WSBA By-Laws

CONSTITUTION AND BY – LAWS

 of the

WASHINGTON STATE BEEKEEPERS

ASSOCIATION 

Adopted November 13, 1981, Everett, Washington 

ARTICLE I – NAME

The name of this organization, a non-profit organization, shall be the Washington State Beekeepers Association.  The organization will hereinafter be referred to as WSBA.

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE

 The WSBA is formed to engage in any activity which will promote the common interest and general welfare of the Beekeeping Industry, and a balanced agricultural economy, in part by maintaining memberships in appropriate local, regional, national and international organizations as designated by the Executive Board.

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Eligibility

Any individual, or firm, or any organization of individuals or firms having an interest in any part of the Beekeeping Industry may become a member or an associate member of WSBA.

Section 2. Application for Membership

A completed application form for membership shall be accompanied by the prescribed annual membership fee for such calendar year.  Thereafter, the annual membership fee shall be payable in advance.

Section 3. Categories of Membership

Paragraph a. Regular Membership – A Regular Member of WSBA shall have voting rights, shall be eligible to hold office as prescribed under Article 4, and is entitled to distribution of all newsletters, other publications, and mailings provided by WSBA.  Membership fees for Regular Members shall be as follows:

The initial Regular Membership fee to WSBA covers one person.  The fee for each additional person from the same operation is $7.50.

_0 to 50 Colonies……..$ 15.00                                              _1,501 to 2,000 Colonies..$  90.00

_51 to 150 Colonies….…22.00                                              _2,001 to 3,000 Colonies…120.00

_151 to 300 Colonies……30.00                                              _3,001 to 4,000 Colonies…150.00

_301 to 500 Colonies……40.00                                              _4,001 to 5,000 Colonies…180.00

_501 to 1,000 Colonies….55.00                                              _5,001 to 6,000 Colonies…225.00

_1,001 to 1,500 Colonies.70.00                                              _6,001 or more Colonies.…250.00

                                                                                                _Industrial Member………..50.00

Paragraph b. Industrial Membership – Industrial Memberships shall include dealers, manufacturers, suppliers packers, and other enterprises.  Industrial Members shall be entitled to distribution of all newsletters, other publications and mailings provided by WSBA.  Industrial Members shall not be eligible to hold office.  Dues for Industrial Members shall be a minimum of $50.00 per calendar year.

Paragraph c. Associate Membership – Associate Memberships shall be restricted to those persons who are members of a locally recognized beekeeping organization.  Persons possessing Associate Membership shall not be entitled to distribution of newsletters or other publications or mailings.  Associate Members shall be entitled to subscribe to the newsletter, which will be mailed directly to the Associate Member, upon making application to the WSBA Secretary with the prescribed subscription rate, which is to be decided upon each year by the Executive Board.  Written application for Associate Membership shall be made by the local association to the WSBA Secretary and shall include: The name of the local association, the names and addresses of each associate membership applicant, and the prescribed annual membership fee of $1.00 per person.

Paragraph d. Ex-Officio Membership – The Director of the State Department of Agriculture; the Supervisor of the State Apiary Division; the Chief Apiary Inspector; the County Agricultural Extension Chairpersons or their agent of the several counties of the state; and the Apiculturist at the Washington State University; and such other members of the faculty as approved by the Executive Board; and the Presidents or their representative of the various local beekeeping associations shall be ex-officio members of WSBA without payment of dues.

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS

Section 1. The officers and governing bodies of the WSBA shall be: (A) President; (B) Vice-President; (C) Secretary; (D) Treasurer; (E) Executive Committee.  All elected officers must have been a member in good standing for the preceding year.

Section 2. The Executive Board shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and one Committeeperson from each of the geographic areas coincident with the boundaries of those or the Apiary Board of the State of Washington, with the exception of Area 1 and  3 which shall have 2 Committeepersons.  A Thirteenth member of the board shall be the immediate past president of the WSBA.  The President may appoint up to three additional Committeepersons who shall have full voting privileges upon ratification of their appointment by a majority of the board at any regular board meeting, a quorum being present.  The newly elected members of the Executive Committee shall take office at the close of the annual meeting and shall hold office for three years, at least two to be elected each year.

Section 3. The Executive Board shall have full power and authority over the affairs of the WSBA, provided however, that the Board shall take no action which conflicts with policies established by the members of the WSBA.  The Board shall conduct all important business of the WSBA and shall control all expenditures of more than $250, which expenditures must be approved by a majority vote of the board present, or by telephone or mail ballot in an emergency.  Actions taken by the Executive Board will be reviewed and approved by the members of the WSBA at its annual meeting.

Section 4. The President of the WSBA shall be elected and hold office for one year, or until his/her successor is elected and takes office.  The President shall preside at all business and Executive Board meetings.  He/she shall submit an annual report to the WSBA at its annual meetings.

Section 5. The Vice-President shall be elected by ballot at the annual meeting, and shall hold office for one year, or until his/her successor is elected and takes office.  In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President.  In the case of resignation, death, or removal from office of the President, the Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President.

