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        Statute

THE CONSTITUTION OF
ASIAN APICULTURAL ASSOCIATION

 

REVISED on 6November2010

ARTICLE I   NAME:

The name of the organization shall be the Asian Apicultural Association (AAA). 

ARTICLE II  OBJECTIVES:

To promote the exchange of scientific and general information relating to all phases of honey bee sciences and apiculture in Asia and to encourage and assist international co-operation in the study of problems of common interest. 

ARTICLE III  CO-OPERATION:

The AAA may cooperate with other associations, societies or corporations to such extent as may be necessary or desirable, to fulfil the objectives of the AAA. 

ARTICLE IV  OFFICIAL LANGUAGE:

The official language of the AAA shall be English. 

ARTICLE V  ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER:

The location of the office is at Beijing, China 

ARTICLE VI  MEMBERSHIP:

Section 1.
The association shall consist of Individual, Group, and Sustaining members.

Section 2.
Membership fee for an Individual member is US$20 with Bees for Development Journal, a Group member US$100, and a
Sustaining member US$300 per year, respectively. Equivalent currency may be allotted to a chapter in a country.

Section 3.
Any individual may become an
Individual members, any group or body may become a Group member, and any individual, or body or firm may become a Sustaining member, subject to the approval of their application by the Council of the association and upon payment of the subscription.

Section 4.
Members shall be entitled to admission
to all meeting of the association, to vote, to take part in discussions and to receive Newsletters.

ARTICLE VII  CHAPTERS:

Members in each Asian country could consist one or more chapter(s) and pay his/her membership fee to the headquarters of the chapter.

ARTICLE VIII  OFFICERS AND COUNCIL:

Section 1.
The officers of the Association shall be
the President, a few Vice-Presidents, Secretary General, several Council members (including subject section chairpersons) and Treasurer.

Section 2.
The governing body of the association
shall be a Council, which shall consist of the contemporary officers.

Section 3.
The Council shall report at each ordinary
 general meeting of the association held during the biennial conference (Article XI Section 2) on the work of the previous two years. 

ARTICLE IX  ELECTION OR APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS:

Officers shall be elected at the ordinary general meeting of the association held during the biennial conference, and shall hold office from the end of that conference until the conclusion of the following biennial conference. Officers may be re-elected for more than one term. 

 ARTICLE X  SUBJECT SECTIONS:

These are l) Bee biology, 2) Bee pests and diseases, 3) Bees and environment, 4) Mellifluous flora and pollination, 5) Beekeeping technology, 6) Bee products and Apitherapy, 7) Beekeeping economy and 8) Apiculture extension. 

ARTICLE XI  CONFERENCES AND GENERAL MEETINGS:

Section 1.
A full Conference of the Association
shall normally be held every two years at such time and place as the Council shall direct.

Section 2.
An ordinary general meeting of the
association shall be held during each biennial Conference.

Section 3.
Local conferences and special meetings
may be arranged at the discretion of the Council. 

ARTICLE XII  PUBLICATIONS:

Bees for Development Journal, published from Bees for Development, UK is the official publication of the association. Supplemental issues and special publications shall be published.

ARTICLE XIII  AMENDMENT:

 This Constitution may be amended at any general meeting of the association provided that any proposed amendment has been approved by the Council, that notice of the proposed amendment has been circulated by the Secretary General to members not less than one month prior to the meeting at which such amendment is to be considered and that it receives the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of those present, entitled to vote and voting.

COMMENTARY

1. Asian countries include the countries of the Arabian peninsula, east Mediterranean, Turkey, Russia, as well as more eastern ones. Members outside Asian countries belong directly to the administrative center.

2. Honeybees in the framework of AAA include all species of honey-storing bees present in Asia (Apis and Meliponinae).

3. A Chapter collects membership fees in the same country, expends a part for national demands, and sends the rest to the administrative center. Account of the chapter should be opened to the proper members and the administrative center.

 
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