Newfoundland Club of America, Inc., Board of Directors Meeting

Face-to-Face Meetings on March 23,24,26 1999 as corrected May 4,1999

Holiday Inn Select, Solomons, Maryland

President, Clyde Dunphy, called the meeting to order at 10:00 am.,Tuesday March 23,1999. All Board members, including new members elect, Joan Gunn and Robin Seaman, were in attendance. Mary W. Price, our AKC delegate was also present. Guest; Ron Sell.

Kathy Paxton, Chairman of the 1999 National Specialty, welcomed the Board to the 1999 National. She thanked Peggy Helming, Specialty Show Co-ordinator, and praised the Specialty Show Guide. She further reported that the hotel, Holiday Inn Select, has already had requests from other dog clubs to hold their specialties.

First Vice-President, Beverly Eichel, reported that the NCA Historical Archives project is on-going. Mary Jane Spackman, NCA Historian, has sent several boxes of items collected over the years to volunteers to inspect and sort. Beverly Eichel further reported that the AKC has not officially responded to the NCA’s recommendation regarding the registration of European Continental Type Landseers.

Second Vice-President, Frank Winnert, presented an outline for the 1999-2000 budget, which he will circulate to the Finance Committee for discussion and approval.

Treasurer, Mary L. Price, presented the Board with a copy of the cash balances as of March 23,1999. They are as follows: NCA operations, $191,916.59, NCA Health Challenge, $88,458.69, NCA Landseer Restoration Fund $11,028.24, NCA Uniform Trophy Fund, $1,163.07, NCA Rescue Fund, $20,562.01.

Recording Secretary, Roger Frey, reported that the agenda for the Annual Meeting has been prepared and he had 300 copies printed for the membership.

Corresponding Secretary, Steve McAdams, reported that he had received 136 inquiries regarding the NCA. He circulated a note to the Board from Claire Carr and JoAnn Wucherer which thanked the Board for continuing the tradition of the search for the NCA’s Oldest Living Newfoundland.

AKC Delegate, Mary W. Price, reported that she had attended the AKC Parent Club Committee meeting in March. She informed the Committee that the AKC had not officially responded to the NCA’s recommendation regarding the registration of European Continental Type Landseers. She also met face-to-face with Alice O’Connell, Assistant Vice-President Registration, AKC while at the delegates meeting in March. She provided the Board with a copy of a letter dated March 16,1999 from Alice O’Connell which stated that the AKC is still researching the matter with foreign registries and the FCI and that those few Landseers that have been isolated in their registry cannot be shown, transferred or bred pending the outcome of their inquiry. The letter further advised us, the NCA, that we will be notified when final acton is taken, hopefully within the next several weeks. Mary reported the results of the AKC Board elections. She also reported that there are now eight NCA members serving as AKC delegates from various clubs.

A membership applicants list dated March 21,1999 was presented by the Membership Chair, Mary W. Price. Frank Winnert moved and David Helming seconded to approve the membership applicants list of March 21,1999. The motion was carried unanimously.

Frank Winnert moved and Roger Frey seconded that the Recognition Chairperson automatically send the championship medallions without the members having to request them. . The motion was carried unanimously.

Beverly Eichel moved and Frank Winnert seconded that the Board approve the letter which is sent to the owners of Newfoundlands that earn AKC championships, as revised. The motion was carried unanimously. Frank Winnert will contact Kathy Hamilton, NCA Recognition Chair, regarding the changes to the letter.

Beverly Eichel moved and Frank Winnert seconded that the Board approve the letter which is sent to the owners of Newfoundlands that earn AKC obedience titles, as revised. The motion was carried unanimously.

Mary L. Price presented the Board with cost comparisons of purchasing different quantities of championship medallions. Frank Winnert moved and Aura Dean seconded to purchase 600 medallions instead of the original request of 300 resulting in the saving of $210.00. The motion was carried unanimously.

The Board recessed at 11:15 am.

The Board re-convened at 11:30 am. Guest, Rebecca Stanevich joined us.

Frank Winnert proposed the creation of an NCA Charitable Trust Endowment Fund where the principal donation would not be used. Only the interest or a portion of the interest would be used to benefit health issues, education, rescue, or other uses consistent with 5013 criteria. After lengthy discussion, Frank Winnert moved and Cherrie Brown seconded to appoint an ad-hoc committee to conduct a feasibility study of an NCA Charitable Trust Endowment Fund. The committee would be charged with having a report ready for the next face-to face meeting of the Board. The motion was carried unanimously.

Mary L. Price updated the Board on rescue issues which she had previously mailed to the Board. Based upon a few members concerns regarding recent purchases of dogs from wholesalers, the Board held a lengthy discussion regarding the rescue policy which covers the purchase of Newfoundlands from retailers and wholesalers. It was the consensus of the Board that our present policy be re-visited. To facilitate this process a half - page article will be placed in the second quarter Newf Tide, requesting input from the membership.

