Fort Bend Psychological Association
FBPA Constitution

Constitution and Bylaws
of the
Fort Bend Psychological Association

Article I. - Name

I. The name of the organization shall be the Fort Bend Psychological Association hereinafter referred to as the "Association."

Article II. - Purpose

I. The purposes of the Association shall be: to promote psychology as a science and as a profession; to promote human welfare; to represent psychological practitioners from Southeast Texas; to maintain ethical standards and oversee psychological practices in this region; to provide a basis for professional growth and social interaction among psychologists in this area; and to attract new professionals to Southeast Texas.

Article III. - Membership

1. MEMBER status shall be restricted to persons who meet at least one of the following criteria:

A. Member of the American Psychological Association, Texas Psychological Association or a regional association affiliated with the American Psychological Association.

B. Individuals who are licensed or provisionally licensed as Psychologists by Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

C. Individuals who have received a doctoral degree in psychology from a regionally accredited college or university and are working in a psychology-related role.

2. Membership status shall cease automatically if an individual fails to pay his/her dues for two consecutive years or no longer meets the qualifications in Section I.

3. Persons eligible for membership, defined in Section I of this article, shall become Members upon proper application to the Association, and the payment of dues.

4. Members of the Association must reside or be employed in Fort Bend County of Texas.

5. Only members in good standing as defined in Section 1 shall have voting privileges.

6. All Members must agree to abide by the Ethical Principles of the American Psychological Association.

Article IV. - Administration

1. The affairs of the Association shall be administered by an Executive Committee.

2. The Executive Committee shall be composed of the following officers: the President, Vice President, Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Vice President shall also be designated the President Elect, and shall succeed to the office of President at the end of his or her Vice Presidential term. Secretary and Treasurer positions may be held by the same Member concurrently.

3. Presidential terms of office shall last one year and shall begin on January 2nd. The Secretary and
the Treasurer can be re-elected.

4. The Executive Committee shall exercise general supervision over the affairs of the Association. The President shall appoint, with Executive Committee approval, any Special Committees shall the need arise.

Article V. - Nominations and Elections

1. All nominations for each office shall be made annually, at least one meeting prior to voting. All nominations will be taken from those regular members present.

2. The voting shall be by secret ballot.

3. New officers shall assume office on January 2 of each year, or as called to fill positions.

4. Special elections to fill vacancies may be called by the Executive Committee.

5. Any officer who is an active practitioner in the field must be licensed in the state of Texas.

Article VI. - Meetings

1. Regular meetings shall be scheduled by the Executive Committee after consultation with the membership, but shall occur a minimum of four times during the year. Special meetings may be called at any time by the President or the Executive Committee, provided all members of the Association are properly notified at least one week in advance. Members may be notified by personal message, telephone message, postal mail to last address, electronic mail to last known address, or other reasonably reliable means.

Article VII. - Dues

1. Dues are payable annually on a calendar basis or prorated for new members.  The annual dues shall be proposed by the Executive committee and approved by the membership.

Article VIII. - Parliamentary Authority

1. Methods of procedure shall be those of the corresponding provision of the Constitution and Bylaws of the American Psychological Association and, if those are insufficient, then of Robert's Rules of Order.

Article IX. - Amendments

1. This constitution and Bylaws may be amended by 51 percent of the eligible voters present provided that the proposed amendments have been sent to the membership at least two weeks prior to the date selected for voting on  the  change(s). Absentee votes may be submitted to the Secretary at any time prior to the voting date.

Revised September, 2014

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