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MEDICAL SOCIETIES OF NEW YORK STATE. 66l

CONSTITUTION.

ARTICLE I.— PURPOSES OF THE SOCIETY.

The purposes of the Society shall be to federate and bring into one compact
organization the medical profession of the State of New York; to extend medical
knowledge and advam e medical science; to elevate the standard of medical education
and to secure the enactment and enforcement of just medical laws; to promote
friendly intercourse among physicians; to guard and foster the material interests
of its members, and to protect them against imposition; and to enlighten and direct
public opinion in regard to the great problems of State medicine.

ARTICLE II. — MEMBERSHIP.

Section 1. The membership of this Society shall include all members of the
county medical societies now in affiliation with this Society, and all members of
other county medical societies to which charters shall be granted by the House of
Delegates pursuant to the By-Laws of this Society, and any member ceasing to be a
member of a county medical society shall cease to be a member of this Society.

Sec. 2. The term county medical society as used in this Constitution shall be
deemed to include all societies now in affiliation with this society or which may be
organized and chartered by the House of Delegates.

Sec. 3. The membership of the Society shall be divided into eight district branches,
as provided in the By-Laws.

ARTICLE III.— OFFICERS.

Sen ion 1. Ihf- officers of the Society shall be a President, three Vice-Presidents,
a Secretary, a Treasurer, and one Councilor from each District Branch. They shall
be elected annually by ballot for the term of one year, except the Councilors, and
the majority of the votes cast shall elect.

The President. Vice-Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected by the
House of Delegates. At the first election in the District Branch societies hereafter
held, the Councilors for the First, Second, Third and Fourth District Branches shall
be elected for the term of two years. The Councilors for the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh
and Eighth District Branches shall be elected for one year, and thereafter all
Councilors shall be elected for the term of two years by the District Branch of the
District in which they reside and shall be the respective Presidents thereof.

Sec. 2. All officers and the elected members of the standing committees shall
assume office at the close of the annua! meeting of the Society.

Sec. 3. No delegate elected to the House of Delegates shall be a candidate for a
general office in the Society until after the expiration of the term for which he
shall have been elected a delegate, and no person shall be elected to any office in
the Society who shall not have been a member of the Society for two years imme-
diately preceding the date of his election.

ARTICLE IV.— HOUSE OF DELEGATES.

The House of Delegates shall be the legislative body of the Society and shall be
charged with the general management, superintendence and control of the Society
and its affairs, and shall have such general powers as may be necessarily incident
thereto. It shall have the power to suspend or otherwise discipline county societies.
It shall be composed of the officers of the Society and of the chairmen of standing
committees, who shall be ex-offlcio members thereof, and of the delegates elected
to the House of Delegates by county societies in affiliation with the Society. Each
county society shall be entitled to elect to the House of Delegates as many delegates
as there shall be state assembly districts in that county at the time of the elec-
tion; except that each county society shall be entitled to elect at least one delegate
and except that whenever at the time of election, the membership of a county
society shall include members from an adjoining county or counties in which there
shall be no county society in affiliation with this Society, such county society
shall be entitled to elect, from among such members, as many additional delegates
.is there are assembly districts in the county or counties so represented in its
membership.



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The House of Delegates may provide for a division of the scientific work of the
Society into appropriate sections, and for the organization of the District Branches;
and it shall have such additional powers and duties not inconsistent with this
Constitution as the By-Laws may authorize or prescribe. It may adopt rules and
regulations for its own government and for the administration of the affairs of the
Society, not repugnant to the Constitution and By-Laws of the Society; and it may
delegate to the Council such power and authority as may be necessary to the
efficient administration of the affairs of the Society, while the House of Delegates
shall not be in session.

ARTICLL V.— COUNCIL.

The Council shall be the executive body of the Society. It shall consist of the
officers of the Society and of the chairmen of standing committees. The Council
shall be the Finance Committee of the Society and shall have such additional powers
and duties as the By-Laws may prescribe. It may adopt rules and regulations for
its own government and for the administration of the affairs of the Society within
its control not repugnant to the Constituion and By-Laws of the Society or to the
rules and regulations which may be adopted by the House of Delegates.

ARTICLE VI. — MEETINGS..

