Addiction Professionals of North Carolina
(Adopted October 14, 2015)
ARTICLE I – PRINCIPAL OFFICE and NAME
The principal office of Addiction Professionals of NC, The 11 NC Association of Addiction and Prevention Professionals (hereinafter the “Association”), a non-profit corporation incorporated
under the laws of the State of North Carolina, shall be in the State of North Carolina. APNC is a state affiliate of NAADAC, The Association of Addiction Professionals, Inc.
ARTICLE II – OBJECT and PURPOSE
Section I. The purpose or purposes for which the association is organized are:
(a) To bring together professionals working to prevent and treat addictions for the mutual sharing of knowledge, skills and expertise in order to better serve their constituent communities in the areas of research, prevention, education, intervention, treatment, and recovery of the disease of alcoholism and other drug dependency.
(b) To enhance the effectiveness and professional status of those working to prevent and treat addictions.
(c) To provide opportunity for the exchange of scientific, clinical and administrative information concerning research, education, prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery and program planning.
(d) To maintain communications with and present proposals to all governmental bodies or private agencies having legislative and administrative jurisdiction over addiction prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services.
(e) To purchase or otherwise acquire, deal in, hold, pledge or otherwise dispose of all forms of securities, corporate stocks, bonds, debentures, mortgages and other instruments, securities and rights.
(f) To engage in any charitable interest whatsoever whether for the public welfare or for religious, charitable, scientific or educational purposes and to make donations for the public welfare or for religious, charitable, scientific or educational purposes.(g) For nonprofit religious, charitable, scientific, educational or public welfare purposes to contract, lease, buy, sell and manage buildings for the purposes of offices, dwellings, houses, stores and structures of all other types and kinds.
(h) Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles, the association shall not carry on any other activity not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”).
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
Membership in the Association shall be open to individual addiction and prevention professionals, as well as corporations, firms, agencies, and others with an interest in furthering the purposes of the Association. Qualifying persons shall be admitted to membership in one of six categories:
Professional, Associate, Student, Retired, and APNC Organizational. With the exception of APNC Organizational, membership in APNC equates to membership in NAADAC and membership in NAADAC for North Carolina residents equates to membership in APNC.
Section 1. Categories
(a) Professional Membership: Open to persons who are engaged as addiction or prevention professionals in North Carolina or related fields, including administration, research, and education. These individuals must accept in principle the purposes of the Association, and receive voice and vote in APNC and NAADAC affairs.
(b) Associate Membership: Open to Individuals who are working towards qualification, licensure or certification in the Addictions profession and have less than five (5) years’ experience in the field. This may be used as a professional-in-training category. Non-clinical professionals who wish to join APNC (e.g., probation officers, marketing representatives, public health workers, etc.) are also eligible for membership as Associate members. This status receives voice and vote in APNC and NAADAC affairs.
(c) Student Membership: Open to individuals currently enrolled in a college/university or state government approved training facility with a minimum of three credit hours in addiction studies and students involved in a full or part-time internship are also eligible for student membership. Student members must not be currently licensed or certified as an addiction professional or practicing as an addiction professional.
(d) APNC Retired: Open to current members of the Association who are 65 years or older and have retired from the profession. Retired members have voice in both APNC and NAADAC affairs.
(e) APNC Only Status
APNC Organizational: Open to any organization engaged in training, treatment or support of the field of addiction, prevention, early intervention, treatment or recovery, which demonstrates concern toward and support of the purposes and objectives of the Association. Organizational members shall have a voice and one (1) vote in APNC affairs by selecting one delegate from their organization to cast the official vote.
Supporters Circle: Open to businesses that provide products & services to assist the profession. Members of the Supporter’s Circle receive all of the benefits of organizational membership excluding voting rights in APNC affairs.
Section 2 . Membership Year
The Membership Year shall be one year from the date of initial or renewal of membership.
