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  1. The name of the group shall be Irish Nurses’ Cardiovascular Association (INCA)
  2. The Association shall promote the advancement of knowledge and dissemination of information concerning cardiovascular disease and aim to raise the nursing profile in that area.
  3. Membership shall be open to Registered General Nurses currently specialising, researching or who are working in the primary or secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Non voting category of membership shall be Associate and Honorary members but cannot attend Annual Business Meeting. Registered nurses from overseas are welcome. Non-voting associate membership available to other disciplines. Associate membership is open to all healthcare professionals or academics working within the field cardiovascular disease. With consensus of the committee healthcare /academic personnel working within the area of cardiovascular disease may be invited onto the committee.
  4. Members shall pay an annual subscription which can be changed with a simple majority vote at an annual business meeting. A registration fee in addition to the annual subscription will cover admission to the Scientific Meetings. This fee will be decided annually at the discretion of the committee.
  5. Membership shall automatically cease upon failure to pay annual subscription as per the annual subscription year deemed.
  6. At least one meeting shall be convened in each calendar year, at which a business meeting shall also be held.
  7. An Executive Committee of 11 persons shall be elected at the annual general meeting as follows; this Committee will then elect the office bearers which shall include President, Vice President, General Secretary, Scientific Secretary, Treasurer and newsletter editor.
  8. The President shall not be eligible for immediate re-election of President/Vice President. Ordinary members of the committee shall retire after 2 years, but remain eligible for re-election as office bearers. It is proposed that no more than 4 office bearers change in any given year. Non executive committee members must assume an executive role after 2 years as a committee member or resign from the committee.
  9. Ex-Officers are expected to remain on the committee for two years .
  10. Nominations for election to the executive committee shall be supported by at least 2 INCA members and submitted in writing to the Secretary at least 2 weeks before the annual general meeting.
  11. Members of the executive committee who retire before the end of their term of office may be replaced by co-option at the discretion of the remaining members of the executive committee.
  12. Five members of the executive committee shall constitute a quorum.
  13. A electronic vote may be held on any relevant issue at the discretion of the executive committee.
  14. Changes to the constitution must be proposed in writing to the Secretary at least one month before the annual business meeting. For an amendment to be adopted it must be passed by a 23 majority of the members present and voting at the annual general meeting.
  15. The group may be dissolved by a resolution passed by a 23 majority of those present and voting at a special general meeting convened for the purpose of which 21 days notice has been given to members. Such resolution may be given instructions for the disposal of any assets held by, or in the name of the group, provided that if any property remains after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities, such property shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the group, but shall be given or transferred to such other charitable institution.
  16. Committee members must attend at least 50% of committee meetings annually. If not they are automatically removed from the committee.