Section 1. Eligibility. Membership shall be open to persons who are in good standing with the American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes of this club. There shall be four (4) types of membership:
(a) Regular Membership. Open to persons 18 years of age and older who reside in the United States. Regular membership shall enjoy all privileges of the Club including the right to vote and hold office without remuneration
(b) Joint Membership. Open to two persons 18 years of age and older who live in the same household and reside in the United States. Joint membership shall enjoy all privileges of the Club including the right to hold office without remuneration. Each of these two persons will have one vote. Joint members shall each enjoy all privileges of the Club including the right to vote and hold office without remuneration, subject to the provision of Article III, Section 2. With the exception of ballots, each household shall receive one copy of club mailings.
(c) Junior Membership. Open to persons 10-17 years of age. Junior members cannot vote or hold office. A junior member may convert to regular or joint membership upon reaching their 18th birthday.
(d) Foreign Membership. Open to persons who do not reside in the United States. Foreign members cannot vote or hold office and do not count in the determination of a quorum. Because dues are set to cover the cost of printing and postal expenses, the Board may assess a mailing surcharge to foreign members. Applications are filed with the Secretary but need not require the sponsors or approval process applicable to prospective regular members.
Section 2. Conversion of Membership. Membership may be converted as follows:
(a) Regular Membership. May be converted to one joint membership if two regular members join households or are already in a joined household. At the end of any calendar year, the two regular members shall renew as a joint membership and pay the appropriate amount. No vote shall be needed to convert two regular memberships to one joint membership.
(b) Joint Membership. May be converted to two regular memberships at any time by both or either person completing and sending in a renewal application marked as “regular” membership with the appropriate pro-rated dues for the year. At the end of the calendar year, either or both of the two persons involved must renew as a regular member or drop their membership. No vote shall be needed to convert one joint membership to two regular memberships.
(c) Junior Membership. On the Junior Member’s 18th birthday, their membership will automatically convert to a Regular membership. No additional paperwork, vote or fees are required for the balance of the calendar year. The Junior member will be eligible to vote and run for office upon their 18th birthday. At the end of the calendar year, the former Junior member shall renew as a Regular member with the appropriate dues.
(d) Foreign Membership. Upon taking up residence in the US, foreign members must apply for membership as Regular or Joint members, whichever is applicable. An application must be completed and the entire application process for new members will be followed.
Section 3. Dues. Membership dues shall be set by the Board of Directors by September 15th of each year. Such change may only become effective beginning with the January 1st renewal date following the vote to implement such change. In any year when the Board has not changed the dues by September 15th, the dues from the previous year shall continue in effect. In no case shall membership dues exceed Seventy-Five ($75) per year per Regular or Foreign membership, or One Hundred ($125) per year per Joint membership. Dues for Junior membership shall not exceed half that of Regular membership.
(a) During the month of October, the Secretary or Membership Secretary shall send all members a statement of their dues for the ensuing year in the manner provided by Article II, Section 6. The dues must be returned to the Secretary or Membership Secretary and received on or before January 1st of the dues year.
(b) No member may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year.
(c) Persons having their membership approved in October, November or December are considered fully paid members for the following year. In the period between their membership approval and January 1, they may exercise all privileges of membership except that of voting.
Section 4. Election to Membership. Each applicant for membership shall apply on a form as approved by the Board of Directors and which shall provide that the applicant(s) agree(s) to abide by these constitution, bylaws, and Code of Ethics of The American Beauceron Club and the rules of The American Kennel Club. The application shall state the name, address, phone number, and occupation of the applicant(s), it shall carry the endorsement of one member in good standing and a signed e-mail consent form accepting or denying member’s authorization agreeing to electronic communication for Club meeting notifications, dues notices, minutes, newsletters and announcements. Accompanying the application, the prospective member shall submit dues payment for the current year.
(a) The names of the applicants shall be published in The Beauceron Bulletin (newsletter) as soon as possible after the receipt of the application. Thirty (30) days following the publication of the newsletter in which the name of the applicant is listed, the applicant will receive a letter granting the applicant all privileges of the Club, provided no written objection has been filed with the Membership Secretary or Secretary or no prior disciplinary action by The American Kennel Club or another dog club has been disclosed or discovered. If an objection is filed or prior disciplinary action is disclosed or discovered, a hold will be placed on such person’s application pending expeditious investigation and a report will be submitted within forty-five (45) days to the Board of Directors by the Membership Secretary or Secretary, for appropriate action by the Board.
(b) Upon election, members shall be so notified by the Membership Secretary or Secretary.
Each new member shall receive a copy of the current By-Laws, a copy of the Standard of the Beauceron and other appropriate material in the manner provided by Article II, Section 6. An applicant who has received a negative vote by the Board may be presented for membership by one of the applicant’s endorsers at the next Annual Meeting of the Club. The Club may elect such an applicant by a favorable vote of 75 percent of the members present and voting, provided a quorum as specified in Article II, Section 1 of these bylaws is present. In the event the application is not approved by the membership at that time, all fees shall be returned to the applicant and the applicant may not reapply for membership within one year from the date of rejection by the membership.
Section 5. Termination of Membership. Memberships may be terminated, with no fees or monies refunded, in the following ways:
(a) By resignation. Any member in good standing may resign from the Club upon written notice mailed to the Secretary at their postal address; but no member may resign when in debt to the Club. Dues obligations are considered a debt to the Club and they become incurred on the first day of each fiscal year.
(b) By lapsing. A membership will be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such member’s dues remain unpaid 30 days after the first day of the fiscal year; however, the Board may grant an additional 60 days of grace to such delinquent members in meritorious cases. In no case may a person be entitled to vote whose dues are unpaid.
(c) By expulsion. A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VI of these bylaws.
Section 6. Member in Good Standing. A Member in Good Standing is one whose dues payments are current and who is not currently under disciplinary action by The American Beauceron Club or The American Kennel Club.
Section 7. Membership Roster. A current membership roster will be made available to each member within 60 (sixty) days of the lapse date for memberships. The roster may be sent via mail, email or other electronic means.
AKC APPROVED: 03/17/2009