Membership Information Article II – Membership
Section 1. Eligibility.
Membership shall be open to all persons 18 years of age and older who are in good standing with The American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes of this club. An Associate Junior Membership is also offered to persons 12 years and up to 17 years of age who exhibit an interest and subscribe to the purposes of the club. While membership is to be unrestricted as to residence, the club’s primary purpose is to be representative of the breeders and exhibitors in its’ immediate area. The club offers five types of membership; Full, Associate, Associate Junior, Family and Supporting. Associate, Associate Junior and Supporting membership will not affect quorum voting at meetings. Family memberships are two or more people living in the same household. They can apply as Full, Associate, Associate Junior or Supporting members within the Family membership category.
Section 2. Membership Requirements.
All members are encouraged to work at least two club events per year. All Full members must attend at least one meeting per year and be current on their dues. In addition, a Full member must either hold an office, chair a major committee or be on two committees at two different events. In order to maintain an Associate, Associate Junior, Family or Supporting membership one must be current on annual dues. Associate members who work at least one event per year will have the additional privilege of listing litters on the club website. Supporting members receive the club newsletter but have no voting or listing privileges. Associate Junior members are required to attend club functions with a supervising adult. Non-members may request an electronic subscription to Pawsitively News, the club newsletter, for the cost of $15 per year.
Section 3. Dues.
Membership dues shall be established on an annual basis as approved by the Board of Directors, payable on or before the 1st day of November of each year. Dues for all membership categories are the same per person as set on a yearly basis. New members joining after September 1st will be considered paid through the following year. No member may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year. During the month of September the Treasurer shall send to each member a statement of dues for the ensuing year.
Section 4. Election to Membership. Each applicant for membership shall apply on a form as approved by the Board of Directors, which shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by the constitution, bylaws and rules of the American Kennel Club. The application shall state the applicant’s name, address and occupation and the type of member ship desired (Full, Associate, Junior Associate, Supporting or Family). The applicant shall provide letters of endorsement from two members in good standing. Applicants for Family membership shall only require two letters of endorsement per family. A ($30) thirty dollar non-refundable application fee per person must be submitted with form and that fee will be applied upon acceptance to applicants first year of membership dues. All applications are to be filed with the Membership Chair. Each application is to be read at the first meeting of the club following its receipt provided that the applicant is present at that meeting. At the next club meeting which the applicant attends (this applies to Full, Associate, Associate Junior, Family), the second reading of the application shall occur. Supporting member applications require no second reading and the prospective member does not have to attend a meeting for their applications to be acted upon. For Full, Associate, Associate Junior, Family, and Supporting membership, affirmative votes of 2/3 of the members present and voting by secret ballot at that meeting shall be required to elect the applicant. Applicants who have been rejected by the club may not reapply within six months of such rejection. (a) Membership type or category change: Members requesting a change to their membership type; Full, Associate, Associate Junior, Family or Supporting, must submit a petition in writing to the Membership Chair. The petition is to be read at the first meeting of the club, following its receipt. Those petitioning for a change to Full membership must meet the aforementioned criteria listed under Article II, Section 2. Changes will not be accepted after the September meeting until the next club year that starts in November. A first reading shall be required for an Associate Member to become a Full Member but voting is not required. Full members that are requesting to be recorded as Associate Members will have their petition read at the first meeting of the club following it’s receipt and at that time the change will take effect.
Section 5. Termination of Membership .
Memberships may be terminated:
(a) By resignation. Any member in good standing may resign from the club upon written notice to the Secretary; but no member may resign when in debt to the club. Dues obligations are considered a debt to the club and they are incurred on the first day of each fiscal year.
(b) By lapsing. A membership shall be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such member’s dues remain unpaid ninety days after the first day of the fiscal year; however, the Board may grant an additional ninety days grace to such delinquent members in meritorious cases. In no such case may a person be entitled to vote at any club meeting whose dues are unpaid as of the date of that meeting.
(c) By expulsion. A member may be terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VI of these bylaws.
PRLRC Club Policies & Procedures for Committees & Events: See under heading- Officers, Club Guidelines Policies
PRLRC Code of Ethics: All prospective members- please read.