Newfoundland Club of America Board of Directors Meeting

Face-to Face Meeting, October 29-31, 1999, St. Louis, MO (as amended November 30,1999)

President Aura Dean called the meeting to order at 8:30 p.m. CT. All Board members were in attendance, except Cherrie Brown and Tom Broderick who were detained due to flight schedules. Our AKC delegate, Mary W. Price, was also present. Guest, NCA member Patti McDowell, (Pennsylvania), was present as well.

Report of the President: Aura Dean welcomed the Board to St. Louis and thanked everyone for all of their hard work.

Report of the 1st Vice-President: Beverly Eichel reported that all of her issues were already on the agenda.

Report of the 2nd Vice-President: Frank Winnert reported that his issues were also on the agenda.

Report of the Recording Secretary: Roger Frey reported that the corrected minutes of the June 22, June 30, and July 27, 1999 Teleconference Board meeting minutes have been submitted to Newf Tide for publication. The NCA Charitable Trust minutes of the July 27, 1999 Teleconference have been submitted as well. The following ballot inspectors have been selected for the 2000 NCA Board elections: Les Calkins, Wendy Calkins, Eileen Bergal, Patricia Mahoney, alternates are Ralph and Michelle Januale. As of October 29, 1999, five petitions for nominations for the 2000 Board elections have been received. He further reported that the minutes of the October 5, 1999 Teleconference minutes had been mailed to the Board and needed to be approved at this meeting. The ballot inspectors were approved as presented by the six sitting Board members whose terms will not expire this year at the Annual Meeting, in accordance with the Constitution and By-laws.

Report of the Corresponding Secretary: Steve McAdams reported that the issues pertaining to this office are on the agenda.

Report of the Treasurer: Mary L. Price presented the following cash balances as of October 29, 1999: NCA Operations; Checking Account $4,584.42, Savings Account $82,802.58, CDs $147,864.82, "Distinguished Member" Restoration, $15,207.37, Uniform Trophy Fund, $5,890.84, for total operating funds of $256,350.03.

She further reported the Newfoundland Club of America Charitable Trust cash balances as of October 29, 1999 are as follows: NCA Health Challenge $87,210.08, NCA Rescue Fund $11,880.48, for a total of $99,090.56.

At 8:50 p.m., Tom Broderick was in attendance.

Report of the AKC Delegate: Mary W. Price distributed a list of the Delegate Committees as of the September 14, 1999 meeting. She further reported that there are two NCA members on the Canine Health Committee; Rebecca Stanevich and Connie Vanacore, and NCA member Helen Munday serves on the Obedience Clubs Committee. She also distributed a letter from James Crowley, Secretary of the AKC, dated August 16, 1999, regarding the resolution of the ECTL matter. (The same letter was reported in the October 5th minutes.)

At 9:12 p.m., Frank Winnert moved and Tom Broderick seconded to go into executive session. The motion was carried unanimously.

At 9:23 p.m., Frank Winnert moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded to come out of executive session. The motion was carried unanimously.

As a result of discussion which took place in executive session, Frank Winnert moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded to approve the applicants lists of October 12 and October 28, 1999. The motion was carried unanimously.

Frank Winnert moved and Beverly Eichel seconded to approve the minutes of the October 5, 1999 Teleconference Board meeting. The motion was carried unanimously.

The Finance Committee Chair, Frank Winnert reported that the Finance Committee recommends that the NCA not establish an endowment fund at this time, due to the fact that the cost of maintaining an endowment fund is prohibitive unless the fund is substantial.

Frank Winnert updated the Board on the Junior Committee's activities.

Regional Club Liaison, Beverly Eichel, reported that all Regional Clubs are in compliance with the minimum requirements required by NCA policy for continued regional club status. She further reported that the River King Newfoundland Club has requested that Warren, Knox, and Mercer counties be added to their territory. She recommended that since the adjoining regional club, the North Central Newfoundland Club, has no objection to this addition, that the Board approve this request.

Joan Gunn moved and Frank Winnert seconded that we accept the recommendation of the Regional Club Liaison and approve the River King Newfoundland Club's request for a territorial addition. The motion was carried unanimously.

Beverly Eichel updated the Board on the Archive project. It was the consensus of the Board that Beverly Eichel send a letter to NCA Historian, Mary Jane Spackman, requesting a detailed report on the location and status of the NCA archives.

