PURPOSE AND REQUIREMENTS FOR BCSA AFFILIATE CLUBS, Effective 2002
PURPOSE: Organizations at the local level are better able to educate the public in matters of responsible dog ownership and the appropriateness of owning a Border Collie as a companion. Working with local breeders and their puppy buyers, a local club is more efficient at providing information regarding the multitude of activities available to Border Collie owners. The BCSA also feels that judges education may be more effective when done at a local level. By working with the BCSA Judges Education Committee, with materials and format provided by this body, it will be possible to uniformly educate judges around the country.
REQUIREMENTS: The BCSA will consider applications for affiliate status of clubs whose By-laws coincide with those of BCSA regarding the preservation of the Border Collie attributes of intelligence, working ability, and versatility. The club must promote responsible breeding and ownership, prevent exploitation and abuse of the breed, and provide an environment for learning for its membership in all Border Collie activities.
Affiliate applications for membership must include a complete club roster and list of officers that includes a profile of each member listing their previous experience in the sport of dogs. Renewal dues must be accompanied by a membership roster listing any changes in the officers of the club. If the membership of the club changes dramatically from the original application, a profile of the new members must also be included.
In order to maintain affiliate club status, the clubs are required to provide documentation of the prior years’ activities showing conformation, obedience, herding, agility, tracking, flyball, etc. matches or trials. It is also necessary that a copy of the clubs newsletter be sent to the Affiliate Club Chair each time it is published.
Although we do not require that the individual members of an affiliate also be members of the BCSA, we do require that the members be in good standing with the AKC and the club as a whole agree to the mission of the BCSA, its code of ethics and its constitution and bylaws. At least one member of the applying club must be a member of BCSA.
The annual membership fee for an affiliate club is $50 and associate affiliate club is $40 per year.
- Local affiliates are considered a voting entity in the BCSA and are given one vote in national matters.
- The BCSA will supply local affiliates with educational materials as they are developed (Buyers Guides and Breeders Guides).
- Affiliate clubs will receive a subscription to the national newsletter, Borderlines, to be sent to the affiliate secretary.
- The BCSA will consider requests for sponsorship of local events held in the name of the BCSA. If approved, these events are covered under our liability insurance policy. It is the responsibility of the affiliate club to carry its own liability insurance for any events not sponsored by BCSA.
- The national club will, when possible, support the activities of local groups providing guidance and information.
- The BCSA will also help an affiliate club in its quest to become licensed with the AKC by providing information necessary to accomplish this goal.
The BCSA board has approved a grant process* for new regional affiliate clubs just getting started. BCSA will reimburse up to $500 in start-up expenses (receipts must be provided) as well as pay for the new club’s first year of BCSA membership. We realize that it’s expensive to get a new club going, buying equipment, materials, paying for insurance, etc; and BCSA would like to support the incorporation of new clubs around the country, believing they provide great service to the breed. For groups considering initiating a BCSA Affiliate Club, please contact the Corresponding Secretary for more information.
* Grant Process:
The Affiliate Club must notify the BCSA Treasurer prior to generating expenses they wish for BCSA to consider reimbursement approval. The Club should provide their proposed expense details and approximate amount for which they will be requesting reimbursement.
Are you forming a new regional Border Collie club?
Share the information via BCSA’s communication channels! As you are developing your new club, it’s a good idea to be sure you are reaching all potential Border Collie fanciers in your area to garner the greatest amount of help and membership. Advertise your efforts with an announcement in Borderlines by contacting the Borderlines Editor, and on the BCSA Affiliate Clubs web page by contacting our Webmaster.
- BCSA will reimburse each affiliate club up to $50 per self-sponsored event and $25 per BCSA supported event with a maximum of two event reimbursements per club per year.
- BCSA will reimburse Affiliate clubs up to $100 per year to support health testing.
- Clubs can apply for these funds by emailing the board to request approval prior to the event and then complete Expense Report and supply receipts to the Treasurer for expenditures after the event for reimbursement.
Click here for BCSA’s Policy on Licensed Specialty Scheduling and Approval
Click here for AKC’s pamphlet on forming a club. This outlines what AKC requires you to get approval to hold shows and trials, and has some useful advice on general start-up issues.
Click here for memo regarding Judge’s Education done by your club. (Judge Lists)
Click here for BCSA’s Policy for Herding Trial Grant Requests.
BCSA Affiliate Clubs
Bay Colony Border Collie Club – MA
Lic: Conformation, Plan A Obedience
President: Cindy Geiss
Vice President: Juli Lacey-Black
Secretary: Lara Avery email@example.com
Treasurer: Judy Jo Drake
Board Members: Terry Sadler, Linda Mooradian and Suzy Wood
Border Collie Club of Greater Los Angeles
Lic: Conformation, Obedience, Herding, Agility, Rally
President: Suzanne LeRoy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Myra Miller, email@example.com
Secretary: Joyce Herie, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Adrian Smith, email@example.com
Membership: Glenda Pate, firstname.lastname@example.org
Board member: Debbie Rohssler, email@example.com
Heartland Border Collie Club of Illinois
Lic: Herding and Agility
President: Megan Harrison, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Linda Ramas
Secretary: Angel Duffy, 1145 59th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50011
Treasurer: Lisa Pruka
Board Members: Elizabeth Droke and Marise Caruso
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Kentuckiana Tartan Border Collie Club – Louisville, KY
Lic: Conformation, Obedience, Herding, Rally
President: Ronni DeLay, RLDelay@insightbb.com
Vice President: Terry Wise Hammond, email@example.com
Secretary: Mike DeLay, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Marcia Terry, email@example.com
Board Members: Marilyn Huber, firstname.lastname@example.org, Pat Kerschner, email@example.com, Rob Phillips (no email)
Nutmeg Border Collie Club – CT
Lic: Obed. Conformation; Plan A: Agility
President: Mary Elizabeth Simpson
Vice President: Kari Streicher
Secretary: Carolyn Biondi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Jessica Aniskoff
Board Members: Pam Coblyn, Claudette Beaulieau, Jean Freeman
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