Committees – Southern Gerontological Society

The purpose of all of the SGS committees is to support and carry out the necessary planning for SGS’s annual operations and meeting.

To apply, you should:

  • Be a member in good standing of the Southern Gerontological Society
  • Be willing to attend the committee’s meeting at the annual SGS meeting (at your expense)
  • Be available throughout the year to work with the committee via email and conference call
  • Have some experience and/or expertise to contribute to the committee.

Volunteer commitment for committees involves working with other members via email and participating in teleconferences to accomplish the goals of the group. Terms on committees vary but are renewable. Please see the SGS Bylaws for additional committee detail and term information.

SGS Committee Responsibilities

The Awards committee is composed of academic and practitioner members, and one student. The Awards committee is responsible for all activities that pertain to soliciting awards nominations, reviewing nominations, selecting awardees, and organizing the presentation of awards.
The Budget and Finance Committee consists of five individuals, one of whom must be the Treasurer. The Chairperson must be appointed by the President. This committee reviews the annual budget, and expenditures. The responsibilities of the Budget and Finance Committee consist of ensuring an accurate account of the Society’s fiscal functions, present an Annual Operating Budget and a detailed Annual Report of the Society expenditures at the Annual Meeting, annually review the Society’s fiscal records, prepare and submit reports to IRS and other agencies, and review financial policies of the Society and recommend any needed changes.
The Bylaws Committee is composed of a Chairperson, appointed by the President, and members, appointed by the Chairperson. The Bylaws Committee primary responsibilities consist of reviewing the Bylaws each year and make recommendations, ensure mailing of Bylaw changes to the Society Membership at least 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting, revise the Bylaws as necessary and ensure their distribution to the Board and Committee Chairs.
The Council of Presidents consist of all members of the Society that have completed the term of President. The Council chair must be the person who was the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee in the previous year, or must be elected as chair by the Committee members. The responsibilities of the Council of Presidents consist of serving as counsel to the President and Board, meet at least once annually, organize a Council of Presidents symposium for the annual meeting, and assist the Awards Committee in selecting GRIT nominees and awardees.
The Development Committee is composed of a Chair, the Chair of the Program Committee Development Subcommittee, the Chair of the Membership Committee, the President, the President-Elect, and the immediate Past President. Other members and the Committee Chair must be appointed by the President. The responsibilities of the Development Committee consist of sharing contacts and coordinate efforts with the Program Committee Development Subcommittee, work with the Membership Committee on the growth strategies for recruitment and retention of members, generate a plan for development efforts, and prepare a written report for distribution at each Board meeting.
The Executive Committee consists of the President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and immediate Past President. The responsibilities of the Committee include carrying out the business of the Society between Board meetings, oversee policy and procedures of the Society, and review potential future Annual Meeting sites and select the locations for future Annual Meetings.
The Membership Committee is composed of a Chair, whom is appointed by the President, and other members appointed by the Chair. The responsibilities of the Committee consist of developing a plan for regular communication, recruitment, and renewal for memberships, Actively seek to increase membership from within each State, collaborate with the Seniors and Student Committee Chairs to identify potential new members, encourage use of the SGS exhibit at other professional meetings, and prepare a written report for distribution at each Board meeting.

SGS Committee Application

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Document last revised: Feb. 12, 2015

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