The name of the club shall be "The Wild Bird Club of
the Philippines Inc."
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.
3 Guiding Principles
Please refer to the Club's Vision, Mission and Goals.
Membership shall be open to anyone who supports the vision,
mission and goals of the Club. Classes of membership shall
be as follows:
Any person over the age of 18 who pays
the minimum annual subscription fee of P500.00.
Any person under the age of 18 or any person who
pays the annual associate subscription fee of P250.00.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.