1.Name and Objectives
The Association shall be called the Welsh Terrier Association and its objectives shall be:
(a) To promote the breeding and improvement of Welsh Terriers
(b) To promote and advance, by all means in its power, the interests of the
Welsh Terrier, by such means as the giving of prizes, supporting shows, Selecting and maintaining lists of suitable judges, and by any other means for the good of the breed.
2.Officers and Committee.
The Officers of the Association shall be: Patron, President, Vice-Presidents. The Committee shall consist of Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Hon. Secretary Hon. Treasurer, and a committee of not more than ten and an unlimited number of members The Chairman, Vice Chairman, Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer shall be elected from the Committee at the Annual General Meeting. Five shall form a quorum.
3.The Management of the Association
This shall be in the hands of the Officers And Committee of the Association. Members of the Committee will be elected for three years on a rotation basis. Members from the same household shall not hold the position of Chairman, Secretary of Treasurer. Meetings of the committee shall be held as often as deemed necessary. The Committee shall have the power to co-opt members onto the Committee in the event of positions becoming vacant between Annual General Meetings. Those co-opted shall only hold office until the next General Meeting of the Association at which an election of Officers and Committee takes place. Committee Members who do not attend three consecutive meetings without passing on valid apologies in writing will be automatically removed from the Committee. No individual who has been a member for less than one year may be elected on to the Committee. No person whilst an undischarged bankrupt may serve on the Committee or hold any other office or appointment within a Kennel Club Registered Society.
Rule 4. Election of Members.
The Officers and Committee shall consider all applications for membership. The election of members shall be by ballot of the Committee. An applicant is required to receive a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at the meeting. The applicant must be proposed and seconded by members of the Association who have been members for the previous two years and who must be of different families/partnership. In the event of the officers and committee rejecting an applicant no reason will be given or correspondence entered into.
Joint membership at the same address is accepted. Each partner of a joint membership is entitled to full membership rights.
5.Financial Year/Annual General Meeting
The financial year of the Association shall end on 31st December. The Annual General Meeting shall be held in MARCH of each year, at a time and place to be decided upon by the Committee for the following purposes:
(a) Receive the report of the Committee and Balance Sheet, to elect Officers and to discuss any resolution duly placed on the Agenda of which Prior notice has been given to the Hon. Secretary. No business shall be transacted at an Annual General Meeting unless notice thereof appears on the Agenda, with the exception of routine matters or those that in the opinion of the Chairman is urgent.
(b) Notice of such Meetings will be circulated to members in writing and/or by notice in the Dog Press
(c) A minimum of 28 days notice of Meetings will be given
(d) All items for inclusion on the Agenda will be required by the Secretary14 days before the Meeting.
(e) The Agenda will be circulated at the Meeting.
Rule 6 Subscriptions The annual subscription shall be decided at the Annual General Meeting for the current year and payable on 1st January each year. Any member whose subscription remains unpaid on 1st March in any year shall be declared in arrears and not eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting. New Members must have joined and paid their subscription 6 calendar months before the date of the Annual General Meeting in order to attend and vote at such a meeting. Joint members shall have one vote each. Postal or proxy votes are not allowed. No candidate shall enjoy any privilege of membership until the Committee has accepted this application
The property of the Club shall be vested in the Committee. In the event of the Club ceasing to exist, a General Meeting shall be called to decide the disposal of the Club’s assets and the outcome of the Meeting notified to the Kennel Club.
(a) Banking Account shall be held in the name of the Society into which all revenue of the Society shall be paid and from which withdrawal shall only be made on the signature of the Treasurer and one other, either The Chairman or the Secretary.
(b) The Accounts shall be certified by Qualified Accountants annually and presented at the Annual General Meeting
(c) All expenses incurred by the Hon. Secretary in connection with the Society’s business shall be submitted to the committee and, if passed shall be defrayed out of the funds of the society, if not sanctioned, the Hon. Secretary shall be held personally responsible.
(d) The Hon. Treasurer shall keep all accounts and the Chairman shall see that the same are audited. All accounts shall be open to inspection by members at any Annual General Meetings. Auditors will be elected at The Annual
9.Expulsion of Members
Any member who shall be suspended under Kennel Club Rule A42j (4) and/or any member whose dog(s) is/are disqualified under Kennel Club Rule A42j (8) shall ipso facto cease to be a member of the Society for the duration of the suspension and/or disqualification. If the conduct of any member shall, in the opinion of the Committee of the Society be injurious or likely to be injurious to the character or interests of the Society the Committee of the Society may, at a Meeting the notice convening which includes as an object the consideration of the conduct of the member, determine that a Special General Meeting of the Society shall be called for the purpose of passing a resolution to expel him/her. Notice of the Special General Meeting shall be sent to the accused member, giving particulars of the complaint and advising the place, date and hour of the Meeting that he/she may attend and offer an explanation. If at the Meeting, a resolution to expel is passed by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting, his/her name shall forthwith be erased from the list of members, and he/she shall thereupon cease for all purposes to be a member of the Society except that he/she may, within two calendar months from the date of such Meeting, appeal to the Kennel Club upon and subject to such condition that the Kennel Club may impose.
Each member shall be entitled to one vote upon completion of twelve months
Membership, and provided membership is fully maintained. Voting at all meetings shall be either by show of hands or secret ballot of all Members present as appropriate. In the case of joint membership, one vote is allowed for each member of the partnership over the age of sixteen.
