ARTICLE I: NAME AND LOGO, PURPOSE, SCOPE AND METHODS
SECTION 1: The name of the Society is “International Society for Auricular Reconstruction” (ISAR). The logo of the Society shall be as above. The Society is a non-profit scientific organization.
SECTION 2: The purpose shall be to promote excellence in all facets of auricular reconstruction; to furnish a forum for the best scientific works related to the reconstruction of congenital and acquired auricular deformities; to increase knowledge, Education and stimulate research on an international level as well as interactions between the members of the Society.
ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1: There shall be four classes of Membership in the Society: Full, Associate, Senior and Honorary.
SECTION 2: Membership of the Society is by application. Membership is a privilege and not a right, and it is contingent upon continuing compliance with the by-laws of the Society. No person shall be elected or remain a member of the Society unless he or she is of good moral character and adheres to accepted principles of medical ethics. Applications must be sponsored by two Full Members of the Society.
SECTION 3: Membership in the Society shall be limited to persons of a defined level of scientific and clinical excellence.
SECTION 4: Full Members
1. Shall be full members of their National Society.
2. Shall be officially qualified in Plastic Surgery, Maxillo-Facial or Otolaryngology.
3. Shall have been in active practice for a minimum of three years in ear reconstruction after completion of specialist surgical training.
4. Shall have published significant papers on the subject of auricular reconstruction or related problems.
5. Shall have presented a paper at an ISAR International Congress including the Osaka, Lubeck, Lake Louise, Edinburgh and Sydney Auricular reconstruction meetings.
6. Under exceptional circumstances, like internationally recognized outstanding clinical practice, the above requirements can be waived by a two-third majority of the Executive Council.
B. RIGHTS and DUTIES
1. May vote, hold offices and serve on committees of the Society.
2. May use the name and logo of the Society after obtaining authorization from the Secretary General.
3. Shall pay the Annual dues.
4. If absent for two consecutive meetings they shall be dropped from the membership roster, unless the absence is excused by the Executive Council.
SECTION 5: Senior Members
1. Senior members shall be those Full members who have completely retired from active practice. This class of members must be conferred by the Executive Council and approved by the General Assembly.
2. May participate in the General Assembly but may not vote or hold a Society office.
May use the name and logo of the Society after obtaining authorization from the Secretary General.
3. Shall not be required to pay dues or attend meetings. However, they shall pay the same registration fee as active members for the meetings that they attend.
4. Are obliged to notify the Society if they resume active practice or if their status changes in any other way. In this case eligibility lapses automatically.
SECTION 6: Associate Members
Associate members shall be those medical professionals with an interest in ear reconstruction and those who perform any form of support related to reconstruction of the external ear or improvement of hearing.
1. Shall be officially qualified in their professional field of practice.
2. Shall have been in active practice for a minimum of three years after completion of training.
3. Shall have participated in the promotion of excellence in the field of auricular reconstruction or related problems.
4. Under exceptional circumstances, the above requirements can be waived by the Executive Council.
B. RIGHTS and DUTIES
1. May not hold offices, may not vote but shall have the rights and privileges of the Society.
2. If absent for two consecutive meetings they shall be dropped from the membership roster, unless the absence is excused by the Executive Council.
3. Shall pay the Annual dues.
4. May not use the name and logo of the Society
SECTION 7: Honorary Members
Honorary members shall be individuals whom the Society deems worthy of special honor because of notable contributions in the field of auricular reconstruction or because of long activity in the interests of the Society. This class of membership must be conferred by the Executive Council and approved by the General Assembly. They are not required to attend meetings or pay dues.
1. May use the name and logo of the Society.
SECTION 8: Election of Member
Full and Associate members
1. A candidate for Full or Associate membership can apply for membership, when she or he is seconded by two Full members of the Society, one of them belonging to the same country as the candidate. This last requirement does not apply for countries that have no active members.
