Newfoundland Club of America Board of Directors Meeting

Teleconference of October 5, 1999, as amended October 29, 1999

Aura Dean called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. CT. All board members were in attendance except for Steve McAdams, who called in at 8:00 p.m. Mary W. Price, AKC Delegate, was also in attendance.

Recording Secretary Roger Frey reported that none of the motions which were included in the mail meeting of August 25, 1999, were passed unanimously. These motions will be discussed and resolved at the face-to-face meeting.

President Aura Dean thanked all of the officers and directors for all of their hard work.

Frank Winnert moved and Cherrie Brown seconded to approve the minutes of the June 22, 1999, teleconference as amended and corrected. The motion was carried unanimously.

Frank Winnert moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded to approve the minutes of the June 30, 1999, teleconference as amended and corrected. The motion was carried unanimously.

Roger Frey moved and Beverly Eichel seconded to approve the minutes of the July 27, 1999, teleconference as amended and corrected. The motion was carried seven yes and one no (Frank Winnert) three abstain (Clyde Dunphy, Tom Broderick, due to the fact that they were not in attendance at the July 27,1999, teleconference; Robin Seaman, due to unclear minute notes.)

Frank Winnert moved and Tom Broderick seconded to approve the minutes of the NCA Charitable Trust as amended and corrected. The motion was carried unanimously.

At 7:40 p.m. CT, Frank Winnert moved and Cherrie Brown seconded that the Board go into executive session. The motion was carried unanimously.

At 7:45 p.m. CT, Tom Broderick moved and Cherrie Brown seconded that the Board come out of executive session. The motion was carried unanimously.

Frank Winnert moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded to approve the Applicants list of September 24, 1999, with the exception of one applicant. The motion was carried unanimously.

Mary L. Price, treasurer, reported the following cash balances as of October 5, Checking Account $3,941.11, Savings Account $87,559.81, CDs $144,401.12, "Distinguished Member" Restoration Fund $14,683.81, for a total Operating Funds of $255,968.77. The Uniform Trophy Fund balance is $5,382.92. NCA Charitable Trust cash balances as of October 5, 1999 are as follows: Health Challenge checking account $61,253.70, CD $25,000 for a total of $86,253.70, Rescue Fund checking account $2,555.94, savings account $21,335.27 for a total of $23,891.21.

Mary L. Price updated the Board on a rescue situation in Republic, Missouri.

Aura Dean reported on a request from the Newfoundland Club of New England on how best to select the 150 dogs to be used for an AKC DNA collection at the 2000 National Specialty. Aura Dean will distribute a letter she received from the AKC regarding this project.

Cherrie Brown, Research Advisory Committee (RAC) chair, reported that the RAC had reviewed a proposal submitted by the AKC Canine Health Foundation to investigate the genetics of canine hip dysplasia. It was the consensus of the RAC that the proposal would not adequately address the diagnostic criteria for hip dysplasia. Clyde Dunphy moved and Frank Winnert seconded to accept the recommendation of the RAC to not financially support the proposal. The motion was carried unanimously.

Cherrie Brown further reported that the RAC has requested that the AKC Canine Health Foundation request that a Forelimb (elbow) Anomaly study proposal be a priority.

Aura Dean reported that she had spoken with Deborah Di Lalla, AKC/CHF financial administrator, regarding the NCA Donor Advised Fund and their failure to provide a detailed financial report.

Beverly Eichel reported that the Newfoundland Club of New England is reluctant to have a Cystinuria Screening Clinic at the 2000 National Specialty due to liability concerns. Beverly Eichel further reported that she had been in contact with Moss Bow, Inc., who related to her that any health screening clinic must provide proof of insurance like any vendor. The Board discussed who would actually be legally responsible for the health screening clinic.

Mary W. Price, AKC delegate reported that the AKC Parent Club Committee is planning a Parent Club Conference, featuring rescue, breeder issues, and the enhancement of club communications. It was the consensus of the Board that Mary respond to the AKC expressing our interest and support.

Aura Dean reported that she had received a letter from James Crowley, AKC secretary, dated August 16, 1999, which reflected the AKC Board's decision to rescind the AKC registrations of five ECTLs which resolved the ECTL issue.

The next meeting of the Board will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday, October 29, 1999, at 8:30 p.m. CT.

At 9:15 p.m., Frank Winnert moved and Cherrie Brown seconded to adjourn. The motion was carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,


Roger S. Frey, 
Recording Secretary