The Club

The Basenji Club of Southeastern Wisconsin was founded in 1983 and is breed-specific affiliate club of the American Kennel Club (AKC) and affiliate club of the Basenji Club of America. Our mission is to encourage, promote and preserve the natural quality in the breeding of pure-bred basenjis and to share information about responsible basenji ownership.

We are group of people that share a common admiration of the basenji breed and enjoy doing activities with our dogs. While we have active members in Michigan, Missouri, and Texas, the majority of our members are in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. We host a variety of events mostly in southeastern Wisconsin that include dog shows, coursing and racing events, but also picnics and other informal gatherings. Some events are basenji-only but the majority allow either sighthounds or all breeds.

We welcome anyone that would like to learn more about our club, our events, or basenjis. Membership is not required, but if you are interested in becoming a member, you can find the details below. Please feel free to contact any of our officers or board members with questions.

Club Officers

Clay Bunyard


Laura Hesse

Vice President

Lisa Marshall


Lisa Lemberger


Board of Directors

Susan Joyner


Terry Lemberger


Michaela Payne


Become A Member

First . . .

We recommend that you come to a club Event to meet some of our members and learn more about the club. All applications need to be signed by two BCOSW members and our events are a great time to obtain those signatures. We will have membership forms at the events, but you can also bring a pre-filled one with you. You can download it here.

Get Form

It is a PDF file & you will need Adobe Acrobat to open the file. Please do not send us a form unless it is complete, signed, and you have paid the membership fee (either online, via mail, or at an event).

Second . . .

After submitting the completed membership form and fees to the club, you will be read in at the next membership meeting. All of our membership meetings are held in conjunction with club events You do not need to be at that meeting.

Third . . .

At the following membership meeting, you will be voted into the club by the membership. After that you will be given access to the club email distribution list, club Yahoo and Facebook groups, and more.