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Article I. – Name

The name of this organization is „Slovak Society for Operations Research“ (further in the text abbreviated as „Society“). The residence of the Society is Bratislava.

Article II. - Aims

The aims of The Society are:

(a) to support the development of operations research as a scientific discipline. For this purpose the Society organizes meetings, conferences and seminars and supports publishing scientific and applied results in operations research. It organizes scientific stays of its members at institutions, the work of which is oriented to the theoretical development or applications of operations research both in the SR and abroad;

(b) to support educational and enlightment activities devoted to the area of operations research. For this purpose, The Society organizes lectures and panel discussions for people working in the management sphere of industry, commerce and agriculture, in central management institutions and education with the aim to inform them about the possibilities of applications of operations research in the spheres of their professional activity. It carries out the advisory activity concerning the possibilities of gaining qualification in operations research in all public and private institutions. The Society takes care of the standardization of operations research terminology in Slovak languages;

(c) to inform about useful applications of operations research. For this purpose the Society provides free of charge orienting consultations for private firms and public institutions. The consultations are provided by the members of the Society who have the best professional abilities for the successful solution of the given problem. The Society supports the consultation activity in operations research , which is carried out on a commercial basis and gives objective information about its level;

(d) to organize and coordinate contacts with partner institutions of similar type abroad. For this purpose it supports in the frame of its budget the participation of its members at specialized conferences abroad and organizes the stays of foreign operations research specialists in the SR.

Article III. - Membership

1. Members of the Society recruit from persons (individual membership) and juridical persons (collective membership).

2. All individual members have the same rights, including voting, functions and work in the Council of the Society.

3. The members of the Society have special advantages when taking part in actions organized by the Society.

4. Collective members may be firms, institutions or other organizations, which wish to support the Society.

5. The membership in the Society is based on the scientific qualification and is independent of race, religion and political conviction.

Article IV. - Individual Membership

1. To become an individual member, the candidate submits at the secretary office of the Society application containing information about his qualification together with the names of two reference persons, who are the members of the Society. The application can be submitted also by two members of the Society with the candidate agreement.

2. About accepting a candidate decides the Council of the Society.

Article V. - Collective Membership

The conditions of collective membership will be stated in each case by an individual contract in writing between the interested party and the Society.

Article VI. - Representatives

1. All representatives of the Society must be its members in the time of their nomination. Representatives of the Society are as a rule elected from its members, who has show a long time engagement and publication activity in the area of operations research.

2. The President is the leading executive representative of the Society, who carries out all duties as they are required in the Statute or by the Council.

3. Vice-president (who becomes President after the expiration of his function term as a Vice-president) helps the President to fulfill those of his duties, which states the President. In case that the President is not able, according to the unanimous decision accepted on a Council meeting by its members present at it, to carry out his function, the Vice-president takes over and President is not affected by his taking over and carrying out the president’s duties during an arbitrary part of his function as a Vice-president.

4. The Secretary carries out the duties, which are usual for the secretary office of an organization, required by this Statute and following from the activity of the Council.

5. The Treasurer carries out the duties usual for the treasurer of an organization and duties required by this Statute and following from the activity of the Council.

Article VII. - The Council of the Society

The Council manages the affairs of the Society, calls the meetings and determines the program and publication policy, invests and administers the funds of the Society and approves establishing of committees.

The Council of the Society consists of its representatives, the immediately preceding Past-president and six other members of the Society.

The Council fills up all its vacant positions by majority elections of the members of the Council, which are present on its meeting with the following exceptions:
(a) the function of the President takes over the Vice-president;
(b) in case that both the position of the President and Vice-president are vacant, the Council can elect a temporary President;
(c) the vacant position of the Vice-president remains unoccupied until the regular elections according to this Statute take place;
(d) if the immediately preceding president is not at disposal, his position remains unoccupied and therefore the Council of the Society consists of 11 or 10 members respectively.

Each member of the Council, elected by it, will stay in his function until the next general assembly session or until a moment, when he or his successor is regularly elected according to this Statute.

Article VIII. - Election and Function Period of Representatives and Council

1. Vice-president, Secretary and Treasurer and two other members of the Council, who must at the moment of their nomination be members of the Society, are voted each two years by voting ballots. Also the vacant position of the president and the member of the Council are occupied by elections.

2. The Vice-president nominates a Nomination Committee consisting of 5 members to administer the election. The vice-president’s nomination must be approved by the Council.

3. At least five months before the planned meeting of the general assembly session the Nomination Committee nominates one or more candidates for each unoccupied function and informs about its nomination the members of the Society.

4. The Secretary accepts additional nominations made by petition on behalf of at least 5 members in case that he receives them at least 3 1/2 months before the planned date of the general assembly session.

5. At least six weeks before the general assembly session the Secretary sends to each member a voting ballot containing the names of candidates nominated by the Nomination Committee or by the petition and free space, in which the voter can fill in other names.

6. The voting ballot, in which an authorized voter did not fill in his choice, and which was not submitted in a sealed envelope with the voter’s name at least two weeks before the meeting of the general assembly sessions to the Secretary, or other representative nominated by the President, cannot be counted.

7. Voting ballots are realized by scrutators nominated by the President and the results will be announced at the next general assembly session; the candidates having received the majority of positive votes will be declared as elected at this next session. In case that two or more candidates to any of the functions receive an equal number of positive votes, one of these candidates will be elected by members on a working session of the general assembly session via a secret voting.

