AMERICAN NUCLEAR SOCIETY
Rules for the
Thermal Hydraulics Division
|Article B1 - Name
1.1 The official designation shall be the Thermal Hydraulics Division
of the American Nuclear Society, Incorporated, hereinafter referred to
as the Division and Society, respectively.
|R1 - Name
1.The official name of the Thermal Hydraulics Division of the American
Nuclear Society may also be referred to herein as THD.
|Article B2 - Objectives
2.1 The objectives of the Division shall be consistent with the
objectives of the Society, as set forth in its Certificate of
Incorporation and in Article B2 of its Bylaws and Rules, principally,
the "advancement of science and engineering relating to the atomic
nucleus and of allied sciences and arts".
2.2 The Division shall provide, through a group of members of any
grades particularly interested in thermal hydraulic technology in the
nuclear industry, a means to promote the sciences and arts of that
area, within the scope of the Society.
2.3 The Division's area of nuclear science or technology includes:
thermal hydraulics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics involved in the
utilization of nuclear energy.
2.4 To further its objectives, the Division shall:
a. Hold meetings, or conduct other
activities, in accordance with the stated policy of the Society for the
presentation and discussion of professional ideas relating to thermal
hydraulic technology in the nuclear industry, including heat transfer
and fluid mechanics involved in the utilization of nuclear energy.
b. Disseminate knowledge and information
regarding thermal hydraulic technology in the nuclear industry,
including heat transfer and fluid mechanics involved in the utilization
of nuclear energy by discussions, communications, and the presentation
of papers and other means of information exchange.
c. Encourage the formation of closer
professional, and, as appropriate, personal relations among the members.
d. Cooperate with other scientific and
professional groups having related
|R2 - Objectives
2. The THD objectives are set out in the THD Bylaws.
|Article B3 - Obligations to the
3.1 The activities of the Division and its members shall be governed by
the provisions of these bylaws which shall be in accord with the
provisions of the Certificate of Incorporation and the Bylaws and Rules
of the Society. Operation of the Division shall be governed by the laws
of incorporation of the Society and their respective Bylaws, Rules,
Procedures, and Policies.
3.2 In the event of a conflict, the Society's Bylaws, Rules,
Procedures, and Policies shall take precedence over the Bylaws and
Rules of the Division.
3.3 The Division shall not have authority to act for or in the name of
the Society. No action, obligation, or expression of the Division shall
be considered an action, obligation, or expression of the Society as a
whole. A statement to the effect that the Division assumes sole
responsibility for the contents shall be imprinted on any publication
regarding an action, obligation, or expression with respect to the
Society, issued by the Division. The Division may use its website for
3.4 The financial affairs of the Division shall be conducted in such
manner that the Division shall be financially independent and shall not
rely on support from Society funds, except to the limit budgeted by the
Board of Directors for each Division. The Division may meet its
financial obligations in accordance with the provisions in Article B5.
3.5 The Division shall not represent any opinion or position in any
matter technical or non-technical as being the official position of the
Society or any of its subdivisions without prior approval of the Board
3.6.The Secretary of the Division shall file with the Executive
Director of the Society a copy of the minutes of the Division Executive
Committee meetings within thirty (30) days following the meetings
date(s) in accordance with B7.3.
|R3- Obligations to the Society
3. The THD Obligations to the Society are set out in the THD Bylaws.
|Article B4 - Membership
4.1 Members in good standing in the Society shall be eligible to become
members of the Division.
4.2 Student members in good standing in the Society shall be voting
members and may hold the office of Secretary-Treasurer, Secretary, or
Treasurer and serve on the Executive Committee in the Division.
4.3 Society members who desire to become members of the Division shall
so indicate on the dues billing form issued annually to all Society
members by the Executive Director. Society members desiring to join at
other times may do so by notifying the Executive Director and paying
the associated fee, if necessary.
4.4 Society members who desire to terminate their membership in the
Division shall so indicate on the annual dues billing form. Society
members desiring to resign at other times may do so by notifying the
Executive Director. Upon resignation, the member's name shall be
dropped from the Division roster and mailing list.
