided no obligation shall be incurred by the EPA, other than a statement in writing on the program of the names of the contributors.

 

Section II.2  Other Educational Meetings:

The EPA may sponsor other types of scientific or educational meetings, workshops, courses, and related endeavors.  It also encourages Members to organize local scientific meetings.  The Board of Directors must approve all such meetings in order for the EPA to act as sponsor or co-sponsor. The Program and Education Committee shall investigate all applications for co-sponsorship or direct sponsorship and make an appropriate recommendation to the President who shall then request approval by the Board of Directors.

 

Section II.3  Annual Business Meetings:

There shall be one Annual Business Meeting of the EPA which shall be held at a time and place determined by the Board.  Written notice of the meeting shall be mailed to all voting Members in good standing not less than thirty (30) days prior to such meeting.  Such written notices shall be deemed to be delivered when deposited in the mail addressed to the Member at his/her address as it appears on the records of the EPA, with postage thereon prepaid. In the future the Board of Directors may decide to use some other form of communication, such as e-mail, instead of mail.  However, in such a case all Voting Members must be notified.   Those Voting Members without the alternative form of communication must then be notified by mail as required above.

 

II.3.1  Quorum:

The presence of fifteen (15) Voting Members in good standing shall constitute a quorum at the Annual Business Meeting.

 

II.3.2  Voting:

A Voting Member may vote in person or by proxy executed in writing by the member or his/her duly authorized attorney-in-fact.  No proxy shall be valid after two (2) months from the date of its execution.  The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes entitled to be cast by the Members present or represented by proxy, at a meeting where a quorum is present, shall be necessary for the adoption of any matter voted upon by the Members, except as otherwise specifically provided by these Bylaws.

 

Section II.4  Special Business Meetings:

A Special Business Meeting shall be called by the President within thirty (30) days of the receipt of a written request for such a meeting by (i) the Executive Committee, or (ii) the Board of Directors, or (iii) fifteen (15) Voting Members in good standing, who have each affixed their signatures to the request.  Written notices shall be mailed to all voting Members informing them of the date, time, and place of the Special Business Meeting at least twenty (20) days prior to the scheduled meeting. In case the Board of Directors decided to use some form of communication other than the mail, then the requirement of notifying all Voting Members as specified in Section II.3 must be met.  The requirements for voting, and for a quorum, shall be the same as for the Annual Business meeting.

 

ARTICLE III  OFFICERS

 

Section III.1 Officers:

The Officers of the Board of Directors shall be (i) the President and Chairperson of the Board, (ii) the President-Elect and Vice-Chairperson of the Board, (iii) the Immediate Past-President, (iv) the Treasurer, (v) the Secretary, and (vi) the Parliamentarian.  All six (6) Officers shall be Voting Members of the EPA, and they shall also have one (1) Vote each on the Board of Directors.  The failure of any one of the six Officers to attend two (2) consecutive Board of Directors Meetings or two (2) consecutive Executive Committee Meetings shall be considered automatic resignation of that Officer.  In such an event, the Board or the President shall appoint/elect a Voting Member of the Board or EPA Membership to temporarily replace such an Officer until the next general election in accordance with the specific instructions of these Bylaws. Under special circumstances and for cause the Board of Directors may waive the automatic resignation of an Officer if so requested by the Officer.

 

Section III.2   President

 

The President shall be a Voting Member of the Board of Directors.  The President shall serve as the Chairperson of the Board and shall preside at meetings of the Board.  The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the EPA and shall be responsible for executing policies determined by the Board.  The President shall also serve as the Chairperson of the Executive Committee and shall be the EPA representative to the APS.  The President shall appoint the chairpersons of all Standing Committees, except as otherwise specifically provided for in these Bylaws.  The President shall also appoint Ad Hoc committees if required for specific tasks not usually covered by the Standing Committees, subject to approval by the Board. The President shall also fill vacancies on Standing Committees.  The President shall also act as the chief spokesperson of the EPA.  In the event that the EPA hires an Executive Director and/or a Management Organization, the President shall act as the Chief Supervisor of such an individual and/or organization as regards EPA administration, affairs and functions.  Finally, the President with the assistance of the Parliamentarian shall oversee that all official EPA activities and functions are consistent with the EPA Charter, Constitution and these Bylaws, and, if necessary, shall advise the Board of known potential problems and recommend appropriate courses of action to correct such problems.

 

The President shall assume the Office of President after having served in the elected Office of President-Elect.  The term of Office of the President shall be two years and shall begin as the last Order of Business at the Annual Business Meeting of the EPA during an Election Year, and shall extend to the end of the Annual Business Meeting of the next Election Year, i.e. biennially.  In the event of death, disability, resignation, removal or other reason preventing the President from assuming or continuing in his/her Office of President, the President-Elect shall succeed to the Office of President to complete the vacated term and thereafter serve a full term as President.  In such an event, the Board shall elect a Voting Member of the Board to temporarily serve as the interim President Elect until the next general election.

