Official Notification of PATH Intl. Annual Meeting and Bylaws Vote





Dear PATH Intl. Member,

This announcement is to inform the PATH Intl. membership of proposed bylaw amendments by the board of trustees and bylaws review committee. These bylaws may be amended by two-thirds majority vote of the voting members present and voting at the PATH Intl. Annual Meeting, that will take place Friday, November 5, 2016 in Williamsburg, VA at 7:30 a.m., provided that full text of the proposed amendments shall have been delivered to each voting member in the notice of the meeting.

There are several bylaws amendments to be voted on at this year's annual meeting. The first four are simple, clarifying changes to articles pertaining to board member nominations and term limits. They are as follows:

1. "Nominations for Trustees shall be made by majority vote of the Board of Trustees, from the slate prepared by the Governance Committee. The nominated Trustees shall be voted upon by the voting members. in accordance with a written policy and procedure of PATH International as the same may be amended from time to time." Article VI-Section 2, second sentence

2. "These additional Trustees shall serve for the remainder of the meeting year, shall be voting members and shall hold office until the next duly constituted annual election. The service of this appointee from the date of appointment through ratification at the annual meeting shall constitute the first year of service of the appointee's term. Article VI-Section 2, last sentence

3. "Board Vacancy - any vacancy existing on in the Board of Trustees or any office, created by the departure, for any reason, of the person currently serving on the Board of Trustees or in any office, may be filled by the Board of Trustees at any regular or special meeting upon recommendation by the President and approval by the board of trustees. The person chosen to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the meeting year, shall be a voting member and shall hold office until the next duly constituted annual election. The service of this appointee from the date of appointment through ratification at the next membership meeting shall constitute the first year of service of the appointee's term." Article VI-Section 12

4. "The governance Committee shall prepare and submit for approval to the Board of Trustees a slate of nominees to serve for vacancies on the Board of Trustees." Article VIII-Section 7, fourth sentence

The fifth item requires a bit more explanation as it pertains to the addition of an article associated with the creation of a credentialing council.

This amendment is driven by the strategic vision, developed with member input, to increase the professionalism of the field and bring a greater legitimacy to PATH Intl. credentials. As part of this goal, PATH Intl. began the trek to applying for NCCA accreditation of the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Certification in order to validate the quality of PATH Intl. standards and certifications.

While certification organizations are rooted in protecting and serving the public, membership organizations serve a select group of individuals or profession. Members join to advance themselves and their profession.

It can be difficult to effectively serve the needs of these two varying populations as PATH Intl. has been doing to date. Therefore, certification organizations need to have the autonomy and independence to focus on serving the public. While some organizations spin off new, separately incorporated certification bodies, PATH Intl. has chosen to keep the credentialing arm of the organization within the current structure. This independent credentialing division within PATH Intl. will have autonomy in running the certification programs. Think of it as a dotted line between the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees and the credentialing arm.

This will certainly require a revision to the current staff and volunteer organizational charts and requires a bylaw change that the membership will vote on at the 2016 PATH Intl. Annual Meeting. These changes can be thought of as building a firewall between the PATH Intl. membership and education programs and the association's certification program to ensure that the certification program is operating with autonomy and in the best interest of the public. To learn why bylaws change votes happen at the annual meeting, click here.

Following is the wording of the amendment addition:



Section 1. Purpose - The purpose of the Credentialing Council is the development and operation of voluntary certification programs for individuals who provide equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs and the development and operation of a voluntary accreditation process to recognize centers.

Section 2. Autonomy - The PATH Intl. Credentialing Council has responsibility for all essential activities of PATH Intl. Certification and Accreditation. Policies and procedures with respect to certification and accreditation will be set by the Credentialing Council. The Credentialing Council will operate independently of the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees or the membership. The Credentialing Council has authority over all certification and accreditation decisions including, but not limited to: establishing eligibility and recertification requirements, establishing policies, disciplinary determinations, exam development, exam administration, exam scoring, and selection of subject-matter experts (SMEs). An annual report to the Board of Trustees will be provided. The Board of Trustees, if it wishes, may appoint a board member as a non-voting liaison to the Credentialing Council. The Council may form work groups, committees, task forces, or appoint liaisons as necessary.

Section 3. Structure - The Credentialing Council functions as a division within PATH Intl. The PATH Intl. Board of Trustees retains general governance authority over the Credentialing Council; however the Credentialing Council functions autonomously with respect to certification and accreditation.

Please click here to see the full PATH Intl. Bylaws with the proposed amendments included for context. If you have questions or comments regarding these amendments and additions, please contact PATH Intl. CEO Kathy Alm.

We look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting on Friday, November 5th in Williamsburg, VA.

Arlene Alen, Chair of the PATH Intl. Bylaws Committee
Julie Broadway, PATH Intl. Board of Trustees President

PATH Intl. Bylaws Committee members:
Scott Carver, Cynthia Joyce, Georgia Bay, Brandan Montminy, Gary Warren



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