Section 1. The Medical Society of the State of New York may, from time to time,
change the place and day of holding its annual meeting to such other place and
day in the year as may be more convenient, by a two-thirds vote of all the
members of the House of Delegates of said Society present at any anniversary
or annual meeting of said Society, provided, that no such change shall be made
unless notice of the intention to change the time and place of such annual meeting
shall have been first given at a previous regular annual meeting. An entry in the
minutes of said Society of notice of such intention to change the time and place
of the annual meeting, and an entry in such minutes of the vote taken upon any
motion made pursuant to any such notice, shall be prima facie evidence of such
notice, motion, and the vote had thereon respectively. Chapter 213 of the laws
of 1909.

Sec. 2. Intermediate stated meetings may be held at such time and place as the
House of Delegates may appoint.

Sec. 3. The notices of the annual, regular and special meetings of the Medical
Society of the State of New York, its House of Delegates, Council and Censors, shall
state the date, place and hour, and shall be mailed in securely postpaid wrapper to
each member, at least ten days before said meeting. The affidavit of mailing by
the Secretary of the Society to the last recorded address of the member shall be
deemed sufficient proof of the service of such notice upon each and every member
for any and all purposes.

ARTICLE VII. — FUNDS.

Section 1. Funds shall be raised by an annual per capita assessment on each
county society at a uniform per capita rate throughout the State. Funds may also
be raised by voluntary contributions, by the sale of the publications of the Society,
and in any other manner approved by the House of Delegates. No funds of the
Society shall be appropriated for any purpose except by authority of a resolution
of the Council, nor shall any indebtedness be incurred by officers, members of
committees or members of the Society until the same shall have been approved
by the Council.

Sec. 2. The State annual per capita assessment shall be $3 and shall be collected
by the county treasurers at the same time and as part of the county dues, and
shall be remitted to the State Treasurer by the treasurer of each county society on
or before the first day of June of each year.

ARTICLE VIII.— REFERENDUM.

Section 1. At any annual or stated meeting of the Society a majority of the
members present may order a general referendum on any question in accordance
with such general regulations respecting the manner of submission as the House of
Delegates may prescribe. Members of the Society may vote thereon by mail or



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by roll call in open meeting. The poll on the question snail be closed at the
expiration of ten days after the general submission; and if he members votitig
shall comprise a majority of all the members of the Society, a majority of such
vote shall determine the question and be binding on the House of Delegates.

Sec. 2. The House of Delegates may voluntarily, by the vote of a majority of its
members present at any meeting, submit any question before it to a general refer-
endum, as provided in the preceding section, and the result shall be binding on
the House of Delegates.

ATICLE IX.— AMENDMENTS.

No article of this Constitution shall be amended except by a two-thirds vote of
the delegates present at any annual meeting, nor unless notice of the proposed
amendment shall have been given at a previous annual meeting and shall have been
published twice during the year in the official bulletin or journal of the Society,
or sent by order of the House of Delegates to each county society in affiliation with
the Society at least two months before the meeting at which final action shaW be
taken thereon.



BY-LAWS.

CHAPTER I. —MEMBERSHIP.

Section 1. A copy of the roster of members of a county society, certified by the
secretary of that society to be correct, shall be prima facie evidence of their right
to membership in this Society, but the delegates of a county society which is in
default in the payment of any dues or assessments imposed by the House of
Delegates or by any county society which shall be under sentence of suspension
imposed by the House of Delegates, shall not be entitled to sit in the House of
Delegates during the continuance of such default or suspension; nor shall any
person who is under sentence of suspension from a county society be entitled to
exercise any of the rights or privileges of membership in this Society during the
period of his suspension.

RETIRED MEMBERSHIP.

Sec. 2. Members in good standing who are seventy years of age or over may,
by a majority vote of the House of Delegates present and voting at any annual
meeting, become retired members. Applicants for retired membership must be
approved and endorsed by the President and Secretary of the County Society to
which they belong, and the application must be sent to the Secretary of the State
Society in time for presentation at the first meeting of the House of Delegates.
Retired members shall be entitled to the privilege of attending and addressing the
meetings of the Society, but shall not be accorded other rights or privileges of
membership, nor be subject to asssessments.

