Montana Dental Association Montana Dental Association

Constitution

Amendments, Article XI
Board of Directors, Article V
Component Societies, Article IV
Council on Dental Health, Article IX
Election of Officers, Article VIII
Enactment, Article XII
Executive Committee, Article VI
Membership, Article III
Mission Statement, Article II
Name, Article I
Officers, Article VII
Standing Committees, Article X

Bylaws

Amendments, Article XXIII
Appropriations, Article IX
Assessments, Article VII
Code of Ethics, Article XXII
Credentials to Delegates, Article XIII
Dues, Article VI
Duties of Board of Directors, Article I
Duties of Council on Dental Health, Article IV
Duties of Executive Committee, Article II
Duties of Officers, Article III
Duties of Standing Committees, Article V
Expulsion, Article XVI
Funds, Article VIII
Indemnification, Article XXV
Loss of Rights and Privileges, Article XVII
Nominations to board of Dentistry, Article XXI
Order of business, General Assembly, Article XX
Principles of Judicial Procedure, Article XIV
Quorum, Article X
Reinstatement, Article XVIII
Resignation, Article XIX
Rules of Order, Article XXIV
Seal, Article XII
Special Meetings, Article XI
Suspension, Article XV

 

CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE I - NAME

Section 1 - This organization shall be known as the "Montana Dental Association."

Section 2 - This organization is a constituent of the American Dental Association, having declared its allegiance to said American Dental Association, and having agreed to the formation and perpetuation of its House of Delegates.

ARTICLE II - MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Montana Dental Association is to represent the interests of the members of the dental profession and promote the art and science of dentistry to improve the health of Montanans.

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 - Members of this Association shall be classified as Active, Associate Dentist, Retired, Service, Honorary, Life, or Student.

Section 2 - ACTIVE MEMBERS shall consist of reputable dentists who are legally and ethically practicing their profession in the State of Montana and who have been elected to membership by and are good standing in a component dental society. 

Section 3 - RETIRED MEMBERS shall consist of those dentists (1) who through illness or disability are unable to engage in the active practice of dentistry; (2) who have retired from the active practice of dentistry; or (3) who no longer earn income from the performance of service as a member of the faculty of a dental school, as a dental administrator or consultant, or as a practitioner of any activity for which a license to practice dentistry is required by the state, U.S. government, or U.S. government dependency, provided such retired members were active members in good standing at the time of their  retirement or discontinuance of practice. A member may be classified as retired upon application to the executive director and upon proof of qualification. To qualify for retired status, the active member shall submit a fully verified American Dental Association affidavit for retired membership.  Maintenance of retired membership in good standing in the member's component society and the Montana Dental Association shall entitle the retired member to most privileges of an active member. 

Section 4 - SERVICE MEMBERS shall be those active members of this Association who have been inducted into active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States.

Section 5 - HONORARY MEMBERS shall consist of persons who have made some valuable contribution to the science or art of dentistry or have rendered important services to the profession.

Section 6 - LIFE MEMBERS - A member in good standing who has been an active and/or retired member in good standing for thirty (30) consecutive years or a total of forty (40) years of active membership, having attained the age of sixty-five (65) years shall be automatically notified as to eligibility as a life member in the Montana Dental Association. Such applicant must be a member in good standing at the time of classification as a life member.

Section 7 - STUDENT MEMBERS - (1) A student enrolled at a dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and a member in good standing with the American   Student Dental Association (ASDA) may become a member of the Montana Dental Association upon application and payment of dues. (2) A dentist may also be classified as a student member if engaged full time in an advance training course or a residency provided that the advanced training course or residency is at least one academic year's duration in a specialty area recognized by the American Dental Association and accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. A dentist engaged full time in an advanced training course in the field of dentistry of not less than one academic year's duration in an accredited school or residency program in a discipline neither recognized by the American Dental Association nor accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation may apply for membership as a student member and the Board of Directors will determine whether to admit the dentist as a student member. (3) A dentist who was an active member but subsequently becomes a student member, shall be entitled to have the year or years of such subsequent membership counted as active membership for the sole purpose of establishing possible later eligibility for life membership.

