Washington State Society|
For Healthcare Engineering
WSSHE Southwest Chapter Bylaws
ARTICLE 1 – Name and Purpose
Section 1. Name
The name of this nonprofit organization shall be the
Southwest Chapter of the Washington State Society of Hospital Engineers
hereinafter known as the Chapter.
Section 2. Purpose and Objectives
· A. Encouraging and assisting
members to develop their knowledge of hospital engineering principles.
· B. Conducting regular meetings, conferences and educational programs.
· C. Promoting improvement of hospital services by assisting members to exchange
ideas relating to facilities.
· D. Promoting communications between the chapter and related organizations.
· E. Encouraging communication with regulatory and accreditation agencies to
create a better understanding of, and to influence the development of necessary
codes and standards relating to the physical plant which are consistent with the
state of the art engineering principles.
· F. Promoting the professional development and recognition of its members.
ARTICLE II – Membership, Dues, and Voting Privileges
Section 1. Members
Members shall consist of Full, Associate, and
Section 2. Full Members
Full Members: Full
membership shall include, (a) persons having responsibility in an engineering
(maintenance) department of a health care facility, or (b) persons who provide
professional services for the planning, design, construction, and operation of
health care facility. Former full members with greater than 5 years of
membership in the chapter may remain as a full member upon affirmative vote of
two-thirds of the members at a chapter meeting. Full members in good standing
may vote, be recognized or hold office in the Chapter.
Section 3. Associate Members
Associate members shall include
individuals affiliated with healthcare related institutions or organizations who
may not have direct hospital engineering responsibilities, but who seek to
advance their healthcare engineering knowledge and capabilities. Associate
members may participate in meetings of the chapter but shall not have voting
privileges and may hold office if approved by the Board of Directors.
Section 4. Honorary Members
Former full members in good standing (who maintain their annual dues) may remain
as honorary members upon an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members at a
chapter meeting. Honorary members may participate in meetings of the chapter and
the same privileges as a full member.
Section 5. Dues
The Chapter Board of Directors shall establish annual dues for full members and
associate members. Dues shall be payable by January 1 of each year except for
honorary members who will not be required to pay dues.
ARTICLE III – BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
Section 1. Board of Directors
The Board of Directors for the Southwest Chapter shall consist of the 3 elected
officers, the immediate past president, an Associate Member representative and
the Newsline chair. The President, President-elect and the Secretary/Treasurer
will be the three Chapter representatives to the State Board of Directors.
The duties of the Board of Directors will be to see to the ongoing functioning
of the Chapter as to its purposes and objectives. It will also develop policies
for membership approval.
Section 2. President and president-elect
At each annual meeting the President – Elect will automatically become the
President. The new President, a new President – Elect, Secretary/Treasurer will
be installed. Their term of office shall be one year. The President shall
preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and of the general membership,
and shall appoint any special committees. The President – Elect shall
preside at meetings in the absence of the President, and shall
assume such duties as assigned by the President.
Section 3. Secretary/Treasurer
The Secretary/Treasurer shall be the recording officer of the Chapter and shall
act as corresponding secretary at the direction of the President and for the
Board of Directors. The Secretary shall also compile the membership list from
information provided by the State secretary to be updated each year. Treasurer
responsibilities shall be to receive and disburse funds as approved by the
President on behalf of the Chapter and shall draft a budget for adoption by the
Board. The Treasurer will also provide a new signature card from the bank to be
signed by new Secretary/Treasurer and new President at the annual meeting.
Section 5. State Board of Directors Representatives
Representatives to the State Board of Directors shall consist of the President,
the President-Elect and the Secretary/Treasurer. The president may appoint an
alternate in the event one of the Chapter board members cannot attend or to fill
ARTICLE IV – MEETINGS
Section 1. Meetings of the Board
Meetings of the Board of Directors
shall be held at least quarterly at the call of the President or at the request
of a majority of the Board members. A quorum shall consist of at least four
standing Board members or alternates. Roberts’ Rules of Order shall govern in
all cases to which they may be found applicable and not inconsistent with the
Bylaws of the Chapter.
The purpose of the annual meeting shall include:
A. Transaction of Chapter business and committee reports.
B. Introduction of new Board Members
C. Installation of Board Officers.
ARTICLE V - Standing Committees
1. Membership Committee: Committee members will be responsible for
contacting facilities in which we do not have members and past members to
2. Newsline Committee: Committee members will be responsible for
Obtaining articles and information quarterly for the Newsline and forwarding to
the State President for approval.
The President shall appoint a chair to the standing Committees. Ad-hoc
committees will be activated as the need arises.
Standing Committees shall consist of a minimum of three members. Full, Associate
and Honorary members are eligible to serve on these committees.
The Chair shall be appointed by the President and approved by a simple majority
of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE VI – AMENDMENTS
vote of two-thirds of the full members voting at the chapter annual meeting, or
other meeting called for such purpose, shall be required to amend these By Laws.
Notices of such a proposal shall be sent to the membership at least 30 days
prior to the meeting at which the proposed change will be voted upon.
ARTICLE VII – DISSOLUTION
Dissolution of the Chapter shall require an affirmative vote of two-thirds of
the active members at the annual meeting, or other meeting called for such
purpose. Two notices of such a proposal shall be sent to the membership at least
60 days and 30 days respectively prior to the meeting at which the dissolution
shall be voted upon. Upon an affirmative dissolution vote, the Board of
Directors shall assure that all fund balances of the Chapter are donated to the
Washington State Society for Healthcare Engineering.
Approved: November 4, 2003