Newfoundland Club of America Board of Directors Meeting

Teleconference of June 22,1999,  as corrected October 5,1999

President, Aura Dean, called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm CT. All Board members were present. Our AKC delegate, Mary W. Price, was also in attendance.

Frank Winnert moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded to accept the minutes of the May 4,1999 Teleconference as corrected. The motion was carried unanimously.

Steve McAdams moved and Frank Winnert seconded to accept the minutes of the Face-to-Face Board meetings of March 23,24,26, 1999 as corrected. The motion was carried unanimously.

Recording Secretary, Roger Frey, reported that he had received a total of 14 letters regarding the Judges Education Committee via E-mail, fax, and US Mail, in addition to the previous packet of letters already mailed to the Board.

Corresponding Secretary, Steve McAdams, reported having responded to an individual who had difficulty obtaining registration papers from the breeder. This person was referred to the Arbitration committee.

Treasurer, Mary L. Price, reported the NCA cash balances as of June 22,1999 as follows

Operating Fund $181,095.54, Uniform Trophy Fund $5,257.04, for a total of $186,352.58.

First Vice-president, Beverly Eichel reported that our AKC delegate, Mary W. Price had attended the Delegates meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina.At that time, Mary had the opportunity to speak with Alice O'Connell, AKC's Assistant Vice-President, Registration services, who informed Mary that the AKC Board of Directors would be addressing the ECTL issue at that meeting. The following day, Mary was advised that the ECTL topic was being considered by the Business and Planning Committee, not the full Board. It was then learned that the committee's recpmmendation, following the recommendation of AKC staff, was to be voted at the Board's July meeting. To the best of our knowledge, AKC directors have not been fully apprised of the history of the situation and have not been made aware of the NCA's position regarding this matter. Mary W. Price, Aura Dean, and Beverly Eichel will continue efforts to have the subject removed from the agenda of the July board meeting, giving the NCA an opportunity to make direct contact with AKC directors in an effort to clarify our club's position on this critical issue. Frank Winnert moved and Cherrie Brown seconded that we proceed as necessary. The motion was carried unanimously.

Frank Winnert moved and Tom Broderick seconded to approve the applicants list of May 21,1999. The motion was carried unanimously.

A letter was received by Steve McAdams from the AKC seeking nominations for individuals deserving of Lifetime Achievement Awards in the areas of Conformation, Obedience, and Performance. Clyde Dunphy moved and Cherrie Brown seconded to refer this matter to the Awards Committee, pending more definitive qualification specifics from the AKC. The motion was carried unanimously. However, upon reflection the Board decided not to participate in this program at this time.

Beverly Eichel, as Regional Club Liaison, provided the Board with a copy of the proposed

revisions to the Southeastern Newfoundland Club's Constitution and By-laws. Beverly recommended that we approve these revisions. After review, Frank Winnert moved and Tom Broderick seconded that the NCA Board approve the proposed changes to Southeastern Newfoundland Club's Constutution and By-laws. The motion was carried unanimously.

Frank Winnert, Finance Committee chair, and Mary L. Price, Treasurer, presented the proposed budget for the period July 1,1999 through June 30,2000. After a thorough line by line review and Board suggested adjustments, Frank Winnert moved and Steve McAdams seconded to approve the proposed budget as ammended by the Board. The motion was carried unanimously.

At 7:45 pm CT, Frank Winnert moved and Steve McAdams seconded to go into executive session. The motion was carried unanimously.

At 8:15 pm CT, Frank Winnert moved and Tom Broderick seconded to come out of executive session. The motion was carried unanimously.

At 8:16 pm CT, Tom Broderick moved and Frank Winnert seconded to go back into executive session. The motion was carried unanimously.

At 8:35 pm CT, Frank Winnert moved and Tom Broderick seconded to come out of executive session. The motion was carried unanimously.

As a result of discussion which took place in executive session, Beverly Eichel moved and Frank Winnert seconded that the NCA Board respond to an NCA member's letter of complaint regarding a seminar sponsored by the Judges Education Committee. The motion was carried unanimously. The Board instructed Board members Tom Broderick, Robin Seaman, and Joan Gunn to draft a letter that would best reflect the Board's position on this matter. The Board requested that they try to complete this draft by June 28,1999.

Frank Winnert moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded that we discuss and approve this draft at a Teleconference scheduled for Wednesday, June 30,1999. The motion was carried unanimously

A detailed proposal regarding judges selection at NCA National Specialties was recently received by the members of the Board. Inasmuch as the proposal calls for the general membership to vote each year to select the panel for upcoming National Specialties and to prevent any more Regional Clubs already approved to host National Specialties from selecting their panels until the Board has an opportunity to fully review this proposal, Roger Frey moved and Joan Gunn seconded to place a moratorium on approving judging panels for National Specialties starting with the year 2003, until the Board's face-to-face meeting in October 1999.

Frank Winnert moved and Beverly Eichel seconded to table the motion.

Frank Winnert moved and Beverly Eichel seconded to call the question to table the motion. The motion to call the question passed, eight yes with four no (Roger Frey, Steve McAdams, Joan Gunn, Sandee Lovett)

The motion to table passed seven yes with five no (Roger Frey, Steve McAdams, Joan Gunn, Sandee Lovett, Clyde Dunphy)

The next meeting of the Board will be a Teleconference scheduled for June 30,1999 at 7:00 pm CT.

At 10:10 pm CT, Frank Winnert moved and Steve McAdams seconded to adjourn. The motion was carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Roger Frey, 
Recording Secretary