Section 8 - ASSOCIATE DENTIST MEMBERS - Associate dentist members shall be those dentists who are legally and ethically practicing their profession outside the State of Montana and are members in good standing of the American Dental Association and the appropriate component and constituent societies of a U.S. state other than the component and constituent societies in Montana.

ARTICLE IV - COMPONENT SOCIETIES

Section 1 -The State of Montana shall be divided into ten component dental societies as follows:
No. 1 - Lincoln and Flathead Counties and the northern portion of Lake County in which is located the city of Polson. This district shall also include Glacier National Park.
No. 2 - Sanders, Mineral, Ravalli and Missoula Counties, the northern portion of Powell County, and the southern portion of Lake County in which is located the City of Ronan.
No. 3 - Silver Bow, Jefferson, Beaverhead, Madison, Granite, Deer Lodge Counties and the southern portion of Powell County In which is located the City of Deer Lodge.
No. 4 - Glacier, Toole, Pondera, Teton, Choteau and Cascade Counties.
No.  5 - Lewis & Clark, Meagher and Broadwater Counties.
No.  6 - Gallatin, Park and Sweet Grass Counties.
No.  7 - Blaine, Hill, Liberty and Phillips Counties.
No. 8 - Judith Basin, Fergus, Petroleum, Wheatland and Golden Valley Counties.
No.  9 - Stillwater, Carbon, Musselshell, Yellowstone and Big Horn Counties.
No. 10 - Garfield, McCone, Richland, Treasure, Rosebud, Custer, Prairie, Dawson, Wibaux, Fallon, Powder River, Carter, Valley, Daniels, Sheridan and Roosevelt Counties.

Section 2 - The April meeting of each component dental society shall be the annual meeting of that society at which time the officers shall be elected, to be installed the following May. The secretary of each component dental society shall immediately report to the Central Office of the Association the results of the election.

Section 3 - Each component dental society of this Association shall determine the eligibility of dentists within its jurisdiction for membership in this Association and the American Dental Association. All applications for membership shall be acted upon by the governing body of the component dental society. Upon election to membership in a component dental society by its governing body such member shall automatically become a member of this Association and the American Dental Association and shall maintain membership In good standing upon payment of dues and assessments, if any, for membership in each association as determined by the respective governing bodies.

Section 4 - A dentist is eligible for membership in an adjacent component dental society, if approved by the new component society.

ARTICLE V - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1 - (1) The management of this Association shall be vested in a Board of Directors consisting of eleven members. (2) Members include: (a) one representative from each component dental society who shall serve for a term of three years; (b) one representative who graduated from dental school within three years prior to application for appointment to the Board and who is selected by the remaining members of the Board to serve for a term of one year. To the extent practicable this director shall be rotated among the component dental societies. (3) A representative is not eligible for election for more than two consecutive terms.

Section 2 - No member of the Board of Directors shall be represented by proxy. If a member of the Board of Directors is unable to attend an regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors, the component dental society concerned may appoint one of its members to serve as its representative at such meeting, and the secretary of the component dental society concerned or the member of the Board shall notify the Executive Director of this Association of the name of the alternate representative. If the duly elected representative of any component dental society on the Board of Directors or his/her authorized alternate be absent, that component dental society shall have no representation upon the Board of Directors at such meeting.

Section 3 - Delegates-at-large shall serve as advisory members of the Board of Directors without the right to vote.

ARTICLE VI - EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee shall consist of the President/Alternate Delegate, who shall serve as chairperson of this committee, the President-Elect, the Vice-President, the Secretary-Treasurer, and the immediate Past President. Delegates-at-large shall serve as advisory members of the Executive Committee without the right to vote.

ARTICLE VII - OFFICERS

Section 1 -The officers of this Association shall be a President, a President Elect, a Vice-President, a Secretary-Treasurer, and immediate Past President.  The term of the Secretary-Treasurer shall be three (3) years.  An officer must be domiciled in and maintain the officer's primary residence within the state of Montana during the officer's term in office.

Section 2 - A second Alternate Delegate may be nominated by the President from members of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, or membership at large, in that order. 

