- Jul 28, 2008
- Reaction score
- Hampshire uk
- Hive Type
- Number of Hives
Bayer & BBKA
There are many questions that could be raised now the final count has been conducted regarding the Bayer – BBKA liaison.
Let’s start at grass roots, the individual member of a beekeeping association.
Imagine there are 300 members in an association.
How many contribute towards the efficient running of their association?
How many show indifference and show a distinct lack of interest in what the few are trying to achieve for the association?
My conservative estimate would be at least 70% of individual members of an association pay their yearly subscriptions and have nothing further to do with the running of their association.
One comment I heard was “the committee can do all the business as I have no interest in the association activities”.
Then we have the beginner, who is full of enthusiasm and wants’ to learn. After the first year keeping bees they then realise the association do not help them any more, because the whole concept of the association is to get as many new beekeepers as possible and build up the numbers. Once a member has done two maybe three years they are then on their own.
Is it any wonder the general membership are apathetic towards the association? Not really.
So the association does not confer to its members an important issue such as the Bayer – BBKA liaison, because it knows the response will be very limited to say the least.
Now it’s down to the committee to decide what they would feel would be the general consensus of opinion if the membership where to get together and vote. (Note how many turn up for an association AGM). The members of the committee now take it upon themselves to consider the issue and discuss the relevant points of the issue. Then a vote is taken. Now depending on how the vote went it is now mandatory on how the association delegate will vote at the BBKA ADM.
Let’s see the process in full.
75% of association members couldn’t care less.
Committee comprising of about 10-15 members take on the responsibility of casting a vote on the issues being discussed.
Then the individual delegate to the ADM votes as according to the committee votes, but the whole number of the association is taken into consideration when the final votes are counted.
Therefore 225 members who couldn’t care less what happens have their vote counted to coincide with the committee votes.
Is that fair?
Is that democracy?
Just a thought.