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BOARD MEETING MINUTES - 2007

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JANUARY 23, 2007 - BOARD MEETING MINUTES

Members Present: Michelle Olsen • Lisa Pruka • Terri Clingerman • Julia Ecklar • Wayne Koutsky • Sally Davis • Kelly Hagstrand • Denise Teal

Members Absent: Claudia Frank

Call to order: 4:30 p.m. PST by President Michelle Olsen

1. Border Collies Across America, Inc.
Myra Westphal and Carol Wesenberg (Treasurer, Border Collies Across America) spoke to the Board as part of their grant request for creation of a national website clearinghouse for border collie rescues and shelters across U.S. As the amount requested in the grant represented a significant portion of the funds BCSA has set aside for assisting border collie rescue efforts, the Board agreed to request further details regarding long-term plans for this project before making a final decision.

2. Delegate Business: Claudia Frank
None

3. Recording Secretary’s Report: Julia Ecklar
December minutes were approved by the departing 2006 Board.

4. Corresponding Secretary’s Report: Terri Clingerman

  • Sent to Michelle: Letter from AKC thanking our club for sponsoring a “Meet the Breeds” booth at the Invitational.

  • Inquiry regarding the status of items she donated to the 2006 National to be used for rescue.

  • Inquiry from KTBCC, inquiring about the Herding Trial grant policy.

  • Request for BCSA to help from someone who tried to ILP her dogs and was rejected by AKC.

  • Question regarding requirements for a dual champion.

5. Treasurer’s Report: Wayne Koutsky

5.1. General Account Balances

Checking: $16,675
Savings: $66,979
Health: $5,307
Rescue: $14,422
Total: $93,383

5.2. 2006 Specialty Income/Expenses

January Meeting:
Income: $56,126
Expenses: $43,969
Still owed: ~$10,000
Projected Net Income: ~$3,000

6. Interim Business (Transacted by E-Mail)

6.1. Board Votes

2006-21: Herding Challenge format for 2007:
Motion made by Denise Teal on December 19, 2006: The National Specialty Versatile Stockdog Award will be conducted as follows:
1. To be eligible dogs must enter at least once on Course A ducks, Course A sheep, and Course B sheep.
2. Dogs may be entered at any level or combination of levels.
3. Dogs may enter a total of 8 times.
4. Only AKC qualifying scores will be used to calculate the dog with the highest total overall score.
5. In case of a tie, a tie breaker will be announced on the last day of competition.
Motion: Denise Teal
Second: Sally Davis
In Favor: Wayne Koutsky, Kelly Davis, Joyce Norris, Beth Bartholomew
Abstained: Laura Wright

2006-22: Motion made by Joyce Norris that BCSA donate $200 to Kentuckiana Border Collie Club to help defray expenses from their 2006 herding trial.
Motion: Joyce Norris
Second: Laura Wright
In Favor: Sally Davis, Kelly Hagstrand, Wayne Koutsky
Abstained: Denise Teal, Beth Bartholomew

2006-23: Motion made by Kelly Hagstrand to approve the December 2006 board meeting minutes reviewed via email.
Motion: Kelly Hagstrand
Second: Sally Davis
In Favor: Wayne Koutsky, Beth Bartholomew, Denise Teal, Joyce Norris
Abstained: Laura Wright

6.2. New Member Applications
The follow membership applications were approved:
• Paula Elson
• Doyle Ivie
• Marjorie White
Motion: Wayne Koutsky
Seconded: Sally Davis
In Favor: Unanimous

7. Committee Business/Reports

7.1. Advertising Manager (Club) (Wayne Koutsky, liaison)
Volunteer still needed.

7.2. Agility Trial – Pennsylvania: Karen Herceg (Denise Teal, Liaison)

  • Proposed dates: Feb 17-18, 2007.

  • Event has AKC approval.

  • Link to premium list is on the website.

7.3. Agility Trial – Ohio: Denise Teal (Denise Teal, Liaison)

  • Proposed dates: ??

  • Event has AKC approval.

  • Not holding FAST class due to lack of demand

  • Trial now listed on BCSA website

7.4. BCSA Announce & Suggestion Box: Nancy Little (Kelly Hagstrand, Liaison)
No report.

7.5. BCSA Store Inventory & Orders: Nancie Magies (Terri Clingerman, Liaison)
No report.

7.6. Border Recorder: (Kelly Hagstrand, Liaison)
Volunteer still needed

7.7. Borderlines: Denise Teal (Sally Davis, Liaison)

  • Borderlines will now contain a color center section. Brooke Forsyth (of Paper & Ink Printing) will split the cost with BCSA for the first issue, which will feature color shots from the specialty. Full page color ads will cost $150. If no ads are purchased for a given issue, there will be no color section in that issue. Demand for the full-color center section will be re-evaluated after several issues.

  • Borderlines will also offer a color cover which can be purchased for $400. If no one purchases a full-color cover for any given issue, a black-and-white cover will be used. Demand for the full-color cover will be re-evaluate after several issues.

  • Borderlines Committee voted to continue to use Paper & Ink (Brooke Forsyth) for printing and layout.

  • Next issue is ready to go to printer, as soon as the Janet Larson tribute by Kat Kutchma is received.

7.8. Breeder Referral: Karen (Yobbagy) Herceg (??, Liaison)
No report.

7.9. Color Committee: Casey Carney (??, Liaison)
Casey Carney requested a more technical article about how border collie color genetics work. Julia Ecklar volunteered to proof-read genetics.

7.5. Finance Committee: Beth Bartholomew (??, Liaison)
No report.

7.6. Futurity Committee: (Michelle Olsen, Liaison)
Volunteer still needed

7.7. General Education: Donna Mallory (Sally Davis, Liaison)
No report.

7.8. Health: (Sally Davis, Liaison)
Volunteer still needed.

  • OFA website sponsors a database that lists dogs have met all criteria for health tests set by the breed parent club (hips, elbows, CERF, BAER, genetics, etc.). As many parent clubs have their breed on this registry, BSCA should consider getting the border collie on the list. Committee or Volunteer needed to propose what tests/requirements club wants to require.

  • Suggestion was made to split the Health Committee into a few smaller committees, with the thought that the smaller workload might encourage volunteers to head the committees. Further discussion deferred for a later meeting.

7.9. Health Education Foundation (HEF): Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell, Chair (Wayne Koutsky, Liaison)
HEF had its first teleconference in December 2006, consisting of Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell, Bill Berhow, Emily Czapek, and Helen Phillips. Decision was made to form the foundation, then continue recruiting.

7.10. Herding: Claudia Frank (??, Liaison)
No report.

7.11. Historian: Mickey Bruzek (??, Liaison)
No report.

7.12. Juniors: Mary Beth Overmyer & Linda Follis (??, Liaison)
No report.

7.13. Judges Education: Linnea Klingel (??, Liaison)

  • Herding Institute in Kentucky, Date? (Presenter: Linnea Klingel)

  • Linnea Klingel will also present a seminar for judges at a dog show cluster in South Carolina (Date?). Board voted to cover roundtrip airfare to this cluster for her.

7.14. Judges Selection Process: Sonja Donaldson Chair (Michelle Olsen, Liaison)
Sonja Donaldson has sent proposal to Lisa Pruka. Lisa will forward the proposal to the Board via email for discussion at February meeting.

7.15. Recruitment: (Michelle Olsen, Liaison)
Volunteer still needed.

7.16. ROM: Nancy Keller (??, Liaison)
No report.

7.17. Rescue Liaison: Megan Harrison (Michelle Olsen, Liaison)
No report.

7.18. Website: Ann Shaw (Kelly Hagstrand, Liaison)
No report.

8. Old Business

8.1. 2006 National Specialty: Lisa Pruka & Kat Ferruzza

  • Lisa Pruka and/or Kat Ferruzza will contact John Wintermute to find out what happened to the photos sent by members for catalog ad orders.

  • Rescue funds: Wayne disbursed all funds from the fundraiser event. However, after receiving word that Midwest BC Rescue was having problems involving their financial dealings, a stop payment was put on their check. Final word on the resolution of that situation is still pending.

  • Crufts Certificates: Lisa Pruka will contact AKC regarding to find out how Crufts qualifiers are notified, and whether there has been a change in procedure since 2005.

8.2. 2007 Specialty: Megan Harrison & Julie Bosier

  • Seminar: Pat Hastings is booked for a 1-day seminar, to be held on Thursday.

  • Secretary: Derek Pattison

  • Photographer: Kathleen Shaffer

  • Agility: Excellent-Only trial on Wed afternoon/evening (now listed online)

  • Tracking: Paperwork sent to Lisa Pruka for submission to AKC

  • Herding Schedule & Challenge format: Will continue to take feedback from members, and may change format in 2008. Due to the necessity to prepare for the upcoming event (book judges, buy prizes, etc.), the Board resolved to proceed with the decision made in December by the 2006 Board.

  • Versatile Stockdog Award Prize Budget: $100

  • Sub-Chairs:
    - Agility: Jacqueline Hoye & Joan Simon
    - Obedience: Wayne Koutsky
    - Conformation: Cindy Geiss
    - Herding: Lisa Pruka
    - Rally: Linda Ramas & Missy Roland
    - Tracking: chair still needed
    - Herding Challenge Secretary: Denise Teal
    - Trophies: Denise Teal
    - Catalog/GI Section of Premium List: Ann Shaw
    - Ribbons: Kat Ferruzza

  • Trophies:
    The trial will use a lot of inventory from the BCSA store which was purchased from BCSA at full retail price. Items purchased included bath towels, caps, note cards, beanies, sheep puffkins, prints, for a total of $550.
    BCSA will fund half of each venue, with “big” prizes being purchased using that money. Smaller prizes will be ordered last-minute using only what is funded by donations. If donations are low for any venue, there will be no special 2nd thru 4th place prizes.

  • Chairs:
    - Co-Chairs: Denise Teal & Linda Koutsky
    - Herding chair: Joyce Norris
    - Obedience chair: Bonnie Flowers
    - Chief Steward for Obedience: Donna Anderson
    - Agility chairs: Karen Herceg and Amy Gibel
    - Conformation chair: Nancie Mages
    - Hospitality room food: Kay Rieff
    - Janet Larson award: Janet Lewis
    - Vendors and On-Site Catalog Sales: Peggy Battig

  • Judges: Motion to Hire all Judges Except for Debbie George: Denise 2nd: Sally Abstain: Julia All yay
    Herding: Judy Vanderford
    Gerard Bodet
    Scott Lucan
    Motion to hire: Denise Teal 2nd: Julia Aye: Terri & Wayne Opposed: Abstain: Lisa
    Debbie George – some reservations due to previous experiences, by board members & others

  • Seminars: Debbie Quigley & Judy Ramsey seminar the weekend before the specialty—location to-be-announced. Also, one-day obedience seminar on Wednesday—also location to-be-announced.