Section 3 - Candidates for these offices, except for the Alternate Delegate, must be members who have served a full three year term as director, or who by their efforts on behalf of the Association over a like period of time have demonstrated beyond question their ability to act as an officer and who shall have been an active member of this Association in the private practice of dentistry in Montana for at least five years preceding his/her nomination.

ARTICLE VIII - ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Section 1 - Officers of this Association shall be elected in the order named in Article VII, Section 1 of the Constitution.

Section 2 - Election of officers of this Association and Delegates/Alternate Delegates to the American Dental Association shall be on the floor of the General Assembly in the annual session meeting. Voting shall be by ballot unless otherwise provided.

Section 3- Nomination for officers shall be in accordance with Article I, Section 2 of the Bylaws.

ARTICLE IX - COUNCIL ON DENTAL HEALTH AND HEALTH PLANNING

The Council on Dental Health and Health Planning shall consist of six members, each of whom shall be appointed for a three-year term by the Executive Committee.  Terms shall be staggered.  A member is not eligible for appointment for more than two consecutive terms.  One member of the Council shall be elected by the Council to serve as chair.

ARTICLE X - STANDING COMMITTEES

All Standing Committees shall be appointed by the Executive Committee, unless otherwise stated in this Constitution.  All committees shall be rotating committees, unless otherwise stated in this Constitution. The chairperson of each committee shall be elected by the other members of the committee.

Section 1 - ETHICS AND PEER REVIEW COMMITTEE - The Ethics and Peer Review Committee shall consist of six (6) members. The Secretary/Treasurer of this Association shall serve as an advisory member without the right to vote. Two (2) members shall be appointed each year to serve a three-year term.

Section 2 - GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE - The Government Affairs Committee shall consist of six (6) members. The committee members shall consist of the state MoDePAC Chairperson, the two (2) MDA officers who will serve as MDA Presidents during their respective legislative years, and three (3) MDA members from the Helena area. The three members serving from the Helena area will be appointed on a rotating basis for three-year terms.

Section 3 - DENTAL BENEFITS COMMITTEE - The Dental Benefits Committee shall consist of five (5) members.  Appointment shall be for three-year terms with a 2-2-1 rotation. The President-Elect of this Association shall serve as an advisory member without the right to vote.

Section 4 - CONTINUING EDUCATION COMMITTEE - The Continuing Education Committee shall consist of five (5) members. Appointment shall be for three-year terms with a 2-2-1 rotation. The Vice President of this Association shall serve as an advisory member without the right to vote.

Section 5 - CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS AND NOMINATING COMMITTEE - The Constitution & Bylaws and Nominating Committee shall consist of the three (3) Immediate Past Presidents of this Association. The first Immediate Past President shall serve as chairperson of this committee.

Section 6 - INSURANCE COMMITTEE - The Insurance Committee shall consist of five (5) members. Appointment shall be for three-year terms with a 2-2-1 rotation. The Vice-President of this Association shall serve as an advisory member without the right to vote.

Section 7 - ANNUAL SESSIONS COMMITTEE - The Annual Sessions Committee shall consist of the local arrangements chairpersons of the immediate past annual session, as well as the current and assigned future annual sessions, the Executive Director, the CE Committee Chairperson and the President and President-Elect of this Association. The Executive Director will serve as chairperson.

Section 8 - FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE - The Financial Oversight Committee shall consist of five (5) members. The Committee shall meet at least three times each year.  Appointment shall be for three-year terms with a  1-2-2 rotation. The President, President-Elect, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer of this Association shall serve as advisory members without the right to vote.

Section 9 – TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE – The Technology Committee shall consist of six (6) members who are appointed for three year terms.  Terms shall be staggered.  A member is not eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms.

Section 10 - COMMITTEE ON THE NEW DENTIST - The Committee on the New Dentist shall consist of no more than one new dentist representative from each component dental society, and one (1) member of the Executive Committee, who shall serve as an advisory member without the right to vote. Committee members' term of office is three years, and a member may serve up to two terms. To serve on this committee as a representative of a component the member must be a new dentist at the time of initial appointment. Committee officers include a chairperson and vice chairperson/secretary. The chairperson is appointed by the Association president and serves a two-year term. At a meeting held in conjunction with the Association Annual Meeting, the committee shall select one member to serve as vice-chairperson/secretary for a one-year term.

