Bylaw 3 (a) Classes of Membership
There shall be three classes of membership, active, associate and honorary.
i) Active membership shall be open to residents of BC and Yukon who support the goals of the BCHPA.
Only active members may vote or hold office.
Life Members shall be considered active members.
Life Membership may be conferred at the BCHPA AGM on any member who, in the opinion of the BCHPA executive, has provided exceptional service to the BCHPA, its branches, or beekeeping in general.
Life Members shall remain active members for the remainder of their life, without payment of fee, or a further membership application.
ii) Associate membership shall be open to non-residents of BC, libraries, institutions, and others admitted to this class of membership by the executive of the BCHPA.
iii) Honorary membership shall be open to persons admitted to this class of membership by the executive of the BCHPA who, although not a member of the BCHPA, have made a significant contribution to beekeeping.
Bylaw 3 (b) Commencement or resumption of Membership:
Active membership shall commence or resume at the time a person who is qualified for membership submits an application, accompanied with the appropriate fee, to the BCHPA treasurer or other such persons or corporations designated by the BCHPA treasurer to receive fees.
Associate membership shall commence or resume at the time the applicant is accepted by the executive of the BCHPA.
Bylaw 3 (c) Termination of Membership:
Membership shall cease:
i) At midnight on the last day of the calendar year for which membership fees have been paid, or
ii) At midnight on the day the member submits, in writing, a resignation to the secretary of the BCHPA, or
iii) At midnight on the day that the member ceases to qualify for membership.
iv) For good and sufficient cause, the membership of any member may be terminated by a seventy-five percent (75%) vote of the members present at an annual or special meeting of The Association. No such dismissal shall, however, be effective before the member concerned has been given the opportunity of being heard at an annual or special meeting of The Association
Bylaw 3 (d) Membership Records:
The Treasurer of the BCHPA shall maintain a record of all those admitted to membership, their class of membership, the date on which they were admitted and details of their address and contact information. Membership records shall be confidential but may be shared with the BCHPA executive for administrative purposes, and, also, with the organizers of educational gatherings for the organizational purposes of those gatherings.