SOTC Membership Renewals
PO Box 3457
Syracuse NY 13220-3457
Please, please, please: Do not try to renew by simply dropping cash or a check into the cashbox at the building. It may not be picked up or credited to your account in time to prevent your membership from lapsing.
Write the invoice number and “membership dues” on the check.
Questions? Need help? Contact the Membership Manager, Kathy Mosher (SOTCmbrmgr@gmail.com)
If you are a Regular member but do not anticipate being active in the club in the coming year, please consider helping us by switching to Associate membership when you renew.
To conduct business at our meetings, we need a quorum – 10 percent of our Regular (i.e. voting) members for a General Membership meeting, 20 percent for a Special meeting. The more Regular members we have on the rolls, the more people we need at a meeting to make a quorum. We sometimes have trouble getting those attendance numbers, meaning that it's a wasted meeting: we can't vote or conduct any other business.
To address the problem, the AKC recommends that we ask our inactive Regular members (those who have not attended a GM meeting in some time) to consider switching to Associate membership. Associates are non-voting members and so are not counted for purposes of determining a quorum.
Regular members (individuals as well as families) can make the switch to Associate status on-line at renewal time.
Associate membership is a way of putting your membership, and its benefits, on hold. In terms of benefits, Associates are essentially non-members. They may not do anything that someone from the general public wouldn’t be allowed to do, like keep a crate at the building, have a key, open-train, teach, use points, or receive priority admission and discounted fees for classes and seminars. If you wish to use these benefits, then Associate membership is not for you!
We understand that meeting attendance is not the only measure of “being active in the club.” Some members cannot attend meetings at night but still teach, work trials, or take classes/open-train during the day. But if you have moved out of the area, are not currently training a dog, or are simply not using the benefits of Regular membership, please think about switching to Associate status – at least for now. You can easily switch back later.