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Call for 2020 Assembly Motions

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Illinois Physical Therapy Association
Call for Motions

Call for 2020 Assembly Motions

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

The 42nd meeting of IPTA’s Assembly of Representatives will be held, in conjunction with the joint Wisconsin/Illinois REVITALIZE Conference, on Saturday, April 25, 2020. 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 to the Reference Committee 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 2020 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.

November 5, 2019

Call for Assembly Motions Begin!

Nvember 21, 2019

"What's Brewing in the IPTA?" (7:00-8:30PM)

zoom meeting - click to RSVP!

January 15, 2020 Early bird registration for 2020 REVITALIZE and Assembly opens
January 28, 2020 Assembly Representatives Zoom Meeting (7:00 PM)
February 12, 2020 Main & Bylaw Motions to be submitted to Reference Committee
February 26, 2020 Assembly Packet I posted (reports and policies)
March 9, 2020 Assembly Representatives Zoom Meeting (7:00 PM)
March 12. 2020 Final motions (approved by Reference Committee) due to Chapter Office
March 15, 2020 Early bird registration ends. General registration continues
March 25, 2020 Assembly Packet II posted (main & bylaw motions)
April 1, 2020 Assembly Representatives Zoom Meeting (7:00 PM)
April 13, 2020 Assembly registration closes. No late registrations will be accepted
April 25, 2020 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 2020 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 Wednesday, February 12th, 2020.

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


Understanding the different types of Motions - and their paths.

Basically, there are three types of motions that come before the Assembly:

Position Statement or Resolution:  These usually address an issue which could be societal, professional, or relating specifically to the association itself.
Take Action for a Certain Purpose:  These address an issue and typically relate to studying an issue that might come back eventually as a position or resolution or a bylaw change.
Bylaw Amendment:  These make a change to how we operate as an association.

All begin as an idea, or new motion concept, but the path they take to get to the Assembly varies.


This document includes flowcharts, along with descriptions, that are intended to help you understand the processes.

*** We suggest that you print out the pages with slides on them and then follow along with the narrative report that follows.

Proposed format for Main Motions:

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 ##/20 - 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; and

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

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 support the purple movement and any efforts to change the Chapter Office exterior to 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. 

You will note in the example that the Resolution is directional, yet intentionally vague and non-restrictive.  This is done to empower the Board of Directors to determine how best to carry out the intent of this motion:

  • It does not set a timeline - or deadline - that the exterior should be changed to purple.  The Board needs to be able to determine how this will be accomplished and paid for.  If this purple motion were to happen at the 2020 Assembly, the budget for 2020 has already been set and this may not be able to happen until 2021.
  • It does not dictate the exact shade of purple.  This could possibly be outside of the association's control:  the city may have an approved color or color list that the shade needs to be selected from.;
  • It does not require that the exterior be painted - or that this must happen.  Potentially, the building's siding could not be paintable - or in such a state of disrepair that it would require an extensive renovation (maybe tearing the existing siding off and residing the building) and the association may not have the funds to do so, or the Board feels that the cosmetic factor of changing the building's color would not be a priority based on the importance of other items that are actually in the strategic plan.  This doesn't mean that it won't ever happen, it just may have to wait until the strategic plan is next revised and then this, since it came from the Assembly, would be made a priority.

Regardless of what happens, the Board is accountable to the Assembly in that it owes them a report the following year that would describe any actions taken and the outcomes.  It could be a photo of the building in its new, breathtaking purple hue along with an accounting of the costs and any other relevant information.  It could also be a report that states that the Board did their due diligence and determined at this time and for what reasons the building could not be purple.

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