THIS IS AN OFFICIAL NOTICE OF A RESOLUTION TO CHANGE THE BY-LAWS THAT WAS APPROVED BY THE OBA BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT THEIR BOARD MEETING ON OCTOBER 16, 2012. THIS RESOLUTION WILL BE PRESENTED TO MEMBERS FOR RATIFICATION AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ON NOVEMBER 30th, 2012.
Whereas the Ontario Beekeeper’s Association (OBA) believes that Ontario’s beekeeping industry is best served with the support and engagement of all beekeepers in Ontario; and
Whereas the OBA wishes to make the membership fee and voting structure more inclusive to reflect the OBA's Mission and Values;
Therefore be it resolved that Section 1 of the OBA By-laws be replaced with the following:
1. (i) Fees for membership in the Association (including CHC fees) shall be one of the following:
a) Young or new beekeeper. For beekeepers who are under the age of 30 or have three years or less beekeeping experience: $40.00
b) Small-scale beekeeper. For beekeepers with fewer than 50 active colonies: $85.00
c) Commercial beekeeper. For beekeepers with 50 or more active colonies. $85.00 plus $1.00 per hive to a maximum of $700
d) Industry membership. $250.00
(ii) Each paid-up member in good standing shall have one vote on matters submitted for vote at the Annual General Meeting business meeting.
(iii) The membership term runs from January 1st to December 31st. Membership is terminated if fees are not paid within 60 days after the start of the membership term. There is no partial year dues structure for those joining later in the year.
(iv) Class of memberships and amount of fees can be changed by a majority vote at the Annual General Meeting of the members. The Board of Directors has the authority to approve special promotions to retain or encourage new memberships.
Additional communication to members:
1) As detailed above, upon ratification of this resolution, the membership term will change to January 1st to December 31st to coincide with the group insurance term. If you have already purchased an OBA membership for the 2013 term it will be extended until December 31st, 2013 with no additional fee. If you are currently a member in good standing for 2012, your membership will be extended to December 31, 2012.
2) Effective December 1st, you may join or renew on-line at www.ontariobee.com
For more information contact: OBA Business Administrator Maureen VanderMarel at 905-636-0661 or firstname.lastname@example.org