Your annual membership fee has three components: the OBKA membership fee, a capitation fee which is paid to the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) and gives you full membership of that organisation and finally an insurance fee covering hive losses. This latter fee is paid to Bee Disease Insurance Ltd (BDI). (Some members also make a voluntary contribution to research projects at the same time as taking out membership.)
Membership Renewal 2020
In 2020, OBKA/BBKA/BDI is changing the processes for membership renewals and enrolments from the current paper based system to an online system. The new system, which is called eR2, keeps all membership records in a central database which is secure and complies with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). We have used this system for over one year to store your members records and it has now been extended to cover enrolment, membership renewal and payment of membership fees.
It is envisaged that the new system will streamline the renewal and enrolment process and reduce the workload of the Membership Secretary (MemSec) and the Treasurer.
At the start of December, you will receive an email through eR2 inviting you to renew your membership with OBKA. If you choose to renew, you will be given a link to an er2 page showing your membership record and be given an opportunity to update it if there has been a change, e.g. change in address. After you have updated your membership record you will submit your renewal to the MemSec for approval. You will then be directed to a page giving you our bank account details so that you can make a payment by BACS. For those of you who don’t use or have access to the BACS payment process payment by cheque could be arranged if absolutely necessary.
When payment has been received, the MemSec will send you a receipt, the BDI certificate confirming that you have insurance cover and your membership record. Please note that neither BBKA nor OBKA issue membership cards as was the case a few years ago.