- The Clinton County Canine Club (CCCC) is a not for profit organization whose members promote the three main objectives of the club:
- To protect and advance the interests of all breeds of both pure and mixed breed dogs and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and obedience trials.
- To conduct matches and other competitive events under the rules of the American Kennel Club Inc. and/or any recognized canine organization.
- To promote community involvement by providing appropriate educational services as determined by the membership.
Instructors in all the courses are members of the CCCC who successfully completed the class they teach and the class above it. The majority of instructors and their assistants participated with their dogs in many Dog shows and Obedience trials and share with their classes not only their knowledge of training methods but also their experience of various dog competitions.
The CCCC currently offers twelve different obedience and training classes. There is no other Club, business or individual in Clinton County that has the knowledge and experience of the CCCC instructors and could teach such a variety of classes.
The Clinton County Canine Club is not affiliated with the American Kennel Club or any other national canine organization. Therefore, it cannot organize any sponsored Dog show or Obedience trial in which the competing dogs win various titles. However, the Club prepares yearly a very popular Fun Match attended not only by the members of the Club but also by many guests from neighboring Counties, Vermont and Canada. The Fun Match is governed by the rules of AKC for similar sponsored events and is an excellent experience for handlers and their dogs before they enter a larger competition.
Members of the Club feel strongly about their involvement in various community events, education about responsible pet ownership and proper handling and care of dogs.
The Club also encourages, through a financial award, the study of animal science or a related field at a two or four year accredited professional college, or an animal care vocational training school.
Club Organization: The CCCC Constitution stipulates the rights of individual members and the duties of elected officials. According to the Constitution, the seven members of the Board of Directors - four Officers and three Board members - are elected for a period of one year. The Club's officers are the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Board is entrusted with the general management of the Club's affairs.
There are two membership meetings per year. The Annual meeting is held in June and the other meeting is in December. Only members in good standing, physically present at the meeting are permitted to vote. In addition to the approval of the President's and Treasurer's report, the members vote to admit new full Club members and to amend the Club's Constitution, if such a proposal was submitted by the Board of Directors. At the Annual meeting in June the members also elect a new Board of Directors and vote on changes in membership dues, if a proposal to do so was submitted by the Board.
Each year, the Board may appoint standing committees to advance the work of the Club. There are currently six committees at work on various Club activities:
- Agility Committee organizes agility classes for participants throughout the year. Agility is a sport in which the dog and handler move around a course of obstacles in an attempt to complete it without faults and within a given time limit.
- Outreach promotes community involvement through educational services. It schedules programs such as Bite Prevention and Meet and Greet at schools, libraries and community events at malls and retail establishments. The committee offers educational materials and live demonstrations to educate people about responsible pet ownership and proper handling and care of dogs.
- Match Committee is in charge of organizing the Fun Match sponsored by the Club. It selects the date and place of the Match, prepares program, gets judges for individual competitions, sends invitations and advertises the event and secures proper registration of participants. Committee members and other volunteers erect the exercise rings and assist the judges at the date of the Match.
- Scholarship Committee solicits applicants among the graduating high school seniors who will study animal science at an accredited 2 or 4 year school. The applicant must be a Clinton County resident, or they, or their parents must be a member of the Clinton County Canine Club. The scholarship committee, consisting of 3 members and 1 alternate, will screen the applicants and accompanying documents and select the recipient, who receives reimbursement (in 2 installments) towards his or her studies.
- Training Committee sponsors dog training classes. It prepares the schedule of the classes, selects instructors and assistants for each class and advertises the beginning of each class session.
To be a member, a person shall have successfully completed one obedience class offered by the Club. He/she shall fill out an application form approved by the Club in which the applicant agrees to abide by the Constitution, By-laws, and rules of the AKC. The application shall include the applicant's name, address, and occupation. To apply for membership, the applicants must have a sponsor who will need to sign his membership application. A sponsor can be an instructor or a Club member who can vouch that the applicant is a humane and responsible dog owner. Dues for the upcoming year shall accompany the application.
Once submitted, the application shall be filed with the secretary. It will be read and voted on at the first meeting of the Board following the receipt. A majority of affirmative votes shall grant a provisional membership to the applicant until the June/December membership meeting of the Club, when the applicant will be voted on for full membership.
- Provisional members have the same rights and privileges as full members of the Club.