PART 1 - INTERPRETATION
PART 2 - MEMBERSHIP
PART 3 - MEETINGS
PART 4 - PROCEEDINGS AT GENERAL MEETINGS
PART 5 - DIRECTORS
PART 6 - PROCEEDINGS OF DIRECTORS
PART 7 - DUTIES OF OFFICERS.
PART 8 - ARCHIVIST
PART 9 - PROVINCIAL COMPETITION
PART 10 - EDUCATION
PART 11 - GENERAL
PART 12 - SEAL.
PART 13 - BORROWING
PART 14 - NOTICES TO MEMBERS
PART 15 - TERMINATION OF EXISTENCE
PART 16 - BY-LAWS
1.1 In these by-laws, unless the context otherwise requires:
(a) "director" means the directors of the Association for the time being;
(b) "Society Act" means the Society Act of the Province of British Columbia from time to time in force and all amendments to it;
(c) "registered address" of a member means the address for that member as recorded in the Register of Members;
(d) "general meeting" means meetings of the delegates of member clubs and the directors. The term "council" is synonymous;
(e) the term "club" shall include "guild", "circle", "association", and any other such terms as member clubs use in their names;
(f) "executive meetings" means meetings of the directors of the Association;
(g) other definitions in the Society Act on the date these by-laws become effective apply to these by-laws;
(h) "special resolution" means a resolution passed in general meeting by a majority of not less than 75% of the votes of those members of the Association who, being entitled to do so, vote in person;
(i) of which the notice that the By-Laws provide and not being less than 30 days' notice specifying the intention to propose the resolution as a special resolution has been given; or
(ii) if every member entitled to attend and vote at the meeting so agrees, at a meeting of which less then 30 days' notice has been given;
(i) "host club" means a single member club or a group of member clubs acting together to host a competition, general meeting, or annual general meeting;
(j) "member" shall mean member club.
1.2 Words importing the singular include the plural and vice versa; and words importing a male person include a female person.
1.3 The fiscal year of the Association shall be from one annual general meeting to the next.
2.1 The members of the Association shall be those clubs of amateur winemakers who are granted membership in the Association
2.2 The member clubs of the Association shall:
(a) pay annual dues in accordance with the current fee-per-person structure as is established by the annual general meeting, and such dues are payable at the start of each fiscal year;
(b) designate one voting delegate to attend each general meeting of the fiscal year commencing to speak and vote for their clubs at the general meetings;
(c) provide the Secretary of the Association with a list of their club members including addresses and telephone numbers of their club directors promptly after their club's election of officers.
2.3 To receive membership as a club in the association the following requirements must be met
(a) A request in writing must be sent to the association requesting membership.
(b) The association shall provide a membership application form plus a copy of the associations constitution and by-laws for the applicant to review.
(c) The completed application must be returned to the association for approval.
(d) The new club must have a minimum of six members when applying.
(e) No more than 50% of the members in the new club can belong to an existing BCAWA club.
2.4 Applications for membership shall be considered and granted by the executive. The general membership shall be notified of all decisions at the next general meeting.
2.5 The member clubs of the Association are the applicants for incorporation of the Association, and those member clubs who have subsequently become members, in accordance with these By-Laws and, in either case, have not ceased to be members.
2.6 Every member club shall uphold the Constitution of the Association and comply with these By-Laws.
2.7 A Club shall cease to be a member of the Association by:
(a) delivering its resignation in writing to the Secretary of the Association, or by mailing or delivering it to the address of the Association;
(b) the member club having ceased to operate;
(c) the member club having been expelled from the Association;
(d) the member club not having been in good standing for 12 consecutive months.
2.8 A member club may be expelled by:
(a) a special resolution of the member clubs passed at a regular general meeting;
(b) a notice of special resolution for expulsion shall be accompanied by a brief statement of the reason(s) for the proposed expulsion;
(c) the member club which is the subject of the proposed expulsion shall be given an opportunity to be heard at the meeting defined in (1.1 (d)) above before the special resolution is put to a vote.
2.9 All member clubs are in good standing except a member club that has failed to pay the current annual membership fee, or any subscription or debt due or owing by that member club to the Association, and that member club is not in good standing so long as the debt remains unpaid.
3.1 General meetings of delegates from the member clubs will be held at least 3 times each year to include the AGM, at such times and places, in accordance with the Society Act, as are approved by the directors.
3.2 Notice of each general meeting shall be sent, in advance, to each member club, and shall specify the place, day and hour of meeting, and shall include an agenda outlining the general nature of any special business to be discussed.
