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The 2014 Council application period has now ended. Please check back in Spring 2015.


The following Council positions are now accepting applications:


Vice President

Qualifications

  • Must be an Active member. (Bylaws, Article VII, Section 3 (a))
  • Only an individual who shall have been an Active member for five (5) years prior to the time of election shall be eligible for nomination as an officer. (Bylaws, Article VII, Section 3 (b).)
  • Prior service on Council is required for election to the presidential line.

Term

  • 4 years: 1 year position automatically succeeds to President Elect, President and Past President.
  • Term begins on the last day of ASSH Annual Meeting.
  • May not serve two consecutive terms in office. (Bylaws, Article VII, Section 2)

Time Commitments

  • A two day face-to-face meeting in spring.
  • A one day face-to-face meeting prior to the ASSH Annual Meeting.
  • A two to three hour face-to-face meeting immediately following the ASSH Annual Meeting.
  • A two day meeting in late fall/early winter.
  • ‚ÄčAll Executive Committee meetings, which generally occur the day before the scheduled Council meeting. An additional Executive Committee meeting is generally scheduled during the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting.
  • Presidential line meeting in the spring or summer.
  • Council members are also expected to participate in conference calls, email discussions, email ballots, and other communications throughout the year. They may be asked to serve on special task forces and/or serve as liaisons to various committees or individuals within the Society. New Council members will be expected to attend a half-day orientation at the early winter meeting.

Statutory Obligations As Defined in Bylaws (February 2007)

  • The Vice President shall perform such duties as may be assigned from time to time by the President or the Council. (Article VI, Section 4)
  • The Vice President shall succeed to the office of President-elect at the close of the Annual Meeting the year following election to the office of Vice President, or in the event of the death, resignation, removal, or incapacity of the President-elect. (Article VI, Section 4)

Additional Responsibilities

  • Attend all scheduled Council meetings.
  • Prepare for active participation in Council  meetings by reading Council agenda materials prior to the date of the Council meeting.
  • Participate in special projects related to governance issues, as assigned by the President.
  • Perform all other functions as related to serving on the Council as requested.
  • Become familiar with responsibilities of the President and President-Elect.
  • Begin to develop a theme for the Presidential year.
  • Select the Annual Meeting Program Chair for the meeting over which he/she will preside, so the chair can sit on the committee for the prior annual meeting. Do the same for the Residents and Fellows Program Chair.
  • Select the Specialty Day Chair for the meeting over which he/she will preside; the Specialty Day Chair is co-chair for the first year, then chairs the next year, then ex-officio.
  • Serve on: Membership Committee, Executive Committee, Central Office Advisory Committee, Finance Committee.
  • Serve as Council Liaison to:
  • Historian and Museum Curator, Bone and Joint Decade Liaison
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery Liaison
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons Board
  • ASPS/PSEF (AMA Plastic Surgery Caucus Cte)
  • ACS Advisory Council Liaison
  • American College of Surgeons Governor
  • American Association for Hand Surgery Liaisons
  • Lead committees under Vice President's division

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Member-at-Large (over or under 8 years of membership)

Qualifications

  • Must be an Active member. (Bylaws, Article VII, Section 3 (a))

Term

  • 3 years

Time Commitments

  • A two day face-to-face meeting in spring.
  • A one day face-to-face meeting prior to the ASSH Annual Meeting.
  • A two to three hour face-to-face meeting immediately following the ASSH Annual Meeting.
  • A two day meeting in late fall/early winter
  • Council members are also expected to participate in conference calls, email discussions, email ballots, and other communications throughout the year. They may be asked to serve on special task forces and/or serve as liaisons to various committees or individuals within the Society. New Council members will be expected to attend a half-day orientation at the early winter meeting.

Responsibilities

  • Attend all scheduled Council meetings.
  • Prepare for active participation in Council meetings by reading Council Agenda materials prior to the date of the Council meeting.
  • Participate in special projects related to governance issues, as assigned by the President.
  • Perform all other functions as related to serving on the Council as requested.
  • Lead committees under Member at Large responsibilities

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Treasurer

Qualifications
  • Must be an Active member. (Bylaws, Article VII, Section 3 (a))
  • Only an individual who shall have been an Active member for five (5) years prior to the time of election shall be eligible for nomination as an officer. (Bylaws, Article VII, Section 3 (b).)
Term

  • 3 years
Statutory Obligations As Defined in Bylaws (February 2007)

  • The Treasurer shall be the principal accounting and financial officer of the Society and shall have charge of and be responsible for the maintenance of adequate books of account for the Society.
  • Shall have charge and custody of all funds and securities of the Society, and be responsible therefore, and for the receipt and disbursement thereof.
  • Shall deposit all funds and securities of the Society in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as shall be selected in accordance with the provisions the Bylaws.
  • Shall have an annual audit of the Society's books conducted by a certified public accounting firm.
  • Shall sign deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts or other instruments.
  • In general shall perform all of the duties customarily incident to the office of treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the President or the Council. The duties of the Treasurer may be assigned by the Council in whole, or in part to the Executive Director.
Additional Responsibilities

  • Attend all scheduled Council meetings.
  • Prepare treasurer’s reports for Council meetings, Members Business Meeting, and Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Prepare for active participation in Council meetings by reading Council agenda materials prior to the date of the Council meeting.
  • Participate in special projects related to governance issues, as assigned by the President.
  • Perform all other functions as related to serving on the Council as requested.
  • Serve on: Executive Committee, Central Office Committee, AFSH Named Award Oversight Committee and the Finance Committee.
  • Serve on the AFSH Board of Trustees, and assume same roles for Foundation as for the Society when the duties are similar.
  • Sign all checks over $125,000.
  • Receive and review monthly statement of disbursed checks from the Central Office.
  • Review audits for ASSH and AFSH.

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