2. Each candidate for Full or Associate Membership must submit the following items to the Secretary General:
a) The membership application form signed by the two sponsors.
b) Certificate of registration as a specialist in Plastic Surgery, Maxillo-Facial Surgery or Otolaryngology or in their Associate specialist field
c) Evidence of full membership to the National Society
d) Curriculum Vitae, submitted according to the Membership Application Guidelines
e) One copy of a regular CV
3. The Secretary General shall ascertain that the requisite items of the application are complete. He/She shall forward the complete application package to the Chair and the members of the Membership Committee. The Executive Council shall consider the slate of candidates as recommended by the Membership Committee and approve each Member on the basis of his/her qualifications. The membership shall be informed of applications agreed by the Executive Council and shall be afforded two months to object prior to formal approval of membership.
4. The names of candidates for election will be published by the Secretary General and circulated to all members. Members are entitled to send confidentially to the Executive Council and the Chair of the Membership Committee any reason or objection to the election of a particular candidate. Such information needs to be received by the Secretary General, within 60 days of notification of the recommended application.
SECTION 9: Notification of Members
All new Members will receive a certificate of Membership signed by the President and Secretary General and a copy of the by-laws of the Society.
ARTICLE III: OFFICERS AND COUNCIL
SECTION 1: OFFICERS
The Officers of the Society shall be the President, the President Elect, the Secretary General, the Secretary General Elect, the Treasurer and the Treasurer Elect. The host of the forthcoming meeting is co-opted member of the Executive Council.
1. Only a Full Member shall be eligible for Office.
2. A term of Office shall begin at the close of the next ISAR Meeting. The Nominating Committee will be the responsible entity to submit the new slate of officers to the Secretary General and the Executive Council.
3. The Secretary General and the Treasurer are proposed by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Executive Council and voted upon by the General Assembly. They are elected for a period of three years and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms in the same Office.
4. The list of nominated candidates has to be approved by the Executive Council and voted upon by the General Assembly.
5. Election of Officers shall be by ballot of the voting Members in attendance at the General Assembly and a majority shall elect.
6. The President and the President Elect are elected for a period of the interval between two scientific meetings, and are not eligible for re-election in that function.
7. At the ISAR meeting before the end of the term of office of either the Secretary General or Treasurer a replacement shall be elected. The Nominating Committee that will propose such candidates will initiate this process. The slate is presented to the Executive Council for approval. Final vote of the approved slate will take place during the General Assembly. The Secretary General Elect and the Treasurer Elect will be fully involved in the work of the Secretary General and the Treasurer in their last year, but decisions and responsibilities are completely staying with the Secretary General and the Treasurer until the end of their term.
Six month prior to the Society Meeting, the Secretary General shall inform all the voting Members of the Society about all the vacancies. Members wishing to serve the Society on one of these positions are requested to put forward their names to the Secretary General Six months before the Society Meeting. The Secretary General forwards the list of candidates to the Chair and members of the Nominating Committee. After the Nominating Committee considers all candidates they submit a slate to the Executive Council for approval and afterwards to the General Assembly for a vote. Election of Officers shall be by ballot of the voting Members in attendance at the General Assembly and a majority shall elect.
8. No Officers of the Society should serve more than two consecutive terms.
9. In case of any vacancy in the Executive Council by death, resignation, disqualification or any other cause, the remaining members of the Executive Council by affirmative vote of the majority thereof, may appoint a member to fill such vacancy until a qualified successor is duly elected.
10. Functions attributed to the officers:
A) The President:
Shall preside at the ISAR International Congress;
Shall make motions but will not ordinarily vote. In the event of a tie vote on any question, the President shall cast the deciding vote;
Shall have direct supervision of the affairs of the Society;
May appoint additional Committees for the transaction of certain business if so proposed by the Executive Council;
Shall be the Society’s liaison to other international organizations.
B) The President Elect shall be vested with all powers and shall perform all the duties of the President in the event of the latter’s inability to act, resignation, or otherwise and shall perform such other duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the Executive Council.
The President Elect shall automatically assume the duties of the President when the President completes his/her term of office. The President Elect shall be in close contact with the President and Executive Council to guarantee efficient continuity.
