EASTERN ALPACA GROUP CHARTER
Agreed at the EAG Meeting on 21st July 2015
- The Eastern Alpaca Group (EAG) was founded in June 2015 to promote and represent the interests of alpaca owners and breeders as well as others interested in alpacas and/or their products (such as vets, fibre processors, fabric designers, etc.) in the East of England by:
- Sharing information and experience
- Keeping up-to-date with best practice
- Facilitating practical self-help
- Representing members’ interests
- Organizing shows, talks, visits, etc.
- Helping to develop the market for alpacas, their fibre and finished products.
- Membership of the group should be open to alpaca owners, breeders and enthusiasts resident in the East of England which is defined as the counties of (or parts of) Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.
- The Committee will comprise:
- A minimum of three committee members.
The Committee members will all be allocated specific responsibilities and will represent EAG on the following BAS sub committees:
- Media and Marketing
- Training and Education
- Regional Organizers
- Members of the Committee will normally serve for a minimum period of two years, with changes in the committee membership usually occurring immediately post an AGM. Once a year, prior to the AGM, members will be invited to express an interest in serving on the Committee. The Chairman, advised by members of the current Committee, will form a new management group as appropriate.
- The Chairman will be appointed by the members of the Committee. The Committee will meet a minimum of twice a year, with the Secretary maintaining formal meeting minutes made available to all EAG members by publication on the EAG website or by post on request – this may incur a postal charge.
- EAG will hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM), normally in June, to which all members are invited. The date of the AGM is to be publicized well in advance. A full agenda is to be circulated to all members prior to the AGM to encourage attendance and discussion as appropriate. Members who are unable to attend the AGM are invited to express their views in writing to a member of the Committee in advance of the AGM. A record of decisions will be maintained of the AGM for circulation to all members through the website.
- EAG is a non-profit making organization, which is run for the benefit of the members, who will pay an annual subscription covering a single address, payable on 1st June each year. The level of subscription is to be reviewed annually at the AGM, based on a presentation by the Treasurer summarizing the balance of income and expenditure over the previous year, concluding with a recommendation of a suitable annual subscription rate by the Committee. The EAG account is not subject to formal audit but is to be reviewed by a third party, appointed by the Chairman, prior to the AGM to ensure that all entries are correctly recorded and fully documented and that the account ledgers are fully supported by the bank balance. A certificate to this effect, signed by the auditor, is to be furnished to the Chairman prior to the AGM. The Treasurer is to provide a statement of financial affairs at all committee meetings.
- The Group should seek to maintain sufficient funds to allow the organization to be financially self-sufficient and to underwrite the financial risk associated with the organization of a major event, a meeting with an international speaker, a show, sale or auction. In the event of surplus funds being available the cash flow is to be adjusted by:
- An adjustment in the subscription rate.
- A donation to a suitable charity or foundation directly associated with the alpaca industry.
- EAG funds are currently held in a Community Account with Barclays Bank PLC, with the trustees and single signatories being the Treasurer or Secretary plus one EAG committee member.
- The Group will hold an annual programme of events to meet the needs of members. Events will include a range of training days, hosted by members who have facilities appropriate to the event or local facilities, which may include the hire of venues. Any training days will cover such subjects as basic husbandry, breeding for quality, fibre management, halter training and showing alpacas, pasture management, processing and finished products and veterinary issues. Member’s views on suitable subjects will be welcome at any time and the demand will be assessed each year at the AGM.
- Notification of training events will be via the EAG Newsletter and headed announcements, published electronically through Facebook, Email, EAG Website and BAS Website, with returns normally co-ordinated by the Secretary. Attendance at training events will normally be limited to members only, although guests may attend when space permits. Maximum attendance at each event will be published, as part of the promulgation of details and attendance will be on a first come/book basis. Costs for guests or non-members may be charged at a higher rate.
- EAG will endeavor to assist members in the sale or purchase of alpacas through advertising in the Newsletter and Website.
- The Secretary will be responsible for the maintenance of a database containing members’ details. This database is to be maintained in accordance with the Data Protection Act and all members will be invited to confirm annually the extent to which they agree for their contact details to be publicized on the EAG website. Full contact details will only be available to committee members and may not be reproduced or released to other parties.
- E-mail distribution will be used whenever possible for ease and to reduce administrative costs and environmental impact. EAG events will also be publicized via the group’s web site https://easternalpacagroupuk.org/, sometimes in conjunction with British Alpaca Society updates.
- Distribution of information from third parties, e g details of shows etc. will be co-ordinated by the Secretary in such a way as to ensure that the integrity of the members’ database is maintained. In such circumstances third parties may be invited to meet additional postage costs incurred.
- The Editor of the Newsletter is responsible for the production of up to four editions each year, which will form the primary means of communication within the group, and to which all members may contribute. The newsletter will normally include the following:
- Forthcoming events
- Welcome to new members
- Amendments to the contacts list
- Vets notes, husbandry articles
- Reports on recent events
- Classified advertisements, submitted by members.
The discretion over the suitability of an advertisement for inclusion in the newsletter rests with the Editor who should be aware of the limitations of the e-distribution system to members. Members may also forward hard copies of other information, directly linked to alpacas, to the Secretary for inclusion in a mail shot.
- The web site will include the following information:
- A calendar of known events for the forthcoming year
- Reference articles of interest to members and potential members
- A list of current EAG members, complete with contact details as requested by members on their renewal forms
- A current list of committee members with contact details
- A list of vets within the EAG area who are used by EAG members and therefore should have some knowledge of alpacas
- Advertisements for products or services which may be of interest to EAG members.
Links to the British Alpaca Society