The Regional Club and Relations Committee and Application Requirements
for Recognition by the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Club of the United States of America, Inc.
The purpose of the Regional Club Relations Committee is to serve the Board of Directors as a consultant regarding the Constitution and Bylaws of the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Club of the United States of America (NKCUSA) and to assist independent Regional Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Clubs in the development of their Constitution and Bylaws for recognition by the parent club and the AKC, with continued availability to serve as a resource for AKC Sanctioned and/or Licensed local/regional clubs seeking guidance in reviewing and revising their bylaws. In an advisory capacity, the committee shall act as a resource for new local/regional Nederlandse Kooikerhondje clubs and shall provide guidance in the application process for recognition by the parent club. Applications from clubs requesting recognition by the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Club of the United States of America shall be reviewed by the committee with its findings and recommendations to be submitted to the Board of Directors. All efforts and actions by this committee shall be expressly directed in working for the NKCUSA in support of the club’s vision, purpose, strategies, goals and the protection of the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Breed in its original form. All contacts, questions and assistance can be asked through the NKCUSA liaison officer who will direct your questions to the proper NKCUSA Committee of NKCUSA Board Member. (Approved by the NKCUSA Board, September 2, 2019)
Section 1a: Regional Club Formation:
Any group of twenty (20) or more owners of Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes or persons interested in the development and improvement of this wonderful Breed, of whom not more than two (2) such individuals are members of the same household, shall be eligible to organize a Member Regional Club. Application for permission to affiliate with the Parent Club must be accompanied by a signed application for such membership and by each Board Member of the organizing Club along with all other documents required and specified by The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Club of the United States of America.
Section 1b: Regional Club Acceptance by NKCUSA:
The Board of Directors adopted a policy that requires The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Club of the United States of America to consider each new club application in light of its chances for success, its ability to contribute to the betterment of the breed and its compatibility with existing or future existing Regional Clubs. Growth for the sake of growth is unwise. The Parent Club and members for forming Regional Clubs must keep in mind the desires of the Regional membership, the best interest of the breed and the welfare of each existing Regional Club. The probabilities for success of each new club applicant and its contribution to the improvement of the breed through success of the NKCUSA must be carefully and continuously evaluated. Furthermore, only Regional Clubs located in the United States of America and its possessions can be accepted.
It is expressly stated that the Breed Standard for The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Breed is owned by The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Club of the United States of America and that only the Breed Standard Committee of The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Club of the United States of America can advise the NKCUSA Board of Directors on issues dealing with this document. It is also expressly stated that the Health Standard and the requirements for CHIC for The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Breed are set by The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Club of the United States of America and that only the Health and Genetics Committee of The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Club of the United States of America can advise the NKCUSA Board of Directors on issues dealing with these requirements.
Section 2: Incorporation:
Each regional Club shall incorporate as a non-profit organization under the laws of the State in which it operates. It should choose a name which identifies the area of the Regional Club’s function and to include the words “Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Club” as a portion of this name.
Section 3: Membership in Regional Clubs:
Membership in the Regional Clubs can consist of Active and Associate. For full privileges in the Parent Club, Life Membership shall be conferred by The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Club pursuant to Article II, Section 1(g), of the NKCUSA By-Laws.
NKCUSA encourages all Regional Club Members also to become full members of NKCUSA. We do offer a $ 15.00 subscription for Regional Club members which allows those who choose this option to receive The Kooiker Chronicle magazine which keeps readers up to date on health issues, breed issues and what other “Kooiker” Owners do with their dogs. The $15.00 subscription does not include full NKCUSA membership nor all its privileges. In return NKCUSA will encourage all members to also join the Regional Club which covers the area they live in.
Section 4: Geographical Territory:
Each Regional Club shall confine its activities to the area allotted it by the Board of Directors of The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Club of the United States of America.
Section 5: Termination or Suspension:
The Board of Directors, after considering proper evidence, shall have the authority to suspend or expel any Regional Club for conduct of Officers and/or Members which is prejudicial to the best interests of the Breed of Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes, The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Club of the United States of America or the American Kennel Club.
a. After the Regional Club has been given an opportunity to be heard, a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors is required to suspend or expel any Regional Club for a period of not less than six (6) months and not more than five (5) years.
b. The Board of Directors, after sufficient notice, may suspend any Member Regional Club when the Active Membership of that Club falls below twenty (20) members.
c. The Board of Directors, for good cause, may withhold approval for a Member Regional Club to hold shows, events or specialty shows.
Section 6: Reinstatement:
Any Regional Club wishing to be reinstated after suspension or expulsion must present its name as a former Regional Club and be handled in the same manner as prescribed in Section 1, above.
Section 7: Dues:
If a member enrolled in a Regional Club wants to receive full privileges (including voting rights) of the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Club of the United States of America they must apply for membership individually to the NKCUSA and pay normal dues. Currently the dues for the NKCUSA shall not exceed $ 50.00 and is set at $ 35.00 (2019).
Regional club members may send their annual dues directly to the NKCUSA Membership Chairperson or to their club secretary who will forward it to the NKCUSA. Dues may be paid for a multiple of years, up to three (3) years, and may be paid by check or PayPal (fees may apply) as per NKCUSA Policy and Procedure Manual (2019).
Section 8: Regions:
The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Club of the United States of America, the AKC Parent Club of the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Breed will cover the entire United States. The USA landmass will be split into six regional areas as follows:
North East Region: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia
North Central Region: Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan
North West Region: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska
South East Region: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas, and Tennessee
South Central Region: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming
South West Region: California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii
Section 9: Regional Club Council:
The Regional Club Council will be formed by the Regional Club Boards. This will be achieved by each Regional Club Board choosing one of their members to be on the Regional Club Council. The Regional Club Council can discuss all pertinent business issues and forward the voted proposals to the NKCUSA Board. This way the Regional Clubs have input in the National Parent Club direction and also exist for the purpose of promoting harmony and cooperation among the clubs within the region and the United States of America.
If such a council exists within any region, and it is functioning successfully with the majority of the clubs in that region belonging to it, then the Directors within that region and the Officers of the NKCUSA shall establish a working relationship with that Council, and the parent club shall recognize the council as a viable advisory organization.
Section 10: The Chronicle:
All Regional Club members who paid the $ 15.00 subscription are eligible to receive the NKCUSA Club Magazine, The Kooiker Chronicle. This magazine arrives approximately 4 times per year via e-mail. All Regional Club Members who choose to also join the NKCUSA will receive all club privileges.
Section 11: Approvals Requests, etc.:
All Regional Clubs must request permission to organize and hold Specialty Shows and any other Sanctioned Events where AKC rules state that such permissions are needed. These requests must be sent to the NKCUSA Secretary and be received by the Secretary at least 10 weeks prior to the requested event date.
NKCUSA does not allow any Regional events to be held in the week leading up to and the week following the NKCUSA National Specialty or any other NKCUSA organized event.
All publications, advertisements, mailings etc. to inform the public of a Regional Club event, covered under these guidelines, need to show that this specific event was approved by the NKCUSA and show the NKCUSA name and logo.