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Lynn Canal Spring 2012
Lynn Canal Spring 2012

The Alaska Counseling Association is the Alaska state branch of the American Counseling Association.

Contact Information

Alaska Counseling Association
35555 Kenai Spur Hwy #139
Soldotna, AK 99669

info@alaskacounseling.org


Our Mission

The mission of the Alaska Counseling Association is to enhance the development of Alaskans throughout their lifespan, primarily by promoting access to the highest possible quality of counseling services.  This purpose shall be accomplished by the following means:

a) Provide general education for the general public regarding counseling services

b) Support the professional competency of Alaskan counselors by providing relevant training

c) Establish and maintain an ethical code of conduct for Alaskan counselors

d) Monitor and influence, when necessary, legislation which affects the Alaskan citizens’ access to the highest possible quality of counseling services

e) Support the ethical development and competence of Alaska’s graduate students in counseling

Our Leadership

President:
Deb Russ

 
info@alaskacounseling.org

 

Past President:
J.R.Myers

 
info@alaskacounseling.org
 

 

Secretary:
Christina Stuive

 
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Treasurer:
Christina Stuive

 
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Kenai At-Large Representative:  Heather Morning

 

Turnagain Arm 2010
Turnagain Arm 2010
 

BYLAWS of the ALASKA COUNSELING ASSOCIATION

 

ARTICLE I. NAME

SECTION 1. NAME

The name of the association shall be the Alaska Counseling Association (AKCA).

SECTION 2. AFFILIATION

The Alaska Counseling Association shall be a branch of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and is organized in accordance with ACA Bylaws.

 

ARTICLE II. OBJECT

SECTION 1. MISSION

The mission of the Alaska Counseling Association is to enhance the development of Alaskans throughout their lifespan, primarily by promoting access to the highest possible quality of counseling services.

SECTION 2. GOALS

  1. Provide general education for the general public regarding counseling services

  2. Support the professional competency of Alaskan counselors by providing relevant training

  3. Establish and maintain an ethical code of conduct for Alaskan counselors

  4. Monitor and influence, when necessary, legislation which affects the Alaskan citizens’ access to the highest possible quality of counseling services

  5. Support the ethical development and competence of Alaska’s graduate students in counseling

 

ARTICLE III. MEMBERS

SECTION 1. CLASSES OF MEMBERS

There are two types of membership in the Alaska Counseling Association

  1. Regular members include any person whose primary work-related responsibilities or current interests are in an area consistent with the mission and goals of AKCA

  2. Student members include any person engaged in at least half-time study of human services, counseling, psychology, or a closely related field

  3. Both Regular members and student members may vote in annual elections and hold office in the association

SECTION 2. QUALIFICATIONS

All members must abide by the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice as issued from the Alaskan Board of Professional Counselors, and must agree to uphold the mission of AKCA.

SECTION 3. DUES

  1. Dues shall be paid annually to AKCA and become due each calendar year on January 1st

  2. Annual dues shall be established by the executive board of AKCA, but shall in no case reflect an increase of more than 20% per year

  3. Student membership shall be discounted from the Regular membership by 50%

  4. Members not current by March 15th of the calendar year shall be dropped for non-payment of dues until or unless the member is reinstated by becoming current

SECTION 4. SEVERENCE OF MEMBERSHIP

A member may be dropped from membership for any conduct that can be considered injurious to AKCA or to the reputation of AKCA, or for behavior that is contrary to the bylaws or ethics of the organization. All such decisions shall be made by the Executive Board.

SECTION 5. VOTING

Each member shall have one vote for electing officers of the association.

 

ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS

SECTION 1. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The officers of the organization shall be the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer. These officers shall also be known collectively as the Executive Board, and shall be elected by the membership. The Executive Board may appoint additional officers from within the membership, as needed, to complete the work of the association.

  1. The President shall be responsible to plan and conduct meetings, prepare agendas, appoint committee chairs as needed, oversee the functions of other officers, conduct correspondence, perform the duties customarily expected by ACA, and such other duties applicable to the office as prescribed by the membership.

  2. The Vice-President shall serve as the President in the absence of the President, shall organize elections, and shall exercise such other duties applicable to the office as prescribed by the membership.

  3. The Secretary shall record and maintain minutes for all official meetings, maintain an accurate membership list, conduct correspondence, and oversee distribution of minutes, agendas, meeting information, and other association information to the membership, and exercise such other duties applicable to the office as prescribed by the membership.

  4. The Treasurer shall represent AKCA in assuring that the receipt and expenditure of funds is in accordance with the directives established by the Executive Board, keep a current record of financial statements and reports, submit records for audit as needed, and exercise such other duties applicable to the office as prescribed by the membership.

  5. Additional officers, when needed, will be appointed to perform specific tasks within ad hoc committees consistent with the mission and goals of the organization, and shall have their roles and responsibilities described within the minutes of the official meetings and confirmed by a letter from the secretary.

SECTION 2. ELECTIONS

Elections shall take place annually via an electronic process and the voting will take place prior to the annual meeting.

  1. Nominations will be solicited by the Vice-President at least 60 days prior to an election. Any eligible member may be nominated for any office by any member of the association. The Vice-President will ascertain eligibility for the office before proffering a candidate to the membership for election.

  2. Election results will be announced at the annual meeting.

SECTION 3. ELIGIBILITY

All elected officers must be members in good standing with ACA.

