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The Iowa Chapter of the American College of Cardiology was incorporated on January 13, 1992.   Please support the Iowa Chapter by becoming a member when you receive your National ACC membership dues invoice. For more information, please contact us at (319) 461-0621.


Iowa Chapter-ACC Bylaws


Article I

NAME AND PURPOSE

Section 1. Name. This organization, a non-for-profit corporation, shall be known as the American College of Cardiology, Iowa Chapter (hereinafter referred to as the "Chapter").

Section 2. Purpose. The purpose of the Chapter shall be to contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and to ensure optimal quality of care for individuals with such diseases. In carrying out these purposes the Chapter shall function, in consultation with the leadership of the College, as a source of advice to local and state governmental and professional organizations concerning issues related to cardiovascular disease. The Chapter shall, in the interests of patients, physicians and the public in general, maintain a high level of social consciousness and involvement with socioeconomic factors and access to the highest possible quality of cardiovascular health care.

Article II
MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. The membership of the College shall be of the following classes: Cardiovascular Team, Associate of the American College of Cardiology, Fellow-in-Training, International Associate, Affiliate, Associate Fellow, Fellow, Emeritus, Master, Distinguished Fellow and Honorary Fellow. Only a Fellow, Fellow Emeritus, Distinguished Fellow and Honorary Fellow shall be privileged to use the letters "FACC" after his/her name. Only a Master shall be privileged to use the letters "MACC" after his/her name. Only an Associate of the American College of Cardiology shall be privileged to use the letters "AACC" after his/her name. Only Fellows, Fellows Emeritus, Distinguished Fellows, Masters, Masters Emeritus, shall be entitled to the privilege of holding office. Only Fellows, Fellows Emeritus, Distinguished Fellows, Masters, Masters Emeritus, and Associates of the American College of Cardiology shall be entitled to the privilege of voting. Other members shall be entitled to the other privileges of the College, with the exception of voting and holding office.

Section 2. Qualifications and Application for Membership - The qualifications and process to apply as an Affiliate, Associate Fellow or Fellow shall be proposed through the Credentialing and Membership Committee and must be approved by the Board of Trustees. The qualifications and process for becoming a member may be waived by the Credentialing and Membership Committee in individual cases.

     1. Cardiovascular Team - Shall be available to professionals in the cardiovascular work setting. A Cardiovascular Team member shall have recognized education, training, and licensure/certification, and/or formal appointment relevant and customary for the professional type. A Cardiovascular Administrator may also be a member of the College. This is a non-voting category of membership that can be appointed to committees, task forces, and working groups.

     2. Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC) - (a) Shall be a nurse, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, clinical pharmacist, physician assistant, or cardiovascular technologist who (a) is nationally board certified by a credentialing body recognized by the American College of Cardiology; (b) has been a member of the ACC for at least two years; and (c) has at least five years of experience in a clinical area of expertise within cardiology.

     3. Fellow-in-Training - United States, U.S. Territories and Canada - Shall be currently engaged in a formal cardiovascular related training program in fulfillment of requirements for admission to an examination by a subspecialty board which holds membership in the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists of the American Osteopathic Association. Fellow-in-Training members will transition to the Affiliate category upon successful completing of the training program.

     Fellow-in-Training - Residing Outside the United States, U.S. Territories and Canada - Shall be currently engaged in a formal cardiovascular-related training program. Fellow-in-Training members will transition to the International Associate category upon successfully completing the training program.

     4. Affiliate - (a) Shall have satisfactorily completed a formal cardiovascular related training program in fulfillment of requirements for admission to an examination by a subspecialty board which holds membership in the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists of the American Osteopathic Association. (b) Lacking board certification, candidates are expected to provide evidence from the local community of having attained peer recognition as practicing cardiovascular specialists.

