Article I
Name and Objects

Section 1. The Name of the Club shall be Japanese Chin Club of America, Inc.

Section 2.The Objects of the Club shall be

  1. To encourage and promote quality in breeding of purebred Japanese Chin, and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.
  2. To encourage the organization of independent local Japanese Chin Specialty Clubs in those localities where there are sufficient fanciers of the Breed to meet the requirements of the American Kennel Club.
  3. To urge Members and Breeders to accept the Standard of the Breed as approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which Japanese Chin shall be judged.
  4. To do all in its power to protect and advance the interest of the Breed and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and obedience trials.
  5. To conduct sanctioned matches and specialty shows and trials under the rules of the American Kennel Club.

Section 3. The Club shall not be conducted or operated for profit and no part of any profits or remainder or residue from dues or donations to the Club shall inure to the benefit of any member or individual or any group of Members of individuals.

Section 4. The Members of the Club shall adopt and may, from time to time, revise such Bylaws as may be required to carry out these objects in a manner prescribed in the Bylaws.


Article I

Section 1. Eligibility.
  1. Regular - Open to persons aged 18 years or older who are citizens or residents of the United States in good standing with the American Kennel Club, who agree to uphold the constitution of the Japanese Chin Club of America. Any foreign member whose JCCA membership is current as of August 1, 2005, may choose to be "grandfathered" in as a regular member. Regular Members shall be entitled to all rights and privileges of the Club including voting and holding office.
  2. Foreign - Open to persons 18 years or older who are not residents of the United States. Members who hold foreign memberships shall be entitled to all privileges of the Club except that they shall not be permitted to vote, hold office, or be counted in a quorum.
  3. Junior - Open to persons over the age of 10, and under the age of 18. Junior members shall not be permitted to vote or hold office, and will not be counted in a quorum.

Section 2. Dues. The amount of annual dues shall be set by the Board of Directors, with a 2/3 vote needed to raise or lower the amount. Membership dues may be less than, but shall not exceed, sixty dollars per year, payable before the 1st day of January of each year. No Member may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year. During the month of October, the Treasurer shall be responsible for sending to each member a statement of his dues for the ensuing year. A dues renewal notice shall be placed in the club publication, if one is available. The treasurer shall be responsible for sending those members who have not renewed by January 1 a dues reminder by email, telephone or mail prior to January 15.

Section 3. Election to Membership. Each applicant for membership shall apply on a form approved by the Board of Directors and which shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by the JCCA constitution and bylaws and the rules of The American Kennel Club. The application shall state the name, address and occupation of the applicant. An application for regular membership shall carry the endorsement of two regular members in good standing. Accompanying the application, the prospective member shall submit dues payment for the current year. Applicants may be elected by ballot at any meeting of the board of directors or by vote of the directors by mail or email. Affirmative votes of 2/3 of the directors present at a meeting of the board, or of 2/3 of the entire board voting by mail or email, shall be required to elect an applicant. An application which has received a negative vote by the Board may be presented by one of the applicant's endorsers at the next meeting of the Club and the Club may elect such applicant by favorable vote of 75% of the Members present.

Section 4. Termination of Membership. Membership may be terminated:

  1. By resignation. Any Member may resign from the Club upon written notice to the secretary, but no Member may resign when in debt to the Club. Obligations other than dues are a debt to the club and must be paid in full prior to resignation.
  2. By lapsing. A membership will be considered as lapsed and automatically ter