KERRY BLUE TERRIER ASSOCIATION RULES OF THE ASSOCIATION 2012
1. NAMES AND OBJECTIVES
The Association shall be known as:
THE KERRY BLUE TERRIER ASSOCIATION
and its objectives shall be:
a) To facilitate and encourage breeding of typical Kerry Blue Terriers and to ensure the popularity of the breed by accepting as Members those who are interested in the advancement of the breed.
b) To provide Judges for, and guarantee Breed classes at Shows.
c) To publicise the Breed Standard and to ensure definite understanding of its requirements amongst breeders, exhibitors and judges.
d) To maintain the highest possible standard for the breed.
2. ASSOCIATION OFFICERS, COMMITTEE and MEMBERS
The Association shall consist of a President, Chairman, Vice Chairman Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, who shall be the officers of the Association and up to 10 committee personnel and an unlimited number of Members. The President to be appointed by vote of paid up members at the Annual General Meeting (position to be held for a period of 3 years with the option for re-election).
The management of the Association shall be in the hands of the officers consisting of a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer. The position of Hon .Secretary And Hon. Treasurer can be combined. Officers shall be ex-officio members of the Committee. And up to ten committee. The President may attend the committee meetings, but will not be entitled to vote on the proceedings of the meetings.
A third of the committee shall be re elected on rotation of a three year period. (K.C recommendation)
Group 1: Chairman and three committee members
Group 2: Secretary, and four committee members
Group 3: Treasurer, vice chairman and three committee members.
Officers and committee shall be elected by vote of paid up members at the Annual General Meeting
Quorum for Committee meetings
A minimum of four shall make a quorum of which one must be an officer of the Association.
4. ELECTION OF MEMBERS
Application for Membership of the Association shall be made either in writing, or in person, to either the Hon.Secretary or the Hon.Treasurer, accompanied by one year’s subscription. The Society must make a list of members and their addresses available for inspection if so requested by the members of the Association or by the Kennel Club.
5. HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS
Honorary Life Members shall be proposed by a member of the Association and voted on by the membership at the Annual General Meeting.
There will be two classes of Membership with appropriate subscription rates which shall be payable to the Hon.Secretary or Hon.Treasurer on January 1st of each year and re-payable in advance. No member whose subscription remains unpaid after January 1st shall be entitled to the privileges afforded by the Association. If a member fails to pay the annual subscription by May 1st the committee have the right to erase his/her name from the list of members maintained by the Hon. Secretary. If the Committee subsequently receives satisfactory explanation, the member, on payment of arrears, shall at the discretion of the Committee, be re-admitted to membership of the Association.
The fee for Breeders and Exhibitors shall be £7.50 single and £10.00 double per annum.
New members who join after September 30th of any given year shall, on payment of one year’s subscription, be entitled to the full privileges of membership until December 31st of the following year.
7. ASSOCIATION PROPERTY
The property of the Association shall be vested in the Committee, and in the event of the Association ceasing to exist, the cups and trophies shall be returned to the donors where possible. Remaining assets shall be released and the balance after discharge of outstanding liabilities shall be donated to animal charity.
The Committee shall have the power to co-opt further Officers and Officials, as may be needed, for a period not extending beyond the following Annual General Meeting.
9. VOTING RIGHTS
Each Member shall be entitled to one vote AFTER SIX MONTHS MEMBERSHIP. Postal votes and proxy votes are not allowed. Voting shall be by show of hands as decided by majority at meetings. In the case of joint membership each partner shall be entitled to one vote.
10. JUDGING LISTS
The Association will produce a list of judges each year, which will be submitted to the Kennel Club as part of the Associations Annual General Returns. The purpose of these judging lists is to indicate to interested parties those persons the Association would support at differing levels of judging. Membership is not a prerequisite for inclusion on the lists. Overseas judges with the necessary qualifications need not be included in the club’s judging lists, and members are permitted to put forward overseas judges names to be voted on at the Annual General Meeting.
