shall have seven (4) classes of memberships.
Privileges of an Adult, Junior, Lifetime Adult Single and Lifetime Adult Dual memberships: Adult members of the Association are entitled to attend, speak during open forum and vote at the membership meetings of the Association. Memberships shall be based on membership numbers. A group with at least one (1) Adult member has only 1 vote regardless of the number of Adult members. In addition, members in good standing shall be kept informed of the activities, and be notified of all membership meetings, have annual reports and up-to-date Bylaws made available to them by contacting the Treasurer and/or Secretary.
Junior memberships do not include the right to vote or speak at meetings.
Definition of Membership
Active Member is one who owns or breeds the North American BABYDOLL Southdown Sheep or pet owners, wool fanciers and youth, or person interested in supporting the Association. These persons may become an active member in NABSSAR by making application and paying membership fees.
1) An Adult is for 22 and over. The age you are on December
31st, of the year prior to the year you are applying for, determines
Adult or Junior pricing. Examples: December 31, 2023 you are 21 =
Junior for 2024; December 31, 2023 you are 22, = Adult for 2024.
2) A group (same membership number) can be one, or more persons.
3) All members in a group “own” the sheep and any lambs born.
4) A group's members do not have to be in the same family. Family is defined as a group of two or more persons related by birth, marriage, or adoption.
5) The Lifetime Adult Dual is meant for two people that are married or in a domestic relationship. A domestic relationship is defined as couples, who live together and share a common domestic life, but are not married (to each other or to anyone else). It is not for parent/child.
6) All members of the group must pay a membership fee.
7) To leave a group, the registrar must receive a request in writing.
8) A Junior group will NOT have any Adult members in it.
9) A group with at least one (1) Adult member has only 1 vote regardless of the number of Adult members.
Adult member: The cost is $20.00 for the entire year.Junior member: One Junior under the age of 22. The cost is $15.00 for the year. The Junior member is not allowed to vote or hold office in the Association.
Lifetime Adult Single: Same as the Adult member, except the membership is for life and the cost is $300.00 for their lifetime.
Lifetime Adult Dual: Same as the Adult member, except the membership is for life and the cost is $450.00 for their lifetimes. The Lifetime Adult Dual is meant for two people that are married or in a domestic relationship. A domestic relationship is defined as couples, who live together and share a common domestic life, but are not married (to each other or to anyone else). It is not for parent/child.
What is an agriculture-learning environment? Any person(s) under the age of 22 participating in 4H, FFA, AG Program, College Ag Studies, or a working farm.
Membership Fees and Rules
The Board shall set Annual membership fees for the above-established classes of memberships.
Each applicant shall apply on a form approved by the Board of Directors. By the signing and/or submittal of the application, the applicant agrees to abide by the Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation and the Code of Ethics of NABSSAR.
No other member category may be added to these articles or changes made to requirements or qualification unless 2/3rds majority of the Board approve.
The Board may increase the fees for membership dues, registration or transfers to meet administration expenses.
Membership dues shall be payable on or before the first day of January of each year. A grace period of 30 days will be in effect; however, any fees after such time shall be considered late and a reactivation fee of $25.00 shall apply along with normal fees for memberships. Members not up-to-date on membership dues may not cast a vote in a general election.
Termination of membership may also occur for failure to abide by the Bylaws. Termination of a membership for violation of Bylaws or Code of Ethics requires 2/3rds vote of the active members. However, the Board may suspend a membership or registration due to violation of Bylaws or Code of Ethics for a period not more then (6) six months, thereafter, to continue the suspension the Association shall put the continuation of suspension to a members vote.
NABSSAR YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP
We may accept donations or contributions for distributing as an agriculture scholarship.
The criterion for the NABSSAR Agriculture Scholarship Program is as follows:
The North American Babydoll Southdown Sheep Association and Registry (NABSSAR) offers one (1) $1000.00 USD scholarship to a junior NABSSAR member each year to encourage participation in Babydoll Southdown sheep activities and to encourage them to pursue a higher education in a science or livestock related career after high school.
Scholarship funds may be used towards the student’s tuition, books, and/or room and board. Scholarship recipients are not restricted from pursuing or accepting other forms of financial aid, assistantship, scholarships or tuition waiver.
- The applicant must be a NABSSAR junior member & must receive at least a 2.5 GPA (grade point average) during the senior year in High School or previous year of college whichever is more current.
- Applicants must be accepted for enrollment at an accredited college, university, community college or technical school by June 1st of each calendar year. Their academic major must be agricultural or be potentially agriculture science related.
- The applicant must answer all of the questions on the application.
- The applicant must submit a
short typed essay not exceeding one (1) page addressing the following:
Describe what your experiences as a Babydoll Southdown owner has taught
you that would help you to achieve your career goals. Include
information about your participation, leadership role or volunteer work
in livestock judging, 4H, FFA or other agriculture related youth
groups. Include any honors or awards received through the above
Your essay should include when you started with Babydoll Southdowns, the size of your flock, your management responsibilities, and how you promoted your sheep, for example - showed the sheep, used the wool, etc.
- The applicant must include 2 letters of reference as to your character, preferably from a teacher, a veterinarian or other animal health care professional.
- The application is a fillable .pdf. Complete and print OR print out and complete the Scholarship form located on our website.
- Attach a copy of your most recent transcript and your proof of enrollment.
- Attach your essay.
Deadline for application is
June 1st and scholarship winner will be notified by August 1st of that
Send Scholarship Application to:
Babydoll Southdown Scholarship
c/o Diane Spisak
4744 Shawnee Rd
Wellsville, KS 66092
YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
A five (5)-panel committee chosen by the board will award the scholarships. Deadline for applying is June 1st of each year.
Duties of the Registrar:
- Keep complete and accurate records of registered BABYDOLL Sheep, including pedigree information and dates of transactions.
- Provide annual report on number of sheep registered.
- Provide copies of registrations of each sheep or transfer upon request to the Board.
- Report annually on fees received, spent and transferred to the Treasurer.
- Submit to the Int'l Registry Committee requests for registering non-registered sheep or questionable registrations before the granting of registration.
- Provide pedigrees to sheep owners at the Board set price.
- Transfer within thirty (30) days, all records, copies, and accounts to a newly selected Registrar or the Board upon request of the Board.
- The Board may opt to compensate the Registrar for time per registration completed.
- The Association may use
outside sources or businesses to maintain registry and membership roles.