Irish Wolfhound Club of America, Inc.

IWCA Policies

IWCA Policy Chair

Linda King

These policies have been established at IWCA Board meetings or at General Membership meetings in order to clarify and augment the By-Laws. A date in parentheses (if one appears) after an item represents the Board Meeting or Annual General Meeting at which the policies were voted into effect. This is intended to be a living document with updates as new policies are established. New policies will be published in the minutes of Board Meetings and AGMs, and updates to this document may be published as needed.

If you, as a member, feel that any policy needs to be changed or added, a written proposal should be submitted to the Secretary and the chairman of the policy committee. Policies are not intended to override or alter any of the By-Laws.

ARTICLE I: Name and Objects


No member shall be paid for their services to the club. (10/05/2013)

ARTICLE II: Membership

Membership Committee

  • Receive applications for membership in the club. Provide list of applicants to the secretary and to the editor of Harp & Hound for publication, and receive resulting letters of comment.
  • The membership chairman will keep files of membership applications. (09/23/1989)
  • New associate members are sent the most recent available copy of the Harp & Hound. (7/30/2016)
  • Associate memberships are not transferable. (01/22/2001)
  • Retain the procedure of charging for the IWCA membership list except for current members of the Board who shall receive it free of charge beginning in 2013. (01/19/2013)
  • It is desirable for those applying for active membership be an associate member for at least two years. (01/19/2013)
  • If an applicant is admitted to membership at the Fall meeting, his or her dues will be considered paid for the following year. (1/16/2016)
  • Sponsors of applicants for Active membership may send letters of recommendation without having signed the original application. (07/30/2016)

ARTICLE IV: Directors and Officers

SECTION 1. (a) Board of Directors

To adopt the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order for IWCA Board meetings. (02/12/2010)

SECTION 2. Officers. (c) The Secretary

  • Any member who does not want their address published on the membership list should send that request, in writing, to the club secretary. (09/28/1986)
  • The Board minutes will be published on the website within 30 days of the Board meeting and in the next Harp & Hound (07/30/2016). If there is to be a general mailing it will be sent out to arrive thirty (30) days before the next Board meeting.

Succession of Officers

Three (3) positions are critical to the ongoing function of the IWCA, Inc.; President, Secretary and Treasurer. The By-Laws provide for a successor to the President. This policy establishes the means to replace the Secretary and Treasurer should they become unavailable. The interim back-up for the Secretary shall be the second (2nd) Vice President. The interim back-up for the Treasurer shall be the third (3rd) Board member of the Finance Committee, i.e., the individual that is not the President or Treasurer. This policy will become effective immediately. (01/19/2013)

ARTICLE V: The Club Year, Voting, Nominations, Elections

SECTION 3. Annual Election

Nomination of Judges for IWCA Competitive Events

  • The Board will solicit recommendations from Active Members for the Conformation and Sweepstakes Judges. (01/14/2017)
  • There must be 10 (ten) years between a judge’s National judging assignments, effective in 2017. (02/01/2014)

Election Policies

  • Ballots are to be sent to a CPA firm, and delivered to the tellers at the AGM. (06/1997)
  • In the eventuality of a tie for First Vice-President, on the basis of precedent, the winner will be decided by the toss of a coin. (04/19/1988, reaffirmed 04/18/90)
  • All election results are to be posted ASAP at show headquarters and at the show site. (05/03/1995).

ARTICLE VI: Committees

Trophy Committee

  • All trophies purchased for the specialty will be of similar quality. (1/30/1993)
  • Challenge trophies may only be retired by an active or associate member. (02/15/1992)
  • Challenge trophies will be held by the club until retired. (05/05/1996)
  • The IWCA Founders Trophy will remain for Breeder of Best of Breed (10/26/2008)
  • Trophy Committee policy changes are to be approved by the Board. (02/12/2010)

Harp & Hound

The editor of the Harp & Hound shall have an advisory committee of not less than three members, two of which must be Board members. (04/28/2013)

Harp & Hound Yearbook

With the publishing of the 2013 yearbook (05/02/2016) this committee no longer exists.

Harp & Hound Advertising Policy

May be found on this website under "Miscellaneous Documents." (5/2014)

Legislative Committee

IWCA Legislative Committee and approved networks use the IWCA logo on official club correspondence approved by the committee chair or an approved designated alternate. (10/26/2008)


The IWCA Rescue Committee and the Irish Wolfhound Foundation will share the cost of rescue fund requests equally. (01/19/2013)

Internet Committee

  • The board has final approval for all material posted on the website. (02/12/2010)
  • Maintain website and report periodically to the Board on its activity.
  • The Internet Committee covers the Website, Facebook page, chat lists, etc. (07/30/2016)
  • Only information received at the Internet Committee address ( will be considered for publication on the website. (09/30/2017)

Judges' Education Committee & Members' Education Committee

These committees are now combined. The Specialty Chair for each National Specialty shall be an "ex officio" member of this committee. (07/30/2016)

