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 below);
  • In good standing with the American Kennel Club; and
  • In agreement to subscribe to the objectives of the American Whippet Club. Before an applicant can be approved for American Whippet Club membership, their name, address and endorsers’ names must be published in The Whippet News, the AWC’s monthly newsletter. The applicant’s credentials then must be reviewed by the Board of Directors of the American Whippet Club, and the applicant must receive a favorable 2/3 vote of the Directors to be approved for membership.

Junior Membership applicants must be younger than 18 years of age at the time of application. This is a non-voting, non-office holding form of membership that may convert to a regular membership upon the Junior Member attaining 18 years of age.

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 excluding 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.

Instructions to Applicants

Download a .pdf of the Membership Application

NOTE: One applicant per application--members applying for a household membership (spouses, siblings, partners, parent/child) must EACH submit a separate application with separate endorsements (although you may use the same endorsers for both household members). Complete all items on pages 2–3 of the application and make sure your two endorsers complete and sign their endorsement pages. The application and endorsements MUST be received at the same time.

**Both of your endorsers must be members in good standing of the American Whippet Club for at least two years, and may not be of the same family or household as you or a member of the AWC Board of Directors.**

Do not send a check for membership dues until the Board of Directors has acted on your application. Once your application has been approved, you will receive information by email about purchasing your membership online or by check.

When your dues are paid you will be granted access to the Members only section of this website giving you access to the online newsletter and other AWC documents.

PLEASE NOTE!  It can take up to two months for your membership application to be voted on by the AWC BOD once your complete application (including both endorsements) has been submitted.  The reason for this delay is that your name and the names of your endorsers will be published in the next issue of the Whippet News and members have 30 days to provide any feedback before the BOD votes on your membership.  Publication of your name in the Whippet News cannot be made until a complete application is received including both endorsements.

Submission Information

Email your application and endorsements in a single email to the (ensure scanned application has signatures) or mail your completed Membership Application with both endorsements in one envelope via USPS to:

Membership Chair

Annie L. Andrews

6019 Crupper Pl

Fairfax, VA 22030 

Send questions to the membership chair at


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