Article I – Name
This organization shall be known as the Illinois Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (I-OADN).
Article II – Mission
To promote the value of associate degree nursing education and practice through collaboration and advocacy, and strive to ensure excellence in the future of health care and professional nursing practice in the State of Illinois.
- Serve as the voice for Associate Degree Nursing education and practice.
- Promote the value of Associate Degree Nursing education and practice.
- Solicit the active support of individuals and agencies/organizations to assist in promoting the mission of this organization.
- Disseminate information relevant to the status of Associate Degree Nursing
- Promote open channels of communication among interested parties.
- Promote public understanding of the role of the Associate Degree Nurse.
- Facilitate legislative action supportive of the mission of this organization.
Article III Membership
The membership shall be composed of individuals, agencies, and organizations that support the mission of the organization.
- Individual Members. Individual members are registered nurses who have an interest in associate degree nursing. They shall have all the rights of membership and shall have one vote,
- Associate Members. Associate members are individuals other than registered nurses who have an interest in associate degree nursing. They shall have all the rights of membership and shall have one vote.
- Retired members. Retired members shall be individuals who have retired from practice. They shall have all the rights of membership and shall have one vote.
- Agency Members. Agency members shall be composed of colleges, other institutions of higher education, and health care agencies/organizations that have an interest in associate degree nursing each of which will have two votes.
All members of I-OADN are automatically members of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN).
- Annual dues will include state and national dues.
- The national assessment is voted by the membership at the annual meeting of OADN
- The state assessment is voted by the membership (of I-OADN) on a periodic basis.
- The annual dues shall extend for one calendar year with all members renewing on the same date.
Article IV – Officers
The elected officers shall consist of the following:
President, President elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and four Directors.
The President, President elect, Secretary, Treasurer and the Directors shall be elected from current agency or individual members who are licensed RNs.
Terms of Office
- The president-elect shall serve a two-year term as President-elect and two years as President. The president elect shall be elected during even years.
- The Secretary, Treasurer, and the four Directors will serve for two years and be eligible for two consecutive elected terms.
- The Secretary and two Directors shall be elected during the odd years. The Treasurer and two Directors shall be elected during the even years.
Elections shall be held in the spring of each year with the term of office beginning the following fall.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall be composed of the elected officers.
All vacancies shall be filled by appointment by the Board of Directors, within one month of receipt of resignation.
Article V – Duties of the Board of Directors
The president shall:
- Preside at all meetings of the organization and of the Board of Directors.
- Appoint chairpersons and members of ad hoc committees with the approval of the Board of Directors.
- Serve as liaison to the national organization.
- Serve as an ex-officio member of all committees.
- Send notices of time, place, and agenda for all meetings.
- Serve as committee chair of Public Relations and Website committee
The President elect shall:
- Assume the duties of the president in his/her absence.
- Serve as the alternate liaison to the national organization.
- Assume other duties as delegated by the Board of Directors.
- Serve as committee chair of Research and Political Action committee.
The Secretary shall:
- Keep the minutes of all meetings of the organization and the Board of Directors.
- Disseminate minutes of meetings as directed by the Board of Directors.
- Correspond with individuals and groups as directed by the Board of Directors.
- Maintain a current electronic membership list capable of producing mailing labels
- Serve as committee chair of Membership, Nominations and Elections committee
The Treasurer shall:
- Receive and have custody of all money belonging to the organization.
- Deposit, invest, and disburse funds as directed by the Board of Directors.
- Maintain a current membership list.
- Maintain all requirements for the organization to have tax-exempt status
- Submit all books of account for audit as specified by the Board of Directors
- Serve as committee chair of Conference Planning committee.
The Directors shall serve on the Board of Directors for their elected term of office.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall:
- Transact the business of the organization in the interim between general meetings.
- Establish major administrative policies governing the affairs of the organization.
- Provide for such work of the officers and ad hoc committees as may be deemed necessary; provide for the proper care of materials, equipment, and funds of the organization, for the payment of expenses, and for the annual auditing of all books by an accountant.
- Approve all committee Chairperson and member appointments.
- Fill vacancies on the Board of Directors until term expires by appointment.
- Approve date and place of general meetings.
- Adopt the budget.
- Terminate members of the Board of Directors who have missed three consecutive meetings without prior notification.
Article VI – Meeting of the Organization
- The organization shall meet at least biannually.
- Meetings shall be open to all members.
- All members shall have an opportunity to address the membership.
The membership will be notified of general meetings 30 days in advance.
Special meetings shall be called by the Board of Directors as appropriate.
A quorum shall consist of at least three officers, and the membership present, or 10% of the membership.
Each individual member and two representatives from each agency/organization shall be entitled to cast one vote at all meetings of the membership. Written proxy votes will be accepted from members in good standing when mailed to the secretary and received at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.
Board of Directors
Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be no less than twice a year.
Article VII – Committees
The Board shall appoint committees and task forces to carry out the goals of the Organization
Standing committees will consist of committee chairs as listed and volunteers from the membership:
- Research and Political Action committee- chaired by President-elect
- Conference Planning committee- chaired by Treasurer
- Membership, Nominations and Elections committee- chaired by Secretary
- Public Relations and Website committee- chaired by President
- Scholarship committee- chaired by 1 Director (to be determined by the board of directors)
Article VIII – Amendments
Amendments of Bylaws
The bylaws may be amended by a 2/3 vote at any general meeting if a previous notice has been sent to the membership.
Article IX – Parliamentary Procedure
The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern meetings.
Article X – Indemnification
Every Director, Officer, Volunteer, and such others as specified from time to time by the Board of Directors, shall be indemnified by I-OADN against all expenses and liabilities including counsel fees, reasonably incurred or imposed upon them in connection with any proceeding to which they may be made a party, or in which they may become involved, by reason of having been a Director or Officer of I-OADN, or any settlement thereof, whether the person is a Director or Officer at the time such expenses are incurred, except in such cases wherein the Director or Officer is adjudged guilty of willful misfeasance or malfeasance in the performance of duties. The foregoing right of indemnification shall be in addition to and not exclusive of all other rights to which the indemnified may be entitled.
Article XI – Dissolution
This Organization may be dissolved by resolution of the membership passed by not less than two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members responding to an email vote.
In the event of dissolution of this organization, the Board shall, after paying all liabilities of the organization, dispose of all of the remaining assets of I-OADN to an organization qualifying under the Internal Revenue Code, pursuant to the language of the Articles of Incorporation.
Adopted: July 14, 1986Revised: September 14, 1994Revised: April 11, 2003Revised: January 26, 2007Revised: October 5, 2012Revised: September 17, 2015