|ARTICLE I - NAME AND OFFICES||ARTICLE IX - ADOPTION AND AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS|
|ARTICLE II - OBJECTIVE||ARTICLE X - ANNUAL AND FINANCIAL REPORTS|
|ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP||ARTICLE XI - FISCAL YEAR|
|ARTICLE IV - MEETINGS OF MEMBERS||ARTICLE XII - RESOLUTIONS|
|ARTICLE V - ELECTED OFFICERS||ARTICLE XIII - PRIZES|
|ARTICLE Vl - ADMINISTRATION OF THE SOCIETY||ARTICLE XIV - JOURNAL|
|ARTICLE VII - TERRITORIAL CHAPTERS||APPENDIX - APPENDIX 1|
|ARTICLE VIII - COMMITTEES||AMENDMENTS - AMENDMENTS|
ARTICLE I - NAME AND OFFICES
Section 1 - Name
The name of this society shall be: INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY
Section 2 - Offices
The principal office of the Society and the mailing address shall be located in the city of residence of the Secretariat. The Society may also have offices at such other places as the Officers and Executive Council may from time to time establish as the purposes of the Society may require.
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ARTICLE II - OBJECTIVE
The objective of the Society shall be to foster and strengthen epidemiological studies on the effects of environmental exposures to human populations, stimulate communication among Epidemiologists, Toxicologists, Exposure Analysts and others in related fields, recommend approaches to substantive or methodological problems, and strengthen the impact of environmental epidemiology on environmental health policy.
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Section 1 - General Scientific Meetings
Section 1 - Number
ARTICLE Vl - ADMINISTRATION OF THE SOCIETY
Section 1 - Control and Administration of the Society
The control and administration of the Society affairs shall be vested in an Executive Council consisting of the elected Officers and Councilors.
The President of the Society shall be the Chair of the Executive Council. The Executive Council shall determine the nature and conduct of meetings, advise on policies of the Society, be custodian of the funds of the Society, and shall conduct other business of the Society.
The Officers will have the authority to establish other committees at the directive of the Executive Council and as deemed necessary.
Section 2 - Meetings
The Executive Council may meet in person or via conference call, the time and place set by the President. Meetings of the Executive Council shall also be called by the Secretary- Treasurer upon the written request of four members of the Council. Notice of special meetings must be made to all members of the Executive Council thirty (30) days prior to the date of the meeting. Committee chairs, territorial chapter presidents and meeting organizers may be invited to attend regular Executive Council meetings as ad hoc members.
Section 3 - Quorum
At all meetings of the Executive Council a majority of the Members thereof shall be necessary and sufficient to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and the act of a majority of the members present at any meeting at which there is a quorum shall be the act of the Executive Council except as may be otherwise specifically provided by law.
Section 4 - Contracts and Services
The Executive Council of the Society may be interested directly or indirectly in any contract relating to the operations conducted by the Society or in any contract for furnishing supplies thereto, and no transaction entered into by the Society shall be affected by the fact that the Executive Council members were personally interested in it and every Executive Council member is hereby relieved from any disability resulting from holding such office that might otherwise prevent his or her contracting with the Society for the benefit of him or herself or of any firm, association or corporation in which he or she has any interest, provided that such information is revealed to the Executive Council.
Section 5 - Compensation
Executive Council members, as such, shall not receive any stated salary for their services, but by resolution of the Executive Council expenses, if any, may be allowed for participation at each regular or special meeting of the Executive Council; provided that the Executive Council shall have power at its discretion to contract for and to pay to Executive Council members rendering unusual or exceptional services to the Society special compensation appropriate to the value of such services.
Section 6 - Contracts
The Officers with approval of the Executive Council, except as in these Bylaws otherwise provided, may authorize any Officers, agent or agents, to enter into any contract to execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the Society, and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances; and unless so authorized by the Executive Council, no Officer, agent, or employee shall have power or authority to bind the Society by a contract or engagement or to pledge its credit or render it liable pecuniarily for any purpose or to any amount.
