I tired to join years ago, was asked by a local breeder "Why I wanted to be a member?" and when I said because I love the breed and thought it was a club for people who loved the breed, I was told not really, it was for breeders and 'professional' basenji folks. I saw her several times over the years and finally she signed an application and went with me to another breeder to sign, as my sponsors.
Frankly I didn't understand why you had to have 2 members sign off that they knew you well to join a breed fancier's club! At any rate, after trying to get this membership for YEARS, I lost the application before I got it in the mail!
It was funny, over 10 years later I found that application but thought it waaaaay to late to send it in. Not sure what I ever did with it.
I don't know enough 'well known breeders' in person (to get signatures) to sponsor me to join the club. I guess I always figured it was a bit too snooty for me, anyway, if it required more approvals to join than a country club, haha!
So that's why, after 35 years with the breed, I am not a member.