3.3 The accidental omission to give notice of a meeting to, or the non-receipt of a notice by, any of the member clubs entitled to receive notice does not invalidate proceedings at that meeting.
3.4 The first annual general meeting of the Association shall be held not more than 15 months after the date of incorporation: and thereafter an annual general meeting shall be held at least once in every calendar year and not more than 15 months after holding the last preceding annual general meeting.
3.5 The annual general meeting shall be held in conjunction with the Provincial Competition. The time and the place will be chosen by the host member club subject to the approval by the directors.
3.6 The host club shall make the arrangements for the room rent and other costs, subject to approval of the directors, for the annual general meeting. The Association shall bear the costs of the annual general meeting.
3.7 At each annual general meeting an election will take place to elect the following directors: a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Steward, a National Director, and two Directors-at-Large. These directors, together with the Immediate Past President, and the Guild Representative named by the B.C. Guild of Wine Judges shall comprise the executive.
3.8 The annual general meeting shall appoint an Archivist.
3.9 All general meetings shall be open to members of member clubs, and they may speak, but only named delegates will vote. Directors do not have a vote at general meetings unless they are named as delegates.
3.10 All motions to be placed on the agenda for discussion at the annual general meeting must be presented to the Secretary in writing no later than 9 p.m. of the Friday preceding the annual general meeting.
4.1 Special business is:
(a) all business at an extraordinary general meeting except the adoption of rules of order; and
(b) all business that is transacted at an annual general meeting, except:
(I) the adoption of rules of order;
(II) the consideration of financial statements;
(III) the reports of the directors;
(IV) the report of the auditor, if any;
(V) the appointment of the auditor, if required; and
(VI) such other business as, under these By-Laws, ought to be transacted at an annual general meeting, or business which is brought under consideration by the reports of the directors issued with the notice convening the meeting.
4.2 No business, other than the election of a chairman and the adjournment or termination of the meeting, shall be conducted at a general meeting at a time when a quorum is not present.
4.3 If at any time during a general meeting there ceases to be a quorum present, business then in progress shall be suspended until there is a quorum present or until the meeting is adjourned or terminated.
4.4 A quorum is 5 delegates present, or such greater numbers as may be determined at a general meeting.
4.5 If within 30 minutes from the time appointed for a general meeting a quorum is not present, the meeting shall stand adjourned to a later time and place to be determined by the directors.
4.6 Subject to By-Law 4.7, the President of the Association, the Vice-President, or in the absence of both, one of the other directors present shall preside as chairman of a general meeting.
4.7 If at a general meeting:
(a) there is no President, Vice-President, or other director present within 30 minutes after the time appointed for holding the meeting; or
(b) the President and all other directors present are unwilling to act as chairman, the members present shall choose one of their number to be chairman.
4.8 A general meeting may be adjourned from time to time and from place to place, but no business shall be transacted at the adjourned meeting other than the business left unfinished at the meeting from which adjournment took place.
(a) When a meeting is adjourned for 10 days or more, notice of the adjourned meeting shall be given as in the case of the original meeting.
(b) Except as provided in this By-Law, it is not necessary to give notice of an adjournment or of the business to be transacted at an adjourned general meeting.
4.9 No resolution proposed at a meeting need be seconded, and the chairman of the meeting may move or propose a resolution.
4.10 In case of an equality of votes the chairman shall not have a casting or second vote in addition to the vote to which the chairman may be entitled as a delegate and the proposed resolution shall not pass.
4.11 A delegate of a member club in good standing, present at a general meeting, is entitled to one vote.
4.12 Voting is by show of hands.
4.13 Voting by proxy is not permitted.
5.1 The directors may exercise all such powers and do all such acts and things as the Association may exercise and do, and which are not by these By-Laws or by statute or otherwise lawfully directed or required to be exercised or done by the Association in a general meeting, but subject, nevertheless to the provisions of:
(a) all laws affecting the Association;
(b) these By-Laws; and
(c) rules, not being inconsistent with these By-Laws, which are made from time to time by the Association in general meeting.
5.2 No rule, made by the Association in a general meeting invalidates a prior act of the directors that would have been valid if that rule had not been made.
5.3 The directors shall hold the offices of President, Immediate Past President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Steward, National Director, BC Guild of Wine Judges Representative, and two Directors-at-Large.
5.4 The number of directors shall be 10.
5.5 The directors shall retire from office at each annual general meeting when their successors shall be elected.
5.6 Separate elections shall be held for each office to be filled.
5.7 An election may be by acclamation, otherwise it shall be by ballot.
5.8 If no successor is elected, the person previously elected or appointed continues to hold office.
5.9 The directors may at any time and from time to time appoint a member as a director to fill a vacancy in the directors.
