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Friday, September 28, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Illinois Physical Therapy Association
Call for Motions

Call for 2019 Assembly Motions

Tina Jonas, PT, DPT, Cert MDT,
Speaker of the Assembly

The 41st meeting of IPTA’s Assembly of Representatives will be held, in conjunction with the REVITALIZE Conference, on Saturday, April 6, 2019. The Assembly was created by the IPTA membership to improve the Chapter’s ability to consider the needs and opinions of the entire geographical diversity of the membership by designing the structure to require a quorum of members from each district to conduct any business of the Chapter of the Association.

During the Assembly, Representatives make decisions on issues that impact the future of the IPTA in its consideration of rules, policy, and priorities. Business of the Assembly follows parliamentary procedure and is conducted through the introduction of motions, which may amend IPTA's bylaws, direct a course of action, articulate an association attitude on the physical therapy needs of the public or the needs of members, or describe a goal the association wishes to achieve.

Motions may be submitted by the Board of Directors, Districts, Committees, Special Interest groups or - individual members, like yourself. You will notice that this year all motions need to be submitted in advance of the Assembly(see the time table noted below). This early action will allow all motions to be thoroughly reviewed and prepared for Assembly Representatives to have time to discuss and understand all potential impacts for the motion.

So, you're thinking about bringing forward an idea in the form of a motion for the April 2019 Assembly, but not sure where to start. To solve your dilemma, here are the steps you may consider as you prepare to submit your motion for the meeting.

  1. Generate the idea – take time to put into words the concerns, concepts or actions you'd like to be addressed at the Assembly. This first step is sometimes the hardest to do on your own, so consider reaching out to other members or fellow therapists for feedback.
  2. Reach out to a member of the Assembly's Reference Committee – this group of six individuals is committed to helping you to further develop your motion and support statement to make for a clear presentation.
  3. Revise and update your ideas – as time passes you may begin to see additional aspects or better ways to express your motion and the revision process is underway.
  4. Consider how the motion will be submitted – will you choose to make this motion as an individual or as a group? If you are speaking on behalf of a group, take time to reach out to the members of your group to collaborate for the motion. 
  5. Finalize motion language and submit via email to the Chapter Office (– once you (and your group) are satisfied with the language of the motion to submit for the Assembly's business.
  6. Participate in the Assembly conference calls: present your motion, and review the feedback  to see if there are any revisions that you might wish to consider prior to the Assembly.
  7. ... Finally, formally present your motion on the day of the Assembly, as noted in the agenda for the day's events.

September 28, 2018

Call for Assembly Motions

February 1, 2019 Early bird registration for 2019 REVITALIZE and Assembly opens
February 5, 2019 Main & Bylaw Motions to be submitted to Reference Committee
February 15, 2019 Assembly Packet I posted (reports and policies)
February 28, 2019 Early bird registration ends. General registration continues
March 1, 2019 Final motions (approved by Reference Committee) due to Chapter Office
March 6, 2019 Assembly Packet II posted (main & bylaw motions)
March 22, 2019 Assembly registration closes. No late registrations will be accepted
April 6, 2019 Credentialing will be open 7:30 am - 11:30 am. Assembly of Representatives 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

At any point along this process, the Reference Committee of the Assembly is available to assist you:

Please consider developing a motion for the 2019 Assembly of Representatives to address important issues to “move forward“ the profession of physical therapy in Illinois. 

The deadline for Main & Bylaw Motions to be submitted to the Reference Committee is Tuesday, February 5th.

Tina Jonas, PT, DPT, Cert MDT
IPTA Speaker of the Assembly


Proposed format for Main Motions: (added 1/10/19)

To assist members in creating strong and comprehensive motions, any individual or group who brings forward a concept for presentation and assistance in development, the Reference Committee will share the following format for use for Main Motions.

With the new process it would be presented for adoption like this:

I, (states their name), on behalf of (the group he/she represents), present the following motion for consideration by the Assembly:

Motion Number - SRA ##/19 - 01 (Short title: Example)

Whereas the IPTA believes that the color purple has been determined to be the most awesome hue within the visible spectrum

Whereas segments of the Naperville community have pledged to make purple a standard for all exterior painting on public buildings;

Whereas it appears that PT and PTA educational institutions have incorporated the principles of purple power into all coursework as required by CAPTE accredited programs; and

Whereas it appears that the current paint on the exterior of the Chapter Office is in desperate need of an update; now, therefore, be it

Resolved that we, as an Association do pledge to paint the property of the Chapter Office purple.

Each component of the “Whereas” clause is an individual component of the final resolution.

Every issue brought up in the “Whereas” clause needs to be addressed in the “Resolved” section (s) - it is possible to have a single “Resolved” section, but not required.

The rationale or supporting statement  then would include the following information:

     Statistics that support the resolution

     Past efforts related to the motion in the APTA - particularly if there are any current policies or positions related to this motion.

     The component of the IPTA strategic plan that the motion will support

      Facts in the rationale to back up that assumption or opinion, including references when at all possible.

     General reminders :  Motions should be clear, concise, yet thorough - leaving no room for confusion or questions. If possible, include the details include all components - Who is taking action, What that action is to be, When it is to be completed and How will the Assembly know when the task has been completed.

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