Georgia Council of Perioperative Registered Nurses Bylaws


Bylaws
Article I
Name
The name of this professional organization is the Georgia Council of Perioperative Registered
Nurses, hereinafter referred to as the “Georgia Council”.
Article II
Mission, Vision, and Values
The Georgia Council advocates for excellence in practice and safety in healthcare policy as we
unite to empower perioperative nurses through professional collaboration, continuing education,
and practice resources.
Vision
It is the vision of the Georgia Council to be the collective voice on issues impacting
perioperative nurses, advocate for healthcare policy at the local, state, and national level, and
educate for the purpose of raising awareness and support for best practice for our perioperative
teams.
Values
Inclusiveness – maintain an intentional environment of belonging and connection through our
perioperative and nursing experiences.
Innovation – exhibit an open, creative environment that strives for excellence in perioperative
practice.
Collaboration – work with others to achieve our common goals.
Representation – provide support for perioperative nurses for influencing decisions impacting
health and safety of ourselves, our patients, and our community.
Article III
Membership and Dues
Section I. Membership in the Georgia Council is contingent on compliance with
requirements as specified in these bylaws.
Section 2. Membership is unrestricted by consideration of nationality, race, creed, life-style,
color, sex, or age.
Section 3. Membership: Categories of membership in this organization are AORN chapter
members, representative members, and associate members.
A. AORN Chapter Members

  1. An AORN chapter member is a Georgia AORN chapter that
    wishes to participate.
  2. All AORN chapters in the state will be informed of activities of the
    GA Council in order to encourage chapter interest and
    participation
    B. Representative Members
  3. An AORN chapter that has paid annual dues is entitled to two (2)
    representatives.
  4. Each chapter representative has one (1) vote.
  5. Only official representatives may vote.
    a. It will be the responsibility of the chapter President to notify
    the Georgia Council Secretary 30 days prior to voting who
    the voting members for the chapter will be.
    b. After the names have been submitted to the Secretary, the
    chapter president must submit a letter substituting a
    designee for any representative unable to attend. This
    designee then has voting privileges.
    c. It is the recommendation of the Georgia Council Board of
    Directors that the Representative Members be the
    chapter’s current President and President-Elect.
    C. Associate Members
  6. An associate member is any AORN chapter member or memberat-large who wishes to participate and pays annual dues.
  7. Associate members may attend meetings, participate in
    discussions, but have no voting privileges.
  8. Associate members will receive mailings of Council business
    regardless of meeting attendance.
    Section 4. Dues
    A. Annual membership dues are recommended by the Board of Directors
    and are subject to ratification by the membership.
    B. Dues will be paid annually by December 1
    st each year.
    C. Failure to pay chapter dues will result in a loss of voting privileges.
    D. Failure to pay associate member dues will result in removal of the
    member’s name from the Council roster.
    Article IV
    Officers
    The offices of this Council are: Chair, Chair-elect, Past Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, three (3)
    Board Members. These Officers make up the Board of Directors and will be entitled to one (1)
    vote.
    A. Chair: Serves as the official representative of the Georgia Council and presides at all
    meetings.
    B. Chair-Elect: Observes and assists the Chair in any duties and responsibilities of that
    official as requested by the Chair.
    C. Past-Chair: Assumes the duties of the Chair if Chair is unable to serve.
    D. Secretary: Maintains records of the proceedings of all business meetings and affairs of
    the Council and the Executive Committee.
    E. Treasurer: Monitors the fiscal affairs of the Council and provides reports and
    interpretation to the membership and the Board of Directors.
    F. Board Members: Consists of three (3) members. Along with the Officers, it has the
    power, authority and responsibility to manage the affairs of the Council, except to modify
    action of the voting members.
    Article V
    Nominations, Eligibility, Election, Terms of Office
    Section 1 Nominations
    A. The Nominating Committee will present a slate of candidates at the fall
    meeting. The Nominating Committee consists of the Chair, Past-chair,
    and Chair-elect.
    B. Nominations may be accepted from the floor provided that willingness to
    serve and eligibility has been verified.
