Revised Constitution of the Friends of Ecological Reserves
CONSTITUTION OF THE F.E.R. FRIENDS OF ECOLOGICAL RESERVES SOCIETY
1. The name of the Society is “F.E.R.” Friends of Ecological Reserves Society” (hereinafter referred to as the “Society”).
2. The purposes of the Society are:
a) To promote the establishment,management, and maintenance of Ecological Reserves in British Columbia, including the acquisition of land for Ecological Reserves.
b) To promote understanding, communication and co-operation between the people of British Columbia and the Government of British Columbia.
c) To provide interested persons and organisations with opportunities to share in the development of the Ecological Reserves concept and in the benefits which it may offer.
d)To bring to the assistance of the government on a voluntary basis the talents and abilities of the public at large, particularly with regard to volunteer wardens.
e) To undertake such other activities which from time to time may be deemed appropriate.
f) To provide an avenue for private donations to fund research, management and acquisitions of Ecological Reserves land.
3. The Society shall be carried on without purpose of gain for its members and any profits or other accretions to the Society shall be used in promoting its object. This provision shall be unalterable.
BYLAWS OF THE F.E.R. FRIENDS OF ECOLOGICAL RESERVES SOCIETY
a) A person may apply to the directors for membership in the Society and on acceptance by the Directors shall be a member.
b) The Society shall consist of members in the following categories:
1) Individual: Any person joining the Society by payment of an annual fee as determined by the Society. Each individual member is entitled to one vote.
2) Sustaining: Any person joining the Society by payment of an annual fee exceeding that of the individual fee by four times. Each sustaining member is entitled to one vote.
3) Affiliate: Any group that wishes to affiliate itself with the Society by payment of an annual fee that is twice the amount of the individual fee. An affiliate group should choose one person as a representative who is entitled to one vote.
4) Life: Any person wishing to support the Society until that person dies. The life membership is a one time payement of fifty times that of the individual fee. Life members are entitled to one vote.
5) Honorary: Any person distinguished for their work in Service of Ecological Reserves in B.C.
Each proposal to enrol a person as an Honorary Member shall be submitted upon recommendation by the Board of Directors to the Annual General Meeting for its approval. There is no fee for this class of membership. Each honorary member is entitled to one vote.
c) Every member shall uphold the constitution and comply with these bylaws.
d) A person shall cease to be a member of the Society:
1) By delivering a notice of resignation to the Membership Secretary of the Society or
2) On his or her death or in the case of a corporation on dissolution or
3) On being expelled or
4) On having been a member not in good standing for six consecutive months.
e) A member may be expelled by a special resolution of the members passed at a general meeting.
1. The notice of special resolution for expulsion shall be accompanied by a brief statement of the reason or reasons for the proposed expulsion.
2. The person who is the subject of the proposed resolution for expulsion shall be given an opportunity to be heard at the general meeting before the special resolution is put to a vote.
f) A member who has failed to pay the current annual membership fee or any other subscription or debt due and owing by that member to the Society is not in good standing as long as the debt remains unpaid.
a) The scale and amount of fees for membership shall be determined by the Board of Directors, subject to approval by a general meeting of the Society.
b)Fees are payable annually. The membership of any Organization or Individual Member whose fees are six months in arrears shall be considered as lapsed. These members may be re-instated upon payment of arrears.
The fiscal year of the Society ends on the 31st day of December in each year.
a) An Annual General Meeting of the society shall be held at least once in every calendar year and not more than 15 months after the adjournment of the previous annual meeting.
b) At the Annual General Meeting reports of the Officers and the Auditor shall be presented and an Auditor for the ensuing year shall be appointed. Such other items of business may
be considered as are set out in the notice calling the meeting.
c) The directors of a society, on the requisition of 10% or more of the voting members of the society, shall convene a general meeting of the society without delay. Such a requested meeting must be called within 21 days of receipt of the request by the Board.
d) At least 14 days notice of the date, time and place of general meetings must be given in writing to each member of the Society and the notice shall state the business to be considered.
e) Ten members present at any duly called general meeting shall constitute a quorum.
5. VOTING RIGHTS
a)All members in good standing and personally present at the general meetings have one vote.
b)Voting by proxy is not permitted.
6. BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
a) There shall be a Board of Directors of no more than 12 people which shall be made up of those persons elected from the membership by those members of the society who are in good standing and who are eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting of the Society.