|History of BAM|
The British Association of Monaco (BAM) was founded in 1935, and at the Committee meeting of 14th January, 1936, the Chairman announced that the Government of the Principality had authorised the formation of the Association and approved the Statutes.
The Statutes have since been revised a number of times, and today, BAM is a Monaco Association under the authority of Law N° 1072 dated 27th June 1984. Its current Statutes were registered under Arrêté Ministériel 2002-335.
As with other similar Associations, BAM's fortunes have risen and fallen over time. During the difficult war years, it made representations to the Consular community and to the Princely Government on behalf of the British residents, although there is a gap in the records from 1941 to 1945. It is clear, though, that it continued quietly to help those in need in any way possible.
It has had a Community Support section from the earliest times, known at first as the Assistance Fund Sub-Committee, and it was minuted that "as a matter of principle the Relief Fund should not be used to assist gamblers." Today's community support team is run to the same standards of confidentiality as then, and is if anything even more careful to give help only to the truly deserving.
The profile of BAM members and the image of the Association have evolved over the years. Today BAM has more members, from a wider range of ages and lifestyles, than ever before, and both its community support and Social Events programmes reflect this change, in the variety and number of activities they undertake.