8.3. ACE Project
A.C.E. Project t-shirts will be marked down to $5 + $3 S&H. Updated sales info is on the website.

8.4. ILP Process
Michelle Olsen contacted Chris Strom at AKC regarding two smooth-coated border collies who were rejected for ILP due to their appearance. After their communication, Chris agreed to issue ILP registrations to these dogs.

8.5. List of Juniors completing titles with our breed
The names of Juniors completing titles with border collies will be listed in Borderlines. These Juniors will be sent a free copy of Borderlines, along with a membership application and an offer for a free first year of BCSA membership (AKC ok’d this). Mary Beth Overmyer has agreed to handle the mailing and cover letter. Denise will send her the extra Borderlines.

9. New Business

9.1. Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Club—Supported Entry Requests
Board approved the Mid-Atlantic Border Collie hosting BCSA-sponsored supported entries at the following shows:
• The Herding Group Association of New Jersey (Herding Group Specialty), Edison, New Jersey on March 22, 2007 - Conformation
• Greenwich Kennel Club, Norwalk, CT on June 9, 2007 - Conformation and Obedience

9.2. Meet The Breeds Booth for 2007
Board approved Catherine Swain’s request to coordinate the BCSA’s Meet the Breeds at the AKC Invitational in 2007.
Motion: Kelly Hagstrand
Second: Wayne Koutsky
In Favor: Michelle Olsen, Julia Ecklar, Terri Clingerman, Sally Savis, Denise Teal
Abstained: Lisa Pruka

9.3. Support of USBCHA Finals
Board voted to donate $100 toward support of USBCHA Finals, but with a request not to receive the usual free catalog ad.
Motion: Kelly Hagstrand
Second: Denise Teal
In Favor: Unanimous

9.4. Parent Club Conference:
Board selected Julia Ecklar & Michelle Olsen as delegates to the Parent Club Conference in Atlanta, GA (July 20-22, 2007)

Date of Next meeting
Wed Feb 21, 8:00 p.m. EST

Adjournment
Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m. PST
Motion: Terri Clingerman
Second: Denise Teal
In Favor: Unanimous 


FEBRUARY 21, 2007 - BOARD MEETING MINUTES

 

Members Present: Terri Clingerman • Sally Davis • Julia Ecklar • Kelly Hagstrand • Michelle Olsen • Lisa Pruka • Denise Teal

Members Absent: Claudia Frank, Wayne Koutsky

Call to order: 8:30 pm EST/5:30 pm PST by Michelle Olsen

1. Delegate Business
Reviewed upcoming delegate candidates. Claudia Frank will forward additional information about these candidates as it becomes available.

2. Recording Secretary’s Report: Julia Ecklar

  • January 2007 Board minutes approved.
    Motion: Kelly Hagstrand
    Second: Terri Clingerman
    In Favor: Unanimous

  • Julia Ecklar reported having received the three large boxes of secretary files from Kelly Hagstrand.

3. Corresponding Secretary’s Report: Terri Clingerman

  • From AKC: Requesting information on the number of Crufts certificates the club needs.

  • From a border collie owner, looking for assistance in compiling a five generation pedigree for a dog. BCSA does not normally have that information, but one of the Board members was able to help, so she was sent contact information for that Board member.

  • Form AKC: Approval of 2007 Herding Trial is on hold because judges sherry Lee and Cathy Hartley are overdue for a judging seminar.

  • From AKC: Rules regarding size/number of x-pens at indoor shows

  • From AKC: Survey on International Obedience Invitational. BCSA posted questions on the BC-Announce list and received six responses. Two in favor, but others either against the AKC’s proposed design for the class or only in favor if the exercises were changed to be actually “international” and not merely a reshuffling of the current open/utility exercises. Terri Clingerman replied to the AKC, saying that BCSA was in favor of developing such an event, but only if the exercises were truly international ones, and only if the qualifying class was developed into something in which all exhibitors could compete.

  • From Kelly Whiteman: Letter stating that many conformation judges are contemptuous of the BCSA Judges Education program. Michelle will respond to her concerns regarding ringside mentors and other aspects of the program.

  • From KTBCC: Regarding the $200 grant for their herding trial that the Board voted to grant last meeting. Wayne Koutsky responded to them.

4. Treasurer’s Report: Wayne Koutsky

4.1. General Account Balances as of Feb 28, 2007

Checking balance: $27,736.64
Money Market balance: $57,250.88
Health balance: $ 5,306.77
Rescue balance: $14,422.57
Total: $104,716.86

5. Interim Business Transacted by E-Mail

5.1. Board Votes
No electronic votes this month.

5.2. New Member Applications
The following membership applications were approved:

  • Patty Heald (Ponca, NE)
    Sponsor: Mary Beth Overmyer

  • Sherryl Robinson (Farmington, AR)
    Sponsor: Sharon Savage

  • Michele Satterfield (New Iberia, LA)
    Sponsor: Shelly Spotswood

  • Cheryl Turpin (Pensacola, FL)
    Sponsor: approval pending location of a valid sponsor

  • Carol Wesenberg (Wisconsin Rapids, WI)
    Sponsor: Myra Westphal

Motion: Denise Teal
Second: Sally Davis
In Favor: Unanimous

6. Committee Business/Reports:

6.1. Board Liaisons: Lisa Pruka
New Board liaisons were assigned, and everyone involved was contacted with the information.

6.2. Advertising Manager (Club) Volunteer Needed (Wayne Koutsky, liaison)
Volunteer Needed.

6.3. Agility Trial: Pennsylvania: Karen Herceg (Denise Teal, Liaison)

  • Feb 17-18,2007 Trial filled, with a waiting list.

  • 2 MACHs awarded, and an overall qualifying rate so high, they ran out of Q ribbons!

6.4. Agility Trial Ohio: Denise Teal (Denise Teal, Liaison)
July 7-8, 2007 This event has AKC approval. It is expected to fill.

6.5. AKC Gazette Columnist: Gerianne Darnell (Denise Teal, Liaison)
No report.

6.6. BCSA Announce & Suggestion Box: Nancy Little (Kelly Hagstrand, Liaison)
As of Feb 7, 2007, there are 337 subscribers to BCSA_Announce. This is the busiest time of the year with regard to the email list. Committee Chair Nancy Little has been working with Kathy Sours on membership renewals. All members from BCSA_Announce who did not renew membership in BCSA by Jan 15 were removed, although members who renewed later than this date (but before Jan 31, 2007) are being re-added to the list.

6.7. BCSA Store Inventory & Orders: Nancie Mages (Terri Clingerman, Liaison)
So far, no volunteers to take over the Store. Nancie Mages is willing to continue being responsible for shipping and storage of materials, but needs someone who can scout for new products and work on promotion (whenever an issue of Borderlines comes out, the store does sell a few items). Currently, the store is very low on beanies; Nancie suggests waiting another year or two before re-ordering.

6.8. BCSA Merchandise Manager for Ivars Account: Volunteer-less
Corbin Sapp of Ivars has reported delays with his web host, but expects site to be up by March 15.

6.9. Border Recorder: Volunteer Needed (Kelly Hagstrand, Liaison)
No report.

6.10. Borderlines: Denise Teal (Sally Davis, Liaison)

  • Increasing the number of pages in each issue was discussed. This would cost more, both in layout and printing charges, and in postage. Board agreed that the current advertising revenue doesn’t support increasing issue size.

  • A suggestion was made to include a note in each issue of Borderlines, directing members to additional articles and content on the BCSA website (especially health and other informational pieces).

  • Mar/Apr issue is nearly completely, and everything except the cover photo has been sent to the printer.

  • Kim Baumgart and Denise Teal are working together to make sure all ads submitted are included in the correct issue and have been paid for. Article submissions have been great; Denise now has more than enough to fill each issue. However, they would still like to increase advertisement revenue. Suggestions are welcomed.

6.11. Breeder Referral: Karen Herceg (Julia Ecklar, Liaison)
Karen Herceg has been sending Ann Shaw updates to the breeding listings on the BCSA website. She also continues to answer emails from potential border collie owners who are looking for information on locating a breeder; she is able to refer these people to the Breeder Referral Directory on the BCSA website.

6.12. Color Committee: Casey Carney (Lisa Pruka, Liaison)

  • Casey Carney’s article on border collie color genetics is now available on the BCSA website.

  • BCSA members and friends continue to submit wonderful pictures for addition to the color pages on the BCSA website. It has been pointed out that the amount of photos on the pages may be problematic for people using dial-up connections; if more pictures are added, it may be necessary to use thumbnails. The other option is to limit the number of pictures per page. The Committee is open to input on this issue.

  • The Color Committee has a preliminary draft of BCSA’s “Guide to the Genetics of Canine Coat Color.” Casey Carney will investigate have the document re-transcribed into a program that will allow for more layout and picture-insertion options.

6.13. Finance Committee: Beth Bartholomew (Wayne Koutsky, Liaison)
No report.

6.14. Futurity Committee: Volunteer Needed (Michelle Olsen, Liaison)
Volunteer needed.

6.15. General Education: Donna Mallory (Sally Davis, Liaison)
No report.

6.16. Health Committee: Volunteer Needed (Sally Davis, Liaison)

  • Board resolved to request input from BCSA members regarding what health tests they would like to see required by the parent club for a border collie to earn a number through the Canine Health Information Center database (www.caninehealthinfo.org).  The possibility of creating a discussion forum through the BCSA website, so that members can give their feedback and read the opinions of others, was suggested.

  • This committee is still looking for a chair. If no one steps forward to volunteer, the Board may need to dissolve the committee and create smaller committees to take its place.

6.17. Health Education Foundation (HEF): Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell (Wayne Koutsky, Liaison)
The Health Education Foundation is ready to file their incorporation documents. Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell contacted Wayne Koutsky for reimbursement of the associated fees (~$125).

6.18. Herding: Claudia Frank (Terri Clingerman, Liaison)

  • The “Stockdog of Distinction” Award seems to be working at the difficulty level desired, as there are three new recipients of this award.

  • Claudia Frank is collecting articles for Borderlines, both from respected trial exhibitors and judges, and some written by herself. These articles might also be placed on the BCSA website under “Herding Central,” where there are already educational articles.

  • Advanced herding handlers who have attended BCSA National Specialties in the past have indicated that the level of herding trial difficulty has not kept up with the skills and level at which many handlers want to compete. The Herding Committee urges the Board to develop a Challenge that raises the requirements past the level of “just another herding trial.”

