AWC Membership

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Why join the AWC?

The American Whippet Club is the custodian of the breed standard and oversees many other aspects of promoting, preserving and protecting the Whippet breed. An AWC Membership gives members the ability to vote on the National Specialty judges, Futurity judges (if they have a nominated litter) and who will serve on the AWC Board of Directors, giving members a voice in the future of the breed.

AWC members also receive a free online subscription to our monthly newsletter The Whippet News, and a free issue of the highly-collectable AWC Whippet News Annual, packed full of great photos, ads and articles of interest to anyone who loves the breed. 

General Information

The American Whippet Club requires that every applicant be a Whippet owner at the time a membership application is submitted.

As stated in the Constitution and By‐Laws of the American Whippet Club, applicants must be:

  • At least 18 years of age (except for Junior Members—see Membership Types below);
  • In good standing with the American Kennel Club; and
  • Pay their dues by January 1 of each year, and
  • Agree to subscribe to the American Whippet Club Constitution, Bylaws, and Code of Ethics

AWC Membership Types

Regular (Individual) - the member enjoys all club privileges including the right to vote and hold office.

Associate - the member is entitled to all club privileges except voting and office holding. This type of membership is offered to individuals who live in the club’s area but choose to not be active.

Life – this type of membership may be granted to those individuals who have been members for a long period of time (usually 20+ years) and who have also made significant contributions to the Sport, Breed or the Club. Life members shall pay no dues but are eligible to vote and hold office.

Honorary – this type of membership shall be bestowed upon an individual who has made significant contributions to the Sport, Breed or the Club. Honorary members shall pay no dues and are not eligible to vote, but the honoree can maintain regular membership if they pay dues.

Foreign – for those individuals who are not United States residents or residents of United States territories and possessions. The member enjoys all club privileges except voting and holding office.

Junior – this type of membership is open to minors under 18 years of age. It is a non-voting/non-office holding membership which may automatically convert to regular membership at age 18.

Membership Process

Applicant Submission Process: The following process outlines how an individual can become an AWC member.
  • Step 1. Complete, sign and date the membership application. Only one applicant per application, e.g., for a married couple to become members, a separate AWC application for each individual must be submitted (endorsers may be the same individuals but must submit an endorsement pertaining to the applicant, not the couple).
  • Step 2. Obtain endorsements from two AWC members in good standing who have been members for at least two years and who not from the same family or household as the applicant or a member of the AWC Board of Directors.
  • Step 3. Email the application and both endorsements at the same time to the AWC Membership (may use USPS is email is not available) . Scanned or photographed applications are permissible. Copies should be maintained by the applicant.
  • Step 4. Do not send a check or pay for membership dues until notified by the AWC Secretary that application for membership has been approved.
  • Step 5. Pay dues as required by the formal AWC Welcome Letter.
AWC Approval Process: The following process outlines the AWC responsibilities for approving applications.
  • Step 1. The AWC Membership Chair will review applications for compliance with the guidance.
  • Step 2. The Whippet News publishes a list of AWC Applications For Membership (including applicant name/address/phone number/email address and their two endorser names) providing AWC Members 30 days to submit comments regarding applicants to the AWC Membership Chair. The Whippet News is published every other month (Jan/Feb, Mar/Apr, May/Jun, Jul/Aug, Sep/Oct, Nov/Dec).
  • Step 3. Upon completion of the 30 day member comment period, the AWC Membership Chair emails copies of the Applications, Endorsements and any comments to the AWC Secretary, who in turns fowards these documents to the AWC BOD.
  • Step 4. The AWC BOD reviews, discusses and votes on the Applicants. An applicant must receive a favorable 2/3 vote of the Directors to be approved for membership.
  • Step 5. The AWC Secretary sends an email to the Applicants with the results of the vote. This email is followed by a formal letter from the AWC instructing next steps for new members.
  • Step 6. When dues are paid, members will be granted access to the Members only section of the AWC website.
PLEASE NOTE!  It can take up to two months for your membership application to be voted on by the AWC BOD once a complete application has been submitted.  

AWC Membership Application

Submission Information
Email your application and endorsements in a single email to the (ensure scanned or photographed application has signatures) or mail your completed Membership Application with both endorsements in one envelope via USPS to:
American Whippet Club Membership Chair
Annie L. Andrews
6019 Crupper Pl
Fairfax, VA 22030 
Send questions to the membership chair at

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