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Whether you are a breeder or someone in search of a Biewer Terrier, you will find some very interesting and helpful articles as you read about this delightful, enchanting breed.

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You will find a host of material about the BTCA, Inc., including membership enrollment, history, By-Laws and Constitution, plus information in general, on its various activities.

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Here you will find a complete list of our members along with their contact information.  If you are interested in joining the BTCA, the instructions will be provided on this page.

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Great News! The BTCA, Inc. is planning its first Agility Competition November 5, 2018 at the Bella Vista Training Center in Lewisberry, Pa.  This will be an AKC All Breed and Mixed Breed Agility Trial. For more information contact Yolando Russell our Companion Sport Chair at or (516) 623-9249. We are also on the calendar for June 17th, 2019 and November 4, 2019. All three events aren't held on a Monday. If we are prepared by November to enter, we have a whole year to practice!! Come out and see the Biewer Terriers show off their talents.

Current News

Maryland Open Show Info:
Thursday, July 5, 2018;
Catoctin Kennel Club; Judge Mrs. Valerie J. Brown
Friday, July 6, 2018;
Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club; Judge Mr. Richard Todd Jackson
Friday, July 6, 2018;
Biewer Terrier Club Of America; Judge Mr. Gregg G. Kantak
Saturday, July 7, 2018;
Upper Marlboro Kennel Club; event not listed on AKC Open Show calendar.
Sunday, July 8, 2018;
National Capital Kennel Club; Judge not approved as of listing.

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About the Biewer Terrier Club of America, Inc....

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Article I 

Section 1. Eligibility:

  • (a) Individual Membership: To be a member you must be 18 years of age or older in good standing with the American Kennel Club and own, breed, or have an interest in the Biewer Terrier. Anyone meeting the requirements may apply for membership. Upon approval, “Individual” memberships shall have one (1) vote, and may serve as a single sponsor for a new member. They will enjoy all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of an Individual Membership.
  • (b) Family Membership: Open to all persons 18 years of age and over who are in good standing with the American Kennel Club. Upon approval, “Family” memberships shall consist of two people and have two (2) votes. They will enjoy all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of an Individual Membership.
  • (c) Junior membership: Open to all persons under the age of 18 with an interest in the Biewer Terrier who are in good standing with the Biewer Terrier Club of America and the American Kennel Club. Upon approval, “Junior” memberships shall enjoy all privileges of membership except voting or holding office.
  • (d) Honorary Membership: May be conferred in recognition of special service to the BTCA, Inc., and is granted as a non-voting, non-office-holding membership. However, any Honorary Member may choose to pay dues and apply for Individual Membership with all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of that Membership.
  • (e) Lifetime Membership: May be awarded, by a 2/3 vote of the Board of Directors, to individuals from among the membership who have made significant contributions to the Club and the Biewer Terrier breed. Members shall not pay membership dues. Members shall have all rights and privileges of an Individual Membership.
  • (f) Associate Membership: Will be conferred by a majority of the Board of Directors. Associate members do not pay dues, but are entitled to all club privileges except voting or holding office.

Section 2. Dues: Regular membership dues will not exceed $50.00 a year. Two adults residing in the same household will not exceed $75.00. Membership will run from February to February. Dues will not be prorated, so if you join in May dues will be due again in February. All resignations must be in writing. The membership chair will send out renewal notices in November.

Section 3. Election to Membership: Each applicant for membership must agree to abide by the constitution, bylaws, the rules of Biewer Terrier Club of America and rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club. The applicant may fill out the online application or ask that an application be emailed or mailed from the Membership Committee of the BTCA and shall carry the endorsement of one member in good standing. All applicants must agree to a personal interview. Yearly dues are paid at the time the application is filled out or when applicant is approved. If membership is refused, dues will be returned.

  • (a) The Membership Committee appointed by the Board of Directors will consider the application and forward a report to the Board of Directors.
  • (b) Applications will be voted upon within 90 days of application. Affirmative votes of 2/3 of the Board shall be required to elect an applicant.
  • (c) Applicants will be notified within 30 days of the vote of the Board; no reason will be given for denial of membership.
  • (d) An application which has failed to receive the requisite 2/3 affirmative votes by the Board may be presented by the applicant's sponsor at the next annual meeting of the Club and the members may elect such applicant by secret ballot and a favorable vote of 75% of the members present and voting.
  • (e) Applicants for membership who have not been accepted by the club may re-apply one year after denial.

