Newfoundland Club of America Board of Directors Meeting

Teleconference of  June 30, 1999, as corrected October 5,1999

President Aura Dean called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. CT. All Board members were in attendance. NCA's AKC delegate, Mary W. Price, was unable to participate due to travel.

President Aura Dean updated the Board regarding the ongoing dialogue between the AKC and the NCA regarding the registration of ECTLs.

First Vice President Beverly Eichel reported that she had spoken with The Honorable David Merriam, AKC Chairman of the Board. Aura Dean reported that a special mailing had been sent to all AKC Board members and the AKC Business and Planning Committee containing our ECTL research material.

Treasurer Mary L. Price reported the following cash balances as of June 30,1999: NCA Operating fund $183,425.34; Uniform Trophy fund $5,257.04; for a total of $188,682.38.

At 7:12 p.m. CT, Frank Winnert moved and Steve McAdams seconded to go into executive session. The motion was carried unanimously. At 7:30 p.m. CT, Frank Winnert moved and Tom Broderick seconded to come out of executive session. The motion was carried unanimously. After thorough discussion in executive session the Board unanimously decided to respond to a letter of complaint from an NCA member regarding an NCA sponsored judges seminar.

Roger Frey moved and Joan Gunn seconded to untable a motion which called for the Board to place a moratorium on the selection of judging panels for NCA National Specialties until the Board had an opportunity to discuss the judges selection process at the face-to-face meeting. The motion to untable failed, seven no, five yes ( Joan Gunn, Sandee Lovett, Clyde Dunphy, Mary L. Price, Roger Frey. Roger Frey: I feel that the proposal which would allow the NCA membership to select their judges for National Specialties is in the best interests of the NCA. If we, the Board, did decide to approve this proposal, after review at the October face-to-face meeting, it would take at least three years to implement any changes as the judging panels have already been selected for the 2000, 2001, and 2002 Nationals. If we don't place a temporary moratorium on selecting panels for Specialties beginning with 2003, we wouldn't be able to implement any change for at least four years.)

Following discussion regarding letters of complaint about the Judges Education Committee, the Board discussed a questionnaire proposed by Aura Dean to help the Board ascertain if there is any factual basis for these complaints. Beverly Eichel moved and Frank Winnert seconded that the Board review the proposed questionnaire and submit any suggestions to Frank Winnert no later than Friday, July 9. The questionnaire will then be sent to the members of the Judges Education Committee (JEC) for responses to the Board, to be collected and distributed by Frank Winnert, Second Vice-President, no later than September 15, 1999. Copies of each reply would accompany the summary. The motion was carried ten yes and two no (Tom Broderick, There were both positive and negative letters written to the NCA Board concerning the JEC. At this time it is not necessary to develop or mandate the JEC to answer a questionnaire. By approving this motion it sends a message that the JEC is under scrutiny. The JEC has done nothing wrong. The negative letters are just hearsay and fabrication. I feel that we should not prejudge this committee. We have sent the JEC all the letters and the Board should wait for the JEC to respond. Robin Seaman, The JEC has been the topic of many meetings with a complete revisit at the Fall 1998 face-to-face meeting. This committee works well as proven to the Board in the past.)

Steve McAdams moved and Frank Winnert seconded that the NCA Board purchase the AKC video of the Newfoundland breed seminar, so that it may be reviewed by the Board before the face-to-face meeting. The motion was carried unanimously.

To gather as much information as possible regarding the NCA breed seminars presented by the Judges Education Committee (JEC), Roger Frey moved and Joan Gunn seconded that the Board mail a questionnaire, similar to the one that is being sent to JEC members, to all breed mentors. The motion failed seven no and five yes. (Joan Gunn, Clyde Dunphy, Sandee Lovett, Mary L. Price, Roger Frey) Roger Frey: I feel that the NCA breed mentors would be ideal candidates to receive a questionairre regarding the seminars staged by the JEC inasmuch as they are designated by the JEC as mentors.These mentors have had to meet Board approved criteria to be considered a mentor. Many of these same mentors have attended numerous seminars and have acted as presentors and assistants for these seminars. To gather as much information as possible regarding the NCA breed seminars presented by the Judges Education Committee (JEC), Roger Frey moved and Joan Gunn seconded that the Board mail a questionnaire similar to the one that is being sent to JEC members, to all NCA members as a third quarter Newf Tide insert. The motion failed ten no, two yes (Roger Frey, Joan Gunn: I am interested in the perceptions of members, especially those who are breeders and very involved with conformation.)

Beverly Eichel moved and Robin Seaman seconded that the aforementioned letters of concern regarding the JEC be sent to the JEC chairperson. The motion was carried unanimously.

The Board directed Robin Seaman, Tom Broderick, and Joan Gunn to compose a letter of response to those members who had written letters regarding the Judges Education Committee and judges selection.

Beverly Eichel moved and Cherrie Brown seconded that the following policy be approved: Because of the necessity for secret balloting, no consideration can be given to the awarding of either Honory Memberships or the Isabel Kurth Award except at face-to-face meetings of the Board. Approval of the nominee(s) requires two-thirds favorable vote of the Board of Directors. This clarification should be reflected in the Policy Manual. The motion was carried unanimously.

The next meeting will be a teleconference to be held Tuesday, July 27, 1999 at 7:00 p.m. CT.

At 9:07 p.m. CT, Frank Winnert moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded to adjourn. The motion was carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,


Roger S. Frey, 
Recording Secretary