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Statute of the Czech Gynecological and Obstetrical Society

1. Introduction

1.1The Czech Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (CGOS) is a voluntary specialised society involved in the development of obstetrics and gynaecology. It unites doctors who take part in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, or research of diseases in this feld.
1.2The CGOS functions as an independent organisational entity, which is a part of the Czech Medical Society (CLS), uniting specialised societies and associations of doctors inthe Czech Republic. The CLS registers members of the CGOS. The CGOS maintains contact with other specialised societies in the Czech Republic and provides them with the information of their activities.
1.3The CGOS upholds and represents the interests of the field. It sends its delegates to various committees and into advisory organs of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.
1.4In the CGOS there are several specialised committees or societies, each concerning a part of this field.

2. Membership in the Czech Gynecological and Obstetrical Society

2.lThere are two types of membership in the CGOS : regular and honorary.
2.2To become a regular member of the CGOS , one must have graduated from the university, be employed in the field of gynaecology and obstetrics, or be in close association with this field through collaboration. A written application for membership in the CGOS should be sent to the CLS in Prague or directly to the secretary of the Society. The application of each new member is considered by the committee of the CGOS and the committee informs members of their acceptance.
2.2.1Regular payment of membership fees is a condition of the membership. Membership in the CGOS authorises participation in all specialised societies, preferential placement in postgraduate and scientific activities of the Society (early information, lower fees) and also advantageous subscription of the obstetrics and gynaecology journal. Regular members have the right to vote and be elected into organs of the Society. Membership in the CGOS can be terminated upon written request addressed to the committee.
2.2.2Membership can be terminated for failure to pay membership fees by April 30 of each year, or for serious medical-ethical offences. Termination is proposed by the committee of the CGOS after careful examination of the circumstances. Termination of membership for failure to pay fees or upon request for termination is carried out by the secretary and the committee is informed. Paid membership fees are not refunded after membership termination.
2.3Honorary membership. The committee of the CGOS awards honorary memberships for exceptional merits in the development of this field and proposes honorary membership in the CLS to the chairman. Honorary members do not pay membership fees. They have the advantages of regular members but cannot be elected to committees of the CGOS . 2.4 A listing of all members of the CGOS will be published in the journal of the CGOS .

3. Committee and chairman of the Czech Gynecological and Obstetrical Society

3.1A 13-member committee stands at the head of the society. The committee of the CGOS is the official representative of Czech Gynaecology and Obstetrics. The members of the committee have a 4-year term, elections are held in regular cycles from the new elections of the first quarter of 1993. Every regular member of the CGOS can be elected to the committee.
3.2The chairman and vice-chairman of the CGOS are committee members elected on the basis of having the most votes. Upon the chairman's proposal, the committee then selects other members to fill in the remaining functions. The chairman is the official representative of the CGOS.
3.3In committee voting, the majority decides, in the event of a split vote, the chairman casts the deciding vote.

4. Activities of the Czech Gynecological and Obstetrical Society

4.1The committee of the CGOS organises annual meetings of the CGOS . The committee is responsible for including all divisions of this field in their activities.
4.2The CGOS supports the development of international collaboration and organisation of international symposiums and conferences in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology held in the Czech Republic.
4.3The committee of the CGOS supports the activities of the specialised societies (OS) and committees, and helps them organise activities with the aim of spreading the newest results of medical and pharmaceutical research into practice. The OS are obligated to inform the committee of the CGOS ahead of its activities, and the committee co-ordinates their activities.
4.3.1The OS organise symposiums and other meetings with the organisational and financial help of the committee of the CGOS.
4.3.2At the head of each OS is its chairman, who is elected by members of the specialised society.

5. Financial aspects of the Czech Gynecological and Obstetrical Society

5.1The main source of finances are the membership fees. The committee of the CGOS aims at obtaining finances from other sources, for example: profits from activities organised by the CGOS - from pharmaceutical and other firms for advertisements - from voluntary foundations - donations from the government of the Czech Republic, organisations, and individuals
5.2The committee of the CGOS can lend financial support to its specialised societies, within its ability, for their expenditures.

6. Closing statutes

6.lIn case of differing opinions in the interpretation of the statutes, the committee of the CGOS decides with a vote.
6.2These statutes come into effect 5 weeks after being sent out to all members of the Society, if until that time more than l-3 of the members do not disagree with their interpretation in writing.
6.3Changes in the interpretation of the statutes must be proposed up to 1 month before the annual meeting of the CGOS . The proposed changes will be considered at the annual meeting. The changes will be accepted if voted for by more than 2-3 of the members present at the meeting.
6.4The Society ceases its existence after the decision of a 2-3 majority at the annual meeting, prior to which all members have been informed of this possibility. After the cessation of the Society, all members are responsible for the fmancial and other obligations of the CGOS.

This version of the statutes of the CGOS came into effect January 1, 1999.

Prof. Jan HoÝejöŪ, M.D., DrSc.
Chairman of the CGOS
Assoc. Prof. Pavel Calda, M.D., PhD.
Secretary of the CGOS

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