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Bylaws of the Jefferson Medical Society, Inc.

(Revisions, 1966, 1977, 1982, 1989, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2004)

 

 
ARTICLE I – NAME

The name of this non-profit corporation shall be the Jefferson Medical Society, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as the Society)

 

ARTICLE II PURPOSES

The purposes of this Society are to secure harmony and unity in every phase of its members’ labors; to assist in the advancement of medical science; to improve the delivery of medical care in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; to provide timely health education and information to the people and physicians of Jefferson Parish; to render medical services to the people of Jefferson Parish in times of disaster; to further medical education; and to work with and support other medical societies of the State of Louisiana, the Louisiana State Medical Society, and the American Medical Association.

 

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP

Section A

This Society shall be organized on a non-stock basis.  The classes of membership are as follows:

1.                  Active member

2.                  Honorary member

3.                  Dues exempt member

4.                  Intern-resident member

5.                  Student member

6.                  Affiliate member

 

Section B                     Qualifications for Membership

General Qualifications:

To be eligible for membership in the Society, except as otherwise expressly provided with respect to a particular class or category of membership, an applicant shall:

1.                  Posses a doctor or bachelor of medicine degree duly conferred by a school or college of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education of the American Medical Association, or its successor, or an equivalent degree conferred by a foreign medical school approved by the Society and officially recognized by its domicile nation, as evidenced by listing by the World Health Organization Directory of medical schools; and

2.                  Posses a current license or permit to engage in the practice of medicine in the State of Louisiana duly issued by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners; and

3.                  Be of good moral and ethical character; and

4.                  Be actively engaged in the practice of medicine

a.      In private, group, clinic, professional corporation, or institutional practice with the principal place of such practice being located within the Parish of Jefferson, Louisiana; or whose principal residence is located in Jefferson Parish; or

b.       In medical education in a teaching, administrative, or research capacity at an accredited medical school or college with the principal place of such academic activity being an institution, office, or facility located within the Parish of Jefferson, Louisiana; or whose principal residence is located in Jefferson Parish; or

c.      As a commissioned officer of the armed services of the United States Public Health Service assigned to active duty as a physician at a facility or institution located within the Parish of Jefferson, Louisiana; and

d.      Be endorsed for membership in the Society by two Active Regular members of the Society then in good standing

 

SECTION C

In addition to the above, the following qualifications apply to certain membership classifications:

  1. Active Member:

a.      An active member shall be a physician who is licensed to practice medicine in the State of Louisiana.

    1. An active member must be able to demonstrate reasonable assurance of past and present good moral character and ethical conduct of medicine.
    2. Before being elected to active membership, a candidate must first be elected to probationary membership for a period of one (1) year.  During the period of probationary membership, the physician will have all the rights and privileges of active membership.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Honorary Member

An honorary member is a physician who, because of service to the Society or to the practice of medicine, shall be offered honorary membership following election at any annual, regular, or special meeting by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members present.

  1. Dues exempt member

a.      Must fulfill the general qualifications of membership as specified in ARTICLE III, Section B of these Bylaws;

b.      Must have been a member of an LSMS component society for at least the five years immediately prior to his application for dues-exempt membership;

c.      Must have reached the age 65 prior to January 1 of the year in which the dues-exempt status is to become effective and must be fully retired from practice; but

d.      Need not be licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners if he is not actively practicing medicine.

Active members who have reached age 65 but who continue to practice medicine 20 hours or less per week are eligible to pay dues and special assessments in an amount equal to 50% of that regularly paid by members.  Such members are still classified as active members.

In like manner, (1) dues-exempt status may be granted to a member, regardless of age, who is fully retired from the practice of medicine due to disability; and (2) reduced rates for dues and special assessments may be granted a member, regardless of age, whose practice of medicine is limited to 20 hours or less per week due to disability.

Active members who practice medicine more than 20 hours per week pay dues and special assessments in an amount equal to that regularly paid by members.