 

 

Section III.3 President-Elect:

The President-Elect shall be elected biennially by the Voting Members of the EPA and shall assume Office immediately after the Annual Business Meeting of the EPA following his/her election, with the Term of Office extending to the second Annual Business Meeting, i.e. two years to the next general election.  The President-Elect shall have served as a Member of the Board prior to his/her election.  The President-Elect shall be a Voting Member of the Board and also serve as a Voting Member of the Executive Committee.

 

The President-Elect shall assist the President in the discharge of his/her duties.  At the request of the President, the President-Elect shall serve as his/her surrogate at Committee meetings.  In the absence of the President, the President-Elect shall preside at Board Meetings and Executive Committee meetings.  The President-Elect shall oversee the Functions of both the Program and Education and the Bonica Award Committees, but not as their chairperson, and represent both Committees on the Executive Committee.  The President-Elect shall assist the President in supervising EPA administration; affairs and functions carried out by an Executive Director and/or Management organization.  The President-Elect shall automatically become President when the office of the latter is vacated.  Should the Office of the President-Elect become vacated for any reason, the President with approval of the Board shall appoint a Voting Member of the Board to temporarily serve as the Interim President-Elect until the next general election.

 

Section III.4 Immediate Past President:

The Immediate Past President shall be a Voting Member of the Board and a Voting Member of the Executive Committee.  The Immediate Past President shall also serve as the Chairperson of the Nominations Committee.

 

The Immediate Past President shall assist the President in the conduct of his/her duties, and shall also perform such other functions as may be assigned from time-to-time by the President.  In the event of the absence of both the President and President-Elect the Immediate Past President shall preside at meetings of the Board and/or Executive Committee.

 

In the event of disability, death, resignation or any other reason which would prevent the Immediate Past President from assuming or continuing in his/her Office, the President shall appoint another Past President to fill the Office until the next general election, subject to approval by an absolute majority of the Board.

 

Session III.5 Treasurer:

The Treasurer shall be elected biennially by the Voting Members of the EPA and must be a Voting Member in good standing.  The Treasurer may be re-elected, although for not more than three (3) consecutive terms.  A former Treasurer may, however, be eligible for re-election provided that he/she has been out of office for at least one term.  Should the Office of Treasurer be vacated because of death, disability, resignation or other reason, the President shall appoint a Voting Member of the EPA in good standing to fill the vacancy until the next general election subject to approval by the Board.

 

The Treasurer shall be a Voting Member of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.  The Treasurer shall advise the Board and the Executive Committee on matters relating to the fiscal practices of the EPA.  The Treasurer shall report to the Board and the Executive Committee on the receipts and disbursements of funds belonging to the EPA, and on the deposits of all monies securities and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the EPA in depositories approved by the Board.  In the execution of these duties, the Treasurer shall work closely with the EPA’s Central Office.  The Treasurer shall have the authority to sign all checks in the name of the EPA-with one signature only required-and to disburse funds of the EPA at the direction of the Board.  The President and the Secretary shall each also have authority to sign all checks in the name of the EPA in the absence of the Treasurer, and also follow the Board’s directions for the disbursement of funds.  In the event that the Board hires an Executive Director and/or Management Corporation then certain check signing requirements and fund disbursements may be modified by the Board in accordance with Article VI of these Bylaws.

 

The Treasurer shall also serve as the Chairperson of the Finance Committee and shall oversee the preparation of the Annual Financial Statement and the Annual Tax Returns and sign both, if correct, on behalf of the EPA. The Treasurer shall also be responsible for the presentation of both the Annual Financial Statement and the Annual Tax Returns both to the Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting, and to the Membership-at-Large at the Annual Business Meeting of the EPA.

 

Section III.6 Secretary:

The Secretary shall be elected biennially by the Voting Members of the EPA and must be a Voting Member in good standing.  The Secretary may be re-elected, although not for more than three (3) consecutive terms.  A former Secretary may be re-elected, however, provided he/she has been out of office for at least one term.  Should the Office of Secretary be vacated because of death, disability, resignation or other reason, the President shall appoint another Voting Member of the EPA in good standing to fill the vacancy until the next general election, subject to approval by the Board. The Secretary shall be a Voting Member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee.  The Secretary shall be responsible for recording or overseeing the recording of the Minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and of all meetings of the Executive Committee.  The Secretary shall also oversee the notification of all Voting Board Members of upcoming scheduled Board meetings.  The Secretary shall also attend and be responsible for overseeing the recording the Minutes of the Annual Business Meeting of the EPA.  The Secretary shall sign all Minutes of meetings of the Board and the Executive Committee and of the Annual Business Meeting after correction and/or approval by the appropriate body, i.e. Board, Executive or Membership, attesting their correctness.  In accordance with State Law the signed Minutes of scheduled Board Meetings and the Annual Business Meeting must be available for public inspection.

 

The Secretary shall also oversee the Membership Committee, but not as its Chairperson, and represent the Membership Committee at Executive Committee meetings.  In the performance of these duties the Secretary shall be an ex officio Member of the Membership Committee with one (1) vote.  In addition, the Secretary shall perform such duties which may be requested from time-to-time by the President, Executive Committee or Board.

