Volunteering at PCOTC
Volunteers run all PCOTC activities except dog training classes, for which we have paid, qualified instructors. We ask each club member to volunteer a minimum of 12 hours during each club year at matches, trials or other events, helping out with work necessary for the clean and safe running of the facility or doing committee work of interest to you. This can be a great way to learn more about training or preparing your dog for a trial, or for using your skills on behalf of the club. Those who complete the minimum of 12 hours are designated "Member Volunteers" and are eligible for discounted rates on class, have the ability to rent the training facility for practice and participate in all higher levels of club benefits.
Here's how it works:
PCOTC's "Club Year" runs from Jan 1 to Dec 31.
However, due to a bylaw change, the current year will run from June 1, 2017 to Dec 31, 2018. Volunteers will need to collect 18 hours for this club year only, due to the fact that there will be an extra 6 months in the club year.
Continuing Members: In order to receive the Member Volunteer rates for the following club year, during each club year continuing members must complete 12 volunteer hours prior to the beginning of the next club year, Jan 1st. Volunteer hours in excess of the minimum do not carry over to the following year.
New Members: In an effort to get to know you better, and to allow you to get to know what PCOTC is all about, all prospective members must complete 6 hours of volunteer service and be enrolled in a class prior to submitting an application for membership. Upon Board approval of your application, you would be immediately eligible for class discounts. New members must have completed a total of 12 volunteer hours by Dec 31st of the first year of admission in order to be eligible for Member Volunteer privileges in the following year.
Family Memberships: To receive the Member Volunteer rate, each member in a family membership must individually meet the 12 hour minimum per club year requirement. However, a family member may credit hours to another person in the membership. Example 1: John and Jane Doe share a family membership. Jane completes 12 hours of volunteer time, but John does not volunteer. Jane will receive Member Volunteer rates, but John will not. Example 2: John and Jane Doe share a family membership. John volunteers 4 hours during a club year, and Jane volunteers 20 hours. Both John and Jane Doe will receive Member Volunteer rates, because eight hours of Jane's volunteer hours can be credited to John.
Volunteer opportunities are listed in eblasts, in the quarterly newsletter Sit 'N Stay, and on the bulletin board at the facility. Please don't wait untill December to try to get in all your hours! We need help all year long! If you need help finding appropriate volunteer opportunities, contact PCOTCvolunteer@gmail.com.
It is your responsibility to report your hours via a PCOTC Volunteer Reporting Form kept in stock at the facility, or downloadable here. Be sure to obtain a signature from the PCOTC member who is in charge of the activity at which you volunteer. The completed forms should then be sent to: Angela Kalmanash, 1 Windward Lane, Stamford, CT 06903. In March, preliminary volunteer status for all members will be published in the Sit 'N Stay newsletter. Be sure to check your entry. If you don't agree with it contact the sponsor of the event where you volunteered or email Angela Kalmanash.
If you incur expenses related to a PCOTC event, please use our expense report form.