Beekeepers’ Association

Constitution

01. Name
1. The name of the Association shall be the “Huntingdonshire Beekeepers Association”.

02. Affiliation
1. The Association may affiliate annually to the British Beekeepers Association.

03. Objects
1. The object of the Association shall be to do all in its power to encourage, improve and advance bee-culture in the most modern manner; to increase the supply of pure English honey; and to afford assistance to its members.

04. Membership
1. The membership of the Association shall consist of Members and Honorary Life Members.

2. Any person who is interested in Bee-culture shall be eligible for Membership.

3. Any person who is interested in bee-culture and has bees of their own will be made aware of the work of the British Beekeepers Association.

4. Applications for admission to Membership shall be made to the Subscription Secretary and election shall be by the Committee. The Committee shall have the power to reject any application for membership, without stating the reason, if deemed desirable.

5. Honorary Life Members shall be persons who, in the opinion of the Committee, have rendered long and distinguished service to the Association. They shall be nominated by the Committee and elected by the Association at a General Meeting. They shall be entitled to all the privileges of Ordinary Members.

05. Subscriptions
1. The annual subscription of each Member shall be such sum as shall be from time to time recommended by the Committee and approved at a General Meeting. It shall be due, in advance on the first day of January in each year.

2. A Member elected after the first day of September in any year shall not be required to pay the subscription for that year.

3. Any member whose subscription has not been paid by the first day of March in any year shall not be entitled to the full privileges of membership. Any member whose subscription has not been paid by the first day of September in any year shall be deemed to be no longer a member of the Association.

4. Honorary Life Members shall not be required to pay an annual subscription.

06. Officers and Committee
1. The Honorary Officers of the Association shall be the President, the Chairman, the Treasurer, the Secretary, the Subscription Secretary, and the Editor.

2. The management of the Association shall be vested in a Committee consisting of the Officers together with no more than six or fewer than four other members. The Officers and four members of the Committee shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall hold office from the close of that meeting until the close of the next succeeding Annual General Meeting.

3. The Committee shall have the power to co-opt not more than two members.

4. The Committee shall have the power to appoint Officers and to co-opt members to fill casual vacancies.

5. Officers who have been appointed and members of the Committee who have been co-opted under the provisions of Rule 06.4 shall hold office until the close of the Annual General Meeting next succeeding their appointment or co-option.

6. All Officers and members of the Committee shall be Members of the Association. A staff member from Hinchingbrooke Country Park may sit on the Committee, ex officio, for as long as the Association continues its cooperation with the Park.

7. Four members of the Committee, of whom two shall be Officers, shall constitute a quorum.

8. A meeting of the committee shall be called by the Secretary whenever business may require it, or by any three members of the Committee by notice in writing to the President. A meeting summoned at the order of three members of the Committee shall be held within twenty-one days after the summons is delivered to the President.

07. The President
1. The President shall act as Patron of the Association.

08. The Chairman
1. The duty of the Chairman shall be to take the Chair at meetings of the Association and of the Committee. In his absence, a member of the Committee elected by the meeting shall take the Chair.

09. The Treasurer
1. The Treasurer shall receive all sums of money due to the Association, transact all its pecuniary affairs, and keep a regular account of all receipts and payments.

10. The Secretary
1. The Secretary shall be responsible for the conduct of the general correspondence of the Association and for all other business except that which relates to finance and membership.

2. The Secretary shall be responsible for the safe custody of the trophies, minute books, documents and all other property of the Association.

11. The Membership Secretary
1. The Membership Secretary shall be responsible for collecting the subscriptions due from members, for transmitting them to the Treasurer, and for maintaining an up-to-date list of members.

2. The Membership Secretary shall communicate to the Committee the name of any member whose subscription has not been paid by the first day in March each year and of any member whose membership has lapsed under the provisions of Rule 05.3.

12. The Editor
1. The Editor shall be responsible for the production of the Newsletter and any other occasional publication of the association.

13. Accounts
1. The accounts of the Association for each calendar year shall be audited by an auditor appointed at the Annual General Meeting. The accounts so audited, and report by the Treasurer on the financial condition of the Association, shall be presented to the next succeeding Annual General Meeting.

14. General Meetings
1. The Annual General Meeting shall be held no later than the last day in March in each year for the election of Officers, Committee and Honorary Auditor, to receive the report of the Committee, the report of the Treasurer and the audited accounts, and to consider any alteration to the Rules.

2. A Special General Meeting may be called at any time by the Committee and shall be called within 14 days of the receipt of a request to the Chairman or Secretary, signed by seven members of the Association. A Special General Meeting shall have the powers vested in the Annual General Meeting.

3. Twenty percent of the Full Membership shall constitute a quorum at a General Meeting.

4. At least seven days’ notice of a General Meeting shall be given to all members.

15. General
1. All members undertake to do their best to further the interests of the Association, increase the membership, assist any other member in difficulties with his bees, and support the association’s activities.

2. Should any member through illness or incapacity from any cause be unable to attend his bees, the Association will endeavour, if required through the Secretary, to appoint someone to see them for him. A charge may be made by the Committee to cover out-of-pocket expenses.

16. Dissolution

1. The Association may be dissolved by a resolution passed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a Special General Meeting convened for the purpose, of which 21 days’ notice shall have been given to member. Such resolution may give instructions for the disposal of any assets held by or in the name of the Association, provided that, if any assets remain after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities, such residual funds shall not be paid or distributed among the members of the Association but shall be passed to the British Beekeepers’ Association, to be held in trust for a period of ten years, after which they shall become the property of the British Beekeepers’ Association.

17. Alteration of the Rules
1. No Rule shall be altered nor additions made except at a General Meeting.

18. Interpretation
1. In the above Rules words implying the masculine shall be held to include the feminine.

The above Rules are those adopted at a General
Meeting on 30th March 1979 and subsequently
amended at General Meetings on 16th March 1984,
4th April 1997, 14th March 2003, 10th March 2006,
13th March 2009, 12th March 2010 and 31st March 2015

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7 months ago

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In the last few minutes the European Union has voted to ban bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) on all crops grown outdoors.

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