As a national body it is extremely important that the British Koi Keepers Society provides support for the local Koi Clubs. We consider these Clubs are a vital part of the hobby and it should be our role to provide a central infrastructure to assist them wherever possible.
One of the biggest issues we needed to address was the relationship between the Society and affiliated Clubs, known as Sections. It was very clear that we needed to find a simpler way both to finance and manage the relationship to ensure we could provide the support needed both for existing Sections and also to encourage the independent Clubs which aren’t currently a part of the BKKS.
What is a Section?
Historically Sections were formed when a group of BKKS members formed a Koi Club, and it was a requirement that to be a member of the local Section, you were also required to be a BKKS member. Over the years this requirement has been modified to the point whereby a Section is only required to have 1 BKKS member.
What does the BKKS already offer Sections?
It is worth noting the many things the BKKS provide are already setup and available to the Sections.
- The Society website provides contact details for Sections, and current on-going developments of our new website are also taking into consideration how we can further assist the Sections in terms of communication and self-promotion.
- The BKKS National Koi Show also provides the opportunity for Sections to promote themselves, both by attending and having free stand space, and through free advertising in the show programme.
- We provide funding to support the training of BKKS Judges, who are then available for Section shows and talks.
National Committee Meeting – September 2019
Twice a year the BKKS holds National Committee Meetings (NCM) where representatives from each Section have the opportunity to attend and discuss things as a group, along with the BKKS Committee. For 2019 the National Committee meetings will be held in different parts of the county to assist members to attend, see the Events page for up to date information.
What is required to be a Section from 2019?
We had already identified that the only logical way forward was to set a simple annual affiliation fee for Sections, which would reflect what was actually provided and the cost incurred, and this had already been agreed at the Annual General Meeting. Therefore the main purpose of the meeting was to agree the actual cost and the benefits, which would be provided in return. It was important to us that this took place in consultation with the Sections, rather than being dictated by the Society.
- Sections will pay an annual fee of £200, which includes insurance cover. or a reduced fee of £150 for early payment ( i.e. by the end of February)
- There will no longer be a requirement for the Section to have “x” number of BKKS members, and instead only one Section Officer must be a member of the BKKS.
- Each Section will be able to send one representative to the National Committee Meetings – this person has to be a BKKS member – but can be the Officer indicated above.
- Sections will be entitled to hire non-electrical equipment at a small charge plus travel costs for the Equipment Officer.
- To assist Sections who hold shows we have gone back to the charge per vat for JSC members this is currently only £6 per vat. This is to help Sections in budgeting for their Show as they now have a fixed price. For the vast majority of sections this will be a reduction in charges.
New Section benefits
As you will see below we are also actively looking at new initiatives to help Sections, and see this as an on-going process:
Reduced BKKS fees for Section members
As part of our support to BKKS Sections, we offer Section members a discounted BKKS membership fee of £2. With every subscription fee there is a cost to the Society in processing the payment and also postage of the membership pack. Where Sections are willing to undertake some of this administration and collect the payments to be sent once a year, and receive the membership packs to distribute to members, this would allow us to reduce our costs and pass these savings on to the Section members. We have therefore agreed that Sections will be able to offer a reduced BKKS membership fee of £15 per year.
Does your Koi Club want to become a Section?
If you would like your Club to become a Section of the BKKS then all you need to do is apply via email to firstname.lastname@example.org giving as much information as possible about your Club and its activities. Your application to become a Section of the BKKS will then be considered at the next available Committee Meeting.
Support for our ordinary members
For your membership fee the BKKS produces an online magazine, normally on a quarterly basis, which is available to view in our members area.
We have also an arrangement with K.O.I. who run courses on all aspects of koi keeping, this enables members to get a wide range of courses at half price. Here is a link for information on their courses. https://koiorganisationinternational.org/courses
In 2018 we organised a Grow & Show competition for BKKS members, which is to be judged in October this year and we are hoping to be able to offer something for 2020.
We are also currently working on providing a high quality health advice service via the members area. This is currently under development.
We hope to do more, but it is dependent on finding members who are willing to get involved. If you feel you have the time and inclination to help please email the Chairman at email@example.com