4.5 At the discretion of the Executive Committee, the Division may
enroll non-Society members as "Division Participants" for a
non-renewable period of up to two years. Division Participants shall be
"non-Society" members who qualify by submitting an application and
paying a fee for an amount and via a path approved by the Executive
Committee of any Professional Division voluntarily choosing to enroll
them. Division Participants may be entitled: 1) to receive newsletters
and notices of activities of the Division and 2) to participate as
non-Society members in Division activities excluding voting and holding
elective or appointed offices in the Division. Division Participants
shall be encouraged to apply for Society membership.
|R4 - Membership
4.1 Members of the Division have the right to vote on Division matters.
4.2 Student Members of the Society shall be eligible for membership in
the Division. Student Members have the right to vote on Division
matters. Student Members are eligible to hold positions on the
Executive Committee except for the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair.
4.5 The THD encourages the involvement of Division Participants.
Division Participants need not meet the education and experience
requirements that are established for accredited membership in the
Society. Unless otherwise specified by the Society, a simple letter of
request may suffice as an application for Division Participant
status. The Executive Committee shall set dues and conditions of
Participant status upon recommendation by the Membership Committee.
|Article B5 - Dues, Assessments,
5.1 The Division may collect dues from its members as provided in the
Division Rules. The dues for membership in a Division shall be shown on
the annual statement sent to each member of the Society by the
5.2 The Division may levy special and reasonable assessments to
implement the sponsorship of special or topical meetings when
authorized by affirmative vote of not fewer than two-thirds (2/3) of
the members present at a regular or special meeting called as provided
in these Bylaws.
5.3 The Division may also accept non-compulsory financial
contributions, but solicitation and acceptance of such contributions
shall be subject to the written approval by the Board of Directors and
the Executive Director.
5.4 The funds derived from these and from any other authorized sources
shall be disbursed for the Division by the Executive Director of the
Society in response to requests from the Treasurer and Chair and in
accordance with the annual operating budget prepared by the Finance
Committee of the Division and subject to the limitation stipulated in
Article B3.4 of these Bylaws.
|R5 - Dues, Assessments, and
5. The THD dues, assessments and contributions statements are set out
in the THD Bylaws.
|Article B6 - Executive Committee
6.1 The Division shall be managed by an Executive Committee. This
Committee shall constitute the governing body of the Division and shall
have power to act for the Division in all matters, subject to these
Bylaws and to the Certificate of Incorporation and the Bylaws and Rules
of the Society.
6.2 The Executive Committee of the Division shall consist of not fewer
than six (6) members. The members, elected at large, other than the
officers shall have terms not exceeding four (4) years, and the term
designated for each shall commence at the close of the Annual meeting
of the Society and shall be such as to maintain effective continuity of
experience in conducting the affairs of the Division and in performing
the duties of the Executive Committee. The Chair of the Division most
recently retired shall be an ex- officio member with voting privileges.
The Chair of the Professional Divisions Committee of the Society shall
be an ex-officio member without vote. The Chair of the Division shall
be the Chair of the Executive Committee, and other officers, as defined
in Articles B7.2, B7.3, B7.4, and B7.5, shall also serve on the
Executive Committee. A quorum shall be a majority of the voting members
of the Executive Committee.
6.3 Any vacancy among the officers or on the Executive Committee
occurring during their terms shall be filled by appropriate action of
the Executive Committee until the next regular election, except that a
vacancy in the office of Chair shall be filled by the Vice-Chair (the
designated Chair-Elect if there is more than one Vice-Chair), who shall
continue also to perform the duties of Vice-Chair until installed as
Chair for the following year.
6.4 The Executive Committee may remove members missing more than
two (2) consecutive meetings, unless appropriate reasons are provided
for missing such meetings.
6.5 In order to provide for handling the affairs of the Professional
Division, the Executive Committee shall prepare and adopt, in
connection with these Bylaws, suitable Rules. Professional
Division Rules, and proposed changes to them, must be reviewed for
consistency with Society Bylaws and Rules by the Bylaws and Rules
Committee of the Society. A copy of such Rules shall then be
filed with the Executive Director of the Society. The procedure
for amending the Rules shall be specified in the Rules.
6.6 The Executive Committee shall meet at least twice
each year, once during the Annual Meeting and once during the Winter
Meeting of the Society, or as appropriate. Other meetings (e.g. at
Division-sponsored Topical Meetings) or teleconferences, email
communications, and by other appropriate medium of the Executive
Committee may be called at any time by the Chair, or at the request of
any three or more members of the Committee.
