Who we are
The 29th of June 1929 in Lione, at Rodano's Prefecture, the Association called "Latin Otolaryngology Societas" was registered.
Its birth was intended for gathering together ear, nose and throat specialists of Latin America and Europe. Two important persons contributed to its birth: Professor Tapia from Madrid and Professor Hautant from Paris. Apart from enhance friendship among colleagues of different walk of life,
the aim was to keep a Latin cultural space in relation to the predominant progress of scientifÌc subjects in Anglo-Saxon countries. The certifÌcate of incorporation of the new Society was filed
by the fÌrst Secretary GeneraI, Doctor Fleury Chavanne from Lione, while Professors Citelli, Metianu, Doctors De Mendonca, Van Swieten and Bourgeois were charter members. They arrived to the conclusion that every two years the association would have promoted congressional meetings in
a Latin country to discuss on specifÌc topics in order to deepen every aspect. Each conference ho Id in a Latin language was published in a book. The first meeting took pIace in Madrid in October 1929 and
the chairman was Professor Antonio G. Tapia. The following meetings were hold in Catania (ltaly; Citelli 1931), Paris (Bourgeois 1933), Bruxelles (Buys 1935), Bucarest (Metianu 1937), Utrecht (Quix 1939). After a long stopping due to the Second World War, the Secretary General Fleury Chavanne suggested a rebirth of it. It was possible thanks to the friendship he had with his Latin colleagues. In this way the seventh meeting took pIace in Italy with the collaboration of Professor Malan Director of the ORL clinic in Turin. Unfortunately both di ed before the realization of the plan.The first after war Congress took pIace in Turin in 1948 and the chairman was Professor Caliceti. In that occasion Doctor Bouchet from Paris suggested Doctor Louis Chavanne as the new Secretary General. His nomination was welcomed by alI the members. For 30 years Louis Chavanne had an important role in the running and development of the Societas, giving more importance to the performance of the Congresso The aim was to secure an excellent cultural and organizational level. Thanks to his diplomacy, he was able to solve administration problems and was always ready to suggest the wisest solution. In 1978 the general secretary's office of the Societas was run by Yves Lacomme from Tolosa who kept it until1994. He was able to manage the association bringing innovation due to the evolution of the whole society. In 1994 Professor Bernard Guerrier from Montpelier was elected as Secretary General. He enlarged the Societas and sat meetings which meet the modern demands. In 2000 during the XXXIII Conventus in Bruxelles, Professor Desiderio Passali from Rome was elected as the new Secretary General. The fact that he was one of the most esteemed personality is testified by the numerous positions he hold such as the presidency of the Italian Otolaryngology society, the neck-facial surgery Italian society, the European Society of Rhinology, the EUFOS (European Federation of OtoRhino-Laryngological Societies) to the IFOS. His cleverness has contributed to the development of the Societas.
At the beginning the bylaws of the Latin Oto-RhinoLaryngological Society had a wide range of action, so during the years the in- society Regulation could be adapted according to the new demands and modifÌcations of alI ScientifÌc Societies.
At the origin, the Bureau of the Societas was composed by the pioneers, later they were replaced by the representatives of the European countries with Latin culture such as Belgium, Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Romania and Swiss. The Secretary General had to calI the members of the Bureau, to assemble, to choose the pIace of the next Conventus, to elect Presidents, to decide the top ics and modify the regulation according to the needs. Each country has its own Bureau in whieh members elect a National secretary who arranges meetings with the Bureau of the other countries to encourage the interchange of information and plans.
Relating to the economics, it is important to highlight that the Societas hasn't a personal worth neither an own paymaster generalo Indeed since the birth of the Societas it was decided to put the management of the charges into the hands of the Secretary General. In 1954 due to the increasing cost of the meetings, it was decided that the management charges and the entry fee to each congress would be pondered and managed by the President of the Promoting Committee of each Conventus. The topic would have continued to be chosen by the Permanent Bureau so that economie, social and scientifÌc coordination was a concern of the President of the Congresso In 1994 the Permanent Bureau decided that the office of the Secretary General was of 4 years (renewable) help ed by the National Secretaries. Each country could candidate one of its members for that position. Todayat the beginning of the 21st century the Societas is changed. The Congresses are not the same as before, in addition they have
little in common with the former. Friendly and familiar mood are different, moreover the oral presentations have been replaced with the modern techniques of communieations. We should consider these changes and be able to adapt to the new conditions without forgetting friendship and pride for our culture.
On these elements we lay the foundations to guarantee continuity and growth to the Societas.