BYLAWS OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SOCIETY FOR
SURGERY OF THE HAND
Article I. The name of this organization shall
be the Southern California Society for Surgery
of the Hand (SCSSH).
Article II. The purpose of the society shall be
to establish an organization composed of Doctors
of Medicine who are engaged in Surgery of the
A. To foster the highest standards of Hand
B. To promote education, training, and research
related to surgery
of the hand.
C. To encourage correspondence and exchange of
ideas and experiences as they relate to surgery
of the hand.
D. To develop and maintain personal
interrelationships between hand surgeons of
Article III. Officers:
A. The officers of the Society shall be the
President, Vice President, and
B. Candidates for each office shall be nominated
by the Executive
Committee and additional nominations made from
the floor at the time of election. Candidates
shall be elected by majority vote of the
membership of the Society in attendance.
C. The term of office for elected officers will
be two years. An officer may serve no more than
two consecutive terms in any given office.
D. Officers will be elected at the Winter
Meeting of even numbered years.
E. Duties of officers:
1. President - The President shall:
a. Be the principal executive officer of the
Society and shall preside at all Society and
Executive Committee meetings.
b. Cast the deciding vote in case of a tie.
c. With the advice and consent of the Executive
Committee, appoint any special or regular
d. Act as Program Chairman responsible for
arranging speakers for each meeting.
2. Vice President - The Vice President shall:
a. Assist the President in his/her duties.
b. Preside in the President's absence.
c. Assume the office of Presidency should such
3. Secretary - Treasurer - The
a. Keep minutes and records of the meetings.
b. Handle correspondence of the Society.
c. Receive applications for membership.
d. Suggest changes to the bylaws to be voted
upon by the membership of the Society.
e. Keep the financial records of the Society. Be
responsible for obtaining and dispersing the
the Society. Notify members of special
assessments as they arise.
Article IV. Executive Committee:
A. The Executive Committee of the Society will
consist of the elected officers.
B. Duties: The Executive Committee will convene
as often as is required to conduct the business
of the Society.
C. Recommendations of the Executive Committee
must be voted upon by the membership and
ratified by majority vote, except in specific
cases set forth in these bylaws concerning
issues of membership and bylaw amendments.
Article V. Membership - There shall be two
classes of members: Active and emeritus. Active
members shall be surgeons involved in the active
practice of hand surgery. An emeritus member is
a member who has attained the age of 65, who has
retired from active clinical practice. The
emeritus members will have the same rights and
privileges as an active member, but will not be
required to pay annual dues and will not have
the right to vote on business issues related to
Charter members of the Society are listed in
Candidates for active membership after July 1,
1. The applicant must have completed a residency
approved by the respective American Board of
Orthopedic or Plastic Surgery.
2. The applicant must have completed special
training in surgery of the hand for a minimum of
12 months in addition to his/her primary
residency. Subspecialty training will be
evaluated on an individual basis by the Society.
3. The applicant must be prepared to demonstrate
to the Executive Committee satisfactory interest
in surgery of the hand.
4. The applicant must be in the active practice
of hand surgery in Southern California.
5. The applicant must possess a Certificate for
Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand given by
their respective primary specialty (General
Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery).
6. Under exceptional circumstances, the
Executive Committee may recommend to the society
that these qualifications be waived for an
1. Application to the Society is made by
invitation only upon
recommendation of at least two active members of
2. Substantiation of qualifications will be
required in writing prior to any action on any
C. Election of members:
1. The Executive Committee shall act as a
membership committee to review qualifications of
applicants. Election to membership will be by
closed ballot, and election will be confirmed by
an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members
present and voting.
Article VI. Termination of membership:
A. Resignation: Any member in good standing may
terminate his/her membership by tendering
his/her written letter of resignation to the
Secretary-Treasurer of this organization.
B. Involuntary suspension or expulsion
1. Conduct of a member prejudicial to the best
interests of the Society may be grounds for
censure or expulsion from the Society. Such
action would only be taken following proper
hearing by the Executive Committee and
recommendation of the Committee.
2. Suspension: Failure to pay dues by the stated
result in automatic suspension until such dues
or assessments are paid.
C. Expulsion: The membership of any member of
the Society may
be terminated by a three-quarters affirmative
vote of all members after written charges have
been preferred before the Executive Committee
and Society and the accused has been given an
opportunity to answer charges before the
D. Reinstatement: Any former active member may
be reinstated by two-thirds affirmative vote of
the active members present at the meeting,
provided that reinstatement has been proposed in
Article VII. Meetings:
A. At least two meetings of the Society will be
held each year. The dates of these and any
additional meetings shall be established by the
officers of the Society.
B. Guests: A member physician may bring no more
than two guests per meeting.
C. A non-member physician may attend meetings
for no more than two years as a guest.
Article VIII. Dues: Dues shall be assessed on a
regular basis as necessary to meet the on-going
costs of the Society. Any change in the amount
of the dues is to recommended by the Executive
Committee and must be approved by two-thirds
vote of the members present and voting.
Article IX. Quorum: Thirty-three percent of the
current active membership at a
scheduled meeting shall constitute a quorum for
the transaction of
business at any regular or special meeting.
Article X. These bylaws may be amended by a
two-thirds vote of the entire
Article XI. Robert's Rules of Order shall be
followed in all business meetings of the Society
when not in conflict with these bylaws.
Voted on, approved, and accepted January 21,