Bylaws

Article I—Name

The name of this organization shall be the Carcinogenesis Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology hereinafter designated as the Carcinogenesis Specialty Section.

Article II—Objective

The objectives of the Carcinogenesis Specialty Section are:

  1. To serve as the focal point for interaction of members of the Society of Toxicology interested in Carcinogenesis.
  2. To conduct programs and educational activities which emphasize the latest developments in Carcinogenesis.
  3. To relate those developments to the activities of the Society of Toxicology and to stimulate new growth in Carcinogenesis as it relates to the science of toxicology.
  4. To act as a resource to the Society in the area of the Section’s interest.

Article III—Membership

All members in good standing of the Society of Toxicology shall become members of the Carcinogenesis Specialty Section upon payment of Specialty dues. A member of the Carcinogenesis Specialty Section will be dropped from membership if dues are not paid on an annual basis or if he or she is not a member in good standing of the Society of Toxicology.

Article IV—Officers and Councilors

The Carcinogenesis Specialty Section officers shall be President, Vice President, Vice President-Elect and Secretary-Treasurer. There shall be three Councilors. The Vice President-Elect shall be elected annually and the Secretary-Treasurer biannually by the Specialty Section members. They shall serve until their successors are installed. Officers and Councilors shall take office May 1.

Article V—Election of Officers and Councilors

Section 1. The office of the Presidency shall be for a term of one year. The President shall preside at all meetings. For the year in which this Section shall first be in effect, both a Vice President and Vice President-Elect shall be elected.

Section 2. The Vice President shall become the President of the Specialty Section after serving one year as Vice President. The Vice President shall serve in the absence of the President.

Section 3. A Vice President-Elect shall be elected by a majority vote of the ballots cast and shall become Vice President of the Specialty Section after serving one year as Vice President-Elect. The Vice President-Elect shall serve in the absence of the President and the Vice President.

Section 4. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be chosen by vote of the membership for a term of two years.

Section 5. There shall be three Councilors who, together with the officers, comprise the Executive Committee. Two shall be chosen by a vote of the membership for a term of two years. One shall be elected each year. The third Councilor shall be the immediate Past-President. At the initiation of the Specialty Section, two Councilors will be elected by the membership to one-year term one will be elected to a two-year term.

Section 6. A Nominating Committee consisting of not less than three members of the Specialty Section shall be appointed by the Executive Committee within two months following installation of officers. This Committee shall provide a slate of candidates for each election.

Section 7. Elections shall be held annually in association with the mail ballot of the Society of Toxicology.

Section 8. In the event of a vacancy in an elective office other than President, Vice President and Vice President-Elect, the Executive Committee may make an appointment or provide for a special election to fill the vacancy until the unexpired term is completed. In the event of a vacancy in the Presidency, the Vice President accedes to that office; similarly, the Vice President-Elect accedes to the office of Vice President should that office become vacant.

Section 9. A special election must be held to fill the office of Vice President-Elect should that office become vacant.

Article VI—Administration

Section 1. The Specialty Section shall be governed by the Executive Committee.

Section 2. The Executive Committee shall consist of the four elected officers plus the three Councilors. The President of the Specialty Section shall be the Chairperson of the Executive Committee. Four members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Section 3. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Specialty Section and of the Executive Committee and shall perform such other duties as may be directed by the Executive Committee. In the President’s absence, the Vice President shall act for the President.

Section 4. The Specialty Section shall comply with provisions for continued authorization by the Society of Toxicology.

  1. The Specialty Section shall provide annual reports of its activities for the current year as well as plans of programs, activities and finances for the following year. Annual reports shall be submitted when requested by the Society of Toxicology Secretary.
  2. Annual reports and plans shall be reviewed by the Committee on Specialty Sections.
  3. The Committee shall consult with the Specialty Section as necessary and report to Council with recommendations concerning continued authorization of the Specialty Section.
  4. Society of Toxicology authorization shall be withdrawn from the Specialty Section if it fails to comply with the provisions for continuing authorization.
  5. Specialty Section policy statements must be reviewed and approved by the Society of Toxicology in advance.

Section 5. The Secretary-Treasurer shall pay authorized bills incurred by the Specialty Section as directed by the Executive Committee. All funds of the Specialty Section shall be held by the Society of Toxicology. The successor to the Secretary-Treasurer shall receive all property of the Specialty Section following installation in office. The Secretary-Treasurer shall record all transactions of all meetings of the Specialty Section and the Executive Committee, shall be responsible for the correspondence of the Specialty Section, and shall maintain a list of members and their status.

Section 6. Any Specialty Section funds or other property remaining at the time of termination or abandonment or dissolution of the Specialty Section shall be turned over to the Society of Toxicology and shall become part of the Society’s general funds; no part of any such funds or property shall inure to the benefit of any member or officer of the Specialty Section.

Article VII—Meetings

Section 1. Meetings shall be held at least annually and as dictated by the scientific and educational programs of the Specialty Section. The time and place of each meeting shall be established by the program committee and communicated to the membership at least two weeks before each meeting.

Section 2. Special meetings may be called by the President at any time with the approval of the Executive Committee or by the presentation to the President of a petition signed by 20% of the membership in good standing of the Specialty Section.

Section 3. A quorum shall consist of 20% of the membership of the Specialty Section.

Section 4. Executive Committee meetings shall be held at the discretion of the President provided that each of the members of the Committee is notified at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

Article VIII—Dues

Dues shall be established by a majority of the Executive Committee after which they may be changed subject to a vote by members of the Section.

Article IX—Committees

Section 1. The Vice President-Elect shall be Chairperson of the Program Committee whose members are appointed by the President. The Program Committee shall develop scientific and educational programs consistent with the objective of the Specialty Section and provide copies of the programs to the Secretary-Treasurer who will, in turn, notify the Membership.

Section 2. The President shall appoint other Committees as required and shall automatically act as an ex officio member of such committees. Members of such committees shall serve at the discretion of the President.

Article X—Amendments

Section 1. Amendments to these Bylaws may be presented by any member in good standing of the Specialty Section at any regular meeting of the Section or at any special meeting called for that specific purpose. They shall be presented in writing and shall be offered to the membership present at the meeting on motion for consideration and circulation to the membership. A simple majority shall be necessary to pass the motion.

Amendments accepted for future consideration and circulation shall be printed and circulated with a ballot to all members in good standing of the Specialty Section. A two-thirds affirmative vote of the ballots returned within 30 days shall be necessary for adoption of any amendment.

Section 2. Amendments to these Bylaws must be approved by the Council of the Society of Toxicology before they become effective. This is done to insure the Section that future changes in these Bylaws will have the same focus as the original, which was approved.