Alberta Mycological Society Bylaws
ARTICLE 1: INTRODUCTION
1.1 The Name of the Society
The name of the Society is the Alberta Mycological Society.
1.2 The Bylaws
These articles set forth the Bylaws of the Alberta Mycological Society.
ARTICLE 2: MEMBERSHIP
2.1 Categories of Members
There shall be five categories of members:
(a) Individual members will include individuals who have paid the annual membership fees designated for such membership;
(b) Family members will include members of a family who have paid the annual membership fees designated for such membership;
(c) Student members will include individuals registered at an educational institution who have paid the annual membership fees designated for such membership;
(d) Corporate members will include corporations who have paid the annual membership fees designated or such membership; and
(e) Honorary Life members will include any individual and their family recommended for such membership by the Board of Directors, provided that the granting of such membership to an individual recommended by the Board of Directors is subsequently approved by a majority vote of the members
of the Society.
2.2 Admission of Members
Any individual, family, student or corporation may become a member in the appropriate category by making application to the Membership Coordinator, paying the annual membership dues and meeting the requirements in Article 2.3. Any application for a new membership in the society shall become effective only upon approval of the application by the Board of Directors, at the next meeting of the Board following receipt of the application by the society, or as soon as practicable thereafter. A renewal of an existing membership shall not be considered an application for a new membership and any renewal will take effect immediately, subject to compliance with Article 2.3.
2.3.1 Any person who supports the purposes of the Society and pays the prescribed annual membership fee shall become a member in good standing and shall be entitled to a voice and vote at any Annual, General, or Special Meeting of the Society.
2.3.2 The membership period will encompass one full year from the date the person pays the prescribed membership fee pursuant to paragraph 2.3.1. Membership fees are due on the first day following the elapse of the aforementioned membership period. If a member has not paid their fees within one month following the expiry of their membership, they will cease to receive any notices of meetings or events thereafter.
2.3.3 The annual fees for the various categories of membership other than Honorary Life membership will be as prescribed by the Board of Directors, subject to approval by a majority vote of the members of the Society at a meeting of the membership. There will be no fee required for Honorary Life membership.
2.4 Rights, Privileges and Obligations of Members
2.4.1 Every member is entitled to:
(a) receive notice of Annual, General, and Special meetings of the Society;
(b) attend any meeting of the Society;
(c) speak at any meeting of the Society, and
(d) exercise other rights and privileges given to members in these Bylaws and as may be determined by the Board of Directors from time to time.
All members in good standing who are at least eighteen (18) years of age shall be entitled to vote at meetings of the Society. Such vote must be made in person and not by proxy.
2.5 Termination of Membership
Any member may resign from the Society by sending or delivering a written Notice to the President, or in the event that the President is not available, to the Vice-President. Once such Notice has been received and noted by the President or the Vice-President, the member’s name shall be removed from the Membership list.
2.5.2 Expulsion of Members
The Board may expel any member from membership for any cause which the Board deems reasonable, at a duly-called meeting of the Board for which notice of the motion to expel the member has been given to members of the Board, provided that at least 75% of the Board members present at the meeting vote
in favour of the motion to expel the member. In the event that a motion for the expulsion of a member is carried by the required majority vote, the name of the member will be removed from the Membership list and the member will cease to be a member. An expelled member shall forfeit their membership fee.
2.6 Limitation on the Liability of Members
No individual Member shall be liable for any debts or liabilities of the Society.
ARTICLE 3: GOVERNMENT OF THE SOCIETY
3.1 The Board of Directors
3.1.1 Board of Directors, Executive Committee, or Board, shall mean the Board of Directors of the Society.
3.1.2 Powers and Duties of the Board of Directors
The Board shall, subject to the Bylaws or directions given it by majority vote at any properly called and constituted meeting, have full control and management of the affairs of the Society.
3.1.3 Composition of the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Society shall consist of a minimum of four (4) directors plus the non-voting Past-President, providing they continue to be a member of the Society. At a minimum, the positions to be filled are: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. (to be known as “the Executive
Committee”). The maximum number of directors will be fourteen (14), not including the Past-President. Other positions on the Board may include Newsletter Editor, Program Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Membership Coordinator and Foray Coordinator, subject to the availability of members of
the Society willing to assume responsibility for these positions.
