Note: Dues are $10 per year for individuals, $15 for families, and free for students.
BYLAWS OF WINDHAM COUNTY BEEKEEPERS (WCB): September 2019
ARTICLE I: NAME AND MISSION STATEMENT
Section A: Name – Windham County Beekeepers (WCB).
Section B: Mission Statement – Support healthy, sustainable bees and the beekeepers that tend them in southern Vermont. Provide educational opportunities for all beekeepers and protect the interests of beekeeping in Windham County.
ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP
Section A: Eligibility – Membership shall be open to any interested persons. WCB membership is open to ALL living human beings (and bees).
Section B: Membership Dues: Dues shall be $10 per year for individuals, $15 for families, and free for students.
ARTICLE III: OFFICERS
Section A: Officers – President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Social Media Manager.
Section B: Eligibility – Officers must be WCB members in good standing.
Section C: Election – Floor (hand) vote at the April club meeting every other calendar year.
Section D: Term – The officers shall serve for 2 (calendar) years, and their term of office shall begin at the following club meeting. They may not hold that office for more than two consecutive terms.
Section E: Vacancy – If a vacancy occurs in the office of President, the Vice President shall assume the office for the remainder of the term. Vacancies in any other office shall be filled by a special election.
ARTICLE IV: DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section A: President – The President shall:
- Preside at meetings
- Vote only in case of a tie
- Represent the club
- Convene committees
Section B: Vice President – The Vice President shall:
- Preside in the absence of the President
- Help manage speakers and meeting ideas/topics
Section C: Secretary – The Secretary shall:
- Record the minutes of all meetings
- Keep a file of the club’s records and maintain a current roster of membership
Section D: Treasurer – The Treasurer shall:
- Receive all funds, process requests for payment and deposit slips, and manage club bank records
- Keep an account of all receipts and expenditures and make reports to the club officers and membership as directed
Section D: Social Media Manager – The Social Media Manager shall:
- Manage the WCB website
- Help manage the Facebook page
- Create and send out notices, WCB Buzzes, and WCB Bee Blasts
ARTICLE V: MEETINGS
Section A: Meetings – Regular meetings will be held every month when practical.
Section B: Education – The club will create educational opportunities for community outreach, peer-to-peer development, and the recruitment and education of new beekeepers.
Section C: Hand Votes – Floor votes on club business will be taken by hand vote and will require a majority vote of the attending club membership.
ARTICLE VI: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Section A: Responsibility and membership – This committee shall keep records and organize and plan future activities. It shall consist of the officers as listed in Article III.
ARTICLE VII: AMENDMENTS
Section A: Selection – These bylaws may be amended by a majority hand vote of the attending club membership.
Section B: Notice – All members shall receive advance notice of proposed amendments at least 5 days before the meeting. [The time may be extended to the following meeting.]
Section C: Dissolution Clause – The entity known as the Windham County Beekeepers will endure continually until the remaining members vote by a majority to dissolve it. Assets will be liquidated and donated to a Windham County area organization that supports agricultural or ecological education.