Bylaws

Approved by the Ohio-Region Section Executive Committee on May 31, 2003
Approved by the APS Council November 2, 2003
Approved by the Ohio-Region Section Membership December 5, 2003

PREAMBLE

In the following text, "Society" shall signify the American Physical Society, "Council" and "Executive Board" shall signify the Council and the Executive Board of the Society, respectively; and "Executive Officer" shall signify that Officer of the Society.

ARTICLE I - NAME

This Section of the American Physical Society shall be known as the Ohio-Region Section.

ARTICLE II - OBJECTIVE

The objective of the Section shall be to advance and disseminate the knowledge of physics, and to foster a community of physicists that promotes the awareness of the science of physics in Ohio and neighboring regions.

ARTICLE III - ENABLING CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION

Article IX of the Constitution of the Society, as said Article may be subsequently revised or amended, is hereby incorporated in these Bylaws by reference.

ARTICLE IV - MEMBERSHIP

Members of the Society who have indicated, in accordance with procedures established by Council, their desire to join the Section and who retain membership from year to year by the payment of designated dues or by some other method established by Council shall become members of the Section.

ARTICLE V - EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

1. Governance.  The Section shall be governed by an Executive Committee, which shall have general charge of the affairs of the Section.

2. Composition.  The Executive Committee shall consist of the Officers of the Section and up to four Members-at-Large of which one shall be a student and one shall be a position for the outgoing Chair, which may be occupied at his or her discretion.If the outgoing Chair chooses to occupy this position, then he or she shall function as both the fourth Member-at-Large and Past-Chair.

3. Executive Committee Meetings. The Executive Committee shall meet at least twice each year. At least one meeting shall be held during the Regular Meeting of the Section. Any member of the Executive Committee unable to attend a meeting may name a nonvoting alternate to represent him or her, subject to the approval of the Chair. The Chair of the Section shall preside over the Executive Committee meetings. A majority of the voting members, including at least two Officers, shall constitute a quorum.

ARTICLE VI -  OFFICERS AND DUTIES

1. Officers. The Officers of the Section shall be a Chair, a Chair-Elect, a Vice-Chair, a Secretary and a Treasurer.

2. Duties of the Chair. The Chair shall preside at all meetings of the Executive Committee and Business Sessions of the Section at which his or her attendance is possible. The Chair shall prepare the agenda of Executive Committee meetings and Business Sessions. The Chair shall be an ex officio member of all operating committees and shall be responsible for all appointed positions.

3. Duties of the Chair-Elect. The Chair-Elect shall act in place of the Chair if the latter is unable to perform his or her duties. The Chair-Elect shallbe responsible for providing guidance and consultation to the Local Organizing Committees regarding all issues in the design and organization of the Regular Meetings of the Section. The Chair-Elect shall also provide liaison between the Local Organizing Committees and the Executive Committee. The Chair-Elect shall perform such other functions as may be explicitly provided in the Bylaws

4. Duties of the Vice-Chair. The Vice-Chair shall act in place of the Chair-Elect if the latter is unable to perform his or her duties. The Vice-Chair shall be responsible for seeking out and identifying possible host institutions for future meetings. The Vice-Chair also shall assist the Chair-Elect in carrying out his or her duties. The Vice-Chair shall perform such other functions as may be explicitly provided in the Bylaws

5. Duties of the Secretary. The Secretary shall maintain the records of the Section including minutes of Executive Committee meetings and Business Sessions, Section activities, and membership lists. The Secretary shall notify the Executive Committee of matters requiring the decision of said Committee. The Secretary shall conduct all elections as specified in Article VII of these Bylaws. The Secretary shall prepare minutes of Executive Committee meetings and Business Sessions and shall submit these minutes to each member of the Executive Committee and to the Executive Officer within a time following the meetings and Sessions as set by the Chair.Following elections, such minutes are to include the results of the election and a roster of the current Executive Committee membership.

The Secretary shall keep the Council and Executive Officer of the Society informed of the activities and needs of the Section.

6. Duties of the Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have responsibility for all funds in the custody of or placed at the disposal of the Section and shall authorize disbursements from such funds for expenses in a manner that is consistent with the general policies of the Society and the Section. Financial records shall be kept on an annual basis consistent with the fiscal policies of the Society. The Treasurer shall present a financial report at each meeting of the Executive Committee and at the annual Business Session of the Section.

ARTICLE VII - ELECTION AND TENURE OF THE  OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

1. Qualifications.  Officers and Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee must be members of the Section.

2. Ballot.  The Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and three Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee, of which one is a student, shall be elected by electronic and/or paper ballot.

3. Nomination and Election of the Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee. 

Each year, the Nominating Committee shall nominate at least one candidate for the office of Vice-Chair and one candidate for each open Member-at-Large position of the Executive Committee. When the current Secretary or Treasurer is in the final year of his or her term, the Nominating Committee shall nominate at least one candidate for that office. The Nominating Committee shall provide the Secretary with the list of candidates not later than 90 days before the Spring Regular Meeting of the Section, except under extraordinary circumstances.