Beverly Eichel moved and Tom Broderick seconded to accept the Research Advisory Committee’s (RAC) recommendation to financially support the Michigan State University, (MSU) proposal "Determination of the Mode of Inheritance of a Forelimb Anomaly in Newfoundlands". After an in-depth discussion of the MSU study, Beverly Eichel moved and Steve McAdams seconded to call the question. The motion to call the question was carried 10 yes and 2 no (Aura Dean, Roger Frey). The motion was carried 7 yes and 5 no (Roger Frey: I don’t feel that the NCA should support a proposal that would call for the intentional breeding of affected dogs to affected dogs whose affected puppies would then be euthanized.) (Frank Winnert, Steve McAdams: As we stated previously do not believe the NCA or its committees should support this study which requires the experimental breeding(s) of two Newfoundlands affected with the elbow anomaly (dwarfism) and, also requires the sacrifice (euthanasia) of resulting puppies.) (Aura Dean, For all of the reasons as previously stated by Steve McAdams in the minutes of the October 30,31, Nov.1,1998 face-to-face meeting published in the First Quarter Newf Tide.) Mary L. Price.

The Board recessed at 1:50 pm.

The Board re-convened at 2:05 pm.

Henry Jurczyk presented a proposal on behalf of the Niagara Frontier Newfoundland Club to host the NCA National Specialty for 2003. The Specialty will be held inApril in Ellicottville, New York. Frank Winnert moved and Beverly Eichel seconded to approve the 2003 National Specialty to be hosted by the Niagara Frontier Newfoundland Club. The motion was carried unanimously.

Joan Gunn presented a proposal on behalf of the North Central Newfoundland Club to host the NCA National Specialty for 2004. The Specialty will be held in April in Delevan, Wisconsin. Frank Winnert moved and Beverly Eichel seconded to approve the 2004 National Specialty to be hosted by the North Central Newfoundland Club. The motion was carried unanimously.

Frank Winnert moved and Aura Dean seconded that theNational Specialty Show Co-ordinator be responsible for updating the NCA approved Specialty Show Conformation Judges List every two years,and that the current approved list will be in effect until the new list is issued. The motion was carried unanimously.

Frank Winnert moved and Cherrie Brown seconded to delete the approved obedience judges requirement from the National Specialty Show Guide, allowing regional clubs to hire any AKC licensed obedience judge The motion was carried unanimously.

Moreen Ohs presented the Board with quotes from Lenox China, our provider of uniform trophies. The cost has increased considerably. Frank Winnert moved and Aura Dean seconded that the Uniform Trophy Committee investigate the feasibility of creating a new design and provider for our china trophies. The motion was carried 11 yes and 1 no, ( Roger Frey, I feel the NCA should continue to use the same pattern china that we currently use for our uniform trophies so that our trophies will be exactly that, uniform, otherwise what's the point?)

The Board recessed at 3:10 pm.

The Board re-convened at 3:20 pm.

Betty McDonnell, chair, Judges' Education Committee (JEC) presented the proposed changes to the Illustrated Guide, as suggested by the JEC. The Board reviewed the suggested changes and made suggestions as well. The JEC will discuss and incorporate the Board's suggestions at their meeting and report back to the Board.

David Helming moved and Frank Winnert seconded to approve up to $3,000 for the printing of 5,000 Illustrated Guides. The motion was carried unanimously.

Inasmuch as the NCA Board has decided not to accept two Newfoundlands to participate in a proposal "Determination of the Mode of Inheritance of a Forelimb Anomaly in Newfoundlands", Frank Winnert moved and Beverly Eichel seconded to relinquish control of the two Newfoundlands, in question, to their present owners. The motion was carried unanimously.

Steve McAdams moved and Lynne Anderson seconded that our new president communicate to the AKC/CHF that the NCA is interested in proposals to identify a genetic marker for a Forelimb Anomaly in Newfoundlands. The moton was carried unanimously.

The Board recessed at 5:20 pm.

The Board re-convened at 9:05 pm., with guests Dr. Tamzin Rosenwasser, Rebecca Stanevich, Tracy Warncke, Roger Powell, and Consie Powell.

The Board discussed the new availability of a DNA Marker test for Cystinuria and a Cystinuria Screening Proposal presented by the Newfoundland Health Challenge Committee (NHCC). In support of the importance to our breed of having as many dogs tested for this disorder as possible, a one-day screening clinic would be held at the 2000 National Specialty.(See the Second Quarter 1999 Newf Tide for details) The National Specialty screening clinic would culminate a year-long program from the NHCC where all Regional Clubs would be encouraged to also hold Cystinuria screening clinics. Frank Winnert moved and Roger Frey seconded to accept the Cystinuria Screening Clinic proposal as presented. The motion was carried unanimously.

