Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - NASPGHAN Bylaws
BY-LAWS THE NORTH AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY, HEPATOLOGY AND NUTRITION, INC.Article 1 - NAME deductible under section 170(c)(2), 2055(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue code or 1986 (or the correspondenceThe name of this organization is “The North American provision of any future United States Internal RevenueSociety for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Law).Nutrition, Incorporated” (abbreviated as “NASPGHAN”). In the event of dissolution of final liquidation of the corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying orArticle II - PURPOSE making provisions for payment of all lawful debts and liabilities of the corporation, distribute all the assets of theThe purposes for which this Society is formed are: to corporation to one or more of the following categories oradvance the knowledge of diseases and function of the recipients as the Board of Directors of the corporationgastrointestinal tract, liver, and pancreas in children, and shall determine;of normal and abnormal nutrition and to foster thedissemination of this knowledge through: (a) a non-profit organization or organizations which may have been(1) National scientific meetings; created to succeed the corporation, as long as such organization or each of(2) Cooperation with other societies concerned with such organizations shall then qualify as pediatric gastroenterology; and a governmental unit under section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of(3) Other means approved by the members of this 1986 or an organization described in Society on recommendation by its Board of section 501(c)(3) of such Code; and/or Directors, which Board may also be referred to as the Executive Council. (b) a non-profit organization or organizations having similar aims andThe purposes of this Society shall not be construed to objects as the corporation and whichauthorize any activities not permitted by Section 501(c) may be selected as an appropriate(3) of the United States Internal Revenue code of 1954 (or recipient of such assets, as long as suchthe corresponding provision of any future United States organization or each of suchInternal Revenue Law), and it is expressly intended that organizations shall then qualify as ano part of the net earnings of the Society shall inure to the governmental unit under section 170(c)benefit of any member of other individual in his private of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986capacity, that no substantial part of the activities of the for an organization exempt from federalSociety shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or income taxation under section 501((a)otherwise attempting to influence legislation and that the of such Code as an organizationsociety shall not participate in, or intervene in (including described in section 501(c)(3) of suchthe publishing and distribution of statements) any political Code.campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.The corporation shall be empowered to make the election Article III - MEMBERSHIPauthorized under section 501(h) of the Internal Revenuecode of 1986. Section 1 Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, The Society shall consist of active members only, Full,the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not Associate, International, or Emeritus.permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exemptfrom federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Section 2Internal Revenue code of 1986 (or the correspondingprovision of any future United States Internal Revenue Members - Full membership shall be extended toLaw) (b) by an organization described in sections 509(a) Pediatric Gastroenterologists, Research Scientists, and(1), (2), or (3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1986, and/ Physician Nutritionists with a major and sustained interestor (c) by an organization, contributions to which are in the area of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and/
or Nutrition who are permanent residents or citizens of acountry of North America.
Section 3 Section 4Qualifications for Full Membership - Ordinarily,applicants will qualify for Full membership by fulfilling Qualifications for Associate Membership - Ordinarily,criteria specified below. applicants will qualify for Associate membership if they are training in a clinical or basic science which1. Pediatric Gastroenterologists - Certified or eligible demonstrates the likelihood of a sustained interest in for certification in Pediatric Gastroenterology by a Pediatric Gastroenterology and/or Hepatology and/or national examining board of the United States of Nutrition. America, Canada or Mexico, by virtue of having completed an accredited pediatric gastroenterology Physicians enrolled in accredited Fellowship programs in fellowship in a training program approved by the Pediatric Gastroenterology and/or Pediatric Nutrition Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical within North America can be admitted as Associate Education of the United States of America, by the Members. Membership becomes effective at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada beginning of each academic year, after the training or by the Mexican Board of Gastroenterology. director of an accredited program provides the National Verification of eligibility for certification should be Office with a completed membership application form, a submitted in writing by the training director. copy of the trainee’s curriculum vitae, and submits a written statement to the Secretary-Treasurer detailing the OR trainee’s qualifications and years of training. Five years of broadly based experience in Pediatric OR Gastroenterology. These five years should be of such type and quality that they substitute for the clinical Ph.D. students in a basic clinical science with a sustained and research exposure one might have encountered research interest in Pediatric Gastroenterology and/or during sub-specialty training. A combination of sub- Hepatology and/or Nutrition. Membership becomes specialty residency training in Pediatric effective at the beginning of each academic year, after the Gastroenterology and practice of Pediatric student’s supervisor submits to the Secretary-Treasurer a Gastroenterology to equal five years is considered completed membership application form, acceptable. A minimum of 50% current full time a copy of the trainee’s curriculum vitae and a written professional activities must be spent in Pediatric statement outlining the relevance of the applicant’s Gastroenterology. research interests. If the student’s supervisor is not a member of the North American Society for Pediatric2. Physician