Adopted by North Texas Chow Chow Club 10 February 1990

Accepted by American Kennel Club 13 March 1990




Article III


Section 1. Eligibility. There shall be four types of membership 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. 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.

(A) Full Membership – Individuals 18 years of age and older who pay dues

and have the right to vote and hold office.

(B) Associate Membership – Individuals 18 years of age and older who

pay dues but do not have the right to vote or hold office. There is no

attendance requirement for applicants for this type of membership.

Associate members are not computed in determining a quorum.

Applications shall be filed with the Recording Secretary but need not

require sponsors of the approval process applicable to prospective

regular applicants; after a period of time (one year, regular

membership may be sought in accordance with the procedure outlined

in the By-Laws).

(C) Honorary Membership – Individuals 18 years of age and older

recommended by the Board in recognition of their outstanding services

to the club. Their membership must be approved by ¾ of the voting

members present. Honorary members pay no dues and cannot vote.

However, each such member should be able to maintain active voting

status by payment of dues.

(D) Lifetime Membership – Individuals who have completed 20 years of full

membership. Lifetime members have the right to vote and hold office

and are exempt from paying annual dues.

(E) Junior Membership – Individuals 10 through 17 years of age who pay

dues but do not have the right to vote or hold office. They shall be able

to convert to regular membership upon reaching their 18th birthday,

using the membership application process.

Section 2. Membership dues shall be $10.00 per person payable on or before the 1st

day of March of each year. During the month of January the Treasurer

shall send to each member a statement of dues for the ensuring year. No

member whose dues are not paid for the current fiscal year may be

entitled to any other privileges or benefits of membership. The Treasurer

shall send a second statement by March 10th to those members whose

dues remain unpaid, giving notice for lapse of membership on April 1st.

Section 3. 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 agrees to abide by these By-laws, Standard Rules and

Procedures, and the rules of the American Kennel Club.

The application shall state the name, telephone number, and address of

the applicant and shall carry the endorsement of two members in good

standing in the Club who shall not be of the same household or the same

immediate family as the applicant. The prospective member shall submit

dues payment for the current year with the application.

Applicants elected to membership between October 1st and December 31st

shall pay only $5.00 dues for the remainder of the fiscal year. Applicants

elected to membership in January or February shall pay dues of $10.00

which shall be applied to the next fiscal year.

Each prospective member (other than associate member applicant) shall

attend at least three meetings during any six month period prior to

submitting an application. This requirement may be waived by the

affirmative vote of three-fourths of the members present voting for any

applicant who resides outside of Dallas and Tarrant County and any

county adjacent to these.

All applications are to be filed with the Recording Secretary and each shall

be read at the first meeting of the Club following its receipt. At the next

Club meeting the applicant shall not attend and the application will be

voted upon. An affirmative vote of three-fourths of the members present

and voting at this meeting shall be required to accept the applicant.

Applicants for membership who have been rejected by the Club may not

re-apply for a period of six (6) months after such rejection.

Section 4. Termination of Membership. Membership may be terminated:

(A) By Resignation. Any member in good standing may resign from the

Club by written notice to the Recording Secretary; but no member may

resign when in debt to the Club. Dues obligations are considered a

debt to the club and become incurred on the first day of each fiscal


(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.

In no case may a person be entitled to vote at any Club meeting whose

dues are unpaid at the start of that meeting.

(C) By Expulsion. A membership may be terminated by expulsion as

provided in Article VI of these By-Laws.

All interest in Club property of persons resigning or otherwise ceasing to

be a member shall vest in the Club.