Committees shall strive to have equal representation of clinicians and scientists.
According to our actual bylaws, the General Board shall be composed of the President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary-General, the Treasurer and the Past President (these 6 positions also forming the Executive Board), the Chairperson of each Standing Committee, the Chairperson of the Editorial Board and the upcoming Meeting Chairperson.
Committees shall have in their Charter the need to submit a written report to the General Board two times between the International ICRS Congress meetings. The first report will be due 6 months after the Congress meeting or selection of the committee members, whichever occurs last. Committee Chairs will submit a written report to the Executive Committee to show a work plan for the coming year and a three year plan. A second presentation will be made 6 months before the next Congress so the Executive committee can review what has been done and have responses ready for the General Board meeting. Each standing committee Chair will make a 2-3 minute report at the General Board and General Membership Meetings to inform on committee progress, projects and achievements. This will keep all General Membership informed of committee decisions and let the General Membership see these committee leaders in action.
A. Working groups
Non-standing committees can be formed by the General or Executive Board to advise on certain issues of scientific, clinical, or administrative concern to the Society. Interested members wanting to start a working group can petition for such a group to be formed and all interested General Members will be able to serve if they so desire. These committees will be formed with a specified mission and time period and will report their suggestions, and/or findings to the Executive committee annually. The By Laws already provide for these groups as follows:
Ad-hoc Committees or Working Groups
Committees, not authorized as standing committees, are called ad-hoc committees or working groups. The intention of ad-hoc committees or working groups is to identify a problem, gather information, discuss this within the group and summarize their findings in a report that is available to all members, present the report if agreed by the executive board at the next general meeting.
Working groups or ad hoc committees may be initiated in two ways:
- By the General Board or the Executive Board.
- By any member of the society who can identify a relevant issue and gather support of at least 2 Members of the General Board. Such a proposal can be ratified electronically by a majority of the General Board.
The General Board and all members are committed to helping these working groups in any way. In the past, such successful working groups have contributed to the Society’s knowledge about Histology, Rehabilitation after Cartilage Injury and Repair, Cartilage Imaging and Committee Structure.
The members of these previous Working Groups are hereby thanked for their excellent contributions and work however, as all have completed their original mission and none are currently active, all will be disbanded and new groups can be formed by Petition by any member.
B. YSOS (Young Scientists & Orthopaedic Surgeons)
This working group is made up of former Cartilage Fellowship and Scholarship winners from throughout the world and has been active in all past Congresses and several interim meetings. We suggest that since it is an exclusive club, and not open to all, it should remain an Affiliated Club just like the other National Cartilage Clubs in India, South America etc. In this way it will maintain a close affiliation while not being a standing committee. Since we want to continue to foster new ideas and growth among young scientists and surgeons, this group should have 1 ex officio spot on Education/Meetings committee and 1 on the Membership committee. These ex officio members will be elected by the YSOS members and serve at the pleasure of the YSOS members as ex officio committee members of these ICRS committees.