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ARTICLE I (Name) |
ARTICLE II (Purpose and Membership) |
ARTICLE III (Dues) |
ARTICLE IV (Board of
V (Officers / Duties) |
ARTICLE VI (Meetings)
ARTICLE VII (Past
(Finances) | ARTICLE IX (Nominating
ARTICLE X (Apiary Management |
Article I Name
association shall be known as the Florida State Beekeepers
Association, a non-profit corporation of the state of
Purpose and Membership
Section 1. The
purpose and functions of this Association shall be:
development and promotion of practical beekeeping
methods in the state of Florida.
2. To act
in the interest of the beekeepers of Florida in
protecting and carrying on statewide beekeeping affairs.
3. To act
as a medium for, and an aid in cooperative and mutual
4. To act
as the representative of the Florida beekeepers in State
and National beekeeping and legislative matters
Association shall be composed of county or district
affiliated associations of Florida Beekeepers, their
members, and in the case where local organizations do
not exist, individual beekeepers of the State of
Florida, or other individual beekeepers of other states,
who desire to join with this Association in a united
effort to carry out its purpose. County associations may
include adjoining counties.
Affiliated local associations shall make such reports to
the Executive Secretary of the State Association as may
be required by the Board of Managers. Failure to comply
will result in association loss of representation and
of local affiliated associations shall become members of
the State Association upon payment of State Association
Article III Dues
annual dues for membership in this association is
fifteen dollars ($15.00) per year
the treasurer. This shall be adjusted by the Board of
managers as deemed necessary. This sum will cover
membership for both husband and wife.
membership year shall be November 1 through October 31
of each year.
Changed to = Membership Year is
from October 1 to September 30
member whose dues are not paid by December 1st,
shall be given a written notice by the Executive
4. If dues
are not paid within thirty (30) days from the mailing of
said notice, the name shall be dropped from the
member may become a Life Member of this association by
donating one ten-frame colony of bees, consisting of the
following: Bottom board, cover, excluder, three deep
brood chambers, with thirty (30) good frames, and combs,
and bees free of disease. In lieu of the above items
Life Membership may be obtained by donating the full
value of a hive in cash or new beekeeping equipment.
This membership includes both husband and wife. The
equipment list may be adjusted to the needs of the
Board of Managers
general management of this Association is vested in a
Board of Managers.
Board of Managers shall consist of a voting delegate
from each of the affiliated local associations. The
appointed delegate, or their designee, to the Board of
Manager shall, as representative of their local
association, be the only recognized speaker of their
association at the Board meetings. This representative
and one (1) alternate shall be appointed in writing.
President, Immediate Past President, Vice-President, and
Executive Secretary shall be non-voting members of the
Board of Managers: The President acting as chairperson
and the Executive secretary as secretary.
appointed delegates to the Board of Managers shall have
voting privileges; the chairperson may vote in case of a
Meetings of the Board of Managers may be called by the
Executive Secretary on the request of the President, or
any five (5) members of the Board of Managers.
6. For any
Board meeting, the President, Vice-President, Executive
Secretary and three other members constitutes a quorum.
meetings of the Board of Managers shall be conducted
according to "Robertís Rule of Order."
Officers / Duties
officers of this Association shall be a President, a
Vice-President, an Executive Secretary, and a Treasurer.
2. If it
is so desired by the Board of Managers, the offices of
Secretary Executive and Secretary may be held by one
duties of the officers shall be in accordance with
common practice and special duties as Board of Managers
may see fit to impose; the terms of office shall be one
(1) year, or until the next annual meeting of the
Association. Officers shall continue in office until
their successors are elected and have qualified.
President of this Association may not serve more than
two (2) successive one (1) year terms.
Board of Managers shall appoint an Executive Secretary
to manage the business affairs, including the
publication of quarterly newsletters, and set salary for
same. The duties shall be directed by the Board of
Removals or changes and the filling of vacancies shall
be entirely under the control and at the discretion of
the Board of Managers.
Article VI Meetings
annual meeting of this association shall be held at such
time and place as the Board of Managers shall decide.
Notice of the annual meeting shall be given out by the
Executive Secretary approximately sixty (60) days prior
to the date of the meeting.
Board of Managers and the Officers of the Association
shall constitute a committee to select subjects for
discussion and to arrange for speakers; to arrange
programs for the meeting; to give publicity to all
arrangements made for the instruction and entertainment
of the members; and they are empowered to appoint
committees to assist them in the carrying out of their
plans along the lines.
meetings of this Association may be called at the
request of the President, or any three (3) or more
affiliated associations, who are at the present time in
good standing in the State Association, or may be called
by the Board of Managers, which will instruct the
Executive Secretary to issue this call.
for special meetings shall state the place and the time
of the meeting, and briefly state the purpose for which
the meeting is called. No other subjects other than
those stated shall be taken up at said meeting.
members of the State Association shall be notified by
mail not less than two (2) weeks prior to the date set
for the meeting.
