CONDUCTING A SHOW

The Show Director shall:
a. Follow the duties prescribed by The Articles and Bylaws of RatsPacNW
b. Promote the show
b. Secure show facilities
d. Secure judges, show clerks and secretary and any other necessary helpers.
e. Be responsible for all supplies, ribbons/award, etc for the show.
f. Contact the club’s Counselor if questions arise
g. Contact the club’s Treasurer to either secure funding, submit receipts for reimbursement, and submit a final report.

TIPS for hosting a show by LeAnn

CLUB AND SHOW RULES

CULLING is defined as ending a rat’s life in any manner, for reasons other than quality of life.  This includes “culling” litters to a more manageable size, or “culling” babies who do not have desirable markings or characteristics.  
Feeder breeding:  Breeding rats with the intention of ANY of the babies ending up as food for another animal.

Breeders, whom are members in good standing*, may have babies available for pre-arranged pick up only.

Breeders and Fanciers (pet owners) may have kittens at the show to exhibit in the standards or pet classes. All rats for exhibit must be at least 8 weeks old and registered to show.  

(This rule reflects how rats are sold or adopted at shows, forbidding breeders, but allowing rescues to offer rats for adoption/sale. Most breeders are so busy volunteering at the shows, they do not feel they have the time to comfortably assess potential adopters and would like the opportunity to get to know them a little more thoroughly prior to adoption. Both breeders and adopters want to get the best match possible for their new families and we feel that this move will be in everyone's best interest.)
Pre-arranged pick ups (non-rescues)

GUIDELINES FOR TREATMENT OF RATS

*Member in Good Standing as per our Bylaws:
Section 7: Members in good standing shall be defined as any member who maintains current membership by paying on or in advance of their renewal date, and participates in at least two club activities per year:  on-line discussions, gatherings, events or shows.

VENDORS
Vendors wither they be selling or demonstrating, shall be there by invitation or prior authorization from the Show Director.  Unauthorized sellers will be asked to leave. This is in consideration to those that have paid a vendor fee or have otherwise committed in advance to be supportive of our show.  Rat related products sold by members of RatsPacNW should take precedence over non-members.  

COMMITTEES
Rat Standards Committee:
1. The Standards Chairperson shall be appointed from the general membership by the President and be approved by the Board of Directors to serve as head of this Committee. 
2. The chairperson will select four qualified members in good standing to serve on this committee.  The reign of this committee shall be one year.
3. The duties of this committee shall be:
a. To suggest when necessary changes to the current RatsPacNW rat standards. 
b. View proposed standards on new varieties, markings and colors.
These new standards may be proposed for unstandardized varieties, markings and colors.
c. Upon reviewing and if determined that the proposed is a new variety, marking or color they shall present the suggested standard to the executive board prior to it brought forward to the membership for vote.
Proposing a new rat standard for a new variety, marking or color:
a. Must be shown at a RatsPacNW show along with the proposed written standards.
b. Must be proven to be easily reproducible and with consistency.  This can be accomplished by use of documents kept by breeders, photos, etc.  
c. Proposal presented to the Rat Standards Committee to be reviewed.

SHOWS AND EVENTS
Hosting a RatsPacNW show or sponsored event:
Members in good standing are encouraged to participate by volunteering or hosting events (shows, rat chats, get-together's). 
a. Sponsored rat shows and events may be held in various areas.
b. Members whom are approved to host a show shall be considered Show Directors.
To hold an approved show, prospective Show Directors shall present to the Executive Board:

c. The Executive Board may ask for further details and/or may make recommendations or suggestions.
d. Executive Board shall make the decision as to wither the show location will be considered and if so allow it to be presented to the general membership.  
e. The Show Director upon having their show approved shall abide by these rules, the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws of RatsPacNW.
f. As per the Bylaws: The director shall keep a financial report of their expenditures and income working in close collaboration with the RatsPacNW Treasurer and submitting a written report to the Board of Directors at the conclusion of the event.
g. As per the Bylaws: Turn over remaining funds to the RatsPacNW treasurer within 30 days of the events conclusion.
 CONDUCTING A SHOW
The Show Director shall:
a. Follow the duties prescribed by The Articles and Bylaws of RatsPacNW
b. Promote the show
b. Secure show facilities
d. Secure judges, show clerks and secretary and any other necessary helpers.
e. Be responsible for all supplies, ribbons/award, etc for the show.
f. Contact the club’s Counselor if questions arise
g. Contact the club’s Treasurer to either secure funding, submit receipts for reimbursement, and submit a final report.

Amendments and Alterations to These Policies & Rules
The membership may amend or repeal these Rules and Regulations.  The President shall present the proposal to the membership present at the general membership meeting and open the floor to discussion.  Any amendment shall become effective upon passage.