Newfoundland Club of America Board of Directors Meeting

Teleconference of July 27,1999, as corrected October 5,1999

President Aura Dean called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm CT. All Board members were in attendance except for Tom Broderick, Clyde Dunphy, and Steve McAdams, who were all excused for various valid reasons. Mary W. Price, AKC delegate, was also present.

The Board reviewed the minutes of the June 22,1999 and the June 30,1999 Teleconferences. It was the consensus of the Board to wait for all of the corrections to be incorporated into the minutes of these meetings before voting to approve them.

Recording Secretary Roger Frey reported that the applicants list of June 24,1999 had been approved by the Board, and that he had also received the report of the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee has nominated the following for election to the Board for the 2000/2001 term: Tom Broderick, Cherrie Brown, Beverly Eichel, Sandee Lovett, Steve McAdams, and Ingrid Lyden.

The Corresponding Secretary's report was given by Roger Frey in Steve McAdams' absence. Steve has received and forwarded two letters regarding the proposed changes to the Illustrated Guide to the Judges Education Committee (JEC) chair.

Treasurer Mary L. Price reported the following balances as of July 27, 1999:

Total operating funds (checking and savings accounts) $220,650.26, "Distinguished Member" Restoration Project $13,789.03, Uniform Trophy Fund $5,366.63, for a total of $239,805.92.

First Vice-President Beverly Eichel updated the Board on ECTL situation.

At 7:25 pm Frank Winnert moved and Beverly Eichel seconded that the Board go into executive session. The motion was carried unanimously.

At 7:45 pm Frank Winnert moved and Beverly Eichel seconded that the Board come out of executive session. The motion was carried unanimously.

After discussion which took place in executive session, and in view of the recent correspondance between the NCA and the AKC, Roger Frey moved and Beverly Eichel seconded that the Board make one last attempt to clarify the ECTL situation to the AKC, explaining that it affects the purity of the Newfoundland breed.

Joan Gunn read a letter that had been drafted by herself and Robin Seaman in response to letters of concern that had been received by the Board regarding the Judges Ecucation Committee (JEC). Frank Winnert moved and Beverly Eichel seconded that the Board respond to the NCA members who had sent letters of concern regarding the JEC with the response presented by Joan Gunn. The motion was carried unanimously.

Frank Winnert reported that the Judges Education Committee questionnaire had been mailed.

Mary L. Price reported that she had contacted the AKC regarding the February 1997 Newfoundland Judging Seminar video. The AKC is no longer selling the video. Mary L. Price suggested that we see if we could make copies of the video. Frank Winnert moved and Roger Frey seconded that the Board make available ten copies for the Board members review. The motion was carried eight yes and one no,(Aura Dean: I don't feel the Board should incur the expense of copying that many videos when Board members could share.)

Aura Dean reported having received an application from an NCA member who would like to be added to the Canine Ambassador Directory. The Canine Ambassador Program is a network of volunteers from local dog clubs who are interested in making presentations to children in classrooms, at libraries, in after-school programs, at Boy/Girl Scout meetings, etc., on various topics related to the world of purebred dogs.This an AKC sponsored program.

At 8:15 pm CT, Frank Winnert moved and Robin Seaman seconded that the Board go into executive session.

At 8:20 pm CT, Beverly Eichel moved and Frank Winnert seconded that the Board come out of executive session.

In executive session the Board decided to refer the matter of the Canine Ambassador Program to the General Education Committee, to formulate guidelines.

Beverly Eichel, Regional Club Liaison, recommended that the Board approve the revisions to the constitution and by-laws of the Newfoundland Club of Seattle as submitted. Roger Frey moved and Frank Winnert seconded to accept the recommendation and approve the revisions to Newfoundland Club of Seattle's constitution and by-laws. The motion was carried unanimously.

The Board referred the AKC Complete Dog Book revisions to the General Education Committee chair, Anne Thibault.

The Board discussed a letter from The Tate Gallery to Ron Pemberton dated July 16, 1999 regarding the restoration of the "Distinguished Member of the Humane Society" painting. Ron Pemberton, Chairman of the Restoration project for the NCA, had requested Board input for his response to the Tate Gallery's inquiries regarding the status of the project's fundraising. It was the consensus of the Board that Ron Pemberton reply to the Tate Gallery re-affirming the NCA's committment to the project. Roger Frey and Frank Winnert will assist Ron with this response.

At 8:25 pm CT Beverly Eichel moved and Roger Frey seconded to adjourn. The motion was carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,
Roger S. Frey, Recording Secretary