|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° 1.355 dated 23rd December 2008. 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 the association continued quietly to help those in need in any way possible.
A Community Support committee comprising of volunteers has been active from the earliest times. Originally called the Assistance Fund Sub-Committee it was formally recorded that "as a matter of principle the Relief Fund should not be used to assist gamblers!." Today's Community Support Team maintains the same standards of confidentiality as then, and implements a formal procedure for assessing every case.
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 the Social Events programmes reflect this change, in the variety and number of activities undertaken. The Events Team 'dry run' all proposed activities to ensure all events run smoothly.