(a) Institutional Member: shall be restricted to museums and related institutions qualifying as such under the definition set out in By-law 27, and which are situated the Province of British Columbia.
(b) Affiliate Member – Institutional: is open to institutions which operate in areas of museological interest, whether non-profit or commercial.
(c) Affiliate Member – Individual: shall be open to individuals who earn income through contracts or service provision or other commercial activities for museums, galleries, heritage organizations or related cultural institutions.
(d) Individual Member: shall be open to any person who wishes to promote the aims of the Association, whether or not he or she is connected with a museum.
(e) Student/Volunteer: is open to bona fide students of any educational institution while they remain students. This category is also open to museum volunteers.
(f) Honorary Members. The Council, may from time to time, appoint Honorary Members, in recognition of their efforts on behalf of the organization or the museum community in general.
(g) Life Member. This refers to Members who have paid a special fee to be Members for life.
All memberships will be subject to the approval of Council.
(b) A Proxy may be assigned by any eligible voting Member to any other eligible voting Member attending a general or special meeting. A signed form indicating the assignment of a proxy, must be provided to the President, prior to the start of the meeting for which to proxy is in force. The use of the proxy is limited to voting on amendments to the constitution and By-laws, and the election of officers and Council.
ELIGIBILITY TO HOLD OFFICE
(a) The Council shall first give the Member the right to appear before the Council and be heard.
(b) In the case of expulsion due to breach of a Member’s obligations as a Member of the Association, provide the Member with an opportunity to rectify the breach to the satisfaction of Council; provided that the period for rectification shall not exceed 30 days absent the express approval of three-quarters of Council.
(c) Should Council not approve expulsion in any case that may be brought to its attention, the matter shall not be entered in the minutes of the Council.
(b) General meetings may be called by the Council. General meetings may also be requested by the membership in accordance with the Societies Act.
(c) The accidental omission to give notice of a meeting to, or the non-receipt of a notice by, any of the Members entitled to receive notice does not invalidate proceedings at that meeting.
As provided by the Societies Act a copy of the financial statements of the Association shall be provided to each member at least 10 days before the date of the Annual General meeting. Before circulation, the financial statements must be approved by Council.
(b) President, Past President, Vice-President, Secretary shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall hold office for a period of one year.
(c) Treasurer shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall hold office for a period of two years.
(d) The officers shall assume office following the close of the Annual General Meeting at which they were elected.
(e) Any officer shall be eligible for re-election, but may not serve more than two consecutive terms in the office to which they have been elected.
(f) In the event of the resignation of the President, the Vice-President shall take over. In the event of the Vice President resigning, the Council may appoint a member of Council to complete the Vice- President’s unexpired term of office.
(b) Councillors shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall hold office for a period of two years, their terms being so arranged that three shall be elected each year.
(c) Councillors shall assume office following the close of the Annual General Meeting at which they were elected.
(d) Councillors shall be eligible for re-election, but shall not serve more than two consecutive terms as Councillors.
(e) In the event that a Councillor is unable to complete his or her term of office, the Council may appoint any Member of the Association, in conformity with Article 3 to hold office until the next Annual General Meeting, where, if necessary, an election will be held to complete the term.
(f) The Executive Director is not eligible to serve on the Council of the Association.
(b) The Executive Director shall receive such salary as the Council may from time to time determine.
(c) The Executive Director shall be an ex-officio member of the Council.
(d) The Executive Director shall be responsible for overseeing the preparation and custody of minutes of meetings of the Association and Council.
DUTIES AND POWERS OF OFFICERS AND COUNCIL
(b) No voting members of the Executive or Council shall receive remuneration or other financial benefits for their services performed to the Association, regardless of the type of service performed.
(a) Be responsible for the management of the property, revenue, business and affairs of the Association.
(b) Establish operational policies for the Association within which the administration of the Association shall operate.
(c) Monitor the execution of policies through a variety of formal and informal reports from the administration on the affairs of the Association.
(b) The Members may by special resolution restrict the borrowing powers of the Council but a restriction so imposed expires at the next Annual General Meeting.
COMMITTEES / SECRETARIAT
22. The Council may delegate to the Executive Director as much of its authority as it desires for the operation of the Association.
23. The Executive Director, may within the guidelines laid out by the Council, hire staff and/or appoint volunteers to assist with carrying out the objectives of the Association. The Executive Director, hired staff and volunteers shall be collectively known as the Secretariat.
24. The president shall appoint a nomination committee at least six months prior to the Annual General Meeting.
CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
25. The Constitution and By-laws of the Association shall not be altered or added to except by a Special Resolution of the Association passed at a General Meeting of the Association by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the voting Members present at a General Meeting of the Association. Notice to propose a Special Resolution shall be deemed to be duly given if signed by a proposer and a seconder, who shall be Members in good standing, and delivered to the Secretary not less than 20 days prior to the General Meeting and the Secretary has notified eligible voting Members not less than 14 days before the General Meeting at which it will be dealt with.
RULES OF ORDER
DEFINITION OF MUSEUMS AND RELATED INSTITUTIONS
(a) The above definition of a museum shall be applied without any limitation arising from the nature of the governing body, the territorial character, the functional structure or the orientation of the collections of the institution concerned.
(b) In addition to institutions designated as “museums” the following qualify as museums for the purposes of this definition:
(i) art galleries
(ii) natural, archeological and ethnographic monuments and sites and historical monuments and sites of a museum nature that acquire, conserve and communicate material evidence of people and their environment;
(iii) institutions holding collections of and displaying live specimens of plants and animals, such as botanical and zoological gardens, aquaria and vivaria;
(iv) science centres and planetaria;
(v) conservation institutes and exhibition galleries permanently maintained by libraries and archive centres;
(vi) nature reserves;
(vii) such other institutions as the Executive Council, after seeking the advice of Council and Committees, considers as having some or all of the characteristics of a museum or as supporting museums and professional museum workers through museological research, education or training, such as heritage organizations.
28. In these by-laws, the following terms have the following meanings”
Association means the British Columbia Museums Association.
Council means the directors of the Association; Councillor has a corresponding meaning..
Member means a member of the Association.
The Societies Act means the The Societies Act [SBC 2015] Chapter 18, as amended from time to time.
Other capitalized terms not defined in these by-laws have the meanings ascribed to them in the Societies Act.
PREVIOUS CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS
29. The operations of the Association are to be chiefly carried on in Victoria in the Province of British Columbia.
30. In the event of dissolution or winding up of the organization, all its remaining assets, after payment of liabilities, shall be distributed to one or more recognized charitable organizations in Canada, or to a Canadian Municipality. This provision was previously unalterable.