HONORARY MEMBERSHIP.

Sec. 3. Honorary membership may be conferred upon distinguished physicians
residing outside of the State of New York at any annual meetings, by a two-thirds
vote of the delegates present and voting, provided the nomination has been mi le
at a previous annual meeting. All such nominations must be endorsed by three
members of the Society and forwarded to the Secretary in time for presentation
at the first meeting of the House of Delegates. Honorary members shall be entitled
to the privilege of attending and addressing the meetings of the Society, but shall
not be accorded other rights or privileges of membership, nor be subject to
assessments.

Honorary membership created by this section shall include the list of honorary
members already enrolled.

CHAPTER II.— MEETINGS.

Section 1. Each member in attendance at the annual session of the Society shall
enter his name and the name of his county society in the register to be kept by
the Secretary of the Society for that purpose. No member shall take part in any
of the proceedings at an annual session until he shall have complied wi*h the
provisions of this section.



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Sec. 2. All registered members may attend and participate in the proceedings and
discussions of the general meetings of the Society and of the sections.

Sec. 3. The following shall be the order of business at all general meetings of
the Society:

1. Calling the Society to order.

2. Address of welcome by the Chairman of the Committee on Arrangements.

3. Readings the minutes of the last meeting.

4. Reports of special committees.

5. Special addresses.

6. President's address.

7. Reading and discussion of papers.
S. Miscellaneous business.

Sec. 4. Special meetings of the Society shall be called by the President upon
the request of one hundred members; and in case of the failure, inability or refusal
of the President to act, such meetings may be called by a notice thereof subscribed
by one hundred members.

Sec. 5. Special meetings of the House ef Delegates shall be called by the President
upon the request of fifty delegates; and in case of the failure, inability or refusal
of the President to act, such meetings may be called by a notice thereof subscribed
by fifty delegates.

CHAPTER III.— HOUSE OF DELEGATES.

Section 1. The House of Delegates shall meet annually in the evening of the day
before the annual meeting of the Society. It may adjourn from time to time as
may be necessary to complete its business, providing that its meetings shall conflict
as little as possible with the annual meeting of the Society.

Sec. 2. Thirty delegates shall constitute a quorum.

Sec. 3. The House of Delegates shall make careful inquiry into the condition of
the profession in each county of the State, and shall have authority to adopt such
methods and measures not in conflict with the Constitution and By-Laws of the
Society as it may deem most efficient for building up and increasing the interest in
such county societies as already exist; for organizing the profession in counties
where societies do not exist; for organizing district branches, and for protecting the
members of the Society against suits for alleged malpractice.

Sec. 4. It shall elect delegates to the House of Delegates of the American Medical
Association in accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws of that body, and it
may elect or appoint such other delegates as in its judgment the interests of the
Society may require, and it shall provide for the issue or" credentials to all
delegates.

Sec. 5. It shall upon application provide for the issue of charters to county
societies in affiliation with the Society, and it shall hear and finally determine all
appeals taken from decisions of the Board of Censors.

Sec. 6. it shall have authority to appoint committees for special purposes from
among members of the Society. Such committees shall report to the House of
Delegates, and may be present at and participate in the debates on their reports.

Sec. 7. It shall have authority to organize the physicians of two or more sparsely
settled and adjoining counties into societies to be suitably designated so as to dis-
tinguish them from District Branches; and the societies so organized shall be entitled
to all rights and privileges of county societies and the members thereof to the
rights and privileges of members of county societies.

Sec. 8. The following shall be the order of business at the meetings of the
House of Delegates:

1. Calling the meeting to order.

2. Roll call by the Secretary.

3. Reading of the minutes of the previous meeting.

4. Report of the President.

5. Annual report of the Council.

6. Report of the Secretary.

7. Report of the Treasurer.

8. Reports of standing committees.

9. Reports of special committees.

10. Unfinished business.

11. New business.



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Sec. 9. The officers and committees of the Society to be elected by the House of
Delegates shall be elected at an adjournment of the annual meeting of the House
of Delegates, which adjourned meeting shall be held at a convenient hour on the
first day of the annual meeting of the Society. No member shall be eligible for any
office, or entitled to vote for any officer or delegate who is in arrears for county
dues and State per capita assessment.

