Committees provide opportunities for members to be involved in the society, as well as a chance to identify emerging leaders. The selection of a chairperson is critical to ensuring that the committee achieves its goals. It is important to provide all committee members with clear directives for their responsibilities, realistic expectancies, limits of authority and financial and reporting guidelines.
Desirable qualifications of a committee chairman include good communication skills, active participation, willingness to listen, knowledge of parliamentary procedure and sufficient time to carry out responsibilities.

Types of Committees

The following are some committees that the state or regional organization might consider:

Annual Meeting Committee - Organizes and plans all aspects of the annual meeting, including preparation of the scientific program. Liaisons with ASPS (Calendar Coordinator, Meetings Department and CME Manager).

Finance Committee - Develops the budget.

Bylaws Committee - Reviews bylaws, making recommendations for updates and revisions.

Committee on Residents - Provides liaison to this group, encouraging their membership and involvement in the organization's activities.

Government Relations or Legislative Committee - Serves as the members' advocate to state governmental decision-makers, which include both legislative and regulatory bodies. Recommends goals for political activity, oversees the activities of the lobbyist, and seeks to improve the image of plastic surgery. Provides liaison to the Council on State Affairs on legislative issues. Provides liaison and reports developments to ASPS Government Affairs Committee.

Strategic Planning Committee - Reviews the society's current environment establishing goals, objectives, and strategies for its future growth and direction.

Membership Committee - Manages member recruitment activities, maintains current membership listing and potential members, and works to increase members' involvement in the society.

Newsletter Committee - Develops and produces written newsletter and other publications.

Nominating Committee - Develops slate of candidates for office for election at annual meeting.

Public Education Committee - Recommends programs to promote plastic surgery to the general public. Includes monitoring of other groups' activities in the media, educating media about the specialty, and conducting public service activities to promote the specialty. Coordinates with ASPS Media Relations Manager.

State Medical Association Liaison Committee - Works with the state medical society to promote mutual goals. Any members who are officers or delegates to the state society should be included.

Third-Party Payer Liaison Committee - Monitors, analyzes and responds to activities of private insurance companies, managed care organizations and Medicare. The chair provides liaison with ASPS on third-party issues. The society's representative to the Medicare Carrier Physician Advisory Committee should be a member of the committee.