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Rules and Regulations

Rule 1 Name
The name of the club shall be "The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines Inc."


Rule 2 Objects
The WBCPI is for individuals who wish to watch birds and share that experience with others. The club will also keep records, undertake activities to promote birdwatching and provide support, within its means, toward the preservation of the flora and fauna of the Philippines and remain sensitive to the people sharing their habitats.


Rule 3 Guiding Principles
Please refer to the Club's Vision, Mission and Goals.


Rule 4 Membership
Membership shall be open to anyone who supports the vision, mission and goals of the Club. Classes of membership shall be as follows:

A. Regular Member

Any person over the age of 18 who pays the minimum annual subscription fee of P500.00.

B. Associate Member

Any person under the age of 18 or any person who pays the annual associate subscription fee of P250.00.

C. Honorary Member

Any person, whether otherwise a member or not, who is elected an Honorary Member by a General Meeting on a recommendation by the Executive Committee in recognition of outstanding service to the aims of the Club.

All members shall be entitled to participate in all activities of the Club except that associate members shall not be eligible to serve as Honorary officers or as members of the Executive Committee.

All members shall have active voice in meetings. Only Regular Members shall cast binding votes. Associate members votes shall be counted as consultative votes. The Executive Committee shall have the authority to exclude from membership, or cancel the membership of, any person if it considers that person to have contravened any requirements contained in these rules or any legislation relating to bird protection or the environment, or for any matter, which the Executive Committee considers to offend the well-being, aims or objectives of the society.


Rule 5 Subscriptions
The Club in General Meetings shall approve subscription rates upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee. Subscriptions shall be payable on joining or on the 1st of January thereafter, but any member paying a first subscription after October 31st in any year will not be liable to pay a further subscription until after the close of the following year.

A member who is 3 months in arrears shall, after being reminded, cease to receive the Club's publications (including internet or emails), and six months in arrears shall cease to be a member.


Rule 6 Officers
The following Honorary Officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall be eligible for re-election: President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary.

These Officers will then be responsible for inviting the persons to fill the following position;
Trips Director, Membership Director, Web & Publications Director, Records Director & Conservation Director.

Any member of good standing (except junior members) is eligible for election as an Honorary Officers. In the event of a vacancy arising at any time, the Executive Committee shall be empowered to appoint a member to fill that vacancy and such appointment shall be reported at the next General Meeting for approval or election as appropriate.

The members of the Interim Executive Committee (Mike Lu, Ned Liuag, Kitty Arce, James McCarthy, Jon Villasper), who may or may not hold elected positions as Officers of the Club, and persons who have been elected president of the Club shall automatically be permanent members of the Executive Committee with full voice and vote as long as they are members in good standing. These members may or may not hold elected positions but should be invited to Executive Committee meetings and have the right to vote on decision-making.

Furthermore succeeding presidents who get to serve 3 years <consecutively or not> should be made permanent members of the Executive Committee.


Rule 7 The Meetings
An Annual General Meeting will be held each year with a quorum of 10% of the members but not less than 10 Regular Members of good standing present. A Special General Meeting may be called by the Executive Committee or at the request of 10% of the members (with a minimum of 10) by application to the President of the Club. Such applications must be accompanied by details of the motions to be moved.


Rule 8 Management
The Annual General Meeting shall elect an Executive Committee to deal with all business of the Club and any obligation undertaken by the Executive Committee is an obligation of the Club.
The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Corporate Secretary, Treasurer and 1 other member to be selected unanimously by the other 4.


 

Nominations for the posts of Honorary Officers and other vacancies on the Executive Committee must be made in writing with the signatures of the proposer and seconder and delivered to the Corporate Secretary 10 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting

The Executive Committee shall meet as often as deemed necessary by the President and must have a quorum of at least 3 members.


The Executive Committee shall have the powers to appoint such sub-committees as it sees fit and shall determine the membership and powers of the said committee whose proceedings will be reported to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall not delegate to any sub-committee the power to commit the Club to any expenditure.


The Executive Committee may reach decisions through email correspondence but it is the duty of the Corporate Secretary to ensure that such decisions are ratified at the next General Meeting.


Rule 9 Accounts
The books of the society shall be open for any member to question expenditure providing a written request is given to the Treasurer. The Treasurer has 30 days to provide access to the books.


Rule 10 Dissolution
The Club shall neither be dissolved nor amalgamated with, nor subordinated to any other body without the consent of two-thirds of the entire membership at a General Meeting. For this rule, members may vote by email.


Rule 11 Alteration of Rules
An alteration of the rules of the Club may be made at any General Meeting, provided that the precise alteration has been set out in full on the agenda sent to all members and that the proposed alteration is passed by at least two-thirds of the members present and voting at the meeting.