Sec. 10. Method of Holding Elections.— All elections shali be by ballot, and a
majority of the votes cast shall be necessary to elect. In case no nominee receives
a majority of the votes on the first ballot, the nominee receiving the lowest number
of the votes shall be dropped and a new ballot taken. This procedure shall be
continued until one of the nominees receives a majority of all the votes cast, when
he shall be declared elected, but in case no delegate or alternate for the American
Medical Association receives on the first ballot a majority of the votes, the nominees
shall be declared elected in the order of the highest number of votes received, until
the allotted number shall have been chosen. In case of a tie vote for delegate or
alternate a new ballot shall be taken.

CHAPTER IV.— COUNCIL

Section 1. The Council shall meet at the close of the annual session of the
Society, to organize for the ensuing year.

It shall meet once during the months of May and December of each year, the
time and place to be selected by the President, and it shall meet at such other
times as occasion may arise, upon the request in writing of five members of the
Council, or upon the call of the President.

Sec. 2. Seven members shall constitute a quorum.

Sec. 3. The Council shall provide for and superintend all publications and their
distribution, and shall have authority to appoint an editor and such assistants as it
may deem necessary. All moneys of the Society received by the Council shall be
paid to the Treasurer of the Society. The Council shall audit the annual accounts
of the Treasurer and Secretary and other agents of the Society, and present a state-
ment of the same in its annual report to the House of Delegates. The report shall
also specify the character and cost of all publications of the Society during the
year, and the amount of all property belonging to the Society under its control. The
Council shall be empowered to fill any vacancies which may occur in any elective
or appointive o?ce not otherwise provided for. The Council shall also have general
supervision of all arrangements for the Annual Meeting.

Sec. 4. The following shall be the order of business at meetings of the Council:

1. Calling the meeting to order.

2. Roll call by the Secretary.

3. Reading of minutes and communications from the Secretary.

4. Communications from the Treasurer.

5. Communications from the chairmen of standing committees.

6. Unfinished business.

7. New business.

CHAPTER V.— CENSORS.

Section I. The President. Secretary and the district councilors shall be the Board of
Censors of the Society, who shall hear and determine all appeals from the decisions
of county societies which may involve the rights and standing of members whether
in relation to one another, or to county societies, or to this Society. Five Censors
shall constitute a quorum.

CHAPTER VI.— DUTIES OF OFFICERS.

Section I. The President or one of the Vice-Presidents shall preside at all meetings
of the Society, the House of Delegates, the Council and the Censors. The President
shall appoint all committees not otherwise provided for. He shall deliver an address
at the annual meeting of the Society, and he shall perform such other duties as
custom and parliamentary usage may require. He shall be ex-officio a member of
all standing committees.

Sec. 2. The Vice-Presidents shall assist the President in the discharge of his duties,
and in his absence the Vice-President next in numerical order shall perform his
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refusal to act, the Vice-President next in numerical order shall succeed him, and the
other Vice-Presidents advanced in order.

Sec. 3. The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the Society, the House of Dele-
gates, the Council and the Censors, and shall keep minutes of their respective pro-
ceedings in separate records. He shall be the custodian of the seal of the Society
and of all books of record and papers belonging to the Society, except such as prop-
erly belong to the Treasurer, and shall keep an account of and promptly turn over
to the Treasurer all funds of the Society which come into his hands. He shall pro-
vide for the registration of the members at all sessions of the Society. With the
aid and co-operation of the secretaries of the county societies, he shall keep a proper
register of all the registered physicians of the State by counties. He shall aid the
Councilors in the organization and improvement of the county societies and the ex-
tension of the power and influence of the Society. He shall conduct the official cor-
respondence notifying members of meetings, officers of their election and committees
of their appointment and duties. He shall affix the seal of the Society to all cre-
dential's issued to members of the Society elected or appointed by the House of Dele-
gates and to such other papers and documents as may require the same. He shall
make an annual report to the House of Delegates. He shall supply each county
society with the necessary blanks for making their annual reports to this Society.
Acting under the direction of the Committee on Scientific Work, he shall prepare and
issue all programs. The amount of his salary shall be fixed by the Council. He shall
be ex-officio a member of all standing committees.



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