ARTICLE I (NAME)
The name of this organization shall be “THE MIDWESTERN ASSOCIATION OF PLASTIC SURGEONS”
The purpose of the Association shall be to promote and advance medical and surgical education and research relating to Plastic Surgery, to hold meetings for the purpose of interchange of thoughts and mutual education and the presentation of cases and problems specific to Plastic Surgery, identify and address the most pertinent needs of members in the practice of Plastic Surgery, and to educate and support medical students, residents and fellow surgeons.
Section 1. General Qualifications: Licensed physicians (M.D. or D.O.) practicing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Members shall be individuals of high moral and professional competence committed to the highest ethical standards. Additional requirements for membership are provided below.
Section 2. There shall be five categories of membership: Active, Retired, Candidate, Associate, Trainee
Section 3. The application of the proposed member shall be submitted to the MAPS Secretary. Upon receipt of the proposed member’s completed application and letter of support from a current MAPS Active, Retired or Associate member, the Secretary shall evaluate the application. The Board members will be responsible for review and approval of an application. If applicable, acceptance will be sent to the proposed member. He or she becomes an Active member upon payment of all fees and dues.
Section 4. Active and Candidate membership shall be automatically renewable from year to year following payment of annual dues. Active and Candidate members should attend the annual conference at least once every 3 years.
Section 1. A member may withdraw from the Association after fulfilling all obligations and giving written notice of such intention to the Secretary in writing or by email.
Section 2. The Board of Directors shall have the right to censure a member for due cause.
Section 3. A member may be suspended or expelled by the Board of Directors for the following:
A. Violation of any of the provisions of the Bylaws.
B. Conduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Association.
C. Failure to pay dues or fees.
D. Violation of ethical standards
Section 4. The Board of Directors may adopt procedural rules governing investigations, hearings, appeals, and other matters related to changes in a member’s status.
Section 1. The officers shall be: President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. There will be three Members at Large on the board. All officers shall serve 1- year terms. One new Member at Large will be voted on each year at the annual meeting and the member-at-large with the most years on the board will advance to the Secretary position.
Section 2. The officers shall advance in order serving a 1 year term in each office.
Section 1. The final governing power of the Association shall be vested in the membership at the annual meeting. In the interim between meetings of the membership, the property and affairs of the Association shall be managed, subject to the Bylaws, by its Board of Directors, which shall consist of eight members as provided below.
Section 2. The Board of Directors shall consist of the President, the immediate Past President, President-elect, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and three Members at Large elected from the membership of the Association at the Annual Meeting
Section 3. The Members at Large will serve a three year term, one member advancing each year into the Secretary role and one new member being elected each year. Elections shall be at the annual meeting, by ballot, for member at large provided in these Bylaws
Section 4. Five members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Section 5. When a vacancy shall occur on the Board of Directors, either by retirement, death, illness, or relocation, the vacancy of an officer should be filled by the advancement of the officers for the rest of the term while the vacant Member at Large position/s shall be filled by election at the subsequent annual meeting.
Section 6. The annual meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held at the time and place designated during the annual meeting of the members. Notice of the annual meeting of the members shall be deemed notice of the annual meeting of the Board of Directors.
Section 7. Meetings of the Board of Directors will be called throughout the term to discuss business of the Association, provided that ten days notice of such meetings be given to all members of the Board.
Section 1. There shall be an annual meeting of this Association which takes place on the dates and at the place designated by the Board of Directors.
Section 2. Business can be conducted at the annual meeting or any special meeting only if a quorum is present. A quorum for the annual meeting shall be defined as 10% of the Active members or 50% of Active members registered for the meeting.
Section 3. The business of the annual meeting shall be as follows:
Section 4. The rules contained in Roberts Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern the Association in all cases to which they are applicable and when they do not conflict with the Bylaws.
Section 5. The Scientific Session at the annual meeting shall be the responsibility of the VICE- PRESIDENT/PROGRAM CHAIR with the assistance of the President-Elect and Program Committee.
Section 1. Annual dues or assessments will be required of all Active members. Such will be suspended during temporary Active military duty.
Section 2. The amount of dues, registration fees, or assessments will depend upon the needs of the Association as determined by the Board of Directors, provided, however, that the amount of dues, fees, and assessments shall be subject to ratification by a majority vote of the members present and voting at the annual meeting.
Section 3. The board may also decide to charge guests a fee to attend meetings as necessary.
Section 1. The Bylaws may be amended at an annual meeting of the Association or at a special meeting called for that purpose.
Section 2. An amendment may be submitted only by an Active member.
Section 3. The proposed amendment must be submitted in writing to the Secretary and reviewed by the Board of Directors. They shall study the proposal and then submit it to the membership with their recommendations at least 30 days prior to its approval.
Section 4. The affirmative vote by ¾ of the members present voting shall be necessary for the adoption of an amendment to the Bylaws of the Association.