Constitution: Article I- Name and Objectives

Section 1.

The name of the Club shall be the Berger Picard Club of America, Inc. (“the Club” or “BPCA”). 

Section 2. 

The objectives of the Club shall be:

(a) to encourage and promote quality in the breeding of pure-bred Berger Picards (“Picard(s)”) and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection;

(b) to do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed:

  •  by guarding against the commercial exploitation of Berger Picards;
  • by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at and conduct at conformation, performance, and all club related activities;
  • by providing education appropriate to the needs of owners, breeders, judges, potential owners and all others with an interest in the Berger Picard;
  •  by publishing literature and periodicals in the interest of the Berger Picard;

(c) to urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by The American Kennel Club as the standard of excellence by which the Berger Picard shall be judged;

(d) to conduct sanctioned matches, specialty shows, obedience trials, tracking tests, agility trials, herding trials and any other events for which the club is eligible under the rules and regulations of The American Kennel Club;

(e) to promote responsible and ethical breeding practices through a Code of Ethics that will protect the breed’s unique and desired traits, dependability and health;

(f) to provide a forum for fellowship, mutual cooperation and development of friendships among owners and fanciers of the Berger Picard breed; and,

(g) to promote the Picard, and educate persons interested in the Breed;

(h) to encourage the organization of independent local specialty clubs in those localities where there are sufficient fanciers of the breed to meet the requirements of The American Kennel Club. 

Section 3.

The Club shall not be conducted or operated for profit and no part of any profits or remainder or residue from dues or donations to the Club shall inure to the benefit of any member or individual.

Section 4.

The members of the Club shall adopt and may from time to time, and without limit, revise such bylaws in accordance with Article VII as may be required to carry out these objectives.