Membership FAQ

Below are some of the most common questions pertaining to membership in the AWMA. Please review this section before contacting the Membership Chair. If you have checked the below list and still have questions, please contact the Membership Chair Dana Williams at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  •  Who can join the AWMA?

We welcome anyone interested in the working abilities of the Belgian Malinois, along with those who own other Belgian breeds.  We also encourage anyone interested in participating in the sport of IPO, regardless of breed, to belong to the AWMA.  If you have a breed that is not represented by a breed organization in the AWDF, you can get your scorebook through us and have your dog's breed listed on the scorebook.  You can join the AWMA and help support the formation of a local club.  Or you can join to show your support for an organization that believes in including everyone for the betterment of the sport. 

  • When does my membership expire? 

Memberhip with the American Working  Malinois Association runs from June 1 to June 1, per the AWMA by-laws.

  • When will I receive my AWMA renewal notice?

Per the AWMA by-Laws, renewal notices will be sent by mail starting May 1.

  • I did not receive a notice to renew my membership, why not?

Renewal notices may not have been received due to a change of address or illegible handwriting on the membership application. If you are not receiving your renewal notices, please contact the membership chair via e-mail to verify the reason why.

  • I have a trial to enter, can I expediate my membership application?

Memberships typically go out every 4-6 weeks but can go out faster or slower due to competitions or other life events. If you need your membership faster, there is a $50.00 fee to rush the application in 2 weeks or less. Please indicate on the outside of the envelope and we will try to accomodate as best we can but keep in mind this is a volunteer-based organization. 

  • I have tried contacting the Membership Chair to no avail, what now?

Please be sure you are submitting to the correct e-mail address. The only e-mail to contact the AWMA Membership Chair is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please do NOT submit paypals to this e-mail.

If you are submitting a paypal, please use zooza.com. Memberships sent directly to our paypal are NOT incorporated into our database. If you do not want to pay the zooza fee, you must submit via regular mail by check.

E-mail is the best method of contact due to being on the West Coast and working a full time job. If ***absolutely*** necessary, you may contact the Membership Chair via phone at 909-556-4212 but it again may take a few days to respond.

  • I need a scorebook and a membership, can I submit both together?

No. Membership applications need to go to the membership chair and scorebooks need to go to the Secretary. Simply put "pending" on your scorebook application and the Secretary will contact the Membership Chair for the number when it is available. Membership applications sent to the Secretary may be delayed or lost in the process, so please be sure you are submitting your paperwork to the proper place.

  • I want to enter the AWMA National Championship, do I have to be a member to enter?

Yes, all entrants to the AWMA National Championship MUST have a current membership prior to the close of entries. Entrants who wait until the last minute may not get their applications processed in time so please enter well in advance of the championships. The AWMA Championship is held every year between September/December so be sure to submit well in advance so there are no problems entering.

  • I want to enter the AWDF Championship as part of the AWMA team.  Do I need to be a member to enter?

Yes, you will be required to provide your membership number on the entry form and we verify membership before your entry will be accepted.  Again, do not wait until the last minute to obtain or renew your membership.  The AWDF Championship is held in the spring and the date will vary. 

  • I just got a Belgian Malinois, why should I support the AWMA by joining?

The AWMA is an organization devoted entirely to the working characteristics of the Belgian Malinois breed. We have low yearly membership dues and all the monies from membership dues help expand programs that directly benefit the working Belgian Malinois. For example, in addition to covering the general expenditures of running the organization, monies are donated every year to help the FCI team members, FMBB team members, the host club for the National Championship, trophy sponsorships for other large competitions, etc. By joining the American Working Malinois Association you will be supporting the growth and recognition of the working Belgian Malinois in the United States.

 

 

 

 

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