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Mission and Constitution

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NASSHP's Mission:

The purpose and objectives of The Society shall be to organize, promote and encourage knowledge, education and research regarding all aspects of hypertensive complications of pregnancy through the exchange of professional information related to this special area of obstetrics and maternal-fetal medicine.


NASSHP's Constitution and By-Laws:

Article I. Name and Title of Society

The name of this not-for-profit charitable organization shall be the NORTH AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF HYPERTENSION IN PREGNANCY, hereinafter referred to as "The Society".

Article II. Purpose and Objectives of The Society

The purpose and objectives of The Society shall be to organize, promote and encourage knowledge, education and research regarding all aspects of hypertensive complications of pregnancy through the exchange of professional information related to this special area of obstetrics and maternal-fetal medicine.

Article III. Membership

Membership of The Society will be open to all who have manifested an interest in the study of hypertensive complications of pregnancy and related subjects. A proposal for membership can be made by submission of the appropriate written application to the Secretary/Treasurer of The Society. A membership committee consisting of three members of the Executive Council shall review and investigate the qualifications of the applicant who, after approval and payment of dues, will become a regular member with full voting rights at each annual meeting.

Classes of Membership: The Executive Council can from time to time establish different classes of membership such as that for different educational backgrounds, professional training, current employment, or as supporting memberships including pharmaceutical companies or research institutions as examples. The Executive Council will establish the rights of all these special categories of membership.

Revocation of Membership: Membership shall cease upon failure to pay annual dues for two consecutive dues periods or upon vote of membership termination by The Executive Council. A member whose membership is to be terminated has the right to be heard by The Executive Council before a final decision is made. The Secretary/Treasurer shall have authority to continue a member on the rolls of The Society if special circumstances apply. Any such discretionary action shall be reported to The Executive Council at its annual meeting.

Resignation of Membership: The resignation of any members in good standing will be accepted by the Secretary/Treasurer and The Executive Council.

Emeritus Standing: A member will become emeritus upon reaching the age of 60 years. He/she will be excused from payment of dues except as they might apply to a journal or publication subscription, but will maintain and enjoy all other privileges of membership. The Executive Council will have the option to consider on an individual case basis all those who wish to remain active members.

Charter Members: The first five organizing members of The Society-Drs. Baha Sibai, James Roberts, James N. Martin Jr., Margaret McLaughlin, and Phyllis August-shall be designated Charter Members.

Honorary Membership: Honorary members may include physicians or other persons of distinction whose relationship to The Society would warrant this honor. Nominations for Honorary Membership shall be reviewed by the Executive Council. The election to membership to Honorary Membership shall take place at the next Annual Business Meeting, a three fourths (3/4ths) affirmative vote of the members present necessary for election to membership. Honorary members shall have no vote and shall hold no office.

Article IV. Officers and Executive Council

Section 1. Officers

The officers of The Society shall consist of a President, a President-Elect, an Immediate Past President, a Secretary-Treasurer, and four at large members of The Executive Council.

The President of The Society shall preside at all meetings, preserve order, regulate debate, encourage execution of The Society objectives, appoint committees otherwise not provided for and represent The Society as deemed necessary. The President shall be elected by the membership for a term of two years and shall not be eligible for reelection.

The President-Elect shall perform all of the duties of the President of The Society in the absence or incapacity of the President. The President-Elect's primary duty will be to direct the planning and execution of any program activities of The Society. The President-Elect shall be elected by the membership for a term of two years and shall not be eligible for reelection to this office.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep minutes of all meetings and proceedings of The Society and standing committees, receive and process applications for membership, notify new members of their election to membership, maintain an accurate register of Society members with their current addresses, send out announcements of Society meetings, send out a list of candidates for membership in advance of the regular meetings of the Executive Council, and conduct the correspondence of The Society. In addition, this officer shall be responsible for collecting the dues and assessments of The Society, maintain an accurate and current account of the payment of dues by each member receiving all funds belonging to The Society, making disbursements for expenses authorized by The Society, presenting an annual report of the financial condition of The Society for audit, and report annually to the Executive Council the names of members who have failed to pay dues and are in arrears. The Secretary-Treasurer shall perform duties of the President of The Society in the absence or incapacity of the President and President-Elect. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected by the membership for a term of two years and shall be eligible for reelection for a subsequent two year term.

The four at-large members of the Executive Council shall participate in all the deliberations and decisions of the Executive Council as voting members. Each at-large member will serve staggered terms of two years each with possible reelection to one additional two-year term. Thus every year two at-large members of the Executive Council will be elected from the membership. Representation from Canada, Mexico, and the United States will be sought for officers and members of the Executive Council.