Article VII Past
immediate Past President shall be entitled to sit at any
meetings of the Board of Managers, and may participate
in any business discussions, but is not entitled to
Past President shall be notified of all meetings as are
the Board of Managers.
Article VIII Finances
or property of any kind which may be acquired by this
Association shall be under the control and direction of
the Board of Managers who may require / arrange and
adequate system of collection and dispersing funds,
require the posting of a bond or surety by persons
handling the finances or assets of the Association.
Article IX Nominating Committee
President shall appoint a NOMINATION COMMITTEE for the
purpose of nominating officers sixty (60) days prior to
the elections held at the annual meeting.
Nominating Committee shall poll affiliated associations
for potential nominees, and obtain their consent to
serve prior to nomination.
Nominating Committee shall present slate of incoming
officers at the regular business session of the annual
nominations may be made from the floor.
Election shall be by ballot, a majority of votes being
cast required to elect.
Article X Apiary
Association may operate one or more apiaries, the
profits of which, after the deductions of reasonable
expenses shall be divided equally between the
Association and the apiary manager. An agreement shall
be made with each apiary manager.
Vice=President shall be responsible for the supervision
of all Association apiaries and give a report at each
annual meeting. The report shall consist of the
of colonies and general condition of each apiary
profit of each apiary
monies from all apiaries
of Managers may appoint an assistant to aid in these
duties. This assistant shall be reimbursed for any
expenses incurred; i.e. truck, loader and fuel expenses
incurred in moving and / or picking up said bees.
constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the
members present at any annual meeting, or any special
meeting called for that purpose, provided 30 days prior
written notice of amendments have been presented to each
member. When an amendment is ratified, a copy of said
amendment will be included in the next available
newsletter to all members of the Association.
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ARTICLE III |
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VIII | ARTICLE IX |
ARTICLE X |
of this Association shall be elected by ballot, a majority
of votes cast being required to elect. In the event there
is one candidate for each office a voice vote may be
conducted. The president shall appoint a committee of
three members to count the ballots; no two members shall
be from the same affiliated association. This election
will occur at the General Membership annual meeting.
The duty of
the President shall be to act as presiding officer of
meetings of the Association, meetings of the Board of
Managers, to sign all documents requiring official
signature, and any other duties usually required of the
presiding officer of any organization of the character.
absence of the President, The Vive-President shall act
with full power of that office.
Secretary shall keep proper records of all meetings and
other transactions of the Association and the Board of
Managers; shall issue notices of meetings and other duties
usually required of secretaries in any organization of
supplies furnished to the Executive Secretary; as well as
all other officers by the Association, shall be provided
by the Treasurer of the Association, upon approval of
Board of Mangers.
shall be the custodian of the Associationís funds and
receive all membership and affiliation dues and other
income and shall make a statement of the accounts showing
balance on hand at each annual meeting of the Association.
The Treasurer shall account to the Board of Managers upon
request, and present the books for audit by two (2)
members ten days prior to the annual meeting.
Treasurer shall make all deposits and withdrawals in a
local bank of his or her choice. The Board of Managers
may, at any time, make such changes in the conduct of the
Associationís finances as may be needed.
As a matter
of expediency and expense, questions requiring action of
the Board of Managers may be submitted by the Executive
Secretary by mail to each member of the Board to record
their vote thereon "for" or "against", and return the same
to the Executive Secretary who will record the votes so
cast and announce the decision. The vote so cast shall be
of the same force and effect as it would if, the Board
assembled and acted with a like number of members present.
of the Association will be conducted in the Following
1. Call to
order and invocation
of the minutes of the last meeting (s)
Appointment of committees.
of the standing committees.
8. Report of
and installation of officers.
shall be conducted according to the "Roberts Rules of
Association newsletter shall be printed quarterly and sent
to all Association members as well as the Governor of
Florida, all members of the State Legislature, the Florida
Governorís cabinet members, which shall include the
Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture.
Convention newsletter shall contain a financial statement
and the adopted budget for the new fiscal year.
by-laws may be amended by two-thirds vote of the members
present at any regular or special meeting called for that
amendments are made, a reprint will be made to incorporate
the changes and printed in the next newsletter. Copies
shall be made available to all interested parties upon