6.7 Voting shall be by an appropriate voting system, under the general
procedure stipulated for voting and for handling the ballots in the
Bylaws and Rules of the Society. The Executive Director shall declare
elected to each position the candidate receiving the most votes for
that position. If a tie occurs, the Division shall resolve the tie by a
vote of the members of the Executive Committee. The elected candidates
shall be installed and their terms of office shall commence at the
close of the Annual Meeting of the Society
|R6 - Executive Committee
6.1The Executive Committee may empower officers or members of the
Executive Committee to act specifically on its behalf in certain
6.2 Composition and Term of Office
a. The Executive Committee of the Division shall
consist of not more than twenty (20) members including the Officers,
the elected members, and ex-officio members. The elected members
shall be elected for three-year terms, for a maximum of two consecutive
terms. After serving two three-year terms, a member may be
eligible for election again on the condition that a period of
three-years lapse before re-obtaining Executive Committee membership.
6.3 Filling of Vacancies:
a. A vacancy among the officers or on the Executive
Committee may be declared because of death, resignation, or removal in
accordance with Article B6.4.
b. Between elections, a vacancy shall be filled
through appointment of an individual by the Chair, with an affirmative
vote by two-thirds (2/3) of the Executive Committee members.
c. An individual appointed to fill a vacancy on the
Executive Committee shall serve for the remainder of the original term.
6.4 Removal by Executive Committee:
An affirmative vote by two-thirds (2/3) of the
Executive Committee members is required to remove, for non-attendance
or other good cause, an Officer from office or an elected member from
the Executive Committee.
6.5 Amendments to Division Rules:
a. Amendments to Division Rules may be proposed by
any member of the Executive Committee during a Committee meeting and
approved by a simple majority of the members present.
b. Amendments adopted by the Executive Committee
shall be provided to the Society Bylaws and Rules Committee for review
and endorsement. The original set of Division Rules, and any
amendments to them, must be reviewed by the Bylaws and Rules Committee
for consistency with Society Bylaws and Rules.
c. In the event that an approved amendment does not
attain a 2/3 vote of the Executive Committee, the Chair may direct the
amendment to be put to a Division vote at the next scheduled election.
d. The approved amendments to Division Rules shall
become effective upon being filed with the Executive Director of the
e. The Division Secretary shall notify the
Division membership of the amended Rules in a printed or electronic
|Article B7 - Officers
7.1 The officers of the Division shall be a Chair, at least one
Vice-Chair, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The duties of the Secretary
and Treasurer may be combined into a single office (i.e.,
Secretary-Treasurer). All officers shall hold their offices for a
one-year or two-year term or until their qualified successors are
elected or appointed.
7.2 The Vice-Chair (or one of them if there is more than one) at the
time of election shall be designated Chair-Elect, and at the expiration
of that term will automatically succeed to the office of Chair.
7.3 The Secretary or Secretary-Treasurer shall record and file with the
Executive Director within thirty (30) days after the meeting date(s)
the minutes of the Division Executive Committee meetings. Separate
teleconference meetings minutes may be recorded by the Division and do
not have to be filed with the Executive Director.
7.4 For Divisions that do not have a Treasurer, the Secretary-Treasurer
shall also serve as a member of the Division's Finance committee, and
shall be the responsible custodian of any special funds of the
Division. The Secretary-Treasurer shall have the same duties as the
7.5 The Treasurer shall send the Division budget to the Executive
Director after approval of the Executive Committee.
|R7 - Officers
7.1 The officers of the Division shall be a Chair, a Vice-Chair, a
Secretary, and a Treasurer. The Vice-Chair shall be designated
Chair-Elect. The officers shall hold office for one year concurrently
with the term of officers of the Society or until their successors are
elected or appointed.
a. The Chair shall have supervision over the affairs
of the Division, subject to the direction of the Executive Committee,
and shall be responsible for coordinating the work of the Division with
the activities of the Society.
b. The Chair shall preside at meetings of the
Executive Committee and shall have the power to perform such other
duties as may be provided in the Bylaws, or in the Rules, or as may be
delegated to the office by the Executive Committee.
c. The Chair shall be an ex-officio member of all
committees of the Thermal Hydraulics Division, with voting rights.
d. The Chair shall be responsible for representing
the Division at the meetings of the Society Professional Divisions
Committee and Society Board of Directors.
