CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OF
THE UNITED BELGIAN SHEPHERD DOG ASSOCIATION, INC.
Article I NAME: This organization shall be known as the United Belgian Shepherd Dog Association Inc, herein
referred to as the UBSDA.
Article II OBJECTS: The objects of the UBSDA shall be:
a) to promote the Belgian Shepherd Dog as one breed with four distinct varieties - Groenendael, Laekenois, Malinois
and Tervueren - as recognized by the registering body, The United Kennel Club, Inc, herein referred to as the UKC;
b) to promote a thorough understanding of the Belgian Shepherd Dog through education and open sharing of
c) to advance and preserve the working characteristics of the Belgian Shepherd Dog;
d) to conduct UKC sanctioned and licensed events.
Article III Board of Directors: The government and management of the UBSDA shall be vested in a Board of Directors,
also known as the Board.
Article IV REVISIONS: The members of the UBSDA shall adopt and may, from time to time, revise these By-Laws as
may be required to carry out these objectives.
Article IV NON-PROFIT: The UBSDA shall not be conducted or operated for profit. No part of any profits or
remainder of any residue from dues or donations to the UBSDA shall inure to the benefit of any member or individual.
Article V Rules For Licensed Events: All licensed events sponsored by the UBSDA will be run in accordance with the
rules, policies, and procedures of the U K C.
Article VI Parliamentary Authority: The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly
Revised shall govern the society in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with
these bylaws and any special rules of order the Society may adopt.
Article VII Affiliation: The United Belgian Shepherd Dog Association shall be affiliated with the United Kennel Club,
Inc. There shall be no other affiliation with any other registering office, club, association, or groups, except by written
consent of the United Kennel Club, Inc. This article of this Constitution shall not be subject to change at present or in
Section 1.1.0 Classes of Members: There shall be three classes of members: Regular, Junior, and Honorary, which are
open to all persons who are in good standing with the UKC, who are favorable to the objectives of the UBSDA, and
meet all the qualifications of a Member in Good Standing.
In addition, those people who have applied for membership, and are waiting approval by the UBSDA, shall be
designated as Applicant Members and shall begin receiving the Beacon as soon as practicable.
Except for those privileges limited to Regular Members only, all classes of membership shall have full membership
Section 1.1.1 Regular Members: Regular Members shall consist of any persons eighteen (18) years of age and older
who shall be entitled every privilege and to participate in all benefits of membership in UBSDA. Only Regular Members
in good standing can vote, hold office, serve as committee chairpersons or sponsor new members.
Section 1.1.2 Junior Members: Junior Members shall consist of any persons at least eleven (11) and under eighteen (18)
years of age. Junior Members must provide their birth date to UBSDA when they join. Juniors Members shall be
considered Regular Members from the time they attain the age of eighteen (18) years until the time they fail to pay the
regular dues and all grace periods have lapsed.
Section 1.1.3 Honorary Members: Honorary Members shall consist of any persons who have rendered meritorious
service to the UBSDA or to the Belgian Shepherd Dog Breed and are so elected by the Board. Honorary Members shall
be exempt from all fees. Honorary Members may choose to become Regular Members by the payment of dues.
Section 1.2 Members in Good Standing: A member shall be considered "in good standing" if all of the following apply:
a) The member's dues for the current year are paid.
b) The member does not have any overdue debt obligations to the UBSDA.
c) The member has not been suspended or expelled in accordance with Article VIII, Discipline.
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