Membership in the Society shall be open to persons of good character
who hold interest in furthering the purposes of the Society as stated
in Article I of these bylaws and who meet the qualifications for membership
as stated in Article III, Section 2 of these bylaws.
2. Classes of Membership
There shall be five classes of members: Organisations, Member, Student
Member, Emeritus, and Honorary. The designation of "member"
in these bylaws shall be deemed to include all categories, except
where there is an express provision to the contrary.
Membership in the Association shall be by national
gerontological organizations (societies). To
be eligible for membership an organization (society)
· be national in its scope and
multidisciplinary in membership; unless otherwise approved by
Council, only one national
organization from any country shall be a member of the
· have a primary orientation
toward research and training in gerontology; and have at least
twenty five members
(in good standing) with exceptions determined by the Council.
Individual members of national organizations which
are in good standing in the Association are
considered to be members of the Association.
Member organizations are expected to make periodic
reports to the Secretary- General on
membership and activities. Such reports shall be
required prior to the meeting of Council at
Congresses of the Association.
Members shall be persons who hold interest in furthering
the purposes of the Society and whose
applications have been approved by the Society's
Membership Committee. The approval
process for Members shall include approval by the
Society's Membership Committee.
A student who is registered full time for graduate,
undergraduate or professional studies at an
accredited educational institution or who is completing
his/her internship or residency
requirements and who holds interest in furthering
the purposes of the Society may be admitted
as a Student Member. He/She may continue as a Student
Member for no longer than five
consecutive years, unless he/she successfully petitions
the Society for an extension. The student
may not continue beyond the membership year in
which he/she ceases to qualify for this
category of membership. The approval process shall
follow those specified in these bylaws for
Any person who for a total of 20 years has been
a Member of the Society and who is no longer
compensated for professional work may request "Emeritus"
(Member or Fellow) status. Upon
recommendation of the Membership Committee of the
Society and approval by Council he/she
shall be so designated. Such Member or Fellow shall:
pay no dues, receive publications at a
cost specified by Council, and retain all other
respective rights and privileges of the Society.
The Council may elect as Honorary such persons
as it determines have made distinguished
contributions to gerontology. They shall have all
rights and privileges of the Society but they shall
pay no dues and shall have no vote.
A member may be dropped from membership by a three-fourths vote of
Council for conduct which tends to injure the Society or which is
contrary to or destructive of its purposes, provided that such allegations
have been stated in writing to the member himself/herself and that
he/she has been given full opportunity for a hearing and to respond
to those allegations before Council or a body designated by it.
The Electorate of the Society shall consist of the Organisations ,
Members, Student Members, and Emeriti.
A gerontological organization (society) may apply to the Secretary
General of the Association for membership by submitting its constitution
and/or By-Laws, a statement of its aims and goals, the names and addresses
of its elected officers and the names and addresses of its members,
and all other requested information. The Secretary General shall submit
all such documentary data to the Council for action. The organisation
(society) may be admitted to the Association at any time upon a majority
of votes of the Council, whose vote (if necessary) may also be by
A professional person engaged in research, teaching (or practice)
within the field of gerontology may apply for individual membership
in the Association provided that the said applicant is a national
of a country which has no gerontological organization (society) which
is a member-organization in the Association, and in which the applicant
is eligible for membership. Individual members are expected to promote
the development of gerontology in their countries and the formation
of a national society eligible for application for membership in the
Applications for individual membership shall be made to the Secretary
General in writing and shall include a statement of the individual
applicant's qualifications, activities in the field of Gerontology
and membership in other professional societies. The Secretary General
shall submit such data to Council for action. Individuals may be admitted
to the Association upon a majority vote of the Council.
There may not be more than 49 (forty-nine) individual members from
one country. One individual member from each country will be in the
Council of the Association until an organization of that country replace
Individual memberships in the Association shall automatically terminate
once a recognized gerontological organization (society) from that
country is admitted to membership of the Association.
For the first year there will be no membership dues
Each member organization shall pay each year to the Treasurer of the
Association membership dues based on the size of its membership. The
fee will be determined by the Council.
list of organizations (societies) and of individual members of the
Association shall be maintained by the Secretary General and will
be available to members of the Association upon request. Member organizations
and individual members are required to pay dues annually. For fiscal
purposes January of each year will constitute the beginning of the
calendar year. New organizations (societies) must pay one-year's dues
before they are admitted to voting membership in the Council.