 

Section III.7 Parliamentarian:

The Parliamentarian shall be a Past President of the EPA and shall be a Voting Member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee.  The Parliamentarian shall be elected by a Two-Third Majority Vote of the Board of Directors biennially and serve one term.  The Parliamentarian may be re-elected by the Board as often as deemed advisable by the Board.  Should the Office of Parliamentarian become vacant because of death, disability, resignation or other reason, the Board shall elect another Past President by a Two-Third Majority Vote at a Special Meeting of the Board called by the President within Thirty (30) days after the official occurrence of the vacancy.  The newly elected Parliamentarian shall complete the term of his/her predecessor until the next general election.

 

The Parliamentarian shall advise the President and other Officers and the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee on questions regarding these Bylaws and parliamentary procedure, following Robert’s Rules of Procedure.  In accordance with Section III.2 of these Bylaws, the Parliamentarian shall assist the President in overseeing that all EPA administration, affairs and functions are consistent with the EPA Charter, Constitution and these Bylaws, and if necessary recommend corrective action to the Board. At all duly scheduled regular or special meetings of the Voting Membership, such as the Annual Business Meeting; and regular or special meetings of the Board of Directors, parliamentary procedures should be followed, and the Parliamentarian should rule on all Points of Order and/or other questions of procedure or conduct made by any Voting Member of the EPA at Membership meetings or by any Voting Member of the Board of Directors at Board meetings.

 

The Parliamentarian shall serve as the Chairperson of the Bylaws Committee and represent the Bylaws Committee at meetings of the Executive Committee and of the Board of Directors.  In addition, the Parliamentarian shall perform such other duties as may be assigned from time-to-time by the President or Board.

 

ARTICLE IV .   BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Section IV.1 Membership of the Board:

The Board of Directors shall consist of Eighteen (18) voting Members, namely the Six (6) Officers of the EPA; Six (6) Past Presidents of the EPA (in addition to the Immediate Past President and the Parliamentarian, who are both Officers); and Six (6) elected Directors-At-Large, who must be voting Members of the EPA, and who are not currently Officers or Past Presidents.  Under special circumstances and for cause, such as an absence of qualified candidates for Past Presidents or Directors-At-Large positions, the Nominations Committee may recommend and the Board approve by Two –Third majority vote that for that term of two years the total number of voting Board Members be reduced to Fifteen (15), which must include all Six (6) Officers, and at least three (3) Past Presidents and at least Three (3) Directors-At-Large (Refer to Article V, Section 6 of these Bylaws).  However, if a vacancy occurs of a Director-At-Large due to death, disability, resignation or other reason, the President shall appoint a Voting Member of the EPA in good standing to fill the vacancy until the next general election.  Similarly, if a vacancy occurs for a Past President position, the President shall appoint another Past President to complete the vacated term until the next general election.  Vacancies occurring among Officers have been specified in Article III of these Bylaws.

 

All Voting Members of the Board are expected to attend all scheduled Regular and Special Meetings of the Board.   In attendance means present in person OR present at a teleconference OR present at a videoconference.  The use of proxy does not constitute presence and cannot count for a quorum.  Absence should only be for cause and if possible the Voting Board Member should notify the Secretary in advance of his/her likely non-attendance.  Any Voting Board Member whose schedule is likely to interfere with attendance at future Board meetings should voluntarily resign from the Board by informing the President in writing.  The absence of any Voting Board Member from two consecutive Regular or special Board Meetings constitute an automatic resignation.  Consequently, it is the duty of the Secretary to check or supervise the checking of dates, times and location most convenient for most Voting Board Members for future Board Meetings.

 

Chairpersons of all Standing Committees shall be invited to attend Board meetings, but shall have no vote, unless they already are Voting Board Members.  In addition, the Board or the President may invite other individuals to attend a given Board meeting for specific reasons.  However, any Voting Member of the EPA has the right to attend any duly scheduled meeting of the Board in order to audit but not to participate or vote.

 

The Executive Director, if any, and or representatives of the Management Corporation shall attend duly scheduled Board meetings.  They may participate in the discussion but have no vote.

 

Finally, all non-voting attendees at a Board meeting shall leave the room or otherwise disengage from hearing the discussion if an Executive Session has been called. 

 

Section IV.2 Duties and Powers of the Board:

The Board of Directors shall be the governing body of the EPA and shall have general charge, management, and supervision of the affairs, funds and property of the EPA.  The Board shall ensure that the affairs and activities of the EPA are conducted in accordance with its Constitution, these Bylaws, and the Laws of the State of New York.  The Board may appoint or dissolve such committees as it may deem appropriate unless otherwise specified in these Bylaws, and shall authorize the expenditures of monies, funds and other securities.  The Board may contract in the name of the EPA for lease or purchase of equipment, property, or facilities. 