Section 4. Termination of Membership:

  • (a) Resignation: Any member in good standing may resign from the club at any time. All materials belonging to the club must be surrendered in proper condition to the club secretary no later than 10 days after termination of membership. OR: If you have been involved with a committee or service, please return any materials, trophies, etc... when you tender your resignation.
  • (b) Lapsing: A membership will be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such member's dues remain unpaid 30 days after February 28. The board may grant an additional 30 days of grace to such delinquent members in meritorious cases. In no case may a person be entitled to vote at any club meeting whose dues are unpaid as of the date of that meeting.
  • (c) Expulsion: Membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VI of these bylaws.

Article II: Meetings and Voting

Section 1. Club Meetings: Meetings will be held at the time of the dog shows or special club events. Meetings shall not exceed more than one per month. The quorum for such meetings shall be 10 percent of the members in good standing. Written notice of these meetings shall be mailed by the Secretary at least 10 days prior to the date of the meeting or e-mailed. The quorum for such meetings shall be 20 percent of the members in good standing.

Section 2. Special Club Meetings: Special meetings may be called at any time by the President or a majority of the members. A written request must be made as to the purpose of the meeting. A fifteen-day notice will be given to all members as to the request and purpose of the meeting. Such meetings may be held through a forum or over the phone. No other business may be discussed at this time. The quorum for such meetings shall be 20 percent of the members in good standing.

Section 3. Board Meetings: Board meetings may be held through a forum or over the phone. Meetings will be held at a time designated by the existing board. The quorum for all meetings shall be a majority of the board. There shall be no fewer than 6 meetings per year. A notice shall be emailed by the Secretary at least 3 days prior to the date of the meeting consisting of the meeting's agenda.

Section 4. Special Board Meetings: A special board meeting may be called by any board member. A written request must be made as to the purpose of the board meeting. A notice shall be emailed at least 3 days prior to the date of the meeting. A quorum for all meetings shall be the majority of the board. No other business may be discussed at this time.

Section 5. Voting: Each member in good standing whose dues are paid for the current year, shall be entitled to one vote at any meeting of the club at which he/she is present. Proxy voting will not be permitted at any club meeting or election.

Section 6. Special Voting: Under mitigating circumstances, special elections or voting may be called at any time by the President and the Board with a three day notice.

Section 7.  Electronic Voting: Members are agreeing to conduct elections on breed standard revisions, By-Law amendments, annual elections, and any other specific issues as they may arise via electronic voting. Those not consenting to electronic voting will receive their ballots via USPS or email from the BTCA, Inc. secretary.

Article III: Directors and Officers

Section 1. Board of Directors: The board shall be comprised of the officers and directors elected for two-year terms at the club's annual meeting as provided in Article IV or shall serve until their successors are elected. General management of the club's affairs shall be entrusted to the board of directors. The President, Secretary and one Director position will be up for election during one year. The Vice President, Treasurer and Director position will be up for election in the following year. The 2 Founders of the club shall have a life time position and voting privileges on the board.

Section 2. Officers: The club's officers, consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, shall serve in their respective capacities both with regard to the club and its meetings and the board and its meetings.

  • (a) The President shall preside at all meetings of the club and of the board, and shall have the duties and powers normally given to the office of President in addition to those particularly specified in these bylaws.
  • (b) The Vice President shall have the duties and exercise the powers of the President in case of the President's death, absence or incapacity.
  • (c) The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the club and of the board and of all matters of which a record shall be ordered by the club; have charge of the correspondence, notify members of meetings, notify new members of their election to membership, notify officers and directors of their election to office, keep a roll of the members of the club with their addresses, and carry out such other duties as are prescribed in these bylaws.
  • (d) The Treasurer shall collect and receive all moneys due or belonging to the club. Moneys shall be deposited in a bank designated by the board, in the name of the club. The books shall at all times be open to inspection by the board and a report shall be given at every meeting on the condition of the club's finances and every item of receipt or payment not before reported; and at the annual meeting an accounting shall be rendered of all moneys received and expended during the previous fiscal year.
  • (e)The immediate Past President shall serve as an honorary member (without a vote) on the Board for a period of 2 years.