6.19. Historian: Mickey Bruzek (Sally Davis, Liaison)
No report.

6.20. Juniors: Mary Beth Overmyer & Linda Follis (Terri Clingerman, Liaison)
No report.

6.21. Judges Education: Linnea Klingel (Julia Ecklar, Liaison)

  • Board discussed the possibility of creating a DVD presentation to go along with the Judges Education PowerPoint materials, demonstrating working border collies in a variety of herding situations/environments. The goal is to help judges understanding why the breed looks and functions as it does, and what aspects of its physical appearance are important to its function. Board will contact Linnea Klingel to see if she would be willing to receive membership-submitted videos for consideration.

  • Linnea will need more Judges Education materials for upcoming presentations, as she has gone through over 100 in the last year.

  • Linnea has contacted the ADSJ as they have border collies listed for their advanced judging institute in August. So far, no one has responded.

  • Gerianne’s column in the Gazette will feature an article on the list of judging concerns, the new PowerPoint, and how to get. The list of judging concerns will also be sent to the AKC for inclusion in the AKC judges newsletter. The judges list online has been asked to add the BCSA PowerPoint to their seminar site. They already include links to information on Cardigan Welsh Corgies, Collies, Old English Sheepdogs, and Bernese Mountain Dogs. Many judges refer to this site for information.

  • The Judges Education Committee has received much positive feedback on the PowerPoint presentation. Judges say they like having it to pop into the computer and review, and that it’s a great presentation. Thanks to everyone who worked hard getting it done. It was worth the effort!

  • Upcoming presentation requests:
    - Feb Denver Cluster: Cathy Lester doing ringside mentoring.
    - Houston Cluster in July: Linn will do this one.

6.22. Judges Selection Process: Sonja Donaldson Chair (Michelle Olsen, Liaison)
Lisa forwarded this to us in January, need to discuss. Don’t hire folks outside US – too expensive and there are good judges available in US. Remove some questions we don’t need (like Are you licensed with AKC?), add questions like “When did you last attend a herding judge’s seminar?” Try out this process for a few years, then re-evaluate. Set up polling on YahooGroups so members can vote/have input on specialty judges. This will go into effect for choosing 2008 conformation judges (start with one venue, gradually work up to all the others).
Motion: Lisa Pruka
Second: Terri Clingerman
In Favor: Unanimous

6.23. Legislative Liaison: Linda Baron
Should we be getting involved in supporting those folks who are affected by breed specific legislation, even when it’s not related to our breed (right now)? i.e. should Linda be forwarding this info on to our membership, or only general issues that affect all dog owners or breeders? Keep it general, not too much volume, keep it unemotional.

6.24. Membership: Kathy Sours (Wayne Koutsky, Liaison)
No report.

6.24.1. Nominating Committee Procedure: Karen Herceg, Chair (Michelle Olsen, Liaison)
No report.

6.25. Recruitment Committee: Volunteer Needed (Michelle Olsen, Liaison)
The duties of this committee have been narrowed to focus specifically on recruitment of new individual members. Volunteer to chair still needed.

6.25.1. Affiliate Club Committee: Emily Fish (??, Liaison)
The duties of this committee will consist of recruiting and assisting new affiliate clubs.

6.26. ROM: Nancy Keller (Lisa Pruka, Liaison)
No report.

6.27. Rescue Liaison: Megan Harrison (Michelle Olsen, Liaison)
A volunteer with the time to finish the second half of the rescue list is needed.

6.28. Website: Ann Shaw (Kelly Hagstrand, Liaison)
No report.

7. Old Business

7.1. 2006 National Specialty: Lisa Pruka & Kat Ferruzza
• Pictures sent by members for catalog ads have all been returned.
• Crufts Certificates: Still waiting for word from AKC regarding certificates for 2006, although certificates for 2007 have been ordered. Although it’s too late for competitors to enter Crufts this year, the certificates are good for two years. In addition, many exhibitors consider them a proud keepsake, so the Board feels it’s important to make sure the certificates reach the appropriate parties.

7.2. 2007 Specialty: Megan Harrison & Julie Bosier

  • Sharon Hodens-Wood and Richard Wood confirmed as judges for Obedience and Rally

  • Jerry Lewis and Vincent Ramirez approved by Board as judges for Tracking.
    Motion: Terri Clingerman
    Second: Kelly Hagstrand
    In Favor: Unanimous

  • A web survey will be designed to solicit membership feedback on the idea of opening up entries at the National to other breeds in the performance vents.

  • Board reviewed a sketch of the proposed Specialty logo. Lisa Pruka will contact the artist with suggested changes.

7.3. 2008 National Specialty

  • All necessary committees now have chairs.

  • Specialty Motto: “In pursuit of excellence.” Specialty committee plans to hold a photo contest for a border collie with an expression that best exemplifies the intensity needed to excel in any venue (herding, agility, obedience, conformation).

  • Schedule:
    - Monday - herding
    - Tuesday - herding
    - Wednesday - herding challenge and herding test classes; seminars--obedience and/or agility
    - Thursday - agility
    - Friday - agility, obedience invitational, sweepstakes, judges education
    - Saturday - obedience, rally, conformation
    - Sunday - obedience, conformation

  • Host Hotel: Due to ongoing problems with The Diamond Inn, the Specialty committee will be investigating the possibility of moving the host hotel back to The Holiday Inn (formerly The Ramada Inn).

  • Judges:
    Herding: Judy Vanderford, Debbie George, Gerard Baudet, Scott Luken all approved.
    Seminars: Debbie Quigley & Judy Ramsey obedience seminar the weekend before the specialty—location TBD (not at specialty location). Also a Wed seminar with them, location TBD.

7.4. ACE Project
No report.

7.5. ISDS Import Issue
The Board requested that AKC accept ISDS pedigrees from any country, not just for dogs born in the UK. AKC rejected the request, citing an unwillingness to set a precedent for international registries.

7.6. ILP Process
Chris Strom of the AKC forwarded a border collie ILP application to the Board for their opinion. After reviewing the photos sent, the Board agreed to recommend that the dog in question was likely a mix-breed and should not be registered as a border collie.

7.7. Herding Trial Grant Policy

  • Board accepted the following paragraph as clarification of the BCSA’s policy for issuing Herding Trial Grants:

    “BCSA has always been committed to supporting efforts to host B course herding trials, to showcase the type of herding for which our breed was developed and where it most excels. Therefore, BCSA will issue grants to regional affiliate clubs hosting B course trials. The grant shall be $100/weekend, to be used for trial expenses. Clubs wishing to take advantage of the grant must submit their request at least four months prior to the trial. Along with the request, the club should submit at least a preliminary budget. Clubs who receive grants must give credit to BCSA in their premium list and catalog.”
    Motion: Lisa Pruka
    Second: Terri Clingerman
    In Favor: Unanimous

7.8. Border Collies Across America, Inc.
Board resolved to suggest the group begin by working with other rescue groups, perhaps surveying them to find out if the proposed services will be of use. As there are other databases already in existence which allow for nationwide searches for rescued dogs, the Board did not find it appropriate to commit a large portion of the BCSA’s rescue funds to create another.

7.9. Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Club—Supported Entry Requests
Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Club has been informed that the Board approved their request to host two BCSA-sponsored supported entries.

7.10. Meet The Breeds Booth for 2007
Catherine Swain has been contacted with the Board’s decision to allow her to host this booth at the Invitational in 2007.

7.11. Supporting USBCHA Finals
Michelle Olsen will contact Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell to find out if the Health Education Foundation wants to be represented by the catalog ad BCSA will be due for donating funds to support the USBCHA Finals. If HEF is interested in the ad, a check will be sent do Dawn, made out to the organization collecting the funds for the USBCHA event, so that the check can be forwarded along with the HEF’s ad copy.

7.12. AKC Parent Club Conference
Event is July 20-22, 2007 in Peachtree City, GA. Michelle Olsen and Julia Ecklar are scheduled to attend.

8. New Business

8.1. National Herding Competition
Susane Hoffman asked the Board about using some of BCSA’s event numbers to have a herding trial separate from the National Specialty. The Board agreed that this could be done, as long as the organizers of the trial realized that it could not be considered part of the National Specialty, or called a National Specialty. Susane will be asked to submit a more formal proposal (listing appropriate committees and volunteers, etc.), just as would any other trial.

8.2. Premium List: Hard Copy versus Electronic
Board resolved to inform AKC of our support that premium lists for venues other than agility being allowed to make use of electronic distribution (email, websites, etc.). Currently, the premiums for our National Specialty must be sent as paper copies, and money could be saved if at least some of them could be sent electronically. Terri Clingerman will contact the AKC, expressing our encouragement of this change.

8.3. Suggestion Box Submissions/Input from Membership
No report.

Date of Next meeting
Monday March 12th , 8:00pm EST/5:00pm PST.

Adjournment
Motion: 10:24 p.m. Denise Teal
Second: Kelly Hagstrand
In Favor: Unanimous


MARCH 12, 2007 - BOARD MEETING MINUTES

Roll Call: Terri Clingerman • Sally Davis • Julia Ecklar • Kelly Hagstrand • Wayne Koutsky • Michelle Olsen • Lisa Pruka • Denise Teal

Members Absent: Claudia Frank, Lisa Pruka

Call to order: 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST by Michelle Olsen

1. Delegate Business

  • HEC committee is updating the course diagrams, Claudia Frank had Shaw Ann post them on BCSA website for review.

  • March meeting business:
    - Which meeting to attend, obedience committee or parent clubs committee?
    - Which board members to vote for?

2. Recording Secretary’s Report: Julia Ecklar
February 2007 Board minutes approved.
Motion: Denise Teal
Second: Sally Davis
In Favor: Unanimous

3. Corresponding Secretary’s Report: Terri Clingerman

  • From dog owners: Two questions regarding open AKC registration for a dog already registered with ABC. Link to correct registration form on AKC’s website was sent.

  • From AKC: Sherry Lee’s judging assignments at the 2007 National have been approved.

  • From AKC: Invitation to BCSA to send someone to setup a table for Meet the Breeds on Responsible Dog Day (Sept. 15, 2007). Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Club was contacted to see if they are interested in participating.

  • From AKC: Letter describing new microchip for use in their Companion Animal Recovery Program.

  • From AKC Gazette: Inquiry about featuring a herding team in their “My Dog Can Do That!” series. Inquiry was forwarded to Nancy Little to be posted on BC_Announce.

  • From Member: Question as to when the next Border Collie National is. Information on location and date was sent.

  • Inquiry about breed club education. Referred to person to Linn Klingel.

4. Treasurer’s Report: Wayne Koutsky

4.1. General Account Balances as of March 12, 2007

  • Checking balance: $16,248
    Money Market balance: $57,498
    Health balance: $ 5,307
    Rescue balance: $14,423
    Total: $93,476

4.2. 2006 Specialty Income/Expenses

  • As of March meeting:
    Income: $56,126
    Expenses: $43,988
    Outstanding: ~$5,000 (catalog bill)
    Expected profit: ~$2,000.