7.3 Designated Chair-Elect and Vice-Chair:
a. The Vice-Chair shall be the designated
Chair-Elect at the time of election and, at the expiration of that
term, will automatically succeed to the office of Chair.
b. The Vice-Chair shall assist the Chair in
conducting the duties of the office.
c. The Vice-Chair shall perform the duties of
the Chair if the Chair is unable to serve.
d. The Vice-Chair shall accompany the Chair in
matters related to the Professional Divisions Committee.
e. The Vice-Chair may be assigned other duties
by the Executive Committee.
a. The Secretary shall act as custodian of the
Society Bylaws and Rules and of the Division Bylaws and Rules.
b. The Secretary shall record and file with the
Executive Director within thirty (30) days after the meeting date(s)
the minutes of the Thermal Hydraulics Division, including meetings of
the Executive Committee.
c. The Secretary shall serve as editor of the
d. The Secretary shall arrange for notices to
Division members and for publicity releases, and shall be responsible
for obtaining a roster of Division members from the Executive Director.
e. In the absence or incapacity of both the Chair
and the Vice-Chair, the Secretary (if not a student member) shall be
responsible for performing the duties of the Chair.
f. The Secretary shall have other duties as
may be assigned by the Executive Committee.
a. The Treasurer shall have fiduciary
responsibilities of the Thermal Hydraulics Division and shall provide a
direct interface to the individuals of the Society that are charged
with financial matters.
b. The Treasurer shall develop financial statements and present year
and out-year budgets to be presented to the Executive Committee at the
Annual and Winter Meetings. Upon Executive Committee
approval of the present year and out-year budgets, the Treasurer shall
send the Thermal Hydraulics Division budget to the Executive
c. The Treasurer, along with the Vice Chair and Chair, represent
the only officers that are empowered to disburse Thermal Hydraulics
Division funds to internal and external organizations and individuals,
d. The Treasurer shall oversee the financial aspects of all
embedded and stand-alone topical meetings that are sponsored by the
Thermal Hydraulics Division.
e. The Treasurer shall have such other duties as may be assigned
by the Executive Committee.
f. In the absence or incapacity of the other Officers, the Treasurer
(if not a student member) shall be responsible for performing the
duties of the Chair.
|Article B8 - Election and
8.1 The members of the Division Executive committee and the officers
(except the Chair) shall be elected as specified in Article B6.2 and
B7.1 of these Bylaws, respectively.
8.2 Executive Committee members shall be Fellows, Members, Student
Members, Emeritus or Honorary Life Members of the Society.
8.3 The Nominating Committee shall place in the hands of the Secretary
or Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Director no later than the
completion of the Winter Meeting (or seven  months before the Annual
Meeting for Divisions that were unable to meet during the Winter
Meeting) the names of candidates for the Executive Committee and for
the Division officers. The Executive Director shall prepare and forward
to each member of the Division a ballot containing the nominations
submitted by the Nominating Committee, and others made by petition of
not fewer than ten (10) members of the Division, received in writing
either by the Nominating Committee or by the Secretary or
Secretary-Treasurer at least twenty-two (22) weeks before the Annual
8.4 At least one candidate shall be named by the Nominating Committee
for each Executive Committee membership expiring or vacated and for
each elective office other than the office of Chair, which will be
filled by the Vice-Chair. The ballot shall contain spaces for writing
in additional candidates.
8.5 Ballots, in order to be counted, shall be postmarked as instructed
and shall be validated by the Executive Director as having been
received from a Division member in good standing. The Division shall be
responsive to future electronic voting initiatives introduced by the
Society, as appropriate.
8.6 Voting shall be by secret ballot under the general procedure
stipulated for voting and for handling the ballots in the Bylaws and
Rules of the Society. The Executive Director shall declare elected to
each position the candidate receiving the most votes for that position.
If a tie occurs, the Division shall resolve the tie by a vote of the
members of the Executive Committee. The elected candidates shall be
installed and their terms of office shall commence at the close of the
Annual Meeting of the Society.
8.7 Members, elected at large, shall not be eligible for election to
more than two consecutive terms on the Executive Committee, or more
than two consecutive terms of office as Secretary, Treasurer, or
Secretary-Treasurer. After one full term in office, the Chair shall
automatically be succeeded by the Vice-Chair. Except as provided in
these Bylaws, no member shall hold more than one office simultaneously.