At age 70, a physician will be granted dues-exempt status regardless of the number of hours spent in the practice of medicine.

Upon review by the Board of Directors, a leave of absence for one (1) year with an extension to a total of two (2) years may be granted physicians under the age of 65 who are fully retired from the practice of medicine.

  1. Intern-resident member

An intern-resident member shall be an intern, resident, or fellow who is undergoing training in this state, or who has just completed such training and has not yet received his license to practice, but in no case shall such membership be continued for a period in excess of twelve (12) months from the completion of training. 

  1. Student member

 

 
A student member shall be a medical student who is undergoing training in this state at a qualified school of medicine, and who has not yet received his license to practice.  A student member cannot vote or hold office.

  1. Affiliate member

An Affiliate member shall meet the qualifications for membership in ARTICLE III, Section B, numbers 1 through 4, and shall be a regular member of another component society of the Louisiana State Medical Society.

An Affiliate member must submit an application in writing, a letter of recommendation from the component medical society where he/she holds primary membership, and membership dues determined by the Board of Directors.

An Affiliate member shall be governed by the same rules and enjoy the same privileges as Active members except that they cannot vote or hold office.

 

Section D                     Grounds for Denial

Membership in the Society may be denied to an applicant who is otherwise completely qualified, if the applicant:

  1. Has been convicted of or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any criminal charge arising out of the applicant’s practice of medicine, or constituting a felony under the laws of the United States or of any state;
  2. Has been guilty of fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation in obtaining any diploma, license, permit, or other credential required in this Article or in applying for membership in the Society;
  3. Has been denied medical licensure by any state, or if any state license or permit to engage in the practice of medicine, once held, has been suspended, revoked, placed on probation or otherwise restricted by action of the issuing agency, or by voluntary action on the part of the applicant when administrative proceedings were pending or threatened against the applicant’s licensure;
  4. Has been denied membership on the staff of any hospital or equivalent institution, or if such membership, once held, has been suspended, terminated, or revoked by the medical staff or governing body of such hospital, or by voluntary action on the part of the applicant when proceedings were threatened against the applicant‘s medical staff membership or clinical privileges;
  5. Has been denied membership in any parish, county, or state medical society or association, or if such membership, once held, has been suspended, terminated, or revoked by such society, or by voluntary action on the part of the applicant when proceedings were pending or threatened against the applicant’s membership; or
  6. Has engaged in any conduct or practice which would constitute legal cause under the Louisiana Medical Practice Act for the suspension or revocation of medical licensure.

 

 

 

 

Section E                     Application

 

  1. Application Form, Submission:

Application for membership in the Society shall be made in writing on and in such form as the Society may prescribe and supply, shall be submitted to the Society through the Chairman of the Board of Censors, and shall be accompanied by payment of the annual dues then applicable to the class and category of Society membership applied for, together with such application processing fee as may be prescribed by the Society.  Membership application before July 1 of any year must be accompanied by full annual dues.  Applications received after July 1 of any year must be accompanied by one half (1/2) the annual dues. The dues will be returned if the membership is not granted.

 

  1. Application Contents:

An application shall contain complete and satisfactory information, and where necessary or appropriate, documentation to demonstrate that the applicant satisfies the qualifications, conditions, and requirements for membership in the Society.  The applicant has the burden of producing adequate and satisfactory information for proper evaluation of his qualifications for membership in the Society and of resolving any doubt with respect to such matter.

 

  1. Complete Application Required:

The Society may refuse to consider any application that is not complete in every respect.

