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MEMBERSHIP POLICIES (May 2014)

Application process:

A person/family interested in becoming a member of the Sioux Empire Kennel Club is required to attend one club meeting prior to the club vote. At that meeting they will be introduced by the sponsor and meet the membership and tell a little about themselves.

Applications are available at the building, from the Membership Chair, or can be downloaded from the website.

A personal check or cash must accompany the completed application for annual dues (see schedule below).

Role of the Sponsor:

Any candidate who has been convicted of animal abuse, or is deemed a puppy mill operator or who has expressed non-adherence to either AKC or SEKC policy should not be brought to the membership for acceptance.

The sponsors of each applicant will be specifically requested to attend the meeting when the membership vote is held. To receive the clearest picture of the applicant, the sponsors will be responsible for sharing any personal knowledge they have of this prospective member during a general discussion prior to the vote. At the meeting, the general membership will be allowed to ask questions of the sponsors and the Membership Chair about the intentions and qualifications of the applicant. If insufficient information is available and a motion is not made to vote, the application is tabled until a future time when more members are familiar with the applicant.

Membership Vote:

When the Membership Chair has determined that the application is valid and the candidate has attended one club meeting, the applicant will be voted on at a regular meeting by the general membership.

The prospective member will be asked not to attend this meeting or will be asked to step out during discussion.

The vote will be conducted by paper ballots and will require 2/3rds majority of the members present to pass. If rejected, the applicant may reapply after six months.

Annual Dues:

Annual dues are $50 for a family, $30 for a single and $15 for a junior member (under 18 years old) due on December 31 of each calendar year. Dues for new members paid between August 1 – Oct 31 will be ½ of the yearly fee. Dues received from new members after October 31 will apply to the following year.

Membership will be considered lapsed if dues remain unpaid 60 days after January 1st. A new application must be submitted in this case.

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