Bylaws

BYLAWS OF THE FIRST TRUSTEE DISTRICT
OF THE
AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION

Amended October 20, 2013

  1. Composition
    1. In accordance with Chapter IV, Section 30, Bylaws, American Dental Association, the First Trustee District is composed of the following Constituent Societies
      1. Connecticut State Dental Association
      2. Maine Dental Association
      3. Massachusetts Dental Society
      4. New Hampshire Dental Society
      5. Rhode Island Dental Association
      6. Vermont State Dental Society
  1. Purpose


The purpose of the District shall be to represent the interests of the constituent state members within the American Dental Association, and to provide a forum for discussion of statewide and regional issues relating to the profession and oral health – as described below:

  1. To represent the interest of the dental profession of this District at the ADA House of Delegates
  2. To organize and conduct the affairs of the District in an orderly and efficient manner
  3. To strengthen the position of the District in association affairs on all matters pertaining to the profession of dentistry
  4. To receive the report of the First District Trustee
  5. To develop opportunities for discussion about topics relevant to the profession and the district
  6. To provide a Caucus where delegates, alternates, and member constituent societies may present resolutions and other matters for consideration, support or approval
  7. To inform and assist the representatives of the member constituent societies to be more effective in matters before the ADA House of Delegates
  8. To develop strategies and assign speakers to address the ADA House of Delegates on issues of interest to the District
  9. To select by ballot, when required, a nominee for the office of Trustee in accordance with the Bylaws of the American Dental Association, Chapter VII, Board of Trustees, Section 40. Nomination, Sub-section B. Multiple Constituent Districts.
  10. To confirm a Caucus Coordinator in accordance with these Bylaws
  11. The Caucus shall not usurp the authority of the individual constituent society delegations to act on their own behalf. However, in an effort to strengthen the position of the District in national affairs, the Caucus may submit resolutions, amendments to existing resolutions, and/ or take whatever action it deems necessary to promote the positions that best serve the member constituent societies.
  1. Caucus Membership
    1. Active Members
      1. Membership in the caucus with voting privileges as specified in these bylaws shall be defined as and limited to all members of the First Trustee District certified by the American Dental Association as Delegates or Alternate Delegates. Each state shall determine their Delegates and Alternates on an annual basis or as they see fit
    2. Ex-Officio members
      1. The following individuals shall serve as ex-officio members of the caucus with privileges of the floor but without the right to vote or make motions:
        1. Member constituent society officers that are not delegates or alternate delegates and executive directors (chief administrative staff person).
        2. Current ADA officers, council, and committee members
        3. One ASDA member dental student from each of the dental schools within the District.
  1. Meetings of the Caucus
    1. There shall be a minimum of two meetings of the Caucus each year to be held prior to and during the Annual Session of the American Dental Association.
    2. Any additional meetings of the Caucus, as deemed necessary may be called by the Trustee, Caucus Coordinator or a majority of the delegates and alternates of the district.
    3. Electronic conferences are considered meetings of the caucus provided they meet the criteria of these bylaws.
    4. Attendees
      1. The following individuals may attend the caucus:
        1. Invitees of the Trustee or the Caucus Coordinator to present information to the caucus but with no other privileges of the floor. Any member wishing to have a guest address or sit in on the Caucus must have prior approval of the Trustee and/or the Caucus Coordinator.
        2. Other guests by majority vote of the caucus.
  1. Quorum
    1. Two thirds (2/3) of the Seated Delegates (delegates or their designated alternates) of the District shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting.
  1. Voting
    1. All delegates and alternates may vote on all Caucus matters except as stated in the next paragraph.
    2. Only seated delegates will vote on matters pertaining to the Bylaws and in elections of the Caucus.
    3. All votes supporting Caucus action on resolutions will require a majority vote of all delegates and alternates present and voting before endorsement may be made.
    4. Electronic Voting- Unless otherwise restricted by these bylaws, any action required or permitted to be taken by the District may be voted on via electronic method if a majority of the members consent through telephone conference, web conference, fax, mail, or electronic mail. Voting on Caucus and District issues may occur via the above aforementioned methods as long as a quorum is obtained as described in Section V of the bylaws.
  1. Officers
    1. Trustee
  1. Eligibility, Selection, and Term of Office
    1. Any ADA member serving as a Delegate, Alternate Delegate, or Secretary from the member constituent societies is eligible to be Trustee
    2. The Trustee is elected in accordance with Section IX of these Bylaws

