Chapter Constitution

ARTICLE I - NAME

The name of this organization shall be the North Dakota Chapter, Healthcare Financial Management Association. For the purpose of identification and brevity, the Healthcare Financial Management Association shall hereinafter be referred to as "HFMA" and the North Dakota Chapter of HFMA shall hereinafter be referred to as the "Chapter."

ARTICLE II - OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Chapter shall be identical with those of HFMA. HFMA is an Association of individuals who are organized to improve financial management of healthcare institutions and related patient care organizations, and:

  1. To foster and increase knowledge of and proficiency in financial management;
  2. To conduct and participate in educational programs and activities concerning financial management;
  3. To provide media for the interchange of ideas and dissemination of material relative to financial management;
  4. To strengthen cooperation among individuals of varying disciplines in financial management;
  5. To develop curricula and financial management supporting material for use by educational institutions;
  6. To cooperate with healthcare institutions, related healthcare organizations and agencies, and other interested groups in matters pertaining to financial management;
  7. To establish and promulgate principles relative to financial management;
  8. To promote and encourage financial management standards of performance for individuals and institutions in the various areas of financial management;
  9. To undertake research in financial management related to these objectives.

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the Chapter shall be open to all members of HFMA who live and/or work in the geographic area set forth in the Chapter's Charter, as originally granted by HFMA or as the same may be amended from time to time by the HFMA Board of Directors. Classes of membership within the Chapter and qualifications for membership in those cases shall be the same as those specified in the Bylaws of HFMA.

ARTICLE IV - ACTIVITIES

  1. The activities and programs of the Chapter shall be subject to and in compliance with the Constitution and Bylaws of HFMA as well as policies and procedures adopted by the HFMA Board of Directors.
  2. No dividends or pecuniary profits shall be declared or paid to the membership of the Chapter or to any other individuals or entity or group or individuals or entities.
  3. The chapter shall not undertake any action or practice which would jeopardize its exemption from payment of Federal Income Taxes as a tax exempt organization within the meaning of section 501 (c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, or the corresponding provisions of any future United States revenue law.

ARTICLE V - MANAGEMENT

The affairs of the Chapter shall be managed by the duly elected Board of Directors. The powers and duties of the Officers and Board of Directors are defined in the Chapter's Bylaws.

ARTICLE VI - MEETINGS

Meetings of the Chapter membership and of the Board of Directors shall be held in accordance with the Chapter's Bylaws.

ARTICLE VII - LIQUIDATION

In the event of liquidation of the Chapter or the revocation of its Charter for due causes by HFMA, all funds in the Chapter Treasure and all Chapter records shall automatically become the property of HFMA and shall be forwarded to the President of HFMA.

ARTICLE VIII - AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

  1. A copy of the Board of Directors resolution to amend the Constitution shall be mailed to all members of the Chapter by the Secretary together with a ballot on which can be indicated approval or disapproval of the resolution. In order to be valid the ballot must be clearly marked and returned to the Secretary within (30) thirty days of the date shown on the ballot at which time replies shall be opened and tallied, and the results shall be made known to the membership. If a Constitutional amendment is to be voted upon at a meeting of the membership, a copy of resolution must be mailed to all members at least fifteen (15) days before the date of the meeting.
  2. A two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the members voting is required to adopt an amendment to the Constitution.
  3. All Constitutional amendments are subject to approval by the HFMA Board of Directors prior to being put to a vote of Chapter membership.
  4. In the event that the Constitution or Bylaws of HFMA shall be amended in a manner that requires an amendment to this Constitution, this Constitution shall be amended as required by that amendment to the Constitution or Bylaws of HFMA without any action on the part of the Chapter or its membership. Any such amendment shall become effective concurrently with the amendment to the Constitution or Bylaws of HFMA that required it, and the text of the amendment shall be provided to the Chapter by HFMA as promptly as practicable following the adoption thereof.
  5. Amendments to the Constitution shall become effective immediately unless a specific effective date is stipulated within the amendment.
(Last updated:  January 2006)