  • BCSA Sponsored Agility Trial
    Income: $10,200
    Expenses: $7,900
    Profit: ~$2,300

5. Interim Business Transacted by E-Mail

5.1. Board Votes
No electronic votes this month.

5.2. New Member Applications
The following membership applications were approved:

  • Emily Fish (Veneta, OR)
    Sponsor: Kelly Whiteman

  • Robert & Kimberly Janek (Farmland, IN)
    Sponsor: Maureen Tobias

  • Eileen Madrigale (Avon Park, FL)
    Paige O’Donnell

  • Kelly McClellan (Taft, TN)
    Claire Hamilton

  • Michele Polanish (Clifton, NJ)
    Lori Mauger

  • Greg & Kisa Reinkie (Kingsburg, CA)
    Sonja Donaldson

  • Missi Roland (Machesney Park, IL)
    Lisa Pruka

  • Pacific Northwest Border Collie Club (Veneta, OR)
    Michelle Olsen

Motion: Sally Davis
Second: Wayne Koutsky
In Favor: Unanimous

6. Committee Business/Reports:

6.1. Advertising Manager (Club) Volunteer Needed
No report.

6.2. Affiliate Clubs: Emily Fish
No report.

6.3. February Agility Trial: Pennsylvania: Karen Herceg
Held in February each year: are we doing it again in 2008?

6.4. July Agility Trial Ohio: Denise Teal
This event has AKC approval. Already getting entries, expected to fill.

6.5. AKC Gazette Columnist: Gerianne Darnell
No report.

6.6. BCSA Announce & Suggestion Box: Nancy Little
No report.

6.7. BCSA Store Inventory & Orders: Nancie Mages
No report.

6.8. BCSA Merchandise Manager for Ivars Account: Volunteer-less
Corbin reported he had some delays with is web host, expects site to be up by March 15. Michelle Olsen will check on it the week of March 19.

6.9. Border Recorder: Volunteer Needed
No report.

6.10. Borderlines: Denise Teal (Sally Davis, Liaison)

  • We are awaiting news from Brooke on whether he can staff this extra work, or if we need to find another solution. We will most likely hire a professional to do this, versus using a volunteer.

  •  People have been wanting back issues/extra copies of Borderlines. $5/each, if available.

6.11. Breeder Referral: Karen (Yobbagy) Herceg
No report.

6.12. Color Committee: Casey Carney
No report.

6.13. Finance Committee: Beth Bartholomew
No report.

6.14. Futurity Committee: Volunteer Needed
No report.

6.15. General Education: Donna Mallory
No report.

6.16. Health: Volunteer Needed (Lisa handing off)

  • ACE T-Shirt: T-shirt has been discounted to $5 in order to liquidate final stocks.

  • CHIC: Membership survey regarding what tests to require for CHIC registration is on hold until the website’s agility survey is finished.

  • Health survey: Should be a survey dog owners can complete in about 5 minutes online.

6.17. Health Education Foundation (HEF): Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell, Chair

  • They are ready to file their incorporation documents. Dawn reports that fees will be as follows: $25 for the filing, approx. $50 for publication, approx. $50 for corporate seal.

  • USBCHA donation: Recommended taking out a - page ad instead of doing a “dog sponsorship”—the ad is $85. HEF would like the check sent to them, so they can forward it to USBCHA in their own name. They expressed their gratitude at the thought for doing the ad.

6.18. Herding: Claudia Frank
The Herding Committee Submitted the following report:

  • Speaking to the NEW Board I'd like to say that I'm very open to suggestions as to what you would like to see done in this committee. Please feel free to offer suggestions.

  • "Stockdog of Distinction" Award - There are now three new recipients of this award. It seems to have worked out to be at the difficulty level we were desiring.

  • Articles for the Borderlines - I'm working on a gold backload of articles for Borderlines by contacting some of our most respected trialers and judges for info on specific articles. I've also written some myself. Should articles which appear in the Borderlines about herding be placed on the BCSA website under Herding Central where there are currently educational articles?

  • I am pleased with the combined awards that will be made available at the 2007 National Specialty. Having talked with advanced handlers who have attended in the past, it would seem that the level of trial difficulty has not kept up with the skills and level at which the folks I talked with wanted to compete. I would again urge the Board to have some sort of Challenge that would raise the requirements past the level of just another herding trial.

6.19. Historian: Mickey Bruzek
No report.

6.20. Juniors: Mary Beth Overmyer & Linda Follis
Next Borderlines issue will be “recognition issue” for Junior Handlers.

6.21. Judges Education: Linnea Klingel

  • Linnea Klingel does not want to be the recipient of video submissions, as she is worried about getting too many and not knowing what the Board is looking for. She suggested commissioning some very short videos to start with.

  • Over 100 judges have been reached in the last year through seminars.

  • Lisa Weeks and Fran Hoffman approved as ringside mentors.

  • Upcoming presentation requests:
    - March: South Carolina, Linn doing this one.
    - Houston Cluster in July: Linn will do this one.
    - ADSJ in August: Border collies are among the breeds listed, but Linn isn’t clear who is presenting. She has contacted them to inquire.

6.22. Judges Selection Process: Sonja Donaldson Chair
Proposal for new judges selection process approved for use with some minor changes (remove question about if judges are licensed to judge in AKC, add questions about last time they’ve attended herding seminar, remove option of foreign judges). It was decided to start using the current version of this plan for the 2008 conformation judges, and continue to address additional modifications/concerns for update for 2009 Nationals.

6.23. Legislative Liaison: Linda Baron
No report.

6.24. Membership: Kathy Sours
No report.

6.25. Nominating Committee Procedure: Karen Herceg, Chair
No report.

6.26. Recruitment: Volunteer Needed
No report.

6.27. ROM: Nancy Keller
No report.

6.28. Rescue Liaison: Megan Harrison
No report.

6.29. Versatility: Tashia Lund
No report.

6.30. Website: Ann Shaw
No report.

7. Old Business

7.1. 2006 National Specialty: Lisa Pruka & Kat Ferruzza
Crufts Certificates: Certificates good for 2008-2009 have been received and are being delivered to qualifiers.

7.2. 2007 Specialty: Megan Harrison & Julie Bosier

  • Judges:
    - Conformation: Chris Neale approved by board for Sunday, confirmed availability, need to get under contract. Neena van Camp approved for Saturday, confirmed availability, need to get under contract. Mary C. Murphy-East is approved for Sweeps.
    - Agility: Terry Elger; confirmed, approved, under contract.
    - Herding: Confirmed, approved, contracted: Kent & Lori Herbel, Cathy Hartley, Sherry Lee DVM (for A course).
    - Obedience & rally: Sharon Hodens-Wood & Richard Wood—need to get written contract.
    - Tracking: Jerry Lewis and Vincent Ramirez are approved, awaiting contracts.

  • Trophy funding: Funds still coming in; about $900 needed to cover everything. Conformation is doing best so far, with herding abysmally far behind and NO agility or rally donations. Since everything has to be in premium list, the printing of the premium is kind of the deadline.

  • Membership was polled regarding opening the agility trial to breeds other than border collies on this, for agility only. Poll closes March 17, but as of March 5 a majority of votes were in favor of keeping the agility trial border collies only.

  • Logo: Still discussing changes with artist.

7.3. 2008 National Specialty

  • Chairs: all main chair positions filled.

  • Secretary/Photographer: Derek Pattison & Kathleen Schaffer.

  • Specialty logo: "In pursuit of excellence.” We will have a photo contest looking for the BC with an expression that best exemplifies the intensity to excel in any venue (herding, agility, obedience, conformation). The photo will be given to an artist who will then turn it into a drawing that will be suitable for a colored shirt background. The names of all the venues will be displayed around the drawing.

  • Schedule:
    - Monday - herding
    - Tuesday - herding
    - Wednesday - herding challenge and herding test classes; seminars--obedience and/or agility
    - Thursday - agility
    - Friday - agility, obedience invitational, sweepstakes, judges education
    - Saturday - obedience, rally, conformation
    - Sunday - obedience, conformation

  • Host Hotel: Investigating going to the Holiday Inn.

  • Shirt Sales: To make the shirt sales easier, we would prefer that we not hold back any items for sale but rather tell people to pre-order since there may not be anything left by the weekend. The doling out of items by day seems to be a bigger job as the week goes on. Finding someone to sell items for the week is also a big problem.

  • Trophies: we discussed the possibility of offering more expensive prizes for the highest awards and giving much less or even nothing for the lower placements. This is something that can be decided later.

  • Judges:
    - Herding: Judy Vanderford, Debbie George, Gerard Baudet, Scott Luken all approved.
    - Conformation: Holding off inviting judges until 2008 judging assignments are filled.

  • Seminars: Debbie Quigley & Judy Ramsey obedience seminar the weekend before the specialty—location TBD (not at specialty location). Also a Wed seminar with them, location TBD.

7.4. ILP Process
Michelle Olsen to contact Chris Strom about Stephanie Sibal’s Jinx, a sable, to report that the Board was satisfied that the dog appeared to be a purebred border collie. Chris Strom, meanwhile, would be submitting photos of another potential ILP dog (a sable-colored smooth) for the Board’s evaluation.

7.5. Herding Trial Grant Policy
Final wording was approved at the last meeting. Michelle Olsen sent out the finalized policy through the communication channels.

7.6. Border Collies Across America, Inc.
Michelle Olsen contacted them to let them know the Board decided not to grant them funds at this time.

7.7. AKC Parent Club Conference
Event is July 20-22, 2007 in Peachtree City, Georgia. Michelle Olsen and Julia Ecklar are scheduled to be BCSA’s delegates.

7.8. National Herding Competition
Susane Hoffman sent a suggestion/question about using some of BCSA’s event numbers to hold a herding trial elsewhere than the Nationals, designed to offer a higher level of competition than what the Purina site can offer. Susane was asked to submit a more complete proposal.

7.9. Premium List: Hard Copy versus Electronic
Terri Clingerman will send a letter to Dog Show Rules Standing Committee, expressing the Board’s support of changing the rule to not require US mail hard copies of premium lists.

8. New Business

8.1. AKC Good Sportsmanship Medallion
AKC sent Claudia Frank the medallion for this award. BCSA members will be encouraged to submit nominations in the form of 100 word essays emailed/mailed to Terri Clingerman. Essays will be posted on the website so that the membership can vote by printing/mailing their choice to Terri. The winner and the nominating essay will be published in Borderlines. Deadline should be set so the award can be presented at Nationals. All little essays will be published in Borderlines after the fact, to honor everyone who was nominated.

8.2. Ad policy
OK to use Australian PT as equivalent to AKC titles for purposes of ad.

8.3. Canine Health Foundation Funds
The Canine Health Foundation submitted the following report:

  • $9,275 as of Dec 31st in our account; now minus $5,000

  • Funds come from Purina Parent Club Partnership program (as far as we know). Since this does seem to be bringing in some money, perhaps we should more prominently promote this program to our membership, via the website and Borderlines.

