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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Co. Waterford beginners course

Co. Waterford BKA will be holding their classes for beginners starting Tuesday 21st February at Coláiste Cathal Naofa. For more information and outline of course, click here


South Tipp Beginners' Course

South Tipp BKA are holding a beginners course in beekeeping starting Saturday 8th April. For more for information on registration and what will be covered, click here


Trees for bees

**ALL TREES ARE NOW ALLOCATED** Those of you who ordered tree saplings should have already received a confirmation email by now, if not, contact Eamon at his email address


Well Done Ryan!

A Junior member of the Lake County BKA, Ryan Nea, has made it to the All Ireland Science competition and came 2nd in his college with a device which alerts beekeepers when a hive is about to swarm.......Story and picture of the young chap is the LCBKA facebook page


Gorey BKA Beginners Course

Gorey BKA Beginners Course, run by Ben Harden NBD, starts on Tuesday 4th April and continues for 4 more Tuesdays, followed by practicals in the association apiary. Venue: The Teagasc Centre, Fort Road, Gorey. Time: 8pm. Duration: approx 1hr. Bee suits are available for the practicals if required. For further details contact the secretary Aine Roche at secretary.goreybeekeepers@gmail.com


Connemara BKA Beginners Course

The Connemara Beekeepers Association are holding their beginners course in beekeeping. The course will be run in the GRETB (VEC) building in Oughterard. It start on Tuesday, 21st Feb, at 7:30pm. for more info, or bookings, please contact Ken Figgis, our education officer. Email kfiggis@hotmail.com or phone 095 41092


Bee Research Project!

FIBKA are co operating with CIT to run a beehealth project to improve the genetic diversity of Irish honey bee stocks, funding needed either corporate or individual. Click here for more info!


Kilkenny Beginners Course!

It will run for the 4 Wednesday nights (15 Feb, 22 Feb, 1st March, 8 March) from 7.30 to 9.00 covering topics such as
Beekeeping Equipment, The occupants of the hive, The beekeeping year, honey harvesting and planting for bees and pollinators.

This will be followed a number of practical sessions during the rest of the year at our own Apiary and at other Apiaries where you will get first hand experience with colonies of Bees

Contact Jer Keohane jkeohane@iece.ie for further details