Section 1. Qualifications for Membership
There is one class of members in the Corporation. Eligibility is based on individuals with a demonstrated interest in rheumatology practice, education, and research or administration, and are actively involved in the organization. Students in the health professions are also welcome.
An applicant may qualify for AHPA membership in one of four ways:
Section 2. Rights and Privileges
Each member shall have all the rights and privileges of membership, including the right to vote, hold office, and serve on committees.
Any member running for a committee chair position is required to submit a short vision or plan for that committee as part of their election platform.
Individuals who qualify for membership detailed in Section 3.1 #3 and #4 above, may chair a committee at the invitation of the AHPA Executive Committee.
Section 3. Application Procedure
To be considered for membership in AHPA, an applicant must submit an application form with payment for the membership fee. Professional designation must be indicated.
Section 4. Membership Dues
The Board of Directors shall establish a membership due. If the due is increased more than 3% from one membership year to the next, membership approval of the fee increase will be sought at the AGM prior to the implementation of the fee increase.
An Honorary member shall not be required to pay membership fees.
Section 5. Resignation
A member may resign at any time during the membership year by submitting a written resignation to the president of AHPA (i.e. chair of the board of directors), in which case such resignation shall be effective on the date specified in the resignation.
No refunds of dues paid for that membership year will be given.
Section 6. Termination (defined in Article 3.3 of the AHPA by-laws)
A membership in AHPA is terminated when: