The Rules on Membership
- Division 1—Membership
8 Who is eligible to be a member
Any person who supports the purposes of the Association is eligible for membership.
9 Application for membership
(1) To apply to become a member of the Association, a person must submit
a written application to the Committee stating that the person—
(a) wishes to become a member of the Association; and
(b) supports the purposes of the Association; and
(c) agrees to follow the teachings and advice given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama; and
(d) agrees to comply with these Rules.
(2) The application—
(a) must be made by the applicant in writing in the form set out in Appendix 1 to these rules, and
(b) must be signed by the applicant; and
(c) must be accompanied by the joining fee; and
(d) must be lodged with the secretary of the Association.
10 Consideration of application
(1) As soon as practicable after an application for membership is received,
the Committee must decide by resolution whether to accept or reject the application.
(1) In determining whether to approve or reject the nomination, the Committee may require the nominee to enter an undertaking, written or unwritten, that demonstrates the nominee’s commitment to uphold the purposes of the Association.
(3) The Committee must notify the applicant in writing of its decision as
soon as practicable after the decision is made
(4) If the Committee rejects the application, it must return any money
accompanying the application to the applicant.
(5) No reason need be given for the rejection of an application.
11 New membership
(1) If an application for membership is approved by the Committee—
(a) the resolution to accept the membership must be recorded in the minutes of the committee meeting; and
(b) the Secretary must, as soon as practicable, enter the name and address of the new member, and the date of becoming a member, in the register of members.
(2) A person becomes a member of the Association and, subject to rule 13(2), is entitled to exercise his or her rights of membership from the date, whichever is the later, on which—
(a) the Committee approves the person’s membership; or
(b) the person pays the joining fee.
Prior to the 2019 AGM, I wrote to the Secretary to ask who was a legitimate Member according to the Rules [my email to Secretary]. The response was quite problematic, in that he answered none of the 9 specific questions I asked but instead claimed that "we have treated everyone who has applied to join as a member of TI in good faith. Indeed, we have not seen any direct evidence to suggest why we should take the opposing view".
It is not good enough to rely on "good faith" when the Rules are clear as to how Membership is to be attained.