Sandee Lovett, Working Dog Committee, (WDC) Chair, updated the Board on the WDC’s progress on provisions for disabled handlers at NCA Draft Tests. A final document will be forthcoming.

Steve McAdams reported that the Howell Book Company has requested that the NCA allow them to use a drawing from our Illustrated Guide in their new book. Frank Winnert moved and Lynne Anderson seconded that the Board grant permission to use a drawing from our Illustrated Guide provided we can approve the accompanying text. The motion was carried unanimously.

The Board recessed at 10:25 pm.

The Board re-convened on Wednesday, March 27,1999 at 7:35 pm. with guests Ron Sell, Dr. Tamzin Rosenwasser, and Roger Powell.

Ann Thibault updated the Board on the status of the General Education Committee’s publications.

Mary W. Price, JEC member, updated the Board on the JEC's meeting and recommendations. Frank Winnert moved and David Helming seconded that the Board approve the JEC’s suggested changes to the Illustrated Guide as amended by the Board. The motion was carried 11 yes and 1 no,(Roger Frey, I don’t feel that any changes should be made to a document as important as the Illustrated Guide, which interprets the standard and directly affects the judging of our breed, without the input and/or approval of the membership).

Betty McDonnell will write an article for the Second Quarter Newf Tide in which she will present the rationale for the changes to the Illustrated Guide.

Regional Club Liaison, Beverly Eichel, reported that she had received a request from the South Central Newfoundland Club for approval of changes to their constitution and by-laws. Beverly Eichel recommended that the Board approve the changes as requested by the South Central Newfoundland Club. Beverly Eichel moved and Frank Winnert seconded to approve the proposed changes to the South Central Newfoundland Club’s constitution and by-laws. The motion was carried unanimously. Beverly further reported to the Board that the Newfoundland Club of Hawaii had not responded to her September correspondence. That letter set forth a timetable by which the Newfoundland Club of Hawaii must provide evidence of activity in compliance with current Policy regarding Sanctioned Regional Club status. The Board discussed this and it was moved by Frank Winnert and seconded by Roger Frey, that Beverly Eichel be directed to communicate to the Newfoundland Club of Hawaii that they are being placed on Inactive status immediately and notify them that the NCA will assist them in any way possible to re-activate their club. The motion was carried unanimously.

The Board discussed a proposal submitted by Roger Frey for a change to the policy regarding the Judges Education Committee (JEC). The proposal would provide for an automatic invitation of NCA members that are licensed AKC Newfoundland judges to be a member of the JEC.The rationale being that they have passed a written test on the breed standard, been personally interviewed by an AKC field representative, have had their judging performance evaluated at least three times, and most, if not all, of these judges have attended numerous breed seminars. The experiences so gained from these seminars could be shared with the JEC. The addition of these individuals would be based completely on objective rather than subjective criteria. David Helming commented that at the 1998 Face-to-Face Board Meeting the Board unanimously approved the revised criteria for members of the JEC. He indicated that licensed judges (NCA members) are presently as such breed mentors and can actively participate in educational activities if they so desire. He further stated that if this proposal was adopted the committee would be increased to an unmanageable size of approximately 25 members. This committee would automatically grow larger as new breeder judges became licensed. Roger Frey responded that even though the Board had recently approved revised criteria for inclusion on the JEC, he felt that his points would improve the committee and that a moratorium had not been placed on the introduction of constuctive suggestions. Roger Frey pointed out that of the 16 breeder judges, only 12 are NCA members and two of those are already JEC members. Roger Frey felt of the remaining 10 breeder judges only about half would be interested in serving on the JEC, thus David Helming's concerns about the JEC's size becoming unmanageble are unfounded. No action was taken.

Cherrie Brown, Research Advisory Committee Chair, presented the draft of a policy for research subject recruitment.The Board made comments and suggestions and Cherrie will fine tune the policy draft and submit a final document to the Board.

Ron Pemberton, chairman of the Memorial Trophy ad-hoc committee, updated the Board on the number of trophies available and the difficulties encountered in the shipping of the trophies and acquiring the molds. Steve McAdams moved and Sandee Lovett seconded to appropriate $400.00 for the purchase of the trophies. The motion was carried unanimously.

At 9:25 pm, Frank Winnert moved and Aura Dean seconded to go into executive session. The motion was carrried unanimously.

At 10:35 pm., Frank Winnert moved and Lynne Anderson seconded to come out of executive session. The motion was carried unanimously.

