The Constitution of the the PNF Society of the World
Chapter 1. General Provisions
Article 1. This Association shall be called the PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) Society of the World (hereinafter, called the Society)
Article 2. This Society shall strive to promote the fulfillment and development of academic research on PNF, popularize the traditional PNF approach, endeavor to improve related treatment techniques, and, thereby, contributing to the health and welfare of the general public.
Article 3. The Society shall achieve the purposes provided in the preceding Article, implement ways to promote medical care and welfare in the world through the expertise and skills of PNF and foster basic research,
(2) Clinical research will be encouraged, and an academic publication, the Society Bulletin, will be issued.
Chapter 2. Members
Article 4. The Society shall have the following four types of members.
(1)Regular members will include individuals, such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other persons, who have received recommendations from more than two senior instructors and have been approved by the board of directors.
(2)Student members will include students who are studying to become physical therapists or occupational therapists and who wish to become regular members after becoming qualified therapists.
(3)Supporting members include individuals and corporations who wish to support the Society.
(4)Honorary members include persons who made important contributions to the Society or persons of learning and experience recommended by the board of directors and approved at the general meeting.
Article 5. A person who desires to be a member shall submit an application for admission to the president and obtain approval of the board of directors.
Article 6. A person who desires to be a regular member or supporting member conforms to the following terms.
(1)A regular member and a student member shall pay the appropriate dues.
(2)A supporting member shall pay the appropriate dues decided at the general meeting.
Article 7. If a member desires to withdrawal from the Society, he or she shall notify the president in writing to that effect.
Article 8. If a member falls under any of the following items, he or she may be expelled by three-fourths or more of the votes of the members present at a general meeting.
(1)Failure to pay the required dues for one year or more.
(2)Any act to damage the honor of this Society or to violate the purposes of its establishment. The member shall be given an opportunity to defend his/her act at the general meeting.
Article 9 The dues or other contributions already paid by a withdrawing or expelled member shall not be returned.
Chapter 3. Officers
Article 10. The institute shall have the following officers and establish other officers as necessary.
(1) President: 1 person
(2) Vice presidents: 2 or more persons
(3) Secretary general: 1 person
(4) Educational officer: 1 person
(5) Liaison officer: 1 person
(6) Auditors: 2 persons
(7) Directors: 15 persons or less
Article 11. Officers shall have the following duties
1. The president shall represent this Society and oversee the Society’s business.
2. The vice presidents shall assist the president and, in the case of any accident or absence of the president, shall act on behalf of the president, and if possible, as prescribed by the president in advance.
3. The auditors shall implement the following duties:
(2)Audit the activities of the directors;
(3)Report their findings to the general meeting
(4)If necessary, request a general meeting or a meeting of the board of directors.
Article 12. The officers of this Society shall be regular members. The president,
directors and auditors shall be elected at the general meeting. The vice presidents shall be designated by the president and chosen from the directors.
Article 13. If an officer falls under any of the following conditions, he or she may be removed by two-thirds or more of the votes at a general meeting. The officer being removed shall have an opportunity to defend his/her actions at the general meeting before a resolution is adapted.
(1) If it is found that s/he cannot perform the duties due to physical or mental causes.
(2) If it is found that s/he violated occupational obligations or committed any act which is not suitable for an officer.
Article 14. This Society may have an advisor.
2. The advisor shall be commissioned by the president upon acceptance by the board of directors.
3. The advisor shall give advice to the president in response to the request of the president.
Article 15. Officers shall receive no remuneration; although a full-time officer may receive remuneration.
2. Officers may be compensated for their expenses.
Any matters concerning such accounts shall be distributed separately by the president upon the decision of the general meeting.
Article 16. 1. The Society shall form a secretariat to dispose of its business. The secretariat may have officers who shall be appointed and removed by the president.
2. Any matters concerning the personnel and operation of the secretariat shall be provided separately by the president with the consent from the general meeting.
Chapter 4. Meetings
Article 17. The Society shall hold general meetings and meetings of the board of directors.
Article 18. 1. The general meeting shall be composed of the regular members.
2. The board of directors shall be composed of the president and directors.
Article 19. Except as otherwise provided in this Constitution, the general meeting shall adopt resolutions on the following matters.
(1) Decisions on business plans;
(2) Approval of business reports; and
(3) Other important matters concerning the Society.
Article 20. The general meeting and meeting of the board of directors shall be convened once a year or more.
Article 21. 1. The meeting shall be called by the president.
2. To call a general meeting or a meeting of the board of directors, a notice stating the purpose and details of the meeting, as well as the meeting date and place, shall be given to the members or directors in writing seven days before the meeting.
Article 22. 1. The chairman of the general meeting shall be elected from the attending members of the general meeting.
2. The president shall act as the chairman at the meeting of the board of directors.
Article 23. A meeting may not be opened without the presence of at least half or more of the regular members of the general meeting and half or more of the active directors at a meeting of the board of directors.
Article 24. 1. Except as otherwise provided in this Constitution, a resolution of the general meeting shall be adopted by the consent of the majority of the regular members present and, in case of a tie vote, the chairman shall have the casting vote.
2. A resolution of the board of directors shall be adopted by the consent of the majority of the attending directors and, in case of a tie vote, the chairman shall have the casting vote.
3. The chairman shall not be allowed to participate as a member when a resolution is being decided upon, except to cast a vote in the case of a tie.
Article 25. A member or director who cannot attend a meeting due to any unavoidable reason, he or she may vote in writing or request another member to cast a proxy vote concerning the matters notified in advance. In such a case, he or she shall be deemed to have attended the meeting in accordance with the preceding two Articles.
Article 26. Minutes shall be taken concerning the proceedings of all meetings, giving the following information;
(1) Meeting date and place ;
(2) Number of active regular members and directors ;
(3) Number of regular members and the names of the directors (including the president, vice president, and directors) attending the meeting. (Any persons voting in writing or by proxy must also be recorded) ;
(4) Discussed matters and resolved matters ; and
(5) An outline and results of the proceedings and a summary of opinions expressed.
Article 27. The president may set up a meeting if it is found necessary for performing the business of the Society.
Assets and Accounts
Article 28. The assets of the Society shall be collected from;
(1) Admission fee and dues ;
(2) Donations ;
(3) Revenue from operations ;
(4) Revenue from assets ; and
(5) Other revenue.
Article 29. The assets of the Society shall be controlled by the president in accordance with the method prescribed by the resolution of the board of directors.
Article 30. The expenses of Society shall be paid from the assets.
Article 31. 1. The board of directors shall execute the duties of the Society until the next meeting.
Article 32. Business of the officers shall be as follows;
Directors shall attend meetings of the board of directors and control the departments of which they have been placed in charge.
Article 33. 1. The method of asset management under Article 29 of this Constitution shall be drafted by the secretariat and resolved by the board of directors. The president shall request the persons in charge to manage the assets.
General Meeting President
Board of Directors.
Liaison Secretary of Academics