Judging lists will be divided into seven parts namely A1, A2, A3 and B (Breed Specialist), A3 and B (Non Specialist), and C, and must indicate the date on which the list will expire (May of each year). On expiry a new list must be compiled.
For persons who have previously been approved by the Kennel Club to award CCs in the breed and have the support of the KBTA.
For persons who fulfil all requirements of the A3 list and have been assessed in accordance with the Kennel Club requirements and accepted by the Kennel Club for inclusion on the A2 list and have the support of the KBTA.
1. Minimum of 7 years judging experience in this breed and have the support of the KBTA.
2. To have judged one Kerry Blue Terrier breed club show.
3. To have judged a minimum of 16 classes.
4. To have judged a minimum of 35 dogs.
5. To have bred or owned a minimum of 3 dogs when they obtained their first entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book (save in exceptional circumstances).
6. To have stewarded for a minimum of 3 years and at 12 shows.
7. To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer, and passed the relevant examination on Kennel Club Regulations and Judging Procedures. (KC Policy as of 1.7.2001).
8. To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer on Conformation and Movement. (KC Policy as of 1.7.2001).
9. 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. (KC Regulations Policy as of 1.7.2001).
10. To have undertaken and passed a “Hands On” assessment with a Kennel Club examiner.
A3 List (Non Specialist)
1. Minimum of 7 years judging experience in any one breed (to include 5 years in this breed) and have the support of the KBTA.
2. To have judged at 1 Breed Club Open Show.
3. To have judged the breed at 3 Open or Championship Shows without CCs with an adequate geographical spread
4. To have judged a minimum of 12 classes in this breed.
5. To have judged a minimum of 25 dogs in this breed.
6. To have awarded CCs in at least 1 other breed.
7. To have stewarded for a minimum of 3 years and at least 12 shows.
8. To have bred and/or owned a minimum of 3 dogs of any breed when they obtained their first entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book (save in exceptional circumstances).
9. To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer, and passed the relevant examination on Kennel Club Regulations and Judging Procedures. (KC Policy as of 1.7.2001).
10. To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer on Conformation and Movement. (KC Policy as of 1.7.2001).
11. 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. (KC Policy as of 1.7.2001).
12. To have undertaken and passed a “Hands On” assessment with a Kennel Club examiner.
B List (Breed Specialist)
1. To have 5 years experience owning and exhibiting in this breed.
2. To have judged 15 dogs in this breed.
3. To have the support of the KBTA.
B List (Non Specialist)
1. To have judged at least 12 Kerry Blue Terriers at Open or Championship shows without CCs.
2. To have the support of the KBTA.
For aspiring judges who have shown an interest in the breed and have the support of the KBTA. N.B. Listings for the C List would normally include persons who have judged the breed at Limited and Open Shows but do not qualify for the B Lists.
These lists are to be prepared by the Association, and must clearly indicate to members the method by which persons may be nominated for inclusion in the ballot and indicate the judging experience necessary for the inclusion of a persons name on the lists.
Judges for the Association Championship Shows shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting, two years in advance of the appointment. The election shall be decided by a paper vote. For all shows a first and a second judge shall be elected. The second choice judge to have received a minimum of 4 votes. In the event the second choice receives less than 4 votes voting will be thrown open to the AGM again and another nomination may be added. In the event of the first choice judge being unable to officiate then the second judge will automatically succeed him/her and the members will re-vote at the next Annual General Meeting. The Committee may elect a judge in the case of a judge withdrawing should there be no Annual General Meeting between the time of withdrawal and the show concerned. Overseas judges with the necessary qualifications need not be included in the club’s judging lists and members are permitted to put forward overseas judges’ names to be voted on at the Annual General Meeting. All communication between Hon. Secretary and prospective judges should be in writing and available for inspection by members on request.
