Constitution & By-Laws/Pacific Section
Pacific Section of the Geological Association of Canada.
To advance the science of geology and to promote a better understanding thereof
among geoscientists and general public of the area.
(a)The Pacific Section shall consists of Fellows, Associates, Correspondents,
Patrons and Honorary Members of the Association who are resident or interested
in the Pacific Margin Area.
(b)The membership of the Pacific Section includes interested students of the
University of Victoria.
1. Fees and Dues
(a)Annual dues shall be levied for membership in the Pacific Section.
(b)There shall be no initiation fees. There shall be no dues payable by
Correspondents, Patrons or Honorary Members.
(c)Members of the Pacific Section who are in arrears in payment of annual dues
shall not be entitled to vote or take part in the business proceedings of the
Members of the Pacific Section shall be guided by the Constitution of the
Geological Association of Canada.
1. Election of Officers and Terms of Office
(a)The Officers of the Pacific Section shall be the President, Vice-President,
Secretary, and Treasurer, who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of
the Pacific Section and who shall serve for a term of one year.
(b)The President shall not be eligible for re-election to the respective office for a
third consecutive term in office until three years have elapsed from the expiration
of the terms of office. All other officers shall be eligible for re-election with
(c)Insofar as it is practicable, the Executive shall be a mix of various organizations.
(a)Executive meetings shall be held during the interval of August to May. Regular
membership luncheon meetings shall be held as required – approximately on a
(b)Special general meetings may be called at any time for the consideration of any
(c)The date of the Annual General Meeting shall correspond to the date of the
annual Spring Symposium. At this meeting, the election of officers shall take
The Executive shall comprise the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer,
Education Chairperson, Social Chairperson, Technical Program Chairperson, Special
Projects Chairperson, Publicity/Publications Chairperson, and immediate Past President.
a) The President shall preside at meeting of the Section and, with the rest of the
Executive, be responsible for selection of speakers and topics for meetings.
b) The President shall maintain correspondence between the Section and the GAC
National Body or other organizations.
a) The Vice-President shall have and assume the powers of the President in the event
of the absence or disability of the President.
b) The Vice-President shall be responsible for the organization of the annual field trip.
a) The Secretary shall keep the records of the proceedings of the Section and act as the
secretary to the Executive and keep the records of its proceedings.
b) The Secretary shall maintain a current listing of all Section members together with
their mailing address and membership status.
c) The Secretary shall issues notices of all meetings and social functions of the
a) The Treasurer shall collect and disburse all funds in consultation with the
Executive. Accounts in the name of the Section shall be maintained in a bank or trust
company designated by the Executive. The signing officers for these accounts shall be the
President, and Treasurer.
b) The Treasurer shall report in writing, at each annual meeting of Section, all receipts
and disbursements of funds and other financial transactions and balance of funds on hand.
c) The Treasurer shall only commit the Section funds to those expenses which have
received the approval of the Executive.
6. Education Chairperson
a) The Education Chairperson shall be responsible for liaison between the Section and
teachers in the geosciences.
b) The Education Chairperson shall be responsible for the organization of workshops
in the geosciences.
c) The Education Chairperson shall be responsible for liaison with the Education
Committee of the GAC and with the education committees of geoscience societies within
and outside Canada.
7. Social Chairperson
a) The Social Chairperson shall be responsible for coordination of all Society social
b) The Social Chairperson shall cooperate with the Technical Program Chairperson in
organization of social aspects at Technical events.
8. Technical Program Chairperson
a) The Technical Program Chairperson shall be responsible for the organization and
conduct of all technical sessions, including the logistical aspects of the above.
b) The Technical Program Chairperson shall, in collaboration with other Executive
members and interested members, organize and present a program of Luncheon Meeting
c) The Technical Program Chairperson shall consider and make suggestions for the
themes of technical sessions.
a) The Publications/Publicity Chairperson shall be responsible for maintaining an
inventory and coordinating the sale or other dispersal of Section Publications.
b) The Publications/Publicity Chairperson shall be responsible for liaison between the
Section, and the media.
c) The Publications/Publicity Chairperson shall be responsible for submission of
Section articles, photographs and other material to GEOLOG.
d) The Publications/Publicity Chairperson shall be responsible for dissemination of
Section information at Technical meeting of other GAC Sections and related Geoscience
10. Past President
a) The Past President shall act as an advisor to the Executive and shall be a voting
member of the Executive.
b) The Past President shall be responsible for solicitation of nominations for Executive
positions from the general membership and preparation of a nomination list for
presentation and voting at the Annual General Meeting.
11. Special Projects Chairperson
a) The Special Projects Chairperson shall be responsible for special projects, as set by
The Executive may appoint committees to assist members of the Executive in the
performance of their duties or to perform specific tasks as required. Committees shall be
composed of consenting Section members or other individuals as deemed appropriate by
Amendments to this constitution may be proposed by a resolution of the Executive, or
by a resolution submitted to the Executive by at least 10of the voting members of the
Section. Proposed amendments may be adopted, by voting members only at a General
Meeting of the Section by two-thirds majority of the members present at the meeting. For
the purpose of the vote, a quorum shall consist of six members in good standing.