Original 1997 By-laws (no longer current).
By-laws of the West Sound Beekeepers Association
ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of this organization shall be West Sound
Beekeepers Association, herein WSBA.
This Association is not for the profit of any individual
member and does not need to be incorporated at this
point in time. It is reserved that this Association
may be incorporated within the State of Washington and
apply for its Internal Revenue Service designation as
a charitable organization.
ARTICLE II - PURPOSE
The purposes of WSBA are to assist its members, other
members in the community interested in bees, and the
public at large with a continuing education in the art
and science of beekeeping. Specifically, to assist its
members and others interested in bees with their beekeeping
problems; to provide those interested in bees an opportunity
to meet and discuss their problems; and to cooperate
with the Washington State University Extension Service,
other Universities, the Washington State Department
of Agriculture, and the Washington State Beekeepers
Association to disseminate the latest beekeeping information.
ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP AND
Membership in WSBA may be open to all persons interested
in bees and beekeeping, upon payment of annual dues
in the amount of $24.00. Members are expected to be
upstanding members of the community at large and to
contribute to the Association. The membership year shall
be from January 1 through December 31. New members joining
after October 1 shall be considered paid up members
for the following calendar year. The amount of the annual
dues shall be established by the Association. Dues may
include a fee for Associate Membership in the Washington
State Beekeepers Association.
The State Entomologist; the Director of the Washington
State Department of Agriculture; the Chief Apiary Inspector;
and the County Agricultural Extension Agent may be ex-officio
members and pay no dues and have no voting privileges.
Any member may be terminated from WSBA for inappropriate,
unethical, or unattractive behavior by a two-thirds
majority vote by the members of the Association after
ARTICLE IV - CONDUCT OF BUSINESS
The business affairs of WSBA shall be conducted by the
committee chairs and officers. The Association may select
a Board of Directors, but no such Board is required.
No officer, director or member of WSBA shall receive
any remuneration for services rendered directly or indirectly
in any capacity to the Association unless authorized
after discussion by affirmative vote of a simple majority
of all the members of the Association. Any conflict
of interest shall be discussed and resolved in front
of the membership of the Association.
ARTICLE V - OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
The elected officers of WSBA may be a President, Vice
President, Secretary and Treasurer upon a majority vote
of the Association members. Any two positions may be
combined. Officers shall serve for a one-year period
and may be elected to serve not more than three successive
terms. Officers may be reelected after retirement of
ARTICLE VI - DUTIES OF OFFICERS
The President shall preside over all Association meetings;
call special meetings as deemed fit; perform all acts
and duties required of an executive and presiding officer,
including the appointment of any committees required
for the proper function of the Association.
The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President
in his/her absence, and assist the President as necessary.
The Secretary shall keep a permanent record of all official
meetings of WSBA; report official Association activities
to the membership; and perform other duties as requested
by the Association.
The Treasurer shall receive and disburse all funds honestly
and efficiently; maintain accurate records of the Association's
checking account; keep complete and accurate account
of all financial transactions after appropriate approval
by the officers/Association. The Treasurer shall deliver
complete books documenting all financial transactions
to her/his successor in office. An audit committee shall
be selected by the Association and shall perform an
audit on an annual basis. A report from the auditing
committee shall be made to the membership at large during
the Annual Meeting.
ARTICLE VII - MEETINGS
Meetings of the general membership shall be held at
an established place and time no less than quarterly;
no more than monthly. It is the intention of this Association
to invite the general public to these meetings, and
it shall be the responsibility of the officers or their
delegates to ensure appropriate notice to the public
so that they may attend.
Every April there will be an Annual Meeting. This Annual
Meeting shall conduct the business of electing new officers;
approving a budget, and making any changes to the Bylaws.
ARTICLE VIII - FINANCES
No indebtedness shall be incurred by any officer, committee
member or any other member of this Association on behalf
of WSBA except as authorized by the Association. Authorization
by the Association is evidenced by discussion and by
an affirmative vote by a simple majority of the membership
WSBA dues and monies in excess of immediate operating
expenses shall be placed into an account to accumulate
If WSBA ceases to exist at some future time, funds and
assets of record shall be disbursed to Washington State
University with the objective and intent that these
funds and assets be used for the benefit of the art
and science of beekeeping.
ARTICLE IX - COMMITTEES
The President shall appoint such standing committees
as may be necessary and proper for the conduct of the
affairs of WSBA. The President shall elect to serve,
or shall appoint, a public information officer who will
respond to inquiries from the public and will be available
to the media to respond to any questions.
ARTICLE X - AMENDMENTS
Changes to these Bylaws may be amended at any meeting
of WSBA of which the members shall be given at least
ten days notice, by a 2/3 vote of the paid up members
present and voting, and that the proposed amendment
be read at the meeting of the club prior to said meeting
and the notice of such proposed amendment shall have
been included in the call for said meeting.
Approved Signed by Roy Barton, President, September
Bylaws were prepared by Roy Barton and Lynda H. McMaken,
Attorney-at-Law, September/97, for approval by the Association