8.8 No member shall be eligible for the office of
Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect until having served on the Executive Committee
in any capacity for at least one year except during the initial year of
the Division or in the event the office of Chair is declared vacant.
8.9 The retiring Chair shall not be eligible for election as
Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect for the term immediately succeeding the term as
|R8 - Election and Eligibility
8.1 The THD strives to increase international collaboration by
nominating international members to the THD Executive Committee
Other THD Election and Eligibility processes are set out in Bylaw
B8. Voting rights are documented in Rule 4.
|Article B9 - Standing and
9.1 A Division may establish Standing and Special Committees.
9.2 A simple majority of the members of the committee shall
constitute a quorum at all committee meetings
|R9 - Standing and Special
1. Nominating Committee - Shall be composed of not less than three (3)
members, who shall have the responsibility for nominating candidates
for the Division Executive Committee, Division Officers, and all
Division Committees. The members will include the previous Division
Chair, the current Chair, and the Vice Chair. The most
recent available past-Chair should chair the Nominating
Committee. The Program Committee Chair is also an ex-officio
Nominating Committee member with no voting rights (see Item 9.2.b.4
The Program Committee shall be primarily responsible for planning
meetings of the Division and sessions sponsored by the Division at
national meetings of the Society. The Program Committee shall select
session chairs and other meeting officers required for presiding at
technical meetings of the Division and at its special sessions of
contributed papers at national meetings of the Society. The Program
Committee shall, as needed, call on other members of the Division to
serve as long-range planning coordinators for particular meetings or
special sessions. The Chair of the Program Committee shall be
responsible for liaison with the National Program Committee of the
1. The Program Committee shall be
composed of not less than five and no more than fifty (50)
members, of which three members shall be the Vice-Chair of the
Division, the Chair of the Division and the immediate past Chair of the
2. Membership is conferred to all
currently active members of the Executive Committee.
Additional members may be elected by a majority vote of the Executive
3. For elected Executive Committee
members, the terms of membership to the Program Committee will coincide
with the terms of membership to the Executive Committee plus one year.
Members elected by the Executive Committee shall serve a
three-year term. The terms designated for each shall expire following a
summer Program Committee meeting and shall be such as to maintain
effective continuity of experience in the Program Committee. In
selecting members an effort will be made to obtain a good
representation by discipline, affiliation, and geographic
4. The division Nominating
Committee will review yearly the Program Committee membership, and will
nominate candidates to all positions (including chair, secretary and
subcommittee chairs) vacated by rotating-out, resigning, or defaulting
members. Recommendations for new Program Committee members will be
transmitted to the Nominating Committee by the Program Committee Chair
(who is also an ex-officio Nominating Committee member with no voting
rights). All appointments will be ratified by the Executive
Committee. For untimely vacancies, a Program Committee officer
position will be filled by appropriate action of the Executive
Committee - such needs shall be forwarded to the Division Chair, by the
Program Committee Chair, through the Nominating Committee, which should
develop appropriate recommendations.
5. Any Program Committee member
who has not attended the Program Committee meeting or organized/chaired
any technical sessions sponsored by the Division in more than two
consecutive years will be considered non-active. All non-active
members, once confirmed by the Program Committee Chair, will
automatically be advanced to the Advisory Membership of the Program
Committee. The vacancies will be replaced by new Program Committee
members according to the existing Rules for member replacement. An
advisory member will serve as a consultant advising the Program
Committee Chair on various matters relevant to the operation of the
Program, and will serve a fixed term of five years. At the end of his
or her term, an advisory member may either retire from the Program
Committee or be renewed for another five-year terms based upon the
recommendation of the Program Committee Chair with the approval of the
Executive Committee. There is no limit on the number of terms that an
advisory member may serve.
1. The Program Committee officers include a Chair, an Assistant Chair and a
Secretary. The Division Secretary serves as Program
Committee Secretary. The term of the Program Committee
Chair is for three (3) years. The term of the Assistant Program Committee Chair is for three (3) years A term extension of up to two
(2) years may be granted prior to the chair's or assistant chair's term expiration.
2. The Chair shall have the overall supervision of the Program
Committee. He/she will be responsible for an effective liaison with the
Executive Committee and the Nominating Committee.
