Constitution
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Constitution
Objectives
Membership
Office, Council, Committee
Meetings
Business Transactions
Finance
Constitution Changes
Quorums
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ARTICLE 1 : Definition.

The Association shall be named "The International Association of the Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups"


ARTICLE 2 : Objectives.

The objectives of the Association shall be to:

  1. Conduct an international meeting of the Affiliated and Associated Societies at least every five years
  2. Encourage and facilitate research in the field of Diabetes in pregnancy and the dissemination of the results of such research
  3. Advance education in the field of diabetes in pregnancy
  4. Raise funds and invite and receive contributions provided that no permanent trading activities are undertaken in raising funds for the said objectives.
  5. Facilitate an international approach to enhancing the quality of care for women with diabetes in pregnancy.
  6. To conduct any other lawful thing necessary in furtherance of the above objectives.

ARTICLE 3 : Membership

The categories of Membership of the Society are:

  1. Regular Members who are:
  2. a. Members of Affiliated Societies, whose terms and constitution and by-laws stipulate that their primary objective is Diabetes in pregnancy. To become an Affiliated Society, the Society must tender its Constitution/By-laws to the Council of the IADPSG for verification.

    b. Members of Associated Societies that include subdivisions that have a primary focus on diabetes and pregnancy.

  3. Honorary Members who are appointed by the Council in recognition of their outstanding contribution to Diabetes in Pregnancy. Honorary members will have the full rights and privileges of membership of the IADPSG but will not pay an annual subscription.
  4. Senior Members who have retired from active membership of their Affiliated and Associated Societies. They will have the full rights and privileges of membership of the IADPSG but will pay a discounted annual subscription as determined by the Council of the IADPSG.
  5. Junior Members for those in training as certified by either their Affiliated or Associated Society or by the Council. They will not be eligible to vote at the General Meetings of the IADPSG, but will pay a discounted annual subscription as determined by the Council.
  6. Associate Members for those who are not members of an Affiliated or Associated Society (as defined in Article 3.1a and 3.1b).
  7. Industry/Foundation Members whose Foundation/Company have made a significant financial donation to the IADPSG as determined by the Council. They will not be eligible to vote at the General Meetings of IADPSG.

ARTICLE 4 : Officers, International Council and Executive Committee

  1. The Officers of the Society will be
  2. a. The Chair

    b. The Vice-Chair

    c. The Secretary-General

    d. The Treasurer

  3. The International Council will consist of two (2) Councillors from each Affiliated Society and one (1) from each Associated Society. In addition, up to four (4) members at large may be proposed by the International Council and endorsed by a simple majority of the Councils of the Affiliated and Associated Societies. The International Council will elect the Executive Committee for the ensuing 4 years, which will comprise the Officers and the Immediate Past Chair.
  4. The role of the International Council shall be to Co-ordinate the views and opinions of the Councils of the Affiliated and Associated Societies. The members of the International Council shall take such steps as may be necessary to determine the views of the Councils of the Affiliated and Associated Societies in the election of the Executive Committee.
  5. No member may represent more than one Affiliated or Associated Society on the International Council or Executive Committee.
  6. The members of the Executive Committee of the Society will be the Officers of the Society plus the immediate Past Chair.

ARTICLE 5 : Meetings

There will be a General meeting (Congress) held every 4 years.

At the Meeting at least one Business Meeting will be held to transact business of the Association and to elect Officers.


ARTICLE 6 : Transactions of the Business

A meeting of the Executive Committee of the International Council to transact business will be held at least once during the General Meeting of the Association.

Further meetings of the Executive Committee may be held during the General Meeting and at other times when called by the Chair or by at least three (3) other members of that Committee.


ARTICLE 7 : Financial provisions

The finances of the Association will be resident in the place in which the Treasurer resides or as determined by the Council and will be subject to the tax laws of that country.

Where the tax laws of that country so require, it shall be the duty of the Treasurer to have the Association's accounts professionally audited.

Such audited accounts shall be presented to the Association at each General Meeting during the Treasurer's term of office.

Where such tax laws do not apply, the Chair shall appoint an Audit Committee of three Council Members.

The Treasurer shall make available to them all materials relevant to the financial affairs of the Association for inspection.

The Audit Committee shall report their findings to the Council and General Meeting next following.


ARTICLE 8 : Changes in the Constitution

Alteration in principle to this Constitution shall receive the assent of two-thirds of the members present and voting at a General Meeting or a Special General Meeting.

The resolution for the alteration of the Constitution must be received by the Secretary General of the Association at least 90 days before the meeting at which the resolution is to be brought forward. At least 60 days notice of such a meeting must be given by the Secretary General to the membership. Such proposals shall be considered by the International Council at its next meeting. Their decision to vote shall be communicated to the general membership of the Association at the next General Meeting. A two-thirds majority of those in attendance is required to have proposed changes accepted.

Alterations to Article 2 (objects), Article 10 (dissolution) or this clause, shall take effect until the approval in writing of Companies Commissioners or other authorities having charitable jurisdiction has been obtained. No alteration shall be made to the Constitution which would have the effect of causing the Association to cease to be a charity or tax exempt organisation in law.

Amendments of a technical nature may be proposed at an International Council Meeting and, if approved, be put to the General Meeting immediately following for ratification. Such an amendment must receive the assent of two-thirds of those members present and voting.


ARTICLE 9 : Quorums

One-third of the members whichever is greater shall form a quorum at Committee Meetings. Twenty or one-tenth of the members shall form a quorum at the General Meetings.


ARTICLE 10 : Dissolution

The Association may be dissolved by a Resolution passed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a Special General Meeting convened for the purpose of which ninety (90) days notice shall have been given to the members.

Such resolution may give instructions for the disposal of any assets held by or in the name of the Association, providing that if any property remains after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities such property shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the Association but shall be given or transferred to such other charitable institution or institutions having the objects similar to some or all of the objects of the Association as the Association may determine and if and in so far as effect cannot be given to this provision then to some other charitable purpose.