This Society shall be known as the "Asia-Pacific Hernia Society (APHS)" hereinafter referred to as the "Society".
Its place of business shall be at "Department of Surgery, National University Hospital, 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119074," or such other address as may subsequently be decided upon by the General Meeting upon recommendation of the Executive Committee, and approved by the Registrar of Societies, Singapore. The Society shall carry out its activities only in places and premises which have the prior written approval from the relevant authorities, where necessary.
The Founding Members, who credited and approved these bylaws, D Lomanto (Singapore); P Chowbey, New Delhi (India); AY Jasmi, KL (Malaysia); George Kiroff, Melbourne (Australia); and Wei-Keat Cheah (Singapore).
The object of the Society shall be to promote and advance the teaching and research of hernia surgery in the Asia-Pacific region. The Society will organize congresses or workshops as part of the activities to promote its object.
Membership of the Society shall be in three categories:
(a) Honorary Member
(a) Full Member
(a) Corporate Member
Two Full Members, not being members of the Executive Committee, shall be elected as Internal Auditors at General Meeting and will hold office for not more than four consecutive years. They will be required to audit each financial year's account and present a report upon them to the General Meeting. They may be required by the President to audit the Society's accounts for any period within their tenure of office at any date and make a report to the Committee. The financial year of the Society shall be from 1st March to end February. The account of the Society would be submitted yearly to the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore by the Executive Committee. A firm of Certified Public Accountants would also be appointed as External Auditors at the Annual General Meeting for a term of one year and shall be eligible for reappointment.
When the sixth Trustee is inducted the first Trustee will automatically retire.
In the event of any matter or question pertaining to the day to day administration which is not provided for in this constitution the Executive Committee shall have the power to use its own discretion. The decision of the Executive Committee shall be final unless it is reversed at a General Meeting of members.
No alteration or addition/deletion to this Constitution shall be made except at a General Meeting and with the consent of at least two-thirds of the total voting membership of the Society present at the General Meeting and they shall not come into force without the prior approval of the Registrar of Societies.
In the event of any dispute arising amongst members, they shall attempt to resolve the matter at an Extraordinary General Meeting in accordance with this Constitution. Should the members fail to resolve the matter, they may bring the matter to a court of law for settlement.
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