The name of this organization is the National Capital Area Branch- American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (NCAB-AALAS).
This branch is affiliated with the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, herein referred to as AALAS, a national non-profit educational association of persons and institutions professionally concerned with the production, care, and study of laboratory animals used in research.
The objectives of this organization shall be to:
The privilege of membership may be withdrawn for cause by majority vote of the Council.
The privilege of voting shall be vested only in members on good standing.
The officers of the organization shall be a President, Immediate Past President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer, all of whom must be members of the NCAB-AALAS in good standing. These officers are to be elected by the membership.
The governing body of the NCAB-AALAS shall be the council, composed of the President, the Immediate Past President, the President-Elect, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the Chairpersons of the standing committees, the District 3 AALAS trustees, and two members appointed at large. In the event of a vacancy among the appointed Council members, the Council call name an interim appointee to serve during the unexpired term. The council shall have the power, except as provided otherwise by this Constitution, to fill at interim any vacancies that may occur among the Branch officers. Officers appointed at interim shall serve only until the next regular election. The Council shall conduct all affairs of the organization. All Council members must be member in good standing during their term in office.
The Branch shall establish By-Laws and many amend them form time-to-time as herein provided.
An amendment to the Constitution may be proposed by four members of the Council or by at least ten members of the Branch and shall be filed in writing with the Secretary. The proposed amendments shall be considered at the next scheduled meeting of the Branch. If approved by a majority of the members present and voting, a copy shall be sent by the Secretary to each member of the Branch, together with a ballot and an abstract of the discussion. An amendment shall be considered adopted if it received an affirmative vote of a simple majority of the members voting, provided that at least one-third of the membership shall vote on the amendment within 30 days. An amendment shall become effective immediately upon adoption.
No alteration shall be made in these By-Laws unless it shall be submitted in writing at a business meeting of the Branch, been entered on the minutes with names of the members proposing it, and shall be adopted by two-thirds of the members present and voting at a subsequent meeting, or by ballot as specified for Constitutional changes.