Section 2. Executive Council

The officers and four at-large members constitute The Executive Council. The President of the Society shall serve as chairman of the Executive Council and shall call and conduct its meetings. This body will hold an Annual Meeting prior to the Business Meeting of The Society and such other meetings as are necessary to the welfare of the Society.

The Executive Council shall be responsible for the general administration and financial management of The Society. It shall act as the membership committee of The Society. The Council Members shall be aware of the wishes and sentiments of the membership of The Society so that the business conducted will reflect the opinions and desires of The Society. The Executive Council will conduct all business of The Society not herein reserved for the active membership. The Council shall transact all business required to carry out the objectives of The Society arising in the interim between annual business meetings. In urgent matters, it shall have the authority to take any necessary actions on behalf of The Society. Such actions shall be ratified ultimately by the membership at its next business meeting. The Council shall fix the annual dues and any special assessment of members. Vote by mail or telephone ballot can be carried out. A majority of the Executive Council shall be necessary to constitute a quorum for the undertaking of any action.

The Executive Council shall constitute the Nominating Committee and shall select candidates for office prior to each Annual Business Meeting. The Chairman of the Nominating Committee shall be the Immediate Past President of The Society. The nominations for office will be presented at the Annual Business Meeting. A majority affirmative vote of all members present at the Annual Business Meeting shall elect to office.

The Nominating Committee shall take into consideration the factors of geographic location, age, academic stature, interest in and willingness to work on behalf of The Society when considering a candidate for nomination to office.

Any vacancy that occurs in an office other than that of the President between Annual Business Meetings shall be filled for the remainder of that year by action of the Executive Council.

Any active member of The Society shall have the privilege of nominating candidates for office at the Annual Business Meeting.

Amendment 1 passed January 25, 1995: Voting for the officers of the Executive Council and/or the At-Large members of the Executive Council may be conducted at the Annual Business Meeting or by mail-in vote. Which method is used will be determined by the members present at the Annual Business Meeting in conjunction with members of the Executive Council.

Article V. Annual Business Meeting and Scientific Session

Section 1. Annual Business Meeting and Scientific Session

The Annual Business Meeting of The Society shall be held every year in conjunction with the Society of Perinatal Obstetricians' Annual Special Interest Group Meeting for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy. The scientific session shall be arranged by the President-Elect as program chairman for the Executive Council and The Society. The Annual Business Meeting of The Society will usually be held at the end of the Special Session and will be closed to all but active members, honorary members and invited guests as approved by the Executive Council. Arrangements to coordinate this meeting during the SPO Special Interest Group Session will be undertaken by the President-Elect as program chairman.

The order of business at the Annual Business Meeting shall be (1) reading of the last meeting's minutes; (2) report of the Executive Council by the President; (3) report of the President-Elect as scientific program chairman; (4) report of the Secretary-Treasurer; (5) report of other committees; (6) unfinished business; (7) new business; (8) election of officers; and (9) adjournment. Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings of The Society's Annual Business Meeting.

Members present at the Annual Business Meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business for The Society.

Amendment 2 passed January 25, 1995: The site of the Annual Business Meeting of the society shall be determined by the membership of the Society, in conjunction with the Executive Council.

Section 2. Special Meetings of The Society

Special meetings of The Society for business or educational reasons can be called by the Executive Council and held prior to the Annual Business Meeting and/or at an alternate site and time. Invitations to host a special meeting in an alternate site shall be reviewed and acted upon by the Executive Council with a continuing awareness by the Council to the convenience of the membership residing in different geographic areas as each site is selected. Members or other interested persons shall host meetings at alternate sites.

Article VI. Dues and Assessments

The fiscal year governing the business of The Society shall begin on the first day of January. Each active member shall pay in January the annual membership fee in advance for that year. The Executive Council shall determine each year the dues for the following year. Honorary members shall pay no dues or special assessments.

Any member who is delinquent in payment of dues for one year shall be notified by letter from the Secretary-Treasurer. If the member fails to respond within 30 days with full payment of the dues in arrears and due for the present year, this member shall be dropped from active membership and placed on a list of inactive members with outstanding dues. Active membership can be reinstated when the dues in arrears and due present year are paid in full. The Executive Council can act at the request of a member to retain him/her as an active member if the delinquency is due to ill health, hardship or retirement.

A membership card shall be made available to each active member of The Society after election to membership and payment of dues. A certificate of membership shall be made available to each active and honorary member of The Society after each election to membership.

Article VIII. Adoption

Upon presentation of this constitution at the Annual Business Meeting of The Society, an affirmative vote of at least two thirds (2/3rds) of the members present shall be required to approve the adoption of this constitution immediately following which time it will take effect immediately.