  • Prior board voted to shift $5,000 to the same epilepsy studies we’ve already been funding. I was waiting to hear back from Liz, the admin who works for the researchers, but never did. So, I called CHF and made the request. Grant #266 is completed. There are two new studies being approved this weekend, so she’ll put it in one of those on Monday.

  • Confirmed that the studies are still, indeed, studying our breed (we get this question a lot). The CHF employee said she’d try to make that clearer on their website to alleviate confusion.

  • Confirmed that CHF does NOT ever fund researchers who don’t agree to release their study results to the public domain—this is in their contract, and researchers who don’t agree, or who are “caught” profiting from publicly funded research are dropped from CHF and receive no further funding.

8.4. Suggestion Box Submissions/Input from Membership

  • Letter from Kelly Whiteman on Judges Education: Michelle sent her a response.

  • Letter from Kelly Whiteman thanking us for changing the grant proposal; Michelle forwarded to Board.

Date of Next meeting
Thurs April 19, 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST

Adjournment
Motion: 9:46 p.m. EST/6:46 p.m. PST Wayne Koutsky
Second: Sally Davis
In Favor: Unanimous


APRIL 19, 2007 - BOARD MEETING MINUTES

Roll Call: Terri Clingerman • Sally Davis • Julia Ecklar • Wayne Koutsky • Michelle Olsen • Lisa Pruka • Denise Teal

Members Absent: Claudia Frank, Kelly Hagstrand

Call to order: 8:05 p.m. EDT/5:05 p.m. PST by Michelle Olsen

1. Delegate Business

  • Sliding fee scale for event fees: BCSA will draft a letter to AKC in support of instituting a sliding fee scale for performance event fees.

  • Membership information survey: Board members drafted answers as a group.

  • AKC wanted to talk about copyrighting breed standard. Board agreed to include 2004 BCSA notice on all future appearances of standard, but not to register the copyright with the US Copyright Office (the existence of the printed standard in the Gazette from 2004 can serve as proof of first publication of the standard).

2. Recording Secretary’s Report: Julia Ecklar

  • Due to late delivery of minutes, the Board will review and approve March via email vote.

  • Digital copies of 2007 minutes will be sent to Ann Shaw (website) and Nancy Little (BCAnnounce). Julia will search through boxes of previous years’ paperwork for copies of 2006 minutes to forward to Ann and Nancy.

3. Corresponding Secretary’s Report: Terri Clingerman
The following letters were received from the AKC:

  • The judging panel for HRTR #2007507009 (10/16) at the National has been approved (Started & Adv B, Cathy Hartley, Int. B Sherry Lee).

  • Sweeps at the National have been approved.

  • Obedience application #2007507006 has not been approved. AKC listed limits for the classes (Novice A = 8, Novice B = 32, Open = 49, Utility = 24). Also show chair listed in the disaster plan does not match the show chair listed on the application.

  • Application #200707012 is not approved because of: obedience limits (see above), show chair problem (see above), and because BCSA’s event is supposedly in conflict with Event #2007105101 (Illinois Capitol KC, 107 miles away).

  • Approval for agility trial #2007507011 (Thurs) and #2007507015 (Fri) is pending because of lack of judge for all the FAST classes.

  • They approved judges for herding trial #2007507013 (Tues) Started, Int, Adv A sheep: Kent Herbel

  • BCSA is approved for the conformation and obedience on Saturday of the Nationals (Event #2007507006).

  • TD/TDX tests for Oct 15 (Monday) of Nationals has been approved.

  • Michelle received: letter from Elizabeth Hunter thanking the Board for helping with her ILP application. She has already successfully competed in an AKC obedience trial, earned two CD legs, and a second place!

  • Received an inquiry about registering a BC without papers and sent the person a link to the ILP page on AKC's website.

  • Received a message from BCSA member David Wilson. His email address is incorrect in the 2007 directory, it should be: davidwilson1@peoplepc.com

  • Sent a letter to Mrs. Blackie H. Nygood, chair of AKC's the Standing Committee—Dog Show Rules, asking that AKC include electronic communication for Ch. 4, Sec. 2 of the Rules Applying to Dog Shows (mailing of premium lists).

  • Received an inquiry about BC rescue, replied with the link to rescue on our club's website.

  • Received an inquiry about started and intermediate herding stats (like the ones we have for the advanced class). Replied that a volunteer compiles those by hand only for the advanced class.

4. Treasurer’s Report: Wayne Koutsky

4.1. General Account Balances as of April 19, 2007:

  • Checking balance: $14,792
    Savings (Money Market) balance: $57,773
    Health balance: $ 5,307
    Rescue balance: $14,423
    Total: $92,295

4.2. 2006 Specialty Income/Expenses

  • As of April meeting:
    Income: $56,126
    Expenses: $43,988
    Outstanding: ~$5,000 (catalog bill)
    Expected profit: ~$2,000

  • Received check from Kathy Sours clearing up fees, etc. owed by Kentuckiana.

  • Donation to BCSA from Purina Parent Clubs for $1,767 for use in education, health research, or rescue.

5. Interim Business Transacted by E-Mail

5.1. Board Votes
No electronic votes this month.

5.2. New Member Applications
The following membership application was approved:

  • Kristine Weathers (Lake Elsinore, CA)
    Sponsor: Dawn Bosier

Motion: Wayne Koutsky
Second: Sally Davis
In Favor: Unanimous

6. Committee Business/Reports:

6.1. Advertising Manager (Club) Volunteer Needed
No report.

6.2. Affiliate Clubs: Emily Fish
No report.

6.3. Agility Trial in Feb 2008: Pennsylvania: Karen Herceg
No report.

6.4. Agility Trial in July: Ohio: Denise Teal
No report.

6.5. AKC Gazette Columnist: Gerianne Darnell
No report.

6.6. BCSA Announce & Suggestion Box: Nancy Little
No report.

6.7. BCSA Store Inventory & Orders: Nancie Mage
No report
.

6.8. BCSA Merchandise Manager for Ivars Account: Volunteer Needed
Corbin reported he had some delays with his web host. He expected site to be up by March 15, but it didn’t happen. Because the need is not urgent, the Board is willing to give him a little more time.

6.9. Border Recorder: Volunteer Needed
No report.

6.10. Borderlines: Denise Teal (Sally Davis, Liaison)
Still need confirmation from Brooke that he and Barbara can take over Borderline duties. If he isn’t able to, someone else needs to be found as soon as possible.

6.11. Breeder Referral: Karen (Yobbagy) Herceg
No report.

6.12. Color Committee: Casey Carney
No report.

6.13. Finance Committee: Beth Bartholomew
No report.

6.14. Futurity Committee: Volunteer Needed
No report.

6.15. General Education: Donna Mallory
No report.

6.16. Health: Volunteer Needed

6.16.1. CHIC:
Lisa Pruka will send Board members copies of replies generated from the website survey. Board will discuss how to proceed on this issue at May meeting.

6.16.2. Health survey: Lisa will approach Casey Carney about taking over this project.

6.16.3. Health Clinics at Nationals:
BCSA needs to purchase Proban microchips through AKC. Also, volunteers have come forward to do blood draws for DNA and CEA testing.

6.17. Health Education Foundation (HEF): Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell, Chair

  • They have completed their incorporation, and are now working on their 501(c )3 status. They’re requesting permission to contract a professional to do the incorporation paper; Sally Davis will tell Dawn to contact Wayne Koutsky regarding how much this will cost.

  •  USBCHA donation: HEF are waiting before making a decision as to how they might take advantage of a donation from us.

6.18. Herding: Claudia Frank
Report?

6.19. Historian: Mickey Bruzek
Claudia Frank assisted Mickey Bruzek in contacting Norma Rosado-Blake at the AKC Archives.

6.20. Juniors: Mary Beth Overmyer & Linda Follis
No report.

6.21. Judges Education: Linnea Klingel

  • Michelle Olsen received letter from AKC asking for our approved list of mentors. Linnea Klingel will be contacted to send this information.

  • In response to Kelly Whiteman’s mentoring of judges at the Louisville, KY show, Linnea Klingel suggested the Board consider adding Kelly to the BCSA’s list of approved mentors (the judges in Kentucky were apparently under the impression Kelly was mentoring on BCSA’s behalf, since they thanked the club for it). Board voted to invite Kelly Whiteman to be a BCSA-approved mentor.
    Motion: Lisa Pruka
    Second: Wayne Koutksy
    In Favor: Sally Davis, Terry Clingerman
    Opposed: Denise Teal
    Abstain: Julia Ecklar

  • Upcoming presentation requests:
    - Houston Cluster in July: Linn will do this one.
    - Advanced Judging Institute in August (Indiana, PA): Linn is doing this one.
    - National specialty: Robin Penland will be asked to do again.
    - Westminster 2008: Linn will do this one. BCSA will pay airfare, Linn will pay her own hotel

6.22. Judges Selection Process: Sonja Donaldson Chair
Revised document was reviewed and discussed. Board sent it back for another round of revisions to answer outstanding questions.

6.23. Legislative Liaison: Linda Baron
No report.

6.24. Membership: Kathy Sours
No report.

6.25. Nominating Committee Procedure: Karen Herceg, Chair
No report.

6.26. Recruitment: Volunteer Needed
No report.

6.27. ROM: Nancy Keller
No report.

6.28. Rescue Liaison: Megan Harrison
No report.

6.29. Versatility: Tashia Lund
No report.

6.30. Website: Ann Shaw
No report.

7. Old Business

7.1. 2007 Specialty: Megan Harrison & Julie Bosier

  • Judges:
    - Conformation: Chris Neale approved by board for Sunday, confirmed availability, need to get under contract. Neena van Camp approved for Saturday, confirmed availability, need to get under contract. Mary C. Murphy-East is approved for Sweeps.
    - Agility: Terry Elger; confirmed, approved, under contract.
    - Herding: Confirmed, approved, contracted: Kent & Lori Herbel, Cathy Hartley, Sherry Lee DVM (for A course). All contracts back.
    - Obedience & rally: Sharon Hodens-Wood & Richard Wood—need to get written contract. They were approved by the prior board a long time ago.
    - Tracking: Jerry Lewis and Vincent Ramirez are approved, awaiting contracts.

  • Trophy funding: Herding, agility, and rally still not paid for. Agility raffle money will be put toward agility trophies. Prizes may need to be cut back for venues that haven’t raised enough money.

  • Logo: Final version due to be delivered by May 1st

  • Application status: In process.

  • Premium list status: In process.

7.2. 2008 National Specialty

  • Chairs: Most main chair positions filled.

  • Sec/Phot: Derek Pattison & Kathleen Schaffer.

