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                     Alamo Area Shetland Sheepdog Club
                                  Membership By-Laws

                                                 (Taken from the Constitution and Bylaws)

Section 1. ELIGIBILTY: There shall be two types of memberships: Individual membership - open to all persons who are 18 years of age and older and are in good standing with The American Kennel Club and subscribe to the purpose of this Club; Family Membership - which includes all children of a family that are under 18 years of age.

While membership is to be unrestricted as to residence, the Club's primary purpose is to be respresentative of the breeders and exhibitors in the immediate area.

Section 2. DUES: Individual Membership dues shall be $15.00 per year for Individual Membership and $20.00 per year for Family Membership, payable on or before the first day in January each year. During the month of November, the Treasurer shall send to each member a statement of dues payable for the ensuing year. Members under 18 years of age have no voting privileges and are not eligible to vote.

Section 3. ELECTION TO MEMBERSHIP: Each applicant for membership must have attended a minimum of three (3) General Meetings of the Club prior to submitting an application form. 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 this Constitution and By-Laws and the Rules of The American Kennel Club and the American Shetland Sheepdog Association. The application shall allow space for the applicant name, address, occupation, and general infomation in regards to the applicant's experience with Shetland Sheepdogs and/or other dog breeds. In addition, the application shall carry the endorsement of two voting members of the Club, one of whom must have visited the applicant's home. Accompanying the application, the prospective member shall submit dues for the current year.

All applicants are to be filed with the Club Secretary or the Membership Chair, as applicable. The Secretary or the Membership Chair, as applicable, will validate the application in regards to the number of meetings attended, attached dues, and sponsor information. Each valid application is to be read at the first meeting of the Club following its receipt. The application will be posted in the Club Newsletter following each of the readings. At the next General Club meeting, the application will be voted upon by secret ballot and affirmative votes of 3/4 of the members present and voting at that meeting shall be required to elect the applicant. Accepted new members may be welcomed to the Club by the President.

The Secretary or the Membership Chair, as applicable, is to send to the applicant an offical letter on behalf of the Club. Indicating acceptance or rejection. Applicants for membership who have been rejected by the Club may not re-apply within six months after such rejection.

Section 4. TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP: Memberships may be terminated:
a. By Resignation. Any member in good standing may resign from 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 90 days after the first day of the fical year; however, the board may grant an additional 90 days of grace to such delinquent members in meritorious cases. In no case may a person be entitled to vote at any Club meeting whose dues are unpaid as of the date of that meeting.

c. By Expulsion. A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VI of these By-Laws.