(a) A director so appointed holds office only until the conclusion of the next following annual general meeting of the Association, but is eligible for re-election at the meeting.
5.10 If a director resigns his office or otherwise ceases to hold office, the remaining directors shall appoint a member to take the place of the former director.
5.11 No act or proceeding of the directors is invalid only by reason of there being less than the prescribed number of directors in office.
5.12 The members may, by special resolution, remove a director before the expiration of his term of office, and may elect a successor to complete the term of office.
5.13 No director shall be remunerated for being or acting as a director but a director may be reimbursed for expenses necessarily and reasonably incurred by him while engaged in the affairs of the Association.
6.1 The directors may meet together at the places they think fit to dispatch business, adjourn and otherwise regulate their meeting as proceeding, as they see fit.
6.2 The directors may, from time to time, fix the quorum necessary to transact business; and, unless so fixed, the quorum shall be a majority of the directors then in office.
6.3 The President shall be chairman of all meetings of the directors, but if at a meeting the President is not present within 30 minutes after the time appointed for holding the meeting, the Vice-President shall act as chairman; but if neither is present the directors present may choose one of their number to be chairman at that meeting.
6.4 A director may at any time request a meeting of the directors, and the Secretary, on the request of a director, shall, convene a meeting of the directors.
6.5 The directors may delegate any, but not all, of their powers to committees consisting of such director or directors as they think fit.
(a) A committee so formed in the exercise of the powers so delegated shall conform to any rules that may from time to time be imposed on it by the directors, and shall report every act or thing done in exercise of those powers to the earliest meeting of the directors to be held next after it has been done.
6.6 A committee shall elect a chairman of its meetings; but if no chairman is elected, or if at a meeting the chairman is not present within 30 minutes after the time appointed for holding the meeting, the directors present who are members of the committee shall choose one of their number to be chairman of the meeting.
6.7 The members of a committee may meet and adjourn as they think proper.
6.8 Notice of a meeting of directors will be sent to the directors as individuals, not through their clubs.
6.9 For a first meeting of directors held immediately following the appointment or election of a director or directors at an annual or other general meeting of members, or for a meeting of the directors at which a director is appointed to fill a vacancy in the directors, it is not necessary to give notice of the meeting to the newly elected or appointed director or directors for the meeting to be constituted, if a quorum of the directors is present.
6.10 A director who may be temporarily absent from British Columbia may send or deliver to the address of the Association a waiver of notice of any meeting of the directors and may, at any time, withdraw the waiver, and until the waiver is withdrawn;
(a) no notice of meetings shall be sent to that director; and
(b) any and all meetings of the directors of the Association, notice of which has not been given to that director shall, if a quorum of the directors is present, be valid and effective.
6.11 Questions arising at any meeting of directors, and committees of directors shall be decided by a majority of votes.
(a) In case of an equality of votes the chairman does not have a second or casting vote.
6.12 No resolution proposed at any meeting of directors need be seconded, and the chairman of the meeting may move or propose a resolution.
6.13 A resolution in writing, signed by all the directors and placed with the minutes of the directors is as valid and effective as if regularly passed at any meeting of directors.
6.14 An education committee shall be appointed.
7.1 The President shall:
(a) preside at all meetings of the Association and of the directors;
(b) as chief executive officer of the Association, supervise the other officers in the execution of their duties;
(c) be an ex-officio member of all committees.
7.2 The Immediate Past President shall:
(a) act as correspondent to the GRAPEVINE;
(b) be chairman of the nominating committee;
(c) act as consultant to the executive, providing such advice and assistance as may be required. (In the event that the Immediate Past President is unable to serve, the previous Past President shall assume those duties.)
7.3 The Vice-President shall:
(a) act as chairman in the absence of the President;
(b) be responsible for preparing revisions to the Constitution and By-Laws, and for providing copies of these documents to delegates at the annual general meeting;
(c) provide such assistance as is appropriate to new member clubs;
(d) serve, as requested, on committees.
7.4 The Secretary shall:
(a) conduct the correspondence of the Association;
(b) issue notices of meetings of the Association and directors;
(c) prepare and have custody of minutes of meetings of the Association and directors in compliance with the Society Act;
(d) maintain the Register of Members.
7.5 In the absence of the Secretary from a meeting, the directors shall appoint another person to act as secretary at the meeting.
7.6 The Treasurer shall:
(a) keep the financial records, including books of account, necessary to comply with the Society Act;
(b) distribute funds as authorized in the budget accepted by the membership at a general meeting;
(c) distribute funds not in excess of $750.00 without referring to the directors;
(d) present a financial statement at each general meeting, and a written financial statement at the annual general meeting;
(e) render financial statements to the directors, members and others when required.
