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Bylaws

Revised April 2016

Article I

Name

The name of this organization shall be the Louisiana Urological Society

Article I

Objectives

The objectives of this Society shall be to bring into one organization all persons who are interested in the promotion and advancement of the practice of urology and to provide meetings for the full and frank interchange of scientific and socioeconomic information and views concerning this branch of medical science.

Article II

Membership

Section 1. The membership of this Society shall be composed of the following categories:

  • Active Members, Honorary Members, Resident/Fellow Members, and Senior Members.

Section 2. The basic requirements for Active Members shall be:

  1. Board eligibility/certification by the American Board of Urology or its International equivalency.

Section 3. Honorary Members:

  1. Honorary Members will be accepted by majority vote during the annual Business Meeting of the Society.
  2. Active Members of the Society who have achieved prominence as a result of their outstanding ability in Urology.

Section 4. Resident/Fellow Members will consist of physicians-in-training in any of the State’s accredited Urology Residency Training Programs.

Section 5. Senior Members are former Active Members who have retired from the practice of medicine.

Article V

Officers and Board of Directors

Section 1. The Elected Officers of the Society shall be the President-Elect, and Secretary/ Treasurer. The President and President-Elect will serve a one year term and may not be elected to the same above two offices for two consecutive years. The Secretary/ Treasurer will serve a two year term renewable once. The President may appoint Active Members to serve as Local Arrangements Chairmen to assist with the annual meeting. Other Officers or Members of the Board of Directors may be elected or appointed as representatives of our State and Society to The American Urological Association and to the Southeastern Section of the AUA.

Section 2. A Secretary/ Treasurer shall keep a record of membership, minutes and shall be responsible for the fiscal and financial condition of the Society.

Section 3. A Board of Directors, herein afterward known as the Board, is responsible for the administration and management of this Society. The Board will consist of the following members: Immediate Past-President, President, President-Elect, Secretary/ Treasurer, Louisiana’s Representatives and Alternates to the Board of Directors of the SESAUA and Director of Development.

The Director of Development will be in charge of development and fundraising and is a non-voting member of the Board. The Director of Development is appointed by the officers on an annual basis.

Additional Ad Hoc members may be appointed as Ex Officio representatives, if any of the three (3) Medical Schools are not represented above.

Section 5. Candidates for Office and Board shall be Active Members and in good standing. Nominations will be made by the Board. The slate of candidates will be voted on at the Annual Business Meeting held in conjunction with the annul meeting.

Section 6. The Board may appoint external management consultants to assist in the day-to-day business of the Society and in the planning and execution of the Annual Meeting.

Article VI

Meetings

The Society shall meet annually. Upon invitation, the Society may hold joint meetings with similar associations from other states. The Board shall meet annually at the time of the Annual Meeting of the Society. Special Meetings of the Board may be called by the President or by request of a majority of Directors. Interim routine business may be conducted by phone, or e- mail.

Article VII

Funds and Expenses

Section 1. Funds for the expenses of the Society shall be derived from annual dues of Active Members, from any balance of funds from the current or previous Annual Meetings, or from donations to our Society.

Section 2. Dues will be set by the Board of Directors.

Section 3. Honorary, Resident/Fellow, and Senior Members are exempt from the payment of annual membership dues.

Section 4. At the discretion of the Officers, an honorarium of up to $1,500 may be paid to Guest Speaker/Lecturers. In addition, the Society will pay for local room accommodations from the day prior to the beginning through the duration of the meeting. Single, round trip transportation costs to and from the meeting place will also be reimbursed.

Article VIII

Rules of Order

The deliberations of the Society shall be governed by parliamentary usage as contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, when not in conflict with this set of Bylaws.

Article IX

Amendments

These Bylaws may be repealed or amended, or new Bylaws enacted, by a majority vote of the members present at the Annual Business Meeting of the Annual Meeting.