Clyde Dunphy, ad hoc Database Maintenance Committee chair, updated the Board on the NCA database. Clyde pointed out that the NCA has not had our own database since the summer of 1997. We have been using the services of NCA member, Dawn Fretts, Database Committee chair, with her personal database on an interim basis while trying to develop a long term plan. The ad-hoc Database Maintenance Committee submitted a detailed Database Maintenance Project. It was the consensus of the committee that the project is too large and time consuming to expect an NCA volunteer to be able to complete in a reasonable time frame, and that the NCA needs to hire a contract programmer to design the program. The committee should be able to submit a proposed budget in the near future. The Board thanked the Database Maintenance Committee for their efforts.

Corresponding Secretary Steve McAdams provided the Board with the biographies and a ballot for the AKC Lifetime Achievement Awards. After discussion the Board voted for the following nominees in the following categories: Conformation: Dr. Josephine Deubler; Obedience, Robert T. Self; Performance, Arthur E. Slike.

Mary L. Price presented the financial report of the 1999 NCA National Specialty. The Board commended Jack Witt of the Colonial Newfoundland Club for the excellent detailed financial report.

The Board reviewed a proposal from the Versatile Newfoundland Committee (VN Committee) which would provide a special rosette for the current year's Versatile Newfoundlands to be presented to the Newfoundlands and their owners at the National Specialty each year, at an appropriate venue (Honors Parade, Annual Meeting Awards Program, Working Dog Reception), at the discretion of the host club.

Frank Winnert moved and Beverly Eichel seconded to approve the proposal as presented by the VN Committee, and revised by the Board. The motion was carried unanimously. Frank Winnert will contact Cindi Goodwin, 2000 NCA National Specialty Chair, and Jacqueline Brellochs, VN Committee chair, regarding the Board's action as it pertains to them.

The Board reviewed the method for Versatile Newfoundland (VN) status validation as outlined by Jacqueline Brellochs, VN Committee chair.

Frank Winnert moved and Tom Broderick seconded that the Versatile Newfoundland Committee chair has the authority to approve VN status for Newfoundlands based upon the owner providing the appropriate certificates. The motion was carried unanimously.

At 11:10 p.m., the Board recessed.

At 8:00 a.m. October 30, 1999, the Board reconvened with all Board members in attendance including Mary W. Price, AKC delegate. Mr. Joe Voda (Missouri) and Patti McDowell (Pennsylvania) were present as NCA member guests.

Robin Seaman moved that the ballot inspectors for the 2000 Board elections as presented by the Recording Secretary be replaced by inspectors selected by the six Board members whose terms will not expire this year at the Annual Meeting, as provided for in the Constitution and By-laws. The motion failed due to the lack of a second.

The Board conducted an in-depth discussion of issues pertaining to the Judges Education Committee (JEC)

At 9:25 a.m., the Board recessed.

At 9:35 a.m., the Board reconvened, with guest Sylvia Styling (River King Newfoundland Club) present.

Beverly Eichel moved and Frank Winnert seconded that the Board commend the JEC for all of its hard work and direct the JEC: 1) to produce a new breed video in conjunction with the AKC; 2) to professionally produce a seminar video and make it available for use by the regional clubs; 3) to write an article or series of articles for Newf Tide which would better inform the membership of who they are and what they do; 4) to update the slide show, (The Board does not need to approve each individual slide but it was suggested that the Board would like better illustrations for depicting good movement and closer to ideal makings for white and black dogs [Landseers].); and 5) the Board shall add two to four new members to this committee. The motion was carried unanimously.

Frank Winnert moved and Tom Broderick seconded that the Board formally approve the JEC materials that they currently use and distribute, including the script presently used, and that all future materials and revisions or changes in policy must receive prior approval of the Board. The motion was carried unanimously.

Sandee Lovett moved and Roger Frey seconded that the video made by the AKC of a JEC seminar made available for Board review be retired. The motion was carried unanimously.

Clyde Dunphy moved and Roger Frey seconded that the NCA Board encourage the attendance of NCA members and breed fanciers at JEC seminars on a space available basis as non registered silent observers. The motion was carried unanimously.

Mary L. Price moved and Steve McAdams seconded that the Board direct our Regional Club Liaison to contact the regional clubs and encourage them to sponsor NCA JEC Newfoundland seminars for the breed fancy. The motion was carried 11 yes and 1 no. (Beverly Eichel: I would prefer to delay this encouragement until after the NCA has completed both the planned filming of a Judges Education Seminar and secured a new AKC breed video.)

