This organization shall be known as the Colorado Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
It shall be the objective of this Association to promote the best interests of its members, cooperate with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, facilitate cooperation between nurse anesthetists and the medical profession, hospitals and other agencies interested in anesthesia and in general to advance the science and the art of anesthesia.
Membership in this Association and procedures with respect to admission to membership, maintenance of membership, classes of membership, qualifications thereof shall be such as are stipulated in the Bylaws of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
If the conduct of any member shall appear to be in willful violation of the Bylaws of this Association, or prejudicial to the interests of this Association, the Board of Directors may by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the entire Board, suspend or expel such a member. Before action is taken, a written copy of the charges must be presented to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for consideration and counsel. If after consultation with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists' Board of Directors, the state Board of Directors still elects to prefer charges, a written copy of the charges must be served upon the member and an opportunity given that member to be heard before the Board of Directors. A recommendation for the suspension or expulsion of a member shall also be made to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. A motion to reconsider the suspension or expulsion of a member from this Association may be made at a regular meeting of the Board of Directors.
Honors may be given to members upon the recommendation of the Board of Directors and with a majority vote of the members at the annual meeting by presentation of awards or other honors without conferring honorary membership.
State honorary membership may be conferred on a member by the voting body upon recommendation of the Board of Directors. Rights carried with the honor include the right to attend meetings and speak but not to make motions or vote or represent the Association as a delegate unless the member is an active member of the Association. Honorary status implies that the member's dues are waived.
Contributions of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) or more shall be known as benefactors. The names of known as benefactors. The names of such benefactors shall be placed in the permanent records of this Association.
Contributions of less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) shall be known as donors. The names of such donors shall be placed in the permanent records of this Association.
In addition to the foregoing specific duties, the duties of the Officers shall be such as their titles, by general usage would indicate, and such as may be assigned to them by the Board of Directors.
Each officer shall deliver any Association property and records to a successor or to the President within one (1) month after the annual meeting.
Members appointed to committees shall serve for one (1) year or until their successors are appointed.
This committee shall assist in the development of educational standards and consistently endeavor to further the educational program of this Association and that of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. The committee shall also work with the Educational Districts in the state.
This committee shall have charge of all publicity for this Association and shall send notices of the meetings to the local newspapers and shall send a report of the annual meeting and news item, pertaining to the members, to the official bulletin of the A.A.N.A.
Established to perform the functions of a political action committee for contributions to candidates for the Colorado General Assembly. This PC will function according to the rules set up by the Colorado Secretary of State.
Only active members shall participate in election and other voting.
The election of Officers and Directors may be held by mailed vote. Ballots shall be mailed to members qualified to vote three (3) weeks prior to the annual meeting, said ballot to be marked and returned not later than one (1) week prior to the annual meeting. This method of conducting the mailed ballot shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
The election of Officers and Directors may be held via electonic vote as an option to a paper ballot if so chosen by each individual member. The method of conducting this electronic vote shall be determined by the Board of Directors based on the available technology.
The fiscal year of the Colorado Association of Nurse Anesthetists shall date from October one (1) to September thirty (30).
For purposes of funding the Colorado Association of Nurse Anesthetists Political Committee, an amount of $19.00 of each ACTIVE member’s state association dues allocation from their AANA dues will be diverted to the Political Committee’s account.
In the absence of any provision in these bylaws, all meetings of this Association, the Board of Directors and Educational Districts shall be governed by the Robert's Rules of Order Newly-Revised.
These Bylaws may be amended at an Annual Meeting of this Association by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting, provided notice of the proposed amendment has been appended to the call for the meeting and mailed at least thirty (30) days prior to the date thereof. The proposed amendment must be approved by the Bylaws Committee of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists before it may become effective.
The Board of Directors shall have the authority to allocate funds to engage the services of a professional lobbyist to represent the legislative interests of the Colorado Association of Nurse Anesthetists.