BECOME A MEMBER
HOW TO JOIN
You are cordially invited start your journey as a Member of the AKC parent club for the Neapolitan Mastiff.
The United States Neapolitan Mastiff Club (USNMC) exists today due to the efforts of its current and past members. What a great way to support the Neapolitan, keep abreast of the latest in the Neo world and to take advantage of the opportunity to network with our great members throughout the entire United States!
There are six types of membership available to you! The current types are as follows:
Full Membership Individual - one vote and the ability to hold office.
Full Membership Family - two persons of the same household each will have one vote and the ability to hold office (not concurrently)
Junior Membership -offered to those between the ages of 10 and 17 years of age.
Associate or International Associate Membership - both of which entitle you to a copy of our club magazine only.
Honorary Membership - offered to honor a person for his/her outstanding service to the club or the Neapolitan Mastiff breed. Honorees are not entitled to vote, or eligible to be an officer or director of the club.
A more thorough description of each membership classification appears in the club bylaws.
In order to apply for full membership, you must have two club members, who are already Full Members, to act as sponsors for you. The two sponsors must live in different households, must have known you for at least one year! This requirement serves as a mentoring period which keeps you in contact with other Neo people who can guide you on the road to Neapolitan ownership- both on the straight paths and through the detours.
You can see a list of our members by going to the Members List.
We encourage you to join the USNMC so that you can learn more about the Neapolitan Mastiff and represent your new ideas to our breed and to our parent club. Contact our membership chair or anyone on the Membership committee.
Processing Membership Applications
The application for membership, along with two (2) sponsorship forms if applying for Full Individual/Family (shall be signed by two (2) sponsors, both of whom are Full members of the USNMC not residing in the same household, in good standing and have been with the USNMC for a minimum of one (1) year or more, and are personally acquainted with the applicant for a minimum of one (1) year) or if applying for Associate one (1) sponsor form (which will be signed by any member of the club, in good standing and have been with the USNMC for a minimum of one year or more), mail to the address on the application or fax or email these documents to the Treasurer along with the membership fee (payment can be made via check, money order or Paypal)
As soon as payment has cleared the Treasurer notifies the Secretary and the application is processed for Board review.
The Secretary enters the applicant(s) names, state, membership classification and sponsors names into the Board minutes to be read at the next Board Meeting.
The Membership Chair contacts the applicant to let them know where their application is in the process and to answer any questions.
After the reading of the applicants name(s) at the board meeting, the applicants name(s) will be published to the entire club membership for member review for a minimum of 2 weeks. At this time membership can submit feedback to the board.
Two weeks after publication to the membership, the applicant(s) name is read to the board members for a second time and a vote on the applicant(s) takes place via a secret emailed ballot as required by the bylaws and the AKC. Board members are given one week for the vote to be returned and then the results are forwarded to the Membership Chair who then sends a Welcome Packet.
In December of each year, a renewal notice is mailed to all Members. All Members (no matter when they initially joined) are to renew by January 31st although there is a 30-day “grace" period. So renewal fee will be accepted until March 2nd (or March 1st in Leap Years.)
A membership is considered Lapsed and thus is automatically terminated if such member’s dues remain unpaid thirty (30) days after the 31st day of January of each year.
Lapsed Members may apply to the board for re-instatement by using the Lapsed Membership Form.