HOW TO JOIN
You are cordially invited start your journey as a Full Member of the AKC parent club for the Neapolitan Mastiff.
The United States Neapolitan Mastiff Club (USNMC) exists today due to the efforts of its current and past members. What a great way to support the Neapolitan, keep abreast of the latest in the Neo world and to take advantage of the opportunity to network with our great members throughout the entire United States!
There are a few types of membership available to you! The current types are as follows:
Full Membership (individual or family)
Jr. Membership - our newest form of membership for those who are 10-17 years of age.
Subscriber or International Subscriber - both of which entitle you to a copy of our club magazine only. A more thorough description of each membership classification appears in the club bylaws.
In order to apply for full membership, you must have two club members, who are already Full Members, to act as sponsors for you. These two persons, who must live in different households, must have known you for at least one year! This requirement serves as a mentoring period which keeps you in contact with other Neo people who can guide you on the road to Neapolitan ownership- both on the straight paths and through the detours. During these tech savvy days - what a treat to deal with people, and to get involved with a local club and/ or the parent club
You can see a list of our members by going to the Members List.
We encourage you to join the USNMC so that you can learn more about the Neapolitan Mastiff and represent your new ideas to our breed and to our parent club. Contact our membership chair or anyone on the Membership committee.
Processing Membership Applications
The application for membership, along with two (2) sponsorship forms (which shall be signed by two (2) sponsors, both of whom are Full members of the USNMC not residing in the same household, in good standing and have been with the USNMC for a minimum of one (1) year or more, and are personally acquainted with the applicant for a minimum of one (1) year) along with the membership fee are all received in one U.S. Postal Service mailed package by the Treasurer, who records the receipt of the payment and deposits the payment.
As soon as payment has cleared (we give the bank approximately a week), the Treasurer forwards the form to the Secretary for further processing and for record-keeping in the club archives. Another copy is mailed to the Membership Chair.
STEPS 2a and 2B
The Secretary enters the applicant(s) names, state, membership classification and sponsors names into the Board minutes to be read at the next Board Meeting.
The Membership Chair contacts the applicant to let them know where their application is in the process and to answer any questions.
After the reading of the applicant(s) name(s) at the board meeting, the application is published to the membership for feedback in the monthly e-mailed “little neogram.”
Approximately two weeks after publication to the membership, board members vote on the applicant(s) (via secret mailed ballot as required by the bylaws and the AKC). Board members are given two weeks for the vote to be returned and then the results are forwarded to the Membership Chair who then sends a Welcome Packet.
In December of each year, a renewal notice is mailed to all Members. All Members (no matter when they initially joined) are supposed to renew by January 31 although there is a 30-day “grace’ period. So renewal dues will be accepted until March 2 (or March 1 in Leap Years.)
A membership is considered Lapsed and thus is automatically terminated if such member’s dues remain unpaid thirty (30) days after the 31st day of January of each year.
Lapsed Members may apply to the board for re-instatement by using the Lapsed Membership Form.