Becoming A Member
Joining the CWHWTC
The CWHWTC is happy to welcome new members. However, there is a process that must be undergone, and membership is not automatic.
ALL membership applications must be signed by a sponsor. A sponsor is one who is an Active member in good standing with the CWHWTC. Therefore, please read through the following carefully before downloading the application.
Types of Membership
There are 2 kinds of membership:
Active: A person who has been a member of the Club for at least a year.
Life: Members who are voted as such by the Club after certain conditions have been met.
The First Step – Finding a Sponsor
As your application will require a Club member to sponsor you, the first step is to find an Active member in good standing with the CWHWTC who will sponsor you.
This can be accomplish in several ways:
- Talk to the breeder of your Westie, or if you don’t have a Westie yet, talk to the breeders whose waiting lists you are on. Get to know someone, or a group of people who are already members. This can usually be accomplished by attending dog shows. Hint: wait until the people grooming and showing their Westies are finished in the show ring before introducing yourself to them, as before the show, they are very busy concentrating on getting their Westies ready for the show ring.
- Email the Club Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org. The secretary will help you to contact people in your area.
- Note: Sponsors must have been members of the Club for a full year before they may sponsor other members.
The Next Step
Once you have found someone who knows you well enough that they are willing to sponsor you, then is the time to get out the application form. Fill it out, sign one copy of the Code of Ethics, get your sponsor to fill out their part of it, and mail the form and the signed Code of Ethics with a cheque for your first year’s dues to the membership chair. (Name and address information are on the form).
Please, postdate your cheque for three months in the future, as it won’t be cashed until you actually become a member.
The Application Process
The membership chair will publish your name as a member-applicant on the Website, which will allow people to provide feedback to the Club about the suitability of your membership. Then, if there are no objections to your membership, your name will be published as a new member.
Should there be any objections or negative feedback to your application for membership, it will then go before the Executive for consideration.
Membership is not automatic, as the Club is determined to only have members who care about the welfare of the Westie breed and who are ethical, upstanding people who will also act in the best interests of the Club as well as the breed.
The process takes several months, but you will be notified of your acceptance. We appreciate your interest in the Club!
To download a copy of the member application please click on the link below