Membership Terms

As per the section 5 and section 6 BAWA constitution act 26.09.2019

Section 5: Membership of Association

The Association must always have the minimum number of members as mandated by sections 4 and

17 of the Act.

(1) Any person who supports the objects of the Association is eligible to become a member.

(2) A person who wants to become a member must apply in writing to the Association. An

application for membership will be considered as an agreement by the person (or the family in case

of membership class specified in 5(6)(b)) to support the objects of the Association and abide by the

rules of the Association. The application must specify the class of membership applied for.

(3) A membership application must be considered in the immediate subsequent Committee meeting

after the application is received and the outcome informed to the applicant as soon as practicable

after the meeting. Application for life membership can only be considered and approved/rejected

at a general body meeting.

(4) The Committee must not accept a new application unless the applicant is eligible under rule

5(1) and has applied conforming to rule 5(2).

(5) The Committee may reject a new application even if the applicant is eligible under rule 5(1)

and has applied conforming to rule 5(2).

(6) There will be 4 classes of membership of the Association.

(a) Ordinary membership (individual): Any person over the age of 18, subject to

requirements of rules 5(1) 5(2) 5(7), can become an ordinary member (individual). This type

of members has voting rights and may exercise 1 vote on any one question / choice. Voting

right is subject to currency of membership at the time of a meeting.

(b) Ordinary membership (family): Any lawful couple and their children, subject to

requirements of rules 5(1) 5(2) 5(7), can become an ordinary member (family). This type of

member has voting rights and may exercise up to 2 votes per family. The 2 eldest members

of the family have the voting rights and may exercise 1 vote each on any one question /

choice. Voting right is subject to currency of membership at the time of a meeting.

(c) Life membership: Any person over the age of 18, subject to requirements of rules 5(1)

5(2) 5(10), can become a life member. Life membership can be individual or family. Life

members have voting rights and may exercise 1 vote on any one question / choice if

individual or up to 2 votes if family (2 eldest members have the voting rights in case of

family). Voting right is subject to currency of membership at the time of a meeting.

(d) Honorary membership: Any member can propose any other person for conferral of

honorary membership. The proposal shall be made to the Committee. The Committee shall

consider the proposal and make a recommendation for the Association to decide during the

immediate subsequent general meeting. Honorary membership can only be conferred on

individual. Family honorary membership is not permitted. This type of members does not

have voting rights.

(7) The ordinary membership (individual or family) is valid subject to payment of membership fee

in full. Membership fee shall fall due at the beginning of each financial year and shall be paid

within 4 months of it falling due, beyond which the membership shall lapse. Ordinary membership

fees are annual and prorate payment for shorter duration is not permitted.

(8) An ordinary membership shall be considered renewed on payment of membership fees in line

with rule 5(7).

(9) An ordinary membership that has lapsed due to non-payment of membership fee can be

renewed by full payment of membership fee anytime during the year. Such renewal will be valid

till end of the financial year. The Association, at annual general meeting may determine to install a

‘membership resumption fee’ for lapsed memberships.

(10) The life membership is valid subject to payment of life membership fee in full and shall fall

due on approval of application for life membership.

(11) Honorary membership shall not be subject to any membership fee.

(12) A person can only have one class of membership at a time. A life membership can be applied

by a non-member or existing ordinary member.

(13) A member may resign from membership of the Association by giving written notice of

resignation to the Secretary. The resignation takes into effect as soon as Secretary receives the

notice or if a later time is specified in the notice, at that time. A person who has resigned from

membership of the Association remains liable for any fees or money that are owed to the

Association (the owed amount) at the time of resignation. The owed amount may be recovered by

the Association in a court of competent authority as a debt due to the Association.

(14) A person will cease to be a member on –

(a) failure to pay membership fee in full by due date; or

(b) death; or

(c) resignation; or

(d) suspension (for the period of); or

(d) expulsion.

(15) The Secretary must keep a record for at least one year, after a person ceases to be member,

of the date and reason the person ceased to be a member.

(16) Cessation of membership does not entitle a person to a refund, rebate, relief, or credit for

membership fees paid, or payable, to the Association.

(17) The rights of a member are not transferable and shall end when membership ceases.

(18) A payment to a member out of the funds of the Association is authorised only if it is –

(a) a payment in good faith to the member as reasonable remuneration for any services

provided to the Association, or for goods supplied to the Association, in the ordinary course

of business; or

(b) a payment of reasonable rent to the member for premises leased by the member to the

Association; or

(c) a reimbursement of reasonable expenses properly incurred by the member on behalf of

the Association.

Section 6 : Register of members of Association

The Association must always maintain a register of its members and record in the register, any

change in membership of the Association conforming to section 53 of the Act.

(1) Any change to the register must be recorded within 28 days after the change occurs.

(2) The Secretary is responsible to maintain the register of members and record in that register,

any change in membership of the Association.

(3) The register of members must include name of the member, residential, postal or email

address, class of membership and date of entry into membership.

(4) It is the responsibility of each member to contact the Secretary in writing to update any change

relevant to details recorded in register of members, within 28 days of such change occurring.

(5) The register must be kept at the Secretary’s place of residence, or at another place determined

by the Committee.

(6) A member who wishes to inspect the register of members must contact the Secretary to make

the necessary arrangements.