The Board conducted a lengthy discussion regarding the selection process for dogs used as examples at JEC seminars. It was the consensus of the Board that the JEC formulate a plan to increase the number of dogs and strive for diversification when selecting said dogs. It was further suggested that the JEC not encourage the use of any dogs currently being campaigned; however they are not strictly prohibited as long as they are not identified.

The Board discussed the feasibility of the AKC producing a new breed video for the Newfoundland inasmuch as the present video was produced before our present Standard was approved in 1990. It was the consensus of the Board to direct Mary W. Price, our AKC delegate, to contact the AKC regarding this matter.

At 11:10 a.m., Gary Walker, (Heart of America Newfoundland Club) joined us.

The Board discussed ten letters containing comments regarding the proposed changes to the Illustrated Guide (IG). These letters were solicited in an article submitted by the JEC which appeared in the Second Quarter Newf Tide describing these proposed changes. It was the consensus of a majority of the Board that a complete and in-depth discussion of the changes to the IG submitted by the Judges Education Committee had been conducted at the March 1999 Board meeting and many of the member concerns had been addressed during that discussion and no further changes were needed.

Beverly Eichel moved and Tom Broderick seconded that the proposed changes to the Illustrated Guide (IG), as presented by the Judges Education Committee and revised by the Board at the March 1999 face-to-face meeting stand approved. The motion was carried 11 yes and 1 no. (Roger Frey: I feel that the comments received from the membership should have been incorporated into the IG especially those relating to coat texture, length, and grooming.)

Frank Winnert moved and Tom Broderick seconded that the following statement be added to the standing rules: Any letters of complaint or recommendation received by a Board Member are to be sent to the Recording Secretary, and if appropriate, to the committee chair, within one week of receipt. The motion was carried unanimously.

At 12:00 p.m., the Board recessed.

At 12:50 p.m., the Board reconvened.

At the lunch break, hotel personnel delivered to Aura Dean a petition which had been faxed to the hotel at approximately 11 a.m. Central Standard Time. It was signed by 64 NCA members and 22 non members with a cover letter written by Lynne Anderson. The petitioners requested the Board to make several changes to the Judges Education committee and/or its seminars. The petition and covering letter were passed around the table so that the members of the Board could read them. Many of the concerns raised in the petition had already been addressed by the Board.

Based upon an excellent suggestion submitted by Pamela Van Giessen and Jack Dean, Frank Winnert moved and Tom Broderick seconded that we increase our General Education budget to cover two inch display ads in Dog World and Dog Fancy, and expand the ads to include the NCA's website address. The motion was carried unanimously.

At 1:10 p.m., the following joined the Board for an open discussion of the NCA Rescue Policy: Ray Donner, Pat Woodfin, Nan Martin, Nancy Varnum, Jean and Matt Cobban, Beth Rice, Margaret and Larry Medsker, Debbie Berg, Patti McDowell, Ray Voda, and Sylvia Styling.

Aura Dean welcomed all of the guests and thanked them for all the time and the effort that they made to be here for this most important discussion. She then reviewed the parameters for the Board members and those guests that had requested to address the Board. Everyone would have an equal opportunity to present his or her feelings on this important issue. She then reminded everyone that this was to be a sharing of perspectives in the form of a discussion and not a debate. Aura Dean and the Board members commended the Rescue Committee, its chair, Mary L. Price, and everyone in its network for all of their selfless contributions to the Newfoundland. Pat Woodfin (NCA member), Nan Martin (NCA member), Nancy Varnum (NCA member), Beth Rice (Heart of America Newfoundland Club), Debbie Berg (River King Newfoundland Club), Ray Donner (River King Newfoundland Club), and Patti McDowell (New-Pen-Del Newfoundland Club) all addressed the Board regarding the NCA Rescue Policy, most notably as it pertains to the purchase of Newfoundlands at auctions or in pet stores. Each Board member then had the opportunity to address the points made by the various guests who had spoken to the issue.

After everyone had been heard, Aura Dean again thanked everyone for their compassion and commitment to the breed. The Board thanked all of the members of the Heart of America Newfoundland Club for their invaluable assistance in the rescue of the Republic, Missouri, Newfoundlands.

At 3:05 p.m., the Board recessed.

At 3:25 p.m., the Board reconvened.

The Board continued its in-depth discussion of the Rescue Policy.

