AES Constitution and Bylaws have been revised (see here); comments are strongly encouraged from the membership before September 30th via the comments page.

Bylaws

Article I - Membership

  1. SECTION I - Classes of Membership

    There shall be the following classes of members: a) active members, b) student members, c) emeritus members, d)corporate members, e) corporate sponsors and f) such additional classes of members as may from time to time be created by recommendation of the Council and/or the membership.

    1. Active members shall pay yearly dues that may include subscription to the official Journal of the Society. The Journal sponsored by the Society shall be available to members at special member rates and may be paid for concurrently with the dues. Said members shall be entitled to vote and hold office.
    2. Student members shall consist of young investigators engaged in a program of advanced studies in fields encompassing the stated objectives of the Society. Renewal of this class of membership by annual payment of dues at the special rate must be accompanied by a signed statement from the individual's academic advisor verifying continuation of said individual's status as a student. Normally, renewal of student membership will be limited to three consecutive years, after which time such application will be reviewed for active membership with full privileges in the Society, according to the eligibility requirements specified in Section II of the Article. Student members are entitled to submit their own papers for presentation at meetings of the Society and may subscribe to the Journal of the Society at a reduced rate.
    3. Emeritus members shall consist of members who have retired from active university, government or similar status and who do not take other active employment. They may be elected to become emeritus members. They will be excused from further payment of dues, but may continue to subscribe to the Journal at the same reduced rate as regular members. They may hold office and are entitled to vote.
    4. Corporate member. Any individual, company, agency or organization interested in accomplishing the purpose of the Society may, upon application and payment of annual dues become a corporate member of the Electrophoresis Society.
    5. Corporate sponsor. This category includes Corporate Member benefits plus access to our member directory and opportunity to present two new developments per year on a new AES web page link called "New Developments from Companies".

  2. SECTION II - Eligibility

    Any qualified scientist in good standing possessing the Baccalaureate degree or higher, or its equivalent in training or experience, is eligible for membership. Membership applications may be submitted to the Secretary or to the Business Office of the Society.

  3. SECTION III - Resignations, Forfeiture, Explusion

    Resignation of any member in good standing shall be accepted by the Secretary or the Business Office. Such resignations shall be in writing. Members whose annual dues remain unpaid at the start of each fiscal year are to be notified in writing by the Treasurer or the Business Office, and if still unpaid after December 31 of that fiscal year, such a member shall be dropped from the active membership mailing list and shall forfeit membership in the Society. Membership can be reinstated upon payment of current dues. Expulsion from the Society may take place upon a recommendation of the Council and with a majority vote of the membership present at the annual meeting.

Article II - Meetings

  1. SECTION I - Meetings

    There shall be at least one scientific meeting of the Society open to all interested scientists every 24 months. The schedule of times and places for these meetings shall be recommended by the President and approved by the Council at the current meeting for each succeeding meeting.

  2. SECTION II - Business Meetings

    There shall be held, at least every 24 months, a business meeting of the Society, in conjunction with a scientific meeting. At such meetings, voting rights shall be limited to members in good standing.

  3. SECTION III - Special Meetings, Notices

    Special meetings of the Council or members may be called at any time by the President or by the Secretary upon written request form a quorum of members in good standing. Notices of any and all scientific, business or special meetings of the Society shall be sent in writing to each member in good standing not less than ten days prior to the designated time of the meeting.

  4. SECTION IV - Quorum

    Ten percent of all members in good standing, or 50 members, whichever is smaller, shall constitute a quorum.

  5. SECTION V - Order of Business

    The order of business at all business meetings shall be as follows:

    1. Proof of notice of meeting
    2. Review of minutes of the previous meeting
    3. Report of officers
    4. Unfinished business
    5. Receiving of communications
    6. New business
    7. Report of editor and publisher

    The authority on parliamentary procedure at all business meetings shall be "Robert's Rule of Order, Revised". Any questions regarding priority of business shall be decided without debate. The foregoing order of business may be altered by majority vote of the members present in person.

  6. SECTION VI - Council Meetings

    The Council of the Society shall meet at least annually to conduct all matters pertaining to the purpose and best interests of the Society. The Council, may, at the request of the President, hold meetings by mail, phone, or in person at any time of the year upon written notice.