|Constitution & Rules
- SIEGE - PURPOSE
1 - NAME
The name of the organization shall be "The Hellenic Society
of Rheology" and will have its legal siege in Athens, Greece.
2 - PURPOSE
The purpose of the Society shall be the advancement of rheology
and its applications by encouraging communication among Greek rheologists
and promoting collaboration, development and use of rheology in
the Greek Universities, research institutes and industries. Rheology
is here defined as the science of the deformation and flow of matter.
3 - PROMOTION OF PURPOSE
The purposes of the Society shall be promoted (a) by meetings,
(b) by organizing national and/or international symposia or congresses
in Greece at least once a year, (c) by publications, (d) by collaboration
with the Hellenic Polymer Society and other societies of common
scientific ground, (e) by participating via a Greek representative
in the European Society of Rheology and the International Committee
on Rheology, (f) by bestowing awards to individuals who have made
outstanding contributions to the field of rheology, (g) by giving
scholarships for graduate studies to young scientists, (h) by other
4 - PROHIBITIONS
It is prohibited to pursue purposes alien to the purposes of the
Society, especially political.
Any person or institution interested in the purposes of the Society
may apply for membership.
Members are registered by the executive committee by a majority
7 - DUTIES OF MEMBERS
Members must (a) abide by the decisions of the executive, (b) pay
their annual dues, (c) participate in the activities of the Society,
(d) participate in the general assemblies and offer their services
to the Society without remuneration or fees.
8 - MEMBER DISMISSAL
A member may be dismissed from the Society by secret majority vote
in cases where (a) did not abide by the purposes of the Society,
(b) acted against scientific principles, (c) pursued activities
against the Society and its purposes.
The finances of the Society come from (a) dues paid by the members,
(b) donations and other grants given to the Society by industries,
institutes, the state, etc. (c) monies obtained from publications,
meetings, symposia, congresses, etc. organized by the Society.
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The general assembly is the highest authority of the Society. It
must convene at least once a year usually between 1/9 and 30/4,
or as deemed necessary by the executive or the 1/5 of the members.
The call for the assembly must be carried out by the President and
sent by the Secretary by mail at least 20 days before the general
assembly is due for convening.
14 - QUORUM
Quorum shall be half the members plus one. In case of no quorum,
the assembly is reconvened within 15 days with the number of members
present. The agenda is set by the executive committee. The decisions
are made by majority vote. In case of personal matters, the decisions
are carried by a 2/3 majority vote.
15 - AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
To change the constitution or the dissolution of the Society it
is necessary to have an absolute quorum and to have a majority vote
of 3/4 of the members. Change of the purposes of the Society requires
consensus of all members.
16 - 18 - NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Every 2 years the general assembly elects a new executive committee
and a new comptrolling committee. At a suitable time prior to an
election, a nominating committee of 3 members of the Society shall
be appointed by the President. The elections will be by secret ballot
by mail in time to have responses from every member. The elected
officers are those 5 members who have won the majority of votes.
The agenda and the minutes of every meeting are kept by the Secretary
and are distributed to all members.
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The Society is governed by a 3-member executive committee consisting
of a President, a Vice-President and a Secretary/Treasurer. Their
election is valid for 2 years. Elected are also 3 Members-at-Large
for the Society. The executive sets up other committees for various
functions such as committee for meetings, symposia, etc., committee
for awards, committee for publications, etc. (The functions of each
member of the Executive are spelled out in the original text).
The Society is checked by a 3-member comptrolling committee elected
at the same time as the executive committee for a 2-year period.
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Cases not foreseen by the present constitution are to be remedied
by the general assembly within the legal framework of Greece. The
Society has as its symbol a round seal with its name around it,
the year of its foundation (1996) and other specifics to be decided
by the executive committee.