Clyde Dunphy moved and Frank Winnert seconded that when a regional club Rescue Committee chair applies for help from the NCA Rescue Committee chair, the NCA Rescue Committee chair shall confirm the information with the President of the applying Regional Club. In the case of conflict, the final decision rests with the NCA Rescue Committee chair. The motion was carried unanimously.

Frank Winnert moved and Joan Gunn seconded that the following sentence be added to the first paragraph of the NCA Rescue Policy, "Rescue is the physical act of removing a Newfoundland from a situation where it has been surrendered, abandoned, or is in inhumane conditions." The motion was carried unanimously.

Steve McAdams moved and Tom Broderick seconded to amend the Rescue Policy, by striking the words "where it will not generate or enhance the market" and revising the policy to read: "Purchase is approved only as a discretionary option of last resort where the governing concept is to provide for the individual Newfoundland and alleviate its suffering and hardship. Purchases may be considered by the NCA Board of Directors as an option only after all other rescue options have been exhausted." An attempt should be made to obtain a legal agreement from the wholesaler or retailer not to deal in Newfoundlands in the future.

Steve McAdams moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded to call the question. The motion to call the question was carried seven yes and five no.

The original motion was carried ten yes and two no. Clyde Dunphy, (Aura Dean: There are consequences to every action. One of the consequences of purchasing Newfoundlands is the creation of a future expectation to puppy millers and brokers, among others, that there will always be a buyer and this practice encourages a ruthless and indiscriminate cycle of back-to-back breeding, forcing more bitches into the servitude of endless breeding. Are we failing these Newfoundlands?)

Cherrie Brown moved and Tom Broderick seconded that the following statement be added to the NCA Rescue Policy, under "An Overview:" If the NCA Rescue chair becomes aware of a rescue situation within any regional club territory, the first step will be to contact the president and the rescue chair of the regional club to notify them of the situation. The motion was carried unanimously.

Clyde Dunphy moved and Cherrie Brown seconded that the Board adopt the following policy: The NCA Rescue Chair, in conjunction with NCA President and the First Vice-President, has the authority to make emergency purchases up to $1,500, with a full report to be made to the Board in a timely manner. The motion was carried eight yes and four no. (Aura Dean: The NCA Board of Directors should be fully apprised before any purchase is made regardless of the amount expended and a report should be made to the Board contemporaneously with any purchase.) (Tom Broderick: There were legitimate concerns from regional clubs and many NCA members pertaining to the purchasing of Newfoundland dogs in pet shops, puppy mills, and at auction and I believe that the NCA Board should approve all purchasing of rescue Newfoundlands.), (Robin Seaman: I feel at this time that any emergency purchases should need the authority of the NCA Rescue Chair and the entire Board.), Beverly Eichel.

Frank Winnert moved and Cherrie Brown seconded that the Board appoint an ad hoc committee consisting of Patti McDowell (chair), Roger Frey, Ray Donner, Pat Woodfin, Ann Thibault, Gail Wettstein, Beth Rice, and Mary L. Price (ex Officio), to address the issue of rescue pro-actively by finding ways to educate breeders and the puppy buying public and to develop an arsenal of weapons and strategies to combat the ruthlessness of puppy mills. The motion was carried unanimously. The committee is instructed to have a preliminary report to the Board by February 1, 2000.

Robin Seaman moved and Frank Winnert seconded that the following statement be added to the NCA Rescue Policy: "Intact Newfoundlands rescued from animal shelters, puppy mills, pet shops, and auctions must be tested for Brucellosis before placement." The motion was carried unanimously.

At 5:30 p.m., the Board recessed.

At 8:01 a.m. Sunday, October 31, 1999, the Board reconvened. NCA member guests, Patti McDowell and Joe Voda were present.

Beverly Eichel, Regional Club Liaison, reported that the Columbia River Newfoundland Club (CRNC) website has a link to a breeders list that includes licensed USDA breeders. CRNC contact person, Michael Marcus, offered to remove the link if the Board would like the CRNC to do so.

Cherrie Brown moved and Tom Broderick seconded that the Board direct the Regional Club Liaison to inform the Columbia River Newfoundland Club to immediately and permanently remove the links to USDA breeders from their website. The motion was carried unanimously.

Clyde Dunphy and Cherrie Brown attended the AKC Canine Health Foundation Parent Club Conference. Clyde Dunphy reported on the creation of a Canine Health Information Center (CHIC), whose mission is to provide a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. CHIC selected the Newfoundland as one of three breeds to participate in a pilot program. The NCA is allowed to choose four diseases to be registered within the program, and we would have to decide on what type of registry is to be used.

