The March 2017 Newsletter is now available
Tree Fruit Production Guide Grower Meetings:
Monday, March 6, 2017 from 930 am- 1130 am
Summerland Research Centre (SuRDC), 4200 Highway #97, South, Summerland, BC
Monday, March 6, 2017 from 2 pm- 4 pm
Winfield Memorial Hall, 10130 Bottom Wood Lake Rd, Lake Country, BC
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Oliver Rec Centre, 6359 Park Dr, Oliver, BC
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
Cawston Hall, 2199 Main St, Cawston, BC (location may change if hotspot wifi does not work)
Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 7 pm- 9 pm
Erickson Room, Creston Recreation Center, 312 19 Ave N, Creston, BC
Cherry Export Growers:
There will be Help Sessions to assist growers with filling out the CFIA applications on the following dates;
March 13 – 9am-11am at the Keremeos Receiving Station
March 13 – 1pm-3pm at the Oliver Growers Supply
March 14 – 9am-11am at the Summerland Receiving Station
March 14 – 1pm-3pm at the Penticton Growers Supply Field Service office – upstairs
March 16 – 8am-4pm at the Kelowna Vaughan Ave Field Service office
BCTF growers in the Creston area can contact Duane Holder (250-428-1742) if they need help with their CFIA application.
Packinghouse Regional Meeting Dates:
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 1:00 PM
Ramada Hotel, 2170 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
Thursday, March 16, 2017 1:00 PM
Penticton Trade & Convention Centre
273 Power Street, Penticton
October 7, 2016
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE 9th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE BC TREE FRUITS COOPERATIVE WILL BE HELD ON:
THURSDAY OCTOBER 27, 2016 AT 1:00 P.M.
At the PEACHLAND Community Center, 4450 6TH Street, Peachland, BC promptly at the hour of 1:00 P.M. for the following purposes:
- To approve the minutes of the BC Tree Fruits Cooperative October 27, 2015 Annual General Meeting.
- Business arising from the minutes.
- To receive the Financial Statements and Auditors’ Report for the year ended May 31, 2016.
- Motion to approve the Financial Statements and appoint the Auditors for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
- To receive the Report of the Directors and Management for the year 2015-2016.
- Election of four Directors – two Directors from the Southern Region and two Directors from the Northern Region as defined in the Rules of the BC Tree Fruits Cooperative (the boundary between the north and south regions is the northern boundary of the District of Summerland).
Three Directors have terms expiring at the Annual General Meeting, namely Nirmal Dhaliwal (Southern Region), Malcolm Mitchell and Jora Dhaliwal (Northern Region). There is a vacant seat (Southern Region) that needs to be filled.
Prior to voting, Nominees will have the opportunity to address the Members.
Government issued picture identification will be required to be shown by members in order to receive a voting device for the election of Directors. Registration for voting will close at 2:00 pm.
- Special and New Business to be considered.
Copies of the Audited Financial Statements and the Directors’ Report for the year ended May 31, 2016 and the minutes described above can be picked up at any BCTFC packinghouse office beginning Monday October 17, 2016. You may also request a copy be emailed or mailed to you by contacting Susan Keetley by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or (250) 470-4263 after October 17th.
Please be advised that Nominations for Directors has now closed.
The following individuals are running for the four open Director positions (two in the Southern Region, two in the Northern Region).
Click on the name to read the biography of the Director nominees, copies of which will be available at the Annual General Meeting.
Southern Region Northern Region
Each of the Director Nominees will be given an opportunity to address the membership before voting commences.
Rule 67 of the BC Tree Fruits Cooperative Rules states “Any member who is legally or medically incapacitated may appoint a representative who is not a member to vote in the same manner as if he or she were the member if, at least 48 hours before the meeting at which the representative proposes to vote, he or she provides evidence to the satisfaction of the directors of his or her representative capacity.”
