International Society, SAR

History, Principles, and Organization Notes

The International Society SAR (ITSSAR) was created in late 1999 as an administrative construct to handle several new members (in Mexico, Australia, and Micronesia) who lived far from any existing State Society. Someone had to receive and review their applications, someone had to request dues annually, and someone had to provide them with communications and represent their interests so that they could be functional participants of the SAR.

In September of 2000 a set of Bylaws for the ITSSAR were approved by the NSSAR Executive Committee to provide an explicit authorization for the construct and to ensure that there would be experienced leaders. The Bylaws specify that the VPG of the International District will be ex-officio (by virtue of his office) the president of ITSSAR.

The ITSSAR consists of a few members spread out so widely that there is little chance for personal interaction. Consequently a "normal" organization, a "normal" constitution and bylaws, and a "normal" set of program elements are not feasible.

The ITSSAR nurtures and trains overseas members so that when there are fifteen resident members in a nation they will be well-prepared to petition the Trustees to form a normal State Society. Fr example, the ITSSAR provided a framework for recruiting members in Mexico and training trheir officers, resulting in a successfull petition in 2002 to become the Mexico Society.

Since the ITSSAR is an administrative construct for a small number of members who are widely-spread around the globe, it is not a regularly-constituted State Society, and it is not entitled to a Trustee, Alternate Trustee, or delegates at the Annual Congress. Members of the ITSSAR expect that at Trustees Meetings and the Annual Congress the best interests of the ITSSAR will be represented by the Vice President General of the International District.

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