New England Surgical Society
New England Surgical Society

Spring 2022 Newsletter

Spring 2022 Newsletter
» President's Message
» Newsletter Editor's Corner
» Secretary's Message
» Program Chair's Message
» State Representative Updates
» Notice of Proposed Bylaw Changes
» Notice of 2022 Annual Meeting
» Notice of 2022 Surgical Resident and Fellow Research Day
» 2021 Annual Meeting Presentation Awards
» Summary of the 2021 Annual Business Meeting
» Task Force on Diversity & Inclusivity
» Dues Renewal
» Committee and Representative Listing
» NESS Job Board

NESS OFFICE
500 Cummings Center
Suite 4400
Beverly, MA 01915
Tel. (978) 927-8330
Fax: (978) 524-8890
www.NESurgical.org

Notice of Proposed Bylaw Changes

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE NESS BY-LAWS

The NESS By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds electronic vote of the membership within 30 days following the Annual Meeting of the Society when it has been proposed, provided that the proposed alteration has been approved by the Executive Committee and electronically circulated to the Society at least 60 days preceding the vote.

AMENDMENT officializes the Publications Committee and converts the current Diversity & Inclusivity Task Force into a standing Committee.

Additions are in Bold Underline and deletions are in strikethrough.

ARTICLE IX PUBLICATIONS

Manuscripts shall be reviewed and critiqued by the Publications Committee in an effort to provide useful feedback prior to submission to the Journal in which the New England Surgical Society Annual Meeting papers are published. Members of the Committee shall be chosen by the Recorder. The Executive Committee reserves the right to add at-large members at their discretion.

ARTICLE X DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVITY

Membership and activities of the New England Surgical Society shall be enhanced by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, through increased engagement of diverse members of the profession of surgery to achieve an environment that promotes and celebrates mutual respect, equity, and inclusion. The (Co-)Chair(s) of the Committee shall be appointed by the Executive Committee. Members of the Committee shall be chosen by the President. The Executive Committee reserves the right to add at-large members at their discretion. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee will appoint no more than two Ombudspeople to the Program Committee and to the Publications Committee, to oversee and ensure diversity within all program content.

AMENDMENT changes the eligibility criteria for Senior status to either retirement or disability.

Additions are in Bold Underline and deletions are in strikethrough.

ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP

Section j. Senior membership will be automatic for all active, associate, and affiliate members the year following the year in which they reach the age of 65 prior to September 1st. Senior membership is open to any active, associate, or affiliate member who has either retired from full-time employment or become disabled. Upon meeting either criterion, an active, associate, or affiliate member may, upon request and by approval of the Executive Committee, be transferred to Senior status. Senior members shall be exempt from dues; furthermore, Senior members who reside within the New England States shall have all other rights and privileges of the Society including the right to vote and hold office.

As a related POLICY separate from the By-Laws, if a member has reached the age of 70 and is in arrears for two years but has not communicated anything to the NESS regarding retirement or disability, the NESS could automatically transfer that member to Senior status.

AMENDMENT removes the limits on the total number of Active members as well as on the number of new Active members able to be elected in a single year.

Additions are in Bold Underline and deletions are in strikethrough.

ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP

Section b. Active membership shall be limited to 425 members. No more than 35 There shall be no limitation on the number of new Active members shall that can be elected in any single year. Honorary membership shall be limited to 5 members. There shall be no limitation for active, senior, associate, candidate, or affiliate members.

AMENDMENT formalizes the Immediate Past President as an Officer of the Executive Committee and removes the American Board of Surgery Representative from the Executive Committee.

Additions are in Bold Underline and deletions are in strikethrough.

ARTICLE III - OFFICERS

Section a. The officers of the Society shall be a President, a President-Elect, a Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and a Recorder, and the Immediate Past President.

Section c. The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers of the Society, the representative of the Society on the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons, the representative of the Society on the Advisory Council for Surgery of the American College of Surgeons, the designated representative of the Society on the American Board of Surgery, and six State Representatives, one from each of the New England States. The representative of the Society on the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons, and on the American Board of Surgery shall be nominated by the Executive Committee and approved by the Society. Membership on the Executive Committee shall be contingent upon the final acceptance of these this nominees by the American College of Surgeons and the American Board of Surgery.