 

  1. Effect of Application:

An application for membership in the Society shall constitute and be effective as:

    1. An attestation by the applicant that the information and documentation furnished in connection therewith is true, correct, and complete to the best of the applicant’s knowledge, information, and belief;
    2. An acknowledgement by the applicant that the applicant has received, read, and agrees to abide by the provisions of the Bylaws of the Society;

c.   An agreement by the applicant to appear for interviews in connection with his application and to respond to the reasonable requests of the Society and its committees for additional information;

d.   An understanding and agreement by the applicant to provide written authorization to any and all current or prior associations, hospitals, health care institutions, state and federal agencies, professional organizations and physicians, to disclose to the Society any information, records, and documents bearing upon and material to a determination of the applicant’s qualifications for membership in the Society, or the existence of grounds for denial of membership;

e.   A release of the Society, its committees, officers and members, and any person or entity providing information to the Society, of and from any and all liability with respect to the Society’s action on, activities or information provided with respect to the applicant’s application for membership in the Society, provided that such actions are taken or such information is provided in good faith and without malice.

 

Section F                     Action on Application

 

  1. Receipt, Completion, Promulgation:

Upon receipt of the initial application for membership, the Chairman of the Board of Censors shall give written acknowledgment of its receipt to the applicant together with notice of additional information and documentation, if any, necessary to complete such application.  Upon receipt of a completed application, the Chairman of the Board of Censors shall transmit the application and all supporting documentation to the Board of Censors and Board of Directors, and cause notice of the application to appear, together with all other pending applications, in the notice of the next regular meeting of the members of the Society.  A notice of the names of all pending applicants for membership in the Society shall also be posted or distributed at each regular meeting of the members of the Society.  Any member of the Society shall be entitled to comment on or provide information to the Board of Censors or Board of Directors with respect to the qualifications of any applicant for membership in the Society.

 

  1. Consideration by Board of Censors:

Within 60 days of the receipt of a completed application for membership in the Society, the Board of Censors shall review and consider such application and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors of the Society as to approval or denial of the application.  In reviewing any application, the Board of Censors is authorized to request from the applicant or otherwise obtain such supplementary information or clarification of information, or to conduct such other investigation as it may deem necessary or appropriate to enable it to evaluate the applicant’s qualifications for membership, or the existence of circumstances of grounds for denial, and may require that the applicant appear before the committee or its designee(s) for personal interview.  In the event that any such request, inquiry, investigation, or appearance may not reasonably be completed within the time prescribed herein for action by the Board of Censors, upon notice to the applicant such time may be extended by the Board of Directors for not more than an additional 60 days.

 

  1. Recommendation by Board of Censors:

Concurrently with giving its recommendation to the Board of Directors, the Board of Censors shall give notice of its recommendation to the applicant. If the Board of Censors proposes to deny an application, the committee shall give written notice of such proposed recommendation and the reasons therefore to the applicant; and the applicant shall be accorded an opportunity, within 30 days thereafter, for informal hearing before the Board of Censors.  The final recommendation of the Board of Censors shall be made within 10 days after such hearing, or if the applicant has not availed himself of the opportunity for hearing, within 30 days following notice of the proposed recommendation to the applicant.  If the recommendation of the Board of Censors, upon consideration of such information as the applicant may present upon informal hearing, is that the application is denied, the recommendation to the Board of Directors shall be made in writing and shall set forth the reasons, grounds, or basis for the adverse recommendation.  The recommendation of the Board of Censors shall be transmitted to the Board of Directors accompanied by a complete copy of the application and supporting documentation.

 

  1. Action by Board of Directors:

Within 60 days of the receipt of the recommendation of the Board of Censors with respect to an application for membership in the Society, the Board of Directors shall review and consider such application, supporting documentation, the recommendation of the Board of Censors, and any other relevant information available to it, and approve or deny the application.  If the Board of Directors proposes to deny an application, the Board shall give written notice of such proposed action and the reasons therefor to the applicant, and the applicant shall be accorded an opportunity, within 30 days thereafter, for hearing before the Board of Directors. At such hearing the applicant shall be entitled to legal representation, and shall submit to the Board of Directors that he will be so represented, together with the name and address of his legal counsel.  The final decision of the Board of Directors shall be made within 10 days after any such hearing or, if the applicant has not availed himself of the opportunity for hearing, within 30 days following notice of the proposed decision to the applicant.  The decision of the Board of Directors to approve or deny an application shall be final.

