Membership of the Society
WAGS Constitution Article 6 sets out the Membership Classes of the Society, and rules surrounding membership:
6. (1) Membership of the Society shall consist of the following classes:
(a) Ordinary Member: This class shall be open to all persons interested in the objects of the Society. All such members shall be entitled to the full privileges of membership and may move motions and vote on all matters coming before the Society and shall be eligible for election to any office. (Join here)
(b) Fellow: This class shall be reserved for ordinary members who, having rendered outstanding service in the study and practice of genealogy and/or family history, may upon recommendation of the Committee be elected to such rank at an Annual General Meeting. (Amended 2003)
(c) Life Member: This class shall be reserved for ordinary members who, having rendered outstanding service to the Society, may, upon the recommendation of the Committee, be elected to such rank at an Annual General Meeting. In the case of a Fellow being so elected the member shall be known as a Life Fellow.
(d) Honorary Member: This class of membership shall be limited to persons who are involved in the study and practice of genealogy and/or family history and have been proposed by a member of the Committee and elected by a majority of the Committee present at a meeting thereof. Honorary Members shall be entitled for such period as the Committee may determine on election to all privileges and rights of membership excepting the right to vote at any meeting of the Society, or to hold office in the Society. (Amended 2003)
(e) Corporate Member: This class shall be open to all corporate bodies who are interested in the objects of the Society. A Corporate member shall be represented by two natural persons (nominated representatives) who shall be entitled to the same privileges as an Ordinary Member except that they shall not be eligible for election to any office.
(f) Affiliated Society Member: This class shall be open to any incorporated organisation, formed with a principal object of promoting and participating in the study and research of genealogy, family history, heraldry and allied subjects, and which is bound by a constitution, rules or by-laws approved by its members. An Affiliated Society member shall be represented in the Society by a representative who shall be entitled to the same privileges as an Ordinary Member except they cannot move or second motions, vote or hold office. (Amended 2012) [Applicable to Western Australian Societies only] (Download Application Form here38.89 KB)
(g) Associate Member: This class shall be open to any organisation, or other body interested in the objects of the society. Associate Members shall be represented in the Society by a representative who shall be entitled to the same privileges as an Ordinary Member except they cannot move or second motions, vote or hold office. (Amended 2012) (Download Application Form here33.89 KB)
(2) Any person, corporate body, company, institution, society or association whose application for membership is approved by the Committee is eligible to be a member of the Society.
(3) Application for membership shall be made in writing, signed by the applicant and shall be in such form as the Committee from time to time may prescribe and shall be accompanied by the annual subscriptionand joining fee if applicable. (Amended 2013)
(4) As soon as practical after the receipt of any application for membership, such application shall be considered by the Committee, who shall thereupon determine by a simple majority the acceptance or rejection of the application.
(5) Any person whose application for membership is refused shall be entitled to a refund of the monies paid with the application and to require the Committee to state the reasons for which membership has been refused, and shall have the right to have the application reconsidered by the next ensuing Annual General Meeting of members. (Amended 2013)
(6a) Upon application being approved by the Committee the Membership Officer shall, with as little delay as possible, provide the applicant with documentation relating to Society membership. (Amended 2013)
(6b) The applicant’s name will be entered in the register of members kept by the Membership Officer. (Amended 2013)
(7) A member of the Society may, at any time, resign from the Society by providing written notice of resignation to the Membership Officer. (Amended 2013)
(8) Upon receipt of a notice under sub-rule (7) of this rule, the Membership Officer shall remove the name of the member from the Register of Members, whereupon that member ceases to be a member of the Society. (Amended 2013)
(9) A right, privilege, or obligation of a person by virtue of his membership of the Society:
(a) is not capable of being transferred or transmitted to another person, corporate body, company, institution, society or association; and
(b) terminates upon the cessation of membership, whether by death, resignation, or otherwise.
(10) The liability of the members of the Society is limited.
(11) The Membership Officer shall remove from the Register of Members the name of any member whose subscription is more than six months in arrears. (Amended 2013)