7.7 The Chief Steward shall:
(a) act as liaison between the member club(s) hosting the Provincial Competition and the Association executive and general meeting;
(b) be in charge of the Provincial Competition, but NOT necessarily the peripheral social activities being organized by the host club.
7.8 The National Director shall:
(a) receive and disseminate information concerning Amateur Winemakers of Canada functions;
(b) whenever possible, attend the annual general meeting of the Amateur Winemakers of Canada as the representative of the Association;
(c) prepare and present entry forms to the National Competition to qualified recipients;
(d) receive and forward entries to the Amateur Winemakers of Canada for the National Competition.
7.9 The Directors-at-Large shall:
(a) correspond with member clubs to determine their current named delegates, and to encourage attendance of these delegates at general meetings;
(b) perform such other duties as are required.
7.10 The number of directors shall be 10.
7.11 One director may hold two offices, but will have only one vote at directors meetings.
7.12 The directors shall retire from office at each annual general meeting, when their successors shall be elected or appointed.
7.13 Separate elections shall be held for each office to be filled.
7.14 An election may be by acclamation, otherwise it shall be by ballot.
7.15 If no successor is elected the person previously elected or appointed continues to hold office.
7.16 The Immediate Past President shall be appointed a director.
7.17 If a director resigns from office or otherwise ceases to hold office, the remaining directors may appoint a successor to take the place of the former director. A director so appointed holds office only until conclusion of the next following annual general meeting, but is eligible for re-election at that meeting.
7.18 No act or proceeding of the directors is invalid only by reason of there being less than the prescribed number of directors in office.
7.19 The delegates of member clubs may, by special resolution, remove a director from office, and may elect a successor to complete a term of office.
7.20 No director shall be remunerated for being or acting as a director, but a director may be reimbursed for expenses necessarily and reasonably incurred while engaged in the affairs of the Association.
8.1 The archivist is appointed, rather than elected, at the annual general meeting, and is not a director.
8.2 The archivist shall:
(a) maintain and preserve the Association records and memorabilia;
(b) disseminate, as required, competition results and any other historical information;
(c) attend meetings of the directors, but have no vote in that capacity;
(d) attend general meetings.
9.1 The annual Provincial Competition shall be conducted by the Chief Steward in accordance with the procedures in the current British Columbia Amateur Winemakers Association Competition Handbook.
9.2 The Association shall pay the shipping costs for B.C. entries to the National Competition.
9.3 A stock of Provincial Competition medals shall be maintained by the Treasurer. The host club shall purchase the medals awarded at the Provincial Competition at replacement cost. The money received from the sale of medals will be returned to the fund and used to replenish the stock of medals.
10.1 The Education Committee shall submit a budget for approval at a meeting of directors for all education projects.
10.1 All budgeted expenses incurred in approved projects are to be paid for by the Association. Any profits from the sale of educational products will be put into the Association account and may be assigned to finance further productions.
11.1 Club invitational competitions and their dates submitted to and approved by the directors shall be publicized as "sanctioned competitions".
11.2 It is recommended that clubs inform participants of the results of sanctioned competitions within one week following the judging.
12.1 The directors may provide a common seal for the Association and may destroy a seal not substitute a new seal in its place.
12.2 The common seal shall be affixed only when authorized by a resolution of the directors and then only in the presence of the President and Secretary.
13.1 In order to carry out the purposes of the Association, the directors may, on behalf of and in the name of the Association, raise or secure the payment or repayment of money in the manner they decide, and, in particular but without limiting the forgoing, by the issue of debentures.
13.2 No debenture shall be issued without the sanction of a special resolution.
13.3 The members may by special resolution restrict the borrowing powers of the directors, but a restriction imposed expires at the next annual general meeting.
14.1 A notice may be given to a member either personally or by mail to the member's registered address.
14.2. A notice sent by mail shall be deemed to have been given on the second day following that on which the notice is posted, and in proving that notice has been given it is sufficient to prove the notice was properly addressed and put in a Canadian post office receptacle.
14.3 Notice of a general meeting shall be given to every member shown in the Register of Members on the day notice is given.
14.4 No other person is entitled to receive a notice of general meeting.
15.1 Upon the termination of existence of the Association any assets will be donated to a charity approved by the majority of the members present at a general meeting.
15.2 The quorum for the approval of termination of existence is three.
16.1 On being admitted to membership, each member is entitled to and the Association shall give him, without charge, a copy of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Association.
16.2 These By-Laws and Constitution shall not be altered or added to except by special resolution.