Frank Winnert moved and Tom Broderick seconded that the NCA participate in the CHIC program which would include Cystinuria, Congenital Heart Defects, Hip Dysplasia, and Elbow-dysplasia using semi-open registration. The motion was carried unanimously.

Sandee Lovett, Working Dog Committee (WDC) chair, updated the Board regarding the on-going work of the WDC.

Frank Winnert moved and Cherrie Brown seconded that the Board approve the WDC's recommendation to include provisions for disabled handlers to be able to participate in NCA Draft Tests. The motion was carried unanimously.

Frank Winnert moved and Cherrie Brown seconded that the Board approve the WDC's proposed revisions to the NCA Draft Test Regulations, which would make the three minute out of sight down a group exercise. The motion was carried unanimously.

Clyde Dunphy moved and Steve McAdams seconded that the Board approve the WDC's proposed changes to the NCA Draft Test Regulations pertaining to consistency with the General Regulations of NCA Water Tests. The motion was carried unanimously.

Cherrie Brown moved and Frank Winnert seconded that the Board approve the WDC's recommendation for Partner Judge qualifications. The motion was carried unanimously.

The Board commended the Working Dog Committee for all of its hard work.

It was the consensus of the Board that the WDC clarify variations in draft equipment for judges and entrants alike.

A proposal was submitted by the Newfoundland Health Challenge to the Board to expand the NCA supported Cystinuria study to also include reimbursement to individual NCA Newfoundland owners retroactively to the start of the program. This was done to further testing for this valuable marker since it does not appear that testing a regional club supported entries is or will yield results to meet the original goal of 300 Newfoundlands tested.

Clyde Dunphy moved and Frank Winnert seconded that the NCA Board of Directors emphasize our continued support of the Newfoundland Health Challenge Cystinuria Study Testing Program through our network of regional clubs, by holding testing clinics. Regional clubs are to encourage participation and create awareness within the breed about the importance of Cystinuria testing. This program will culminate with a Cystinuria clinic to be held in conjunction with the NCA 2000 National Specialty and the limit of 300 dogs will be eliminated to include all dogs tested through these NCA testing clinics. The motion was carried 11 yes and 1 no (Robin Seaman: It is not my intention to vote against the Board's continued support of the Cystinuria testing at regional events, but I do support the proposal of the NHC to expand the testing opportunities to NCA members on an individual basis since the program has not reached the expected results to date. Also, many of your bigger regional clubs in the Northeast do not even plan to hold clinics before the National in May. Many dedicated breeders have already utilized this valuable marker by checking their dogs in the first few months of its existence. I do not feel that this motion alone, as constructed by the Board, will promote the level of participation in this initial and important Newfoundland health marker testing effort that we desire).

Frank Winnert moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded to approve the NCA Newfoundland Health Challenge (NHC) budget for the for fiscal year 2000, as submitted by the committee. It was the consensus of the Board that the NHC become self sufficient in 2001. The motion was carried unanimously.

At 10:00 a.m., the Board recessed.

At 10:15 a.m., the Board reconvened.

At 10:16 a.m., Steve McAdams moved and Frank Winnert seconded that the Board go into executive session for the purpose of discussion of committee appointments, Honorary memberships, and the subject of confidentiality of Board member comments. The motion was carried unanimously.

At 11:55 a.m., Beverly Eichel moved and Cherrie Brown seconded that the Board come out of executive session. The motion was carried unanimously.

As a result of a vote which took place in executive session the Board elected David and Peggy Helming to Honorary membership.

The Board appointed the following Nominating Committee: Lori Littleford (chair), Michael Lovett, Diane Broderick, Lanelle Warrick, Pat Owens, with alternates Gail Wettstein and Henry Jurczyk.

The Board also held an in-depth discussion on the subject of Board confidentiality and the ethical responsibility which results therefrom.

At 12:00 p.m., the Board recessed.

At 12:49 p.m., the Board reconvened. Robin Seaman had to leave at this time due to travel arrangements.

The Board discussed a request from the Newfoundland Club of New England for input regarding the selection process for dogs to participate in the planned AKC/DNA collection project at the NCA 2000 National Specialty. Roger Frey moved and Joan Gunn seconded that the Board refer this matter to the Health and Longevity Committee with the recommendation that every effort be made to include dogs of diverse lineage and use dogs from the Stud Dog, Brood Bitch, and Maturity classes. This recommendation is to be forwarded to Cindi Goodwin by December 1, 1999, so that the method for selecting those to be included in the 150 to be tested can be prepared for the premium list deadline which is December 7, 1999. The motion was carried unanimously.

