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Article 1 - Membership

Section 1:  There shall be five categories of membership: Practitioner, Colleague, Patron, Benefactor and Emeritus.

Section 2:  Practitioners are certified by ABTC and/or serve as in the following categories.  A Clinician Practitioner is a professional whose primary responsibilities are directly involved with coordinating the multi-disciplinary approach in the evaluation, treatment and facilitation of the transplant process, research and the follow-up care of those individuals and families receiving organ and/or tissue transplants.  A Procurement Practitioner is a professional whose primary responsibilities are directly involved with coordinating the multi-disciplinary approach for the evaluation, management, recovery and allocation of organs and/or tissue for transplantation.

Section 3:  Non-Clinician Practitioners are individuals whose primary responsibilities are directly involved with donation and transplantation who do not otherwise qualify under Clinician Practitioner, Colleague, Patron, Benefactor or Emeritus status. Refer to the Policy and Procedure Manual for specific examples.

Section 4:  Practitioners may vote in all general elections.  They may hold elected office, including President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Councilor and Councilor at Large.  A practitioner member may chair a committee, workgroup or be a member of any standing committee.  Additional benefits of Practitioner membership are described in the Policy and Procedure Manual.

Section 5:  Colleagues are individuals who do not meet the definition of Practitioner member, but whose interests or efforts can be construed as beneficial to NATCO.  Colleagues may vote in all general elections, and may chair a committee, workgroup or be a member of any standing committee.  Additional benefits of Colleague membership are described in the Policy and Procedure Manual.

Section 6:  Patron members include any individual, corporation, society, institution, partnership or foundation whose interests or efforts can be construed as beneficial to NATCO. This status requires a minimum contribution of $10,000 annually. Any gift that is restricted or conditional must have the approval of the Board of Directors.  Patron members may serve as a member of designated committees or workgroups.  Additional benefits of Patron membership are described in the Policy and Procedure Manual.

Section 7:  Benefactor members include any individual, society, institution, partnership or foundation whose interests or efforts can be construed as beneficial to NATCO. This status requires a minimum contribution of $25,000 annually. Any gift that is restricted or conditional must have the approval of the Board of Directors.  Benefactor members may serve as a member of designated committees or workgroups.  Additional benefits of Benefactor membership are described in the Policy and Procedure Manual.

Section 8:  Emeritus membership is allowed to any individual must be a member for five or more years, retired and over the age of 55. Retired will mean “not currently working in a full-time position” or a member who is 62 years old, still working and has been a member for 10 years or more.  Applicants will be required to to furnish their dates of birth for verification and emeritus status will be current for one year.  The emeritus status must be renewed annually.  Emeritus members may vote in all general elections and chair a committee, workgroup or be a member of any standing committee.  The annual membership fee will be $50 annually, and Emeritus members will receive a $100 reduction in annual meeting registration fee.  Emeritus  status is open to all types of memberships within NATCO.

Section 9:  The Board of Directors shall approve the guidelines by which applicants for membership are considered.

Section 10:  Each membership is personal and non-transferable.

 


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