  • Specialty logo: "In pursuit of excellence". We will have a photo contest looking for the BC with an expression that best exemplifies the intensity to excel in any venue (herding, agility, obedience, conformation). The photo will be given to an artist who will then turn it into a drawing that will be suitable for a colored shirt background. The names of all the venues will be displayed around the drawing.

  • Schedule:
    Monday - herding
    Tuesday - herding
    Wednesday - herding challenge and herding test classes; seminars--obedience and/or agility
    Thursday - agility
    Friday - agility, obedience invitational, sweepstakes, judges education
    Saturday - obedience, rally, conformation
    Sunday - obedience, conformation

  • Host Hotel: Investigating going to the Holiday Inn.

  • Shirt Sales: To make the shirt sales easier, we would prefer that we not hold back any items for sale but rather tell people to pre-order since there may not be anything left by the weekend. The doling out of items by day seems to be a bigger job as the week goes on. Finding someone to sell items for the week is also a big problem.

  • Trophies: we discussed the possibility of offering more expensive prizes for the highest awards and giving much less or even nothing for the lower placements. This is something that can be decided later.

  • Judges:
    - Herding: Judy Vanderford, Debbie George, Gerard Baudet, Scott Luken all under contract.
    - Conformation: going to get started on proposing names, since the JS policy isn’t set in stone yet.

  • Seminars: Debbie Quigley & Judy Ramsey obedience seminar the weekend before the specialty—location TBD (not at specialty location). Also a Wed seminar with them, location TBD.

7.3. AKC Parent Club Conference
Michelle Olsen and Julia Ecklar are scheduled to be BCSA’s delegates. Conference scheduled for July 20-22, 2007 in Peachtree City, Georgia.

7.4. Herding Trial Grants

  • Board approved a request by Piedmont Border Collie Association for $100 grant to help fund a B Course herding trial November 10 & 11, 2007.
    Motion: Denise Teal
    Second: Terry Clingerman
    In Favor: Unanimous

  • Border Collie Club of Greater Los Angeles submitted a request for a B Course grant for November 24 & 25, 2007. A budget form BCCGLA is still required before the Board can consider this request.

7.5. AKC Good Sportsmanship Medallion
Michelle sent out proposed wording of nomination solicitation. Board will choose a winner from among the candidates, based upon nomination essays.

8. New Business

8.1. Goals
Board discussed potential priorities of goals to tackle next as an area of focus. Elements mentioned were the creation of a herding video for judges education, and channeling more money into health issues and research (such as encouraging responsible breeding/testing, etc.).

8.2. Suggestion Box Submissions/Input from Membership
No report.

Date of Next meeting
Wed May 9, 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. PST

Adjournment
Adjournment motion: 9:47 p.m. by Terry Clingerman
Second: Sally Davis
In Favor: Unanimous
 


MAY 9, 2007 - BOARD MEETING MINUTES

Roll Call: Michelle Olsen • Lisa Pruka • Terri Clingerman • Julia Ecklar • Sally Davis • Kelly Hagstrand

Members Absent: Claudia Frank • Wayne Koutsky • Denise Teal

Call to order 8:02 p.m. EDT by Michelle Olsen

1. Delegate Business

  • June Delegates meeting agenda—no particular items to discuss

2. Recording Secretary’s Report: Julia Ecklar

  • March 2007 and April 2007 minutes approved.
    Motion: Kelly Hagstrand
    Second: Terri Clingerman
    In Favor: Unanimous

  • Copies of the October, November, and December 2006 minutes (as MSWord documents) were forwarded by Julia Ecklar to Ann Shaw for the website. MSWord copies of all 2007 minutes will be forwarded to Ann as soon as final committee reports are added.

3. Corresponding Secretary’s Report: Terri Clingerman

  • From AKC: Herding trial #2007507008 on Monday at the national has been approved, with these judges: Started & Adv. B = Kent Herbel; Int. B = Cathy Hartley

  • From AKC: Conf/Obed #2007507012 on Sunday at the national has been approved (remember that this was in conflict with another all-breed show and we had to write to get approval).

  • From AKC: The BCSA agility trials in OH (events #2007507003 and #2007507004) on July 7& 8, 2007, have been approved.
    From AKC: Agility trial #2007507019 (Wed. at the national) was pended because of the FAST classes not being assigned, then that got straightened out because I got a second letter with a later date on it, saying that the trial IS approved (but we aren't having FAST). Terry Elger is judging all classes.

  • From AKC: Agility trial #2007507015 (Fri. at the national) was pended because of the FAST classes not being assigned, then that got straightened out because I got a second letter with a later date on it, saying that the trial IS approved (but we aren't having FAST). Terry Elger is judging all classes.

  • From AKC: Agility trial #2007507011 (Thursday at the national) is pended because we don't have a FAST judge (even though we aren't having FAST classes).

  • From Convention & Visitor Bureau in Topeka, KS: Would BCSA would be interested in holding our national there (they've hosted nationals for several other breeds).

  • From potential dog owner: Someone interested in BCs, asking about how to find a good breeder, what to look for in a breeder, etc. Replied with the BCSA website link.

  • From dog owner: An inquiry from someone who says they bought a BC pup last year and never got the registration papers from the breeder. Replied with a link to the AKC website on how to file a complaint against a breeder, plus info on how to get an ILP if the problem can't be resolved.

  • From Pat Krause (email): Pat Krause voiced some concerns about AHA/Pedigree and their grant. Email was forwarded to other Board members, but the consensus was that BCSA isn't directly involved, the rescue groups will be deciding if they want to fulfill the conditions for the grant.

  • From Mid-Atlantic BC Rescue and Keeshond Rescue of the Central States: Inquiries regarding the AHA & Pedigree $2000 grants for purebred rescue groups. Michelle send MABCR more info on the grant. Terri replied to KRCS that BCSA can only nominate one group, and will be giving preference to a BC rescue. It was suggested that they try to apply through the Keeshond Club of America.

  • From Blackie Nygood, Chair of AKC's Delegate Committee on Dog Show Rules: Reply regarding a request by the BCSA board to allow clubs to mail out premiums electronically (and skip US Postal Service, instead of doing a combination of both).

  • From CARE4BCs and the Border Collie Rescue of the Ozarks, Inc: Inquiry regarding the AHA & Pedigree. Pedigree $2000 grants for purebred rescue groups.

  • From NAIA (National Animal Interest Alliance): A request for a $500 donation from BCSA. NAIA were formed to respond to extreme legislation, and are focusing on fighting mandatory spay/neuter laws, breed specific legislation, pet guardianship, unreasonable limit laws, etc. More information is available at www.naiaonline.org.

  • Letter was sent to James Crowley, requesting that AKC modify their new event fee structure to a sliding scale based on the number of entries.

  • From Kentuckiana Tartan Border Collie Club: Request for a the B Course grant for their herding trial Sept. 28-30. 2007.

  • From potential dog owner: A letter requesting information on Border Collie rescue or breeders in or near Florida. Replied with a list of breeders from the BCSA website in FL and nearby states, and information on a BC rescue located in FL.

  • From Catherine Swain (email): Objecting to the AHA/Pedigree grants.

  • Two solicitations from groups that protect dog owner’s rights. Board determined that BCSA should remain uninvolved.

4. Treasurer’s Report: Wayne Koutsky

4.1. General Account Balances as of May 9, 2007

  • Checking balance: $ 18,711.86
    Savings (Money Market) balance: $ 53,913.10
    Health balance: $ 7,269.33
    Rescue balance: $ 16,320.13
    Total: $ 89,214.42

4.2. 2006 Specialty Income/Expenses

  • As of May meeting:
    Income: $56,126
    Expenses: $43,988
    Outstanding: ~$5,000 (catalog bill)
    Expected profit: ~$2,000

5. Interim Business Transacted by E-Mail

5.1. Board Votes
Motion made by Terri Clingerman (Motion #2007-01): To grant the Border Collie Club of Greater Los Angeles $100 in support of their 2007 B Course trial, per their grant application request.
Motion: Terri Clingerman
Second: Lisa Pruka
In Favor: Kelly Hagstrand, Wayne Koutsky, Denise Teal
Abstained: Sally Davis, Julia Ecklar

5.2. New Member Applications
The following membership applications was approved:

  • Sandy Bohr (Copperopolis, CA)
    Sponsor: Catherin Swain

  • Emily Langley (Summerdale, AL)
    Sponsor: Judy Wilson

  • Penny Leigh & Dale McElrath (Mebane, NC)
    Sponsor: Gail Storm

  • Janed Medinger (Browntown, WI)
    Sponsor: Gail Storm

  • Kim and Justin Peacock (Molino, FL)
    Sponsor: Judy Wilson

  • Renea and Michael Windley (Cantonmnet, FL)
    Sponsor: Judy Wilson

Motion: Sally Davis
Second: Terri Clingerman
In Favor: Unanimous

6. Committee Business/Reports:

6.1. Advertising Manager (Club) Volunteer Needed
No report.

6.2. Affiliate Clubs: Emily Fish
The Affiliate Clubs Committee is starting to get on its feet and running. Its first two tasks are to help update the Affiliate Club page on the website, and also to develop a membership application specific for affiliate clubs. At this time, the Committee is working on these goals and hopes to have details ready to present to the Board in the near future.

6.3. Agility Trial in Feb: Pennsylvania: Karen Herceg
Approved for 2008.

6.4. Agility Trial in July: Ohio: Denise Teal
Entries have been coming in. The caterer is booked and the bill for the deposit has been sent to Wayne. Ribbons have been ordered and will be shipped in June. Several area members have volunteered to work. Denise will buy a judge's gift for Sharon Woolman (who is judging without charging a fee) at the Bluegrass. Sharon saved the club approximately $660 by not charging a judging fee.

6.5. AKC Gazette Columnist: Gerianne Darnell
Gerianne is still working on a two-part series on judging the Border Collie in conformation.

6.6. BCSA Announce & Suggestion Box: Nancy Little
Nothing new to report.

6.7. BCSA Store Inventory & Orders: Nancie Mages
No report.

6.8. BCSA Merchandise Manager for Ivars Account: Volunteer-less
Website is up and running. Website can be viewed at www.bcsa.shop-ivars.com.  Advertisements will run in future issues of Borderlines.

6.9. Border Recorder: Volunteer Needed
No report.

6.10. Borderlines: Denise Teal (Sally Davis, Liaison)

  • Brooke & Barbara Forsyth will take over Borderlines; May issue will be last issue that Denise edits.

  • Someone is still needed to monitor the ad policy adherence and look over articles for problematic/inflammatory content. Changes may be required to the ad policy to reduce overhead.

  • Denise has received three color ads so far for the June/July issue.