ARTICLE VII - TERRITORIAL CHAPTERS
A Territorial chapter shall be considered for charter by the Society at the request of at least 15 members of the Society within a specified geographical region. Their purpose is to promote the goals and purposes of the Society with specific attention focused on local issues. A chapter shall be chartered after the submission for approval of a set of bylaws by the officers of the proposed chapter to the Executive Council. Initial approval shall be granted for a period of three years, and final approval granted after a review and acceptance of a progress report by the Executive Council. If a Chapter ceases to function, it can be terminated or placed in an inactive category by the Executive Council.
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ARTICLE VIII - COMMITTEES
Section 1 - Nomination Committee
At each General Meeting the Officers shall appoint a Nominations Committee of at least three (3) members of the Society, who shall serve until the next General Meeting. Should the appointees not be able to serve, they may be replaced.
The Nominations Committee shall make nominations for officers and the Executive Council giving strong consideration as to geographical and Professional discipline balance. Nominations will be solicited from the general membership.
Section 2 - Other Committees
Other committees, including a membership committee, of the Society may be constituted for the promotion of the objectives of the Society. Their membership, jurisdiction, and tenure shall be determined by the Executive Council.
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ARTICLE IX - ADOPTION AND AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
Bylaws may be adopted, amended, or rescinded by mail ballot or by the affirmative vote of a majority of the members voting at a General Meeting. An amendment may be proposed by any member and seconded by at least five members of the Society. It must be submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer no less than 60 days prior to the annual meeting for consideration by the Executive Council and will then be included in the annual mail ballot. An Amendment petitioned by not less than 1/3 of the membership can be placed directly on the ballot.
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ARTICLE X - ANNUAL AND FINANCIAL REPORTS
The Officers shall annually submit to the Executive Council and then to the Society for adoption and approval a report on the general state and proceedings of the Society for the past year, a balance sheet and financial statement for the past year properly reviewed, and an estimate of the probable income and expenditures of the Society for the ensuing year.
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ARTICLE XI - FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year of the Society shall begin on the first day of July in each year and shall end on the thirtieth day of June following.
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ARTICLE XII - RESOLUTIONS
Resolutions may be presented to the Membership at the General Meeting by the Executive Council, or by petition of any member of the Society according to the following procedures: (1) By submitting a written draft of the resolution, with the signatures of five other members, to the Secretary-Treasurer at least 45 days before a General meeting or other defined date by the Officers. Such a resolution must be approved by the Officers and then by a simple majority of voting members; or (2) By submitting a written draft of the resolution to the Secretary-Treasurer at or before the general business meeting. This draft shall include the sponsors of the resolution and specify its mode of implementation. Such a resolution must be approved by a majority of members voting.
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Section 1- Number
ARTICLE XIV - JOURNAL
The official journal of the Society shall be decided by the Executive Council on recommendation of the general membership. The Society shall enter into a contract with the journal, on approval by the Executive Council, to be signed by at least the President. The Officers shall report to the members, from time to time, on relationships with the journal.
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APPENDIX I - RESOLUTION ON THE PURPOSES OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY
Whereas environmental policy-making has been hampered by the scarcity or poor comprehension of good epidemiological studies of effects of environmental exposures on human populations, and
Whereas environmental epidemiology requires the cooperation of epidemiologists, statisticians, toxicologist, and those professionally qualified to estimate environmental exposure, and
Whereas no existing scientific professional organization is dedicated to stimulating the international communication among these groups and thereby to promote the effectiveness of environmental epidemiology, and
Whereas no existing organization provides a forum to which governmental agencies, industrial associations, or public interest organizations can turn for the organization of multi- disciplinary groups to make recommendations on substantive or methodological problem areas in environmental epidemiology, and
Whereas no existing organization is available to take the initiative in identifying areas or topics in which environmental epidemiology can make an impact on environmental policy,
Therefore we join in the establishment of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology in order to meet these needs and to strengthen the scientific input to environmental protection.
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