CTCA Membership Policies
The objectives of the Cairn Terrier Club of America are to encourage and promote quality in the purebred breeding of the old working terrier of Skye and the West Highlands now known as the
Cairn Terrier and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection; to encourage the organization of independent local Cairn Terrier Specialty clubs in those localities where there are
sufficient fanciers of the breed to meet the requirements of the American Kennel Club; to urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as defined by the Cairn Terrier Club of
America and approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which Cairn Terriers shall be judged; to do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of
the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at conformation dog shows, companion and performance events; and to conduct sweepstakes, specialty shows, and companion and
performance tests and trials under the rules of the American Kennel Club.
The Cairn Terrier Club of America recognizes the importance of educating and encouraging new fanciers of the Cairn Terrier, therefore membership is open to fanciers who have demonstrated
an interest in the Cairn Terrier, who are in good standing with the American Kennel Club, subscribe to the objectives of the Cairn Terrier Club of America, and agree to abide by the
Constitution and By-laws of the Cairn Terrier Club of America, its Code of Ethics, and the Rules of the American Kennel Club.
Minimum Application Requirements
- Applicants must document their direct involvement with the Cairn Terrier breed on their
Application for Membership
- Applications must have attached the written endorsement of two Regular or Life member,
in good standing, who meet the requirements for sponsorship, and who have known the
applicant for a minimum of one (1) year OR have placed a Cairn Terrier of their breeding
or ownership with the applicant
- It is the responsibility of the applicant to forward the properly completed Application for
Membership and one Sponsorship Endorsement to the Membership Committee Chair of
the Cairn Terrier Club of America
- Dealers who sell dogs to commercial outlets will not be considered for membership
- Applicants between the ages of 9 and 17 may be admitted as Junior Members, but cannot
become Regular Members until they reach the age of 18
- Sponsors shall have been Regular or Life Members of the Cairn Terrier Club of America,
in good standing, for at least two (2) years, and have known the applicant for a minimum
of one (1) year OR have placed a Cairn Terrier of their breeding or ownership with the
- New members will be eligible to be listed on the breeder referral page on the
CTCA website when they have been a member in good standing of the CTCA for
- By sponsoring membership applications, Cairn Terrier Club of America members attest
to their personal knowledge of the applicant, including his or her interest in the breed,
sportsmanship, and ethical conduct
- Officers and Board members may sign sponsorship endorsements during their term of
office, but may not vote on membership applications for the persons they sponsor
- The Membership Committee Chair will acknowledge all applications upon receipt.
- The correct membership fee must accompany each application. If an application for
membership is returned or the applicant is not admitted to membership, the membership
fee shall be refunded.
- The Membership Committee will review all applications for compliance with application
and sponsorship requirements. The Membership Committee, with explanation, will return
incomplete applications and those not meeting the requirements to the applicant within 30
days of receipt. Applications meeting requirements will be presented to the Board of
Governors as soon as possible via online posting to the BOG list. The applications will
be posted to the CTCA website on the last day of each month.
- The Candidate’s name along with sponsor will then be included in the official emailed
bulletin and posted on the CTCA website on the homepage of the Member Login and
shall state the deadline for submission of written communications to the Board (30 days)
on the qualifications and ethical conduct of the individual applying. After this period of
time, the Board can vote on acceptance of the applicant at the next scheduled meeting of
the Board or at a Special Meeting of the Board.
- Written comments regarding applicants will be considered confidential communications
to the Board. However, members will be informed that copies of written comments on an
individual applicant will be made available to that applicant immediately upon written
request by the applicant.
- No follow-up or “second” letters from an applicant’s sponsors will be required. However,
the withdrawal of endorsement by a sponsor prior to a final vote of the Board of
Governors on an applicant’s admission to membership renders the application void, and
the applicant must reapply.
- The Board’s meeting agenda will include the consideration of all timely filed and
properly sponsored membership applications, together with all members’ comments and
the Report of the Membership Committee.
- An applicant who receives the necessary number of votes at the Board meeting (2/3 of the Board members present) is automatically admitted to membership
- An applicant who does not receive the necessary number of votes for admission to
membership, will be notified within 30 days of their right to have one of their sponsors
present the applicant’s name for election to membership at the next CTCA Annual
- The sponsor who will present the applicant’s name for election by the general
membership must notify the Recording Secretary in writing 30 days prior to the annual
meeting to put the issue on the agenda for the annual meeting.
- An applicant whose name is presented for election by the general membership at the
Annual meeting will not be allowed to attend the meeting.
- Robert’s Rules of Order will apply to consideration of applicants for election to
membership at the annual meeting. The Board of Governors will take no official position
on membership applicants considered at the annual meeting.
Board Voting Procedures and Policies
- In consideration of membership applications, it is the policy of the Board of Governors
and the CTCA not to discriminate against any applicant on the basis of the applicants’
race, sex, age, national origin or sexual preference.
- All votes on the admission to membership shall be by secret ballot at face to face
meetings or by confidential email ballot to the recording secretary at telephone meetings.
Board members who have sponsored an applicant must abstain from voting.
- Each Board member will vote on the basis of whether, in the opinion of that Board
member, the applicant under consideration has a demonstrated interest in the Cairn
Terrier breed, and meets the high standards of ethical and personal conduct set for CTCA
- An applicant who does not receive approval by 2/3rds of the Board members present at
the meeting will be advised only that: (a) he or she has not received the required number
of affirmative Board votes necessary for admission to membership; and (b) that the
applicant’s name may be presented for election to membership by the CTCA general
membership present at the next annual meeting.
- Board meeting discussions on individual applicants for membership are confidential
communications among the members of the Board of Governors, and shall not be
disclosed either to applicants or to third parties.
- All written communications by individual members to the Board regarding the
qualifications and ethical conduct of membership applicants are considered confidential
communications. However, the Board will provide an applicant with copies of written
communications relating to his or her application immediately upon written request by
- All written communications received by the Board regarding an application will be
retained as part of the Recording Secretary’s permanent file on the applicant.