Newfoundland Club of America Board of Directors Meeting

Teleconference Meeting, March 28, 2000 (as amended May 2, 2000)

President Aura Dean called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. CST. All Board members were in attendance. Our AKC Delegate, Mary W. Price, was also present.

Treasurer Mary L. Price reported the following cash balances as of March 28, 2000: NCA Operating funds, $222,323.92; "Distinguished Member" Restoration Project, $16,689.90; Uniform Trophy Fund, $2,506.47 for a total of $241,520.29. NCA Charitable Trust balances: Newfoundland Health Challenge, $90,199.73; Rescue Fund, $11,281.72; Scholarship Fund, $1,832.34, for a total of $103,313.79.

Cherrie Brown moved and Frank Winnert seconded to approve the minutes of the January 18, 2000 Teleconference. The motion was carried unanimously. Frank Winnert moved and Tom Broderick seconded to approve the minutes of the February 24, 2000 Teleconference as amended. The motion was carried unanimously. Frank Winnert moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded to approve the minutes of the March 2, 2000 Teleconference as amended. The motion was carried eight yes and four no (Roger Frey, I feel that the motions and the resulting votes that occur in executive session should be reflected in the published minutes. Steve McAdams, Cherrie Brown, Robin Seaman).

At 7:24 p.m. CST, Frank Winnert moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded that the Board go into executive session. The motion was carried unanimously.

At 7:48 p.m. CST, Clyde Dunphy moved and Frank Winnert seconded that the Board 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 Beverly Eichel seconded that the Board approve the applicants list of February 5, 2000. The motion was carried unanimously.

As a result of discussion which took place in executive session, Frank Winnert moved and Tom Broderick seconded that the Board approve the applicants list of March 21, 2000 with the exception of one applicant. The motion was carried 11 yes and one no (Robin Seaman).

During executive session, the Board discussed an NCA member's letter of resignation.

Finance Committee Chair Frank Winnert reported that the Finance Committee (consisting of himself, Bill Matlock, Helen Mancuso, Scott Westphal, Ken Price, Mark Aliff, Jack Dean, and Mary L. Price, NCA Treasurer), held a teleconference meeting on March 27, 2000. The Finance Committee retained the services of Edmund R. Sledzik, Esquire, a tax attorney, to review our tax returns. He will have a preliminary evaluation ready by April 28, 2000. The chairman further reported that the committee had selected Mary L. Price as the primary contact person. Frank Winnert was selected as a secondary contact person.

President Aura Dean reported that she had received several complaints from NCA members regarding room reservations at this year's National Specialty. Due to a communication problem with the host hotel, room reservations were not handled as per policy.

The Board discussed the concerns raised by a few members regarding Leishmaniasis and the possible transmission of this disease, specifically at this year's National. Aura Dean reported that the owners of the deceased dog have contacted the NCA and the AKC regarding this matter. As all Board members are not familiar with the disease, it was the Board's consensus that Clyde Dunphy, DVM, will obtain a definitive statement regarding the mode of transmission of the disease and advise the Board of his findings

President Aura Dean reported that the premium list for this year's National Specialty had not been mailed to the NCA's international members with the original mass mailing. She further reported that the problem has been remedied with special mailings.

The Board discussed the Distinguished Member Restoration project. It was the consensus of the Board that Clyde Dunphy will contact Ron Pemberton, and, along with Beverly Eichel, they will construct a letter to the Tate Museum and the AKC Museum of the Dog requesting clarification of details and costs regarding the loan of the Landseer painting to the Museum of the Dog and the specific responsibilities of the NCA.

The Board received a letter from Betty McDonnell, Judges Education Committee (JEC) chair, requesting assistance from the Board regarding the taping of a JEC judges seminar as mandated by the Board at its October 1999 face_to_face meeting. Frank Winnert, second vice_president, and acting as committee liaison to the Board, will contact Betty McDonnell to inform her that it is the responsibility of the JEC to arrange for the taping of the seminar.

Cherrie Brown, Research Advisory Committee (RAC) chair, reported that VetGen sent the NCA a proposal on genetic markers for epilepsy, but Newfoundlands were not even mentioned as a breed at risk in this proposal. She contacted the principal investigator for further information and was told we could be included for about $25,000 per year for three years. However, since the investigators had no preliminary information whatsoever on Newfoundlands, she did not feel this was a study we could support at this time. Unlike many other diseases, epilepsy has a wide variety of causes (including nonhereditary) and therefore is not necessarily caused by the same gene in different breeds. She further reported that the RAC seems inactive now only because they are awaiting the completion of the grant review process by both the Canine Health Foundation and the Morris Animal Foundation. This process has a defined timetable in which pre_proposals are received in November and full proposals in February or March. The peer review process is completed in late spring. The RAC cannot act until the peer review process is complete, other than to notify agencies of our interests.

Roger Frey, recording secretary, requested that Board members submit agenda items for the face_to_face meeting by April 10, and further requested that the officers submit the reports that they plan to present at the Annual Meeting, in writing, to ensure accuracy of the minutes.

The next meeting of the Board will be face_to_face, Tuesday May 2, 2000, in Warwick, Rhode Island.

At 9:10 p.m. CST, Beverly Eichel moved and Frank Winnert seconded to adjourn. The motion was carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Roger S. Frey, Recording Secretary