3.1.4 Election of the Board of Directors and Terms of Office
At the Annual General Meeting the Voting Members shall elect all members of the Board of Directors, except for the Past-President. The members of the Board of Directors shall be elected for a two (2) year term.
3.1.5 Removal of a member of the Board of Directors
Voting members may remove any member of the Board of Directors, including the President and the immediate Past-President, before the end of the Board of Directors member’s term.
3.1.6 Vacancy on the Board of Directors
If there is a vacancy on the Board of Directors, the remaining members of the Board of Directors may appoint a member in good standing to fill that vacancy until the next Annual General Meeting.
3.1.7 Meetings of the Board of Directors
Meetings of the Board will be held as often as may be required and will be called by the President. Upon the written request to the President or any two directors stating the business to be considered by the Board at a meeting, the President shall call a Special Board Meeting to consider that business. Notice of
a Board meeting may be and will be deemed sufficient if given at least 5 days before the date set for the meeting by email, mail, facsimile or telephone.
18.104.22.168 Meetings without notice
Meetings may be held without notice if a quorum of the Board is present, provided, however, that any business transactions at such meetings shall be ratified at the next regularly called meeting of the Board. Otherwise those transactions shall be null and void.
Any four (4) directors shall constitute a quorum.
Irregularities or errors done in good faith shall not invalidate any actions of the Board of Directors.
22.214.171.124 Waiver of Formal Notice
Members of the Board of Directors may waive formal notice of a meeting.
ARTICLE 4: MEETINGS OF THE SOCIETY
4.1 General Meetings
General Meetings of the Society shall be held as established by the Board of Directors. A General Meeting may deal with any matter related to the affairs of the Society except the election of members of the Board of Directors.
4.2 Annual Meeting
The Society shall hold an Annual General Meeting not later than March 31st of each year.
The Annual Meeting shall deal with the following matters:
(a) approval of the annual report of the President;
(b) approval of the annual financial statement setting out the income, disbursements, assets and liabilities of the Society;
(c) approval of the activity reports from the Committees;
(d) election of the members of the Board of Directors who will hold office until the next Annual General meeting; and
(e) any other matters specified in the meeting notice.
4.3 Special Meeting
4.3.1 A Special Meeting may be called at any time:
(a) by a resolution of the Board of Directors to that effect, or
(b) on the written request of at least twelve (12) of the Voting Members. The request shall state the reason for the Special Meeting and the Motion(s) intended to be submitted.
Only the matter(s) set out in the Notice for a Special Meeting shall be considered.
4.4 Proceedings at a General, Annual, or a Special Meeting
A Quorum required to consider any resolution shall be at least twelve (12) Voting Members in good standing.
4.4.2 Presiding Officer
126.96.36.199 The President shall chair the General, Annual, and Special Meetings of this Society. The Vice President shall chair in the absence of the President.
188.8.131.52 If neither the President nor the Vice-President is present within one-half (1/2) hour after the set time for the Annual, General, or Special Meeting, the Members present shall choose one (1) of the Members to chair.
184.108.40.206 Each Voting Member has one (1) vote.
(a) A show of hands decides every vote at every Annual, General, or Special Meeting.
(b) A ballot shall be used if a majority of Voting Members present request it.
(c) A Voting Member shall not vote by proxy.
220.127.116.11 A majority of the votes cast by the Voting Members present shall decide each issue and resolution, unless the issue needs to be decided by a Special Resolution.
18.104.22.168 “Special Resolution” means a resolution:
(a) passed by a vote of not less than 75% of those members entitled to vote at a general meeting of which not less than 21 days’ notice specifying the intention to propose the resolution has been duly given, or
(b) a resolution passed at a general meeting of which less than 21 days’ notice has been given, if all the members entitled to attend and vote at the general meeting so agree, or
(c) a resolution consented to in writing by all the members who would have been entitled at a general meeting to vote on the resolution in person.
4.4.4 Flawed Notices Remain Valid
No action taken at the Annual or Special Meeting is invalid due to:
(a) accidental omission of giving Notice to any Member;
(b) any Member not receiving any Notice, or
(c) any error in any Notice that does not affect the intended meaning.
