Constitutional requirements for becoming a Section/Associated Society

SEG encourages association of geophysical organizations. Following are guidelines for becoming an SEG Section or Associated Society. For more information email us at sections@seg.org.

 SEG Bylaws excerpt

Article VII. Section 3. Section and Technical Section Representation on the Council.

a. Each Section, Technical Section, or District shall have the following numbers of Representatives on the Council when it has the following number of Active Members in good standing among its membership:

i.  One Representative when the Section, Technical Section, or District has had at least 20 members within the past two years and not more than 75 Active Members;

ii. One additional Representative when the Section, Technical Section, or District has at least 75 and not more than 325 Active Members; and

iii. One additional Representative for each additional 250 Active Members.

iv. The allocation shown in ARTICLE VII, Section 3.a.iii. of the Bylaws shall be adjusted in the future as required such that the total number of Section, Technical Section, and District Representatives remains below 100.

The Associated Societies (Sections) or Technical Sections will select the appropriate number of Council Representatives as set forth in ARTICLE VII Section 3. A Section or Technical Section Representative on the Council must be a member of the Section or Technical Section and an Active Member of the Society in good standing. The term of office shall be three (3) years and a Representative may serve consecutive terms. The term of office will start 1 August following appointment by the Associated Societies (Sections) or Technical Sections and notice in writing to the President and Secretary of the SEG.

b. In the event a Representative is unable to attend a Council Meeting, the Section may nominate an alternate, who is an Active Member in good standing, who will be seated with voting privileges, if the Secretary of the SEG has been notified in writing.

 

Article IX. Sections, Technical Sections, Associated Societies, Districts, and Other Groups Affiliated with the Society

Section 1. Sections and Associated Societies.

a. Members and other persons engaged in geophysics or a related field within a specific geographic area may form a separate legal entity as a Section to develop and explore ways of pursuing the objectives of the Society provided that at least 20 Active Members in good standing petition to form the proposed Section. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for approving for Society recognition and Council Membership any proposed Section. The Council shall be responsible for representing Sections at the Annual Meeting and in other Council business.

b. Existing legal entities representing members and other persons engaged in geophysics or a related field within a specific geographic area and wishing to develop and explore ways of pursuing the objectives of the Society may be recognized as an Associated Society provided that at least 20 Active Members in good standing representing the entity petition to form the proposed association. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for approving for Society recognition and Council Membership any Associated Society. The Council shall represent Associated Societies at the Annual Meeting and in other Council business.

c. The terms Section and Associated Society shall be taken to be synonymous, and either may be adopted at the preference of the individuals forming the Section or Associated Society. The rights and responsibilities of Sections and Associated Societies under the Bylaws shall be the same.

d. The Society shall have no responsibility for the operation of a Section or Associated Society except as may be agreed specifically by the Board of Directors in writing.

Section 2. Technical Sections.Members may form a Technical Section, to further the objectives of the Society in a field of geophysical methods, theory, or applications, which will operate within the governance, financial, and organizational structure of the Society. The scope of a Technical Section shall be sufficiently broad to represent active professional interests of a substantial segment of geophysicists. Technical Sections shall have formal procedures and be recognized and represented by the Council. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for approving Technical Sections for Society recognition and Council Membership using the criteria for establishing and procedures for forming Technical Sections as set forth in the Procedures Manual.

Section 4. Affiliated Societies.The Board of Directors may arrange for affiliation of the Society with any duly organized groups, associations, or societies.

Section 6. Dissolution of Affiliation.Affiliation of the Society with a Section, Associated Society, Technical Section, District, Affiliated Society, or Student Chapter may be severed by the Board of Directors. Severance of affiliation may require payment of sums owed to the Society.