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Article 7 Definition of Membership
7.1. The members of this Corporation are those persons having membership rights in accordance with these Bylaws.
Classes of Membership.
7.2. The classes, rights, privileges, qualifications, and obligations of members of this corporation are as follows: This Corporation will have eight (8) classes of membership. These classes shall be as follows: (i) Active Membership; (ii) Provisional Membership; (iii) Student Membership; (iv) Honorary Membership; (v) Associate Membership; (vi) Life Membership; (vii) Retired Membership; and (viii) Senior Membership. Certificates of membership evidencing membership in such classes may be issued by the Corporation.
Qualifications of Members
7.3. The Corporation Member’s qualifications and rights, by classification, are as follows:
7.3.1. Membership In A Local Beekeeping Association or Professional Association for a Commodity or Agriculture. Members of this Association shall be members in good standing of their local beekeeping association or professional organization.
7.3.2. Active Membership. Active Membership shall be open upon application to any person who is, or has been, professionally engaged in beekeeping or agriculture, has been endorsed by two (2) local members in good standing, and has a Baccalaureate degree with major emphasis in agronomy, entomology, weed science, biology, or the equivalent years of experience.
126.96.36.199. Active Membership shall provide privileges of participation in the activities of the Association and the rights to vote and hold office.
188.8.131.52. No member who permits local or state membership to lapse may continue as a member.
7.3.3. Provisional Membership. Provisional Membership shall be available to those who are unable to meet all requirements for Active Membership. Provisional members must be actively engaged in beekeeping or agriculture, and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
184.108.40.206. Provisional members shall be given a five (5) year period in which to become eligible for Active Membership. During this period, candidates must pass the Midwest Master Beekeeper certification examination for Certified Master Beekeeper and present at least four (4) students who receive Certificates of Achievement from three (3) or more levels of the Master Beekeeper Program.
220.127.116.11. An extension of one (1) or two (2) years may be granted upon written request.
18.104.22.168. Provisional members who fail to attain active status during the allotted time shall forfeit membership in the Association and must wait five (5) years before they can reapply for membership.
22.214.171.124. Provisional members have all membership privileges, but they may not hold local office.
7.3.4. Student Membership. Student Membership shall be open to any college student actively engaged with beekeeping or enrolled in an agronomy, entomology, or biology major through age twenty-six (26) at a fifty percent (50%) reduction in dues. Students age twenty-seven (27) or older may continue to be student members for the duration of study up to four (4) years.
126.96.36.199. Student members have all the privileges of Active Membership except the right to vote or hold office.
188.8.131.52. Any student member in good standing may attend the annual conference under the supervision of a person who holds active membership.
7.3.5. Honorary Membership. Honorary Membership may be conferred on any active member by the Association upon the recommendation of the Board.
184.108.40.206. Honorary members enjoy all the privileges of active members.
7.3.6. Associate Membership. Associate membership shall be open upon application to those who are not engaged in beekeeping, farming, agronomy, or commodity, but wish to support the program of the Association.
7.3.7. Life Membership. Life Membership shall be open upon request to those members who have attained the age of eighty (80), and life members have no further obligation to pay local dues.
220.127.116.11. Life members may attend all Association events and maintain voting privileges, although they cannot hold office.
7.3.8. Retired Membership. Retired Membership shall be open upon application to those who have been members of the Association for the ten (10) consecutive years prior to making application and who are no longer beekeeping, farming, or involved in agronomy, with no further obligation to pay local dues.
18.104.22.168. Retired Membership shall become void immediately upon resumption of beekeeping, farming, or other agronomy employment, and dues for the fiscal year in which activity is resumed shall become due and payable.
22.214.171.124. Retired members may attend all Association events and maintain voting privileges, although they cannot hold office.
7.3.9. Senior Membership. Senior Membership shall be open upon request to active teachers sixty-five (65) years of age or older who have been members of the Association for the preceding ten (10) consecutive years at a fifty percent (50%) reduction in dues.
Termination Of Membership And Reinstatement
7.4. Upon presentation of a reason considered valid by the Board, a member in good
standing may terminate his membership by written resignation submitted to the Treasurer, and he may be reinstated at a later date without penalty.