Section 3. Membership Fee Structure
The Board of Directors of the Association shall establish membership fees for each membership category taking into consideration the fee structure of NAADAC.
The Association will notify NAADAC 60 days in advance of any dues changes.
Fees are due and payable on the anniversary date of membership and must be paid within 60 days or the member shall be dropped from the membership roll.
Association members shall remit the annual dues prescribed by the Board of Directors directly to the address provided on the NAADAC application.
Any member whose membership has been terminated as a result of failing to pay annual dues may be reinstated by reapplying for membership pursuant to the provisions of Article III of these Bylaws.
Section 4. Regional Membership
(a) There shall be six (6) geographic regions established: Northwest (Mountains) (NW), Southwest (Piedmont) (SW), North Central (NC), South Central (SC), Northeast (Eastern) (NE), Southeast (Coastal) (SE). These regions take into account the various interests and natural areas of member service.
(b) Regional membership will be determined by the address listed on the membership application.
Section 5. Admission/ Resignation
Any person meeting the membership requirements of any paying category of membership described in Section 1 shall be admitted to membership after filing the required membership application form and appropriate dues. Any member may resign from the Association by submitting a letter of resignation to the Secretary. In event of such resignation, dues already paid shall not be refunded.
Section 6. Removal/ Termination of Membership
Members of any category may be removed or terminated from membership for cause by a majority vote of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Association. For any cause other than non-payment of dues, removal shall occur only after the member complained against has been advised of the complaint, and given a reasonable opportunity to offer a defense. If removed, such member may appeal the decision of the Executive Committee to the Board of Directors of the Association, provided that notice of intent to appeal is provided to the President, in writing, at least thirty (30) days in advance of the meeting of the Board of Directors at which such appeal is to be discussed. In the case of Organizational Members, the procedures for termination, disaffiliation, and revocation of charters shall be as prescribed by the Board of Directors. In such an event, dues already paid shall not be refunded.
Section 7. Representation of Membership Professional, Associate, Student, Retired, and APNC Organizational members in good standing shall have the right to represent themselves as members of the Association and to wear such insignia as shall have been designated by the Association for the use and identification of members.
ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
Section 1. Regular and Special
(a) There shall be two regular meetings held each year, one to take place in the spring and one in
the fall, at a time and place determined by the Board of Directors. The Fall meeting shall be considered the annual meeting of APNC. Business may be presented at either meeting, with elections reserved for the Fall meeting.
(b) Special business meetings may be called by a majority of the Board of Directors or 25% of the voting membership of the Association. A notice of such meetings shall be sent to the membership so as to provide at least 15 days prior notice of such meeting.
(c) All voting members are entitled to attend the business meetings and shall have one vote each.
(d) A quorum for business meetings shall consist of 10% of the voting membership.
(e) Manner of Acting: The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes entitled to be cast by the members present in person at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the membership of the Association, unless a greater proportion is required by the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, or applicable law.
Section 2 Order of Business
The rules contained in the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the conduct of all meetings of the Association. These rules shall be used in all cases in which they are both applicable and consistent with these Bylaws.
ARTICLE V – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. Composition and Purpose
(a ) The business, property and affairs of APNC shall be managed by a Board of Directors composed of the following Four Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer), six Regional Vice-Presidents, and six At-large Representatives. In addition, the Immediate Past President
serves as an Ex-Officio Officer. The number of directors constituting the entire Board of Directors shall not be less than one (1) or more than thirty (30) members. In addition, an Executive Director may be established as a non-voting officer of the board, and is a hired position of the Association. The Personnel Committee shall be empowered to select an Executive Director.
(b) The Board of Directors shall have the responsibility of exercising all powers and authority of the Association and shall have general supervision of the affairs of APNC as set forth in the Bylaws.
The Board of Directors shall approve goals and strategies to be accomplished, monitor the achievement of the goals and strategies, allocate the necessary resources to achieve the goals and strategies, and monitor to ensure the resources are used efficiently and effectively. A director of