Nutritionists - Certified or eligible for Gastroenterology and Nutrition, an additional letter of certification in Pediatric Nutrition by a national reference from a full member is required. examining body in the United States or Canada. Associate membership becomes effective at the beginning OR of the first academic year and lasts for a period of up to three years. At the end of the three year period, associate Five years of broadly based experience in Pediatric members will automatically become full members, Nutrition. These five years should be of such type provided they fulfill the membership criteria outlined in and quality that they substitute for the clinical Article III, Section 3, including verification of fellowship exposure one might have encountered during sub- completion and board eligibility by the training program specialty training. A combination of sub-specialty director. Associate membership permits attendance at residency training in Pediatric Nutrition and practice meetings and social events, receipt of newsletters and of Pediatric Nutrition to equal five years is membership directory and listing in the membership considered acceptable. A minimum of 50% current directory, but not voting rights. Dues are assessed at a full-time professional activities must be spent in reduced rate, to be reviewed annually by council. Pediatric Nutrition.3. Research Scientists - Ph.D. or M.D. in a basic or clinical science with a sustained research interest in Pediatric Gastroenterology and/or Hepatology and/or Nutrition4. Under extraordinary circumstances, the Executive Council may grant Full membership status to other individuals after review. As amended and adopted by the NASPGHAN membership September 2009
Section 5 completed applications on behalf of the Executive Council and to approve of Associate members who meetQualifications for International Membership - Any the qualifications stated in Article III, Section 4, withoutnon-North American who is a member of ESPGHAN, the the need for approval by the Executive Council. AnyLatin American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology and application for membership that does not clearly fulfill theNutrition (Sociedad Latinoamericana de recommended criteria will be circulated to the ExecutiveGastroenterologia y Nutricion Pediatrica), and the Asian Council members before a meeting and reviewed by thePan Pacific Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology may Executive Council at the meeting. In all cases, a decisionapply for membership in NASPGHAN by submission of in favor of membership would require a majority vote by1) verification of membership in that society by the the Executive Council at that time.Secretary-Treasurer of the society, 2) a completedmembership form and 3) a curriculum vitae. Non-North Section 9American individuals who meet the eligibility criteria forInternational Membership but are not a member of one of Revocation of Membership- Failure to pay dues for twothese societies may apply for membership of consecutive years will result in revocation of membership.NASPGHAN by submission of 1) a completed The second dues notice will contain a note to the effectmembership application form, 2) a curriculum vitae and that failure to pay dues will terminate membership at that3) a letter of recommendation from a NASPGHAN time. Membership can also be revoked by a majoritymember in good standing who can attest to the vote of the Executive Council.individuals qualifications. Section 10International members have the same privileges as fullmembers with the exception of voting rights. Dues are All current paid-up members of NASPGHAN willassessed at Full membership rate, except for members of continue to be members under these new By-Laws.ESPGHAN, who will be assessed at a NASPGHANmembership rate that does not include the cost of theJournal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Article IV - OFFICERS AND OTHER EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEMBERSSection 6 Section 1Qualifications for Emeritus Membership- Any memberadmitted to the organization as a full member who has Officers - The Officers of the Society shall be a Presidentreached 65 years of age or older. Emeritus members have and a President-Elect, each to be elected by thethe same privileges as full members but are not required membership for a two-year term, and a Secretary-to pay dues. Treasurer who shall be elected for a three-year term. The immediate Past-President shall serve as a member of theSection 7 Executive Council for two years. No person shall serve two successive terms as President. Election shall beApplication Procedure- Application for Full by mail ballot from the slate proposed by the Nominatingmembership shall be initiated by the candidate by Committee. Election will require a simple majority ofsubmitting a membership application form and curriculum those full members returning ballots. At least one third ofvitae to the National Office of the organization. One the full members must return ballots for an election to besponsoring letter from a full member of the society should valid.be submitted with the application. If the application isbeing submitted while in training or within two years of Section 2training, the letter must be submitted by the applicant’sprogram director or research supervisor. Application Executive Council Members - There shall be tenprocedure for Associate membership is addressed in Executive Council members. The members shall includeArticle III, section 4. the four Officers, the President and President-Elect, the Secretary-Treasurer, and the immediate Past-President,Section 8 and six other members. The terms of the President-Elect, President and Past-President shall be two years. TheElection to Membership- Election to Full or terms of the other Executive Council members shall beInternational membership shall take place by a vote of the three years. Two of the non-Officer Executive CouncilExecutive Council at its meetings. Complete applications members shall be replaced each year. Election shall be bymust be submitted to the National Office at least one mail ballot, with a simple majority of full membersmonth prior to the Executive Council meeting. The returning ballots necessary for election. At least one thirdSecretary-Treasurer will be empowered to evaluate the of the full members must return ballots for an election to As amended and adopted by the NASPGHAN membership September 2009