6.11. Breeder Referral: Karen (Yobbagy) Herceg
No report.

6.12. Color Committee: Casey Carney
Nothing new to report.

6.13. Finance Committee: Beth Bartholomew
Nothing new to report.

6.14. Futurity Committee: Volunteer Needed
No report.

6.15. General Education: Donna Mallory
The General Education Committee is currently working on a document discussing the requirements for successful breeding of dogs as well as whelping, rearing, and placing a litter of pups. As this is an extensive subject to cover, it is taking more time than the Committee initially anticipated. However, the Committee is making great progress and has completed the first section. As always, the Committee welcomes any suggestions from the Board and the general membership.

6.16. Health: Volunteer Needed

  • 6.16.1. CHIC: Membership comments were collated and forwarded to the Board. Many conflicting viewpoints. Board’s recommendation is to have the following two tests Required for obtaining a CHIC number: Hips (OFA), CERF. All other health tests are strongly encouraged but not required.

  • 6.16.2. Health survey: Still need someone to volunteer for this task. A lot of the details are worked out, but someone needs to finalize it all. Suggestion was made to request a volunteer on BCSA_Announce.

  • 6.16.3. CERF/BAER Fees: Fees for CERF and BAER testing at the Nationals will be as follows:
    BAER: $30/dog pre-registered, $35/dog on the day of the test.
    CERF: Pre-registered: $25 for the 1st dog, $22 for the 2nd dog, $20 for the 3rd dog and any dogs above three, Day-of: $28 for the 1st dog
    $25 for each additional dog

  • 6.16.4. Blood Draws & Microchipping: Megan Harrison (vet tech) will do blood draws. Also some vets will be available during the show. Microchip: $12 for chip, $9 to enroll in program, $20 for whole thing.

  • 6.16.5. All health clinics (CERF, BAER, Microchipping, Blood Draws) will be done on Friday of the Nationals.

  • 6.16.6. Lisa Pruka is writing an article about TNS for Borderlines

6.17. Health Education Foundation (HEF): Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell, Chair

  • They have completed their incorporation, and are now working on their 501(c )3 status.

  • Have decided they need to pay a professional to review the final documents & make sure there are no unexpected fees or requirements. The Board has expressed willingness to pay for legal review (within reason), so they will check on the cost.

  • USBCHA donation: they are waiting to decide how they might take advantage of a donation from BCSA.

6.18. Herding: Claudia Frank
No report

6.19. Historian: Mickey Bruzek
Mickey Bruzek is in communication with the archives department of the AKC. In addition, she continues to encourage BCSA membership and others in the fancy to send examples of border collie history to her (perhaps some old photos, documents, etc.).

6.20. Juniors: Mary Beth Overmyer & Linda Follis
Copies of the Borderlines (approximately 30) were sent out to the juniors who completed performance titles on their dogs, along with an invitation to join the BCSA as a junior member for a year free.

6.21. Judges Education: Linnea Klingel

  • Sent out code of conduct and guidelines for mentors to those on the list.

  • Sent invitation to Kelly Whiteman to be an approved mentor.

  • Linnea Klingel is going to order 500 CDs of the Judges Education PowerPoint from Proactive Media. Pricing should be $.89 each + $.30 for jewel case (including label). Linnea has a list of more than 250 border collie judges to which this can be sent. In addition, there are four judging seminars through Westminster, including the National. This will leave a good backup supply of approximately one hundred seventy-five.

  • Will be gathering materials/ doing printing to do 50-75 packets for upcoming seminars

  • Upcoming presentation requests:
    Houston Cluster in July: Linn will do this one.
    Adv Judging Institute in August in PA: Linn is doing this one.
    National specialty: will ask Robin Penland to do again.
    November: Michelle in Seattle
    Feb, 2008: Linn at Westminster
    April, 2008: Wichita Cluster, includes arena demo

6.22. Legislative Liaison: Linda Baron
No report.

6.23. Membership: Kathy Sours
No report.

6.24. Nominating Committee Procedure: Karen Herceg, Chair
No report.

6.25. Recruitment: Volunteer Needed
No report.

6.26. ROM: Kim Sykes
New program proposed by Kim Sykes; samples of similar programs from other clubs were forwarded to the Board. The Board encouraged her to develop a proposal for such a program for the BCSA for review by the club membership. Meanwhile, Kim is working on a sheet where individuals will fill out the information to get their dog's recognized for the ROM program, to update titles on offspring already listed.

6.27. Rescue Liaison: Megan Harrison
No report.

6.28. Versatility: Tashia Lund
Tashia Lund has applications for four (4) Versatility Titles, and one (1) Versatility Excellent Titles. She also has two requests for BCSA to consider the use of other relatively new performance titles as part of V and VX qualifications, specifically within the sport of Flyball. Tashia has encouraged the members requesting the information (who are experienced with Flyball) to develop a proposal regarding the use of Flyball titles.

6.29. Website: Ann Shaw

  • Regular site maintenance and page updates.

  • More pages activated for the 2007 Specialty.

  • Discussion groups set-up for input on 2008 Specialty and Health issues

7. Old Business

7.1. 2007 Specialty: Megan Harrison & Julie Bosier

  • Judges: All judges now under contract.
    Conformation: Chris Neale approved by board for Sunday, confirmed availability; Neena van Camp approved for Saturday, confirmed availability; Mary C. Murphy-East approved for Sweeps.
    Agility: Terry Elger; confirmed & approved.
    Herding: Confirmed, approved, contracted: Kent & Lori Herbel, Cathy Hartley, Sherry Lee DVM (for A course). All contracts back.
    Obedience & rally: Sharon Hodens-Wood & Richard Wood approved.
    Tracking: Jerry Lewis and Vincent Ramirez approved.

  • Trophy funding: Using the weekly begging method, Denise is receiving slow but regular checks. The following venues are now fully funded: tracking, agility (with raffle income), sweepstakes, conformation, obedience invitational, and obedience. Obedience is overfunded by $75, so Denise will be buying sheep toys for all Saturday qualifiers. Myra has sent a final price list of trophies; Denise will be sending bills to Wayne for payment. Myra gave the club a 5% discount, so the final cost of trophies will be slightly less than originally calculated. Denise will also be able to return some of the trophies that are not awarded for a refund, and have the option of getting more trophies for agility if the qualifying rate is unusually high.

  • Logo: Done

  • Application status:

  • Premium list status: First draft of premium booklet is done.

  • Sheep: Still concerns about Purina sheep used in the past are not wary enough of people, and therefore hard to shed. Although using lambs from Purina has been discussed, the lambs (while easier to shed) are difficult to set and drive. There is also the issue of re-sorting the sheep later, if the sets are mixed. Board discussed the feasibility of renting outside sheep. Joyce Norris will investigate local pricing.
    Blood draws: Megan Harrison (a vet tech) will be doing these.

7.2. 2008 National Specialty

  • Chairs: most chair positions filled.

  • Sec/Phot: Derek Pattison & Kathleen Schaffer.

  • Specialty logo: "In pursuit of excellence". We will have a photo contest looking for the BC with an expression that best exemplifies the intensity to excel in any venue (herding, agility, obedience, conformation). The photo will be given to an artist who will then turn it into a drawing that will be suitable for a colored shirt background. The names of all the venues will be displayed around the drawing.

  • Schedule:
    Monday - herding
    Tuesday - herding
    Wednesday - herding challenge and herding test classes; seminars--obedience and/or agility
    Thursday - agility
    Friday - agility, obedience invitational, sweepstakes, judges education
    Saturday - obedience, rally, conformation
    Sunday - obedience, conformation

  • Host Hotel: Investigating going to the Holiday Inn.

  • Shirt Sales: To make the shirt sales easier, we would prefer that we not hold back any items for sale but rather tell people to pre-order since there may not be anything left by the weekend. The doling out of items by day seems to be a bigger job as the week goes on. Finding someone to sell items for the week is also a big problem.

  • Trophies: we discussed the possibility of offering more expensive prizes for the highest awards and giving much less or even nothing for the lower placements. This is something that can be decided later.

  • Judges:
    Herding: Judy Vanderford, Debbie George, Gerard Baudet, Scott Luken all under contract.
    Conformation: going to get started on proposing names, since the JS policy isn’t set in stone yet.

  • Seminars: Debbie Quigley & Judy Ramsey obedience seminar the weekend before the specialty—location TBD (not at specialty location). Also a Wed seminar with them, location TBD.

7.3. AKC Parent Club Conference
Michelle Olsen and Julia Ecklar were scheduled to be BCSA’s delegates, but neither is able to attend. Nominations of new delegates to attend will be sought. Conference scheduled for July 20-22, 2007 in Peachtree City, Georgia.

7.4. AKC Good Sportsmanship Medallion
Michelle Olsen sent out call for nominations, to be due August 31 so that there’s time to get the announcement into Borderlines. A winner will be selected in September so that the award can be presented at the Nationals.

7.5. Goals
Two areas of focus we’ve identified for the coming year:
Herding video for judges education
Health survey out this year

8. New Business

8.1. AHA/Pedigree Rescue Grant
The Board resolved to nominate Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue to receive the AHA/Pedigree Rescue Grant (offered by Pedigree as part of its efforts to encourage and reward rescue and adoption efforts). Although BCSA passed information regarding this grant along to Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue, and communicated MABCR’s willingness to be considered for the grant back to Pedigree, BCSA absolves itself from any further involvement with AHA and its agenda. In addition, BCSA chose to donate $1,000 each to the other three rescue organizations which applied for this grant, with this money coming out of BCSA’s own rescue fund.
Motion: Lisa Pruka
Second: Sally Davis
In Favor: Unanimous

8.2. Supported Entries
All correspondence received regarding the question of supported entry requests were in favor.

8.3. B-Course Grant Request
Grant request from KTBCC for funds under BCSA’s program to encourage the holding of B-course trials.
Motion: Terri Clingerman
Second: Kelly Hagstrand
In Favor: Unanimous

8.4. Suggestion Box Submissions/Input from Membership
Nothing new to report.

8.5. Date of Next meeting
Wed June 11, 8:00 p.m. EDT / 5:00 p.m. PST

8.6. Adjournment
Adjournment motion: 9:17 p.m. EDT/6:17 p.m. PST by Terri Clingerman
Second: Sally Davis
In Favor: Unanimous


JUNE 5, 2007 - BOARD MEETING MINUTES

Roll Call: Sally Davis • Julia Ecklar • Kelly Hagstrand • Michelle Olsen • Lisa Pruka • Denise Teal •

Members Absent: Terri Clingerman • Claudia Frank • Wayne Koutsky,

Call to order: 8:03 p.m. EDT by Michelle Olsen

1. Delegate Business

  • Conflict of Interest vote: Board encouraged Claudia Frank to vote for the reinstatement of Cindy Cooke, in objection of the overall Conflict of Interest policy.

