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Second, or Eastern Branch.
Albany, 39; Columbia, 15; Fulton, 9; Greene, 24; Montgomery, 16; Rensselaer, 74; Saratoga, 40; Schenectady, 10; Schoharie, 16; Washington, 12. Total...
Third, or Central Branch.
Broome, 31; Cayuga, 25; Chemung, 30; Chenango, 40; Cortland, 23; Delaware, 20; Madison, 21; Onondaga, 65; Otsego, 22; Schuyler, 16; Seneca, 22; Tioga, 19; Tompkins, 15. Total...
Fourth or Western Branch.
Allegany, 15; Cattaraugus, 14; Chautauqua, 29; Erie, 120; Genesee, 16; Livingston, 15; Monroe, 49; Niagara, 28; Ontario, 30; Orleans, 18; Steuben, 18; Wayne, 27; Wyoming, 14; Yates, 11. Total...
Fifth, or Southern Branch.
Dutchess, 46; Kings, 249; New York, 783; Orange, 20; Putnam, 9; Queens, 41; Richmond, 13; Rockland, 14; Suffolk, 22; Sullivan, 20; Ulster, 23; Westchester, 47. Total...
Each Branch Association shall be composed of those Fellows of the parent Association who reside in the District, and of delegates from the four other Branch Associations or from County Associations in affiliation with the New York State Medical Association, in the proportion of one delegate for every five Fellows or Members, and also of invited Fellows from any of the Districts. These last named (invited Fellows) may take part in the scientific proceedings, but they shall not be entitled to vote or to hold office.
The officers of each Branch Association shall be a President, a Secretary, and an Executive Committee consisting of one Fellow from each County in the District. The President shall be the
Chairman, and the Secretary shall be the Secretary of the Executive Committee. This Committee shall fill such vacancies as may occur in its body during the year.
SECTION 6.-Presiding Officers.
The Vice-Presidents of the parent Association shall be the Presidents of the Branch Associations of the Districts in which they respectively reside. The President of the parent Association shall be the President of the Branch Association of the District in which he resides.
SECTION 7.-Executive Committees.
The Executive Committee of each Branch Association shall manage the affairs of the said Association. Five members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum.
SECTION 8.-Formation of the Executive Committee.
The members of the first Executive Committee of each Branch Association shall be appointed in the following manner: When the representatives of each District shall meet (on the first Tuesday in November, 1884) to appoint the Nominating Committee, they shall also appoint one Fellow from each County in his District to be a member of the Executive Committee of his Branch Association.
SECTION 9.-Nominating Committee.
In future, at the annual meeting of each Branch Association, the Executive Committee shall be appointed as follows: There shall be constituted, on the first morning session of each Branch Association, a Nominating Committee, consisting of one Fellow present from each County represented in the District; and it shall be the duty of this Committee to report forthwith to the Branch Association for action, the name of one Fellow from each County in the District to act as a member of the Executive Committee.
SECTION 10.-Appointment of the Secretary.
The Secretary of each Branch Association shall be appointed by the Executive Committee as soon as this Committee is formed, either from its own body or from the general membership of the Branch Association.
SECTION 11.-Duties of the Officers.
The duties of the officers of each Branch Association shall be the same as those prescribed in the By-Laws of the parent Association. In addition, the President of each Branch Association shall make annually a report of its scientific work to the parent Association and shall read by title the papers contributed to the Branch Association during the year.
SECTION 12.-Places of Annual Meetings.
Each Branch Association shall hold annually one stated meeting at the headquarters of the Branch Association, which shall be in a city to be designated by the Executive Committee, and shall also hold such special meetings as may be deemed expedient by the Executive Committee.
SECTION 13.-Places of Special Meetings.
The special meetings shall be held in turn in the several Counties of the District; the time and place of each special meeting to be designated by the Executive Committee. As soon as the time and place of such meetings are determined, the Secretary of the Branch Association shall notify the Corresponding Secretary of the parent Association.
SECTION 14.-Time of Annual Meeting.
The First, or Northern Branch of the New York State Medical Association shall meet on the second Tuesday in July; the Second, or Eastern Branch, on the fourth Tuesday in June; the Third, or Central Branch, on the second Tuesday in June; the Fourth, or Western Branch, on the second Tuesday in May; and the Fifth, or Southern Branch, on the second Tuesday in October. At each meeting, there shall be a morning and afternoon session, and the meeting shall continue until all its business is transacted.
There shall be no initiation fees or dues; but a small assessment shall be required of each Fellow present, sufficient to defray the necessary expenses of the meeting. The amount of this assessment shall be determined by the Executive Committee.
SECTION 16.-Registration Committee.
The Secretary and two members of the Executive Committee shall be a Registration Committee, and shall not register any Fellow who has failed to comply with Section 1, Article VI, of the By-Laws of the parent Association.' The Secretary is, however, authorized to receive arrears due to the parent Association, and, when they are paid, he shall give a receipt for the same and register the Fellow. It shall then be the duty of the Secretary to forward the amount of such arrears to the Treasurer of the parent Association, together with the name and address of each Fellow so paying his indebtedness.
SECTION 17.-Candidates for appointment as Fellows of the parent Association.
The Executive Committee of each Branch Association may recommend to the President, candidates for appointment as Fellows of the parent Association, under the provisions of Sections 3 and 4 of Article II of the Constitution of the parent Association. In case of approval by the President, this officer shall write upon the application of the candidate the word approved, affix thereto his signature, and forward the indorsed application, together with the initiation-fee, to the Corresponding Secretary of the parent Association. Such candidates for Fellowship, when approved by the President, may take part in the scientific proceedings of the Branch Association, but they shall not be entitled to vote or to hold office until they have been regularly appointed by the Council of the parent Association.
SECTION 18.-Meetings of the Executive Committees.
The Executive Committee of each Branch Association shall meet at the call of its President and Secretary.
The Executive Committee may appoint, at any annual or special meeting, delegates to the other Branch Associations of
"The initiation-fee shall be five dollars, and the annual ducs for each current year, payable at or before each regular meeting, shall be three dollars." Section 1, Article VI, By-Laws of the N. Y. S. M. A.
the New York State Medical Association, to the American Medical Association, and to the Medical Associations or Societies of other States.
This plan of organization shall go into effect at once and shall stand as the Constitution of each and every Branch Association; but each Branch Association shall make its own By-Laws, to be modeled, however, upon those of the parent Association.
No part of this plan of organization shall be abolished, altered, or amended, and no addition shall be made thereto, except at a regular meeting of the parent Association, after due notice of such alterations, additions, amendments, or abolition, shall have been given in writing by a Fellow, at the regular meeting of the parent Association immediately preceding, and then only by a majority vote of three fourths of the Fellows present and voting.
J. W. S. GOULEY, Chairman;
JOHN H. HINTON,
DR. E. D. FERGUSON, of Rensselaer County, said that this matter of subordinate Associations was of great importance, and that this had been specially impressed upon him by the inquiries he had received during the past few months as to the relations of the existing County Societies to the State Association, and as to what action, if any, would be necessary to bring local organizations throughout the State in affiliation with this Association. The questions thus propounded required an answer; and, although he could not commit the Association to any special line of action in the matter, from a careful consideration of the subject, he had concluded that there could be no direct and supervisory relation between this Association and the County Societies, as the latter are at present constituted; but that, so long as a County Society held to the Code of Ethics of the American Medical Association, it could be con