Section 6. The Secretary shall be elected by ballot at the annual meeting, and shall hold office for one year, or until his/her successor is elected and takes office.  He/she shall maintain a complete record of all meetings and perform such other duties as may be indicated by this constitution, and as my be directed by the Executive Board.  At each annual meeting, he/she shall submit a full report of his/her activities for the period since the last annual meeting.

Section 7. The Treasurer shall be elected by ballot at the annual meeting, and shall hold office for one year, or until his/her successor is elected and takes office.  He/she shall have charge of the funds of the WSBA and be responsible for their  proper disbursement.  He/she shall at each annual meeting  submit a full report of his/her activities, including an accounting for all funds received and disbursed by him/her.

Section 8. Any vacancy occurring in the Executive Board shall be filled by appointment of the President, with the approval of the majority of the Executive Board.  The absence of any officer from tow successive Executive Board meetings shall be deemed a resignation from office, unless such absence is decided to be unavoidable by the majority of the Executive Board.

ARTICLE V – VOTING

Section 1. Each member in good standing with the WSBA shall be entitled to vote at the annual meeting.

Section 2. In the election of officers, all voting shall be by secret ballot, unless suspended by the membership.  There shall be at least two nominations for each elective office.

Section 3. Any motion or controversial issue to be voted on at the annual meeting of the WSBA must, be demand of any member, be voted on by secret ballot, otherwise be voice vote.

Section 4. Nominations shall be made from the floor for all officers to be elected at the annual meeting of  WSBA.

Section 5. Election of officers shall take place at the annual meeting.  The new officers shall take office immediately following the annual meeting.

Section 6. All members in good standing of the WSBA present at the annual meeting shall constitute a quorum.

Section 7. A majority shall constitute a quorum for a meeting of the Executive Board.

ARTICLE VI – MEETINGS

 Section 1. The WSBA shall hold two meetings per year, the annual meeting being that at which elections are held.  The locations for these meetings shall be proposed by the members present at the preceding annual meeting.

 Section 2. The dates of these meetings shall be set by the Executive Board and the hosting association.

 Section 3. Special meetings of the WSBA may be called by the Executive Board upon a written notice ten days in advance of the meeting date, stating the purpose of the meeting.  The meeting date and place is to be set by the Executive Board.

ARTICLE VII

 Section 1. Such constitution and by-laws as may be considered necessary shall be presented at the annual meeting for ratification by the members of the WSBA.

 Section 2. The constitution and by-laws may be amended at any annual meeting by  a two-thirds vote of the members present.

ARTICLE VIII

 The latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall be used as the authority of transacting the business of this association on all items not specifically covered in this constitution and by-laws.

   ARTICLE IX

 Section 1. All standing committees may be appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Board and are as follows:

(A)    Membership and Organizations

(B)    Publicity and Education

(C)    Nominating

(D)    Pollination and Insecticide

(E)     Marketing

(F)     Way and Means

(G)    Legislative

(H)    Resolutions

(I)      Master Bee Certification

(J)      Roy Thurber Memorial Scholarship Fund

 Section 2. Special committees may be appointed from time to time as the action demands, and shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Board.

ARTICLE X – COMPENSATION

 Section 1. Any elected official of the WSBA, acting under the direction of the WSBA President, as approved by the Executive Board, conducting business related to the WSBA shall be entitled to reimbursement for those expenses incurred.  Proper documentation for these expenses shall be presented to the Treasurer for reimbursement.

 Section 2. The Secretary and Treasurer of the WSBA shall be compensated for that time expended in conducting the business of the WSBA at a rate set by the Executive Board.

 Section 3. The WSBA shall establish a minimum contingency fund of $200 which will be made available to that local association selected to host the annual meeting.  The hosting organization shall work with representatives from the WSBA Executive Board in planning the annual meeting and any profits derived from that meeting shall be used to repay this contingency fund and WSBA expenses incurred.  Any funds remaining shall be split 50 – 50 between the local association and WSBA.

 Section 4. The Director of the State Department of Agriculture and the Supervisor of the Apiary Division shall be entitled to attend the WSBA annual meeting without payment of registration fees.

 The Constitution and By-Laws adopted November 13, 1981 at the annual meeting held at Everett, Washington, and amended on November 3, 1990 and October 7, 1995 at the annual meeting held at Spokane, Washington.

APIARY ADVISORY BOARD

 AREA BOUNDARIES

 WAC 16-602-010: Repealed by 01-11-146, filed 5/23/01, effective 6/30/01. Statutory Authority: Chapter 15.60 RCW. 

AREA 1: Area 1 shall include the counties of Whatcom, San Jaun, Island, Skagit, Snohomish and King.

AREA 2: Area 2 shall include the counties of Pierce, Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Mason, Thurston, Pacific, Lewis, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark and Skamania.

AREA 3: Area 3 shall include the counties of  Kittitas, Yakima, Klickitat and Benton.

AREA 4: Area 4 shall include the counties of  Okanogan, Chelan and Douglas.

AREA 5: Area 5 shall include the counties of  Grant, Adams, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, Asotin and Whitman.

AREA 6: Area 6 shall include the counties of Spokane, Lincoln, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille.