The Association shall be called the Lourdes Medical Association.
- a ) The patronesses shall be Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bernadette
- b ) The Honorary President shall ordinarily be the Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes
- c ) Honorary Vice-Presidents shall be elected from time to time in recognition of service to, or special relationship with, the Association.
3 - AIMS
The aims of the Association shall be to provide facilities for members to meet together for their own benefit and that of their sick pilgrims and to discuss medical, logistic and spiritual matters related to Lourd
4 - MEMBERSHIP
Membership shall be open to all past and present members of the International Lourdes Medical Association (I.M.A.L.) and the International Lourdes Pharmaceutical Association (I.P.A.L.) and the International Lourdes Dental Association (I.D.A.L.) and the International Lourdes Nursing Association and such people who are eligible to become members of these associations, including Allied Health Professions (AHP).
5 - THE OFFICERS
The Officers shall consist of a Chairman, a Vice- Chairman, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
6 - COMMITTEE
The Committee of the Association shall consist of the Officers and nine members.Ex-officio members of the committee shall include the honorary chaplain;; a Lourdes International Medical Committee (CMIL) representative, who has been invited, or whom they have nominated to represent the CMIL;. The chair of the British Lourdes Nurses Association (BLNA) and a representative of Seirbhis (the Irish LMA) shall also be ex-officio, non-voting, members. The Committee shall have the power to co-opt up to two persons in addition, ordinarily
7 - DUTIES OF THE COMMITTEE
The Committee shall manage the affairs of the Association, including the provision of advice to members, and be responsible for arranging the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and conference.
8 - ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE
a ) The Officers and Committee shall be elected by ballot of members present at the AGM. The Chairman and Vice-chairman shall hold office for two years and shall not be eligible for re-election for a further two consecutive years to the same office. The Vice-chairman shall normally be the Chairman-elect for the ensuing two years; the immediate past Chairman shall be an ex-officio member for two years. Only existing Council members may normally be eligible for election to these posts.
b ) The Secretary and Treasurer shall hold office for three years and be eligible for re-election for a further three years.
c ) The Council members shall hold office for three years. A Council member who fails to attend three consecutive Council meetings will be asked to demit.