Newfoundland Club of America Board of Directors Meeting

Teleconference Meeting , June 19, 2001

President Beverly Eichel called the teleconference meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, June 19, 2001. The following directors were present: Beverly Eichel (BE), Sandee Lovett (SL), Roger Frey (RF), Mary L. Price (MLP), Tom Broderick (TB), Joan Gunn (JG), Aura Dean (AD), Mary Lou Cuddy (MLC), Steve McAdams (SM) and Mary W. Price (MWP), AKC delegate. Roger Powell (RP) was absent due to work commitment.

Frank Winnert, Finance chair, was present for the NCA budget report.

Aura Dean moved and Joan Gunn seconded to waive the normal order of business to discuss the new NCA budget for 2001-2002. The motion passed unanimously. Absent (RP, CD, RS)

NCA Budget 2001-02

The meeting was turned over to Frank Winnert, Finance chair.

Clyde Dunphy called in at 7:12 p.m. Robin Seaman called in at 7:30 p.m.

Frank Winnert gave an in-depth line item report comparing NCA committee budgets from 1995 to 2001. Frank reported that all budgets were in line except the web site budget. Frank said that the $1,700 request was not justified and recommended it be cut to $915. Aura Dean suggested that at least the amount only be reduced to last year's budget of $1,270. Clyde Dunphy moved and Steve McAdams seconded to approve the NCA budget as proposed by the Finance Committee and amend the web site budget to $1,270. The motion passed unanimously. Absent (RP)

The NCA Board thanked Frank Winnert and the Finance Committee for their time.

Frank Winnert left the meeting at approximately 8:00 p.m.

President Beverly Eichel called the meeting to regular order.

Reports of the Officers

Beverly Eichel reported that the letter to be written by the NCA Obedience Chair to the AKC supporting lower agility jump heights for Newfoundlands did not get done.

Report of the 1st Vice President

Clyde Dunphy had no report.

Report of the 2nd Vice President

Sandee Lovett reported that Bob Rogers has accepted the position as NCA Membership Chair.

Report of the Recording Secretary

Tom Broderick prepared the agenda for the June 19th teleconference.

Report of the Treasurer

Mary L. Price reported the NCA cash balances as of June 19, 2001 as follows: Checking Account, $2,689.91; Savings Account, $13,013.54; CDs, $200.260.86 for a total of $215,964.31; "Distinguished Member" Restoration, $2,738.71; Uniform Trophy Fund, $4,852.45 for a grand total of $223.555.47.

Report of the AKC Delegate

Mary W. Price reported that the AKC is finalizing plans to offer a special agility class for giant breeds and veteran dogs that will allow for extended time and lower jump heights. Dogs that enter and qualify in this agility class will earn a new title name. The AKC has not yet named this new class but is planning to offer this class by July 2002.

Mary W. Price reported that Pat Krause (AKC) received no written support from the Newfoundland Club of America regarding extended time and lower jump heights in performance agility trials. The good news is that the Newfoundland breed will be included along with the other giant breeds.

Mary W. Price reported on a lawsuit filed against the Brittany Club of America and the American Kennel Club by the owner of an undocked Brittany, because the dog is not allowed to be shown in conformation competition. (The Brittany standard specifies that the tail must be docked.) Other Parent Clubs whose standards call for docked tails, cropped ears, or even disqualification of specific colors were urged to join as "friends of the court" against the suit filed by the dog's owner in conjunction with the animal rights group PETA. A key issue may end up being the ownership of the breed standard. Several breed clubs have pledged support. The NCA will not participate at this time.

Rescue Report

Mary L. Price reported that Karen Mays, Delegate Parent Club Committee, wrote a letter dated May 1,2001 to Mr. Robert Slay, AKC vice-president, concerning dogs sold at auction. Karen Mays' letter does not recommend the purchase of purebred dogs at auction. She writes, "Although the parent clubs are obviously doing good things for individual dogs, this action perpetuates the problem since it encourages people to continue to breed and broker dogs because they see they have a market for this breed."

The NCA Board directed Mary L. Price and Beverly Eichel to write a letter to Mr. Robert Slay that the NCA supports the purchase of Newfoundland dogs at auction as per NCA policy.

Membership Applications

Aura Dean moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded to go into executive session at 8:48 p.m. The motion was passed unanimously. Absent (RP) During executive session, the NCA Membership applicants list was reviewed. There were several Board Members that did not receive a copy of the list so it was decided to table the applicants list until the August mail meeting. The Board also discussed a situation concerning two sponsors that withdrew their names from an applicant.

The Board formally appointed Bob Rogers as the Membership chair.

Roger Frey moved and Clyde Dunphy seconded to come out of executive session at 9:09 p.m. The motion was passed unanimously. Absent (RP)

Financial Report in Newf Tide

The Board considered and approved the recommendation of the Finance Committee that Mary L. Price, NCA Treasurer, along with Sandy Gabel, Finance Committee member, write an article to be published in Newf Tide that would provide explanations for members' questions about the NCA's financial policies and procedures.

AKC Lifetime Achievement Awards

The NCA Board had no nominations for the AKC's Lifetime Achievement Awards for 2002.

St. Joseph Bicentennial

The City of St. Joseph, Missouri, has invited NCA members and their Newfoundlands to participate in the 2004 Lewis and Clark Bicentennial celebration. Sandee Lovett offered to work with the city to organize Newfoundland participation in the event. Mary Lou Cuddy, Regional Club Liaison, will notify the regional clubs of this event and invite participation.

Article about Grooming

Roger Frey moved and Mary Lou Cuddy seconded to direct the Judges' Education Committee to write an article to be published in the AKC Judges' Newsletter. The purpose of this article is to review the intent of the present wording in the Illustrated Guide, which had been approved by the Board in November 1999 regarding grooming. This article is needed in light of the recent columns in the Newfoundland column of the AKC Gazette and correspondence written by members to the Board regarding grooming.

Robin Seaman moved and Joan Gunn seconded to call the question. The motion to call the question passed: 8 Yes (TB, MLC, CD, JG, SL, RS, BE, MLP); 3 No (AD, RF, SM). Absent (RP)

The motion passed: 7 Yes ( MLC, AD, CD, RF, JG, SL, MLP); 4 No (TB, SM, RS, BE), Absent (RP)

Sandee Lovett, Second Vice-President, will contact Betty McDonnell, Judges' Education Committee Chair, to write the article for the AKC Judges' Newsletter.

At 9:40 p.m., Steve McAdams left the meeting.

New Business

Beverly Eichel stated that any corrections or additions to the May 23rd minutes should be sent to Tom Broderick.

Beverly Eichel said that the NCA Board will have a mail meeting in August.

Clyde Dunphy moved and Mary Lou Cuddy seconded to adjourn at 9:48 p.m.

The motion passed unanimously. Absent (RP & SM)

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas Broderick,
Recording Secretary