2021 Proposed Bylaws Amendments

It is important that bylaws are current and accurately represent the organization and its membership. The Academy’s bylaws provide comprehensive guidelines in which the association operates. Bylaws provide the following: organization purpose, objectives, component membership, regional and interest groups, meetings, board of directors, standing committees and committee appointments, delegate to the House of Delegates, Nominations and Elections, Finance, Dissolution, Parliamentary Authority, Amendments, association as higher authority, Executive Director, indemnification and liability.

The Academy Board of Directors is proposing to adopt a set of amendments to the Academy bylaws (last updated in 2018). Sign up for our upcoming Membership Town Hall to discuss the proposed changes. You may scroll below to review the bylaws amendment process and justifications.

Bylaws Adopted: June 18, 1978. Bylaws Revised: November 1984, February 1987, February 1988, June 1990, May 1991, February 1992, February 1993, February 1994, February 1995, August 1995, November 1995, May 1997, June 1998, April 2001, August 2003, February 2005, February 2006, November 2006, June 2018.

Watch the Bylaws Town Hall  and Q&A Session
Originally aired on Thursday, May 6, 2021
Open to APTA Pelvic Health members

The Academy hosted a live, virtual membership Town Hall open to Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy members during which time the Board of Directors reviewed all proposed changes and opened the floor to address any questions from members. An invitation to the meeting has been emailed to all Academy members on April 6, 2021 along with a link to register for this meeting. If you have not attended the town hall, please make sure to watch the town hall recording.

Proposed Bylaws Changes

Summary of 2021 Key Amendments

  • Inclusion of 2 additional delegate positions (House of Delegates)
  • Retirement of Board Positions: Director of Financial Development, Past President (replacing Past President with a Past President’s Advisory Committee composed of a group of Past Presidents)
  • President’s office term duration change
  • Governance Committee added to Standing Committees
  • Finance Committee membership composition change
  • Minor formatting/grammar corrections

Submit Bylaws Amendment Questions and Comments

2021 Timeline
March-July 2021

The Bylaws Amendment timeline is contingent on how the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) can review and approve the proposed Bylaws Amendments.  The Academy is a component of the APTA and thus must follow their component processes for making Bylaws Amendments. Before the Academy can share the detailed Bylaws Amendment Proposal with the membership, the APTA must review and approve them first. In short, the APTA must approve the changes first, then followed by the Academy Board and membership before getting approved again by the APTA. Below is a quick rundown of the process involved:

What we’ve accomplished:

  • February 1-24, 2021 – Draft/Review Stage 1 | Bylaw amendments drafted and reviewed by Board and Staff
  • February 24-March 1, 2021 – Review Stage 2 | Academy’s Legal Attorney Reviews proposed changes
  • February 28-March 24, 2021 – Review Stage 3 | APTA Parliamentary Review 1 by APTA Board of Directors (may take 2-3 weeks)
  • March 8, 2021 – Bylaws Town Hall Save-the-Dates is announced to members at the General Business Meetin
  • April 2, 2021 – The APTA Board has approved proposed Bylaws amendments with minor recommended changes and all APTA components reviewed Bylaws amendments to the purpose/objectives sections. Components did not share any objections to the purpose and objectives sections.
  • April 2-5, 2021 – The Academy Board will vote to approve the Bylaws with any changes recommended by the APTA.
  • April 6, 2021 – Proposed Bylaws Amendments and Town Hall invitations are sent to members vie email along with a justification narrative for all changes

Up Next:

  • May 6, 2021 – Bylaws Town Hall (8:00pm-9:00pm EST)
  • May 15-June 15, 2021 – Academy Membership Voting window / concurrent with the Academy’s election voting window
  • June 15-16, 2021 – If Academy membership approves the Bylaws Amendments, the Academy will send the APTA a copy of member-approved Bylaws. The APTA Board of Directors will conduct a Parliamentary Review #2 of member-approved Bylaws amendments.
  • June 16-30, 2021 – If Bylaws are approved by the APTA, the Academy will publish and adopt revised bylaws.
  • July 1, 2021 – Amended Bylaws are published

Organization Governance

The Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (APTA Pelvic Health) is a professional membership association driven by its mission and measures its success in fulfilling its mission-related goals of its strategic plan developed by the elected board members. Governance provides the vision and direction to ensure that an organization is on the right path. The responsibility for governing an association rests with a volunteer board of directors, operating according to the association’s bylaws and working in collaboration with the association’s Executive Director to set the strategic direction, allocate necessary resources and make key decisions that association staff then implement to meet member needs and execute the strategic plan. Volunteer leadership is distributed among committees, task forces and other groups, making volunteer management an important operational function that supports different pillars of the strategic plan.