Elected every 2 years by the membership
What are the unique powers of a Delegate?
Approves Rules governing dog shows and field trials
Approves amendments to the AKC Bylaws
Nominates and elects Delegates to serve on the AKC Board of Directors & Delegate Standing Committees
Approves new member clubs
Votes to uphold or overrule an AKC Board decision to disapprove a Delegate candidate or to remove a seated Delegate
Only a Delegate may serve on the AKC Board
Votes to discipline, and even to expel, a Member Club
How do they exercise these powers?
Attends and votes at quarterly Delegate Meetings
Attends and/or Participates with Delegate Standing Committees
Brings Member Club’s proposals to the Delegates and/or Delegate Standing Committees
A Member Club, through its Delegate, may propose amendments to the AKC Bylaws or AKC Rules directly to the AKC Board
Informs all members of their Member Club of Delegate actions
Acts as ombudsman for Member Club members dealing with AKC
What are the qualifications for a person to become a Delegate?
Required– Article VI of the AKC Bylaws
Represents a Member Club
Both Member Club and individual are in good standing with AKC
Is a resident US citizen or has permanent resident alien status
Meets all of the occupational eligibility criteria
May not have been found guilty of or admitted to the theft, embezzlement or misappropriation of funds or property from an AKC Club
Suggested – for perspective and continuity
Ten year involvement in AKC events and/or activities
Willingness to serve for five years or more
Willingness to invest time, effort and expenses
Willingness to speak up and become involved
Willingness to engage others in crucial conversations
Access and skills to use a computer or the support of someone with the access and skills
What should a Member Club expect from their Delegate?
Long term (5 years or more) commitment to represent and serve the Member Club
Commitment to attend and participate at Delegate Meetings
A timely report on the actions taken at Delegate Meetings
Presentation of actions/issues that will come before future Delegate Meetings
When applicable, vote as directed by the Member Club
What should your Delegate expect from the Member Club?
Long term appointment as Delegate
A forum to report on what transpired at Delegate meetings
Discussion and guidance on forthcoming actions/issues
Assistance with Delegate expenses to expand who might become Delegates and to maximize their participation