 

  1. Notice of Action:

Notice of the Board of Director’s final decision with respect to an application for membership in the Society shall be given in writing to the applicant. Notice of the Board of Director’s action on each application shall also be in the notice of the next meeting of the members of the Society following the Board of Director’s action on the application, and shall be posted or distributed at such meeting.

 

Section G                     Reapplication Following Denial

An applicant who has been denied membership in the Society shall not be eligible to reapply for membership in the Society within 12 months following the date of the final decision of the Board of Directors denying the prior application. Reapplication thereafter shall be processed as an initial application, provided that the Board of Censors and the Board of Directors may consider the information and documentation submitted with any prior application by the applicant.

 

 

Section H                     Application for Membership from Another Component Medical Society

A physician applying for membership as a transfer from any other component medical society shall submit an application as a new member, and shall accompany his application with a letter of recommendation from his previous medical society and an application processing fee.

 

Section I                      Resignation in Good Standing

A member in good standing who is free from all indebtedness to this Society, and against whom no charges are pending wishing to resign, shall be granted a letter of recommendation.  This letter shall state the date the member associated himself with the Society, the date of issuance of the letter, and a statement that he is a member in good standing whose dues are paid until a date specified.  It shall be signed by the President and the Secretary of the Society.

 

Section J                     Censure, Suspension, and Expulsion

A member who has been convicted of either a felony or a violation of the Medical Practice Act of the State of Louisiana, or who has been censured, suspended, or expelled by the Louisiana State Medical Society, or who violates any of the provisions of the Bylaws or Articles of Incorporation of the Jefferson Medical Society, shall be liable to censure, suspension, or expulsion. Charges against a member must be made in writing, and be delivered to the Secretary, who shall immediately furnish a copy to the accused and to the Chairman of the Board of Censors.  The Board of Censors shall investigate the charges on their merits, but no action shall be taken by the Board within 30 days of the presentation of the charges to the accused, nor before giving the accused 30 days to be heard.  The Board shall report:

1.      That the charges are not sustained; or

2.      Recommend that the charges are sustained and that the accused be

a.      Censured

b.      Suspended for a definite time; or

c.      Expelled

Censure may be carried out directly by the Board of Censors.  A copy of the statement of the censure shall be submitted to the Secretary, who shall retain it in that member’s file. Recommendations of suspension or expulsion can only be acted upon by the Board of Censors.  If the Board of Censors proposes to expel or suspend a member, then the Board of Censors shall give written notice to the accused and to the Board of Directors, and shall set forth the reasons, grounds, or basis for their recommendation.

 

Section K                     Reinstatement After Expulsion

Members expelled from this Society for any cause shall be eligible for membership after one (1) year from date of expulsion and on the same terms and in like manner as original applicants. Members who have been suspended shall automatically become members again in good standing on expiration of the period of suspension, and payment of dues and fees then current.

 

Section L                     Resignation

Any member of the Society may resign by submitting a letter of resignation to the Secretary.

 

Section M                    Failure to Pay Dues or Assessments

The Board of Directors, upon a two-thirds (2/3) vote, may suspend or expel automatically any member for failure to pay the dues or assessments of the Society.  Upon written application, the Board of Directors may consider extenuating circumstances and make reasonable arrangements accordingly.  If dues in arrears are paid, the individual may be reinstated upon written application.

 

ARTICLE IV – GENERAL OFFICERS

The General Officers of the society are: President, Vice President, Immediate Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chairman of the Board of Censors, and two Members-at-Large to the Board of Directors.

 

Section A                     Terms of Office

The term of office for the President, the Vice President, Immediate Past President, Secretary and Treasurer are one (1) year.  The Immediate Past President shall serve a one (1) year term on the Board of Directors after serving a one (1) year term as President.