Completed and signed Representation Appointment Forms must be submitted to the Legal Counsel (Anita Boehm 1473 Water Street, Kelowna BC, V1Y 1J6) not less than 48 hours before the time set for the Annual General Meeting. Representation Appointment Forms may be obtained at any BCTFC Packinghouse office. You may also request a copy by contacting Susan Keetley by email at email@example.com or (250) 470-4263.
Rule #60 of the BCTFC rules states “The only persons entitled to be present at a general meeting are those entitled to vote at that meeting, the Auditor of the Association, if any, and others who are entitled or required under any provision of the Act or these Rules to be present.”
Rule #61 of the BCTFC rules states “A person who is not entitled to be present at a general meeting under Rule 60 may be admitted to a meeting only on the invitation of the chair or with the consent of the members at the meeting.”
If you wish to bring a guest, please contact Susan Keetley prior to Tuesday October 25th by email at firstname.lastname@example.org in writing stating the name of your guest and the reason for their attendance.
All guests who are not pre-approved will not be allowed entry to the meeting.
TOP FIVE GROWER RECOGNITION
We will be recognizing the top 5 growers of the following varieties; Ambrosia, Gala, McIntosh, Spartan, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Fuji, Pink Lady, HoneyCrisp and Golden Delicious. The #1 grower of each variety will receive a gift certificate from Growers Supply. Are you one of them? Attend the AGM to see who the top growers are.
We will also be announcing the winner of the ‘Who’s #1 Contest’ for those that played.
Food, refreshments and Cider will be served following the meeting.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Chief Financial Officer
Any member of the Association may nominate a candidate who meets the requirements for Director by depositing an original completed nomination form by mail or in person to Anita Boehm, Corporate Counsel, 1473 Water Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1J6 Fax 250-762-5571 or email@example.com. Rule 81 requires that the nomination form must be received at least 14 days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, before the time for holding the meeting at which the elections are to occur. For this meeting the deadline is 1:00 pm Thursday, October 6, 2016. Click here for Nomination package
A person whose term as Director is ending is eligible for re-election or reappointment, without the need of a nomination by simply declaring their intention to run. The Directors whose terms expire at the upcoming Annual General Meeting are Nirmal Dhaliwal and one vacant seat for the Southern Region and Malcolm Mitchell and Jora Dhaliwal for the Northern Region.
Director Eligibility Requirements
Part 13 of the BCTF Cooperative Rules dictates the eligibility requirements of directors. In particular see the following 2 rules:
- Age Restriction
In addition to the other requirements set out in the Act, an individual is not qualified to become or act as a director of the Association if that individual is under the age of 18 years.
- Number of directors
(1) The Association must have at least 6 and not more than 10 directors, of which:
(a) a majority must be individuals ordinarily resident in Canada;
(b) a majority must be individuals who are not employees of the Association;
(c) not less than 3 and not more than 5 must be ordinarily resident in each of the South Region and the North Region;
(d) to the extent possible, there must be an equal number of directors from each of the North Region and the South Region; and
(e) all of the directors of the Association must:
be members of the Association or individuals authorized under section 32 of the Act to act on behalf of the government, a first nation or a corporation;
be an active farmer on an orchard;
possess full service contracts for all apples, pears and stone fruits in which they have an interest (charitable donations & non-commercial fruit excepted) and further to such contracts must:
have delivered a minimum $60,000 in pool close earnings from tree fruit crops for the past 2 years; and
show potential to maintain $30,000 in pool close earnings per year for their entire term as director; and
otherwise be in good standing with the Association.
(2) The number of directors may be changed within the limits set out in sub rule (1) by ordinary resolution of the members.
In addition to these Rules, Board policy, adopted in August 2012, requires that all members nominated for election to the Board of Directors of BC Tree Fruits Cooperative, submit a written biography prior to and for distribution at the Annual General Meeting.
The following details should be included in all typed Director Nominee Biography submissions for the membership’s review, and deposited along with the Nomination Form & an electronic photograph with the Corporate Counsel (Anita Boehm 1473 Water Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y1J6, Fax 250-762-5571 or firstname.lastname@example.org) by 1pm on October 6, 2016.