Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin By-laws
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Purpose (ARTICLE II)
The primary purpose of the Association is to promote excellence and quality in the ambulance industry in Wisconsin and to;
Section 1. Promote the general welfare of the Emergency Medical Services.
Section 2. Inform and educate the public as to the usefulness and value of Emergency Medical Services.
Section 3. Promote mutual aid in the Emergency Medical Service which may include members of the Association.
Section 4. Encourage and/or conduct research relating to any phase of the Emergency Medical Service.
Section 5.Disseminate to Association members’ reliable information and data developed and/or gathered as to subjects of interest.
Section 6. Create and maintain a sense of networking opportunities among members of the Association.
Section 7. No part of the Association’s net earnings will benefit any private shareholder or individual and the Association is not organized for profit or organized to engage in an activity ordinarily carried on for profit (even if the Association is operated on a cooperative basis or produces only sufficient income to be self-sustaining).
Section 8. The Association is primarily supported by member dues and other income from activities substantially related to its exempt purpose.
Section 9. The Association shall not concentrate performance of its services for any individual person(s), it being understood that the Association is devoted to the improvement of business conditions in the ambulance industry in Wisconsin.
Membership (ARTICLE V)
There shall be five classes of membership: Voting, Associate, Individual, Affiliate and Honorary.
Section 1. Voting Member shall be limited to organizations licensed with the State of Wisconsin EMS Department in the delivery of Emergency Medical Services, and shall include ambulances (ground and air medical), medical first responder, fire and law enforcement. Each Voting Member organization shall designate a single representative who shall retain the sole authority and privilege of the member for the purposes of voting on official business of the Association.
Section 2. Associate Member (Non-voting) shall be limited to persons associated with a Voting Member organization, which routinely provide or are otherwise involved with the provision of Emergency Medical Services. Each Associate Member shall be named by the Voting Member organization representative, and whose membership shall run concurrent with the Voting Members’. Associate Members are not entitled to vote.
Section 3. Individual Member (Non-voting) shall be limited to persons who routinely provide or are involved in the delivery of Emergency Medical Services, or are first-time students enrolled with a State of Wisconsin approved EMS training organization. Individual Members are not entitled to vote.
Section 4. Affiliate Member (Non-voting) shall be limited to individuals representing firms or corporations engaged in the manufacture or distribution of materials or services used in the Emergency Medical Service, or other individuals with interests in and supportive of the Emergency Medical Service. Affiliate Members are not entitled to vote.
Section 5. Honorary Member (Non-voting) shall be limited to persons whose outstanding contribution to the Emergency Medical Service merits special recognition. They shall be recommended by the Board of Directors and elected by the voting members of the Association with a majority vote being necessary for the designation as an honorary member. They shall hold membership for life and have all the privileges of a Voting Member except they may not vote or hold office. They shall not be required to pay dues.
Board of Directors (ARTICLE VIII)
Section 1. The business and affairs of the Association shall be managed by its Board of Directors. It shall consist of nine (9) members from eligible Voting Members of the Association, and shall be comprised of three (3) For Profit, three (3) Not-For-Profit/Non-profit and three (3) Governmental (i.e., municipal, county owned).
Section 2. It shall be the duty of the Board of Directors to supervise the conduct of the affairs of the Association, and improve business conditions in the ambulance and Emergency Medical services industry, and take such action as necessary to insure the continued viability and welfare of the Association.
ARTICLE XII (Nomination and Election to the Board of Directors)
Section 1. A nominating committee will consist of Voting Members of the Association. The President shall appoint a chairperson.
Section 2. Voting Members will cast one vote for eligible Voting Members in good standing as nominated by the nominating committee or as a write in candidate prior to balloting. A new director’s term shall commence at the beginning of the Association’s next fiscal year.
Fiscal Year (ARTICLE XVI)
Section 1. The fiscal year for the Association shall be from January 1 until December 31 of each year.