This online membership renew process is available for those who choose to renew their membership "on-line". Membership renewal via the postal system is still available who would prefer not to use this online process.
This online process involves four steps:
Your completed application will be reviewed by the HFC membership approval committee which takes about 4 to 8 weeks. You will be notified once your application has been reviewed. If your application is approved, your membership will be active as soon as approval is received.
Even if you do not meet the criteria for voting membership at this time, you may still meet the criteria for a non-voting member. Occasioanlly it may be more appropriate for you, or you may prefer to, simply be a newsletter subscriber for the time being. As circumstances change, you may be able to re-apply for membership at a later date. Non-members may be active with the club in some capacities, and may attend, particiapte and help out at HFC sponsored events.
What if I don't have a sponsor?
All membership classes do require the sponsorship of a current HFC member in good standing. A sponsor is much more than just a name. A sponsor would be someone who knows you well and has known you personally for a minimum length of time. A casual relationship or passing acquaintance is not adequate for sponsorship. We do understand that some potential applicants do not live near existing members. In such circumstances, where distance prevents close personal contact, there are alternate ways to get to know someone where commitment and informed consent is made for such a goal. It takes time and effort to build a relationship. The members you anticipate to be mentors/sponsors/references need to be aware of your intent; please check with them before providing their name as a referral. As you get to know members, one may be able to sponsor you in the future.
It’s up to you. Voting members have the opportunity to be more active by taking on appointments to the Board of Directors and committee chairmanships as well as voting on important issues that affect the Havanese in Canada. To be a voting member, additonal criteria apply and you need to have sufficient breed knowledge to make informed decisions when necessary. Non-voting Associate members, Junior and Foreign members have many of the same benefits but with some restrictions. They can attend meetings and voice their thoughts and opinions. They have a voice but not a vote. They may participate on some committees and are entitled to listing in the on-line membership directory. As your experience and knowledge changes, you may be elligible for or wish to move to a different category of memberhsip. * All breeders are encouraged to apply for voting membership.
No it doesn’t. Being a subscriber only entitles you to be on the mailing list for our newsletter. Subscribers may be anyone who has an interest in Havanese whether they own one or not. Subscribers are not members of the Club and as such have no voice in the Club and are not eligible for any Club benefits. There are no requirements to the Club. If you are currently a subscriber, you may choose to apply for membership if you meet the above criteria.
For All Members
Additional Benefits for Voting Members
HFC members have access to our support network to help with home and breeder referrals as well as help for home evaluations in long distance puppy placements
Membership may provide opportunities to develop cooperative and reciprocal breeding relationships and may help members in finding help and guidance to improved breeding practices.
We wanted the HFC to be open to as many individuals as possible so try to keep membership fees affordable. All memberships include a free subscription to our quarterly newsletter. HFC membership dues are $35 per year for voting members (rebate for 2nd voting member in same household), $25 for non-voting associate members and $10 juniors. Foreign membership (non-voting) is a little more at $27 because of higher postage for mailings.
If you love the Havanese breed and are looking for ways to volunteer your time and skills for the betterment of the breed, to meet and network with other Havanese Fanciers across the country, to have a voice on issues that matter to the future of the Havanese breed in Canada, to have an outlet to express your passionate love of the breed and have some fun along the way, the HFC may be for you.