     5. Associate Fellow - United States, U.S. Territories and Canada - (a) Shall have board certification by a primary specialty board which holds membership in the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists of the American Osteopathic Association, plus evidence of formal cardiovascular training and other evidence from his/her community of having attained peer recognition as a consultant. (b) In lieu of the above, a candidate shall have made important scientific contributions and shall have devoted the major share of his/her efforts over a period of years to the cardiovascular field.

     6. Fellow - United States, U.S. Territories and Canada - (a) Shall have certification by both a primary specialty board and an applicable subspecialty board which holds membership in the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists of the American Osteopathic Association. (b) Lacking Board certification, candidates are expected to have made important scientific contributions over a period of years to a cardiovascular field. (c) The candidate shall provide evidence from his/her community that he/she is recognized by peers as a specialist or as a scientist.

     Fellow - Residing outside United States, U.S. Territories and Canada - Those candidates applying for Fellowship should be recognized as clearly outstanding in their own country by (a) holding a leadership role cardiology; or Professor or Associate Professor or; (b) usually having achieved an international reputation with a sizeable number of publications in cardiovascular related peer-reviewed indexed journals. Candidates may have certification by both a primary and subspecialty board which holds membership in either the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Advisory Board for Osteopathic Specialists of the American Osteopathic Association.

     7. International Associate - A category of membership for other cardiovascular physician or scientist candidates. Candidates applying for International Associate will be recognized in their own country by having relevant recognized/accredited medical education, cardiovascular training, and licensure/certification OR cardiovascular-related academic or research appointment at a recognized institution.

     8. Emeritus Status - A Fellow, Associate Fellow, or Affiliate of the College who is fully retired and is 65 years of age or older or who has been a member of the College for more than thirty consecutive years, is 60 years of age, and is fully retired, is eligible upon request to be named Emeritus. Such a status permits a waiver of national and applicable chapter dues and fees, but not the cost of the hard copy College journals.

     Emeritus Status - A Cardiovascular Team member or Associate of the American College of Cardiology who is fully retired and is 65 years of age or older; or who has been a member of the College for more than five consecutive years, is 60 years of age, and is fully retired, is eligible upon request to be named Emeritus. Such a status permits a waiver of national and applicable chapter dues and fees but not the cost of the hard copy College journals.

     9. Master - A Fellow of the College who has been active in the College for more than fifteen years may be recommended to the Board of Trustees to be designated a Master of the American College of Cardiology (MACC). Annually the Officers and Trustees of the College shall be asked individually to submit names of suggested nominees to the Awards Committee which, in turn, shall make its recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Additionally, past presidents are recognized as Masters. Election shall be by a majority vote of the Board of Trustees.

     10. Distinguished Fellow - A Fellow of the College who has performed outstanding service in the interest of the College may be recommended to the Board of Trustees to be elected Distinguished Fellow. Annually the membership shall be asked to submit names of suggested nominees to the Awards Committee which, in turn, shall make its recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Election shall be by a majority vote of the Board of Trustees.

     11. Honorary Fellow - Any qualified scientist or physician is eligible to become an Honorary Fellow. Annually the membership shall be asked to submit names of suggested nominees to the Awards Committee which, in turn, shall make its recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Election shall be by a majority vote of the Board of Trustees.

Section 3. Resignation and Removal. A member may resign at any time by written notice to the Member Services Department of the College. In addition to the discipline procedures in Article XII of these Bylaws, a member shall be removed with approval of the Ethics and Discipline Committee, upon action by the Board of Trustees, upon ceasing to meet the qualifications for membership set forth in Article III, Dues and Fees, Section 1 or 2, whichever is applicable.

Article III
Section 1. Annual dues shall be required of all members of the College except Fellows-in-Training, Honorary Fellows, Distinguished Fellows and Emeritus. Additionally, Chapter dues shall be required for all physician members residing in the United States or a U.S. Territory that has a Chapter. Annual dues, at one-half the current dues rate, shall be required of those members who have been granted reduced dues status, in accordance with criteria established by the Budget, Finance and Investment Committee.

