Newfoundland Club of America Board of Directors Meeting
Teleconference Meeting, June 20, 2000 (as amended September 26, 2000)
President Aura Dean called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. CT. All Board members were present except Roger Powell, who was excused due to work commitments. Tom Broderick called in at 8:10 p.m. AKC Delegate Mary W. Price was absent due to illness.
President Aura Dean reported that she had spoken with our AKC delegate, who informed her that the AKC Operations and Planning Committee had recommended to the AKC Board of Directors it should uphold its decision to rescind the registrations of the European Continental Type Landseers. Aura further reported that she had communicated with Mr. James Crowley, AKC Secretary, regarding the situation.
Treasurer Mary L. Price reported the following balances as of June 20,2000: NCA operating Funds; $223,682.35 and the NCA Charitable Trust; $120,616.98 for a total of $344,299.33. Mary further reported that upon the advice of the Finance Committee she extended the CDs with a 5.35 interest rate and combined those CDs that have the same due date, and that she will be purchasing a $25,000_$30,000 12_month CD in June. She also reported that the membership renewal notices had been mailed in May as per our constitution, the Newfoundland Club of New England (NCNE) has repaid the Uniform Trophy Fund and that the NCNE has generously donated the sales tax and credit card discounts from the National Specialty. The Uniform Trophy Fund balance is $5,772 which is lower than it needs to be. Mary reported that the NCA Charitable Trust Health Challenge Account needs to open a checking account to accommodate the Cystinuria rebate activity as there would be too much action for our money market account. The Finance Committee recommended that $85,000 from the Charitable Trust be invested in CDs with varying maturity from 90 days to one year, as there isn't an imminent need for these funds.
Mary also reported that the NCNE had given her a check for $150.00 to cover the cost of the Board's lunches on Tuesday of the face_to_face meeting because they had wished to host the Board for lunch that day. Frank Winnert moved and Roger Frey seconded to donate the $150.00 to the Rescue Fund. The motion was carried unanimously. It was the consensus of the Board that the NCNE be thanked for their generosity.
Mary L. Price and Edmund Sledzik, Esquire, NCA tax attorney, will make recommendations after review of the NCA, Inc. 1999 tax returns.
Corresponding Secretary Steve McAdams reported that he needed a copy of the petition received by the Board at the face_to_face board meeting at the National regarding the Judges Education Committee so that he can acknowledge receipt of the petition. Steve further reported receipt of correspondence regarding the AKC's Lifetime Achievement Awards for 2001. It was the consensus of the Board that we not respond this year.
Joan Gunn moved and Beverly Eichel seconded to approve the minutes of the May 2_4, 2000 face_to_face meeting as amended. The motion was carried unanimously.
Steve McAdams moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded to approve the minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Board, May 4, 2000, as amended. The motion was carried unanimously.
Robin Seaman moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded to approve the minutes of the NCA Inc. Annual Meeting, May 4, 2000, as amended. The motion was carried unanimously.
At 8:20p.m., Beverly Eichel moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded to go into executive session. The motion was carried unanimously.
At 8:34 p.m., Clyde Dunphy moved and Joan Gunn seconded to come out of executive session. The motion was carried unanimously.
During executive session, the Board approved the applicants list of June 8, 2000. Committee personnel was also discussed and inasmuch that Jack Dean had been appointed to serve on the Finance Committee on a temporary basis until such time as the tax matters are resolved and being that said tax matters have been resolved, it was the consensus of the Board that Jack's term on the committee had been completed.
Clyde Dunphy moved and Joan Gunn seconded to accept the recommendation of the Newf Tide Policy committee to include the following statement in the introduction to the Annual of Titlists, "Participation in this publication is voluntary and presents an opportunity for owners to share their Newfoundland(s)' accomplishments." The motion was carried unanimously.
The Board held a discussion regarding Newf Tide policy pertaining to Point of View articles versus Letters to the Editor. Steve McAdams moved and Tom Broderick seconded that all articles unsolicited shall be considered as a Letter to the Editor. The motion was defeated with five in favor (Robin Seaman, Tom Broderick, Clyde Dunphy, Beverly Eichel, Steve McAdams) and six opposed (Roger Frey, Joan Gunn, Sandee Lovett, Mary L. Price, Frank Winnert, Aura Dean).
Frank Winnert moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded to table the discussion of Newf Tide policy until the face_to_face meeting in November. The motion was carried unanimously.
The Board discussed the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001, as presented by Frank Winnert, Finance Committee chair and Mary L. Price, Treasurer.
Frank Winnert moved and Tom Broderick seconded to approve the proposed budget as amended. The motion was carried with ten in favor and one opposed (Roger Frey, I cannot in good conscience approve the budget as a whole when the Judges Education Committee's (JEC) budget has occasionally in the past and could in the future, inadvertently subsidize the show expenses for a few members of a closed committee. If the Board would institute a policy which would prevent NCA member dues from being used to subsidize JEC members' show expenses, I could vote to approve this budget.)
At 9:18 p.m., Frank Winnert excused himself from the meeting.
Mary L. Price reported on behalf of Moreen Ohs, Uniform Trophy chair, that due to the cost of the color decal on the limited edition plate for 2001, she suggested that the price for the plate be $40.00 and that we order 300 plates. Steve McAdams moved and Roger Frey seconded that we order 300 plates and that we sell them for $40.00. The motion was carried unanimously.
Clyde Dunphy moved and Joan Gunn seconded that the Board approve the NCA Charitable Trust meeting minutes of May 2, 2000. The motion was carried unanimously.
Tom Broderick moved and Robin Seaman seconded that Cherrie Brown, Research Advisory committee chair, send a letter to Dr. George Padgett at Michigan State University extending the completion of the Elbow Anomaly study to April 30, 2001, to allow for completion of the project. The motion was carried unanimously. A final report on this study is due upon confirmation of the puppies' parentage.
Arrangements for the November face_to_face meeting were discussed. Tom Broderick moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded that a room be reserved for each Board member. The motion was carried unanimously.
Mail meeting items should be received by the Recording Secretary by July 19, 2000. The next teleconference will be held Tuesday September 26, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. CT.
At 9:45 p.m., Beverly Eichel moved and Joan Gunn seconded to adjourn. The motion was carried unanimously.
Roger S. Frey, Recording Secretary