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Bylaws of the International Affairs Section of the Ecological Society of America

Article 1. NAME. The official name of this Section shall be 'The International Affairs Section of the Ecological Society of America."

Article 2. PURPOSE. The objectives of this Section shall be to support and manage the relationships between ESA members and the world-wide community of ecologists through INTECOL and other international organizations, to develop more effective communication among ecologists on international issues, and to express opinion and concern on global environmental issues. The Section shall be a subdivision of the Ecological Society of America and shall be governed in all of its operations by the Constitution and Bylaws of that Society.

Article 3. MEMBERSHIP. Any member of any class of the Ecological Society of America whoso desires may become a member of the International Affairs Section. Notice in writing to the Secretary of the Section, or to the Business Manager of the Society, plus payment of current Section dues, if any, shall be the only other requirements for membership.

Article 4. OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS. The officers of the Section shall be a Chairperson, Vice- Chairperson, and Secretary. Any member in attendance at the annual meeting shall be eligible for nomination as an officer. Officers shall be elected by a majority vote of members attending the annual meeting.

Article 5. DUTIES OF THE CHAIRPERSON. The Chairperson shall preside at the business meeting of the Section, shall authorize expenditures of Section funds, and shall promote in every reasonable way, the interests of the Section. The Chairperson shall serve for a term of two years and shall be eligible for reelection. The Chairperson shall represent the Section on the Council of the Society, and shall appoint committees as required to promote the interests of the .section. Such committees shall serve until the next annual meeting of the Section and may be reappointed at the discretion of the Chairperson.

Article 6. DUTIES OF THE VICE-CHAIRPERSON. The Vice- Chairperson shall serve in the absence of the Chairperson, and shall be in charge of the scientific program of the Section. The Vice-Chairperson shall serve a term of two years and shall be eligible for reelection.

Article 7. DUTIES OF THE SECRET AR Y. The Secretary shall keep the records of the Section, including a current membership and mailing list. The Secretary shall edit a newsletter for communication of Section activities. The Secretary shall serve for a term of two years, and shall be eligible for reelection.

Article 8. FINANCES. Necessary expenses of the Section shall be paid from the treasury of the Society, but in no year shall the total expenses of the Section exceed the sum of the amount allotted for this purpose in the annual budget of the Society plus the amount, if any, collected as dues by the Society on behalf of the Section. No officer or member of the Section shall have authority to incur expenses in the name of the Society, except as specified above.

Article 9. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. An Executive Committee, consisting of the officers of the Section, may act on behalf of the Section during intervals between annual meetings.

Article 10. MEETINGS. The Section shall meet with the Society at its annual meetings and may organize Section meetings at other times and places at the call of the Executive Committee, or when requested by ten members of the Section. A business meeting of the Section shall be held at the annual meeting with ESA, and the members present shall constitute a quorum. Notice of the annual meeting shall be given each member of the Section at least sixty days in advance of each annual meeting, and it is understood that publication of a notice of the meeting in the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America shall constitute adequate notice.

Article 11. NEWSLETTER. The newsletter shall be published at least once each year, at such time as to allow inclusion of a call for papers, symposium contributions, and other Section business which requires the attention of the membership prior to the annual meeting. Publication of the newsletter in the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America shall constitute fulfillment of this requirement. At least biennially, a current list of Section members shall be supplied to the membership.

Article 12. AMENDMENTS. These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members attending any annual meeting of the Section, provided that notice of the proposed amendment has been supplied to members of the Section at least sixty days prior to the annual meeting date.

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