3. The Assistant Chair will fill-in for the Chair as necessary and assist the Chair in conducting the duties of the office.
4. The Secretary will keep a record of the proceedings of the
Program Committee in each meeting, write the minutes and distribute
them to Program Committee members within thirty (30) days after each
meeting. A cumulative set of these minutes are posted on the THD
website. The Secretary will also maintain a cumulative file (tabular
form) of attendance and screen members for good standing (see THD R9
d. Eligibility and Election:
1. The election of the Program Committee Chair will be made by
the Executive Committee on the basis of its Nominating Committee
recommendations (see THD R9 2.b.4).
2. As noted above in (c), the Secretary of the Executive
Committee shall also serve as Secretary of the Program Committee.
1. The Program Committee will meet twice a year. All meetings are
open to THD membership. All matters of major significance to the
Program Committee shall be put to vote after adequate
discussion. All programs developed by the Program Committee
are subject to final approval by the Executive Committee and the
National Program Committee. The Program Committee Chair is
responsible for effective liaison in this regard to both the Executive
Committee and the National Program Committee (the latter through the
National/Topical Subcommittee Chair who is the Division
2. A quorum for transactions of business at a Program Committee
meeting shall be constituted by a majority of the voting members of the
3.Membership Committee - Shall be composed of not fewer than three (3)
members, including the Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer, who shall
be charged with the duty of bringing the advantages of the Thermal
Hydraulics Division membership to the attention of qualified
9.4 Honors and Awards Committee - Shall be composed of not fewer
than two (2) members who shall be responsible for recommending to the
Executive Committee, Division members as candidates for Society and/or
Division Honors and Awards and nominees for Society officers and
membership on national committees.
1. The Honors and Awards Committee shall be responsible for
identifying candidates for (i) Society and Division awards (Technical
Achievement Award, Outstanding Service Award, Best Paper) and
(ii) Fellow Nominations.
1. Past chairs of the Division serve 4 year terms, starting at
the end of their term as chair. Three general members are appointed to
serve 3-year terms. The Honor and Awards committee will
include a minimum of one (1) international member.
1. On the fourth year of service to the Honors and Awards
Committee, the past Division Chair shall serve as the Honors and Awards
d. Eligibility and Appointment
1. Any member of the THD is eligible for Honors and Awards
Committee membership. The general members are appointed by the
Executive Committee at the recommendation of the Nominating Committee
which, in developing this recommendation, shall take into consideration
the recommendations of the Honors and Awards Committee transmitted
through its chair. Rotations (Chairs) and appointments become effective
after the ANS Summer Meeting.
1. The Committee shall meet at the ANS Winter and Annual
meetings, as needed.
9.5 Conference Selection Committee - Shall be composed of eight (8) members who shall be responsible for recommending to the Executive Committee host organizations for meetings sponsored or co-sponsored by the division.
1. The Conference Selection Committee shall be responsible for soliciting technical meeting proposals and recommending host organizations for division sponsored and co-sponsored technical meetings.
1. Each of the members is appointed by the Executive Committee at the recommendation of the Nominating Committee.
2. Members shall serve 4-year terms. At least 2 members shall be added each year to the Committee.
3. The Conference Selection committee will include a minimum of two (2) international members.
1. A Chair shall be appointed by the Executive Committee at the recommendation of the Nominating Committee. To be eligible for appointment as Chair, the member shall have served at least 2 years on the Conference Selection Committee prior.
2. The Chair of the Conference Selection Committee shall serve a two-year term.
b. Eligibility and Appointment;
1. Any member of the THD is eligible for Conference Selection Committee membership.
9.6 Other Standing Committees - Additional standing committees
(e.g., Scholarship Committee, Public Policy Committee, Education
Committee, and Publications Committee) may be established by the
Executive Committee. Special committees may be established
from time to time by the Chair, subject to authorization by the
Executive Committee; these shall be dissolved upon completion of the
duties assigned to them.
|Article B10 - Meetings
10.1 Meetings of the Division shall be held as determined
by the Executive Committee, at times and places it shall designate. If
a business meeting is held, it shall be scheduled to coincide with the
Annual Meeting of the Society and shall precede the annual
reorganization of the Division Executive Committee. The Secretary or
Secretary-Treasurer shall mail an advance notice of all intended
meetings of the Division to the Executive Director of the Society not
less than six (6) weeks before the date of that meeting. In addition,
notices of all meetings will be sent to the members of the Division not
less than six (6) weeks before the meeting. These meetings are open to
all members in good standing in the Division.