 

The Board of Directors is responsible to the EPA Voting Membership At Large and cannot delegate this responsibility to any other individual, Committee or group.  However, the Board of Directors may and should delegate the day-to-day operations and functions of the EPA to other individuals, Committees and management groups, as it deems fit, provided that the Board retains overall authority.  The Board however, must follow the policies enacted by the EPA Voting Membership at duly constituted general membership meetings.

 

The Board of Directors shall determine whether the conduct of any Members is detrimental to the welfare of the EPA and, after investigation by a Hearing Committee of the Bylaws Committee (Section V.4 of these Bylaws) and due process, may take corrective steps to rectify the situation, including termination of membership.

 

Section IV.3 Board Meetings:

There shall be two (2) Regular Board Meetings yearly, one of which shall be the Annual Board Meeting held in proximity to the Annual Business Meeting of the EPA.  The other Regular Board Meeting to be held approximately six months prior to the Annual Board Meeting.  Under supervision of the Secretary, the Voting Board Members should be polled in advance as to their likely availability for a given Regular Board Meeting and the date, time and location scheduled to ensure maximum attendance.  Regular Board Meetings should request personal attendance of the Board Members, but teleconference or videoconference should be provided for those Board Members unable to be present in person as long as the latter can hear and be heard continuously during the Board meeting.

 

Notice of Regular Board Meetings shall be mailed under supervision of the Secretary to each Board Member at least twenty-one (21) days before the date of the Meeting.  A quorum shall consist of an absolute majority of all Voting Directors.  The conduct of the Meeting shall be in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order with the President, or in his/her absence the President-Elect, or in the absence of both the Immediate Past President presiding.  Motions may be made by any Voting Board Member and require to be seconded by another Voting Board Member before discussion.  Motions shall be carried by a simple majority vote of the Directors in attendance, except when these Bylaws require an absolute or two-third majority vote of all Voting Directors.  In accordance with parliamentary procedures, the Chair shall not vote except (a) to break a tie on motions before the Board; (b) to produce a tie in order to negate a motion (but in this case not to break the tie); (c) to obtain an absolute majority of the Board; and (d) to obtain a Two-Third majority of the Board.

 

Any Voting Board Member may make a Point of Order in order to correct procedural errors.  The Chair must immediately suspend all business to correct the error or if in doubt request the Parliamentarian to rule as to the appropriateness of the Point of Order.  The Parliamentarian’s ruling is final and no discussion of the ruling allowed, except if two (2) Voting Board Members immediately make another Point of Order that the Parliamentarian’s ruling is in direct violation of explicitly stated rules and procedures of these Bylaws citing the appropriate Article and Section.  However, the Parliamentarian’s interpretation (as opposed to error) of these Bylaws leading to his/her ruling cannot be challenged.

 

The Board of Directors, the President and/or any three (3) Voting Members of the Board may call for an Executive Session in order to discuss sensitive issues confidentially.  A call for an Executive Session precedes any other business, which must immediately be suspended and all non-voting individuals must withdraw or otherwise disengage from the discussion.  Executive Sessions should be called to discuss the (detrimental) conduct of an EPA Member, the (questionable) conduct of any employee, the (controversial) conduct of business of a management group and/or Executive Director, and other sensitive issues.  No Minutes shall be kept of such Executive Sessions except that at the end-if appropriate-the Board may issue a brief statement as to the Board’s decision, which the Secretary shall then oversee to be entered into the official Minutes.

 

At the Annual Board Meeting, the President shall report to the Board on the general state of the EPA; the President  shall provide an account of his/her Office’s activities: and the Treasurer shall report on the fiscal status of the EPA.  The Executive Director shall summarize the activities of the Central Office.  The President may invite one or more of the Committee Chairpersons to briefly report on their respective Committee activities.  The Secretary shall be responsible for the Minutes of the Annual Board Meeting and for overseeing their prompt distribution to all Members of the Board.

 

Special meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called by the President at his/her initiative or at the request of any three (3) Voting Board Members.  The President shall determine the date, time and place of such special meetings, provided that his/her choice in convenient to a majority of the Voting Directors (i.e. Officers, Past Presidents and Directors-At-Large.  The Secretary shall supervise the mailing or acceptable alternative communication of such notices of special meetings at least ten (10) days in advance of the meeting.  Under extraordinary circumstances, a teleconference or videoconference may be arranged of all Voting Directors with five (5) days advance notice under supervision of the Secretary.

 

The President and/or Secretary shall provide an agenda of the topics to be discussed at a Special Board Meeting and each Director shall be given a copy.  A quorum at a Special Board Meeting shall consist of  ten (10) Voting Directors and must include at least  four (4) Directors who are not Members of the Executive Committee and three (3) Officers.  Unless otherwise specified in these Bylaws, motions shall be carried by simple majority vote.  The Secretary shall be responsible for overseeing the Minutes of such Special Board Meetings and their distribution to all Members of the Board.