Section 3. Delegate: The AKC Delegate shall be appointed by the Board of Directors serving a 3 year term or whenever a vacancy exists, and shall serve as a non-voting member of the Board.

  • (a) The AKC Delegate shall attend the quarterly meetings of the American Kennel Club, reporting to the Board of Directors. The Delegate shall not be limited in the number of terms that he/she may serve. If elected, the Delegate may become a member of the Board of Directors.

Section 4. Directors: The board shall maintain two Director Positions to serve in their respective capacities both with regard to the club and its meetings and the board and its meetings.

  • (a) The board may appoint additional Director Positions as needed to manage the affairs of the club. The added Directors will then be placed on the voting docket as required in Article IV Section 3. Elections.

Section 5. Compensation and/or reimbursement: No Board Member shall receive any compensation for services rendered to the BTCA; however, a Board Member may be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses reasonably incurred by that Board Member on behalf of the BTCA if such expenses were pre-approved by a majority vote of the full Board.

Section 6. Vacancies: Any vacancies occurring on the board or among the offices during the year shall be filled by appointment until the next annual election. If office of the President becomes vacant, then it shall be filled automatically by the Vice President. The Vice President position shall be filled by the board.

Section 7. Removal From Office: Should any officer or director fail to participate, without just cause, in three actions requiring a vote, that person may be removed from office by a 2/3 majority of vote of the Board. Action is defined as: 1) attendance at a scheduled Board meeting, or 2) responding to a mailing from the Secretary of motion(s) requiring a vote.

Article IV: The Club Year, Annual Meeting and Elections

Section 1. Club Year: The club's fiscal year begins on the first day of January and ends on the last day of December.

Section 2. Annual Meeting: The annual meeting shall be held at the time of a national or regional specialty.

Section 3. Elections: The board shall appoint a nominating committee before the 10th of March. This committee shall be composed of no more than one board member and two members from the general membership. This committee shall meet in person, via telephone or by group e-mail, final suggested slate must be sent to the secretary by April 30th.

  • (a) All suggested nominees must have been a member in good standing for two years to be eligible for the a position on the board. They must agree to accept the position that is offered by mail or email to the head of the committee.
  • (b) The secretary shall mail or e-mail the proposed slate to all members in good standing no later than April 15th.
  • (c) Any member in good standing may nominate via mail or e-mail any other member for an office or board position. The nominee must agree to accept the position via mail or e-mail to the head of the nominating committee. All "at large" nominations must be received by the committee chairman by April 25th.
  • (d) Should there be no "at large" nominations then the secretary will cast one ballot for the slate on May 1st and they will take office on June 1st.
  • (e) All nominees will submit a biography to the committee chairman by April 30th. The complete list of nominees and their biographies will be sent to all members by May 5th. A ballot will be considered invalid if there is more than one vote per office.
  • (f) If done through the mail, there will be an envelope addressed to the secretary, using the return address of the secretary sent with each ballot. All ballots must be received by the secretary by May 11th. The results are to be e-mailed to the membership by May 16th.
  • (g) The new board will take office on June 1st.

Article V: Committees

Section 1. The board may each year appoint standing committees to advance the work of the club in such matters as dog shows, obedience trials, trophies, annual prizes, membership, and other fields which may well be served by committees. Such committees shall always be subject to the final authority of the board. Special committees may also be appointed by the board to aid it on particular projects.

Section 2. Any committee appointment may be terminated by a majority vote of the full membership of the board upon written notice to the appointee; and the board may appoint successors to those persons whose services have been terminated.

Article VI: Discipline

Section 1. American Kennel Club (AKC) Suspension: Any member who is suspended from the privileges of the American Kennel Club automatically shall be suspended from the privileges of this club for a like period.

Section 2. Mistreatment or Neglect of Animals: Any member who is charged and found guilty, pleads no contest, or pays a fine to any government agencies or humane society's charges of animal mistreatment or neglect shall be automatically expelled from this Club.

Section 3. Violations of Constitution and Bylaws of the Club: Shall result in suspension or expulsion from the Club.