12. FINANCIAL YEAR/ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Financial Year of the Association shall be from January 1st to December 31st.
a) The Annual General Meeting shall be held after each Association Championship show in March of each year for the following purposes.
• To receive the report of the Committee and the Balance Sheet.
• To elect Officers.
• To discuss any resolution duly placed on the Agenda of which prior notice has been given to the Hon. Secretary as provided in the Rules.
• The result of the election of the Committee shall be announced at the Annual General Meeting.
13. ASSOCIATION ACCOUNTS
The Banking Account of the Association shall be operated by signature of two of the following: the Chairman, the Hon. Secretary and the Hon.Treasurer, one of whom must be the Hon. Treasurer. An auditor shall be appointed at each General Meeting who shall certify the accounts for presentation at the Annual General Meeting.
14. ADDITIONS TO THE RULES
Additions and amendments to the Rules shall be made only at Annual General Meeting or Special General Meetings. Any alteration to the Rules shall not be brought into force until the Kennel Club has been advised and given its approval.
15. NOTICE OF AGM
Notice of an Annual General Meeting will be given 42 days in advance by way of notice in ‘Dog World’. All proposals must be received by the Hon. Secretary 28 days prior to the AGM meeting. The completed agenda should then be posted by the Hon. Secretary to each member not less than 7 days prior to the meeting. No business shall be transacted at an Annual General Meeting unless it appears on the agenda, with the exception of routine matters or those, which, in the opinion of the Chairman of the meeting, are urgent.
NOTICE OF SPECIAL AGM
A special general meeting shall be called by the Hon Secretary if ten members send a signed requisition asking for a special AGM and stating the subject to be on the Agenda.
The committee of the club is also empowered to call a Special AGM
Notice of a Special AGM shall be posted to all members of the club 42 days before, giving the, place, date, and time and agenda items to be discussed.
Only the items on the agenda shall be discussed at a special AGM
16. EXPULSION OF MEMBERS
Any member who shall be suspended under Kennel Club Rule A42j(4) and/or disqualified under Kennel Club Rule A42j(8) shall ipso facto cease to be a member of the Association for the duration of the suspension/disqualification. If the conduct of any member shall, in the opinion of the Committee of the Association be injurious or likely to be injurious to the character or interests of the Association the Committee of the Association may, at a meeting the notice conveying, which included as an object the consideration of the conduct of the member determine that notice of a Special General Meeting shall sent to the accused member, giving particulars of the complaint and advising the place, date and time 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 forth with be erased from the List of Members, and he/she shall thereupon cease for all purposes to be a member of the Association, except that he/she may within two calendar months from the date of such a meeting, appeal to the Kennel Club upon and subject to such conditions as the Kennel Club may impose.
The Kerry Blue Terrier Association expects of its Officers, Committee Members, all other classes of Members, Exhibitors and Visitors to its annual shows, other events or in connection with the organisation in any other way, that they conduct themselves at all times to a high standard of behaviour towards all other people which is acceptable to the KBTA and presents it in a good light so that nothing that they do, say or write causes any unjustified offence to others or brings the Association into unacceptable criticism or disrepute.
17. APPOINTMENT RESTRICTIONS
No person whilst an Undischarged Bankrupt may serve on the Committee of or hold any other office or appointment within a Kennel Club Registered Society.
18. KENNEL CLUB COURT OF APPEAL
The Kennel Club will be the final Court of Appeal in all matters of dispute.
19. FEDERATION OF SOCIETIES
The Association shall not join any Federation of the Societies or Clubs.
20. ANNUAL RETURNS TO THE KENNEL CLUB
The Officers acknowledge that during the month of January each year, Maintenance of Title will be forwarded to the Kennel Club by the Hon. Secretary for continuance of Registration, and that by July 31st each year, other similar Returns as stipulated in Kennel Club Regulations for the Registration and 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 changes of Secretary of the Association which may occur during the course of the year.