Description: TOA Councilor

Term: May 2018 – May 2021

Basic Function:

Serves as a voting member of the Executive Council. 

Responsibilities of the Executive Council as a Whole:

  1. Directs all affairs of the Texas Ophthalmological Association consistent with its policies and bylaws. 
  2. Fills vacancies in any elected office of the Association. Approves nominations for each elected office.
  3. Approves the Association operating budget each fiscal year.
  4. Determines Association positions on legislative, regulatory and judicial matters.
  5. Recruits and retains members. Determines dues amounts for membership categories.  Reviews the action of all Association committees, the Foundation and the Political Action Committee for consistency with short or long-range policy/mission objectives.
  6. Employs and sets compensation for the Executive Director.


Responsibilities of Individual Executive Council Members:

  1. Serves as “an ambassador of goodwill” for the TOA at all times while advancing and implementing the Texas Ophthalmological Association’s mission and general purpose. 
  2. As his/her own expense, attends the three regularly-scheduled Executive Council meetings, usually held on Saturdays in winter, spring and fall. On occasion, an officer may participate via speaker phone. If any officer fails to attend two consecutive regularly-scheduled meetings of the Executive Council, the office shall be declared vacant. 
  3. Participates in specially-called meetings (usually via conference call). 
  4. Serves on standing or ad-hoc committees if appointed. 
  5. Annually reviews the anti-competitive and conflict of interest policies and signs a conflict of interest disclosure form.
  6. Serves as a volunteer and receives no compensation.


Specific Responsibilities of the TOA Councilors:

  1. The Councilors should be Regular Members who are attuned to the needs and expectations of our members, and should be able to articulate those needs to the Executive Council. 
  2. There shall be nine Councilors, each of whom shall serve for a term of three years or until their successors are elected. A Councilor may be re-elected to not more than two consecutive terms on the Council; however, may be re-elected to this position after a period of not less than three years. 
  3. Councilors in their second year of service shall serve on the Nominating Committee.