be valid. No Executive Council member shall serve for Article VII - MEETINGStwo successive terms, unless the first of such terms shallhave been one year or less. Section 1Section 3 The Society will hold an annual scientific meeting at a time and place to be decided by the Executive Council.Vacancy - In the event that a vacancy occurs in thePresident position, the President-Elect will become the Section 2President. If the President-Elect position becomes vacant,a new election is required. If the Secretary-Treasurer The business meeting of the Society will be held annuallyposition becomes vacant, the Executive Council may at the time of the scientific meeting. Changes inappoint a replacement for the duration of the term, if only procedures shall require a majority vote of those fullone year remains in term; otherwise a new election will be members voting at the meeting or returning ballots if aheld. In the event that a new election is required to fill mail ballot is used. A quorum for official voting either atthese positions, the previously appointed Nominating the meeting or by mail ballots shall consist of at least one-Committee will prepare the slate. Any vacancy occurring third of the full members.among other Executive Council members may be filled bythe Executive Council for the duration of the term of Section 3office. Special scientific or business meetings may be called bySection 4 the Executive Council.New Officers and Executive Council members shallassume office at the conclusion of the Annual Business Article VIII - COMMITTEESMeeting held at the Annual Meeting of NASPGHAN. Section 1Article V - EXECUTIVE COUNCIL Nominating Committee - At the time of the fall Executive Council meeting prior to the term of office, theSection 1 Executive Council shall select a Nominating Committee of five members. Only one of these should be a CouncilExecutive Council Positions - The Executive Council member, and this person shall not be the Chair of theshall consist of at least ten members. It shall be the duty Committee. The Committee will solicit nominations (inof the Executive Council to supervise the affairs of the the form of a short nominating letter) for Officers andSociety, to elect new members and to arrange for the Executive Council members from the membership as aannual meeting. whole.Section 2 From this list of names, the Committee shall select two candidates for each position that will become vacant.Quorum - Five members of the Executive Council shall The Nominating Committee shall, if possible, attempt toconstitute a quorum. balance the Executive Council geographically and in terms of diversity. The selected list of candidates shall be submitted to the Executive Council for approval, andArticle VI - DUES voted upon by mail ballot by the membership.Dues should be assessed annually in an amount stipulated From this list of names, the Committee shall select twoby the Executive Council. In addition, full members of candidates for each position that will become vacant.the Society will pay an annual subscription to the Journal The Nominating Committee shall, if possible, attempt toof Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at a discount balance the Executive Council geographically and inrate. The subscription rate will be established by terms of diversity. The selected list of candidates shall beagreement between the Society and the publisher of the submitted to the Executive Council for approval, andJournal. Associate and Emeritus members have the voted upon by mail ballot by the membership. In everyoption to subscribe to the Journal of Pediatric third election at least two Canadians and two MexicansGastroenterology and Nutrition at the same rate will be nominated to be a non-Officer member of theestablished for full members. Executive Council. The Canadian and Mexican with the greater number of votes will be elected to the Executive Council. As amended and adopted by the NASPGHAN membership September 2009
Section 2 Article IX - AMENDMENTSFinance Committee – There shall be a Finance Any amendment of these By-Laws must be proposed inCommittee, Chaired by the Secretary-Treasurer, that shall writing to the Executive Council by at least five members.be responsible for budgeting, investments, monitoring and The amendment must be submitted to the membershipreporting on the financial status of the Society. TheFinance Committee shall arrange for and provide a reportof an independent financial audit once every three years. with a mail ballot, and any such amendment shall require for its adoption an affirmative vote of at least two-thirdsSection 3 of the members voting. At least one-half of the full members must have returned ballots for the vote to bePublications Committee – There shall be a Publications considered final.Committee, Chaired by the immediate Past-President,with members including but not limited to the Secretary-Treasurer and the Executive Director of NASPGHAN and Article X - JOURNALthe immediate Past-Editor of the Journal of PediatricGastroenterology and Nutrition, for matters relating to the The Editor of the Journal of Pediatric GastroenterologyJournal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition and and Nutrition shall be appointed by the Executiverelated publications, if any. Council; shall submit a five-year plan for the Journal subject to the approval of the Executive Council; shallSection 4 appoint assistant editors and editorial board members subject to the approval of the Executive Council; andEthics Committee - There shall be an Ethics Committee. shall submit a semi-annual report to the ExecutiveThis committee is charged with developing and Council prior to its meetings. The Executive Councilinterpreting policy relating to conflicts of interest and shall be responsible for all major decisions made byappropriate conduct when NASPGHAN, its leadership NASPGHAN regarding the Journal.and members interact with industry and other externalorganizations, developing and interpreting guidelines forprofessional misconduct and developing and interpretingguidelines for publication ethics in collaboration with thePublications Committee. The Chair of the EthicsCommittee will be elected by the membership at large, bya process similar to that for a Council Member.Section 5Additional Committees - The President, with theapproval of the Executive Council, shall be empowered toappoint such additional committees as shall be necessaryto conduct the affairs of the Society. Membership oneach committee, including the Chair, shall be determinedby the President of the Society with the advice of theExecutive Council. Appointments of committee membersshall be for a duration of three years, and for committeeChairs for two years. Appointments can be extended atthe discretion of the President with the approval of theExecutive Council. Expenditures by any committee musthave prior approval by the Executive Council. ThePresident, with the approval of the Executive Council,shall also be empowered to dissolve one or more of suchadditional committees. As amended and adopted by the NASPGHAN membership September 2009