Section 11 - HEALTH AND WELL-BEING COMMITTEE. The Health and Well-Being Committee shall consist of seven (7) members, including one who has practiced dentistry for five or fewer years.  The President-Elect of this Association shall serve as an advisory member without the right to vote.  Members shall serve on a rotating basis for three-year terms.

ARTICLE XI - AMENDMENTS

All motions to amend this Constitution shall be submitted to the membership in writing at least thirty (30) days before the Annual Meeting, at which time a two-thirds (2/3) favorable vote of those present shall be necessary to adopt; such amendments may be adopted at the session when so offered.

ARTICLE XII - ENACTMENT

The Constitution shall take effect and be in force from and after passage and all constitutions previously in force are hereby revoked.

 

 

BYLAWS

ARTICLE I - DUTIES OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1 - The management of this Association shall be vested in a Board of Directors and all other duties not otherwise provided for shall  be performed by it.

Section 2 -The Board of Directors shall bring before this Association, in General Assembly, nominations for the offices of President, President Elect, Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer.  Active members of this Association may make further nominations from the floor of the General Assembly after the nominations of the Board of Directors have been placed.

Section 3 -The Board of Directors shall determine the time and place of each annual meeting.

Section 4 - The Board of Directors shall be the final Court of Appeals.

Section 5- The President shall be the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and shall attend all Board of Directors meetings with voting privileges as detailed in Article 111, Section I. The Secretary-Treasurer of the Association shall be the secretary to the Board of Directors throughout his/her term of office. All Board of Directors meetings shall be       attended by the President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary- Treasurer, Immediate Past President, and the Delegates-at-large; however, these members shall be without the right of vote.

Section 6 -The Board of Directors shall review and approve the annual budget of this Association.

Section 7 - The Board of Directors shall meet at least twice each year and shall determine the time and place of its sessions.

Section 8 - The Board of Directors shall have the power and duty to select the mode of management and the personnel required to operate the Central Office.

Section 9 -The Board of Directors, in conjunction with the Executive Committee shall have the responsibility to establish goals, objectives, and policies for the Association.

ARTICLE II- DUTIES OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee shall act in the capacity of the Board of Directors when that body is not in session, except as otherwise provided. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to appoint all Standing Committees. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to meet prior to the ADA Eleventh District Caucus meeting. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to review the management of the Central Office and review a budget for each calendar year.

ARTICLE III- DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS

Section 1- No officer shall have the right to vote at the meetings of the Board of Directors.

Section 2- The PRESIDENT shall preside at all meetings of this Association and of the Board of Directors and shall serve as Chairperson of the Executive Committee. The President, in conjunction with the Secretary, shall certify all official acts of this Association. The President, in consort with other members of the Executive Committee, shall appoint all    special committees, and shall perform such other duties as usually pertain to that office. In addition, the President shall serve as Secretary to the Delegation during the annual ADA House of Delegates.

Section 3 - In the absence of the President, the PRESIDENT-ELECT shall preside and shall assume all duties and responsibilities of the President. The President-Elect shall supervise and coordinate the activities of all councils and committees of the Association.  The VICE PRESIDENT, who shall serve as an assistant to the President and President Elect, shall assist in the organization of component dental societies within the State and shall act as a liaison between this Association and the component dental societies. The Vice President may visit annually each component dental society upon request and shall be reimbursed for his/her  expenses by the component dental society. The Vice President shall be the parliamentarian of this Association.

Section 5- The SECRETARY TREASURER shall oversee the operation of the Central Office including but not necessarily limited to the following: The engagement of all necessary  employees, except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws; The certification of all official acts of the Association, in    conjunction with the President; The  recording and preparation of reports to be kept in the files of the Association; The proper receipt, expenditure, and accounting of all monies of the Association; The engagement of a certified public accountant for an annual review of the accounts of the Association; The presentation of a detailed financial report to the Board of Directors at each annual meeting, or when so requested by the President; The successful transfer of funds, books, papers, minutes, and other Association properties whenever a change in personnel shall make such transfer necessary; The responsibility for any Association properties not otherwise mentioned; and The proper disposal of receipts, vouchers, and checks over five years old.

