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ASSR Bylaws

ARTICLE I

Name

The Society shall be known as the American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR).  Hereinafter the word “Society” shall indicate the American Society of Spine Radiology.

ARTICLE II

Relationship to the American Society of Neuroradiology

The Society shall be a specialty society of the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR).  A member of the Society need not be a member of the ASNR, however, membership is encouraged.

ARTICLE III

Objectives

The objectives and purposes of the Society shall be consonant with those of the ASNR but shall emphasize spine imaging and image-guided spine interventions, including specifically:

Section 1.
To develop, foster and support high standards of practice, research and education in spine imaging and image guided spine interventions.

Section 2.
To stimulate the development of spine imaging and image guided spine interventions both as distinct entities and as significant constituent parts of neuroradiology.

Section 3.
To promote a close fellowship and exchange of ideas amongst neuroradiologists, radiologists, physicians, surgeons, and scientists interested in the spine.

Section 4.
To promote close cooperation between the Society and other appropriate societies or associations in radiology, neuroradiology, and related sciences.

Section 5.
To advance the objectives and purposes of the Society by sponsoring, encouraging and electing neuroradiologists interested in spine imaging or image guided spine interventions to prominent position in the ASNR and in kindred scientific organizations.

Section 6.
To provide meetings for the dissemination of knowledge by presentation of scientific papers, lectures, discussion, fora, etc. either as part of the Annual Scientific Meeting of the ASNR, and/or independent of that meeting but with the support of the ASNR.

ARTICLE IV

Membership

Section 1.
The membership of the Society shall consist of five categories:

  1. Active Members
  2. Associate Members
  3. Honorary Members
  4. Emeritus Members
  5. In-Training Members

Section 2.
Active Members
: Active members shall be radiologists who practice or have a special interest in spine imaging or image guided spine interventions, typically devoting more than twenty-five (25) percent of their professional time to such areas.

An Active Member shall fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Shall be a radiologist certified by the American Board of Radiology, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American Osteopathic College of Radiology, or other Board or Tribunal which, in the judgment of the Executive Committee, is of equivalent rank, and
  2. Shall be judged worthy of inclusion in the Society, on the basis of documented interest in and/or contribution to spine radiology.

Section 3.
Associate Members
: Associate members shall be physicians, surgeons, academic scientists, or other allied health professional, with special interest in, spine imaging or imaging related procedures.

Section 4.
Honorary Members
: Honorary members of the Society shall be individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to spine imaging or image guided spine interventions, whether or not they meet criteria for other categories of membership.  Nominations for Honorary membership may be submitted in writing by any member of the ASSR, directly to the Executive Committee.  Those individuals found worthy by majority vote of the Executive Committee shall be proposed to the voting (Active) members of the Society for possible election at the succeeding Annual Business Meeting.

Section 5.
Emeritus Members:
Emeritus members shall be Active and Associate members who have retired from active practice and wish to remain in the Society.

Section 6.
In-Training Members : In-Training members shall be individuals who have an interest in spine radiology and are currently participating in a full-time musculoskeletal imaging or ACCME-accredited neuroradiology training program.

Section 7.
Election to Membership :

  1. Candidates for membership in the Society who are not ASNR members, nor members of any ASNR managed specialty/regional society must be sponsored in writing by one individual who can substantiate the reputation and qualifications of the candidate, and his/her involvement in or interests toward spine radiology.  This individual must be an Active Member in good standing.  Candidates who hold ASNR membership and/or membership in any ASNR managed specialty/regional society are exempt from this requirement.
  2. Only those applications from applicants who are not members of ASNR or of any ASNR-managed specialty/regional society would be sent to the Membership Committee for review and approval.
  3. Nominations for Honorary membership may be submitted by any category of members of the Society, directly to the Executive Committee.  Those individuals found worthy by majority vote of the Executive Committee shall be proposed to the members of the Society for possible election at the succeeding annual business meeting.

ARTICLE V

Rights and Benefits of Membership

Active Members, Associate Members and Honorary Members in good standing shall have the right to participate in the scientific and business meetings and activities of the Society.

Only Active Members in good standing have the right to serve on standing committees, to propose candidates for nomination, to vote and to hold elective office in the Society.  Because of the special nature of the Society as a section of the ASNR, only those members of the Society who are simultaneously members of the ASNR may be appointed to represent the ASSR on the ASNR Executive Committee.