Section 2. The amount of the annual dues shall be determined by the Board of Trustees.

Section 3. On the recommendation of the Budget, Finance and Investment Committee, and without publication thereof, annual dues may be waived in whole or in part for any member of the College. Further, a member at any age, if working less than 20 hours per week, can be granted reduced dues status in the College for up to two years. Reduced dues members shall be required to pay dues at one-half the current dues rate and will receive the College journal only by electronic delivery or pay cost of the hard copy journal. Reduced dues members must request in writing a continuation of such status after two years. Members who have ongoing need for a dues exemption (e.g., long term disability or illness) will be eligible for Emeritus Status. American College of Cardiology 501 (c)(6) Bylaws 1/14 - American College of Cardiology http://www.acc.org/about-acc/our-bylaws-and-code-of-ethics/acc-bylaws[5/8/2015 2:16:18 PM]

Section 4. Dues shall be payable on January 1 of each year. A member who is delinquent in dues thereby loses all privileges of the College. A member whose dues are delinquent for a period of two years may be dropped from the roll of the College by action of the Board of Trustees. The College shall notify a member of such anticipated action prior to dropping the member.

Section 5. Any Fellow whose membership in the College has been terminated shall not append the FACC (or if applicable, MACC) designation to their name or claim or imply membership in the American College of Cardiology. Any Associate whose membership in the College has been terminated shall not append the AACC designation to their name or claim or imply membership in the American College of Cardiology.

Section 6. Any member dropped from membership because of delinquency or resignation may be considered for reinstatement once, utilizing one of the following provisions: a) To restore the original year of membership record, all unpaid dues will be paid in full and annual dues payments will be required thereafter; or b) to re-establish the membership record as of the current year, current year dues are required in full and annual payments will be required thereafter.

Article IV
DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1. President. The President of the Chapter, who concurrently is the American College of Cardiology Governor for the state of Iowa, shall be the chief elected officer of the Chapter and shall in general supervise and direct the business and affairs of the Chapter, in consultation with the Council. The President shall serve as Chairman at all meetings of the membership and of the Council. The President, in consultation with the Council and the committee chairman, shall appoint the members of all standing and special committees of the Chapter.

Section 2. Vice President, President-Elect and Immediate Past President. The Vice President will serve a one-year term only during the two years when there is no President/Governor-Elect. The President-Elect, Vice President, and Immediate Past President shall assist the President in the discharge of the duties of the President as the President may direct, and shall perform such duties as from time to time may be assigned by the President. In the absence of the President, the Immediate Past President shall perform the duties of the President.

Section 3. Secretary-Treasurer. The Secretary-Treasurer shall: (1) maintain a current roster of all members of the Chapter; (2) send all notices of meetings of the Chapter and of the Council; (3) keep a record of proceedings of all meetings of the Chapter; (4) serve as the principal financial officer of the Chapter and shall have responsibility for maintenance of adequate books and accounts for the Chapter; (5) have charge and custody of all funds and securities of the Chapter in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as shall be selected by the Council; and (7) in general perform all duties customarily incident to the offices of Secretary and Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the Chapter President or Council. If required by the Council, the Secretary-Treasurer shall give a bond for the faithful discharge of duties of that office in such sum and with such surety or sureties as the Council shall determine the cost of any such bond or surety to be paid from the funds of the Chapter.

Article V
COUNCIL
Section 1. General Powers: The administration, property and activities of the Chapter shall be managed by its Council.

Section 2. Composition. The Council shall consist of the officer of the Chapter, eight district councilors, four from the west Central region (at least one must come from outside the Des Moines area); and four from the Eastern region. The chairpersons of the Government Relations and Third Party Reimbursement Committees shall serve as non-voting, ex-officio members of the Council. The Chapter President shall serve as Chairman of the Council.

