01 October, 2005

Laws of the Glasgow Southern Medical Society

Adopted at Annual General Meeting of 22nd April 1999

Name and Objects of the Society

The Objects of the Society shall be:
(A) To encourage a high standard of medical practice in the south of Glasgow by providing a forum for medical education and debate.
(B) To foster good relations between the different branches of the medical profession in the south of Glasgow.

Constitution of the Society
The Society shall consist of ordinary members, and an Honorary President.

The management of the Society shall be vested in the Membership of the Society.

All decisions pertaining to the running of the Society shall be decided by a majority of votes. The Chairman shall have a deliberative and a casting vote on all questions.

Twelve members shall constitute a quorum.

Council shall consist of the Office Bearers, the Court Medical and up to six elected Ordinary Members. All shall normally be elected at the appropriate Annual General Meeting.

a) Office Bearers
The President shall hold office for one year and shall normally in alternate years be a hospital consultant or a general practitioner.
The Senior and Junior Vice Presidents shall normally succeed in turn to the office of President for one year.
The Honorary Secretary shall hold office for three years.
The Editorial Secretary shall also be the Honorary Secretary-Elect and shall hold office for three years.
The Seal Keeper is the immediate past Honorary Secretary.
The Treasurer shall not have a fixed term of office.

b) Court Medical
This shall consist of the five most recent Past Presidents of the Society. The immediate Past President shall be President of the Court Medical.

c) Elected Members
These shall be members of Council for three years.

Council will arrange the general business of the Society. Six shall form a quorum.

Two auditors shall be appointed annually at the Annual General Meeting. These shall not have a fixed term of office. They may be invited to meetings of Council.

Court Medical
The duties of the different officer bearers shall correspond to the common use and wont.

Ordinary Members
Any registered medical practitioner residing in or near Glasgow may apply for membership of the Society.

The applicant will formally be admitted at the first appropriate ordinary meeting of the Society.

On admission, the Honorary Secretary shall send itimation of admission together with a copy of the Laws of the Society.

The new Member, on paying the subscription for the current session, shall be admitted to all the privileges of membership of the Society.

The Honorary President
The President will nominate an Honorary President to serve concurrently with his own year of office.

The Honorary President shall have no voting rights and shall not be required to make any payment to the funds of the Society.

The annual subscription shall be agreed each year at the Annual General Meeting.

If any Member neglects to pay his annual subscription for three years he/she shall be suspended from membership until his/her arrears are paid. The Member shall be so informed by the Honorary Secretary.

The Society shall normally meet twice a month from October to March, when practicable, and on such other occasions as the Society decides. Council may call an Extraordinary Meeting at any time. When requested in writing by six Ordinary Members, the President shall call an Extraordinary Meeting.

The ordinary meetings shall be devoted to the objects of the Society as defined in Law II and any other competent business.

A member wishing to resign shall send written intimation of this intention to the Honorary Secretary.

Should any disagreement or misunderstanding arise between Members of the Society, they shall be expected to settle matters in a friendly way, failing which the matter in dispute may be referred to the Court Medical.

Alteration to Laws
Any proposal to alter or abolish a Law, or to establish a new Law, must be placed before the Society at one of its meetings, to be voted on four weeks later. Due intimation of such a proposal must be printed in the billet calling the Meeting at which the matter has to be decided.

Should any issue arise which is not provided for in the preceding laws, the matter shall be referred by Council to the Members of the Society at one of its Meetings. Due intimation thereof must be given in the billet calling the Meeting. The decision of the Meeting shall be considered final.

Adopted 13th February 1851
Amended 1869, 1880, 1891 and 1900
With Amendments to 1925
Revised June 1926
Reprinted June 1930
Revised October 1950
Revised June 1972
Revised June 1976
Revised October 1980
Amended 1986
Revised September 1990
Revised August 2002