The most frequently asked question regarding membership is: “How do I become a member so I can start taking classes?” You do not need to be a member to take classes at Oriole Dog Training Club (ODTC). ODTC is run purely by its volunteer membership. We are always looking for more people to commit to helping the Club to thrive. Typically people will take a class as a non-member and decide during that session if they want to become a member. If they do they find a peer or the instructor in their class to be their sponsor and they apply on-line for a membership. This gives you a little time to decide if you want to become a member without going through the formal process before taking classes.
Provisional Membership – Approved by the Board of Directors for a six-month term. During that time the expectation is the Provisional Member will volunteer at Club activities in any or all of the disciplines (Obedience, Agility, Flyball, etc.) At six-months the Board of Directors will review your volunteer activities and vote on for Training Membership.
Membership dues for Training and Contributing Members is $30 per year (July 1 – June 30)
Training Member – This is the regular level membership within ODTC. This level is achieved upon successful completion of the Provisional Membership requirements.
Household Members – Household members are members living within the same address and pay reduced annual dues as a result. Each member of the household must apply for provisional membership individually. Household members pay a membership fee that is less than the sum of the individual member’s dues.
Contributing Member – Contributing members are persons who are making significant contributions to the operations of the club as determined by the Board of Directors.
Contributing members are members who have volunteered a minimum of 50 hours to the club annually in a ODTC Board of Directors approved position. Contributing members are generally those who instruct regularly, answer telephones, clean the building regularly, serve on the BOD, serve as trial secretaries, routinely steward or judge at all Show-N-Go events, or combine numerous activities such as various trial chairs, teaching some semesters, working some Show-N-Go events, etc. New contributing membership may be awarded throughout the year. Contributing membership is awarded after a member has worked at an ongoing activity for 6 months or met at least half of the required hours with the expectation that they will continue the activity throughout the year. Contributing membership is re-evaluated annually during the annual dues solicitation. Contributing members will retain their CM status for 6 months after they discontinue their CM duties. After this 6 month period has ended, their membership status will be changed to Training Member.
“How to become a Contributing Member” is another frequently asked question. When current Contributing Member positions open the job announcement will go out to the ODTC club membership via e-mail. Those interesting in apply should provide the point of contact with a brief summary of why they are the best candidate for that position. The Board of Directors will make the final decision on selecting the candidate. Other ways are through Board of Director elections. And some positions are still filled through word of mouth.
Lifetime Member – Lifetime members are persons who are recommended by the Board of Directors to the General Membership. Such persons are then elected to this status for life by 2/3’s of the members present and voting at a regular meeting.
- Training members in good standing pay 66-75% of full price for all classes and get second choice for seminars and ALL classes if they meet the class criteria and deadlines.
- Contributing members pay 33-50% of full price for all classes and get first choice for seminars and ALL classes if they meet the class criteria and deadlines.
- Non-members and Provisional members pay full price for classes and can fill any remaining spots in seminars and classes if they meet the class criteria and deadlines.
- All members except Provisional and Honorary members can vote on ODTC decisions.
- All members have on-line access to the club newsletter, The Dumbbell.
- Only Training and contributing members in good standing are eligible for club trophies.