C) The President and the President Elect are elected for one term, and are not eligible for re-election in that function. The President together with the President Elect will be responsible for external relations of the Society.
D) The Secretary General shall be responsible for the running of the Society and:
Shall be the principal executive officer of the Society;
Shall preside at the General assembly and at all meetings of the Executive Council;
Shall ensure that general charge and custody of the books, papers, records and archives of the Society are kept;
Shall keep and distribute the minutes of the meetings of the Executive Council and the General Assembly;
Shall generate all correspondence appropriately;
Shall maintain the updating of the web site;
Shall send all notices of meetings of the members and of the Executive Council;
Shall communicate all notices of the Scientific and/or Special Meeting to each member along with the program;
Shall notify all members of their status as Full, Associate, Senior or Honorary Members and see that an annual membership list is maintained;
Shall announce the names of all who ceased to be members since the last meeting at the next ISAR International Congress;
Shall circulate the names of candidates for election as potential members to voting members two months prior to the Election.
E) Secretary General Elect:
Shall be elected for the term of the Secretary General;
Shall be in close contact with the Secretary General and the Executive Council to guarantee efficient continuity;
Shall be vested with all powers and shall perform all the duties of the Secretary General in the event of the latter’s inability to act, resignation, or otherwise and shall perform such other duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the Executive Council;
Shall automatically assume the duties of the Secretary General when the Secretary General completes his/her term of office.
F) The Treasurer shall be responsible for the financial affairs of the Society, including:
The funds, receipts, and disbursements of the Society;
Collection of all dues, fees, and other demands owing to the Society;
Maintenance of the books of account, showing receipts and disbursements;
Check writing and orders for the payment of money, pay out and dispose of the same as the Executive Council and the Secretary General shall direct;
Provide a full report of the financial affairs of the Society at each meeting;
Treasurers financial report will be audited professionally.
G) Treasurer Elect:
Shall be elected for the term of the Treasurer. The election will be initiated by the Nominating Committee and the slate will be submitted to the Executive Council for approval and then voted upon by the General Assembly;
Shall be in close contact with the Treasurer and the Executive Council to guarantee efficient continuity;
Shall be vested with all powers and perform all the duties of the Treasurer in the event of the latter’s inability to act, resignation, or otherwise and shall perform such other duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the Executive Council;
Shall automatically assume the duties of the Treasurer when the Treasurer completes his/her term of office.
SECTION 3: Executive Council
A) The Executive Council shall consist of the President, the President Elect, the Secretary General, the Secretary General Elect, the Treasurer, the Treasurer Elect and Local host of the next meeting.
B) The Executive Council shall serve as the administrative authority of the Society and shall consider all its activities and determine its policies.
C) The Executive Council shall be empowered to accept, reject or defer an application for Membership in the Society.
D) In case a ballot vote in the Executive Council shows an equal number, the President’s vote decides.
ARTICLE IV: COMMITTEES
Standing committees are:
Scientific Program Committee: The Scientific Program Committee consists of three members. The Local host as the Chair, President and the Secretary General Elect.
The scientific abstracts are submitted to the Local host, who forwards these to the reviewers. The Local host, Secretary General elect and the President arrange the schedule of the scientific program.
Membership and Nominating Committee: The Membership Committee consists of three members. The President as the Chair, the Secretary General and the President Elect. The members of the Membership Committee investigate the contents of each application and evaluate the contents according to the Guidelines Application Form.
ARTICLE V: MEETINGS
1. The ISAR International Congress shall be held every three years at the time and place designated by the General Assembly. The ISAR International Congress shall consist of a Meeting of the Executive Council and a Meeting of the Members with scientific, business and social programs.
2. Special Meetings: Special Meetings may be called by the President and the Officers and notices must be sent by email to all members at least 30 days prior to the date of the Meeting. Business to be transacted at a special Meeting will be stated in the notice.
3. Quorum: At least 25% of Members eligible to vote constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at a General Assembly Meeting.