ARTICLE VI

Membership Fees and Dues

Section 1.
The dues and assessments for each category of membership shall be set by the Executive Committee.

Section 2.
The annual dues of the Society shall be due and payable on January 1 for the calendar year.  Prorated dues for less than one year may be approved for new members.

ARTICLE VII

Officers

The officers of the Society shall be the President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer and six (6) Members-at-Large.

ARTICLE VIII

Election of Officers

Section 1.
Only Active Members of the Society may be elected to office in the Society.

Section 2.
The officers of the Society shall serve one term of office.  A term of office shall be defined as the interval from the end of one Annual Business Meeting through the end of the next Annual Business Meeting with the exception of elected members-at-Large who will serve two years.

Section 3.
The Nominating Committee of the Society shall solicit by post or electronic mail from the Active members the names of Active members of the Society as candidates for nomination for each vacating elective office or position.  Based on the nominations received, the Nominating Committee shall recommend to the Executive Committee of the Society, no more than two candidates for each vacating elective office.  For the Member-at-Large, for which two individuals are to be elected, the Nominating Committee shall recommend no more than six candidates.  Appropriate candidates shall be placed on an election ballot and sent by post or electronic mail to all Active members with an address and deadline for return of valid ballots.  To be valid, ballots must be returned by electronic mail or postmarked by the deadline date.  Valid ballots from ten (10) percent of the Active members are required to constitute a valid election.  The ballots will be counted and verified by the Chair of the Nominating Committee.

Those elected must have received a majority of the valid ballots.  Results shall be reported to the President immediately, and to the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Business Meeting.  In the event of a tie in the voting, the tie would be broken by a vote of the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE IX

Duties of Officers

Section 1.
President: The President shall be the presiding officer of the Society and shall perform all duties which by custom and parliamentary practice are commonly associated with the office of the President.  The President shall chair the Executive Committee and be an ex-officio member of all other committees.

The President shall chair the Program Committee of the Society both as part of the ASNR scientific program, annual spine imaging symposium, and for such independent meetings as may occur from time to time.

Section 2:
President-Elect: The President-Elect shall co-chair the Program Committee of the Society with the President.  The President-Elect shall be assigned other duties as needed by the President.  The President-Elect shall ascend to the presidency after one term.

Section 3.
Vice-President:  The vice-president shall be vice-chair of the Program Committee, the chair of the Nominating Committee and shall ascend to President-Elect after one term.

Section 4.
Secretary/Treasurer:  The Secretary/Treasurer shall be responsible for the minutes, records and finances of the Society.  The Secretary/Treasurer monitors the membership to make sure that, at all time, fifty-one (51) percent of Active Members of the Society are also members of the ASNR.

Should the percentage of Active members fall below fifty-five (55) percent the Executive Committee would have the option to place a moratorium on applications for Associate membership.

Section 5.
Members-at-Large:  There shall be six (6) Members-at-Large.  Two (2) shall be appointed by the President and two (2) shall be elected each year by the voting (Active) members.  The two Members-at-Large who are elected by the members shall serve two consecutive terms (two years). The two members-at-large appointed by the President shall serve one term (one year).  The Members-at-Large will be responsible for the duties assigned to them by the President.  One shall be appointed by the President to chair the Rules Committee, a second to be a member of the Nominating Committee, a third and fourth to be a member of the Program Committee, and the fifth and sixth to a committee as selected by the President.

ARTICLE X

Committees

Section 1.
The Standing Committees of the Society include the following:

  1. Executive
  2. Program
  3. Nominating
  4. Membership
  5. Rules
  6. Meeting Planning
  7. Corporate Support

Section 2.
Executive:  The Executive Committee shall comprise the officers of the Society as voting members, including the three (3) most recent Past Presidents and shall be chaired by the President.

Section 3.
Program:  The Program Committee shall have seven (7) voting members and be chaired by the President.  It shall consist of the President, the President-Elect, the Vice-President, two Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee appointed by the president, and two members in good standing.

Section 4.
Nominating:  The Nominating Committee shall have four (4) voting members and be chaired by the Vice-President.  It shall consist of the Vice-President, one Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee appointed by the President, and two members in good standing nominated from the floor and elected at the Annual Business Meeting.

Section 5.
Membership
:  The Membership Committee shall consist of three (3) voting members appointed by the President so that one member is appointed each year, each member serving three years, with the senior-most member serving as Chair.

