RETAIL & WHOLESALE
OF NEW ZEALAND INC.
2 November 1989 revised 26 March 1990
DRAFT BY-LAWS FOR RETAIL AND WHOLESALE MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION BRANCH OPERATIONS
The following draft by-laws, for consideration by the Board of Directors and the various branches within the Association, are designed to cover the establishment, disestablishment and operations of branches. Because of the size and nature of the different interest groups within the Association, these by-laws will be of a general nature in many instances.
The philosophy behind them is that a group of members may request the Association to approve the formation of a branch and that this request will be considered and approved, or declined, by the Board of Directors. The Association must retain the right to disestablish a branch, because it is eventually responsible for the finances of the branch. This should not preclude the disestablishment of a branch by its members. The financing of a branch is to be by the Association by way of a grant to run an imprest account, and this should be on the basis of an annual budget. The budget should be submitted to the Board of Directors at a pre-determined time and will be subject to negotiation with the branch. It should not preclude branches raising funds of its own, but will preclude the branch from levying or raising additional subscriptions in its area.
a) At the request of a group of members, the Board of Directors will investigate and if considered appropriate may approve the establishment of a branch of the Association;
b) The geographical boundaries and/or trade interests to be covered by the branch will be agreed between the Board and the branch committee.
The objectives of a branch are:
a) to provide a local regional organisation for merchants and others engaged in trade in distribution;
b) to represent and promote the interests of merchants and others engaged in trade in distribution;
c) to provide services and goods that will assist merchants and others engaged in trade in distribution.
a) The membership of a branch will be those financial members of the Association operating within the agreed boundaries;
b) The classes of membership will be those provided for in the Association’s rules. (Refer to Association Rule 4 a,b,c,d);
c) Applications and terminations of membership will be made to the Association as per Rule 5 and 6.