The dues for individual members shall be
Founding Members $ 100 or more and $100 thereafter
Individual members ( Physician or university teacher or professional
Individual members ( member of the multidisciplinary team, ) $ 30
Members $ 20
Fees can be pay either directly to the account of the association
Number 0750-891 757-42
Place de La Paix-1820 Montreux
by transfer to:
Account number : 0827432
Azmi street branch
Swift BLC: BLOMLBBX
check addressed to Abyad Medical Center
Any member-organization (society) or individual member of the Association
who fails to pay dues within each twelve months interval, shall be
in arrears. Arrears in payment of dues for one year shall automatically
result in loss of eligibility (right) to participate or to vote in
the affairs of the Association (Council) during the period of arrears.
Arrears in payment of dues for two consecutive years shall automatically
terminate membership in the Association in the absence of special
action by Council.
Council, with a quorum present, may by a two-thirds vote (which may
also be by mail) decide not to terminate automatically membership
of an organization (society) or of an individual for non-payment of
dues for good and sufficient reasons. Such decisions must be reviewed
annually by the Executive Committee. Council may by a two-thirds vote
with a quorum present terminate membership of a member organization
(society) or of an individual member for any reason it may deem necessary.
Member organizations and individual members shall not be liable for
any debts of the Association beyond the amount of their annual dues.
FINANCES AND BUDGET
The funds of the Association are made up as follows:
a. the yearly membership dues (Article
b. voluntary gifts from individuals,
groups, or organizations;
c. grants from governmental or non-governmental
d. funds from any other source
Approval by Council is required for acceptance by the Association
of funds specified under b, c, or d of this Article.
The Executive Committee of the Association shall present for Council's
approval at each Congress a budget proposed for Association activities
for the period between Middle-Eastern Congresses of MEAA; and the
Treasurer shall submit annual financial reports for review by the
Executive Committee and for distribution to Council. The Secretary-General/Vice
President shall receive all reports pertinent to the business of the
association and shall be responsible for maintenance of official records
and for the transmission of these records to successors.
BODIES AND GOVERNANCE
governing bodies of the Association are:
1. The Council;
2. The Executive Committee
1. The Council
The Association is governed by a Council which shall be composed of
representatives of member-organizations (societies) in good standing
in the Association, and one individual member from each country in
the Eastern Mediterranean Region with no formal organization, and
the officers of the Association, elected or approved by Council -
The President, Immediate past-President, Secretary General/Vice President,
official list of the representatives of member organizations (societies)
shall be certified by the Secretary-General at the beginning of each
Congress as documented by correspondence from the officers of member
a) Council members are designated by each member-organisation in good
standing according to the following
From 25 to 100 members 1
From 101 to 250 members
From 251 to 500 members
From 501 to 750 members
From 751 to 1000 members
From 1001 & above 6
b) The President, the Immediate past-President, the Secretary General/Vice-President,
Treasurer constitute the Executive Committee
of the Council. The President of the Association is
Chairman of the Council. c) The term of the
Council members shall be from the beginning of one
International Congress of the Association
to the beginning of the next, and members are eligible
for re-appointment to the Council by their
respective organizations in good standing. . e) A quorum
of Council is one half of the certified representatives
from member organizations of the
The Council has full authority to manage the affairs of the Association.
This authority includes: election of officers of the Association;
admission of new member organizations; suspension and/or termination
of membership in the Association; change in By-Laws; approval of budget;
assumption of commitments on behalf of the Association; determination
of time and site of the Middle-East Congress; appointment of Committees.
The By-Laws of the Association can be amended in any regular meeting
of the Association by a two-thirds vote in the Council with a quorum
present provided the proposed amendment(s) has(ve) been submitted
in writing at least 90 (ninety) days prior to the regular meeting
of the Council and has been sent to all of the organizations (societies)
in good standing in the Association.
The date of mailing will be considered the date to comply with this
The Council may create such standing or ad hoc Committees as may be
desirable or necessary in the interest of the Association or for advancement
of its activities, such as membership, finances, nominations, research,
programs and so on. The President of the Association appoints the
chairpersons of all committees authorized by Council. d) The Committees
may develop their own operating procedures providing they are submitted
to and approved by Council. e) Research and Program Committees may
engage in such activities, develop such programs and hold such meetings
as they may determine provided they are consistent with the aims of
the Association and are approved by the Executive Committee of the
The Council determines the place and date for each Middle-East Congress
of the Association and the time interval between them.
a) The Council shall hold meetings as often as necessary in the interest
of the Association.