 

ARTICLE V  COMMITTEES

 

Section V.1  Standing Committees:

Standing Committees shall include but not be limited to the Executive Committee, the Bylaws Committee, the Finance Committee, the Nominations Committee, the Bonica Lectureship Committee, the Membership Committee, and the Program and Education Committee.  Appointments to these Committees shall be in accordance with the requirements for each Committee as specified in these Bylaws.  The Chairperson of all Standing Committees shall be invited to attend all meetings of the Board of Directors, though without a vote, unless otherwise specified in these Bylaws.  The addition or removal of Standing Committees shall require revision of these Bylaws.

 

Section V.2  Other Committees:

Special or Ad Hoc Committees may be appointed from time-to-time by the Board or the President to address particular issues at hand.  However, such Special or Ad Hoc Committees shall not duplicate, but may supplement, the specific charges and tasks of the Standing Committees.  All such Special or Ad Hoc Committees are automatically dissolved at the end of the term of the appointing officer i.e.the President or Board but may be extended at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

 

 

Section V.3  The Executive Committee:

The Executive Committee shall consist of the six (6) Officers of the EPA.  The President, who shall be the Chairperson of the Committee; the President-Elect, who shall be the Vice-Chairperson of the Committee; the Immediate Past President; the Treasurer; the Secretary; and the Parliamentarian.  Meetings of the Executive Committee may be called whenever deemed necessary by the President or any other two (2) Officers, but there shall be no less than four (4) meetings per year.  Face-to-Face meetings, telephone conferences or videoconferences require a five (5) business days advance notice to be made under supervision of the President to each of the Officers.  The date, time and location of such meetings shall be arranged as most convenient for all six (6) Officers.  However, under exceptional or very special circumstances telephone conferences may be called on forty-eight (48) hours advance notice form the President.  A quorum shall consist of an absolute majority of all Officers, namely four (4).  Should a quorum fail to be achieved the Executive Committee meeting should be re-scheduled.  Proxy votes do not count toward a quorum.  However, if there is a quorum, then an Officer who is unable to participate, either in person or by telephone, at a scheduled meeting of the Executive Committee may in advance give his/her proxy vote on specific issues, but not carte blanche, to the Secretary to be counted in the voting.  Failure of an Officer to attend two (2) consecutive Executive Committee meetings (or two (2) consecutive Board of Directors meetings) shall be deemed an automatic resignation (Article III, Section 1).

 

The conduct of an Executive Committee meeting shall be less formal than that of the Board of Directors.  The Chair, i.e. the President or other Officer presiding, shall participate in the voting.  Therefore the Chair after casting his/her vote cannot override a tie.  (A tie is equivalent to a negative outcome, i.e. the motion fails).  Further more, all policy decisions of the Executive Committee require an absolute majority of all Officers.

 

In the event that the Board of Directors has hired an Executive Director or company, the Executive Committee is responsible for overseeing that the daily affairs and operations of the EPA are conducted appropriately.  The President has the primary responsibility, but each Officer shall assist the President with the supervision, especially in the general area of each Officer’s responsibility. 

 

While the Executive Committee is not a policy-making body, it is nevertheless authorized to implement policies if required urgently, provided such are consistent with the EPA’s constitution and not in direct conflict with or in opposition to stated policy of the Board of Directors.  In particular, the President shall be charged with executing such urgent policy decisions.  However, any new policy decision must subsequently be submitted to the entire Board of Directors for approval, since the Executive Committee is accountable to the Board for its actions.

 

The Executive Committee may authorize the expenditure of the EPA funds not exceeding One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) for educational and scientific programs, for essential central office costs (e.g. printing, mailing, telephone, office supplies, etc.) and for any other expenses essential to the day-to-day operations of the EPA.  Any such expenditures shall be itemized by the Treasurer and submitted to the Board of Directors for approval at the next scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors.  These fiscal restrictions do not apply to expenditures previously approved by the Board of Directors authorizing the Treasurer to pay them-but, if not previously approved by the Board of Directors, expenditures of EPA funds exceeding One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) must be submitted to the Board for approval prior to their commitment.

 

Section V.4  The Bylaws Committee:

The Bylaws Committee shall consist of three (3) Voting Members of the Board of Directors, chaired by the Parliamentarian (Article III, Section 7).  The President shall choose the other two (2) Members, one of whom must be a Past President.  The Members of the Committee may be reappointed.  The President shall be an ex officio Member of the Bylaws Committee without a vote.  The Bylaws Committee reports directly to the Board of Directors.

 

The Bylaws Committee shall serve as advisor on parliamentary procedure to the Board of Directors.  The Bylaws Committee shall review the EPA Constitution, these Bylaws and the Rules of Procedure annually and, if necessary, be accountable to the Board of Directors for the preparation of revisions of these Bylaws, or amendments to the Constitution, or changes in the Rules of Procedure, the adoption of which shall be in accordance with the procedures stated under Article VIII of these Bylaws and New York State Law, and with the EPA Constitution.

