38 1. Formation
(a) Chapters may be formed upon formal application with the approval of the Executive Committee of the OFPN.
(b) The minimum number required to establish or maintain the Chapter shall be 10 members.
(c) Chapters shall have objectives and bylaws compatible with those of the affiliate group.
The Executive Committee may, if it considers it in the best interests of the Chapter to do so, dissolve any Chapter if:
(a) such a Chapter ceases at any time to have the minimum number of members of the group therein; or
(b) the majority of the Chapter members of such a Chapter has indicated in writing to the Executive Committee their desire to dissolve the Chapter
3. Area and Name
(a) Chapters shall correspond to RNAO regional areas.
(b) the name of such Chapter shall indicate the area they represent.
(a) A fixed per capita refund of membership fees determined annually by the Executive Committee shall be returned to the Chapter.
(b) Upon dissolution of the Chapter, remaining funds shall be returned to the Treasurer of the Ontario group.
(c) There is start-up funding available from the Provincial organization
The group may establish its own executive structure and terms of office. Suggested positions are president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, newsletter, programme, membership, social convener. The OFPN financial/membership year runs November 1 to October 31, and it is a good idea to align with these dates for local terms of office.
Any nurse with an interest in family practice/office nursing/primary care may join the group. OFPN is an associate interest group of the RNAO, and we encourage our members to belong to, and pay their fees through that organization, although it is not required. Membership forms are available from the Executive Committee and may be reproduced for the chapter’s use. OFPN membership fees collected are divided between the Chapter, the Provincial OFPN and the Canadian Family Practice Nurses Association.
The group uses the logo of the OFPN on all of the group’s forms and correspondence. The logo depicts caring hands cradling the family in the world.
OFPN publishes a newsletter at least twice a year in which the Chapter may publish their activities. The Chapter may wish to produce its own newsletters announcing plans. We are in the process of setting up an OFPN website which also may be used.
The Chapter may dissolve if the OFPN Executive Committee deems that the requirements of the bylaws are not being met or the Chapter group requests in writing that the group be dissolved. All remaining funds of the Chapter shall be forwarded to the Provincial Treasurer of OFPN.