During executive session the following committee personnel were appointed:

Board Appointed Committees

AKC Breeder Referral - Becky Cieniewicz, chair

AKC Legislative Liaison - Gail Wettstein, chair

Arbitration - Ken Price, chair

(Barbara Jenness, Nancy Aliff)

Finance - Frank Winnert, chair

(Mark Aliff, Ken Price, Scott Westphal, Bill Matlock, Helen Mancuso, Mary L. Price, ex officio)

Judges’ Education - Betty McDonnell, chair

(Ingrid Lyden, Fran Dibble, Kathy Griffin, Peggy Helming,

Sue Jones, Lou Lomax, Mary W. Price, Jo-Ann Riley, Robin Seaman)

National Specialty -Peggy Helming, chair

(Henry Jurczyk, Budget and Finance)

(Lori Littleford, Working Dog)

(Betty McDonnell, Specialty Show Guide)

(Ingrid Lyden, Properties)

(Moreen Ohs, Uniform Trophy)

Nominating - Mary Lou Cuddy, chair

(David Helming, John Jackman, Christine Gorsuch, Kelli Austin)

(appointed at Oct./Nov.1998 face-to-face meeting)

Research Advisory - Cherrie Brown, chair

(Rebecca Stanevich, Allan Robins, Pat Randall, Tamzin Rosenwasser)

Newf Tide Policy - Aura Dean, chair

(Glen Malchow, Ken Wildman, Maredith Reggie, David Van Couvering)

Working Dog - Sandee Lovett, chair

(Steve Barkas, Jacqueline Brellochs, Gabrielle Cohen, Cheryl Dondino,

Joyce Echon, Jocelyn Hawley, Barbara Jenness, Cindy White, Carol Winnert, Sue Marino, Dwight Gorsuch)

Regional Club Liaison - Beverly Eichel

Regional Specialty Coordinator - Tom Broderick

Newfoundland Health Challenge Liaison - David Helming

Open Committees

(with Board appointed Chairs)

Awards - Ingrid Lyden, chair

Breeders List - Candace McMahon, chair

Companion Newf - Barbara K. Frey, chair

Database - Dawn Fretts, chair

International Liaison - May Bernhard, chair

Internet - Jack Dean, chair

General Education - Ann Marie Thibault, chair

Health and Longevity - Rebecca Stanevich, chair

Historian - Mary Jane Spackman, chair

Juniors - Jennifer Boyko chair

Membership - Mary W. Price, chair

NCA Policy - David Helming, chair

Newfoundland Health Challenge - Jan Boggio & Mary Jane Spackman, co-chairs

Obedience - Cheryl Dondino, chair

Publicity - Mary Lou Cuddy, chair

Recognition - Kathleen Hamilton, chair

Rescue Network - Mary L. Price,chair

Versatile Newfoundland - Jacqueline Brellochs,chair

Ad Hoc Committees

(Board appointed)

Memorial Trophy - Ron Pemberton, chair

( Roger Frey, Mary Dewey, Diana Sellers, Bob Quandt, Jean Quandt)

"Distinguished Member" Restoration - Ron Pemberton, chair

(Diana Sellers)

Database Maintenance - Clyde Dunphy, chair

(Dawn Fretts, Bob Rogers)

Endowment Fund - Frank Winnert, chair

(David Helming, Clyde Dunphy, Mark Aliff)

The ad hoc Roster Revision Committee has completed its task. Further roster revisions will be handled by the membership committee.

David Helming was charged with the task of writing a job description for a Newfoundland Health Challenge liaison.

Lynne Anderson moved and Cherrie Brown seconded that the Board instruct the Health and Longevity Committee to conduct a Newfoundland health survey. The motion was carried unanimously.

The next face-to-face meeting of the Board will be held October 29,30,31, 1999, in either Buffalo or St. Louis.

At 11:00 pm Cherrie Brown moved and Frank Winnert seconded to adjourn. The motion was carried unanimously

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Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors

March 26,1999

 

President Clyde Dunphy called the meeting to order at 9:15 pm. All Board members were in attendance. Our AKC delegate, Mary W. Price, was also present. Clyde Dunphy welcomed the newly elected Board members.

Frank Winnert moved and Beverly Eichel seconded to go into executive session. for the purpose of electing the officers for 1999-2000.

Frank Winnert moved and Roger Frey seconded to come out of executive session.

The results of the elections were as follows:

President - Aura Dean

1st - Vice-President - Beverly Eichel

2nd - Vice-President - Frank Winnert

Recording Secretary - Roger Frey

Corresponding Secretary - Steve McAdams

Treasurer - Mary L. Price

Frank Winnert moved and Tom Broderick seconded to approve the membership applicants list of March 26,1999. The motion was carried unanimously.

Tom Broderick and will check into airline prices and connections for our October face-to-face meeting in either Buffalo or St. Louis.

The next Board meeting will be a teleconference on Tuesday, May 4,1999 at 7:00 pm CT.

Cherrie Brown moved to adjourn. The motion was carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

 


Roger S. Frey, 
Recording Secretary