Hawaii Dermatological Society Constitution & By-Laws

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CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE I

This society shall be known as the Hawaii Dermatological Society.

ARTICLE II

OBJECT

The object of this Society shall be the continuing medical education of its members, the furthering of the interests of dermatology in all its branches, of a fraternal spirit among its members.

ARTICLE III

MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. The membership shall consist of regular, associate, honorary, and affiliate members.

Section 2. Regular Members: Any physician in good standing who has been certified by the American Board of Dermatology as a specialist in dermatology, and resides and is licensed to practice in Hawaii, shall be eligible for regular membership.

Section 3. Associate Members: Any physician who has completed at least three years special training in a recognized training center in dermatology, but who has not completed the other requirements for active membership, shall be eligible for associate membership. Any non-resident of Hawaii who has been certified by the American Board of Dermatology shall be eligible for associate membership. Associate members may attend all meetings but may not vote or hold office.

Section 4. Honorary Members: Any distinguished member of the medical profession may be elected to Honorary Membership. Honorary members shall be exempt from the payment of annual dues.

Section 5. Affiliate Members: Any non-dermatologist who has had at least 2 years of dermatology experience shall be eligible for affiliate membership. Affiliate members shall pay annual dues, attend Society functions and meetings, but cannot hold office or vote.

ARTICLE IV 

ELECTION OF MEMBERS

Proposals of names for regular, associate, honorary or affiliate membership shall be made in writing, seconded by at least one member in good standing and accompanied by a statement of the qualifications of the one proposed; said proposal to be announced to the Society at the first regular meeting thereafter. Election of the active and associate members shall be by ballot. A 2/3 majority vote with at least 1/2 of the Society regular membership voting considered a quorum.

ARTICLE V

OFFICERS: ELECTION AND THEIR DUTIES

Section 1. The officers of this society shall consist of a President, a Vice-President, and a Secretary-Treasurer, who shall be elected from active members only.

Section 2. The election sha1l occur annually at the December meeting of each year.

Section 3. The duties of the President, Vice-President and the Secretary-Treasurer shall be those which customarily revolve upon incumbents of the respective offices. The Immediate Past- President shall serve as Coordinator of The Continuing Medical Education Program.

Section 4. An Executive Committee to conduct the affairs of the Society shall consist of the President, as Chairman, the Immediate Past-President, and the Vice-President, and the Secretary Treasurer. Three shall constitute a quorum.

ARTICLE VI

Section 1. Regular meetings of the Society shall be held monthly on the second Wednesday. The Executive Committee shall decide the place of the meeting. Special meetings may be called by the Executive Committee at any time.

ARTICLE VII

This Constitution may be amended by a vote of three-fourths of the regular members of the Society. All proposed amendments, must be submitted in writing and presented to the members at the next meeting.

BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I

Each regular meeting of the Society shall consist of a scientific session, open to all members and invited guests, and may be followed by a business session of the regular members.

ARTICLE II

One-third of the regular members in good standing shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting.

ARTICLE III

A Continuing Medical Education Committee shall be established with the immediate Past-President as Chairman. It shall be the purpose of this Committee to establish and maintain a program of continuing medical education consistent with criteria established by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association. The Committee shall formulate a budget adequate to fund the costs of this program; said budget to be approved annually by the membership.

ARTICLE IV

The annual dues shall be set by the Executive Committee, subject to approval by the Society. The dues shall be set at a level adequate to fund general expenses and costs of the continuing medical education program. Special assessments may be levied by majority vote at any meeting.

ARTICLE V

Section 1. A regular member absent one year from meetings without valid cause, or failing for the same time to pay dues, shall forfeit membership automatically one month after notification by the Secretary- Treasurer by registered mail, unless within said month a valid excuse is presented or the dues paid.

Section 2. An associate member in arrears for one year's dues, without adequate explanation, shall cease to be a member.

ARTICLE VI

Any member may be expelled for cause by a three-fourths vote of the regular members of the Society.

ARTICLE VII

A regular member in good standing to be entitled to vote, must , pay annual dues and must pay all special assessments not later than three months after annual levying date, which is January 1st of each year.

ARTICLE VIII

At the discretion of the Society, the membership may be limited in number.

ARTICLE IX

Amendments of the By-Laws may be made as provided in Article VII of the Constitution.

ARTICLE X

Election of officers shall be held at the December meeting of each year.

Established 1959 
REVISED SEPTEMBER 1986

Amendments to Hawaii Dermatological Society Constitution and By Laws

Voted on and approved: December 15, 1993

Amend Article 3, Section 5 to Read:

Affiliate Members: Any non-dermatologist physician exhibiting earnest and demonstrated interest in dermatology shall be eligible for affiliate membership. Affiliate members shall pay annual dues, attend Society functions and clinical meetings, but cannot hold office, vote, or attend business meetings.

Voted on and approved: December 12, 2007

Amend Article III, Section 2 to Read:

Section 2. Regular Members: Any physician in good standing who has been certified by the American Board of Dermatology as a specialist in dermatology, and resides and is licensed to practice in Hawaii, shall be eligible for regular membership. As a condition of membership, all new Regular Members agree to serve in an office of the Society if nominated.