The Secretary shall conduct the election. Members of the Section shall vote for candidates proposed by the Nominating Committee, or for any other member of the Section, by electronic and/or paper ballot, as the Executive Committee shall designate. The ballots shall include spaces for write-in candidates.The Secretary shall validate and communicate the results of the voting to the Chair at least four weeks prior to the Spring Regular Meeting of the Section.Election shall be decided by a plurality of those voting. If there is a tie, the Executive Committee shall decide the election, with the Chair voting only in the case of a tie among the other Executive Committee members.Once the election results are reported to the Chair and the Executive Committee resolves any ties, the results shall be officially announced to the membership.

4. Official Year. The official year shall extend from the close of the Spring Regular Meeting of the Section of one calendar year to the close of the Spring Regular Meeting of the succeeding calendar year.

5. Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect, Chair and Past-Chair. The member elected as Vice-Chair shall serve as Vice-Chair for one year, then as Chair-Elect the next year, and as Chair the following year. At the end of the Chair's term of office, he or she shall become the fourth Member-at-Large as Past-Chair. The Chair shall not be eligible for the office of Vice-Chair in the year following his or her term of office. The Past-Chair shall not be eligible for the office of Vice-Chair in the year following his or her term of office.

6. Terms of Office. The terms of office for the Executive Committee shall commence at the beginning of the official year following their election. The term of office for each of the positions of Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect, Chair and Past-Chair shall be one year. The Secretary and Treasurer shall each serve terms of three years and may not serve more than two consecutive terms. The terms of these two Officers shall be staggered by one year.The term of office of the student Member-at-Large shall be two years and the term of office of the two remaining elected Members-at-Large shall be three years and these terms shall be staggered by one year. In the event of his or her assumption of a post as an elected Officer of the Section, the tenure of a Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee shall terminate, and the unexpired portion of his or her term shall be filled as hereinafter provided for a vacancy.

7. Vacancies in Offices. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Chair, the Chair-Elect shall succeed and complete the term and shall serve as Chair in the following year. The Vice-Chair shall serve simultaneously as Chair-Elect during the remainder of the term and shall continue to serve as Chair-Elect in the following term.

If a vacancy occurs in the office of Chair-Elect otherwise than through advancement to Chair, the Vice-Chair shall become Chair-Elect. In this case, and if the office of Vice-Chair becomes vacant for other reasons, the office of Vice-Chair shall remain vacant for the remainder of the term. In the next scheduled election, candidates for both Chair-Elect and Vice-Chair shall be nominated.

If vacancies occur in the offices of the Chair and the Chair-Elect, the Vice-Chair shall become Chair and shall complete the term. In this case, the Secretary shall conduct a special election to fill the offices of Chair-Elect and Vice-Chair. The members so elected shall continue to serve as Officers in the normal succession order.

If the most recent Chair does not serve as Past-Chair and the fourth Member-at-Large, then this position shall remain vacant until the current Chair completes his or her term of office.

Vacancies in any other elected office shall be filled as determined by the Executive Committee or left unfilled until such time as the vacancy can be filled by regular election procedures.

ARTICLE VIII - APPOINTED COMMITTEES AND POSITIONS

1. Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall consist of three members appointed by the Chair to one-year terms, with not more than two members of the Executive Committee so appointed, and one member appointed by the Council for a one-year term.The Chair shall ascertain through the Executive Officer the identity of this member.The Nominating Committee shall prepare a slate of candidates for the positions of Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee according to Article VII.3 of these Bylaws.The Nominating Committee shall perform such other duties as described in the Bylaws.The Chair shall oversee the work of the Nominating Committee.

2. Program Committee. The Program Committee provides advice to the chairs of the local organizing committee on the conduct of the Section meetings, liaison and oversight for future meetings, and a conduit to the Executive Committee pertaining to matters associated with Section meetings. The Program Committee shall consist of the Chair-Elect and Vice-Chair of the Section.

3. Honors and Awards Committee. The Honors and Awards Committee shall consist of three members of the Section appointed by the Chair to one-year terms and who are not currently members of the Executive Committee.At least two members of the Awards Committee shall have served as Officers of the Section. The same person may be reappointed to succeeding terms.

4. Ad Hoc Committees. The Chair shall appoint other ad hoc committees as necessary, which shall serve only during his or her term as Chair.

5. Term of Office of Appointed Committee Members. The terms of committee members recommended by an incoming Chair and appointed by a majority vote of the Executive Committee shall be one year commencing at the beginning of the year in which incoming Chair assumes office.

6 . Council Observer. The Executive Committee shall appoint a past, non-student member of the Executive Committee to serve as Council Observer for a term of three years, unless interrupted by the election of a Society  Councillor representing the Sections. The same person may be reappointed to succeeding terms. When a Society  Councillor representing the Sections is elected by the Ohio-Region Section, as given in Article XIII of these Bylaws, and is serving on Council, that same person also shall be the Council Observer of the Section for the term of office as  Councillor plus the year prior to that term as a non-voting  Councillor .

