Membership in the ACDCA and access to the Members Only section of this website are by application only.
Please complete this Membership Application form listing the name of each person to be included in this membership and return it, along with dues payment, to the Membership Secretary. You will receive an acknowledgement of your application and your name will be published in the next issue of the quarterly newsletter, after which, the Board of Directors will act upon your application.
There shall be four types of membership open to those who subscribe to the purposes of this Club and who are in good standing with the AKC.
Regular Membership is open to all persons 18 years of age or older. A Regular member pays dues, has one vote, may hold an elected office, and has all the normal duties, obligations and responsibilities of a member in good standing of the Club.
Household Membership is open to all families. A family comprises such persons as habitually reside under one roof and form one domestic circle. A Household member pays dues, has two votes per membership, if 18 years of age or older, may hold an elected office and has all the normal duties, obligations and responsibilities of a member in good standing of the Club.
Junior Membership is open to all persons under the age of 18. A Junior member pays dues, has no vote, may not make motions or hold office. Parental approval is required.
Honorary Membership, subject to approval of the Board of Directors, may be awarded to those persons who have displayed significant service benefiting the Clubs objectives. An Honorary member's approval is required. An Honorary member pays no dues, has no vote, and has no obligations or responsibilities of a member in good standing of the Club.
No person may hold more than one membership.
A member in good standing of the Club is not, as such, personally liable for the debts, liabilities, or obligations of the Club.
Membership in the Club shall not vest in any member any distributions from the Club during the existence of the Club, but shall only entitle the member in good standing to vote at meetings of the members. Membership shall not be assignable inter vivo by any member in good standing, nor shall membership vest to any personal representative, heir or devisee.
Membership dues shall be payable on or before the first day of September of each year. No member whose dues are delinquent, may vote, conduct any official business or hold office in the Club. During the month of July, the Treasurer shall send to each active member in good standing a statement of his or her dues for the following year.
The amount of annual membership dues shall not exceed $100.00 and shall be established by the Board of Directors and approved by a majority of all members in good standing of the Club.
Election to Membership:
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 these Bylaws and the rules of the AKC. The application shall state the name, address and occupation of the applicant and it shall carry the endorsement of two members in good standing. Accompanying the application, the prospective member shall submit dues payment for the current year.
Applicants for membership may be elected to membership by secret ballot in a closed session at any meeting of the Board of Directors or by secret vote of the Board of Directors by mail. Affirmative votes of 2/3 the entire Board of Directors shall be required to elect an applicant. The Secretary shall by written notice notify each applicant of the outcome of the Board of Directors vote within 15 days.
An applicant for membership who has received a negative vote by the Board of Directors may be presented to the membership of the Club by one of the applicant's endorsers at the next annual meeting of the Club and the membership may elect such applicant by a favorable secret written vote of ¾ of the members present and voting. An applicant who has received a negative vote by the membership may not reapply for membership for a period of not less than twelve months from the date of the negative vote. The Secretary shall by written notice notify each applicant of the outcome of the membership vote within 15 days. Upon denial of any application the submitted dues shall be refunded with the written notice.