Constitution & By-laws
(With Changes Incorporated at the 2012 Annual Meeting)
No. 1. The President, President-Elect, and Secretary-Treasurer, two past Presidents, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the South Carolina Section of ACOG, shall constitute the Executive Committee, and this committee shall be charged with selecting the day, hour and place of meetings and with arranging the scientific and social programs. Three members shall have to be present to conduct these duties.
No. 2. The dues of the society shall be payable annually. Money in the treasury shall be used to pay the ordinary expenses of the society, and the expenses of invited guest speakers, and for such other purposes as the society, in meeting assembled, shall designate. The Secretary-Treasurer shall render an accounting of the treasury at each annual meeting. Any deficit occurring at the end of a fiscal year shall be paid by a pro-rata assessment.
No. 3. All health care professionals, interested in the work of the society are cordially invited to the scientific sessions. All business sessions shall be executive.
No. 4. One-third of the fellows of the society present at the annual meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
No. 5. Except for the Secretary-Treasurer, officers will not be eligible for election to succeed themselves.
No. 6. Annual dues not paid by the date of the annual meeting shall be delinquent. Delinquency shall be cause for suspension until all delinquent dues are paid. Fellows suspended for two years shall be dropped from the rolls of the society, unless excused by vote of the Executive Board from the payment of overdue dues because of extenuating circumstances.
No. 7. These By-Laws may be amended at any annual meeting by affirmative vote of two-thirds of the fellows present at the annual meeting or by secret ballot mail-in vote. Copies of proposed amendments shall be mailed by the Secretary-Treasurer to each fellow at least thirty days before such meeting and votes shall be cast by mail before the meeting.
No. 8. New members are encouraged to present papers at the annual meeting.
No. 9. Active membership is restricted to those physicians practicing in South Carolina. It is required that applicants for active membership be board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Applicants must complete an application for membership. Active membership will be enabled after at least three-fourths of the Executive Board vote in the affirmative ballot on the applicant’s request for membership and after all aforementioned qualifications have been met. An Active member must pay annual dues. Active members are eligible to hold office and vote.
No. 9A. Fellows of the South Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society who have passed their sixtieth birthday and have paid their dues for the current year, may apply to become an Emeritus Fellow. An Emeritus Fellow can hold office and can vote. An Emeritus Fellow will be required to pay dues.
No.9B. Candidate members are those physicians who have successfully completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology and are actively pursuing board certification in the specialty. Candidates must achieve Active status within six years of passing the written exam, excluding time spent in a Board-approved fellowship. Candidate members shall pay one-half the annual dues to the society. Candidate members are not eligible to hold office or to vote.
No. 10. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected for a term of one (1) year unless
To provide continuity to the Executive Committee and with approval by the
Executive Committee, the Secretary-Treasurer shall automatically ascend
to the position of President-Elect at the next annual business meeting. An
election shall be held at this annual business meeting to elect a successor
to the Secretary/Treasurer position. If for any reason the ascension to the
President-Elect position cannot be fulfilled, a member-at-large will be elected
to fulfill the position of President-Elect.
No. 11. There shall be a committee consisting of the three immediate past Presidents, with the most recent past President as Chairman, to serve as a nominating committee for all elective officers of the society.
No. 12. Active members of the South Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society who move from this state shall be removed from the active rolls of the society. Those individuals who continue the practice of obstetrics and gynecology, at their request, may be maintained as Associate members. This request should be made within one year. Associate members will receive correspondence relating to the Annual Meeting of the Society. Associate members are not eligible to hold office or to vote, and are not expected to pay dues. An associate member who is absent from all meetings of the society for four successive years, without excuse acceptable to the society, will be notified by the Secretary-Treasurer that continued membership requires attendance at the next annual meeting or the Associate member will be dropped from the rolls of the society.
No. 13. Affiliate Membership is reserved for Allied Health Professional to include PhD’s, other physicians working in women’s health, or Nurse Practitioners involved in women’s healthcare services. Affiliate Members will be invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Society. Affiliate members will pay one-half of the annual dues. Affiliate members are not eligible to hold office or to vote. An Affiliate Member who is absent from meetings of the society for four successive years without excuse acceptable to the society, will be notified by the Secretary-Treasurer that continued membership requires attendance at the next annual meeting or the Affiliate Member will be dropped from the rolls of the society.
SOUTH CAROLINA OBSTETRICAL AND GYNECOLOGICAL SOCIETY CONSTITUTION 1982
The name of this society shall be the South Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, Incorporated.
The objects of the society shall be to promote fellowship among its fellows, to stimulate their educational advancement, and to promote better obstetrical and gynecological practice within the State, to the end that South Carolina women shall receive more efficient diagnostic and therapeutic care and that mortality and morbidity shall be reduced.
After adoption of this constitution by the group comprising charter fellows, additions to the membership shall be by invitation and shall be restricted to doctors of medicine practicing in South Carolina, who limit their practice to either gynecology or obstetrics. No proposed candidate for fellowship shall be invited to join the society unless he receives an affirmative vote of at least three-fourths of the Executive.
Committee. Names of proposed new fellows must be submitted to the secretary who shall in turn submit the proposed names to the Executive Committee. With the name of the proposed candidate for membership, the secretary shall send a brief statement of the proposed candidate's qualifications for membership and a form of secret ballot on which each fellow will write his vote and which he will return to the secretary promptly. It is required that proposed candidate be certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The officers of the society shall be the president, president-elect and secretary-treasurer. These officers, except the president, shall be elected by a majority of the fellows present at each annual meeting, and shall serve for a period of one year or until their successors have been elected. The president-elect shall succeed to the office of president at the end of the annual meeting next following his election. He shall also succeed to the presidency, serving out any unexpired term, in addition to his own, should that office become vacant between annual meetings of the society. The duties as the By-Laws shall direct.
There shall be held an annual meeting and such other meetings as are provided for in the By-Laws.
This constitution may be amended at any annual meeting by a two-thirds vote of the membership. Copies of proposed amendment or amendments must be submitted to the membership through the secretary-treasurer at least thirty days before the date of the annual meeting. Fellows not contemplating attendance upon the meeting may submit to the secretary sealed ballots, have equal rights with those cast at the meeting.
Said Corporation is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organization, that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) and section 65-226 (3) of the State of South Carolina Income Tax Act of 1926 and Acts amendatory thereto.
No part of the net earning of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the Corporation shall be authorized and empowered and distributions in futherance of the purposes set forth in Article VII hereof.
Upon dissolution of the Corporation, the Board of trustees shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of the Corporation, dispose of all of the assets of the Corporation exclusively for the purposes of the Corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific purposes, as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) and section 65-226 (3) of the State of South Carolina Income Tax Act of 1926 and acts amendatory thereto, as the Board of Trustees shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the County in which the principal office of the Corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine which are organized and operated exclusively for such purpose.