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BY-LAWS of the 


Amended 1966, 1990, 1997 and 2008


     The name of the organization shall be the Iowa Honey Producers Association. (As amended at the 1966 annual meeting from Iowa Beekeepers Association - Organized December 12, 1912.)


     The objects of this Association shall be to coordinate the interest of the beekeepers of Iowa and bring them into closer relationship of mutual helpfulness by association, conference and correspondence; to sponsor legislation for the benefit and protection of the industry; to assist in the dissemination of information on the control of diseases; to inform the members and the public of the valuable use of honey as well as the importance of the honey bee in relation to the pollination of agricultural crops, and to support every effort to promote the advancement of the beekeeping industry.


     SECTION 1.  Anyone interested in the beekeeping industry is entitled to a membership in this organization.

     SECTION 2.  The annual membership dues in the Association shall be determined by a majority vote of those present at the annual business meeting. The membership dues in the association shall entitle the holder membership from January 1 until December 31.


     SECTION 1.  The officers of this Association shall be a president, a vice-president, secretary, treasurer and historian.  There will also be seven directors, one of which will be the immediate past president.  All officers will hold office for one year and be elected at large from the State of Iowa. Each officer or director shall be 21 years of age or older. Six directors shall be elected, three each year for two year terms.  The immediate past president shall remain as a director until the election of another president.  The six directors, excluding the past president, shall be elected, one from each district of Iowa, with these districts corresponding to the six 1990 U.S. Congressional Districts*.  All officers and directors shall be elected by the general membership present at the annual meeting.

     SECTION 2.  The officers and directors shall constitute the Executive Board.  The State Apiarist shall be an ex-officio voting member of the Executive Board.

     SECTION 3.  Any vacancies on the Executive Board shall be filled by the Executive Board for the un-expired term.

     SECTION 4.  Newly elected officers and directors shall assume responsibilities of such officers at the close of the annual meeting.


     SECTION 1.  The Executive Board shall meet at the call of the president or upon written request from half or more of members of the Executive Board.  Such written request shall be sent to the Association secretary.  Five or more board members shall constitute a quorum.

     SECTION 2.  The annual meeting shall be held at the time and place selected by the Executive Board.


     SECTION 1.  The president shall preside at all meetings, appoint all committee chairmen and perform such other duties as pertain to the office. The president shall  concur with respective chairmen on completing committee personnel.

     SECTION 2.  In the absence of the president, the vice president shall perform the duties of the president.

     SECTION 3.  The secretary and the treasurer shall keep the records of the  Association, handle all funds and carry on all business of the Association. Their activities shall be under the direction of the Executive Board. They shall close their books on September 30. A report will be given at the Annual Meeting concerning Association finances. The annual review will be published in the Association newsletter.

     SECTION 4.  The historian will assemble historical Iowa beekeeping information in an orderly fashion, store it in a safe place and make it accessible to those requesting it. In addition, new information will be assembled and added each year to ascertain a usable history of Iowa beekeeping.


     The by-laws may be amended at any annual meeting by a two-thirds vote of the members present, providing proposed amendments have been presented in writing to the members at least ten days before the annual meeting.


     It shall be the duty of the Executive Board to cancel any activities of this Association found in the by-laws which they deem advisable during any emergency.

*A map of the 1990 U. S. Congressional Districts is attached and is a part of these by-laws.

(Amended 1966, 1990, 1997 and 2008)

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