GSR Bylaws

CONSTITUTION
GEORGIA SOCIETY OF RHEUMATOLOGY

Article I. Name

The name of this organization shall be "The Georgia Society of Rheumatology."

Article II. Purpose

The purpose of this organization shall be to stimulate interest in and increase the knowledge of arthritis and rheumatic diseases among physicians, allied health professionals, and laymen.

This association is organized exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Article III. Power

Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the association shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an association exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law) or (b) an association contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or corresponding provision of any corresponding provision of any future Unites States Internal Revenue Law).

Article III. Membership

Section 1. Active membership in this organization shall be limited to physicians and other scientists having a particular interest in some phase of arthritis and rheumatic diseases. Physician members shall have a M.D. or D.O. degree. Only Active Members may hold office.

Section 2. Associate membership in this organization shall be limited to physician assistants and nurse practitioners directly supervised by a Rheumatologist.

Section 3. Training membership in this organization shall be limited to physicians who shall be currently enrolled or have completed a training program in rheumatology or a related field within the past year.

Article IV. Policies

The policies of this organization shall comply with the laws of the State of Georgia at all times and recognize the policies of the American College of Rheumatology and the Medical Association of Georgia.

Article V. Officers

Section 1. The officers of this organization shall be:

President, 1 year term.
Vice-President, 1 year term, progresses to office of President.
Program Chair, 1 year term, progresses to office of Vice-President.
Membership Chair, 1 year term, progresses to office of Program Chair.
Executive Liaison, 5 year term, does not progress to office of President.
Treasurer, 5 year term, does not progress to office of President.

all of whom shall be members in good standing.

Article VI. Committees

Section 1. There shall be standing committees of this Society as follows:

Executive Committee
CME Committee
Membership Committee
Metropolitan Atlanta Rheumatology Society/Atlanta Bone Club
Program Committee

Section 2. In addition to the committees listed under Section 1, above, the President shall appoint such committees as may be necessary for the purpose of proper conduct of business and activities of this organization.

Article VIII. Amendments

Section 1. Proposed amendments to this constitution will be considered and acted upon by the membership. The membership shall be notified of any proposed amendment at least four (4) weeks in advance of the vote. This will apply to any additions to or change in the bylaws of this society.

Section 2. A two-thirds majority o£ the members present and voting shall be necessary to adopt any amendment.

Article IX. Dissolution

Upon dissolution of this association, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the Federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the association is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

Adopted at Organization Meeting
November 13, 1967

Amended: September 13, 1969, September 17, 1971, April 17, 2004, June 7, 2008, June 13, 2009, June 2, 2012.