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 inspire excellence in the
practice of Rheumatology through cutting edge scientific knowledge,
professional collaboration and advocacy.
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 IV. 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
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 V. 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 VI. Officers
Section 1. The officers of this organization shall be:
all of whom shall be members in good standing.
- 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.
- Secretary-Treasurer, 5 year term, does not progress to office of President.
Section 2. – Officer Terms
The President, Vice President, Program Chair and Membership Chair shall
hold office for one year or until their successors have been qualified and
elected. They shall not be eligible for successive reelection. The Executive
Liaison and Secretary-Treasurer shall hold office for up to five years or
until his/her successor has been elected and qualified.
Section 3. – Officer Roles
President: The president is responsible for and has commensurate
authority to accomplish the following duties:
- Presides at all meetings of the membership, board of directors and officers.
- Sees that the officers and board of directors are kept fully informed on the conditions and operations of GSR.
- Sees that basic policies and programs that will further the
goals and objectives of GSR are planned, formulated and
presented to the officers and board of directors. Provides
continuity and support of on-going programs.
- Consults with the staff director in planning the annual
meeting, formulating board' meeting agendas, communicating
with the membership, overseeing committee activities and
reviewing nominations and awards.
- Works with the secretary/treasurer to establish a budget and
review income and expense.
- Reviews and approves correspondence sent by staff.
- Serves as GSR's representative to functions, meetings councils
and MAG. Acts as spokesman for GSR to the press, legislative
bodies and related organizations.
- Appoints and/or replaces all chairmen and members of GSR
committees and taskforces.
- Acts in the absence of the president and performs other duties
as pertain to that office
- Attends meetings of the board, executive committee and
business meetings of the GSR.
- Accepts responsibilities and assignments delegated by the
president, such as representing the president with allied
organizations and any other duties appropriate to the
- Recruit, recommend and secure all of the speakers for the
- Works with the Executive Director to plan the program of all
meetings including the annual educational conference.
- Presents a tentative program agenda for the annual educational
conference to be approved by the board.
- Develops a membership recruitment plan.
- Surveys members for input on membership benefits/meeting
- Recommends activities which may encourage membership
- Takes the minutes and keeps the records of all meetings of the
membership, executive board and board of directors.
- Reads the minutes at meetings of the membership, executive
board and board of directors.
- Oversees GSR's funds by reviewing monthly financial reports.
- Presents an annual financial report to the membership.
Presents financial reports to the board of directors.
- Monitors and supervises the financial affairs of the GSR to
determine their cost-effectiveness and proper utilization.
- Consults with the president and director or his designate in
formulating the annual budget to include income and expense
projections, preparing reports, handling irregularities,
collection of funds, and any other activities related to the
execution of the duties and responsibilities commensurate with
the position of secretary/treasurer.
- Actively represents the interests and positions of the board
to groups outside of the board.
- Serves as an active supporter of the group, but is not
obligated to be an advocate of all of the groups positions.
Article VII. Committees
Section 1. There shall be standing committees of this Society as
Metropolitan Atlanta Rheumatology Society/Atlanta Bone Club
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
Article VIII. Amendments
Section 1. Proposed amendments to this constitution will be considered
and acted upon at the annual Business Meeting of the Society. The membership
shall be notified of any proposed amendment at least four (4) weeks in
advance of this meeting. 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
Amended: September 13,1969, September 17, 1971, April 17, 2004,
June 7, 2008, June 13, 2009, November 4, 2019