Section 4. Charges: Any member may bring charges against a member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interests of the club. Written charges with specifications must be filed in duplicate with the Secretary together with a deposit of $100.00 which shall be forfeited if such charges are not sustained by the board following a hearing. The Secretary shall promptly send a copy of the charges to each member of the board. The board will then consider whether the actions alleged in the charges, if proven, might constitute conduct prejudicial to the best interests of the club. If the board considers that the charges do not allege conduct which would be prejudicial to the best interests of the club, it may refuse to entertain jurisdiction. If the board entertains jurisdiction of the charges, it shall fix a date for a hearing by the board not less than three weeks or more than six weeks thereafter. The Secretary shall promptly send one copy of the charges to the accused member by registered mail together with a notice of the hearing and an assurance that the defendant may personally appear in his own defense and bring witnesses if he/she wishes.

Section 5. Board Hearing: The board shall have complete authority to decide whether counsel may attend the hearing, but both complainant and defendant shall be treated uniformly in that regard. Should the charges be sustained after hearing all the evidence and testimony presented by complainant and defendant, the board may by a majority vote of those present reprimand or suspend the defendant from all privileges of the club for not more than six months from the date of the hearing. If it deems that punishment insufficient, it may also recommend to the membership that the penalty be expulsion. In such case, the suspension shall not restrict the defendant's right to appear before his fellow members at the ensuing club meeting which considers the board's recommendation. Immediately after the board has reached a decision, its finding shall be put in written form and filed with the Secretary. The Secretary, in turn, shall notify each of the parties of the board's decision and penalty, if any.

Section 6. Expulsion: Expulsion of a member from the club may be accomplished only at a meeting of the club following a board hearing and upon the board's recommendation as provided in Section 3 of this Article. Such proceedings may occur at a regular or special meeting of the club to be held within 60 days but not earlier than 30 days after the date of the board's recommendation of expulsion. The defendant shall have the privilege of appearing in his own behalf, though no evidence shall be taken at this meeting. The President shall read the charges and the board's finding and recommendation, and shall invite the defendant, if present, to speak in his own behalf if he wishes. The members shall then vote by secret ballot on the proposed expulsion. A 2/3 vote of those present and voting at the meeting shall be necessary for expulsion. If expulsion is not so voted, the board's suspension shall stand.

Article VII: Amendments

Section 1. Amendments to the constitution and bylaws may be proposed by the board of directors or by written petition addressed to the Secretary signed by 20 percent of the membership in good standing. Amendments proposed by such petition shall be promptly considered by the board of directors and must be submitted to the members with recommendations of the board by the Secretary for a vote within three months of the date when the petition was received by the Secretary.

Section 2. The constitution and bylaws may be amended by a secret vote of the members present and voting at any regular or special meeting called for the purpose, provided the proposed amendments have been included in the notice of the meeting and mailed to each member at least two weeks prior to the date of the meeting.

Article VIII: Dissolution

Section 1. The club may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not less than 2/3 of the members. In the event of the dissolution of the club other than for purposes of reorganization whether voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law, none of the property of the club nor any proceeds thereof nor any assets of the club shall be distributed to any members of the club, but after payment of the debts of the club its property and assets shall be given to a charitable organization for the benefit of dogs selected by the board of directors.

Article IX: Purpose/Order of business

  • (a)Association services; namely, promoting the interests of Biewer terrier owners and developing a new breed through research and studies of the Biewer Terrier dog.
  • (b)Social club services; namely, arranging, organizing, and hosting social events for club members and Biewer Terrier owners.
  • (c)Educational services; namely, providing live and on-line classes, workshops, seminars and conferences in the fields of pet ownership, pet training, dog breeding, grooming and showing, and written materials distributed in connection therewith.
  • (d)Rescue services; namely organizing volunteers who will work to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home Biewer Terriers in need, whether abandoned, lost, stray or surrendered to rescue for placement.

Section 1. At meetings of the club, the order of business, so far as the character and nature of the meeting may permit, shall be as follows:
Roll Call
Minutes of last meeting
Report of President
Report of Secretary
Report of Treasurer
Reports of committees
Election of officers and board
Election of new members
Unfinished business
New business

Section 2. At meetings of the board, the order of business, unless otherwise directed by majority vote of those present, shall be as follows:
Reading of minutes of last meeting
Report of Secretary
Report of Treasurer
Reports of committees
Unfinished business
New business

Article X: Parliamentary Authority

Section 1.The rules contained in the current edition of "Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised," shall govern the club in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any other special rules of order the club may adopt.

Amended March 29, 2018

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