Article 17—Special Interest Groups


Special Interest Groups (SIGs) may be formed within the Corporation. Each SIG may adopt a constitution, pass bylaws, elect officers, designate committees, plan programmes, raise funds, and otherwise function as an organization within the Corporation, providing that nothing so adopted or done shall be in conflict with the vision, mission, goals or Bylaws of the Corporation.



Any funds raised by a SIG or provided to a SIG by a source other than the Corporation shall be under the control of the Corporation, except funds held in trust for specific purposes.


SIGs may be formed for any purpose which the Board of Directors may consider useful.


An application to form a SIG may be made to the Board of Directors upon the filing of a petition signed by no fewer than TEN (10) Members who wish to promote the SIG objective stating that that they intend to maintain an active bona fide existence within the proposed objectives of the SIG. The proposed constitution and Bylaws of the SIG shall also be submitted.



If the Board of Directors approves the application, official recognition will be issued authorizing the formation of a constitution and the election of officers.


All members of a SIG must be Members of the Corporation.


Subject to the Board’s approval, the Corporation may give financial support to a SIG.


Each SIG must:



hold at least ONE (1) meeting each year at which business is transacted;



elect a Chair, Vice-Chair, a secretary-registrar and a treasurer at least every TWO (2) years and upon the vacancy of such position or positions, except when specifically requested by the members of the SIG and approved by the Board of Directors;



not allow the office of Chair or Vice-Chair to be held by the same individual for more than TWO (2) successive terms;



submit to the Board at the Directors’ Meeting scheduled on or about the date of Corporation’s Annual Conference, and at such other time or times as required by the Board, a written report:

of its activities and financial affairs (including a financial statement) for that fiscal year;

of its planned and anticipated activities for the upcoming year;

providing its budget from the time of such report until the next Directors’ Meeting as hereinbefore described;

providing any other information as requested by the Corporation’s Board of Directors; and



use the Member mailing lists for SIG business only.


The Board may withdraw recognition of a SIG if that SIG does not demonstrate active progress or initiative in the pursuit of its objectives and purposes as approved by the Board, or fails to comply with any part of the foregoing Article 17.06.


Withdrawal of recognition of a SIG will result in the removal of administrative and financial support, if any.


Withdrawal of recognition of a SIG requires the approval of the Board of Directors.


Reinstatement of recognition of a SIG may be obtained by fulfilling the original requirements for formation or recognition.