Membership

Membership

Rules for Applying

Approved – December 3, 2001
Amended ‐ July 21, 2007

Membership in the Italian Greyhound Club of America, Inc. should carry prestige and obligation.

The prestige is in the custody of a historically beautiful breed. The obligations are the preservation and protection of the breed, public education, acknowledgement of a code of ethics, an understanding of the breed standard, and rescue of the breed if necessary.

Applicant must have at least a five (5) year involvement in the breed before making application for membership. Involvement does not necessarily mean owning, showing or breeding. Each application will be considered individually. Applicant must be proposed and endorsed by two current members who have known the applicant for a period of at least one year, during which time they have had a chance to personally observe his/her willingness to:

Follow the IGCA Code of Ethics ‐ Cover Letter
Assist in the running of this club and its functions

These shall be primary criteria when considering the application.

The applicant must request an application from the Membership Chair, Dalena Franklin, of the IGCA. The completed application, including necessary sponsor information, signatures and letters of support, must be returned to the Membership Chairman along with a membership fee of $30. Any incomplete application or an application not on the proper application form will be returned to the applicant.

No member shall endorse an applicant for membership for a period of one year following election to a single membership in the IGCA. No member shall endorse more than two applicants between February 1st and January 31st each year.

Note: The first year’s dues will be $30, which includes the application fee. Subsequent dues are $30 annually.

Two members of the same family or two individuals residing in the same household may not propose and endorse one given applicant. No Officer or Board member or their spouses or individuals residing in the same household may endorse an applicant during his or her term of office.

No member shall endorse an applicant for a period of one year following the sale of an Italian Greyhound to the applicant or following any breeding or stud service supplied to an Italian Greyhound owned by the applicant.

The Membership Chairman shall submit to the membership the names of applicants with a request for comments from anyone who knows the applicant. These comments are to be sent to the Membership Chairman and will be available ONLY to the Officers and Board Members for use in voting on the applicant. If substantial negative comments indicate the need, the Ethics Committee will investigate the validity prior to the Board’s vote on the applicant.

The applicant shall be promptly informed by the Membership Chairman of the disposition of the application by the Board. There shall be no obligation to make known to anyone the reason why an applicant has not been acted upon favorably by the Board.

An applicant who has received a negative vote by the Board may be presented by one of the applicant’s sponsors at the next general meeting of the club where there is a quorum and the Club may elect such applicant by a favorable vote of 75% of the members present.

All correspondence and/or forms regarding an applicant shall become the property of the Italian Greyhound