10.2 A quorum for the transaction of business at all Division meetings
shall consist of fifteen (15) qualified voters or twenty (20) percent
of the qualified voters.
|R10 - Meetings
10. The THD Meetings procedures are set out in B10.
|Article B11 - Amendments
11.1 Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed by any Division, the
Professional Divisions Committee, the Society Bylaws and Rules
Committee, or the Society Board of Directors. Amendments must be of a
nature that they can be applied equitably to all Divisions, in keeping
with the intent of the Standard Bylaws. All proposed amendments shall
be forwarded to each Division for comment. Comments should be filed
with the Professional Divisions Committee Chair no later than
forty-five (45) days prior to the next ANS national meeting. Further
detailed procedures for approval of amendments to the Standard Bylaws
are in the ANS Rule R18.9.1.
11.2 The Professional Divisions Committee shall notify all Divisions of
approved amendments to the Standard Bylaws. Each Division shall be
responsible for reviewing approved amendments to determine if
corresponding changes to the Division's Rules are required.
|R11 - Amendments
11.1 Proposed Amendments to the Standard Bylaws:
a. Amendments proposed by the Division shall have
received an affirmative vote by a simple majority of the Executive
b. Comments filed by the Division on proposed
amendments, which were forwarded to the Division, in accordance with
B11.1, shall have received an affirmative vote by a simple majority of
the Executive Committee.
11.2 Approved Amendments to the Standard Bylaws
a. When notified of an approved amendment to the
Standard Bylaws, the Secretary shall obtain an updated copy of the
Division Bylaws from the National Bylaws and Rules Committee, and
prepare reconciling changes in the Division Rules for review and
approval by the Executive Committee.
b. Division members shall be notified of the amended
Bylaws and Rules by appropriate means, such as posting the amended
Bylaws on the Division webpage or including a notice in the Division
11.3 THD Rules amendments procedures are documented in R6.5.
|Article B12 - Rules of Conduct
12.1 In all procedural matters not covered by the Bylaws and Rules of
the Division, Robert's Rules of Order, latest edition, shall be used as
the authority for parliamentary procedures.
|R12 - Rules of Conduct
The Executive Committee, and other Division committees may resolve
issues before them by normal voting procedures at meetings, or they may
use e-mail voting. In order to properly transact committee business
using e-mail, the following concepts shall be included in the committee
1. The Chair of the unit determines if an issue is to
be considered and voted upon electronically.
2. Documents / issues for comment and vote will be
sent to the unit's listserv (i.e., email@example.com) with a request to
review and comment.
3. Deadline dates for comment and voting periods will
be provided. Votes can be submitted during the comment period and
must be received prior to the voting deadline. All members are
required to reply to the listserv for all other members to review both
comments and votes.
4. Once the voting deadline has passed, the Chair
will review the votes and inform unit members via listserv of the
outcome of the vote. To be valid, all votes taken outside of a
meeting must have a quorum of unit members registering a vote. To
pass, the vote must have a majority of the quorum of unit members
submitting an affirmative vote.
5. Between ANS national meetings, issues that have
successfully passed through the electronic comment and voting process
will be considered approved and activity may commence in accordance
with the approved item.
6. Each electronic vote will be confirmed at the next
face-to-face meeting of the unit for historical record.
|Article B13 - Dissolution
13.1 Any Division may be dissolved at the discretion of the Board of
Directors of the Society, after proper consultation with the Executive
Committee of the Division and the Professional Divisions Committee.
13.2 The Division membership must approve dissolution by a 2/3 vote
before a petition is submitted.
13.3 A Division considering dissolution should prepare and submit a
petition to the Professional Divisions Committee that clearly states
the reasons the Division cannot fulfill its obligations and mission.
The PDC with the Division will forward the petition to the Board of
13.4 Assets of dissolved Division shall become the property of the
American Nuclear Society.
13.5 Any Division that merges with another Division may do so at the
discretion of the Board of Directors after receiving a request from the
Professional Divisions Committee and the involved Divisions.
a.Assets of merged Divisions will be
combined under the newly established Division
|R13 - Dissolution
13.1 The THD procedures regarding dissolution are set out in B13.