NAME AND OBJECTIVES
Section 1. Name. The name of the Society shall be the “New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Inc.” (‘the Society’).
Section 2. Objectives. The objectives of the Society shall be:
Section 1. General Qualifications. Membership is a privilege granted in the Society’s discretion to ethical plastic surgeons with appropriate professional qualifications, who, as a condition to initial membership as well as continuing membership, are members of and comply with the Code of Ethics of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Inc.
Section 2. Classification of Members. Membership in the Society shall consist of five classes:
All diplomats of the American Board of Plastic Surgery residing in a New England state on May 21, 1959, the date of the Society’s incorporation, who have signified a desire to become members shall be considered charter members of the Society and shall comprise the initial active membership of the Society.
Section 3. Active Members. Active members shall be plastic and reconstructive surgeons who are diplomats of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, who are active members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and who reside and/or actively practice in one of the New England states. Active members shall enjoy all privileges of membership, including the right to vote and to hold office, and shall be required to pay dues and assessments.
Section 4. Senior Members. Senior members shall be former active members of the Society who have retired from active practice and have become a Life Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Senior members shall retain the right to vote but may not hold office and shall not be required to pay dues or assessments. Senior members may attend any meetings of the Society upon payment of the registration fee.
Section 5. Candidates for Membership. Plastic and reconstructive surgeons residing and actively practicing in one of the New England states who have completed formal training requirements for the American Board of Plastic Surgery but have not obtained certification, and who are Candidate members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Inc., or the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, are eligible for election to Candidate status and, if elected to this category, shall automatically become Active Members at the time of certification. If the candidate fails to pass his/her Boards of Plastic Surgery seven years following completion of Plastic Surgery Residency, she/he will automatically lose his/her membership status.
Candidates are not eligible to vote or hold office. They are invited to attend scientific and business meetings of the Society upon payment of registration fee. They shall be required to pay dues and assessments.
Section 6. Associate Members.
Section 7. Inactive Members. Inactive member status will be accorded to Active Members upon changes of residence to regions outside the New England states. Upon resuming residence in the New England states, such inactive members shall ipso facto revert to active membership or to senior status, if the member is eligible or so requests.
Associate members and inactive members shall have all the privileges and responsibilities of active members except that they shall not be allowed to vote or hold office and may be excused from paying dues and assessments, if so recommended by the Executive Council.
Section 8. Honorary Members. Honorary members shall be persons who have made a significant contribution to the meetings of the Society (as a guest lecturer, panelist, etc.) and who are elected by a majority vote of the membership at the annual meeting.
Section 9. Election to Membership. To be considered for election to active membership or candidacy for membership, the individual must be proposed and sponsored by an active member or senior member of the Society. Another letter of support must be obtained from either (1) the applicant’s plastic surgery program director or her/his successor or (2) a second member of the New England Society practicing in the same vicinity as the applicant. Letters of support are to be sent to the Membership Chair at least two months in advance of the annual meeting.
These applicants who have completed their residency more than five years previously and who have been in practice in another state, require sponsorship by an active member or senior member of the New England Society. Supporting letters will be required from the secretary of their previous regional or state Plastic Surgery Society and a letter from a second member of the New England Society practicing in the same vicinity as the applicant.
Each applicant’s credentials shall be presented by the Membership Chair to the Executive Council, which, in its discretion, determines if the individual satisfies the Society’s requirements for admission to membership. After approval by the Executive Council, the list of proposed new members shall be distributed to the membership thirty (30) days prior to the annual meeting in order to allow time for comments. Assuming no changes after consideration by the full membership, the list of proposed new members shall be submitted to a vote of the active membership at the annual business meeting of the Society.
Election to membership shall be by ballot, and the affirmation vote of not less than three-quarters of the active members present and voting shall be required for election.
Section 10. Loss of Membership.
Section 1. Executive Council.
Section 2. Officers. The Society shall have the following Officers:
Section 3. Committees and Appointed Representatives Appointed by the President.
Section 1. Annual and Special Meetings.
The order of business may be altered or suspended at the annual meetings by a majority vote of the voting members present.
Section 1. Each active and senior member may invite one guest (and the guest’s spouse) to the non-business sessions and shall be responsible for the guest’s registration fee. The names of proposed guests shall be submitted to the Secretary/Treasurer at least one month prior to the meeting and written invitation shall be sent by the Secretary/Treasurer. Prospective members should be invited guests before being proposed for membership.
Section 1. The initiation fee and annual dues shall be set by the Executive Council, subject to the approval of the majority of the voting members of the Society, and are payable to the Secretary/Treasurer three months after the annual meeting.
Section 2. No member is privileged to attend an annual meeting until all annual dues and assessments have been paid.
Section 3. The fiscal year shall end with the last day of August of each year.
Section 1. The By-Laws may be amended or repealed, or new By-Laws may be enacted at any annual or special meeting of the Society by a two-thirds vote of the voting members present, provided that written notice of proposed changes shall have been sent to all members via United States postal service, electronic (fax) or internet (email) at least thirty days prior to the meeting. Exception may be made only by unanimous vote of all voting members present.
Section 1. At each annual meeting the President shall appoint an Auditor at the Executive Council meeting, usually held on the day prior to the beginning of the Annual Meeting. The auditor shall make an audit of the financial affairs of the Society for the past year and shall report thereon to the Society at the Annual Business meeting the next afternoon. The Auditor may be a member of the Society.
INSPECTION OF DOCUMENTS
Section 1. All books, papers and documents of every kind belonging to the Society shall be opened to the inspection of the officers and members of the Executive Council at all reasonable times but, except as otherwise provided by law, shall be open to the inspection of members only at such reasonable time or times and to such extend as the Executive Council shall determine.
New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Inc.
P.O. Box 273, Nashua, NH 03061-0273