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CONSTITUTION OF THE WEST VIRGINIA OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION

Article VI. FISCAL YEAR 

SECTION 1: The fiscal year shall be from January first to December 31st. 

Article Vil. AMENDMENTS 

SECTION 1 : Any proposed Bylaw revision(s) shall be mailed or sent electronically to members with a ballot. 

SECTION 2: The Bylaws of the Association shall be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members of the Association voting. 

SECTION 3: Proposed amendments shall be effective immediately after the results of the balloting is known. 

Article Vill. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY 

SECTION 1: Robert's Rules of Order Revised, shall be the parliamentary authority for all matters of Procedure not specifically covered by the Constitution/Bylaws of the Association or by special rules of procedure adopted by it. 

Article IX. QUORUM 

SECTION 1: The quorum at any meeting shall be the majority of members in good standing present and voting and shall include at least 3 of the Executive Committee members. 

SECTION 2: A quorum for the Executive Committee shall be at least three officers. 

Article X. STATE Election AREA 

SECTION 1 : The WVOTA election area shall encompass all WVOTA members. 
Mail throughout this document refers to either US postal or electronic communications ex. (email). 

Revisions: 

  • 4-2-2014 
  • 7-1-2005 
ARTICLE l: NAME AND OBJECTIVE

SECTION 1: Name: The organization shall be called the West Virginia Occupational Therapy 

Association, herein after referred to as the Association, and can be affiliated with the American 
Occupational Therapy Association. 

SECTION 2: Objectives: The objectives of the Association shall be to promote the use of 
occupational therapy, to advance the standards of education and training in this field, to promote 
research, and to engage in any other activity that may be considered advantageous to the 
profession and its members. 

BYLAWS OF THE WEST VIRGINIA OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION 

ARTICLE l: MEMBERS

SECTION 1: classes: The membership of this Association shall be divided into 8 classes: 

Registered Occupational Therapist 
Licensed Occupational Therapist 
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant 
Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant 
Student Occupational Therapist 
Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate 
Honorary Life 

  • Registered Occupational Therapist: One who is in good standing with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) 
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist: One who is in good standing with the West Virginia Board or another state™s licensure agency. 
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant: One who is in good standing with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) 
  • Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant: One who is in good standing with the West Virginia Occupational Therapy Licensure Board or another state™s licensure agency. 
  • Student Occupational Therapist and Student Occupational Therapy Assistant: One who is enrolled in an approved, accredited educational program leading either to the qualifications of OTR or COTA, or one seeking accreditation. 
  • Associate: An individual who is interested in promoting occupational therapy, but is not eligible for membership as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant such as a foreign occupational therapist, an activity therapist, or a student from an educational program that is not occupational therapy. 
  • Honorary Life: A life membership, which is conferred upon those who have performed distinguished service in the field of occupational therapy, to be selected by the executive 
    committee and approved by majority vote at a business meeting. One who has  
    distinguished themselves through years of consistent service toward the WVOTA. 

SECTION 3: Membership in Good Standing: A member who meets the qualifications for 
membership in the appropriate class and has paid the appropriate dues. 

SECTION 4: Rights and Privileges of Members 

The Registered Occupational Therapist and/or Licensed Occupational Therapist Member: 

  • Attend and participate in all business and special meetings of the WVOTA 
  • Vote on all issues brought forth at business meetings 
  • Eligible to hold any WVOTA office and serve on any committee 
  • Receive routine mailings of the WVOTA 
  • May be elected as a Representative or an Alternate to the Representative Assembly of the AOTA, if an AOTA member 

The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and/or Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant 
Member: 

  • Attend and participate in all business and special meetings of the WVOTA 
  • Vote on all issues brought forth at business meetings 
  • Eligible to hold any WVOTA office and serve on any committee 
  • Receive routine mailings of the WVOTA 
    May be elected as a Representative or an Alternate to the Representative Assembly of the AOTA, if an AOTA member 

The Student Occupational Therapist or Student Occupational Therapy Assistant member: 

  • Attend and participate in all business and special meetings of the WVOTA
  • Vote on all issues brought forth at business meetings 
  • Receive routines mailings of the WVOTA
  • May serve on committees or as student representative if elected   

The Associate Member: 

  • Attend and participate in all business and special meetings of the WVOTA
  • Vote on all issues brought forth at business meetings 
  • Receive routine mailings of the WVOTA 
  • May serve on committees  

The Honorary Member: 

    • May have the privileges of the above category for which they qualify 
    • Receive routine mailings of the WVOTA 
    • May serve on committees 

SECTION 5: Transfer of Membership: Members of other occupational therapy associations shall be accepted as members in like status, upon presentation of proper credentials signed by the President of the association from which the member is transferring. 

SECTION 6: Any member who may commit any felony considered to be in conflict with the policies of the Association may be dismissed from membership by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Committee at a meeting called for that purpose, provided that at least ten (10) days written notice by registered letter shall be given him/her of such impending action. 

PLAN TO ATTEND IN THE FALL!

The WVOTA Annual Conference

This 2-day Fall conference is your up-close and personal opportunity to learn how WVOTA and AOTA are working to safeguard and advance your OT practice! Earn contact hours, network, and gain free $ towards NBCOT. Food and drinks provided!

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