Mary L. Price made a report on behalf of the Uniform Trophy committee. She reported that the National Specialty Show Committee will review three designs for use on our uniform trophy china, and will present their recommended design to the Board at the 2000 National Specialty.

Frank Winnert presented, on behalf of the National Specialty Show Committee, the results of the balloting for the NCA approved National Specialty judges list.

Steve McAdams moved and Frank Winnert seconded that the Board accept the recommendation of the National Specialty Committee and make the cut-off for judges to make the approved list at least 15% or more of votes received. The motion was carried unanimously.

The Board discussed a proposal submitted by NCA member, Shawn Phillips, which called for a change in the judges selection process for National Specialties. The proposal outlined a plan for the NCA membership to directly elect National Specialty judges, rather than have the host Regional Club choose the judges from the NCA's approved judges list as is done now. The NCA approved judges list that is used by host regional clubs to select the judges for National Specialties is established by a vote of the NCA membership. The membership votes from a list that consists of all AKC and foreign judges approved for the Newfoundland breed. The judges then placed on the NCA approved list consist of all those who received at least 15% or more of the total votes, as well as all approved Newfoundland breeder judges. The NCA approved judges list is voted on by the membership and updated every two years. The NCA approved judges list, with revisions over time, has been in use by the NCA for over 25 years in the selection of National Specialty judges.

Frank Winnert moved and Tom Broderick seconded that the Board accept the recommendation of the National Specialty Committee and make no changes to the National Specialty judges selection process. The motion was carried nine yes and two no, (Joan Gunn, Roger Frey, I feel that having the NCA membership select the judges would be much more democratic than the manner in which the judges are selected now. As it is now, one person or a very small group of people can select the judges for the entire membership, as an aside, these people don't even have to be NCA members.) Steve McAdams will write to Shawn Phillips thanking him for his input.

Aura Dean, Newf Tide Policy Committee chair, asked the Board to review a letter to the editor which had been received.

Beverly Eichel moved and Frank Winnert seconded that the letter not be published in Newf Tide as it was deemed inappropriate. The motion was carried unanimously.

At 1:30 p.m., Cherrie Brown moved and Steve McAdams seconded to go into executive session to discuss committee personnel. The motion was carried unanimously.

At 2:30 p.m., Cherrie Brown moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded to come out of executive session. The motion was carried unanimously.

As a result of discussion which took place in executive session, Tom Broderick moved and Cherrie Brown seconded that Clyde Dunphy be appointed to the ad hoc committee for the "Distinguished Member" Restoration Project. The motion was carried ten yes and one no, (Roger Frey).

The Board reviewed documents presented by the General Education Committee (GEC), including the GEC's proposal for an application for participation in the AKC's Canine Ambassador Program and made additional suggestions for the Committee's consideration. The committee was directed to finalize an application and submit it to the board.

It was the consensus of the Board, that the GEC chair send a letter to each regional club with a single copy of each GEC pamphlet available for their information and remind them of the policy on how to acquire them.

Ann Thibault, GEC chair, forwarded a breed profile request from author Michele Lowell and publisher Henry Holt & Co. for the Board's review and approval.

Frank Winnert moved and Steve McAdams seconded that the Board accept the recommendation of the GEC to approve the text for the book authored by Michele Lowell as amended by the Board. The motion was carried unanimously.

Beverly Eichel moved and Frank Winnert seconded that the Board forward the article written by NCA member Ron Pemberton regarding Newfoundland temperament for the AKC Judges Newsletter and the AKC letter of July 1999 requesting parent club approval of said article, to the Judges Education Committee.

Steve McAdams moved and Cherrie Brown seconded to call the question. The motion to call the question was carried, nine yes and two no.

The original motion was carried, nine yes and two no, (Joan Gunn, Roger Frey: The article was very well written and should have been submitted for publication as you can never over emphasize the importance of ideal Newfoundland temperament when judging our breed.)

The Board expressed its thanks to the River King Newfoundland Club for its member's generous hospitality during the face-to-face meetings, and especially for hosting the Saturday night dinner.

The next meeting will be a teleconference to be held Tuesday, November 30, 1999, at 7:00 p.m. CT.

At 3:25 p.m., Tom Broderick moved and Beverly Eichel seconded to adjourn. The motion was carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,


Roger S. Frey, 
Recording Secretary