The Council Observer shall maintain awareness of the deliberations and activities of Council and may attend the regular meetings of the Council at the discretion of the Executive Committee. The Council Observer shall report to the Chair and the Secretary regarding Council actions that affect the status and operations of the Section. Reports shall be made to the entire Executive Committee during their regularly scheduled meetings and at the annual Business Session of the Section.When the Council Observer is a  Councillor of the Society, he or she shall make similar reports regarding Council actions to all Sections in a timely manner on any matters that affect the status and operations of the Sections as well as issues deemed of interest to the Sections.

7. Archivist. The Executive Committee shall designate a qualified member of the Section to serve in the permanent position of Archivist. The Archivist shall keep the historical records of the Section and provide reports, documents, or data as required by the occasion.

ARTICLE IX - MEETINGS

1. Regular Meeting.  Two meetings of the Section, to be known as the Fall Regular Meeting and the Spring Regular Meeting, shall be held annually at such time and place as shall be ordered by the Executive Committee, subject to approval by the Executive Board. Whenever it shall be feasible and not to the disadvantage of the members of the Section, the Executive Committee may order this or any other meeting to be held conjointly with a meeting of the Society or of another society, conference or group, so long as such joint meeting does not conflict importantly with the schedule of meetings of the Society as determined by the Executive Board.The registration fee for the Regular Meetings, when not held jointly with a meeting of the Society, shall be fixed after consultation with the Executive Officer.

Non-members of the Society shall pay a registration-fee surcharge, in addition to the registration fee, to be set each year in consultation with the Executive Officer.

2. Annual Business Session.  At least once each year the Section shall hold a Business Session that shall be a session of the Regular Meeting. This shall be normally held during the Spring Regular Meeting. This Business Session shall be devoted exclusively to the reports of Officers and committees, election results and the transaction of business affairs. No scientific program of the Section shall be presented simultaneously with the Business Session. The Secretary, in consultation with the Chair, shall notify the Section members of the agenda for the Business Session no later than three weeks prior to the Regular Meeting in which the Business Session is scheduled. A quorum for the transaction of business shall be three percent of the membership of the Section. A majority vote of those Section members present at a Business Session shall be sufficient for approval of actions.

3. Other Meetings. Meetings of the Section, other than the Regular Meetings, may be initiated by the Executive Committee or by petition of twenty percent of the members of the Section, subject to approval by the Executive Board. Special conferences may be sponsored in whole or in part by the Section, subject to the rules and regulations specified in the Society Constitution and Bylaws.

4. Papers at Meetings. Programs of meetings of the Section may include both invited and contributed papers. When a meeting of the Section is held in conjunction with a meeting of the Society, the rules of the Society shall apply to submitted papers. Otherwise, the Executive Committee shall prescribe the subject and character of the meeting, which may include limitations on the subject matter of submitted papers. The Secretary, in consultation with the Program Committee and the Executive Officer, shall announce the deadline date for receipt of titles and abstracts and the method by which they should be submitted. The presentation time for a paper at a meeting shall be determined by the Program Committee, except as otherwise directed by the Executive Committee. These allotments of time shall be consistent with the Constitution and Bylaws of the Society and with regulations set by the Council.

ARTICLE X - DUES

The Council shall establish the dues for maintenance of membership in the Section.

ARTICLE XI - OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Official announcements shall be made in the APS News and in such other publications as the Executive Committee may direct.

ARTICLE XII - PROCEDURE OF AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

Proposal of an Amendment to these Bylaws may be made by the Council, by the Executive Committee, or by a petition to the Chair signed by not fewer than ten percent of the members of the Section.The petition shall be of electronic and/or paper form, as the Executive Committee shall designate.  If the proposed Amendment originates within the Section, the Council must approve it before further action can be taken. 

Following Council approval, copies of the proposed Amendment shall be distributed to all members of the Section, who then shall vote on the proposed Amendment by electronic ballot and/or by paper ballot, as the Executive Committee shall designate. 

Adoption of the Amendment shall require a two-thirds vote by those voting.

ARTICLE XIII - COUNCILLOR REPRESENTING THE SECTIONS

Article IX of the Constitution of the Society provides for the Section to elect a  Councillor representing the Sections when the Section's turn in a rotation occurs.The nomination of candidates and the election shall proceed in a manner similar to that for the Vice-Chair of the Section as given in Article VII.3 of these Bylaws with the requirement that the candidates be past non-student members of the Executive Committee. This election shall occur one year prior to that year in which this turn in the rotation occurs as determined by the Council

ARTICLE XIV - DEFINITIONS 

In these Bylaws "Society" shall signify the American Physical Society; "Council" and "Executive Board" shall signify the Council and the Executive Board of the Society, respectively; "Executive Officer" shall signify the Executive Officer of the Society, and “electronic ballot” or “electronic form” shall signify the use of email, web or on-line methods, or a combination of these media.