4.5.1 The member of the Board of Directors charged by the Board with doing so will notify each Member at least twenty-one (21) days before the Annual General Meeting. At least seven (7) days’ Notice will be given of a General meeting or a Special Meeting. A notice of a meeting shall state the place, date, and
time of the meeting, and any business requiring a Special Resolution. Notices may be given by email, facsimile or mail.
ARTICLE 5: REGISTERED OFFICE, FINANCIAL MATTERS AND SOCIETY RECORDS
5.1 The Registered Office
5.1.1 The Board of Directors shall determine the Registered Office of the Society.
5.2 Fiscal Year
5.2.1 The fiscal year of the Society shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
5.3 Books of Account and Audit
5.3.1 The Treasurer shall cause proper books of accounts to be kept reflecting a full and complete record of financial transactions of the Society and shall so soon as practicable following the end of the fiscal year prepare a Financial Statement of the Society setting out its income, disbursements, assets and liabilities.
5.3.2 The Financial Statement will be audited either by a chartered accountant chosen for this purpose by the Board or by two members appointed at the Annual General Meeting of the Society to audit the Financial Statement of the Society for presentation to the members at the next Annual General Meeting.
5.3.3 The Treasurer and the President or one of them plus one of two other officers appointed for that purpose by the Board shall sign all cheques drawn on the bank accounts and other moneys of the Society.
5.4 Maintenance and Inspection of Society Records
5.4.1 The Secretary shall prepare and have custody of minutes of proceedings of meetings of the Society as required by the Bylaws or the Societies Act.
5.4.2 Documents or records of the Society, including financial records and the register of members of the Society, may be examined by members and directors at the Annual General Meeting or during normal business hours upon giving at least two (2) clear business days’ written notice to the President or the
Secretary of the Society of the member’s intention to conduct such examination, specifying the documents or records they wish to examine. The examination will take place at the registered office of the Society unless another place for the examination is designated by the President or the Secretary.
5.4.3 Within a reasonable time of receiving a request from a member for a copy of the membership register or of an excerpt from the same, the Society shall, upon payment by the member of a sum not exceeding $0.25 for every 100 words to be copied, provide to that member the copy of the membership register or
the excerpt requested, provided that the member certifies that they require the copy of the membership register or the excerpt only for use by the member for matters relating to the affairs of the Society.
5.5 No Remuneration to Board of Directors
5.5.1 No Board member of the Society shall receive any remuneration for services to the Society for performance of their duties and responsibilities as a director, however, the Society may pay a director or a business or corporation in which a director has an interest for goods or services provided to the Society
which are not part of the performance of the director’s duties and responsibilities, provided that the amount so paid is reasonable, that the director has informed the Board of their interest in the business or corporation, that the Board has approved the expenditure with knowledge of the director’s interest and
that the Board of Directors informs the membership of the expenditure to the director, their associated business or corporation at the next Annual General Meeting or sooner.
5.5.2 Reasonable expenses incurred while carrying out duties of the Society may be reimbursed following approval by the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE 6: AMENDING THE OBJECTS OR THE BYLAWS OF THE SOCIETY
6.1 Special Resolution Required
The Objects of the Society or the Bylaws shall be amended, repealed, altered, or added to by a Special Resolution of the Society.
6.2 Notice of Proposed Changes
The Notice of the meeting to consider the Special Resolution for the amendment, repeal, or alteration of the Objects or the Bylaws of the Society shall include details of the proposed amendment, repeal, or alteration.
6.3 When Amended Objects or Bylaws Take Effect
The amended Objects of the Society or the amended Bylaws shall take effect only after the respective Special Resolutions have been filed with and accepted by the Corporate Registry of Alberta.
