The MOPAC Board accepted the below revised bylaws at the committee meeting on October 3, 2012. The revised bylaws are now available for review and comment until April 30, 2013 at which time they will be accepted. Should you have any questions or comments, please direct them to Wendy Batchelor.
Revised October 1, 2012
The by-laws as hereinafter set forth shall regulate the activity of Michigan Osteopathic Political Action Committee (MOPAC), by the authority of the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA), and shall conform to the outline and provisions of the Constitution and by-laws of the MOA.
ARTICLE II – Name
This organization shall be the MICHIGAN OSTEOPATHIC ASSOCIATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE hereinafter referred to in this document as MOPAC.
ARTICLE III – Legal Status
The form of Michigan Osteopathic PAC shall be a voluntary, non-profit, unincorporated political action committee.
ARTICLE IV - Objectives
The objectives of the organization shall be to promote osteopathic fellowship; the continued betterment of the osteopathic profession as a whole; the advancement and support of candidates for state office who are responsive to the concerns of osteopathic physicians, their patients; and the citizens of Michigan; the perpetuation and the advancement of Osteopathic medicine.
ARTICLE V – Powers
MOPAC shall have the power to direct, manage, and control the business, property and funds of the organization and to direct its activities and fundraising to the end that its objectives may be achieved; supporting candidates for state office who are responsive to the osteopathic profession.
ARTICLE VI – General Membership
MOPAC shall consist of the presently organized and duly recognized members.
MOPAC General Member defined by the following contribution levels:
- Representative’s Club: $100-$249 (For Educational Members $25-$49)
- Senator’s Club: $250-$499 (For Educational Members $50-$99)
- Governor’s Club: $500+ (For Educational Members $100+)
- President’s Circle: $1,000+ (For Educational Members $200+)
Membership shall be open to all individuals who contribute to the MOPAC mission as defined in Article IV and the above financial contributions. Membership is thereafter defined as ‘Active’ for the duration of one calendar year.
This organization will not discriminate on the basis of age, color, gender, disability status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight.
Only ‘Active’ MOPAC General Member’s may be voting members of the MOPAC Board.
ARTICLE VII – MOPAC Board
Section 1. GENERAL POWERS. The business and affairs of MOPAC shall be managed by the MOPAC Board. The chair of the MOPAC Board shall have the authority to manage MOPAC business and affairs in between meetings of the MOPAC Board.
Section 2. MEMBERS OF THE MOPAC BOARD
A. CHAIR. The MOPAC Chair will be appointed by the MOA Board of Trustees.
B. SECRETARY/TREASURER. The Executive Director/CEO of the Michigan Osteopathic Association shall serve as Secretary/Treasurer.
C. MOPAC BOARD. The MOPAC Board shall consist of no more than twenty members. The Chairperson and the Secretary/Treasurer are automatically members of the MOPAC Board. The other MOPAC Board members may be nominated by the MOA Board of Trustees and/or submit application and CV for review of MOPAC Chair and/or MOPAC Board. Vote of approval at committee meeting among all present membership committee members must be at least ninety percent (90%) favorable.
D. STUDENT MOPAC BOARD MEMBERS. Student MOPAC Board Member(s) serve as a link to the osteopathic college campuses and will assist the MOPAC board in coordinating events, and securing membership. Student MOPAC Board members shall be appointed by (c) of Section 2 or through interview and placement by the Michigan Osteopathic Association/Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) Student Liaison Committee.
(a). Student MOPAC Board Member Term will be two to three years prior to
hospital rotation. Term may be extended by MOPAC Board by request of
Student MOPAC Board member.
A. EX-OFFICIO MEMERS. Ex-Officio members include; legislative consultant, and liaison to the Advocates of the Michigan Osteopathic Association.
E. Ex SUB- COMMITTEES. Sub-Committees may be required, members shall be appointed by the MOPAC Chair.
F. VACANCIES. A vacancy in an office shall be filled by the protocol covered in Section 1 (b) and (c).
G. REMOVAL. Any officer may be terminated by resignation, suspension, or expulsion, effective upon a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members or by the MOPAC Board whenever in its judgment the best interests of the organization would be served.
Section 3. COMPENSATION. The above specified officers shall serve without compensation.
ARTICLE VIII – Meetings
Section 1. REGULAR MEETINGS. The regular meeting of the MOPAC Board shall be held quarterly. All officers are required to attend fifty percent (50%) or more of the MOPAC Committee meetings in person or via conference call. Failure to achieve this may result in probation.
Section 2. SPECIAL MEETINGS. Special Meetings of this chapter may be called by the MOPAC Chair when the Board of Trustees has deemed it necessary. Notice of such meetings shall be given at least one week in advance to the officers, noting the reason(s) for meeting.
Section 3. QUORUM. Quorum at all regular meetings shall be simple majority of MOPAC Board members present.
ARTICLE IX– Legal Documents, Deposits, Gifts, and Contributions
Section 1. Contracts. The MOPAC Board may authorize any MOPAC Board member of the organization, in addition to the members as authorized by these bylaws, to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the organization. This authority may be general or confined to specific instances.
Section 2. BANKING INSTRUMENTS. All checks, drafts or other orders for the payment of money, notes or other evidences of indebtedness issued in the name of the organization, shall be signed by officer or officers, agent or agents of the organization and in such manner as shall be determined by the resolution of the MOPAC Board. In the absence of such determination by the MOPAC Board, such instrument shall be signed by the Secretary/Treasurer.
Section 3. CANDIDATE SUPPORT. MOPAC Board approved contributions to support candidates for state office that are responsive to the osteopathic profession may be presented by MOPAC Board members, MOA Board of Trustees members, MOPAC Legislative Consultant, and current general MOPAC members (President’s Circle, Governor’s Club, and Senator’s Club) or by a representative who has been designated by the MOPAC Board Chair.
Amendments to these by-laws must be presented in written or printed form and submitted to the MOPAC Board at least thirty (30) days prior to action thereon. Adoption of amendments requires at least ninety percent (90%) acceptance among present MOPAC Board members. Bylaws may be reviewed, altered, amended, or repealed at the recommendation of the MOA Board of Trustees as well. Approval must be obtained to become effective.