4. Full members wishing to be considered to host the next ISAR International Congress should submit their proposal in writing to the General Secretary 1 month prior to the forthcoming meeting. Candidate local hosts will make a presentation prior to voting in the General Assembly Meeting. The next ISAR International Congress will preferably be in another continent.
5. Full Members are encouraged to seek endorsement from the society for Educational Meetings held out with the ISAR International Congress by application to the General Secretary and agreed by the Executive Council.
ARTICLE VI: DUES AND FEES
1. Annual dues for Members are determined by the Executive Council upon proposal by the Officers and collected by the Treasurer. The business year is the calendar year.
2. The Treasurer shall notify all Members in areas of dues. Members delinquent of more than two years may be dropped from Membership by action of the Officers and Council. A letter advising them that they will be dropped if they do not pay must be sent to them by registered/certified mail at least three months prior to effectiveness of this decision.
3. Guest fees and registration fees for the ISAR International Congress shall be determined by the Treasurer in consultation with the Local Host.
4. Changes of dues must be proposed by the Executive Council and must be approved by two-thirds of the General Assembly before it can be levied on the Members of the Society.
ARTICLE VII: ETHICS AND DISCIPLINE
1. All members agree to follow the ISAR code of ethics. All disciplinary action against any Member (i.e. Full, Associate, Senior and Honorary), or candidate for Membership shall be by the Executive Council, which may censure, reprimand, suspend, expel or otherwise discipline a Member.
2. A Member may be disciplined for any of the following reasons:
a) A failure to comply with the reprimands contained in the by-laws of the Society.
b) Unauthorized use of the Society’s name, logo, or other symbols on stationary, publications, symposia advertisements, printed material or in any other manner.
c) Immoral, dishonorable, or unprofessional conduct considered prejudicial to the best interest or inconsistent with the purpose of the Society.
3. Complaints and procedure:
Any complaint against a Member, or Members, or all requests for disciplinary action against a Member, or Members, shall be made in writing, and addressed to the President of the Society who shall submit such complaints to the Executive Council.
a) If fewer than five of the Executive Council vote in favor of investigation of the charges for disciplinary action, the complaining Member should be notified that no action will be taken and the matter will be closed.
b) If at least five or more of the Executive Council vote in favor of the investigation of the charges for disciplinary action, a date shall be sent to consider those charges and the Secretary should notify the Member in question by registered/certified mail of the charges against him/her and shall specify the date, place and time of the Meeting when the charges will be considered.
c) Any such hearings may be conducted in a formal or informal manner as the Executive Council in their sole discretion decide and they may limit the amount of time allotted to any person appearing before it.
d) If at least three-quarters of the Executive Council present at the hearing vote in favor of disciplinary action, the Secretary General shall notify the Member, within five days of the disciplinary action to be taken by registered/certified mail.
The Membership status of any person involved in a disciplinary hearing shall not be altered during the pendency of the proceedings.
ARTICLE VIII: RESIGNATIONS
Any Members may withdraw from the Society after fulfilling all obligations and giving written notice of such intention to the Secretary General. This notice shall be presented to the Officers at the first Meeting following its receipt.
ARTICLE IX: ASSETS
None of the Society’s assets may be distributed or otherwise applied (on being wound up or at any other time) except to further its charitable purposes’
ARTICLE X: DISSOLUTION
In the event of dissolution or final liquidation of the Society, all of its assets remaining, after payment of its obligations have been made or provided for, shall be distributed to some other charity or charities (whether incorporated or unincorporated) whose objects are similar (wholly or in part) to the objects of the Society. If no such charity is identified, then to some other charity with objects of the advancement of science and/or the advancement of education.
ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS
SECTION 1: All proposed amendments to the by-laws must be signed by two voting members and submitted to the Secretary General of the Society at least six months prior to the next ISAR International Congress.
SECTION 2: The Secretary General must notify the voting Members by email of the proposed amendment at least three months prior to the next ISAR International Congress.
SECTION 3: The by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds affirmative vote of the voting Members present at the General Assembly by secret ballot.
20 January, 2013