Note: Dues are $10 per year for individuals, $15 for families, and free for students.

BYLAWS OF WINDHAM COUNTY BEEKEEPERS (WCB): April 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, and Treasurer.

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
  • Oversee management of the WCB website

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
  • Issue notices of meetings and conduct the general correspondence of the club

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 as directed

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.