BYLAWS OF THE OLYMPIA BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
PURPOSE: The Olympia Beekeepers Association is formed to promote the common interest and general welfare of beekeeping, to protect honeybees, to encourage good bee management practice, and to encourage good public relation between beekeeper and public. To implement this objective there is set forth herein the Bylaws of the Olympia Beekeepers Association:
SECTION 1 – MEMBERSHIP
Any beekeeper, entity or person interested in apiculture may become a member of the Olympia Beekeepers Association (“This Association”) on approval of the Executive Board and the payment of annual dues.
SECTION 2 – DUES
The annual dues shall become payable by each member on January 1 of each year in an amount established by the Executive Board. This amount includes a fee for associate membership in the State Association, required of all who are not already members of the Washington State Beekeepers Association.
SECTION 3 - EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
The State Entomologist the Director of the State Department of Agriculture and county agriculture Extension Agents shall be ex-officio members of this association, without payment of dues.
ARTICLE II- MEETINGS
SECTION 1- ANNUAL MEETINGS:
The annual meeting of the Executive Board shall be held in the month of August unless otherwise specified by the board for scheduling reasons.
SECTION 2- REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS:
The regular monthly meetings of this association shall be held on the second Monday of each month at a place approved be the Executive Board, excluding July and August.
SECTION 3 – QUOROM
Any meeting of members at which at least two officers are present shall constitute a quorum.
SECTION 4 – ORGANIZATION
The president shall preside at any meeting and in his/her absence, the vice-president shall preside.
ARTICLE III – OFFICERS
SECTION 1 – EXECUTIVE
The executive officers of this association shall be president, vice-president, recording secretary, and treasurer, who shall be elected biennial by the members of this association.
The duties of the treasurer shall be to obtain memberships, collect dues, notify members when their dues are past due, make out all state and Federal government reports as necessary, carry out the financial directives of the Executive Board and keep track of all funds.
SECTION 2- TENURE OF OFFICE
All officers shall hold office for two years or until their successors have been duly elected and installed.
ARTICLE IV- EXECUTIVE BOARD
SECTION 1- MEMBERS
The business affairs of the association shall be managed by the Executive Board consisting of president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, newsletter editor and the beekeeping class instructor.
SECTION 2- MEETINGS
Meetings of the Executive Board may be held at such time and place as determined by the president.
SECTION 3- QUORUM
At any meeting of the Executive Board a majority of those present shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
SECTION 4- DUTIES
The Executive Board shall have full power and authority over the affairs of this association.
SECTION 5- BEEKEEPER OF THE YEAR
The Executive Board may select a “Beekeeper of the Year” to be submitted to WSBA in May/June annually, according to the attached list of requirements.
ARTICLE V- FINANCES
SECTION 1- INDEBTEDNESS
No indebtedness shall be incurred by any officer, committee member or any other member of this association on behalf of the Olympia Beekeepers Association except as authorized by the Executive Board.
SECTION 2 – ACCOUNT
The Olympia Beekeepers Association dues and monies in excess of immediate operation expenses shall be placed into an account to accumulate interest.
SECTION 3 – DISBURMENT
If the Olympia Beekeepers Association ceases to exist at some future time, funds and assets of record shall be disbursed to the Washington State Beekeepers Association with the objective and intent that these funds and assets be used for the benefit of the are and science of beekeeping.
AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS: The Bylaws may be altered, amended, added to or repealed by two-thirds vote of the members at any regular meeting.
These Bylaws are hereby adopted this __10th_day of __May_______. To effectively repeal and supersede the existing Bylaws of this association.
President Larry Ash
Vice-President Mark Savage