On behalf of the Executive, a Special General Meeting (SGM) of the British Columbia Powerlifting Association (BCPA) is to be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Air Cadet Building (32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford commencing at 4:00pm, following the first day of the Fall Classic Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships.
This SGM is open to all members in good standing. It is important that a quorum is achieved for this meeting, in order for our decisions to be validated. As per the current BCPA Constitution, under section 3:05, the notice shall be given to every member no later than fourteen days before the special meeting. A quorum for the transaction of business at this SGM shall be 5% of the membership.
On November 28, 2016, the Societies Act came into effect and governs how societies (not-for-profit corporations) are created and run in B.C. The Act includes significant updates to allow for more flexibility in how societies operate, while still protecting the public interest. As a result, all Societies must transition to comply with the new Act. Since the BCPA is a society governed within the laws of British Columbia, we must make this transition and must do so before November 28, 2018. However, in order to make this transition, the changes to the designation of the society and the changes to the Constitution and By-Laws must be voted on by the BCPA membership.
The links below detail out the proposed changes to the Constitution and By-Laws and Agenda as well as the current Constitution. The primary changes to these documents are that the Constitution and By-Laws will be filed at the Corporate Registry as two separate documents instead of one document. As well, the Constitution will only contain the name of our society and the purpose. Anything else will be put into the By-Laws. All proposed changes/additions to the By-Laws are highlighted in yellow.
The most significant change to the Society is to determine whether the BCPA wishes to designate itself as a “member-funded” society. The Guide to the Transition Process is attached below. On page 4 of the Guide, it sets out the differences between the “member-funded societies” or “other societies”.
Any questions or discussions regarding the transition or changes to the Constitution and By-Laws can be made at the Special General Meeting.
As a result of this significant change to the society, I ask that you all please try to make an effort to attend this Meeting. The above items need to be voted on and approved in order for the society to make this transition to comply with the new Act.