11.Special General Meetings
A Special General Meeting shall be summoned by the Hon. Secretary on receipt of written applications stating business and signed by not less than Twelve paid up members. The Committee of the Society is also empowered to call a Special General Meeting. No business other than that detailed on the Agenda shall be discussed at a Special General Meeting. Members shall be informed of a Special General Meeting by notice in the Dog Press (Dog World & Our Dogs) at least fourteen days before the Meeting.
12.Amendment to Rules
The Rules of the Society may not be altered except at an Annual General Meeting, the agenda for which contains specific proposals to amend the rules. Any proposed alteration to the Rules may not be brought into effect until the Kennel Club has been advised and approved the alteration.
13Annual Returns to the Kennel Club
The Officers acknowledge that during the month of January each year, Maintenance Of Title fee will be forwarded to the Kennel Club by the Secretary for continuance of Registration and that by 31st July each year, other returns, as stipulated in Kennel Club Regulations for the Registration an Maintenance of Title of Societies and Breed Councils and the Affiliation of Agricultural Societies and Municipal Authorities be forwarded to the Kennel Club. The Officers also acknowledge their duty to inform The Kennel Club of any change of Secretary, which may occur during the course of the year.
14.The Kennel Club Final Court of Appeal
The Kennel Club shall be the final court of appeal in all matters of dispute.
15.The Society shall not join any federation of Societies or Clubs
16.The Society will make a list of Members and their addresses available for inspection if so requested by the members
of the society or the Kennel Club
17.Welsh Terrier Association Breed Club Judges List and Criteria.
The Association shall produce a list of judges each year, which shall be submitted to the Kennel Club as part of its Annual Returns. Judges Lists shall be divided into four parts, namely A1, A2, A3 and B. as required by The Kennel Club and will indicate the date on which the list will expire. On expiry a new list will be compiled.
A1 List For persons who have previously been approved by the Kennel Club to award CCs in the breed and who have completed their first appointment. To have the support of the Welsh Terrier Association.
A2 List For persons who fulfill all the requirements for the A3 List and who have been assessed in accordance with Kennel Club requirements and accepted by the Kennel Club for inclusion on an A2 list and have the support of the Welsh Terrier Association.
A3 List For persons the Welsh Terrier Association would support to award Challenge Certificates but whom the Kennel Club has as yet not approved.
B List For persons the Welsh Terrier Association would support to Judge the breed without Challenge Certificates
18 Criteria for Inclusion on Judging Lists
Judges will be accepted onto the above judging lists provided that they can satisfy the Committee that the following criteria have been met:
A1 List To have been approved by The Kennel Club to award Challenge Certificates in the breed and have the support of The Welsh Terrier Association.
A2 List For persons who fulfill all the requirements of the A3 list and who have been assessed in accordance with Kennel Club requirements and accepted by them for inclusion on the A2 list and have the support of The Welsh Terrier Association.
A3 List (Breed Specialist)
1.Minimum of 7 years judging experience in the breed, and have the support of the Welsh Terrier Association.
2.To have judged at one breed club show and/or three breed club supported entry shows
3.To have judged the breed at 3 open shows or Championship Shows without CCs with an adequate Geographical Spread.
4.To have judged a minimum of (20) classes
5.To have judged a minimum of (30) dogs
6.To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer, and passed the relevant examination on Kennel Club Regulations and Judging Procedures
7.To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer, on Conformation and Movement.
8.To have attended at least one breed specific seminar run in accordance with the relevant Kennel Club Code of Best Practice and passed an Examination and/or assessment where applicable.
9.To have bred and/or owned a minimum of (3) dogs when they obtained their 1st entry in The Kennel Club Stud Book.
10.To have stewarded at (12) shows.
A3 List (Non Breed Specialist)
1.A minimum of 7 years judging experience in any one breed (to include 5 years in this breed) and have the support of the Welsh Terrier Association.
2.To have judged the breed at 3 Open Shows or Championship Shows without CCs with an adequate geographical spread.
3.To have judged a minimum of (25) classes in this breed
4.To have judged (50) dogs in this breed
5.To have awarded CCs in at least one other breed
6.To have attended at least (1) breed specific judging seminar run in accordance with the relevant Kennel Club Code of Best Practice and passed an examination and/or assessment where applicable
7.To have bred and/or owned a minimum of (3) dogs of any breed when they obtained their 1st entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book
B List (Breed Specialists)
1.To have 5 years experience owning and exhibiting in this breed and have the support of the Welsh Terrier Association
2.To have judged (5) classes of this breed at Open Shows or Championship Shows without CCs
3.To have judged (10) dogs of this breed
4.To have attended one breed specific judging seminar and passed an assessment where applicable
B List (Non Specialists)
1.To have 7 years judging experience in any one breed and have the support of The Welsh Terrier Association.
2.To have judged (8) classes of this breed at Open Shows or Championship Shows without CCs
3.To have judged (15) dogs of this breed
4.To have attended one breed specific judging seminar and passed an assessment where applicable
C List (Breed Specialists)
For aspirant judges who have shown at interest in the breed and have the support of Welsh Terrier Association. Listings would normally include persons who have judged the breed at Limited and Open shows but do not yet qualify for the B Lists.
C List (non specialists)
For aspirant judges who have shown an interest in the breed and have the support of The Welsh Terrier Association. Listings would normally include persons who have judged the breed at Limited and Open Shows but do not yet qualify for the B Lists.
All persons invited by the Association to judge at a Welsh Terrier Association Show shall be required to provide a comprehensive written critique to the Canine Press (Dog World and Our Dogs)