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MEMBERSHIP

There is one type of membership open to all persons eighteen (18) years of age and older who are in good standing with the American Kennel Club and who subscribes to the purposes of this Club.

Membership is not restricted to residents of Berks County.
 
Current membership dues are $15.00 per person.
 
Each applicant for membership must attend at least two general membership meetings or one meeting and one other function like the point or match shows and then shall apply on a form provided by the club. The application shall carry the endorsement of two members in good standing.
 
Those applicants who do not have club member sponsorship because they are unknown to any BCKC members are required to submit two letters of recommendation (one from their veterinarian and the other from a reputable breeder or other dog club affiliate).
 
Members are entitled to attend the awards dinner free of charge and receive their awards at no charge to them if they acquire enough points from attending meetings and working at club functions. Members also receive discounts on club-sponsored seminars. The BCKC newsletter – BARKS FROM BERKS – is mailed six times a year to all members.
 
If you are interested in furthering the advancement of all breeds of pure-bred dogs and in furthering your education, as well as interacting with others who have the same interests, contact BCKC Membership Chairperson:

Denise Hileman
77 New Hope Blvd.
Oley, PA 19547
das617@comcast.net

All members are also required to sign our Code of Ethics as we only allow responsible, conscientious breeders/owners/lovers of dogs into our club:

CODE OF ETHICS:
1. I/we will become familiar with, and will abide by the rules of the American Kennel Club and the AKC standard of my breed (s), also the constitution and by-laws of the Berks County Kennel Club.

2. I/we shall not engage in the wholesaling of litters or the selling of stock to such places as pet dealers, catalogue houses, auctions or other commercial sources of distribution. Nor shall I/we engage in the over-breeding of my own bitches for profit with no regard to quality.

3. I/we will keep  breeding and pedigree records accurate, complete and up-to-date according to AKC regulations.

4. I/we will Provide proper registration applications to the buyers, unless other individual agreements have been made between the buyer and the seller.

5. I/we will seek to do selective breeding  by using studs or matrons so as to reduce faults to a minimum and to secure in the puppies a better type and quality. Dogs offered at public stud shall be used only on purebred registered bitches.

6. All puppies and adults shall be sold in a clean and healthy condition and shall  be old enough to make the necessary adjustment to a new home safely, as per the Pennsylvania Dog Law. No adult or puppy shall be sold without adequate protection against disease.

7. I/we will gauge my/our actions on the basis of the interests of the club and of the dog fancy for the present and future.

8. In the event of a complaint lodged against me/us with the Berks County Kennel Club, I/we agree to extend my/our cooperation in the resolution of said complaint.


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