2. TYPES AND CONDITIONS OF MEMBERSHIP

2.1 BMFA Membership
Membership is available to all applicants. Those over 18 years of age on the 1st January of the year of membership are Senior members, those younger than this are Juniors (but have full membership status).
Note: In exceptional circumstances, the BMFA Council reserves the right to refuse membership applications.
2.2 Country Members.
These are Individual members not belonging to a BMFA Affiliated club and are known as Country Members.
Note: Due to the structure of the BMFA only Affilated Clubs have a vote at the AGM or any EGM (number of votes based on number of club members) other than the election of the Club Officers, where one vote per member applies. So to have your complete say you need to join a club.
2.3 Family Membership
This is available to families living at the same address. To qualify for family membership, one senior member must register as ‘Head of Family’; a spouse/partner and all children 18 years old or less on the 1st January of the year of membership can then register as family members at a reduced fee. Family membership is open to both club and country members. All family members have full membership status but only the ‘Head of Family’ receives a copy of BMFA News.
2.4 Fellowship and Honorary Membership
These are two different classes of membership which are awarded to a few people in cases of special merit. Fellowship is, in fact, the highest honour awarded by the Association and is awarded for meritorious work within the BMFA to a maximum of two people each year by the Annual General Meeting.
2.5 Membership Period.
The normal period of membership is from 1st January to 31st December in each year. Applications for membership part way through the year may be subject to a reduced membership fee as decided from time to time by BMFA Council. The membership fees are agreed each year at the Annual General Meeting of the Society.
2.6 Competition Entry.
Full members of the BMFA may enter the contests and events organised by BMFA on payment of the entry fee. Evidence of membership must be shown to an authorised BMFA official if requested.
2.7 Fees and Benefits.
The categories, term and benefits of membership are occasionally modified as the Association develops. When in doubt about the current fees or benefits, please contact the BMFA’s Leicester office where the staff will be pleased to provide you with all the information you or your club require about joining the Association

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