ARTICLE IV - DUTIES OF COUNCIL ON DENTAL HEALTH AND HEALTH PLANNING

The Council on Dental Health and Health planning shall formulate plans and recommended policies concerning activities related to dental health and preventive dentistry. It shall assist component societies, dental public health and other agencies in dental health affairs in planning resources and facilities for preventive dentistry and community health programs and to monitor and evaluate such programs. It shall also cooperate with other public interest organizations in undertaking dental health initiatives at the State and local level.

ARTICLE V. DUTIES OF STANDING COMMITTEES

Section 1 – The chair of each standing committee and council shall ensure that written minutes of each committee and council meeting are recorded and preserved in the association’s files.

Section 2 - Duties of standing committees of the Association shall be as follows but these Bylaws shall not preclude the possibility of other duties as assigned by the Executive    Committee or Board of Directors:

  1. ETHICS AND PEER REVIEW COMMITTEE. Ethics: The Committee shall receive all complaints of infractions of the Code of Ethics and make a diligent canvass of such     complaints and any other irregularities of practice, and report the findings and recommendations to the Board of Directors for final action. Peer Review: The Committee shall act upon requests by patients, dentists, or third party carriers on matters within their function and scope concerning, but not limited to, fees, utilization and quality of care. It shall be obligatory for a member of this Association to appear before the Peer Review Committees when summoned to do so, and to file a report in answer to a complaint when requested.   Decisions shall be binding upon members and failure to comply with their directives shall be considered a violation of these bylaws, subject to disciplinary proceedings.
  2. GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE.  The Government Affairs Committee shall study and develop recommendations on legislation and policy of state and national governments related to dentistry.  The committee shall actively lobby and organize the membership to effectively support the positions of the MDA before government legislatures and agencies.  It shall be the responsibility of this Committee to bring legislative issues before the Board of Directors for   policy decisions. This Committee shall report annually to the General Assembly of this Association any work accomplished and any legislative measures it deems of benefit to the people of the State of Montana and to this Association.
  3. DENTAL BENEFITS COMMITTEE. The duties of the Dental Benefits Committee shall be to formulate and recommend policies relating to the planning, administration and financing of dental benefits; to study evaluate and disseminate information on the planning, administration and financing of these programs; and to assist the component societies and other agencies of said programs.
  4. CONTINUING EDUCATION COMMITTEE. The Continuing Education Committee shall encourage further scientific study among the members of the Association. It shall develop and revise, as needed, guidelines for the performance of its duties. It shall organize and arrange scientific educational programs for the members statewide, and shall be available, on request, to help with such organization and arrangement at the component level and for the Montana Dental Association meetings. It shall monitor the affiliation with the ADA Continuing Education Registry. It shall monitor establishment of any continuing dental education approval or credentialing program. It shall monitor the quality of proposed programs and lectures. It shall work with appropriate committees to promote and insure quality control for dental services in Montana.
  5. CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS AND NOMINATING COMMITTEE. The Constitution & Bylaws and Nominating Committee shall propose such amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws of this Association, as it deems necessary and desirable. It shall submit its recommendations for the revision of these instruments to the Board of Directors for consideration after which they shall be submitted to the General Assembly for adoption In accordance with Article XI of the Constitution and Article XXIII of the Bylaws. It shall be the duty of this Committee to present to the Board of Directors at its meeting immediately preceding the Annual Session, a nominee or nominees for each of the elective offices of the Association and for the positions for Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the American Dental Association. After consideration by the Directors, these nominees, or others of the Directors' selection, shall be referred to the General Assembly at the Annual Meeting for election.
  6. INSURANCE COMMITTEE. The Insurance Committee shall study all proposals that this Association sponsor any plan of group life, health and accident or similar insurance program for the membership upon such proposals to the Board of Directors. It shall also serve in a liaison capacity with the underwriters of any insurance program sponsored by the Association and shall endeavor, when feasible, to improve such insurance.
  7. ANNUAL SESSIONS COMMITTEE. The duty of the Annual Sessions Committee shall be to meet immediately following the current year's annual session or prior to the fall meeting of the Board of Directors for the purpose of performing an informal critique of the current year's annual session, and to offer suggestions for improvement or enhancement to the annual session scheduled for the following year.
  8. FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. The duties for this committee will require that meetings be held either in person or by teleconference prior to the scheduled fall and spring meetings of the Board of Directors, or as often as it is deemed necessary to allow input of the committee to the budget process and facilitate a report to the Board of Directors at its fall and spring meetings. This committee shall review the fiscal position of the Association to include budget, bookkeeping, investments, financial solvency both present and future, as well as the overall management of the Association and its Central Office. It will be the duty of this committee to furnish a report to the Board of Directors after each meeting of the committee before the next meeting of the Board.
  9.  TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE.  The Technology Committee shall formulate plans, provide resources, and coordinate activities to utilize technology to promote the image of dentistry to dentists, allied health professions and the general public.  It shall work to provide public education through the use of these technologies.  In addition, it will work to use technologies to improve communication among MDA members to serve social and professional needs.
  10. COMMITTEE ON THE NEW DENTIST. The duties of the Committee on the New Dentist shall be to formulate and propose practical and feasible activities relating to assisting the new dentist in making the transition to active membership and participation in organized dentistry; to provide insight into the perspective, trends, needs, interest, and issues of new dentists in the State of Montana; to assist the component societies and Association in membership recruitment and retention activities for new dentists; and identify the needs and concerns of new graduate dentists and make recommendations for any programs to assist with their transition to practice. The duties will require that committee meetings be held twice a year in person or be teleconference. It will be the duty of this committee to furnish a report to the Board of Directors after each meeting of the committee before the next meeting of the board.
  11. HEALTH AND WELL-BEING COMMITTEE. The Health and Well-Being Committee shall recommend policies, formulate programs, and conduct activities to preserve and improve the health and wellness of the Association's members.