ARTICLE 7: USE OF RESOURCES; DISSOLVING THE SOCIETY
7.1 All Resources Devoted to the Objects of the Society
All the resources of the Society shall be devoted to the Objects of the Society and no part of the income or revenues shall be payable to or otherwise available for the personal benefit of any Member of the Society, however, the Society may pay a member or a business or corporation in which a member has an interest for goods or services provided to the Society by the member which are not part of the performance of the member’s duties and responsibilities as a member of the Society, provided that the amount so paid is reasonable, that the member has informed the Board of their interest in the business or corporation, that the Board has approved the expenditure with knowledge of the member’s interest and that the Board of Directors informs the membership of the expenditure to the member, their associated business or corporation at the next Annual General Meeting or sooner.
7.2 Special Resolution Required to Dissolve
Dissolving the Society shall require a Special Resolution of the Society as described in Article 22.214.171.124
7.3 Donation of Assets
Upon a winding-up, amalgamation or dissolution of the Society, all of its assets and accumulated income are to be transferred to an organization with similar objects that qualifies for exemption under paragraph 149(1)(f) or (l) of the Income Tax Act of Canada, and regulations thereunder, amendments thereto or substitution thereof.
7.4 No Distribution of Assets to Members
The Society shall not declare any dividend or distribute its property to any of its members during its existence.
7.5 Borrowing Powers
For the purpose of carrying out its objects, the Society may borrow or raise or secure the payment of money in such manner as it thinks fit, and in particular by the granting of security agreements, but this power shall be exercised only under the authority of the Society, and in no case shall a security agreement be granted without the sanction of the Society.
The Secretary shall have charge of the seal, which seal whenever used shall be authenticated by the signature of the Secretary and the President, or, in the case of the death or the inability of either to act, by the Vice-President.
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Code of Conduct – Abuse and Harassment Policy
September 21, 2022 (posted on AMS website)
Alberta Mycological Society
Abuse and Harassment Policy and Procedures
1.0 Policy Statement
The Executive of Alberta Mycological Society (AMS) is committed to providing a safe and respectful environment that is free from abuse and harassment, where all persons are treated with respect and fairness. This includes the Executive, volunteers, AMS members, contractors, event participants and all others associated with any AMS event.
2.0 Abuse Policy
The AMS Executive and members expect that everyone associated with an AMS activity to take all reasonable steps to safeguard the welfare of all AMS members and participants and to protect them from any form of maltreatment. Therefore, there shall be no abuse or harassment, whether physical, emotional, or sexual of any person.
a. Definitions of Abuse:
Abuse is any form of physical, emotional or sexual mistreatment or lack of care that causes physical injury of emotional damage to anyone.
Emotional Abuse is an attack on an individual’s self-esteem. It can take form of excessive teasing, name-calling, threatening, ridiculing, berating, intimidating, isolating, or hazing.
Physical Abuse is when a person purposefully injures or threatens to injure someone. This may take the form of slapping, hitting, shaking, kicking, pulling hair or ears, throwing, shoving, grabbing, hazing or excessive exercise as a form of punishment.
Sexual Abuse is when anyone takes advantage of a person for his or her own sexual stimulation or gratification.
Abuse of Power or Authority and Breach of Trust is the commission of a form of abuse against an individual who is in a subservient or dependent position to the abuser and is a common characteristic of all forms of abuse.
b. Duty to Report
Anyone having reason to believe that abuse of a child (someone under the age of 18 years) has occurred must report the matter to a Child Protection Authority or the police.
The person making the report of child abuse is not required to determine if the abuse is caused by the child’s parent or by another person. However, the person making the report will be required to give all available information to the Child Protection Authority or to the police to assist with any investigation.
3.0 Harassment Policy
The AMS Executive and members expect that everyone associated with an AMS activity not to harass or allow the harassment of any AMS members or participants, and to protect them from any form of maltreatment. Therefore, there shall be no harassment, whether physical, emotional, or sexual of any person. AMS is expected to be an environment and culture that does not tolerate harassment of any kind, including of a sexual nature.
a. Definition of Harassment:
Harassment is a form of conduct that is cruel, intimidating, humiliating, offensive, belittling or physically harmful. Types of behaviour that constitute harassment could include, but are not limited to:
- condescending, patronizing, threatening or punishing actions that undermine self-esteem or diminish performance;
- unwelcome remarks or jokes, innuendo or teasing about a person’s looks, body, attire, age, ethnic or national origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation;
- leering or other suggestive or obscene gestures;
- practical jokes that cause awkwardness or embarrassment, or endanger a person’s safety;
- any form of hazing;
- any form of physical assault;
- sexual harassment, as defined in this policy; or
- retaliation or threats of retaliation against an individual who reports harassment.