Section 3. Election and Term of Office. During the initial year of the Chapter, half of the district councilors shall be appointed by the President to two-year terms and half to three-year terms. For subsequent years, councilors shall be elected by the members of the Chapter residing in each district, using a mail ballot of candidates proposed by the Nominating Committee, and shall serve two-year terms. The Chapter Secretary-Treasurer shall be responsible for mailing ballots containing nominees recommended by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Council. District councilors are eligible to succeed themselves for one additional two-year term.

Section 4. Vacancies. A vacancy on the Council for members other than the President and President-Elect may be filled by action of the members of the Council at any meeting of the Council. The individual so appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve for the unexpired term of his/her predecessor.

Section 5. Meeting. Meetings of the Council may be called by the Chapter President, who also serves as Chairman of the Council, or at the request of five Council members. The President shall fix the place for holding all Council meetings unless otherwise directed by the Council. The Council shall meet at least twice each year.

Section 6. Notice. A noticed stating the place, day and hour of the meeting and the purpose or purposes for which the meeting has been called shall be mailed to each Council member not less than thirty (30) days before the date of the meeting.

Section 7. Quorum. A majority of the members of the Council, when duly called and assembled, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Council.

Article VI
COMMITTEES
Section 1. Establishment and Composition. Committees may be established by resolution of the Council adopted at any duly called and constituted meeting. The size, purposes and powers of any such committee shall be as provided in such resolution. The President of the Chapter shall, in consultation with the Council, appoint the members of each such committee. All standing committee appointments must have the approval of the Council. The term of service of any committee member may be terminated by the President at any time, if in judgment of the President and the Council, the best interests of the Chapter would be served by such termination.

Section 2. Term of office. The term of office for the members of all committees, with the exception of the Nominating Committee, shall be determined by the Council.

Section 3. Chairman. The chairman for each committee, with the exception of the Nominating Committee, shall be appointed by the President of the Chapter.

Section 4. Vacancies. Vacancies in the membership of any committee shall be filled by appointments made by the Chapter President. Standing committee vacancy replacements require the approval of the Council. The individual so appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve for the unexpired term of his/her predecessor.

Section 5. Reporting. All Chapter committees shall report to the Council.

Section 6. Standing Committees. Standing Committees of the Chapter shall be: Government Relations, Nominating, Programs/Publication, Third Party Reimbursement, and Membership.

Section 7. Special Committees. Upon recommendation by the Chapter President, the Council may establish special or ad hoc committees to address special subjects of interest to the Chapter.

Section 8. Nominating Committee.

     The Iowa Chapter does not have a Nominating Committee. The Strategic Council of the Chapter shall facilitate the nominations to ensure that there are two members for each election.

     Committee Composition: The Immediate Past President shall serve on this committee. With the Immediate Past President representing his/her district, the Chapter President shall select four additional Chapter members to this committee. These shall be district councilors or members of other Chapter committees. This process shall produce two members from the West Central region and two members from the Eastern region. The Immediate Past President shall not be eligible to serve as committee chairman. Each year, the chairman of the committee shall be elected by the members of the committee.

     It is recommended that whenever possible, consideration be given for a balanced representation on this committee (i.e., Adult Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology, Cardiovascular Surgery, Private Practice, Academic Practice).

     Term of Committee Membership: The term of the Immediate Past President shall be for as long as that individual holds an office as Immediate Past President of the Chapter. The remaining four members of the committee shall serve one-year terms. No member shall be eligible to serve a second consecutive term on the committee. Vacancies in the membership of this committee shall be filled by the process set forth in Article VI, Section 4 of the bylaws.

     Charge and Function of Nominating Committee: The Nominating Committee shall recommend to the Council at least two (2) nominees for each district councilor position whose term is due to expire. Nominations shall be restricted to Active members of the Chapter residing or working in the district where the vacancy is to occur. The Nominating Committee shall not nominate any of its members to any position on the ballot.

     The Nominating Committee shall recommend to the Chapter membership at an annual business meeting the Committee�s nominee(s) for the office of Secretary-Treasurer.

