OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION


Chairperson

The Chairman is responsible for the smooth working of the Association and should promote the aims of the Federation.

  • He/she should have a pleasing personality and a sympathetic understanding of other people’s viewpoints
  • have the skill to decide when to speak and when to keep silent
  • though in command of the proceedings he/she has got to resist the temptation to dictate
  • should encourage discussion to ensure that the minority viewpoint gets as much attention as the majority viewpoint
  • should ensure the meetings are conducted in an orderly fashion and kept within a time limit.
  • shall take the chair at all Association meetings; if unable to do so, he/she will delegate that duty to the Vice-Chairman.

The Chairperson will have a casting vote in addition to his/her ordinary vote should voting be equal in any division.

 

Secretary

The Secretary’s duties include:

  • Attendance at all Association Meetings.
  • Recording the Minutes of Committee Meetings and the Annual General Meeting.

Before each meeting he/she should:

  • Draw up agenda in consultation with Chairman.
  • Check meeting venue.
  • Notify members in good time. (Usually a minimum of 7 days).
  • On meeting night, arrive in good time at venue.
  • Read to the meeting, minutes of previous meeting.
  • Read relevant sections of correspondence.
  • Record accurately and briefly the minutes of each meeting.
  • After each meeting, write minutes in minute book.
  • Answer correspondence immediately.
  • Notify Treasurer of any expenses.
  • Get feedback from members and inform Chairman.
  • Check on forthcoming events.
  • After AGM notify any change of Officers to Secretary, FIBKA & check your associations contact details on the website are correct.

 

Treasurer

Is responsible for all funds received and disbursed on behalf of the Association together with the keeping of records and accounts in respect thereof.

He/she should:

  • Provide the Federation Treasurer with a listing of all paid-up members submitted on an excel sheet, name & correct postal address ( a typical excel spread sheet is available from the FIBKA treasurer) & accompanied by cheque for affiliation fees.
  • Receipts should be issued for all funds received; this is particularly important in the case of the membership subscription, as a member is considered to be insured from the time that the subscription has been paid and a receipt has been issued for it.

It is recommended that the membership subscription should be set at a level sufficient to cover the cost of:

  • Association administration expenses.
  • Affiliation fee.

Members should be encouraged to pay.

The Treasurer should forward the insurance and affiliation fees to the Federation Treasurer as soon as practicable after collection.

Please note that the FIBKA affiliation runs from 1 Jan – 31 December anybody or association not paid up on the 1st Jan is not covered until the FIBKA Treasurer receives the payment. Your subscription still runs out on the 31st of December.

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Notice to all FIBKA Members

Insurance is in place for all FIBKA members as normal until 31 December 2017.

All FIBKA members have to renew their membership from 1st January 2018 as normal, in order to avail of FIBKA benefits including Insurance, An Beachaire, Gormanston, Education and all other membership benefits.

Membership benefits commence only when a members details are returned to the FIBKA Membership Secretary, by their Association Secretary/Treasurer.

We have been made aware that some Associations are not renewing their affiliation to FIBKA consequently all benefits for the members of those Associations end on the 31st December 2017, and Members in these Associations who wish to continue with FIBKA please contact the FIBKA Membership Secretary Joanna McGlaughlin at membershipsecretary@irishbeekeeping.ie for details of Associations near to you that are affiliated to FIBKA."


Executive Council meeting 16th December

An Executive Council meeting was held in Tullamore on Saturday the 16th of December to discuss among other items the current situation in FIBKA.

Here is a short description of what happened at that meeting


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Letter from FIBKA Executive to all Member Associations

The letter can be read here in its entirety by clicking here. There will also be a downloadable PDF file that you can share with other members of your Association


Looking for honey labels and FIBKA lids?

For anyone looking to get the FIBKA jar lids or tamper proof labels for your honey, we have put together the following guidelines in how to apply for them. The document can be downloaded here


Hedge cutting

If you wish to report hedge cutting out of season
Contact the people below
National Parks & Wildlife Service
7 Ely Place
Dublin 2
IRELAND D02 TW98
For General Queries:
Tel: +353-1-888 3242
LoCall 1890 383 000 (within Republic of Ireland only - rates charged for the use of 1890 numbers may vary among different service providers)
Fax: +353-1-888 3272
E-mail: nature.conservation@ahg.gov.ie
Web: www.npws.ie


Disease Sampling Form

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