  1. The President must be a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Alaska and a Regular member of AKCA.

  2. The Vice-President must be a Regular member of AKCA.

  3. The Secretary must have requisite organizational and computer skills and be a member of AKCA.

  4. The Treasurer must be a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Alaska and a Regular member of AKCA.

SECTION 4. TERM OF OFFICE

  1. The President, and Treasurer shall serve a two-year term, or until a successor is elected.

  2. The Secretary and the Vice President shall serve a one-year term, or until a successor is elected.

  3. Additional officers appointed by the Executive Board will serve terms of one year or as needed.

  4. No officer shall serve longer than six years consecutively in one office.

  5. Term of office begins 3 months after the annual meeting when the election is announced, or upon appointment.

  6. Outgoing officers will commit to continued service for 3 months post election to assist with continuity and transition to incoming officers as mentors.

SECTION 5. REMOVAL FROM OFFICE

An officer may be removed from office by the membership if that officer fails to maintain the requirements of the office as identified in these bylaws. Members may file a petition with any member of the Executive Board not in question. All members of the Executive Board not in question will consider the petition, determine if it has merit, and if so will poll the membership electronically as to their desire to rescind the election or appointment of that officer.

 

SECTION 6. VACANCIES

In the event that officers resign, become incapacitated, or have their office rescinded, the President will select a candidate from among the membership to be appointed to the office until an election can be held by the next annual meeting. Any candidate so selected will be approved by the Executive Board.

 

ARTICLE V. MEETINGS

SECTION 1. MEETINGS

The AKCA general membership shall meet annually in person during a quarterly training or AKCA sponsored conference as determined by the Board of Officers to ratify the election of the Executive Board members and to discuss the strategic plan for the association.

SECTION 2. QUORUM

The quorum for the annual meeting shall be 10 members.

SECTION 3. SCHEDULING AND CANCELATION OF ANNUAL MEETING

Members will receive at least 30 days notice of an annual meeting. Meetings will be scheduled on dates when the weather is unlikely to force a cancellation. Should a meeting need to be cancelled for unforeseeable causes, members will receive notification of the cancellation via electronic platforms.

SECTION 4. ATTENDANCE

Attendance at the annual meeting shall be attendance in person. A member who is unable to attend will have an opportunity to provide input or cast a vote prior to the meeting date via electronic platforms

 

ARTICLE VI. BOARD OF OFFICERS

The Board of Officers shall be authorized by the membership to conduct the business of the organization.

SECTION 1. COMPOSITION

The Board of Officers shall consist of the elected and appointed officers of the organization, and shall at all times consist of no less than three, nor more than eleven, members who shall serve pursuant to these By-Laws.

SECTION 2. MEETINGS

  1. The Board of Officers shall meet at least quarterly.

  2. The date, time, and location of the meetings shall be determined by the Board of Officers and be communicated to the membership via electronic platforms at least 10 days prior to the meeting time.

  3. In the event that a meeting is cancelled, membership will be notified via the same electronic platform used to communicate the scheduling of the meeting.

  4. A simple majority of the Board of Officers shall constitute a quorum.

  5. All meetings are open to the membership, and to the public, unless the President or the Vice-President calls for a meeting of the Executive Board.

  6. An option to attend meetings via a distance interface will be available to all members at each meeting. Members will be considered to be present at the meeting if their participation is synchronous.

  7. The President may choose to conduct a special e-mail meeting of the Board of Officers in the event that the business of the association cannot wait until the next regularly scheduled meeting. All business conducted in such a fashion will be included in the minutes of the previous meeting, to be approved at the subsequent meeting.

SECTION 3. DUTIES AND LIMITATIONS

  1. The Board of Officers shall set policy and goals, and shall implement programs or activities in accordance with the association’s purpose.

  2. AKCA shall be a not-for-profit corporation doing business in the State of Alaska.

  3. The Board of Officers may employ personnel and receive and expend funds.

  4. No Officer may be a paid employee of AKCA.

  5. Officers will not receive any salaries for their services, but may be compensated for attendance at regional or national meetings by resolution of the Board of Officers.

  6. The Board of Officers may delegate responsibilities to ad hoc committees and may establish standing committees, divisions, regions, or branches as it sees fit to conduct the business of the association. All such decisions will be noted in the minutes and the By-Laws will be amended, if needed, to reflect significant changes.

  7. No Officer or member shall be authorized to create any liability, financial or otherwise, for AKCA unless approved in advance by the Board of Officers.

  8. All Officers shall clearly state when a conflict of interest exists such that that Officer would be directly benefited or injured by any action of the Board of Officers. That Officer will then refrain from any discussion or vote on the matter at hand.

SECTION 5. COMMITTEES

All committees and committee chairs shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Officers on an ad hoc basis to complete specific tasks of the organization as determined by the board. Particulars of committee assignments and duties will be noted in the minutes of the association and will be consistent with the bylaws as noted in other portions of this document.

SECTION 4. DISSOLUTION

No member shall have any severable or transferable interest in the property of the association. Upon dissolution of the association, none of its property shall be distributed to any of the members, and all property shall be distributed to not-for-profit organizations with similar goals.

 

ARTICLE VII. PARLIMENTARY AUTHORITY

Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern meetings except when inconsistent with these By-Laws

ARTICLE VII. AMENDMENT

These By-Laws may be amended by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the current Board of Officers, provided the amendment has been distributed in writing to the Officers at least two weeks in advance of the meeting at which the amendment will be considered.

 

 

 

 

 

These By-Laws were approved on: ____June 29, 2011_____________________________

 

Affirmed by: ______________________________ And by: ________________________________

Name: Renee Georg Name: Anne L. Henry

AKCA Title: President AKCA Title: Vice President

 

Affirmed by: ______________________________ And by: ________________________________

Name: Debra Preston Russ Name: Keith Cates

AKCA Title: Treasurer AKCA Title: Web Manager

 

Affirmed by: ______________________________ And by: ________________________________

Name: Kurtis Walton Name: Deborah Stamm

AKCA Title: Member AKCA Title: Member