 

Section B                     Nomination for Office

Nominations for office shall be made by the Nominating Committee.  To remain eligible for re-election to the Board of Directors, an officer must have attended a minimum of 50% of the meetings of the Board of Directors during the proceeding year.  The Nominating Committee will submit nominations to the Society through the President no later than October 31 of each year.  These nominations will be submitted to the membership prior to the annual meeting.  At the annual meeting nominations for office from the floor will be accepted.

 

Section C                     Election

Election shall be at the annual meeting of the Society.  A majority vote of the members present at the annual meeting shall be necessary for election. In the case of no candidate receiving a majority, a second ballot shall be taken between the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes; the candidate receiving the greatest number of votes on the second ballot shall be elected to office.

 

Section D                     Term of Office

An elected officer shall take office on January 1 of each year.  Officers shall serve for the period for which they were elected, or until their successors are elected and qualified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section E                     Removal from Office

 

An officer shall be considered for removal from office only after an investigation by and recommendation of the Nominating Committee for the following causes:

1.      Continued, gross, or willful neglect of the duties of the office

2.      Failure or refusal to disclose necessary information on matters of organization business

3.      Unauthorized expenditures, signing of checks, or misuse of organization funds

4.      Unwarranted attacks on a member of the society

5.      Failure or refusal to cooperate with the president

6.      Misrepresentation of the organization and its officers to outside persons

7.      Conviction of a felony

8.      Lack of attendance at meetings of the organization (Article VIII)

 

Section F

In case of death, disability or resignation of an elected officer, the Board of Directors shall appoint a successor for the balance of the term, which appointment shall be ratified by the membership.

 

ARTICLE V – BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section A

The Board of Directors shall be composed of the President, Vice President, Immediate Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, the Chairman of the Board of Censors, and two members-at-large.  The District II Councilor shall be an ex-officio member.

 

Section B

The members-at-large to the Board of Directors shall be elected at the annual meeting by the same nominating and selection procedures that apply to the officers. The two members-at-large shall serve for two (2) years with one rotating off the Board each year.

 

Section C

The Board of Directors shall have, and may exercise the powers and authorities appertaining to such and shall act for the Society in the interval between meetings of the corporation, except as otherwise specified in the Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws.  The Board of Directors shall have supervision over all standing and special committees, and all appointive officers, agents, employees, from whom it may require reports at least annually.

 

Section D

The Board of Directors shall be responsible for the overall planning and promotion of the scientific and social functions of the Society.  It may appoint committees as necessary for this purpose. It shall be the duty of the Board of Directors to encourage attendance at the meetings, and to urge each member to participate in the work of the Society.  The Board of Directors shall stimulate fraternalism and good feeling among the members in every way possible.

 

Section E

The Board of Directors shall be obligated to bring before the membership all matters of major policy or of unusual importance, unless, in its considered judgment, a delay would be injurious to the best interests of the Society. In that event, a report of its actions shall be rendered to the Society at the first opportunity.

 

 
ARTICLE VI – DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Section A

The President shall act as legal head of the organization, exercising supervision over the organization to other organizations and to the public, preside at business meetings, appoint committees, sign letters or documents necessary to carry out the will of the organization, and preside at meetings of the Board of Directors.

 

Section B

The Vice President shall assist the President in the performance of his duties, shall preside in his absence, and on his death, resignation or removal from the parish, shall succeed to the presidency.  The Vice President shall act as Parliamentarian.

 

Section C

The Secretary shall record the minutes of the meetings, and receive and care for all records and papers belonging to the Society.  He shall notify each member of the Society as to the time and place of each meeting, and whenever possible, give the program for the meeting.  He shall keep account and properly turn over to the Treasurer all funds of the Society which may come into his hands.  He shall make and keep a list of the members of this Society in good standing, noting of each his correct name, address, place and date of graduation, and the date of the certificate entitling him to practice medicine in this state.  It shall be his duty to send a copy of such list to the Secretary of the Louisiana State Medical Society.  At the same time, and with his report of such list of members, he shall transmit to the Louisiana State Medical Society his order on the Treasurer for the annual dues of the Society.