8. The terms of functions begin from the date of the working session of the general assembly. The Vice-president will work in the Council six years since the date of his election; from this time he works two years as the Vice-president, two years as the President and two years as the preceding president. The Secretary and Treasurer are elected for two year term and can continue to work in their functions at most in two next election terms. Further two members of the Council, elected each two years, work in their functions during the six year term. If an elected member of the Council does not finish his term, the other member elected in order to substitute him, will work in this function for the remaining part of the corresponding election term.

9. No representative or member of the Council can be elected for the same function in two following terms with the exception of (a) the Secretary, (b) the Treasurer (c) the member of the Council, who was elected to a vacant position for a term shorter than three years.

Article IX. - Sections

1. After the approval of the Council, the members can establish the sections to support the aims of the Society. The section can be professional, territorial or student’s one.

2. Members, who are going to establish a section, submit to the Council for approval via an appropriate committee a petition and a draft of the orientation and organizational regulations. For a student or territorial section, it is necessary to collect at least 10 signatures on the corresponding petition.

3. The membership in professional section of the Society can be offered to individuals, who are not members of the Society.

4. The section of the Society may by adjourned by the decision of the Council.

Article X. - Changes in the Statute

1. Changes of the Statute can be carried out only on the basis of formal suggestions following from discussions at working sessions of a regularly planned meeting of the Society and from ballot elections including rule 5 given below.

2. A change of the Statute can be suggested by the Council or by a petition submitted to the President, which is signed at least by 10 members of the Society.

3. The Secretary sends the copies of the suggested changes to all members of the Society at least three weeks before a planned meeting of the Society and produces appropriate conditions for the discussion at the working session of the meeting of the Society.

4. At latest 8 weeks after this meeting, the Secretary sends the copies of the suggested change, explanation of its aims, voting ballots and the effective date of the change to all members.

5. A change suggested by the Council in accordance with its decision can be presented to members with modifications included on the basis of discussions in working sessions of any regularly planned meeting. A change suggested by a petition is presented to members in its original form, but the Council has right to suggest supplements to this change on the basis of discussions at a working session of any regularly planned meeting.

6. A voting ballot, on which an authorized voter did not mark his choice, and which was not returned to the Secretary in a sealed envelope with the voter’s name till the date determined by the Secretary, will not be counted. The date for returning voting ballots may be at latest 12 weeks after the date of the meeting.

7. The acceptance of a suggested change needs positive votes of at least 2/3 of the voting members. The scrutators are nominated by the President.

8. The result of the voting announces the Secretary to all members. In case that the change was approved, it becomes valid at the stated before.

Article XI. - Committees

1. Permanent committees and ad ho committees constitutes the President after consulting the Vice-president and the approval of the Council. The Society has following permanent committees: nomination, publication, educational and program committee.

2. Permanent committee and arbitrary other committees constituted by the President administer their affairs according to rules, which may be accepted by the Council for this purpose.

Article XII. - Meetings and Sessions

1. The general assembly meeting of the Society takes place once a year at a date determined by the Council. During the general assembly meeting, a working session is organized, at which reports of representatives, election reports of scrutators, consideration about changes in the Statute and other affairs are discussed.

2. Another assembly meeting of the Society, which can have planned working session, is summoned according to the decision of the Council.

3. The session of the Council are summoned simultaneously with the meetings of the Society, and according to the requirement of the President or three other members of the Council, but only after all Council members had been informed. The Council is able to accept decisions if the majority of its members are present. Under exceptional circumstances, voting by mail can be used. If voting by mail is used, it is required the majority of the complete Council for an approval of an action.

Article XIII. - Financing of the Society

1. The financing of the activities of the Society is managed according to the commonly accepted rules valid in similar organizations.

2. Income of the Society consists of: (a) membership fees, (b) contributions of collective members, (c) income from organizing professional and educational activities, consultations and publications, (d) sponsor contributions and gifts.

Article XIV. - Fees

1. Membership fees of individual members and contributions of collective members determine the Council of the Society.

2. The Council can approve lower membership fees for student members, pensioners (retired members) and for members, who carry out the compulsory basic army service.

Article XV. - Termination of the Membership

1. Each member of the Society can resign by submitting a written resignation to the Secretary. A resigned member can regain his membership on the basis of an approval by the Council after he had paid the corresponding fees.

2. If some member does not settle his fees by the term determined by the Council, his name will be cancelled from the membership list after a preliminary warning.

3. A member, whose behavior might damage the good name of the Society, an be expelled from the membership and from any function on the basis of 2/3 – majority decision of the complete Council, after he had been informed at least 20 days before the meeting which accusation are brought against him and he been given the possibility to reply on these accusations either in person or in writing or via authorized person representing him.

Article XVI. - Publications

1. Each member of the Society, who paid the total fee has right to receive informational publications of the Society.

Article XVII. - Reports

1. No reports will be accepted for presentation at any meeting of the Society, without submitting the title and the abstract of the report to the program chairman before the deadline stated in the announcement of the meeting.

2. Any abstract received before the deadline will be reproduced in the printed program of the meeting under the condition that it is compatible with commonly accepted moral and ethical norms and has a relation to operations research.

3. It will be guaranteed the oral presentation of any report, the abstract of which satisfies the requirements listed in paragraphs 1 and 2 above, and which is compatible with the announced subjects of the meeting.

4. The program chairman has the right to determine the maximal duration for the oral presentation and discussion of each report.

Article XVIII. - Cooperation

1. The Slovak Society for Operations research can cooperate with other organizations, the aims of which are compatible with Article II of its Statute.

2. The Society can cooperate with other professional societies in the form, which does not violate its Statute and the rules of the permanent committees of the Society. This cooperation may include reciprocal reductions of duties.

Accepted by Ministry of Interior of The Slovak Republic.
Bratislava, 25. marca 1993


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