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The AMTA Assembly of Delegates is the legislative and policy-making body of the Association. Its primary purpose is to reflect the interests and needs of the membership regarding how the Association operates. The Assembly receives and acts upon legislation from the general membership (that’s you!), the Council Coordinators, the AMTA Board of Directors, and from its own members. Assembly meetings occur at each annual AMTA conference, as well as at other times during the year, and all are welcome to attend. Assembly Delegates are seated by region at these meetings. The size of the delegation of each region is determined by the membership of the region and Delegates are elected by their regional membership. This is just one more reason why Association membership is so important: the bigger our region is, the bigger our voice is in deciding policy. Currently, the MAR is seating 14 Delegates, along with Alternates. If you are interested in learning more about the Assembly, please contact the current MAR Assembly Chair, Donna Polen, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
2022-2023 MAR Assembly
DELEGATES, listed alphabetically
ALTERNATES, in order of being called
Article VII. Assembly of Delegates
Section 1. An Assembly of Delegates, hereinafter referred to as the Assembly, is the legislative and policy-making body of the Association. The Assembly receives and acts upon legislation from the general membership, the Council Coordinators, the Board of Directors, and its own members.
Section 2. The Assembly is composed of professional members elected by and from the regional organizations within the Association. The number of delegates in the Assembly is in proportion to the number of national professional members in the respective regions. Each region has a minimum of two delegates. The exact number of delegates from each region is established by the Board of Directors for each election year prior to the regional meetings. The size of the Assembly is established by the Board of Directors within a numerical range of 60 to 70 delegates.
Section 3. The regional organizations elect their delegates prior to the national meeting in odd-numbered years.
Section 4. For each delegate position authorized, the region elects a primary and an alternate delegate, the alternate to function in the event of the unavailability of the primary delegate.
Section 5. The delegates’ term of office is 2 years to coincide with the terms of the national officers. The limits of consecutive terms may be set at each region’s discretion.
Section 6. The Assembly, at the national conference held in an odd-numbered year, elects four delegates to serve as Representatives on the Board of Directors and then elects one of these four to serve as Speaker of the Assembly and one of these four to serve as the Assistant Speaker of the Assembly. The term on the Board coincides with the 2-year term of the national officers. The Assembly also elects four alternate delegates to serve as alternate Representatives in the event of the unavailability of a primary Representative. Assembly Representatives and alternate Representatives may not serve concurrently in any other office on the Board of Directors. In the event of the resignation of a primary Representative from the Board, the alternate with the highest number of votes will succeed to the position, and the person with the next highest number of votes will succeed to the alternate Representative position.
Section 7. The Speaker of the Assembly is the presiding officer of the Assembly of Delegates and, with the President and the Assistant Speaker, prepares the agenda for the Assembly meetings, with approval of the Board of Directors. The Assistant Speaker presides at its meetings in the absence of the Speaker. A vacancy in the Speaker’s position is filled by the Assistant Speaker. A vacancy in the Assistant Speaker’s position is filled by the Assembly at its next meeting.
Article VII – Assembly of Delegates
Section 1. The Regional Delegates elected to the AMTA Assembly of Delegates shall attend all business meetings of the Assembly and represent the interests of the Region.
Section 2. Delegates and Alternates shall commit themselves to attendance at all regional business meetings, as well as regional and national conferences during their term of office. If a Delegate cannot attend a national conference, they shall inform the Assembly Chair at least one (1) month prior to the conference so that the Assembly Chair may ensure that an Alternate attend in the Delegate’s place. The Assembly Chair may at the time of the annual Assembly of Delegates substitute an active Mid-Atlantic member for an absentee Delegate or Alternate.
Section 3. The Delegates and Alternates shall be elected by secret ballot as outlined in Article VI, Section 3. In odd-numbered years, the Assembly Delegates and Alternates shall elect one Delegate to serve as Assembly Chair in an email vote coordinated by the Immediate Past President within one (1) month following the annual AMTA conference. Current voting members of the Executive Board, as well as Alternate Delegates, shall be deemed ineligible to serve as Assembly Chair.
Section 4. The Assembly Chair shall: serve as a liaison among the Executive Board, Assembly Delegates and Alternates and the general membership; serve on the Constitution and Bylaws Revision Committee; attend Regional Executive Board meetings; disseminate information related to issues expected to come before the Assembly to the general membership; solicit feedback from the membership on issues that are to come before the Assembly; submit a written report for publication in the newsletter following the annual Assembly of Delegates meeting; work with the President and the Delegates and Alternates to ensure attendance and participation in Assembly meetings at each national conference; schedule periodic meetings of the regional delegation throughout the year, some to include the general membership; insure concurrent session and meeting time at the regional conference; and carry out such other duties as may be assigned by the President or the Executive Board.
Section 5. The term of office for Regional Delegates shall be two (2) years.
Section 6. Should the Assembly Chair resign, a special election of the remaining Delegates shall be organized within two (2) weeks by the President to fill the vacancy. This election shall occur electronically and include any current Delegates who agree to run. In the event that no Delegates agree to run, the President shall assume the duties of the Assembly Chair until such time that the Assembly-Elect is seated in the fall and elects a new Chair.