AUSTRALASIAN PANCREATIC CLUB (APC)
An association is hereby constituted, named “The Australasian Pancreatic Club” (APC). The association will be housed in the office of the Secretary General.
Duration and dissolution
(i) The association is established for an indefinite term.
(ii) In the event of the dissolution of the APC, the council is responsible for the liquidation of the association. The remaining assets will be distributed according to the decision of the members for future use exclusively for the same goals as those pursued by the APC.
(i) The APC is a non-profit making organisation with the following aims:
(A) To promote communication between basic and clinical scientists interested in the pancreas and its disorders.
(B) To promote and organise an annual scientific meeting devoted to all aspects of the pancreas.
(C) To promote scientific, epidemiological and clinical research into pancreatic function and into the prevention, diagnosis and therapy of pancreatic diseases.
(D) To establish scholarships and promote postgraduate education and training.
(E) To support other meetings concerning the pancreas organised by members of the APC.
(F) To disseminate information about APC activities, and publish such educational matter as the APC council may consider desirable.
(ii) Central funds will be retained to serve the APC to fulfil its scientific and social purposes.
(i) Membership of the association is open to anyone with an interest in the pancreas. The membership shall remain valid as long as the membership fees suggested by the Executive Council and approved by the General Assembly are paid. Only members of the APC may vote at the annual General Assembly.
(ii) Any liability of the association is strictly limited to its assets. Neither the members of the association nor the members of the Council shall be subject to payment of association debts to any extent whatsoever.
(i) The General Assembly of the association is the highest organ of the APC. It consists of the members of the APC.
(ii) The General Assembly decides on the election of president, secretary, co-secretary (optional), treasurer and councillors of the APC, accounts, annual fee, alteration of the constitution, co-operation with other societies, and dissolution of the association.
(iii) A quorum of the General Assembly exists if at least 30% of the members participating in the annual APC meeting are present.
(iv) Voting by proxy registered in writing is permitted on a motion previously circulated with the agenda. Each member present or voting by proxy is entitled to one vote.
(v) Decisions of the General Assembly (other than those otherwise stipulated) will be agreed by a simple majority of those voting in person or voting by proxy. Decisions to alter the constitution will require a two-thirds majority of those voting in person or voting by proxy on said motion. The decision on the dissolution of the association will require a two-thirds majority of all members.
(i) The executive council of the APC will consist of the President, the President elect, the past President, the Secretary General (In some cases two Council members may fill this role), co-secretary (optional), and a minimum of four general councillors. The President will preside over the APC for one year and shall chair all meetings of the Council or can delegate this to the Secretary General.
(ii) The Council will nominate candidates for those vacancies that exist. The General Assembly finally approves these candidates or nominates alternative candidates, according to the rules stipulated in Article V.
(iii) At least two of the general councillors should be basic scientists. The term of each general councillor is limited to 3 years and can only be re-elected after approval from the Council. In the event of an unexpected vacancy, the Council shall nominate a substitute for the remainder of the year, to be approved by the Council.
(iv) The Secretary General will serve for a maximum term of 5 years. The Secretary General cannot be re-elected.
(v) The Council has the option to co-opt potential General Council members not present, or nominated, at the time of Council elections.
(i) The President and the site for forthcoming meetings shall be decided by the General Assembly strictly 1 year in advance after nomination by the council. The president will be responsible for the organisation of the annual meetings as detailed in Article X.
(ii) The presidency should alternate between a basic and clinical scientist.
(iii) The President will serve for a maximum of 2 years.
(iii) A President-Elect will be nominated by the Council and approved by the General Assembly at the time the President has served for 1 year.
The Secretary General
(i) The Secretary General will attend to the affairs of the association and the Council and will keep minutes of all its meetings. The Secretary General shall inform each Member of the APC details of the decisions taken at the General Assembly, within three months of each meeting by posting on the website.
(ii) The Secretary General or Treasurer, if not a shared function, is entrusted with the funds of the APC, their collection, their safe-keeping, and disbursement at the direction of the Council. The budget and audited annual accounts will be prepared by the Secretary General and must be presented to the Council and General Assembly every year. The Secretary General will have the authority to sign individually according to rules to be set up by the Council.
Responsibilities of the Council
The APC is managed by the Council. The Council decides on all matters not specifically assigned to the General Assembly. The Council notably has the following responsibilities:
(A) Administration of the APC business.
(B) Organisation of the annual APC-meeting as detailed in Article X.
(C) Delegation of responsibilities to sub-committees or working parties as appropriate.
(D) Approval of the accounts.
(E) Preparation and executing of rules and regulations for the management of the APC.
Quorum and voting of the Council
(i) A quorum of the Council exists if fifty percent (50%) of the nominated representatives on the Council are present.
(ii) Voting by proxy registered in writing is permitted on a motion previously circulated with the agenda. Each representative on the Council present or voting by proxy is entitled to one vote.
(iii) Decisions of the Council (other than those otherwise stipulated) will be agreed by a simple majority of those voting in person or those voting by proxy. In the event of an equally divided vote, the President shall have a casting vote. The President may empower the Secretary General to hold a postal vote on motions circulated in writing. In this case, a quorum of the Council exists if 50% of the Council have exercised their voting right.
The Council may form sub-committees to undertake specific tasks and duties designated by the Council (Article VII C). All sub-committees must report and are answerable to the Council. The Council may nominate to the sub-committees persons who are not member of the Council. Such persons may attend meetings of the Council by invitation, but may not vote.
Organisation of the APC meetings
(i) The President (clinician or basic scientist) and President-elect (basic scientist or clinician) have overall responsibility for the APC meeting.
(ii) The organisation of the annual meeting is delegated to the President at the venue selected by the General Assembly, subject to guidelines prepared by the Council.
(iii) The President must report on the progress of the meeting to Council as often as the Council may require.
(iv) The meetings shall normally last a maximum two days.
(v) The scientific content of the meeting remains the responsibility of the Council which may establish sub-committees to design the programme.
(vi) Scientific communications and abstract selection is the responsibility of the Council.
(vii) Abstracts in English of no more than two hundred and fifty words should be sent to the General Secretary and/or co-secretary some six weeks before the meeting. Only studies unpublished at the time of submission of the abstracts will be accepted. An outlined programme of the meeting should be circulated to all registered participants in advance of the meeting.
(viii) A registration fee is payable by all participants at the meeting, the amount to be determined by the President and approved by Council at least 6 months before the meeting.
Change of Statutes
Revised Statues ratified at APC Council Meeting.
November 19th, 2014