CONSTITUTION

THE NEW YORK SOCIETY FOR THORACIC SURGERY

Article I – Name

Section 1. This society shall be known as the New York General Thoracic Surgery Club

Article II – Object

Section 1. The object of this Society shall be to encourage investigations of the physiology and pathology of the thorax and its contents, with particular emphasis on noncardiac thoracic disease. Furthermore, the Society should stimulate the study of the etiology, symptomatology, and treatment of these diseases affecting the thorax and its contents, and should attempt to disseminate such knowledge.

Section 2. The Society shall hold at least two scientific meetings every year in which free discussion shall be emphasized, and shall undertake such other activities as the Society as a whole may decide. The publication of suitable presentations is to be encouraged.

Article III – Membership

Section 1. There shall be four classes of members: Honorary, Senior, Active, and Junior. Admission to the Society shall be by election. Membership shall be limited, the limits on the respective classes to be determined by the By-laws.

Section 2. Election to Active and Honorary membership shall be for life, subject to the provisions of Section 3 following. Active members shall become Senior members at age 65. Senior members shall not pay dues. Granting of Honorary membership shall be determined by the officers of the society, subject to approval of the membership. Honorary members shall not pay dues.

Section 3. Membership may be voluntarily terminated at any time by members in good standing. The officers of the Society, acting as a Board of Censors, may recommend the expulsion of a member on the grounds of moral or professional delinquency, and shall submit his name, together with the grounds of complaint, at any of the regularly convened meetings, after giving the member so accused ample opportunity to appear on his own behalf.

Section 4.Junior membership shall be reserved for physicians training in studies of physiology, pathology, and treatment of diseases affecting the thorax and its contents. Junior members shall be non-voting and exempt from initiation fees, annual dues, and special assessments. Candidacy for Active Membership is expected upon completion of medical training.

Section 4A. A Junior Member has a term limit of 4 years, after which the Junior Member may apply for full active membership or reapply for Junior Membership if still in training.

Section 5. The membership classes shall be expanded to include “Associate” members. This class of membership shall be reserved for non-physicians involved in the studies of physiology, pathology, and treatment of diseases affecting the thorax and its contents. Associate members shall be non-voting and exempt from initiation fees and special assessments. These members shall pay Annual dues at nominal assessment determined by the Council.

Article IV – Officers

Section 1. An Executive Committee of 8 members shall be appointed for a two year period. Nominations for the Executive Committee shall be made by open decree and then subject to a vote of the general membership. There will be only one nomination per Institution. The Executive Committee shall be the governing body of the Society, and shall have full power to act in all matters except the following: (a) They may not alter the initiation fees or annual dues, nor levy any general assessments against the membership, except that they may, in individual cases, remit annual dues or assessments. (b) They may in no way change the Constitution or By-laws. (c) They may neither elect new members nor alter the status of existing members other than to apply to provisions of Article III, Section 2. From within their membership, the Executive Committee shall appoint the officers of the Society, a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary and Treasurer, who shall be subject to approval by the general membership.

Section 2. Officers shall be elected at the executive session of the Spring meeting of the Society and shall take office immediately following this meeting. The President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be appointed for a two year term of office and may be reappointed indefinitely.

Section 3. Vacancies occurring among the Executive Committee or officers during the year shall be temporarily filled by the President, subjected to the approval of the Society at the next regularly convened meeting.

Article V – Committees

Section 1. The Executive Committee is empowered to appoint such Committees as may in their opinion be necessary. All such committees shall render their report at the Executive Session of the Society. Members of committees shall serve for two year periods and shall be then subject to reappointment by the Executive Committee.

Section 2. There shall be a Membership Committee of three persons, the chairperson elected by the President.

Section 3. There shall be a Committee on Constitution and By-laws of three persons, the chairperson elected by the President.

Section 4. There shall be a Committee on Education and Program Planning of three persons, the chairperson elected by the President.

Article VI – Finances

Section 1. The fiscal year of the Society shall extend from January 1 until December 30. . The books shall be kept on this basis.

Section 2. Members shall contribute to the financial maintenance of the Society through the medium of annual dues, and special assessments. The amount of annual dues shall be $50. Special assessments may be charged against members as determined by the By-laws. If, at the end of any fiscal year, there be a deficit in the funds of the Society, the President may direct the Secretary to send out notices to that effect, and assess Active and Associate Members the necessary amount so that no deficit be carried over from one fiscal year to the other. The Society may in any regular convened meeting vote a special assessment for any purpose whatever and such special assessment shall become obligatory against the classes of members affected thereby.

Section 3. To meet the current expenses of the Society, there shall be available all revenue derived from annual dues and special assessments.

Section 4. Active Members and Associate Members who have been delinquent in dues payment for more than two years will be given written notice. If the dues are not paid in a reasonable time as determined by the Vice-President, they will be removed from membership in the society.



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