 

Section D

The Treasurer shall receive all dues and money belonging to the Society from the hands of the Secretary or members, and shall pay out the same only for just and true indebtedness of the Society.

 

Section E

In the absence of the President, or in his inability to act, the order of succession to his duties shall be as follows:

(1)    Vice President;  (2) Secretary;  (3) Treasurer.

 

Section F

In addition to their general responsibilities as members of the Board of Directors, the two members-at-large shall serve with the Chairman of the Board of Censors as the three members of the Board of Censors.

 

Section G

The duties of the Immediate Past President shall be those assigned him by these Bylaws and by the President.

 

Section H

The corporation shall indemnify and hold harmless each officer, employee, and agent now and hereafter serving the corporation from all claims and liabilities to which he may become subject by reason of his being an officer, employee, or agent of the corporation and/or reason of his alleged acts or omissions as officer, employee, or agent; and shall reimburse each officer, employee, or agent for all legal and other expenses reasonably incurred by him in connection with defending any claims or liabilities, including amounts paid or agreed to be paid in connection with reasonable settlements made before final adjudication with the approval of the Board of Directors.  However, no officer, employee, or agent shall be indemnified against any claim or liability arising out of his own negligence or willful misconduct.

 

 

ARTICLE VII – COMMITTEES

 

Unless otherwise specified, all committee appointed are for a 2-year term and are to be made by the President.  All committees shall be composed of three (3) or more members.  The following committees shall be appointed:

 

Section A                                             Committee on Community Relations

This committee shall be responsible for conducting educational campaigns for the general public in medical matters.  In conjunction with the Secretary, it shall be responsible for the dissemination of information concerning the activities of this Society or its members. The members of this committee shall be appointed by the President.

 

Section B                                             Committee on Public Health

This committee shall participate in Public Health projects, and cooperate with the Louisiana State Medical Society in all matters of Public Health and concern to the medical profession.

 

Section C                                             Board of Censors

The Chairman of the Board of Censors will be elected at the annual meeting by the same nominating and selection procedures which apply to the officers. The members of the Board of Censors shall serve a three (3) year term.  The terms of the censors shall be staggered, and one censor, who shall be the chairmen, shall be elected annually.

 

Section D                                             Budget and Finance Committee

This committee is responsible for managing the Society’s funds and formulating an annual operating budget.  The committee will consist of five (5) members, the Treasurer, the Past President, the Chairman of the Board of Censors, and two (2) members-at-large.

 

Section E                                             Grievance Committee

The purpose of this committee is to resolve misunderstandings, and to clarify and adjust differences raised between physicians and others with legitimate interests in medical affairs.  This committee shall receive grievances in writing and shall investigate, take appropriate action, and report its findings to the Board of Directors.  At the discretion of the President, the Grievance Committee may be divided into East Bank and West Bank components.

 

Section F                                             Medical Preparedness Committee

This committee shall formulate and maintain a plan to best utilize the medical resources and manpower in the event of a natural or other disaster.  At the discretion of the President, the Medical Preparedness Committee may be divided in East Bank and West Bank components.

 

Section G                                             Nominating Committee

This committee shall present to the annual meeting nominations for all offices established by these Bylaws.  The Nominating Committee shall consist of five (5) Immediate Past Presidents of the Society.  The Nominating Committee shall perform the duties set forth in Article IV of the Bylaws.

 

Section H                                             Physicians’ Health Committee

The Physicians’ Health Committee functions within the framework of the Louisiana State Medical Society’s Physicians’ Health Program.  Its responsibility is first and foremost to be a source of advocacy and assistance to those physicians who are ill, and whose illness is interfering with their ability to practice medicine competently.  The Committee’s services are available to those physicians who work or reside in District II of the Louisiana State Medical Society.