 

In the event that the Board of Directors decides to investigate the conduct of or to take disciplinary action against a Member of the EPA, including any Officer or Director, the Bylaws Committee shall serve as a Hearing Committee with one (1) additional Member, who must be a Past President, appointed by the President to serve as the Chairperson pro temp of the Hearing Committee.  In the event that the individual to be investigated or disciplined by the Board is a Member of the Bylaws Committee, he/she must temporarily recuse herself/himself from meetings of the Hearing Committee, Board of Directors and-if relevant-the Executive Committee until the matter is resolved by the Board. 

 

Section V.5  The Finance Committee:

The Finance Committee shall consist of five (5) members, namely the Treasurer, who shall be its Chairperson, the President, the President-Elect and two (2), other Voting Board Members to be appointed by the President – each with one vote.

 

The Finance Committee shall advise the Board of Directors on fiscal matters and apprise the Board of the financial status of the EPA.  The Committee shall recommend sources of funding for meetings or other functions of the EPA, and offer assistance in their procurement.  The Committee shall also oversee the accounting procedures of the EPA and shall assist the Treasurer in developing the annual budget.  The Treasurer shall certify the accuracy of entries in the EPA ledger and submit same to an annual audit by a certified public accountant.

 

The Finance Committee shall be responsible in supervising that all fiscal requirements stated in these Bylaws and by the State of New York are met, including in holding adequate financial reserves in appropriate accounts. 

 

Section V.6  The Nominations Committee:

The Nominations Committee shall consist of five (5) Members, of whom four (4) shall be elected by the Voting Membership of the EPA.  Of the latter, there shall be two (2) Past Presidents and two (2) Members chosen from among other voting Members of the EPA who have never been Members of the Board of Directors.  The Immediate Past-President shall serve as the Chairperson of the Nominations Committee (Section III.5 of these Bylaws).

 

The Nominations Committee shall be responsible for overseeing all elections for EPA-elected positions, as follows: The Committee shall request the Secretary (or the Executive Director, if one is appointed) to mail a Call for Nominations for all vacant or to be vacated elected positions to the entire Voting Membership of the EPA at least sixty (60) days before the Annual Business Meeting.  Vacant or to be vacated positions shall include spaces for the Offices of President-Elect, Treasurer and Secretary, for six (6) Directors-At-Large positions and for the four (4) positions on the Nominations Committee (as stated in this Section of the Bylaws). The Call for Nominations shall contain appropriate instructions and adequate space for the entry of nominees by the Voting Member.  The Call for Nominations shall also include a list of all Past Presidents and other relevant information deemed useful by the Nominations Committee.  This Call for Nominations information must be returned to the central office within twenty-one (21) days in order to be counted.

 

The Nominations Committee shall then prepare the Election Ballot including appropriate instructions and provisions for write-ins, which shall be mailed to the Voting Membership of the EPA at least thirty (30) days before the Annual Business Meeting. The ballot must then be returned within twenty-one (21) days to be counted. The names of the nominees who are elected shall be announced at the Annual Meeting and subsequently mailed to the entire EPA Membership.

 

In order to be eligible for inclusion as a candidate on the Ballot, the Nominations Committee shall count the total number of nominations a given individual has received for a given Office or position, and shall select the two (2) nominees with the largest number of nominations for each Office or position.  It shall then be incumbent on the Nominations committee to check with each of the selected nominees as to whether or not he/she is willing to be a candidate for that Office or position.  A candidate may run for only one (1) Office or position, he/she must choose which one to run for.  The Nominations Committee shall attempt to list two (2) candidates for each Office or position including, when possible, twelve (12) for Board of Directors and eight (8) for the Nominations Committee.  In addition, the Board of Directors may, at its discretion, select candidates to be added to those on the Election Ballot.  In the event of a tie in the vote on the final Ballot for a given Office or position, the Nominations Committee shall break the tie by a simple majority vote.

 

Prior to the Annual Business Meeting the Chairperson of the Nominations Committee shall contact all Past Presidents, who are still Voting EPA Members in good standing, excluding those who resigned from the Board of Directors in the past for non-attendance at Board Meetings.  The Chairperson shall ascertain how many of the eligible Past Presidents are willing to serve on the Board of Directors for a term of two years and the likelihood of their participation at scheduled Board meetings.  The Chairperson may be assisted in this task by the two (2) Past Presidents on the Nominations committee. The Chairperson shall then submit the list of eligible Past Presidents to the Board of Directors at the Annual Board meeting in order that the Board may elect the Parliamentarian and six (6) other Past Presidents by a two-third-majority vote for each to serve on the new Board.

 

Section V.7  The Bonica Lectureship Award Committee:

The Committee shall consist of five (5) members including the Chairperson who shall be appointed by the President-Elect, but who must have previously served on the Committee.  One of the four (4) other Committee Members shall be the outgoing Chairperson of the Committee (i.e., the Immediate Past Chairperson of the Bonica Lectureship Award Committee).  The President-Elect shall also appoint the other three (3) Committee members, one of whom shall be a Past President and the other two (2) Members from among the Voting Members of the EPA who are not currently on the Board of Directors.  However, no two (2) Members of the Bonica Lectureship Award Committee shall have a primary professional affiliation with the same institution (e.g., New York University Medical School, Cornell University Medical College, etc.). The President-Elect shall make the appointments to the Bonica Lectureship Award Committee before the First of October of each year and the Committee’s term shall continue to the end of September of the following year.

