Constitution and Bylaws

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America Bylaws

ARTICLE I

MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Membership. The Members of this Club shall include all persons who are in good standing with the American Kennel Club, who subscribe to the Purpose (see the Constitution) of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America, Inc. (hereafter known as the “GSMDCA” or the “Club”), and who have applied for and been accepted as Members under Article I, Section 2 of these bylaws. The membership shall be divided into four (4) classes:

(a) Individual Membership. All Members who are U.S. residents and/or U.S. citizens 18 years of age and older, and who own a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (GSMD) at the time of application shall be Individual Members; these Members shall enjoy all the privileges of the Club, including one vote and the ability to hold office if all other requirements are fulfilled.

(b) Household Membership. Two (2) members of the same household, eighteen years of age or older, who comply with the same requirements as that of an Individual membership [Article I, Section 1, (a)] shall be defined as Household Members. Each Household Member shall have one vote and each shall have the ability to hold office if all other requirements are fulfilled.

(c) Associate Membership. A resident of theU.S.who does not own a GSMD but whose interests are parallel to those of the GSMDCA and who desires to work in association with the Club may apply for Associate Membership. Associate Members shall enjoy all privileges except voting or holding the position of officer or director; Associate Members can not count in determining a quorum.

(d) International Membership. A person who is both not a resident and not a citizen of the United States but who has interests parallel to those of the GSMDCA and who desires to work in association with the Club may apply for International Membership. International Members shall enjoy all privileges except voting or holding the position of officer or director; International Members can not count in determining a quorum

(e)Lifetime Membership. Lifetime membership will be granted to members with 30 continuous years of membership. Lifetime members shall have all the rights of membership but will not be required to pay annual dues.

Section 2. Election to membership. Each applicant for membership shall complete an application form as approved by the Board of Directors of the GSMDCA; such form shall require the applicant to agree to the constitutions, bylaws, and rules of the American Kennel Club and those of the GSMDCA. The application form shall state the name, address, and occupation of the applicant and it shall carry the endorsement of two members (Individual or Household) in good standing. Applicants for Associate Membership and International Membership do not require an endorsement. Accompanying the application of the prospective Member shall be the dues payment for the current year (See Article I, Section 3) and the registered name, sire, and dam of any GSMDs owned. Applicants for membership are to be elected by the Board of Directors.. An application which has received less than the majority needed by the Board may be presented by one of the applicant’s endorsers at the next annual meeting of the Club. The Individual and Household Members present may elect such applicant by secret ballot and a favorable 2/3 vote provided that 10% of the voting Members are present at the meeting. There shall be no appeal process for a person whose application for Associate or International membership has been rejected by a vote of the Board.

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