Grades of Membership

There will be three grades of membership in the Association.

A Full Membership

a) Conditions of Full Membership:
1.university qualifications in rural development at the Bachelor’s level or higher, or in related disciplines.
2.payment of an annual membership fee, with a reduced fee for full-time students, to be determined at the Annual General Meeting.

b) Rights of Full Members:
Full members are entitled to engage in full participation in all functions of the Association, including full voting rights at general meetings, and the right to stand for any office or committee within the terms of this Constitution.

B Honorary Membership

a)Conditions of Honorary Membership:
The Committee shall have the power to propose distinguished individuals for honorary membership of the Association, such proposal to be put to the members of the Association and shall require a two-thirds majority of members present and voting at the Annual General Meeting.
b)Rights of Honorary Members:
Honorary members shall have all the rights of members except voting rights at general meetings and eligibility for election to all offices and the Executive Committee.

C Student Membership

a) Conditions of Student Membership:
Student membership is open to all (full-time or part time) students of rural development or related discipline courses leading to a degree at a recognised third-level institution.
b) Rights of Student Members:
Student members shall have all the rights of members except voting rights at general meetings and eligibility for election to all offices and the Executive Committee.