ARTICLE VI -DUES

Section 1 -ALL DUES FOR MEMBERSHIP shall be for the calendar year. Dues and assessments for all members of a component may be collected at either the component or the constituent level. If billing and dues collection is to be done at the component level, arrangements must be made with the MDA Secretary- Treasurer by written request of the governing body of said component by October 1 of each year. Current component dues and assessments, if any, collected by the Montana Dental Association Central Office shall be returned to the component treasurer each month with a current list of paid membership. Arrangements for advance payment of dues may be made with the Montana Dental Association Central Office.

Section 2 - ACTIVE MEMBERS. The annual dues of active members shall be $405.  Two dollars ($2) of each members dues collected by Montana Dental Association shall be forwarded to the ADA Relief Fund.  Members elected to active membership in this Association for the first time or reinstated after a lapse in membership of a minimum period of one year and who are elected after July I shall pay one-half (1/2) the current annual dues; and who are elected after October I shall pay one quarter (1/4) of the current annual dues. All dues for active membership shall become payable January I. An active member whose dues have not been paid by March 31 of the current year shall cease to be a member of the Association. These members shall be notified by registered or certified mail by the Executive Director of the Montana Dental Association apprizing them of their loss of membership and of Article XVII of the Montana Dental Association Bylaws, Reinstatement.

Section 3 - STUDENT MEMBERS of the Montana Dental   Association as described in the Montana Dental Association Constitution shall remit $5 annual dues for membership in the Montana Dental Association. In addition, ASDA dues must have been paid so that the individual is a member in good standing with the ASDA. A dentist who accepts classification as a student member will again commence payment of dues for active membership upon completion of such program at the next period-in-time levied for dues payment.

Section 4 - NEW GRADUATE MEMBERS of the Association shall not be required to remit dues to this Association for the balance of the year of their graduation. During subsequent years their dues shall be reduced by the same percentage as provided in current ADA policy.