2. Duties

The Trustee Shall:

  1. Be The senior officer of the Caucus and the First District of the ADA
  2. Report the business of the ADA at all Caucus meetings
  3. Nominate a Caucus Coordinator in accordance with these Bylaws
  4. Appoint a Secretary/Treasurer, Whip and Deputy Whip
  5. Initiate all calls to the Caucus except as otherwise prescribed in these Bylaws
  6. Make such other appointments or assignments not covered in these Bylaws, as deemed necessary, to conduct the affairs of this Trustee District. Such appointments or assignments shall terminate at the end of the next Annual Session of the ADA
  1. Caucus Coordinator
    1. Eligibility, Selection, and Term of Office
      1. Any ADA member serving as a Delegate, Alternate Delegate, or Secretary from the member constituent societies is eligible to be Caucus Coordinator.
      2. The Caucus Coordinator shall be nominated by the Trustee at the District first preconvention Caucus in odd numbered years and confirmed at a Caucus meeting during the subsequent ADA Annual session by a majority vote of the Seated Delegates present and voting. If the nominee is not confirmed, the Trustee will nominate another person.
      3. The confirmed Caucus Coordinator shall serve a four year term in concurrence with the trustee, beginning at the end of the Annual Session at which selected, or until the successor is confirmed.
    2. Duties
      1. Shall be responsible for the notification of all eligible persons of all scheduled meetings within a reasonable period of time to ensure full participation.
      2. Shall preside over all meetings of the District Caucus.
      3. Shall, in consultation with the Trustee, supervise all correspondence.
      4. Shall, in consultation with the Trustee, make all Reference Committee assignments of Delegates and Alternates and appoint a Chairman to report to the Caucus for each Reference Committee.
      5. Shall appoint a Resolutions Committee, made up of six (6) members including a Chairman, one from each member Constituent Society, to draft and transmit resolutions from the caucus to the Secretary to the House of Delegates.
      6. Shall be present on the floor of the House of Delegates for the entire meeting
  1. Caucus Secretary/Treasurer
    1. Eligibility, Selection, and Term of Office
      1. Any ADA member serving as a Delegate, Alternate Delegate, or Secretary from the member constituent societies is eligible to be Caucus Secretary Treasurer
      2. The Caucus Secretary Treasurer is appointed for a period of one year by the Trustee, in consultation with the Caucus Coordinator.
    2. Duties
  1. Shall work under the direction of the Trustee and/or the Caucus Coordinator and fulfill all duties assigned.
  2. Shall be responsible for credentialing and recording attendance at Caucus meetings.
  3. Shall be responsible for keeping the minutes of all meetings and mailing the appropriate minutes in the call of the meeting.
  4. Shall be responsible for oversight of the collection and expenditure of all monies necessary to affect the business of the Caucus.
  5. Shall render an annual financial report to the Caucus accompanied by an annual audit in accordance with these Bylaws.
  6. Shall deliver Caucus records to the next Secretary/Treasurer at the end of the term of office.
  1. Caucus Whip
  1. Eligibility, Selection, and Term of Office
    1. Any ADA member serving as a Delegate or Alternate Delegate from the member constituent societies is eligible to be Caucus Whip
    2. The Caucus Whip is appointed for a period of one year by the Trustee, in consultation with the Caucus Coordinator.
  1. Duties
  1. Shall work under the direction of the Trustee and/or the Caucus Coordinator and fulfill all duties assigned.
  2. Shall be responsible for assisting the Trustee and Caucus Coordinator in fostering strategic alliances between the District delegation and other delegations of the ADA House of Delegates.
  3. Shall work with the Caucus Coordinator to develop strategies to promote the interests of the district at the ADA House of Delegates
  4. Organize and facilitate testimony and other floor activities for the delegation during the course of reference committee hearings and ADA House of Delegate Sessions.
  5. Shall be responsible for ensuring communication between reference committee chairs and the Caucus Coordinator regarding all resolutions being tracked by the delegation for testimony and/or amendment.
  6. To provide orientation to new first district delegates and alternates at the pre-convention caucus meeting on an annual basis

E. Deputy Caucus Whip

  1. Eligibility, Selection, and Term of Office
    1. Any ADA member serving as a Delegate or Alternate Delegate from the member constituent societies is eligible to be Deputy Caucus Whip
    2. The Deputy Caucus Whip is appointed for a period of one year by the Trustee, in consultation with the Caucus Coordinator.