Specification of Rule 9: Fees and subscriptions – Second Proposal
Rule 9: Fees and subscriptions reads at them moment as follows:
(1) In addition to any amount payable by the member under rule 8(3), a member of the association must pay to the association an annual membership fee of US$10 or, if some other amount is determined by the committee, that other amount: (a) except as provided by paragraph (b), before 1 July in each calendar year, or (b) if the member becomes a member on or after 1 July in any calendar year - on becoming a member and before 1 July in each succeeding calendar year.
This lead to misunderstandings when the membership starts and the member is entitled to vote in an AGM or SGM. To clarify the membership run time, a change of Rule 9 was proposed. But instead of clarifying the current situation it actually changes it. See my post on the members mailing list for the explanation why that is so.
Submitted to secretary on 4. October 2013
I move to change paragraph 9(1) to clarify the membership period is per calendar year, instead of the modifications in the other proposal. I also move to include the new amount for the membership fee (10 EUR) determined by the committee earlier this year while we're at it, to avoid confusion. The updated paragraph should read (subparagraphs remain unchanged):
(1) In addition to any amount payable by the member under rule 8(3), a member of the association must pay to the association a membership fee of 10 EUR per calendar year or, if some other amount is determined by the committee, that other amount:
While I think that rule 9 needs some clarification because there has been some confusion about it in the past, I think that this resolution is better than the previous one because it only clarifies the status quo instead of changing it. This is desirable in order to avoid issues that would arise in the change such as how to handle prepaid membership fees, overlapping membership periods and the like.