Resolutions are taken by majority vote of
Council members present except for cases in which a
two-thirds vote is required (see Articles
9, 16). In case of a tie, the Chairperson will have the
b) Member of the Council shall be notified of the agenda 90 (ninety)
days in advance of the date of
c) Matters requiring Council action between meetings shall be submitted
in writing to the members of
the Council. Resolutions or action shall
be taken on the basis of a majority vote of Council
members who respond in writing within 30
(thirty) days except for cases in which a two-thirds
majority vote is required by the By-Laws.
a) The Council may expressly negotiate and conclude all legal transactions
on behalf of the
b) The Council represented by the President, or by one of its members
appointed by the President
for this purpose, may also sue all debtors
before courts, plead before any jurisdiction, undertake
any personal or real action, maintain their
defense, carry out all judgments and seizures, transact,
compromise and compound.
Resolutions of the Council shall be signed and recorded by the President
and the Secretary General/Vice-President of the Association.
The secretary shall serve as secretary of all meetings of the Society,
of the Council, and of its
Executive Committee. He/She shall keep
the membership rolls of the Society, and shall issue
notice of the annual meeting in due
time and manner, shall issue written notices of elections and
of special meetings, and perform such
other duties as are specified by these bylaws.
The Executive Committee (See Article 14.b.)
a) The administration of every day affairs of the Association , its
representation before external
organizations, coordination of activities
of Committees and Regions and so on fall within the
authority of the Executive Committee of the
b) The term of office of members of the Executive Committee shall
be from the beginning of one
Middle-Eastern Congress of the Association
to the beginning of the next one.
a) In case the office of the President of the Association becomes
vacant due to resignation, demise,
or other reasons, the Secretary General/Vice-President
of the Association shall become President
of the Association for the remaining period of
b) Should the office of Secretary General/Vice-President or of the
Treasurer become vacant
(resignation, demise, or other reasons) the
President shall nominate successors to be approved
by Council. Should the office of Secretary
General/Vice-President-elect or a Treasurer-elect
become vacant, the President shall act in
accordance with Article 18 (i.e., in consultation with the
President-elect) recommend successor/s to
vacant offices, and obtain Council approval by
THE MIDDLE-EAST CONGRESS ON AGING
The Middle-East Congress shall convene at intervals, dates, and places
determined by Council (Article 20).
A Congress Program Committee shall plan and organize the scientific
program of the International Congress. The Program Committee, typically
having 10 members, shall include the President, the immediate past-President,
the Secretary General/Vice-President, the Treasurer, and the President-elect
of the Association . The President-elect of the Association shall
serve as chairperson of the Program Committee. Additional members
may be recommended by the Chairperson of the Committee but must be
approved by Council or the Executive Committee acting in behalf of
CLAIMS ON ASSOCIATION
A terminated member organisation (society) or individual (see Article
9) as well as the claimant of deceased members have no rights to the
funds of the Association. They may neither claim the membership fees
paid by themselves or others, nor may they insist upon a statement,
a rendering of accounts, the affixing of seals, or a stocktaking.
OF THE ASSOCIATION
A decision on dissolution shall be made only by Council and shall
require a two-thirds majority vote of member-organizations of the
Association. If the Association is dissolved, Council shall have the
authority and responsibility to allocate and dispose of the Assets
of the Association.
The logo represents the integration and the union of member societies
from the Middle-East. Member societies and their official publications
may use the logo of the MEAA to indicate that activities are performed
under the auspices of the MEAA. It may be used on the stationary of
the member societies with the subtitle "Member" used along
with the name of the constituent member society.
The Medallion represents the authority, historical background, cities
of founders and presidents for the duration of the MEAA.
During the opening ceremony of a the Congress of the MEAA, the outgoing
President invests the President Elect with the Medallion.
The President may decide upon other academic or scientific events
at which to use the Medallion.
Each President will engrave a disc of the Medallion with their name,
country and years of office before relinquishing it at the opening
ceremony of the MEAA Congress.
Committee and First Executive Office
In order for the association to establish itself there will an appointed
Executive Committee from the founding members . The function of this
first executive committee is to launch the society in the Middle-East
and to recruit members from the region. In addition to holding two
preliminary business meeting
2-The First Middle-East Congress on Aging