Adapt and Thrive: The Future of AAOHN

Based on member feedback, the Chapter Challenges Taskforce and the Board of Directors propose a bylaws change that would allow for an Optional Chapter Membership Structure. 

What is the proposed Optional Chapter Membership Structure? 

Upon joining or renewing, AAOHN members would have two options:

OPTION 1: National Membership Only - $165

Members receive all member benefits from the National association – free webinars, discount to register for the conference, Workplace Health & Safety Journal, and more.

OPTION 2: National Membership + Chapter(s) - $165 National + dues from each selected chapter*

Members receive all member benefits from the National association – free webinars, discount to register for the conference, Workplace Health & Safety Journal, and more.

*Dues are set by each chapter as they are in the current chapter model. Participation in a chapter is OPTIONAL

Note: The optional membership structure is applicable to all membership types (Retired, Student, Affiliate, etc.). Each member, regardless of membership type, will have the ability to choose their chapter affiliations.

What are the benefits of the Optional Chapter Membership Structure? 

  • Decrease in regular membership dues from $185 to $165 – a $20 savings per year!
  • Improves the join/renew process significantly
  • Chapters have more flexibility in their bylaws and requirements for membership
  • Allows the organization to offer a new corporate or group membership structure for additional discount to members
  • Members may take advantage of as many, or as few, chapters as they choose that fits their needs
  • Decreases complexity of current model
  • Simplifies the way AAOHN can market membership to grow our organization

How can I get more information or ask questions? 

  • Additional information from board members will be made available over the next several months
  • A Town Hall will be held on Thursday, December 6 at 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT/9:00 am PT that will offer more information on the timeline, rational, implications to members and chapters, and will leave ample time for Q&A.
  • Post a question in the Optional Chapters Membership Structure Forum

What else do I need to know? 

  • Online voting to approve the bylaws change that would allow for the Optional Chapter Structure opens on January 4, 2019
  • Online voting will close on February 4, 2019
  • Preview the full document of the proposed bylaws changes
  • For chapter leaders, download the Chapter Marketing Kit to assist in communicating this important initiative to your chapter members.

In addition to the member restructure, we are proposing 6 bylaw revisions. Read the current and proposed bylaws below. 

Download the full 2019 Bylaw Rationale document. 

Article III Membership: Section 2

Current Version

Active, Inactive, Retired, Affiliate, International, Student and Life members who reside or work in the area of a local, state, or regional chapter must be members of those chapters. If more than one local chapter exists in an area, the membership shall be in the chapter of the member's choice.

Proposed Revision

Active, Inactive, Retired, Affiliate, International, Student and Life members who reside or work in the area of a local, state, or regional chapter may be members of those chapters. If more than one chapter exists in an area, the membership may be in the chapter or chapters of the member’s choice.

Rationale

To eliminate the chapter requirement for all AAOHN member categories; to clarify that members can join all or any chapter regardless if they are regional, state or local.

Article III Membership: Section 3 Applications for Membership

Current Version

Applications for membership shall be granted by AAOHN. A written application submitted to the National Office is required for all classes of membership, except honorary.

A. Local, state and regional chapters shall have thirty (30) days to challenge a member.
B. If a member’s application is challenged, the final review and approval shall be the sole and absolute discretion of the AAOHN Board of Directors.

Proposed Revision

Applications for membership shall be granted by AAOHN. An application submitted to the National Office is required for all classes of membership, except honorary.

A. If a member’s application is challenged, the final review and approval shall be the sole and absolute discretion of the AAOHN Board of Directors.

Rationale

Applications to be submitted online to align with current technological innovations. Chapters will no longer have a need to challenge AAOHN National Membership.

Article IV Chapters: Section 1 Formation

Current Version

A. Chapters

1. A chapter may be formed by at least fifteen (15) AAOHN members.
2. Members who reside or work in the area of a chapter must be members of a chapter.

B. Regional Chapters

1. A regional chapter may be formed by chapters in one of the AAOHN established regions.
2. Members who reside or work in the area of a regional chapter must be members of that chapter.
3. The name of the regional chapter shall be the name of the AAOHN established region.

Proposed Revision

A. Chapters

1. A chapter may be formed by at least fifteen (15) AAOHN members.

B. Regional Chapters

1. A regional chapter may be formed by chapters in one of the AAOHN established regions.
2 . The name of the regional chapter shall be the name of the AAOHN established region.

Rationale

Removing verbiage that requires members to be a member of their state or local chapter; Removing verbiage that requires members to be a member of their regional chapter.

Article IV Chapter: Section 2 Bylaws

Current Version

A. Chapters shall follow AAOHN guidelines in writing their own bylaws which shall contain such mandatory provisions as determined by the Board of Directors of AAOHN and shall not be in conflict with the bylaws of AAOHN.
B. Chapters’ bylaws shall not establish any other membership classes.

Proposed Revision

A.Chapters may follow AAOHN guidelines in writing their own bylaws.

Rationale

AAOHN will no longer review or approve Chapter bylaws for mandatory provisions. Chapter will be able to establish membership categories in their respective bylaws.

Article V Board of Directors: Section 2 Duties

Current Version

A.The duties of the Board of Directors shall be to:
B. Ensure that the organization is both effective and prudent in accomplishing organizational goals;
C. Authorize the formation of chapters and decide all membership appeals;
D. Establish geographic boundaries of regions;
E. Approve geographic boundaries of chapters;
F. Establish mandatory bylaws requirements for chapters
G. Determine the time and place of AAOHN and Board of Directors meetings;
H. Set membership dues.

Proposed Revision

The duties of the Board of Directors shall be to:
A. Ensure that the organization is both effective and prudent in accomplishing organizational goals;
B. Authorize the formation of chapters and decide all membership appeals;
C. Establish geographic boundaries of regions;
D. Determine the time and place of AAOHN and Board of Directors meetings;
E. Set membership dues.

Rationale

Chapters will set own geographic boundaries; Chapters will not need approval from AAOHN National to update or establish their bylaws.

Article XIV Amendments

Current Version

Section 1.
A. These bylaws may be amended by voting members. Bylaws amendments that receive a two-thirds affirmative vote of the votes cast will become effective immediately upon certification of the voting results.
B. Proposed amendments shall have been approved by the Board of Directors.
C. A copy of the proposed amendments shall be sent to voting members at least thirty (30) days in advance of the vote.
Section 2
Any amendment to these bylaws that directly relates to the business of the chapters shall automatically and immediately effect the necessary amendments to the bylaws of the chapters.

Proposed Revision

A. These bylaws may be amended by voting members. Bylaws amendments that receive a two-thirds affirmative vote of the votes cast will become effective immediately upon certification of the voting results.
B. Proposed amendments shall have been approved by the Board of Directors.
C. A copy of the proposed amendments shall be sent to voting members at least thirty (30) days in advance of the vote.

Rationale

Chapter bylaws do not need to align with AAOHN National Bylaws.