Section 6.
Rules:  The Rules Committee shall have three (3) voting members and be chaired by a Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee appointed by the President.  The chair of the committee shall appoint two (2) members of the Society in good standing to serve on the committee.

Section 7.
Meeting Planning:
The Meeting Planning Committee shall have five (5) voting members and be comprised of the President-Elect, and the First, Second, and Third Past Presidents of the Society and the current President.

Section 8.
Corporate Support: The members of the Corporate Support Committee are appointed by the President.  One of the members shall serve as Chair of the Committee.  The President will appoint the Chair.

Section 9.
Ad hoc Committees:  Ad hoc committees may be established by the President in consultation with the Executive Committee.  Committee members may be appointed to ad hoc committees by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee.

Section 10.
ASNR Committees:  The Executive Committee of the Society must strive for suitable representation by its members on all appropriate standing committees and ad hoc committees of the ASNR.

Section 11.
Length of Term:  Appointment to a standing committee shall be for a term as determined for each committee.  Each term year shall be defined as the interval from the end of one Annual Business Meeting through the end of the next Annual Business Meeting.

Section 12.
Committee Reports:  The chair of each committee shall report to the Executive Committee yearly in writing, and in advance of and in preparation for the Annual Business Meeting, all actions taken by that committee.

ARTICLE XI

Meetings

Section 1.
Annual ASSR Spine Symposium and Annual Business Meeting:  The Annual ASSR Spine Symposium shall be held at a date and time as agreed upon by the Executive Committee.  Additional scientific programming will be held in conjunction with the annual scientific meeting of the ASNR or at some other time as agreed upon by the Executive Committee.  The Annual Business Meeting shall take place during the Annual ASSR Spine Symposium.

Section 2.
Other Meetings.  Additional scientific meeting(s) of the Society may by held when necessary at a time to be decided upon by the Executive Committee.  From time to time, as it may see fit, the Society may decide to participate in the scientific meetings of other kindred societies.  Special business meetings may be called by the President, or upon written petition of one-third of the Active Members of the Society.

Section 3.
Executive Committee Meetings:  The Executive Committee shall meet at least twice yearly in conjunction with the Annual ASSR Spine Symposium and annual scientific and business meetings of the ASNR.  Additional meetings may be convened from time to time upon 30 days written notice to the members of the Executive Committee.

Section 4.
Quorum and Vote:  The quorum for the Annual Business Meeting shall be 10% of the voting membership.  Only Active Members of the Society shall be allowed to vote.  Unless specified otherwise in the Bylaws, a majority vote of those present and voting shall be necessary to carry a motion.

ARTICLE XII

ASNR Subspecialty Group Representation

The President and Vice-President shall act as the Representative and Alternate Representative of the Society to the ASNR Executive Committee.  In the event that the President or Vice-President is not a Senior ASNR Member and therefore cannot serve on the ASNR Executive Committee, the ASSR President shall appoint an ASNR/ASSR member to sit on the ASNR Executive Committee as the Representative or Alternate Representative of the Society.

ARTICLE XIII

Amendments to the Bylaws

Amendments to the Bylaws must be sponsored by two members of the Society.  Ratification will require approval of two-thirds of members voting either at the Annual Business Meeting or by mail ballot.  If voting is to take place at Annual Business Meeting, the membership must be notified in writing of proposed amendments at least thirty (30) days prior to the next Annual Business Meeting.

ARTICLE XIV

Finances

The Executive Committee of the Society shall be empowered to obtain additional funds as needed, from either its own membership or from outside agencies acceptable in principle to the Society and the ASNR, to fulfill its aims and objectives.  The Executive Committee of the Society shall be responsible for all moneys received.

Adopted at the Third Annual Business Meeting in Chicago, IL, April 26, 1995.

Amended at the Fourth Annual Business Meeting in Seattle, WA, June 26, 1996.

Amended at the Fifth Annual Business Meeting in Toronto, ON, Canada, May 19, 1997.

Amended at the Sixth Annual Business Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, May 20, 1998.

Amended at the Twelfth Annual Business Meeting in Seattle, WA on June 10, 2004.

Amended at the Thirteenth Annual Business Meeting in Toronto, ON, Canada, May 26, 2005.

Amended at the Fifteenth Annual Business Meeting in Chicago, IL, June 14, 2007.

Amended by Online Ballot August 8, 2008.