    Section 2 Eligibility
    A. A nominee for the Board of Directors must meet one of the following three
    criteria:
    i. Served as a Chapter representative to the Council for one (1)
    year.
    ii. Be an active member from another state council who moves into
    Georgia and has become an active associate member of our
    council.
    iii. Be an active Chapter member for a minimum of one year who has
    consented to serve under a mentor who is currently on the Board.
    B. A nominee for Chair-Elect will work closely with the Chair to be ready to
    assume their duties at the appropriate time. The nominee for Chair-Elect
    must meet the following criteria:
    i. Be an active member of Georgia Council for a minimum of one
    year.
    ii. Previously served on the Board of Directors for their Georgia
    chapter,
    Georgia Council and/or AORN.
    Section 3 Elections
    A. Elections will be held annually at the spring (AORN Surgical Conference
    and Expo) meeting.
    B. Elections will be by written ballot.
    C. The secretary, or designee, will count the ballots and report to the chair.
    D. The candidate receiving the most votes will be declared the winner.
    E. The newly elected officers will assume office immediately after the spring
    (AORN Surgical Conference and Expo) meeting.
    Section 4 Terms of Office
    A. Chair – one (1) year term.
    B. Chair-elect – one (1) year term.
    C. Past-chair – one (1) year term.
    D. Secretary – shall be elected in the even years for a term of two (2) years
    E. Treasurer – shall be elected in the odd years for a term of two (2) years
    F. Board Members – two shall be elected in the even years and one in the odd
    years for a two (2) year term.
    G. AORN National Legislative Committee State Coordinator – serves as
    appointed from national AORN.
    Section 5: Vacancies
    A. Chair: The Past-Chair immediately assumes office.
    B. Chair-Elect: A vacancy in the office of the Chair is filled by a vote of the
    Board of Directors from a slate submitted by the Nominating Committee.
    C. Members of the Board of Directors fills all other vacancies.
    D. Any member filling a vacancy for an unexpired term for one (1) year or more
    is deemed to have served one (1) term.
    Section 6: Removal
    Any elected official, regardless of manner of election or appointment, may be
    removed by the voting members upon two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the
    members present and voting; whenever in its judgment the best interests of the
    Council would be served thereby, provided the elected official upon request was
    offered an opportunity to have an unprejudiced hearing at which the elected
    official was permitted to defend against the termination.
    Article VI
    Meetings
    A. The Council will meet two (2) times per year at the following times:
  9. Fall – to coincide with fall seminar
  10. Spring – to coincide with AORN Surgical Conference and Expo
    B. The Executive Committee will meet in late summer and winter, and as deemed
    necessary to conduct Council business.
    C. Notice of meetings will be sent to chapter representatives and chapter presidents.
    D. Roll call will be taken at the beginning of each meeting.
    E. Special meetings may be called by the Chair or by a quorum of the membership.
    F. Quorum: One half (1/2) of the Council representatives plus three (3) officers constitute a
    quorum for business meetings.
    G. Guests
  11. Any registered nurse may attend a Council meeting without voting privileges.
  12. Officers, representatives, and associate members may invite other individuals to a
    meeting who have business with the Council.
    Article VII
    Committees
    A. The committees of the Council are appointed annually by the Chair.
    B. The Ad Hoc Committee may be formed at the discretion of the Executive Board.
    Article VIII
    Awards
    Outstanding Perioperative Nurses:
    Each chapter may nominate an Outstanding Perioperative Nurse annually. The treasurer
    receives each chapter recipient’s name by August. A gift will be granted to the award recipient
    at the Fall meeting to those chapters that are current in their dues.
    Article IX
    Fiscal Year
    The fiscal year of the Council is January 1through December 31. The annual spring meeting will
    be for outgoing and incoming chapter representatives.
    Article X
    Parliamentary Authority
    Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, is the parliamentary authority of this Council in all
    cases not covered in these guidelines.
    Article XI
    Amendments
    A. Amendments to these Bylaws will be sent to all active members of Georgia Council for
    review via of electronic mail (e-mail).
    B. Any discussion or changes to the amendments will be forwarded to the same active
    members via e-mail.
    C. If no discussion or changes are received within 45 days of the original date they were
    sent, the Bylaws will be approved by acclamation.
    Article XII
    Dissolution
    If the Council should dissolve, all funds in the treasury will be given to the AORN Foundation or
    another appropriate educational endeavor determined by the membership majority