Bylaws - TIPS SW Chapter
These bylaws (“Bylaws”) govern the affairs of Texas Indo-American Physicians society Southwest chapter, a Non-profit corporation (“Corporation”) organized under the Texas Non-profit Corporation Act (“Act”).
Article 2: Membership
2.01 Membership in this society shall be open to all physicians and dentists of Asian Indian heritage, residing in the southwest region of Texas. Natural persons may be admitted to membership of the corporation by the board of directors or a committee designated by the board to handle such matters. The board of directors may adopt or amend application procedures and qualifications for membership in the corporation. An affirmative vote of the majority of the directors present and voting shall be required for the admission of any applicant who meets the membership qualifications then in effect. A member may renew membership by paying all required fees.
2.02. Southwest region shall be defined as area in Texas with the postal code 78 and its surrounding areas.
2.03 Membership categories:
2.03.1 Active: Any physician or dentist of Asian Indian heritage practicing in the southwest Texas Provided he or She is licensed to practice in the United States.
2.03.2 Associate: Any physician or dentist of Asian Indian heritage either in training or seeking Training residing in the southwest region of the state of Texas.
2.03.3 Honorary: Any physician or dentist who has made noteworthy contributions to the cause And objectives of the society as determined by the executive committee.
2.03.4. Retired: Any physician or Dentist who is not in active practice residing in the southwest Region.
2.03.5. Inactive: Any active member can be placed in inactive category because of a change in his or Her status likes medical license or residence, which is viewed as temporary.
2.04 Certificate of membership: The board of directors may provide for the issuance of certificates evidencing membership in the Corporation. When a person has been admitted as a member and has paid any required fees and dues, the Corporation shall issue a certificate of membership to the person. Membership certificate shall be signed by the President or President Elect and by the secretary or Treasurer. Membership certificates shall be numbered Consecutively. If a certificate is lost, mutilated or destroyed, a new certificate may be issued.
2.05 Voting rights: Each active member shall be entitled to one vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the members.
2.06. Sanctions, Suspension or Termination of Members: The board of Directors may impose reasonable sanctions on a member, or suspend or expel a member from the corporation, for a good cause, after a hearing. Good cause includes default of an obligation to the corporation to pay fees or dues for a period of thirty (30) days following delivery of notice of default, or a material and serious violation of the articles of incorporation, bylaws or rules or of Law. The board of directors may not take any action against a member without giving the member adequate notice and an opportunity to be heard. To be deemed adequate, notice shall be in writing and delivered at least fourteen (14) days prior to the hearing. However shorter notices may be deemed adequate if the board of directors determine that the need for a timely hearing outweighs the prejudice caused to the member and if a statement of the need for a timely hearing is included in the notice. If mailed, the notice shall be sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested. A member shall have the right to be represented by a counsel at or before hearing. The board of directors may impose sanctions, suspend a member or expel a member by vote of a majority of the directors who are present and voting. Any member whose license is suspended can be placed in inactive member category by the majority vote of board of Directors. Any member whose license is revoked may be removed from membership in the society by majority vote of Board of Directors. Once the general body approves the removal, membership dues collected for that fiscal year will be prorated and the balance will be returned. In addition, general body shall have the power to decline membership status for any period as recommended by the executive committee or less.
2.07. Resignation: Any member can resign from the corporation by submitting a written resignation to the secretary. The resignation need not be accepted by the corporation to be effective. A member’s resignation shall not relieve the member of any obligation to pay any dues, assessments, or other charges that have accrued and were unpaid prior to the effective date of the resignation.
2.08. Reinstatement: A former member may submit a written request for reinstatement of membership. The board of directors may reinstate membership on any reasonable terms that the board of directors deems appropriate.
2.09 Transfer of Membership: Membership may be transferred to another state society if reciprocal arrangement exist on the planned transfer of residence of a member either within this state or another State Of the Union. Membership of the corporation is not a property right that may be transferred after a Member’s death.
2.10. Waiver of interest in corporate property. All real and personal property, including all improvements located on the property, acquired by the Corporation shall be owned by the corporation. A member shall have no interest in specific property of the Corporation. Each member hereby expressly waives the right to require partition of all or part of the Corporation’s property.
2.11. Dues: The annual dues for the society shall be fixed by the board of directors at the beginning of the Fiscal year. The fiscal year of the society shall be from January to December of the following year. The Executive committee may levy special assessments to defray specific expenses of the society as the need arises.