Standing committees of the Society shall consist of a nominating committee, a spring program committee, a winter program committee, a grants & scholarship committee, a fundraising committee, a bylaws committee, a membership development committee, a women & diversity committee, a vascular resident education committee, student education committee and a communications committee.
The Nominating Committee shall consist of the current president in office, the president-elect and the two most recent past presidents. Its functions shall be to make up a slate of officers for the Society, and to nominate representatives to affiliated societies to be presented to the Executive Committee at the annual meeting. The proposed slate shall then be presented for vote during the Annual Member Business Meeting.
Representatives shall be appointed by the nominating committee in concert with the Executive Committee to serve on the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors, American College of Surgeons Advisory Council for Surgical Specialties, Vascular Surgery Board of the ABS and the SVS Executive Committee. Each representative shall serve a three-year term unless otherwise noted by the Executive Committee. From time to time, other organizations may seek representation from the Society. Additional representatives shall be appointed in the same manner outlined above.
The Spring Program Committee shall work in concert with the SVS Program Committee to select papers and make up the program for upcoming meetings. The Spring Program Chair shall be named by the Executive Committee and serve a term of two years. The Committee will consist of 6 additional society members serving a term of two years each, with three members alternating years to allow for overlap.
The Winter Program Committee shall solicit papers and other presentations from members and other individuals and make up the programs for upcoming meetings. The Winter Program Chair shall be named by the Executive Committee and serve a term of one year. The Executive Committee will also name a Vice Chair for the Winter Program Committee for continuity. The Vice Chair will advance to the Chair. The Committee will consist of no less than 6 and no more than 10 additional Society members serving staggered terms of two years to allow for overlap.
The Grants & Scholarships Committee shall consist of six members, a chairman, selected by the Executive Committee, 3 Councilors-at-Large, and 2 remaining at-large committee members selected by the committee chairman. This committee shall serve for two years. Its function shall be to review educational grant award applications and to report award recipients to the executive committee at the annual meeting.
The Fundraising Committee shall consist of ten members. Its function shall be to research and implement comprehensive fundraising campaigns to support the society. A committee chairman shall be appointed by the Executive Committee to serve a two-year term. Other committee members shall be the president-elect, the treasurer, the secretary and the newly appointed councilor-at-large. The committee chairman will select up to 4 additional society members to assist with this task. In addition, the current society president shall be an Ex-Officio member.
The Bylaws Committee shall consist of three members to serve overlapping terms of three years each. A new member shall be appointed annually by the Executive Committee. The most senior member of the By-Laws Committee shall serve as Chair. The By- Laws Committee shall review By-Laws from time to time as directed by the Council and when appropriate, make recommendations regarding amendments.
The Membership Development Committee shall consist of a chair and four members serving two year terms. The Secretary shall serve as ex-officio. New members shall be appointed annually by the Executive Committee. The committee shall review all applications and present their nominations for membership to the Executive Committee for review and ratification at the Annual Business Meeting. The Committee shall also assist the Secretary with membership development and expansion campaigns.
The Women and Diversity Committee shall consist of four members to serve overlapping terms of four years each. The most senior member shall serve as chair for one year. Open positions shall be appointed by the executive committee. The purpose of this committee is to identify and promote ways to address minority issues in vascular surgery, and encourage women and minorities to actively participate in the society and its committees.
The Communications Committee shall consist of one Chair serving a three-year term, and is responsible for organizing, coordinating, and implementing all communication to the membership and along with the Secretary will oversee subcommittee functions. The Communication Chair is appointed by the Executive Committee for a maximum three-year term renewed annually. The Committee shall consist of two subcommittees:
- Website sub-committee consisting of one chair serving a two-year term and three sub-committee members appointed for 2 year terms, and is responsible for all web-based and electronic communication, and maintenance of the Society website.
- Newsletter sub-committee consisting of one chair serving a two-year term and three sub-committee members appointed for 2 year terms, and is responsible for population of content for the membership newsletters
The Vascular Resident Education Committee shall consist of eight members. Six members to serve overlapping terms of two years each. Its function shall be to organize and execute the Fellows Program and the Technology Forum at the VESS Annual Meeting. Two new members shall be appointed annually by the Executive Committee. The two most senior members of the Vascular Resident Education Committee shall serve as Co-Chairs. The two out-going co-chairs shall be Ex-Officio members.
Student Education Committee shall consist of no more than 10 members. Five members to serve overlapping terms of two years each. It’s function shall be to organize and execute the Student Mentor Program during the VESS Annual Meeting.