CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
(Amended May, 2000)
Article I. Name.
shall be known as The American Society for Rickettsiology.
Article II. Purposes.
of this organization shall be:
basic and applied research in all aspects of rickettsiology and rickettsial
exchange of information among American scientists engaged in research
on rickettsiae and rickettsial diseases through periodic meetings and
other devices or instruments as may be appropriate.
recruitment and training of young scientists in rickettsiology and rickettsial
and make recommendations on scientific policy matters pertaining to
rickettsiae and rickettsial diseases as may be desirable or necessary
for the advancement of basic and applied knowledge in this field.
governmental and health agencies, when appropriate, on matters relevant
to rickettsiae and rickettsial diseases.
scientific exchange between American rickettsiologists and their counterparts
in other countries.
in an appropriate manner with other scientific organizations as required
Article III. Membership.
membership. All persons who by their professional work have demonstrated
interest in the objectives of the Society are eligible for regular membership.
A regular member is one who has paid the current dues. Regular members
will be entitled to receive all communications of the Society and to
vote on matters submitted by mail or at the business session of the
membership. The Society may elect to honorary membership such persons
who are deemed deserving of this honor on the basis of contributions
to the fields of interest and endeavor encompassed by the purposes of
this Society. Honorary membership shall be a lifetime membership and
shall not require payment of dues or Conference registration fees.
Article IV. Officers.
of the Society shall be a President, Vice-President and a Secretary-Treasurer.
These officers shall be elected at the business session of each Conference.
They shall take office at the conclusion of the Conference at which
they were elected and shall serve until their successors have been elected
and installed in office. Preferably, the Secretary-Treasurer will be
a member of the organization hosting the Conference.
Article V. Executive Council.
be an Executive Council consisting of elected officers, the immediate
past-President and a Member-at-Large to be elected by the membership
at the time of election of officers. The Council shall serve until the
conclusion of the following Conference. The function of hte Executive
Council will be to conduct the day-to-day business of the Society within
the guidelines set forth in Article II, as well as to conduct the business
meeting of the entire membership to be held at each Conference.
Article VI. Committees.
There shall be a Program Committee responsible for organizing each Conference.
The chair shall be a member of the organization hosting the ensuing
Conference who shall be appointed by the President with approval by
the Executive Council. The chair shall select committee members and
appoint whatever subcommittees deemed necessary to establish a successful
Conference. Nominating. There shall be a Nominating Committee of three
members to be appointed by the President on or before the first day
of the Conference. This committee shall present a slate of candidates
for the officers of the Society and the Executive Council Member-at-Large.
Nominations shall also be solicited from the floor at the Conference
business meeting. Appropriate Ad Hoc committees may be appointed as
needed by the President to report to the Executive Council on special
Article VII. The Conference of the Society.
The Conference shall be held preferably sesquiannually or at least biennially
on dates and places to be selected by the Society upon invitation of
the host organization. Invitations to hold the Conference will be solicited
at least two Conferences in advance, but the actual choice of the next
time and meeting place shall be voted on by the membership at each Conference,
upon recommendation by the Executive Council. Invitations to attend
the Conference shall be issued by the Secretary-Treasurer. Generally,
invitations will be extended only to members or previous members of
the Society and other North Americans who are active in the field of
rickettsiology. However, it is not intended that attendance be restricted
to those invited, or to only those living in North America. Registration
fee. A registration fee shall be paid by each registrant attending the
Conference, honorary members excepted. This fee shall be fixed by the
Executive Council based upon recommendations of the Program Committee
and shall be sufficient to defray expenses incurred by the Conference.
Surplus funds shall be turned over to the succeeding Secretary-Treasurer
to be allocated toward the expenses incurred during the next Conference.
Student fees. Special reduced registration fees may be set by the Executive
Council for interested persons who are clearly in a student status.
Article VIII. Dues.
the succeeding term shall be set by the Executive Council. Dues will
be assessed every 18 months and will be payable upon registration for
the succeeding Conference.
Article IX. Conference Proceedings.
Committee hosting the Conference shall be responsible for editing and
assembling the Proceedings of the Conference. Their distribution to
the membership shall be the responsibility of the Secretary-Treasurer.
The proceedings shall include some or all of the following items:
of all leading papers.
of the business session, including the financial report of the previous
selected by the program committee to present a paper shall furnish a
suitable abstract of this presentation at least one month in advance
of the Conference. From time to time, publication in full of the Conference
proceedings may be desirable. This decision will be made by the Executive
Council acting in concert with the Program Committee based on the recommendation
of the membership at the preceding Conference.
Article X. Distribution of Minutes of Business Meeting
and Copies of Constitution and Bylaws.
of the business meeting shall be prepared and distributed to each member
of the new Executive Council as soon as possible after each Conference
along with a copy of hte constitution and By-Laws currently in effect.
This shall be the duty and responsibility of the immediate past Secretary-Treasurer.
Copies of the current Constitution and By-Laws shall be sent to members
of the Society upon request.
Article XI. Amendments.
and By-Laws of this Society may be amended by vote of two-thirds of
the registrants attending the regular business meeting of the Conference,
with notification of the proposed change to made at least 24 hours,
and preferably several weeks before the said business meeting.