American Association of Professional Apiculturists

Bylaws of the AAPA

Article 1 - NAME

Section 1 - This organization shall be known as the American Association of Professional Apiculturists, or AAPA, for operational purposes.

Article 2 - PURPOSE

Section 1 - The Association exists to be a source of research-based information and recommendations on all matters of honey bee science and management and to foster cooperation, dialogue, and professional growth among extension, regulatory, teaching, and research honey bee specialists. The activities and outcomes of the Association will include: position papers and guidance on matters of national interest, technical bulletins, member awards and scholarships, forums for presenting and discussing research results, and forums for identifying extension, regulatory, and research priorities.

Article 3 - MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 - Membership is open to individuals who devote a significant amount of their time to research, extension, college or university teaching, and/or regulatory activities relating to honey bees.

Section 2 - Payment of dues, according to the following classes of membership, is necessary for membership and voting privileges.

Section 3 - The membership of the Association shall be divided into the following classes:
A. Individual - Any qualified person living and/or working in the United States who wishes to join the Association. Voting privileges are included.
B. Student - Any qualified college student who wishes to join the Association. Voting privileges are not included.
C. Associate - Any person or organization interested in supporting the purpose of this Association. Such membership shall not have voting privileges.
D. Emeritus - Any person who has retired from the fore mentioned bee-related activities. Candidates for invitation to Emeritus status will be solicited at Annual Meetings and will be subject to a vote of the members in attendance. Emeritus members are not required to pay dues and do not have voting privileges.

Article 4 - DUES

Section 1 - The dues shall be reviewed annually and proposed changes voted on by mail ballot.

Section 2 - The annual dues shall be payable in advance of the annual meeting andreceived by the Secretary-Treasurer no later than March 1, on which date delinquent members shall be dropped from the membership register and thereupon shall forfeit all rights and privileges of the Association, including receipt of the Association's publication.

Section 3 - The fiscal year shall be from January 1 to December 31 of each year. The membership year shall begin on March 1 and expire on the last day of February of the following year.


Section 1 - The business affairs of the Association shall be conducted by the officers, as described in Article 6.

Section 2 - Association business may be conducted by mail. If voting is required, ballots shall be mailed to all members. A brief pro and con explanation of each issue, deadline date for receipt of ballots, and return address shall be indicated on each ballot. A majority vote will carry.

Article 6 - OFFICERS

Section 1 - The officers of the Association shall be a President, Vice-President, a Secretary-Treasurer, and four Directors.

Section 2 - The President shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Association and shall preside at all business meetings of the Association. The President shall appoint all committees and shall be an ex-officio members of the committees. Prior to publication, all Association publications intended for distribution to members shall be reviewed by the President.

Section 3 - The Vice-President, in the absence or disability of the President, shall perform the functions of the office of President.

Section 4 - The Secretary-Treasurer shall attend and keep a complete and correct record of all meetings of the Association. Within 15 days after each meeting this officer shall send copies of the minutes to the President and Vice-President. The Secretary-Treasurer shall approve and pay all bills for the Association and maintain accurate records of the Association's finances.

Section 5 - In case of the extended absence or incapacity of the Secretary-Treasurer, the President may approve and pay bills.

Section 6 - The Executive Board shall be made up of the officers representing, as much as possible, regulation, university research, university teaching, extension, and USDA. At the initiation of the President, the Board shall meet via conference call or e-mail about six months before the annual business meeting to assess the year's activities and identify agenda items for the annual meeting.

Section 7 - Terms for all officers are for the period lasting from the meeting at which they are elected until the second meeting following the one at which they are elected. The meetings at which directors are elected shall alternate with the meetings at which the President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer are elected. No individual may hold the same office for more than two consecutive terms and at least two terms must lapse before an individual is again eligible for the same office.

Article 7 - COMMITTEES

Section 1 - The President shall appoint such committees as are necessary for the efficient conduct of the Association's activities.

Article 8 - FINANCES

Section 1 - No indebtedness shall be incurred by any officer or member of the Association, except as authorized in Article 6, Sections 4 and 5.


Section 1 - The Association shall hold one meeting each year, designated the Annual Meeting. In some cases, the annual meetings will be held several months more, or several months less, than twelve months apart.

Section 2 - The site of the Annual Meeting shall be selected by the President, with consideration being given to various sites suggested by members.


Section 1 - The Association shall hold a business meeting in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. Robert's Rules of Order shall be the authority for the conduct of the meeting, and the meeting will be tape-recorded.

Section 2 - Nominations and elections of officers shall be made during the Annual Business Meeting.

Section 3 - The order of business for the Annual Business Meeting, unless changed by a majority vote of the members present and voting, shall be:
A. Call to order.
B. Preview of agenda for additions, deletions, and/or transportations.
C. Reports of Officers (including a financial report by the Secretary-Treasurer).
D. Reports of Committees.
E. Unfinished business.
F. New business.
G. Communication and bills.
H. Resolutions formulated to be voted on by mail ballots.
I. Adjournment.

Article 11 - AMENDMENTS

Section 1 - Changes in these bylaws may be made by a 2/3 majority of voting members casting a mail-in ballot.

Section 2 - Written notice of the proposed amendment(s) shall be sent to every member at least one month before the last date for return of ballots.

Section 3 - Proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing to the Association President for subsequent distribution to the membership.

Amended January 4, 1999
Keith S. Delaplane, President
Robert Danka, Vice-President
Marion Ellis, Secretary-Treasurer