Chapter By-Laws of the the California Chapter of the American College of Cardiology
Articles I - III

ARTICLE I
NAME AND PURPOSE.

Section 1. Name. This organization, a not-for-profit corporation*, shall be known as the California Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (hereinafter referred to as the "Chapter").

Section 2. Purpose. The purpose of the Chapter shall be to contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, to ensure optimal quality of care for individuals with such disease, and to foster the highest professional ethical standards. In carrying out these purposes the Chapter shall, in consultation with the leadership of the College, function as an advisor 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 issues which may influence access to high quality cardiovascular health care for all individuals.

This Chapter will be formed as a 501(c) (6) not-for-profit corporation under the federal and California State tax codes.

ARTICLE II
MEMBERSHIP.

Section 1. Eligibility. All members of the American College of Cardiology residing or working in California shall be eligible for membership in the Chapter.

Section 2. Classes of Members. The Chapter shall have three classes of membership. The qualifications for membership in the respective classes are:

   a) Active Members: All Fellows, Associate Fellows, Affiliates, Distinguished, Emeritus and Honorary Fellows of the American College of Cardiology.

   b) Affiliate-in-Training Members: All Affiliates-in-Training of the American College of Cardiology.

   c) Cardiac Care Associates: All Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Physician Assistants of the American College of Cardiology.

   d) Practice Administrators: All Practice Administrators of the American College of Cardiology. .

Section 3. Voting and Office Holding Rights. Only Active members of the Chapter in good standing shall be eligible to vote and to hold office in the Chapter. Active, Affiliate-in-Training members, and Cardiac Care Associates shall be eligible to serve on committees of the Chapter.

Section 4. Termination of Membership. Membership in the Chapter shall be terminated when the member ceases to hold membership in the American College of Cardiology, or fails to pay Chapter dues as specified in Article VIII.

ARTICLE III
OFFICERS.

Section 1. Officers. The officers of the Chapter shall consist of the President, the Vice President, the two immediate Past Governors, and Secretary-Treasurer. One of the current Governors of the American College of Cardiology for the State of California shall serve as President of the Chapter and the other shall serve as Vice President.

Section 2. Election and Term of Office. The Governors of the College representing California are elected for a term of three (3) years through a process set forth in the Bylaws of the American College of Cardiology. The Governors for Northern and Southern California shall alternate 18-month intervals as the Chapter President. Each Governor shall serve as Chapter Vice President at the time that the other Governor is President. The Chapter Secretary-Treasurer shall serve a term of two (2) years and shall be elected by the members of the Chapter at an annual meeting or by mail or e-mail ballot. The Secretary-Treasurer may serve consecutive terms upon approval by the members of the Council with a limit of three terms.

Section 3. Vacancies. If a vacancy for the offices of President or Vice-President occurs for any cause, it shall be filled in accordance with Article VI, Section 1 of the Bylaws of the American College of Cardiology. If the office of Secretary-Treasurer becomes vacant, this office shall be filled by action of the members of the Council and subsequently ratified by the members of the Council at any meeting, conference call, mail, or email ballot of the Council.

Section 4. The Chief Operating Officer is a hired position, not required to be an active member, and is non-voting. The Chief Operating Officer is vital to the chapter and should be included in all Council, Executive Committee and Officer deliberations with exception to those regarding their services and compensation.

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