Article VII
MEETINGS

Section 1. Annual Business Meeting. The Chapter shall hold an annual business meeting, open to all members and invited guests, at a time and place designated by the Council. The Council is described in Article V of the Bylaws. The purpose of the meeting shall be to transact any business that may come before the Chapter.

Section 2. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the membership may be called by the President after consultation with the Council or upon written request of not less than twenty percent (20%) of the membership.

Section 3. Notice of Meeting. A notice stating the place, day and hour of the meeting shall be mailed to each member of the Chapter not less than thirty (30) days before the date of the meeting. In the case of special meetings, the purpose or purposes of the meeting shall be stated in the notification and no other business shall be transacted except that stated in the call.

Article VII
DUES AND ASSESSMENTS

Annual dues and assessments shall be set by the Council and approved by the American College of Cardiology prior to implementation. The American College of Cardiology shall be responsible for billing all American College of Cardiology members in the state of Iowa for Chapter dues. Upon receipt of the dues payment, the American College of Cardiology shall promptly remit such payments to the Chapter Secretary-Treasurer. Active members, with the exception of Distinguished Fellows or Honorary Fellows, or both, shall be deemed as dues paying members. Dues shall be waived for Emeritus members and Affiliate-in-Training members.

Article IX
REPORTING

The Chapter shall submit to the American College of Cardiology an annual report which includes: (a) a statement of income and expenses signed by a duly authorized Chapter officer, usually the Secretary-Treasurer; (b) a copy of Internal Revenue Service Form 990 and other required IRS forms submitted by the Chapter; and (c) a summary of Chapter activities for the previous twelve month period and plans for the upcoming year.

Article X
CHAPTER AND NATIONAL RELATIONS
Neither the Chapter nor any of its officers or members is authorized to represent, or in any way bind the American College of Cardiology, unless authorized to do so by the College President, nor will any of them in any way hold themselves out as being authorized to do so without specific authorization by the College President. Iowa Chapter Bylaws shall always be consistent and in conformance with the ACC Bylaws and related bylaws requirements for ACC Chapters. If the ACC Board of Trustees approves any bylaws amendments and revisions that require related amendments or revisions of Chapter Bylaws, including but not limited to language regarding included membership categories, then the authority by the Chapters to make any such conforming amendments and/or revisions to its bylaws solely for the purposes of ensuring such consistency and conformance shall be assumed and such actions may be taken by the Chapter Leadership without any additional action required by the Board of the Chapter, the Board of Governors Steering Committee or other ACC national leadership entity.

The American College of Cardiology may terminate Chapter status for any Chapter if the American College of Cardiology Board of Trustees finds that the Chapter has engaged in activities detrimental to the best interests of the College. The Chapter shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard pursuant to such reasonable procedures, as the American College of Cardiology Board of Trustees shall provide.

Article XI
DISSOLUTION

Upon dissolution of the corporation all its assets, after payment of all debts and other liabilities, shall be paid and distributed to the American College of Cardiology.

Article XII
INDEMNIFICATION

To the full extent permitted by law, the Chapter may indemnify any and all of its officers, council members and committee members for certain expenses and other amounts paid in connection with legal proceedings in which any such person becomes involved by reason of serving in any such capacity, with or for the Chapter. The Chapter may purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of any or all officers, council members or committee members against any liability asserted against any such person, and incurred in any such capacity, whether or not the Chapter would have the power to indemnify them against such liability under the provisions of this article.

Article XIII
ETHICS

Members of the Chapter are expected to exhibit high ethical and moral standards. The Bylaws of the American College of Cardiology provide a mechanism for addressing matters related to the ethical conduct of all members of the American College of Cardiology.

Article XIV
AMENDMENTS

Bylaws may be amended or repealed and new Bylaws may be adopted by mail ballot with a two-thirds (2/3) approval by the respondents, provided that written notice of the proposed change or changes has been mailed to each voting member at least thirty (30) days before the final vote count. However, before becoming effective such amendments must have the approval of the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology.

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