Membership is open to all persons who are in good standing with the Club and who subscribe to the purposes of this Club.
A schedule of fees shall be established by the committee annually and may be changed as necessary. A single membership is defined by: a single adult over the age of 18 years, a family membership is defined as a household including any member residing at the same residential address. Applications for membership after July 1st in each calender year shall pay ½ of the established membership fee for the year's membership.
Current Membership Fees are:
Fees are payable on or before March 1st each year. During the month of February, notification shall be sent to each member of his/her fees for the ensuing year through the Club's newsletter. One notification will be made of unpaid fees. No member may vote or accrue Club points until fees are paid for the current calender year.
Election to Membership:
Each application for membership shall apply on a form as approved by the committee and which shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by the clubs model rules. The application shall state the name and address of the applicant. Accompanying the application, the prospective member shall submit payment for the current year as well as proof of a current vaccination certificate or titre test for those dogs that train, compete and/or attend training or a competition.
If an applicant's membership was previously suspended or revoked, their request for reinstatement must be presented by one of the applicant's endorsers to the full membership of the Club, and the members may reinstate such applicant by secret ballot and a favorable vote of 75% of the voting membership. If membership is denied, said applicant may not be eligible for re-application for membership for one year and shall require the endorsement of two new sponsors who are unrelated and are members in good standing.
Termination of Membership:
Memberships may be terminated by the following:
(a) Resignation: Any member in good standing may resign from the Club upon written notice to the Committee; but no member may resign when in debt to the Club.
(b) Lapsing: A membership will be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such member's fees remain unpaid after April 1st. An individual can apply for reinstatement of membership status with regular fees payment if submitted by August 31st in order for the individual to continue membership. On reinstatement, membership is considered continuous with previous years. For members whose fees remain unpaid after April 1st, all membership privileges are suspended until fees are paid. In no case may a person be entitled to vote at any Club meeting whose fees are unpaid as of the date of that meeting.
(c) Expulsion: A membership may be terminated by expulsion. Expulsion of a member from the Club may be accomplished only at the Annual or Special Meeting of the Club following a hearing and upon the recommendation of the Committee. The defendant shall have the privilege of appearing in his/her own behalf though no evidence shall be taken at this meeting. The President shall read the charges and the findings and recommendations and shall invite the defendant, if present, to speak in his/her own behalf. The meeting shall then vote by secret ballot (written) on the proposed expulsion. A 66% vote of those present and voting at the meeting shall be necessary for expulsion. If expulsion is not so voted, the suspension shall stand.
(d) Suspension: Suspension of a member from the Club may be accomplished only by consensus vote of the Committee. The President shall document the club rule and/or behavior violations of the accused member and present the evidence to the Recording Director Secretary for distribution to the rest of the Board. The board shall meet to determine if the violations warrant suspension and if so, the appropriate disciplinary period. The Secretary will inform the member of the committee's decision within 7 days of their determination.
Junior handlers are defined as club members under the age of 16 on the 1st day of the calender year.