Sexual Harassment is unwelcome sexual remarks or advances, requests for sexual favours or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- submitting to or rejecting this conduct is used as the basis for making decisions that affect the individual; or
- such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s performance; or
- such conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
4.0 Procedures for Receiving and Responding to a Complaint of Abuse or Harassment
Complainant: An individual who has been identified by himself or herself, or by a third party, as the possible victim of abuse or harassment.
Respondent: An individual who has been identified as using behaviour or words that may ultimately be viewed as abuse or harassment.
Intervenor: The Intervenor is an adult appointed by the Executive to oversee the investigation of a complaint. Intervenors have a responsibility to remain neutral throughout their involvement with a complaint.
Any person who thinks that he or she has been subjected to conduct that constitutes abuse or harassment under this policy, or any person who believes that he or she has witnessed abuse or harassment, is encouraged to make it known to the other person responsible for the conduct that the behaviour is unwelcome, offensive, and contrary to this policy.
If confronting the person is not possible, or if after confronting the person, the behaviour continues, the person who has experienced the abuse or harassment, who has witnessed the abuse or harassment, or who believes that harassment has occurred, should report the matter to a member of the Executive. The Executive will then appoint a person to be the AMS Intervenor.
Once an incident is reported, the role of Intervenor is to serve in a neutral, unbiased capacity in receiving the report and assisting in an informal resolution of the complaint, where this is appropriate.
c. Investigation and Formal Resolution
When it is determined that the complaint cannot be resolved through informal means, a formal written complaint by way of the AMS Incident Report
will be required from the Complainant.
The Intervenor will review and clarify the written complaint with both the Complainant and the Respondent and ensure both parties have been provided with copies of this Policy.
The Respondent will be asked to provide a written response to the complaint within seven (7) calendar days of receiving the written complaint. The Complainant will be provided with a copy of this response immediately.
The Intervenor will then conduct any further investigation required, and provide a written report to the AMS Executive.
d. Interim Measures
AMS may impose interim measures pending the investigation and dispositions of a complaint. The interim measures are not sanctions, and they may take many forms, including but not limited to:
- Limitations on the continued involvement of the Respondent in AMS activities;
- Suspension of the Respondent from AMS activities; or
- Other measures as appropriate.
e. Reluctant Complainant
At any point the Complainant may become reluctant to continue with these procedures, and decide to withdraw the complaint. Should this happen:
- It will be at the sole discretion of AMS Executive to continue the review of the complaint in accordance to this policy.
- If the AMS Executives believes that abuse or harassment has occurred or is occurring, then they must continue the process, even if the complaint has been withdrawn.
After reviewing and deciding any matter, the AMS Executive will present its finding to the Complainant and the Respondent. This report will contain:
- A summary of the relevant facts;
- A determination as to whether the complaint constitutes abuse or harassment as defined in this policy;
- Action to be taken against the Respondent, if the act(s) constituted abuse or harassment; and
- Measures to remedy or mitigate the harm or loss suffered by the Complainant, if the acts constitute abuse or harassment
If the Society determines that the allegations of harassment are false, vexatious, retaliatory or frivolous, its report may direct that there be appropriate action against the Complainant.
In directing disciplinary action, the AMS Executive may consider the following options, singly or in combination, depending on the nature and severity of the abuse or harassment and other aggravating and mitigating circumstances:
- Written apology;
- Letter of reprimand;
- Referral to counselling;
- Temporary suspension from AMS;
- Termination of AMS membership; and
- Any other sanction that the Society considers appropriate in the circumstances.
The AMS recognizes the sensitive and serious nature of abuse and harassment, and will strive to keep all matters relating to a complaint confidential. However, if required by law to disclose information, the Executive will do so. Any allegation of emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect involving a child will be reported to the Child Protection Authority or the police.
The above policy was originally approved at AMS Executive Board meeting May 23, 2011. Reviewed and re-approved on September 21, 2022
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