 

 

ARTICLE VIII – MEETINGS

 

Section A                                             Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Society shall be held in accordance with the recommendation of the Board of Directors.  A minimum of two weeks notice shall be given to each active member by the Secretary.

 

Section B                                             Regular Meetings

Regular meetings shall be held at least quarterly, except at the discretion of the Board of Directors.  The time and place of all meetings shall be selected by the Board of Directors.  The Secretary shall notify the membership a minimum of two weeks prior of the date, time, and place of such meetings.

 

Section C                                             Special Meetings

Special meetings shall be called by the President or on the written request of five (5) percent of the active membership, who shall state the particular purpose for which the meeting is called.  Notice of a special meeting shall be given by mail, and at such special meetings no business other than that specified in the call of the meeting shall be transacted.

 

Section D                                             Quorum

Thirty members of the active membership shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the membership.

The order of business shall be as follows:

1.      Call to order by the President

2.      Reading of the minutes of the last meeting

3.      Treasurer’s Report

4.      Second District Councilor’s Report

5.      Old business

6.      New business

7.      Announcements

8.      Program

9.      Adjourment

 
 
ARTICLE IX – STANDING RULES

The deliberations of this Society shall be governed by parliamentary usage as contained in the current edition of “Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure”, except where modified by the Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws.  The Vice President shall act as Parliamentarian.

 

ARTICLE X – DUES AND FEES

The annual dues shall be paid by January 1 of each year.  Payment of the dues shall entitle the member to attend the annual dinner-dance. Membership in the Louisiana State Medical Society for members of this Society being mandatory, the same rules apply to their dues which are collected by this Society.  Dues not paid by February 1 shall be considered delinquent, and members who have not paid by this date will be suspended from membership until payment is received.  A fee of $50.00 will be charged for reinstatement to full membership.  Annual dues are not required to be paid by members in the classes of Honorary, Dues exempt, Student and Intern-Resident members. Members in their first year of practice are entitled to annual dues at one-half (1/2) the annual Society dues. During the year dues for new applicants will be prorated as follows: after July 1 fifty percent (50%) of dues will be charged.

 
 
ARTICLE XI – AMENDMENTS

The members of the Society may make, amend, and repeal the Bylaws of the Society upon a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members present and represented at an annual, regular, or special meeting convened after thirty days notice of the purpose thereof.  However, if at any time two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the Board of Directors vote that an emergency situation, which necessitates the immediate amending or repealing of any or all of the Bylaws of the Society, exists, the Board of Directors by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of its members may amend the Bylaws of the Society. During the interval between the action of the Board of Directors and the vote of the membership, the changes made in the Bylaws by the Board of Directors shall be in effect.  Notice of the proposed Bylaws changes shall appear in the call for the next regular or special meeting.  However, the provisions of the Bylaws shall not be inconsistent with the laws of the State of Louisiana or with the Articles of Incorporation, or the Constitution and Bylaws of the Louisiana State Medical Society. The Board of Directors may correct grammatical errors in the Bylaws with a vote of the membership.  The membership must be notified of such corrections within 30 days.

 

ARTICLE XII – DELEGATES

The delegates chosen by this Society shall attend and faithfully represent the members of this Society and the profession of this Parish in the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Medical Society, and shall make report of the proceedings of that body to the Society at the earliest opportunity.

 

ARTICLE XIII – ASSESSMENTS

Assessments may be made of all active members if advance written notice, including the specific amount, is sent to each member before the meeting at which the assessment will be voted on.  The assessment must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those active members present at the meeting.

 

ARTICLE XIV

No provision of the Articles of Incorporation or of the Bylaws shall be inconsistent with the Charter, Constitution or Bylaws of the Louisiana State Medical Society.