ARTICLE VII: Discipline

In accordance with AKC Rules regarding Event Committees, the Show Chair will appoint an Event Hearing Committee of 3-7 Board members present prior to the start of the IWCA annual specialty. At an event, any member may prefer charges against another member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interest of the club or the breed to the Show Chair, whereupon the Show Chair shall promptly notify the Event Committee as well as the President of the IWCA. If anyone on the Event Committee was present when the alleged misconduct was committed, he/she must recuse themselves from the Event Committee and will be replaced by the Show Chair as necessary. The Event Committee will hold a hearing as soon as possible to resolve the charges, preferably the same day, but prior to the end of the show. (01/19/2013)


Official Business

All official IWCA business will be dated with month, day and year. (02/01/2014)

Use of Club Logo

The registered trademark artwork, more commonly known as the IWCA logo, USPTO Reg. No. 3,094,911 is to be used only on the Harp & Hound magazine, official club correspondence, show trophies, and show literature. All other usage, including fund raising, must be approved by the Board of Directors. (05/15/2011)

Memorial Fund

Donate $500 annually to the IWF in recognition of all members who have passed away in the previous year.” (2/25/2015)

Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy

This policy may be found in “Club Communications” on this website. (8/30/2014)

Purina ProPlan Club Policy

The Board would like to encourage those that use Purina products to send in their weight circles and UPC codes to Purina so we may continue to earn these funds. (01/24/2015)

AKC Studbook

Any IWCA member in good standing may apply to receive the AKC Studbook (Irish Wolfhound entries only) by filling out the application on the AKC website. Please read the requirements very carefully. Do not send the application to the AKC; it must come through the IWCA Secretary. The signed application may be mailed or sent as an attachment to an e-mail to the Secretary for her to send on to the AKC. (05/24/2015)

IWCA National Specialty

Judge Replacement

  • In the event that a Judge engaged by the IWCA to judge its National Specialty is unable to fulfill his/her assignment, the Judge(s), in contracted order will be given first right of refusal. If a substitute is not established, then the results from the most recent judges’ election will be utilized, starting with the next judge on the list until the position is filled.
  • In the event that an advertised judge is unable to fulfill his/her assignment either after the opening of the show or after part of the classes have already been judged, the IWCA will substitute a judge according to the AKC Rules and Regulations, Chapter 7, Sections 10-11. (08/03/2007)

The IWCA Board of Directors shall have an opportunity to review the premium list for the National Specialty before the printing and distribution of same. (04/28/2013)

The judge may request a Ring Steward of his/her choice. The steward must be knowledgeable in AKC ring procedures. (02/01/2014)

Regional Specialties

  • The Board will approve only one (1) specialty per year for any regional specialty club. (05/18/1994)
  • Regional Specialties may not be held sooner than one month prior to the National Specialty and 30 days later than the National Specialty. Dates for Regional Specialties must be approved by the Board of Directors of the IWCA.
  • Specialties sponsored by regional clubs must be separated by 30 days if the location of the shows is within a 200 mile radius of each other. Preference for dates is to be given to the club who has the oldest AKC approved corresponding show dates. Exceptions may be considered on a case by case basis. Effective date is Jan. 1, 2007. (02/03/2006)
  • The IWCA Board may approve Regional Specialty Dates for 3 years in advance.
  • The Board may approve Regional Club Specialty applications in accordance with AKC rules. (07/30/2016)

Breeder Judges

The IWCA will consider supporting Breeder Judges at All-Breed and Group shows, on a case by case basis. (01/14/2017)

IWCA On-Line Breeder Directory

During the membership renewal period, one member/breeder of each household may complete the Breeder Directory form on the IWCA website. Space on the form will be provided to include the contact information as it would appear on the directory.

The Secretary shall forward this contact information to the IWCA webmaster. Contact information will include: Member's full name, Kennel name (optional), City, State, Telephone number (optional), Email address. Each breeder is required to sign and abide by the IWCA Standard of Behavior for Breeders.

Any Active member in good standing with the club is eligible to be listed on the online Breeder Directory. The IWCA reserves the right to remove a breeder from the on-line directory if he/she is not in good standing with the IWCA or the AKC.

Breeders will provide referrals only through the IWCA Breeder List, IWCA Contact list or the IWCA Rescue list.  Breeders will be listed alphabetically by their last name under the state in which they reside.

Each page of the Breeder directory will include a legal disclaimer to read:

The following directory of Irish Wolfhound breeders is provided by the Irish Wolfhound Club of America strictly as a public service. Listed breeders have signed the IWCA Standard of Behavior for Breeders and have authorized the publication of their names and contact information on this website and are solely responsible for the content and accuracy of their listings.

Breeders who are current IWCA members are eligible to be included in the Breeder Directory, whether or not they currently have puppies or adult dogs available for sale or placement. Please be advised that the IWCA does not inspect or monitor the facilities, breeding practices or sale, refund or return policies of its member-breeders, and therefore provides no guarantee, warranty or endorsement, express or implied, with respect to any listed breeder, or animals produced or sold by them.

Updated 04/21/2017

This page was last updated 02/03/2018.