SECTION 1. Eligibility. There shall be four types of membership open to persons who are in good standing with the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the ASDCA and who subscribe to the purposes of this Club, the Club Bylaws and Club Code of Ethics. Applicants are required to complete and submit an ASDCA approved application requesting membership.
(a) Regular membership. Application is open to persons eighteen (18) years and older, who own an ASDCA or AKC registered Anatolian Shepherd Dog and who are not an Officer or Director of an Anatolian Shepherd Dog club that is not an AKC-accredited or AKC eligible Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club. Such dog clubs shall include, but are not limited to the following dogs considered by the ASDCA to be Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, commonly referred to as: Kangal, Akbash, Karabash, etc. Regular members enjoy all the privileges of the Club, including voting and office holding.
(b) Family membership. Two persons (adults) eighteen (18) years of age or older who reside in the same household, each of whom comply with the same requirements as that of the Regular membership. The two adult members shall be identified by name on the membership application form and the procedures for election to membership shall be the same as provided in Section 1, subdivision (a) of Article II. Each adult is entitled to one vote but receives only one copy of any gratis ASDCA publication. Each adult shall have the ability to hold elected office.
(c) Associate membership. Application open to persons eighteen (18) years and older who express ongoing interest in the breed. Application open to Officers and Directors of Anatolian Shepherd Dog clubs that are not an AKC-accredited or AKC eligible Anatolian Shepherd Club. These individuals are entitled to all privileges, except voting and office holding. Associate members are not computed in determining a quorum. Applications should be filed with the Secretary but need not require sponsors or approval process applicable to prospective regular member applicants.
(d) Junior membership. Open to persons 10-17 years of age. Junior members cannot vote or hold office. Upon reaching their eighteenth birthday, Junior members may convert to regular membership in accordance with the requirements for regular membership set forth in Article II, Section 1(a).
SECTION 2. Dues.
(a) Membership Dues. Membership dues shall be set by the Board of Directors by October 1 of each year. If the Board of Directors does not change the dues, the dues from the previous year shall continue in effect. Membership dues shall not exceed Seventy five dollars ($75.00) per year, payable on or before the 1st day of January of each year. No member may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year. By the 15th of November, the Treasurer shall send to each member a statement of his dues for the ensuing year.
(b) Application Fee. The application fee shall apply to new applications for club membership and renewals of lapsed memberships. The application fee shall be set by the Board of Directors and announced when a fee change has occurred.
SECTION 3. Election to Membership. The ASDCA is a voluntary association. The Club’s membership application process, procedures and forms shall be those adopted by the Board of Directors, subject to the following requirements.
(a) Each applicant for membership shall apply on a form as approved by the Board of Directors and shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by the Constitution, Bylaws and the rules of the ASDCA, as well as the rules of the AKC. The application shall state the name, mailing as well as physical address, phone number, Email address, occupation and interests of the applicant, the type of membership applied for, and shall carry the endorsement of two regular members in good standing of the ASDCA. Accompanying the application, the prospective member shall submit dues and application fee payment for the current year.
(b) Applicants may be elected/approved for club membership by ballot at any meeting of the Board of Directors or by vote of the Directors by mail. Affirmative votes of two-thirds (2/3) of the Directors present at a meeting of the Board or of two-thirds (2/3) of entire Board voting by mail shall be required to elect an applicant.
(c) An application which has received a negative vote by the Board may be presented by one of the applicant’s endorsers at the next annual meeting of the Club. The members may elect such applicant by a favorable vote of seventy-five (75%) percent of the members present and voting by secret ballot.
SECTION 4. 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. Obligations other than dues are considered a debt to the club and must be paid in full prior to resignation.
(b) By Lapsing. A membership will be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such member’s dues remain unpaid sixty (60) days after the first day of the fiscal year; however, the Board may grant an additional sixty (60) days of grace to such delinquent members upon a showing of good cause. If a request is made for an additional 60 days to send in payment of dues, the Board will review and vote upon such request within thirty (30) days of the request being made. The request must be in writing and sent to the Secretary via mail (United States Postal Service [USPS], Email, or fax). The request must contain an explanation regarding the delinquent dues. The decision of the Board will be final. In no case may a person whose dues are unpaid be entitled to vote at any Club meeting;
(c) By Expulsion. A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VII of these Bylaws. SECTION 5. Good Standing. A member in good standing is an individual whose dues are current, and who is not under suspension by the ASDCA or the AKC.
SECTION 6. Indebtedness. No individual member or member club may incur indebtedness on the part of the ASDCA without the approval of the ASDCA Board of Directors.
SECTION 7. Reinstatement of Membership. A person whose membership has lapsed may apply for reinstatement within the same calendar year. Any request for reinstatement should state the reason the membership was permitted to lapse and must include payment of dues for the current year and any application fee then in effect. At the next Board meeting the Treasurer shall notify each member of the Board of the request for reinstatement, seeking approval or disapproval of the application. A member who fails to apply for reinstatement within the specified time period may reapply for Club membership in the manner provided in Article II, Section 3 of these By-laws.