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          PR3887 · Corporate body · 1995-2015

          The Papillon Fanciers Guild of Alberta (PFGA) was a club incorporated under the Alberta Societies Act comprised of Papillon dog owners throughout the province. The group was active between 1995-2014 and was recognized in affiliation with The Canadian Kennel Club. They hosted a number of events including annual championship specialty competitions. The PFGA was a small club, but had a large volunteer base that enabled them to do many things in their active years. The objectives of the club were as follows:

          A) to encourage and promote quality in the breeding of purebred Papillons and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection;
          B) to urge members and breeders to accept the standard of breed as approved by The Canadian Kennel Club as the premier standard of excellence; to do all in its power to protect and advance the interest of the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at conformation shows, at field trials and tests, and at obedience trials;
          C) to increase the understanding of members and the public through education, holding of boosters and unofficial events.
          D) to conduct sanctioned and approved events under the rules of The Canadian Kennel Club and to abide by the principles of The Canadian Kennel Club Code of Ethics.

          At the time of its inception, PFGA offered five classes of membership: regular member (any person over the age of eighteen and residing in Alberta), joint regular members (any two persons over the age of eighteen and residing in Alberta), junior members (any person under the age of eighteen and residing in Alberta), honorary member (any member who is nominated by the president or Secretary of the Club), and subscription member (any person over the age of eighteen who would like to receive newsletters and the yearly roster).

          The Board of Directors was the Club’s governing body, and was made up of a President, Vice-president, Secretary and Treasurer and two Directors. The club hosted an annual meeting, three general meetings per year, and special meetings when necessary.

          The Guild held its first Specialty championship show in 1998, and went on to hold annual championships throughout the following years. They maintained consistent communication with their members through a newsletter known as the “Butterfly Bulletin”. They also participated in a number of community events to promote education on the Papillon breed. After nearly 20 years, the Club dissolved in 2014 due to insufficient interest.