Section 1 - Constitution
There shall be a Section Council which shall consist of:
The Senior Officers of the Section and any additional Officers of the Section;
The immediate past Chairman of the Section;
Eight elected members; and
Up to four co-opted members.
Section 2 - Terms of Office of other members of the Section Council
Members of the Section Council other than the Section Officers shall hold office as such respectively for the following terms;
The person referred to in Section 1 (b), for so long as he or she remains the immediate past Chair of the Section but in any event until the conclusion of the next Biennial Conference of the association;
An elected member, from the conclusion of the Biennial Conference of the Association at which he or she is elected until the conclusion of the Second Biennial Conference of the Association next following the first - mentioned Biennial Conference and he or she shall be eligible for re-election until the conclusion of the next Biennial Conference. Elected members who have served for four years shall not be eligible for re-election.
Those persons who are appointed to fill casual vacancies on and those persons who are co-opted to the Section Council; for the respective terms stated in Section 4(a)(ii) and 5 respectively of Article VII.
Section 3 - Duties
Any restrictions which the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Association may from time to time impose;
Any decision duly taken at the General Meetings of the Section; and
The council shall have general supervision and control of the affairs of the Section. The moneys of the Section shall be expended only in accordance with and within the limits of a budget previously submitted to and authorized by the Section Council.
Section 4 - Financing of Schemes and Services provided
The Section Council may make such arrangements as it deems appropriate for the financing of schemes promoted and services provided for the attainment and advancement of the objects of the Section, including, but without derogating from the generality of this Section, the levying of dues upon or the marking of charges against participants in such schemes or beneficiaries of such services.
Section 5 - Council Meetings
The Section Council shall meet at or about the time of Annual and Biennial Conferences of the Association and in the same city or place. It may, in addition, meet at any other time and place on the requisition of the Section Chair or a majority of its members. The Chair and Officers of Committees of the Section shall, except when the Section Council decides to meet in closed session, be entitled to attend and to speak but not to vote at its meetings. Notices of meetings of the Section Council shall be given to all its members in writing by posting, emailing or faxing the notices at least twenty-one days in advance and shall include the agenda for the meetings and the quorum shall consist of at least six members.
Section 6 - Person presiding
If at any meeting of the Council none of the Section Officers is present, the Council shall elect a person to preside at the meeting from among their members.
Section 7 - Voting at meetings
All decisions of the Council shall be by majority vote of all members who are either present in person or voting or, being absent shall have communicated to the Secretary their votes in writing on any proposition or have their proxy to vote to another member of the Council. In case of equality of votes the person presiding at the meeting shall have a second or casting vote.
Section 8 - General Authority
The Council may act on behalf of the Section with respect to all matters relevant to the Section during intervals between Section General Meetings.