 

The Bonica Lectureship Award Committee shall select three (3) candidates for the Bonica Lectureship Award.  Each candidate shall be chosen on the basis of outstanding contribution to the field of pain.  Prior to the First of  January, the Board of Directors shall then select, by majority vote of the entire Board one (1) of the three recommended candidates for the Award of the Bonica Lectureship to be presented in the following year.  The Board shall also select a runner-up from among the three nominees in the event that their first choice may not be available.  The deliberations of the Bonica Lectureship Award Committee and the Board shall be confidential.

 

The President shall notify the recipient of the honor and confirm his/her acceptance of the Lectureship Award no later than the fifteenth of March. The Committee shall then set a date with the Recipient for the presentation of the Award.

 

The Bonica Lectureship Award Committee, in cooperation with the Executive Director, (if one is appointed), shall be responsible for all necessary arrangements for the Bonica-Lecture and attendant reception and dinner, travel and hotel arrangements, publication and printing of notices and invitations, procurement of the plaque or certificate to be presented to the Awardee, and audio-visual and photographic arrangements.  These plans shall be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval and the Board shall be responsible for appropriating the funds needed to underwrite the Bonica Lectureship Award meeting.

 

Since the Bonica Award is the oldest and first of its kind it shall be considered the major event of the EPA.  The presentation of the Award and the Bonica Award Lecture shall be free and open to the public.  There shall be no registration fee, although the Board of Directors may charge for the Bonica dinner or luncheon.  Furthermore, the Board of Directors shall keep sufficient funds in reserve to hold the Bonica Award lecture in a year during which no new funding is available even if it means cancellation of the Annual Scientific Meeting or other educational and/or scientific meetings in that year.

 

The President-Elect shall represent the Bonica Lectureship Award Committee on the Executive Committee.

 

Section V.8  The Membership Committee:

The Membership Committee shall consist of a Committee Chairperson appointed by the President and not less than two (2) Voting Members from the EPA Membership-at-Large, also appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Committee Chairperson.  The Committee Members shall each be selected from different professional disciplines within the EPA.  The Secretary shall supervise the activities and functions of the Committee and represent it at Executive and/or Board meetings.  However, the Committee Chairperson shall be invited to attend Board meetings, but without a vote.  The Secretary shall be an ex officio member of the Committee with one vote.

 

The Membership Committee shall be responsible for screening applications for membership and for making appropriate recommendations for the election of applicants by the Executive Committee or the Board of Directors in accordance with the requirements and procedures set forth in Article I of these Bylaws.  The Committee shall also recommend and partake in the initiation of membership drives and shall, with the assistance of the Board (and/or the Executive Director, if one is appointed) keep the Board informed of the EPA Membership.

 

Section V.9  The Program and Education Committee:

The Program and Education Committee shall consist of not less than three (3) Voting Members who must be from different professional disciplines and different institutions.  The Chairperson of the Program and Education Committee shall be selected by the President-Elect and recommended to the President for appointment as Chairperson-Elect of the Committee prior to the First of October.  He/she shall thereupon join the Committee and shall become the new Committee Chairperson immediately after the last scientific and/or educational meeting of the year and continue to serve as Chairperson in the following year.  The additional Voting Members of the Committee shall be appointed by the President upon recommendation by the incoming Chairperson-Elect of the Committee.  The Chairperson and Members of the Committee may be reappointed annually in a similar manner by succeeding Presidents. The President-Elect shall be an ex officio Member with a vote on the Program and Education Committee and shall represent the Committee on the Executive Committee.

 

The duties of the Program and Education Committee shall be to plan and arrange the Annual Scientific Meeting and other scientific meetings of the EPA with the exception of the Bonica Lectureship Meeting.  The Committee shall select the topics and speakers, and the times, dates and sites of the meetings.  With the approval of the President, the Committee shall also arrange for the reimbursement and honoraria of speakers, and for the technical needs and social amenities of such meetings.

 

The Program and Education Committee shall also be responsible for advising the Board on the planning and preparation of courses, workshops and other educational activities that would best serve the needs or wishes of the various disciplines represented in the EPA, including those required for application for continuing education accreditation.

 

The Program and Education Committee shall also advise the Board of Directors from time-to-time about the needs for public information and, with the express permission and direction of the Board of Directors, provide for the dissemination of appropriate educational and scientific information to the general public through the news media, public meetings and other appropriate channels.  The Committee Chairperson may be invited to attend and participate in Meetings of the Board of Directors, but without a vote. The Committee Chairperson shall also assist the Finance Committee, and the President in soliciting funds for the educational and scientific meetings.  The President, however, shall coordinate any such funding efforts.

 

ARTICLE VI  ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT

 

Section VI.1 General:

The Board of Directors is responsible for the over-all administration and management of the EPA.   However, the Board of Directors may decide to hire an individual or team/group/organization to carry out specific tasks or functions OR to manage a convention or other meeting OR to manage the day-to-day administration, functions or operations of the EPA.  However, whatever arrangement is made to employ an individual or group the Board of Directors shall retain legal authority and supervision in accordance with the laws of New York State and these Bylaws.

