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A Message from Your Assembly Speaker

Tuesday, September 5, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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A Message From Your Assembly Speaker

As part of this year’s REVITALIZE Conference, members from across the state convened in April for the Annual Assembly of Representatives meeting.  Each district elects members to represent them at this vital meeting.  It’s at this meeting that representatives vote on motions that affect our bylaws, provide direction for the Board of Directors, and develop statements/directives for the IPTA.  Decisions made at the Assembly directly impact the IPTA and the profession.

Several decisions were made, changing our bylaws in multiple places.  Specifically, a PTA member’s vote in Chapter and District elections is now a full vote.  Prior to the bylaw change, in elections a PTA member’s vote was ½ a vote.  Also, the office of IPTA President-elect was eliminated and the Ethics Committee was changed from a committee elected by the membership to a committee appointed by the IPTA President.  The duties of the Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary were changed to reflect these officers’ additional duties in the IPTF.  Similarly, fostering activities that maintain and promote a pool of informed nominees was added to the duties of the Nominating Committee.

In addition, representatives voted to eliminate the Board of Directors (BOD) from having a vote at the Assembly.  Like other non-voting representatives, the BOD will still be able to make and amend motions and debate.  Finally, a statement on diversity brought forth by IPTA’s Diversity Task force was passed.  It states, “It is the a goal of the IPTA to demonstrate responsiveness to the needs and concerns of underrepresented minorities in physical therapy by striving to include underrepresented minorities as follows: 1) on IPTA appointed committees, task forces, and other groups; 2) in IPTA leadership roles; 3) as nominees during the election process – identified by the Nominating Committee; 4) in verbal and visual media material to represent or describe the IPTA; and 5) as targeted groups in any recruitment efforts.

Special thanks to all the Assembly Representatives and guest who attended.  Thank you for your service and for making this year’s Assembly a success! 

Jeannette Elliott, PT, DPT, MS,
IPTA Speaker of the Assembly (2016-2017)



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