ASPOA Constitution


1. Membership of the Association shall be open to the Ostomy Associations in the Region. Countries not in the Region but who are in close proximity, can be considered for membership.

2. There shall be the following classes of membership:
(a) Full Membership,
(b) Associate Membership,
(c) Patron Membership.
3. Full membership of the Association shall be open to any National Ostomy Association which signifies acceptance of this Constitution and that of IOA. Applications for Full Membership shall be approved by a simple majority vote of House of Delegates.
4. Associate Membership of the Association shall be open to individual Ostomy Groups who apply for Associate Membership and to such other Ostomy Groups or Associations who are not granted full membership of the Association. Providing the applicant signifies the acceptance of this Constitution and that of IOA, applications for Associate Membership shall be approved by a simple majority vote of House of Delegates.
5 .Full and Associate Members may be accepted by a Regional Association Co- ordination Committee on a provisional basis until its House of Delegates can formally accept the Group at its next House of Delegates Meeting.
Members accepted provisionally shall have all rights accorded to Full and Associate Members with the exception of the right by Full Members to vote.
6. Patron Membership of the Association shall be open to non-participating Individuals, Associations, Institutions, Companies or other bodies not being an Ostomy Group or Association.
7. Full Members and Associate Members of the Association shall be entitled to such rights and privileges as hereinafter appear or as decided by the House of Delegates.
8. Patron Members shall be entitled each year during the currency of their annual Membership Subscription to receive copies of Regional news information.

9. If a Full Member or Asociate Member fails on written demand for one year to meet its financial obligations to the Association or in such other exceptional circumstances as the House of Delegates by a two-thirds majority vote may decide, the House of Delegates may for some period or indefinitely and on such conditions it thinks proper, suspend or cancel the membership, the voting privileges and the services to which such member is entitled, provided, such member has been given at least three months written notice of the intention to propose the initiation of such action. The House of Delegates shall have full authority to restore such membership, voting rights and services as and when it thinks fit.
10. Patron Membership shall automatically cease on the expiration of the annual subscription unless renewed by payment of a further annual subscription.

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