 

Section VI.2 Individual Administrator:

Should the Board of Directors decide to employ an individual person to be the administrator of the EPA or to perform specific tasks in the daily management of the EPA, the Executive Committee shall search for and interview and otherwise check out the potential candidate and discuss terms. The Executive Committee upon agreement of the individual shall then submit its recommendations to the Board of Directors. Approval by the Board shall require a two-third-majority vote of all Voting Board Members.  It is recommended that if an individual is employed by the Board he/she shall serve as an individual contractor rather than a salaried employee in order to avoid income tax and benefits complications for the EPA.

 

Section VI.3 Management Group:

The Board of Directors may decide to employ a group or organization to perform specific functions OR to manage the day-to-day operations of the EPA.  The Executive Committee shall act as a search committee for such a group and may be assisted by other Members of the Board.  Upon a successful search the Executive committee shall make its recommendation to the full Board of Directors for their approval.  The President shall then appoint one or more Members of the Executive Committee and/or Board to negotiate an appropriate contract with the group.  In the event of recruiting an organization to manage the daily affairs and operations of the EPA the Board shall seek the advice of an attorney knowledgeable in the New York State Corporation Law during the negotiations and to review the final contract.  The contract shall specify the exact role of the management group and all relevant fiscal details. The contract must state that the over-all management of the EPA is the responsibility of the Board of Directors and that all financial details are under the supervision of the Treasurer.  Such a contract shall not exceed a period of three (3) years, but is renewable.  The Board of Directors has to be kept fully informed about the contract and its approval shall require a two-third-majority vote of all Voting Board Members.  Upon approval, the contract shall be signed by three (3) Officers of the EPA, namely the President, the Treasurer and the Secretary.

 

ARTICLE VII FUNDS, ASSETS AND EXPENDITURES

 

Section VII.1  Funds:

Funds of the EPA are, and shall be, derived from the following sources;

 

  1. Dues, subscriptions or assessment of Members.
  2. Subsidies, gifts, contributions, and bequests bestowed upon the EPA and accepted by the Board of Directors.
  3. Registration and continuing education fees from educational and scientific meetings, including fees for space from exhibitors at such meetings.
  4. Interest paid on monies deposited.
  5. Grants sought or solicited by the Board of Directors, or the Finance Committee with the approval of the Board of Directors, from government agencies, foundations, or private corporations interested in the objects of the EPA.

 

Section VII.2  Authority:

The Board of Directors shall control and be responsible for all assets of the EPA.  The Board of Directors shall ensure that sufficient financial reserves are available to meet all incurred or committed expenses, costs, and debitures.  In the event that the Board of Directors employs a management group to run the day-to-day activities and operations of the EPA, such a management shall not have the authority to commit or utilize any assets or funds of the EPA for any purpose, except such funds specifically allocated by the Board of Directors for operational purposes to the management group.  The details of such allocated funds shall be specified in the contract between the EPA and the management group.  However, the Treasurer shall be the official custodian of funds of the EPA, as defined in Section VII.1 of these Bylaws.

 

The Treasurer with the advice of the Finance Committee shall invest and re-invest the funds of the EPA upon direction of the Board of Directors.  In accordance with Section III.5 of these Bylaws, the Treasurer shall have authority to sign all checks in the name of the EPA-with one signature only required.  In the Treasurer’s absence the President and/or Secretary shall also have authority to sign all checks in the name of the EPA following the Board’s directions for the disbursement of funds.  In the event that a management group is used, the Treasurer shall have the authority to delegate signature authority to an official representative of the management group for very specific and limited operational use previously approved by the Board of Directors, e.g. postage, duplicating, telephone, etc.

 

 

Section VII.3  Fiscal Year:

The Fiscal Year of the EPA shall be the calendar year, namely commencing on the First Day of January and extending to the end of the Thirty-First Day of the following December.

 

ARTICLE VIII   AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS

 

Amendments to the Bylaws may be initiated (i) by resolution approved by the Board of Directors at a duly constituted Board meeting; (ii) by motions carried by a majority vote of Voting Members present at the Annual Business Meeting, provided a quorum of Voting Members is present; or (iii) by a written petition, addressed to the President and signed by twenty-five (25) Voting Members of the EPA.  All proposed amendments shall be reviewed by the Bylaws Committee for conformity with the EPA Constitution and New York State Law, as well as with Roberts’ Rules of Order.  The Bylaws Committee shall then write the proposed amendments in appropriate language and submit them to the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors, upon approval, shall then direct the central office to mail a ballot containing the substance of the approved amendments, with explanation if deemed necessary, to all Voting Members of the EPA. Two-thirds of the votes in favor of the amendments cast by the Voting Members of the EPA within the time limit specified shall then amend the Bylaws.

 

Amendment:  October 1995

Amendment:   December 2002