Section 5 - HONORARY MEMBERS shall not be required to remit the usual dues for membership of this Association.  

Section 6 - LIFE MEMBERS of the Montana Dental Association who receive any monetary income from the practice of dentistry shall be required to pay one-half (1/2) dues. Non-practicing Life Members pay no dues.

Section 7 - SERVICE MEMBERS. The dues of members of this Association called to active duty shall be waived. The regular membership dues shall again become payable January I following their discharge from the military service.

Section 8 - RETIRED MEMBERS shall not be required to remit the usual dues for membership in this Association and shall not be eligible to vote or hold office.

Section 9 - ASSOCIATE DENTIST MEMBERS shall be required to remit only one quarter (1/4) of the annual active member dues which shall not include any assessments required of active members. Associate dentist members are not eligible to vote on the levying of assessments or hold office.

Section 10 - FINANCIAL HARDSHIP. Upon approval of the Executive Director and the component president, members who have suffered a significant financial hardship that prohibits them from payment of their full dues may be excused from the payment of that percentage of MDA and component dues allowed by the ADA.

ARTICLE VII - ASSESSMENTS

Section 1 - The Board of Directors, in case of emergency may, by two- thirds (2/3) majority vote, levy an assessment against the members of this Association. During no calendar year shall the assessment exceed fifty percent (50%) of the annual individual dues for active membership.

ARTICLE VIII - FUNDS

Section 1 -THE FUNDS OF THIS ASSOCIATION shall be kept in a bank designated by the Secretary-Treasurer in the name of the "Montana Dental Association."

ARTICLE IX - APPROPRIATIONS

Section 1 - THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS shall authorize and approve payment of all claims against this Association not   included in the annual budget.

ARTICLE X - QUORUM

Section 1 - THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS - A majority of the members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at a meeting of the Board of  Directors.

Section 2- GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS - Ten percent (10%) of the general membership shall constitute a quorum at the general meeting of the Association. The general membership shall be defined as all active members and new graduate members of the organization.

ARTICLE XI - SPECIAL MEETINGS

Section 1 - Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President/Alternate Delegate or upon the request of a majority of the members of the Board of Directors, provided that adequate notice be given to all members of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE XII - SEAL

Section 1 - THIS ASSOCIATION shall use one common seal with such device and inscription as may be agreed upon.

ARTICLE XIII -CREDENTIALS TO DELEGATES

Section 1 - DELEGATES AND ALTERNATE DELEGATES shall be elected as per Article VIII; Section 2 of the Constitution of this Association. Delegates shall consist of two (2) Delegates-at-large, elected for three (3) year terms, and Delegates and Alternate Delegates determined as per Article VII, Section 1 of the Constitution of this Association.

Section 2- THE PRESIDENT and the Secretary-Treasurer shall issue credentials to the elected Delegates. If the Delegates find it impossible to attend the meeting of the House of Delegates of the American Dental Association, the President and the Secretary-Treasurer shall issue credentials to Alternate Delegates. All such credentials shall be signed by the Secretary-Treasurer and shall bear the imprint of the Official Seal of this Association.

ARTICLE XIV - PRINCIPLES OF JUDICIAL PROCEDURE

The Principles of Judicial Procedure of the Montana Dental Association including disciplinary penalties, disciplinary proceedings appeals and noncompliance shall follow and comply with those of the American Dental Association.

ARTICLE XV - SUSPENSION

Any member may be suspended by the Board of Directors. Suspension shall require a three-fourths (3/4) majority vote of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE XVI -EXPULSION

Section 1 -THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS may expel, upon petition by the governing body of the component dental society concerned, any member of this Association for good and sufficient cause. A three-fourths (3/4) majority vote of the Board of Directors shall be necessary for expulsion. Any member of this Association who has been expelled for cause maybe reinstated upon a three-fourths (3/4) majority vote of the Board of Directors provided his/her reinstatement is recommended to the Board of Directors by the governing body of the component dental society in which such member resides and/or practices.

Section 2 - ALL COMPLAINTS MUST BE SUBMITTED to the Secretary- Treasurer at least thirty days (30) days prior to the meeting at which such complaint is to be considered. The Secretary- Treasurer inform in writing the person so accused so that he/she may make a defense if he/she so desires.

ARTICLE XVII -LOSS OF RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES

Section 1 - NO LICENSED DENTIST who is under sentence of suspension or expulsion from this Association or who is  delinquent shall be entitled to any of the rights and privileges of membership in the Association, nor shall be permitted to participate in any of its proceedings until by proper procedure his/her privileges have been restored.

ARTICLE XVIII -REINSTATEMENT

Section 1 - ANY LICENSED DENTIST who has forfeited membership because of nonpayment of dues shall be eligible for reinstatement upon filing a new application for membership with the secretary of the component dental society and may be reinstated as a member of this Association and the American Dental Association upon election to membership by the governing body of the component dental society in which the applicant resides and/or practices and upon payment of dues and assessments, if any for the current year.

Section 2 - Any licensed dentist suspended by the Board of Directors may be reinstated by a three-quarter (3/4) majority vote of the Board of Directors provided his/her reinstatement is recommended to the Board of Directors provided his/her reinstatement is recommended to the Board of Directors by the governing body of the component dental society in which such member resides and/or practices.

ARTICLE XIX - RESIGNATION

Section 1 - ANY MEMBER not financially in arrears and in good standing may, upon written application to the Secretary- Treasurer, resign his/her membership in this Association.

ARTICLE XX -ORDER OF BUSINESS OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  1. Call to order by presiding officer
  2. Address of welcome
  3. Address by president/Alternate Delegate
  4. Reading of the minutes of the previous meeting
  5. Report of the Board of Directors
  6. Unfinished business
  7. New business
  8. Election of and installation of officers
  9. Adjournment

ARTICLE XXI -NOMINATIONS TO BOARD OF DENTISTRY

Section 1 - Each component dental society may submit, annually, to the MDA, the name of one or two of its members for nomination for suggested appointment to the Board of        Dentistry. Each year the Board of Directors shall annually select no more than three nominees for presentation to the Governor of the State of Montana for his/her consideration for appointment. No component of the MDA shall present the names of nominees other than those selected by the Board of Directors of the MDA to the Governor. No name shall be placed for nomination of a member who has previously served two terms on the Board of Dentistry. Candidates must be members of the Montana Dental Association.

ARTICLE XXII - CODE OF ETHICS

Section 1 -THE PRINCIPLES OF ETHICS of the American Dental Association shall constitute the Code of Ethics of this Association to govern the conduct of its members.

ARTICLE XXIII - AMENDMENTS

Section 1 - ALL MOTIONS TO AMEND THESE BYLAWS shall be submitted to the membership in writing at least thirty (30) days before the annual meeting, at which time a two-thirds (2/3) favorable vote of those present shall be necessary to adopt; such amendments may be adopted at the session when so offered.

ARTICLE XXIV -RULES OF ORDER

Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure shall govern the deliberations of this Association in all cases in which they are applicable and consistent with these Bylaws.

ARTICLE XXV -INDEMNIFICATION

Section 1 - Each officer, council member, committee member, employee, and other agent of the Association shall be held harmless and indemnified by the Association against all claims and liabilities and all costs and expenses, including attorney's fees reasonably incurred or imposed upon him/her in connection with or resulting from any action, suit or proceeding, or the settlement or compromise thereof, to which he/she may be made a party by reason of any action taken or omitted to be taken by him/ her as an officer, council member, committee member, employee, or agent of the Association, in good faith. This right of indemnification shall inure to such person whether or not he/she is an officer, council member, committee member, employee, or agent at the time such liabilities, costs or expenses are imposed or incurred and, in the event of his/her death, shall extend to his/her legal representatives. To the extent available, the Association shall insure against any potential Directors by the governing body of the component dental society in which such member resides and/or practices.

 

Montana Dental Association
38 South Last Chance Gulch, Ste. 205
P.O. Box 1154
Helena, Montana 59624

E-Mail:
800-257-4988 (In Montana only)
406-443-2061 (in the Helena area)
Fax: 406-443-1546