  • Conflicting Committee Meeting Times: Board recommended that Claudia attend the Obedience Committee meeting as the more important of the two.

2. Recording Secretary’s Report: Julia Ecklar

May 2007 minutes approved.
Motion: Kelly Hagstrand
Second: Denise Teal
In Favor: Unanimous

  • Julia Ecklar resigned as recording secretary due to upcoming work commitments. Board will look into a new appointment.

3. Corresponding Secretary’s Report: Terri Clingerman

  • From AKC: AKC is offering Parent Clubs the opportunity to award special medallions to the BOB, BOS, Best Bred-By-Exhibitor, Top Scoring Obedience, and Top Scoring Agility dogs in their breed at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship show in Long Beach, CA, Dec. 1 & 2, 2007. Parent Clubs who participate will pay a total of $165 for all 5 medallions.

  • From AKC: A letter asking for our liaison for the Meet the Breeds booth at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. Replied to AKC with the information they asked for.
    From AKC: Event #2007507017 is approved with regards to date and location (Rally trial on Friday at the national).

  • From AKC: Event #2007507011 is approved with regards to date, location, and judge (Agility trial on Thursday at the national).

  • From AKC: Event #2007507017 (Rally on Friday at the national) is not approved because the entries are limited to 100 dogs and the address, phone, and email are missing for the trial chair.

  • A form for us to advertise in the AKC/Eukanuba championship show catalog if we want to ($140 for a page).

  • Event #2007507023, Puppy Sweeps on 8/25/07 at Kane City Fairgrounds, St. Charles, IL is approved. Sandra E. King is the judge.

  • From Southeast Border Collie Rescue of Florida, Inc.: an inquiring regarding the AHA & Pedigree $2000 grants for purebred rescue groups.

  • Letter sent to MABCR: Informed them that the Board selected them to receive the $2000 AHA & Pedigree grant.

  • Letters sent to CARE4BCs, BCR of the Ozarks, and Southeast BC

  • Rescue of FL: Informed them that they were not selected to receive the AHA & Pedigree grant, but that the Board voted to grant each of them $1000 from the BCSA rescue fund.

  • Letter sent to Tartan Border Collie Club: Informed them that their B Course grant request for their herding trial Sept. 28-30 2007 was approved by the Board.

  • From Nebraska Border Collie Rescue: Inquiry regarding the AHA & Pedigree grant for purebred rescue groups. Terri that the grant deadline had passed, but that the Board would discuss the possibility of making a donation to them at the June board meeting.

  • From Dog Owner: An email from someone trying to ILP a BC, asking for help. Forwarded photos of her dog to the BCSA Board to get opinions on whether to ask AKC to reconsider their decision. Replied to the person that a majority of the Board felt the dog did not meet the written BC standard and so couldn't be recommended to the AKC.

  • From Joy Newbrough: Regarding a BC informational booth at a festival in WV in July.

  • From Veternet.com: An inquiry about posting our breed profile on veternet.com. Replied that our profile is copyrighted but their website can put a link to BCSA’s website if they so chose.

4. Treasurer’s Report: Wayne Koutsky

4.1. General Account Balances as of June 3, 2007

  • Checking balance: $8,433.24
    Savings (Money Market) balance: $53,913.10
    Health balance: $7.269.33
    Rescue balance: $16.320.13
    Total: $85,935.81

4.2. Annual Report in for the May 15 Borderlines deadline

  • The Annual Report for 2006 has been sent to Denise for Borderlines.

4.3. 2006 Specialty Final Income/Expenses

  • Income: $56,126
    Expenses: $53,016
    Net Income: 3,065

4.4. Form 990 for IRS

  • Form 990 for the 2006 Tax Year was prepared and sent to Finance for approval.

5. Interim Business Transacted by E-Mail

5.1. Board Votes

  • 2007-02: Motion 2007-02 Made by Wayne Koutsky to approve Fred Burhoff and Edree Olsen to judge obedience for the 2008 BCSA National Specialty.

  • 2007-03: JS Process.
    Motion: Wayne Koutsky
    Second: Kelly Hagstrand
    In Favor: Denise Teal, Terri Clingerman, Sally Davis
    Abstain: Julia Ecklar, Lisa Pruka

5.2. New Member Applications
None received.

6. Committee Business/Reports:

6.1. Advertising Manager (Club) Volunteer Needed - No report.

6.2. Affiliate Clubs: Emily Fish
The Affiliate Clubs Committee is starting to get on its feet and running. Their first two tasks are to help update the Affiliate Club page on the BCSA website, and to develop a membership application specifically for affiliate clubs. At this time, they are in the process of working on both of these goals, and will have these ready to present to the Board in the near future.

6.3. Agility Trial in Feb: Pennsylvania: Karen Herceg
Approved for 2008.

6.4. Agility Trial in July: Ohio: Denise Teal - No report.

6.5. AKC Gazette Columnist: Gerianne Darnell
Gerianne is still working on a two-part series on judging the Border Collie in conformation.

6.6. BCSA Announce & Suggestion Box: Nancy Little - No report.

6.7. BCSA Store Inventory & Orders: Nancie Mages - No report.

6.8. BCSA Merchandise Manager for Ivars Account: Volunteer-less
Website is up, are we ready to advertise. Ad in Borderlines will be in color because there will be an extra color page.

6.9. Border Recorder: Volunteer Needed - No report.

6.10. Borderlines: Denise Teal (Sally Davis, Liaison)

  • In order to handle the monitoring of content and ad policy adherence, Denise will do final proof-read after Brooke and Barbara have put the magazine together.
  • Kim Baumgart needs to resign from doing ads, so need to consider requiring camera ready ads only, or Brooke will do them for an hourly rate. This will also mean perhaps opening up a job for someone to solicit ads from businesses/related vendors.

6.11. Breeder Referral: Karen (Yobbagy) Herceg - No report.

6.12. Color Committee: Casey Carney
Casey has a few more pictures to be uploaded to the website color pages.

6.13. Finance Committee: Beth Bartholomew
Treasurer Wayne Koutsky forwarded the club’s Form 990 that was filed for the 2006 Tax Year. Everything looks fine.

6.14. Futurity Committee: Volunteer Needed - No report.

6.15. General Education: Donna Mallory
Pamphlet regarding “Should You Breed Your Dog” – Board looked it over to make general comments. Board suggests shifting it more toward emphasizing temperament and maybe herding ability, cut down on the more specific information about caring for the pregnant bitch etc. Stick to things unique to our breed. Also tackle subject of “what is a good breeder?,” then the separate topic of whether this particular dog should be bred.

6.16. Health: Volunteer Needed (Lisa handing off)

  • CHIC: will be surveying the membership on our website for input on what tests to require for CHIC registration. Last month we opted for only requiring OFA hips & CERF at first, all other tests recommended. Lisa will call CHIC and inquire a little more, maybe get some advice on this.

  • Health survey: Lisa will send out job description on ANNOUNCE.

  • AKC Health Foundation Conference is during BCSA National Specialty in St. Louis (downtown). We can only send one delegate (it would be obvious if this was the Committee head, but we have no committee head).

6.17. Health Education Foundation (HEF): Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell, Chair

  • They have completed their incorporation, and are now working on their 501(c) 3 status.

  • Have decided they need to pay a professional to review the final documents & make sure there are no “gotchas.” We expressed willingness to pay for this, within reason, so they will check on the cost.

  • USBCHA donation: they are waiting to decide how they might take advantage of a donation from us.

  • Once they are fully set up, it’ll be time for us to bid them farewell. We need to be thinking about how much seed money we’d like to give them.

6.18. Herding: Claudia Frank

  • "Stockdog of Distinction" Award: There are now three new recipients of this award. It seems to have worked out to be at the difficulty level we desired. I noticed that there was room for photos on the BCSA website for this award. I will try to contact the other winners, Carol Lucero and Robin Penland, to get photos of their dogs. Also, wording regarding the use of the USBCHA points system has been corrected to use a similar system without directly using calculations from the USBCHA.

  • Articles for Borderlines: Articles have been sent to Denise Teal on a regular basis for use in Borderlines. They also have been posted on the BCSA web site.

  • I am always open to suggestions as to what could be done to increase membership involvement in herding and to maintain the awareness for the need to maintain the border collie as a THE top stock dog. If you think there is something we can do please let me know.

6.19. Historian: Mickey Bruzek
Mickey is putting together a list of things she might like to read, in the hopes the list can be published in Borderlines so that members might be able to contribute (for example, old issues of Borderlines, newsletters, etc.). She is still working with the AKC, also.

6.20. Juniors: Mary Beth Overmyer & Linda Follis - Nothing new to report.

6.21. Judges Education: Linnea Klingel

  • Linn ordered 500 copies of the PowerPoint CD. She expects arrival Monday or Tuesday. Wayne has already sent a check. Linn will be shipping 250 of these CDs to approved BC judges, along with a cover letter outlining the Board’s concerns regarding judging. Cost of shipping will be approximately $1.88 per CD, plus envelope. Linn will look for some lighter weight shipping envelope, and will need to purchase envelopes as well as order extra copies of the letter to be printed. Due to issues members have had recently with long-time approved judges, Linn thinks she needs to add a more detailed explanation of the judge’s guidelines, and/or a statement regarding "working type" dogs. Since judges have already been approved for a while, this could be presented as a sort of “refresher.” Any thoughts or specific areas on how to approach this, let me know.Linn will be purchasing folders and printing for the 50+ packets I need for Houston /July, ADJ Institute in August, and the National.

  • Due to her schedule, Linn may not be able to give a presentation in Pennsylvania in August. She emailed Jen Thompson, who was going to help out. Hopefully Jen and perhaps Deb Willoughby can give it; otherwise Linn might ask Carolyn Herbel or Kelly Whiteman to assist. The ADJ Institute is for 16 judges who have minimum 4 breeds or more. Usually they are able to judge other groups.

  • Arthur Sorkin talked to Lisa in CA, expressing interest in being a club Mentor. He’s an AKC judge. Board gave their approval.
    Linn is still waiting for information on a judge’s seminar at Westminister. She requested Sat. Feb 9, 2008. Linda More will be sending out the info in June or July.

  • Linn only received a handful of replies to her email regarding an ethics agreement to Mentors. Board supported the effort, agreeing that people should sign the ethics agreement or they should not be allowed to mentor.

  • Denise has video from the Bluegrass Cluster which needs to be reviewed/edited. Denise will look into finding a camera shop that can get the video onto a DVD for editing.

  • Upcoming presentation requests:

    • Houston Cluster in July: Linn will do this one.

    • Adv Judging Institute in August in PA: Linn is doing this one.

    • National specialty: will ask Robin Penland to do again.

    • November 2007: Michelle in Seattle

    • February 2008: Linn at Westminster

    • April 2008: Wichita Cluster, includes arena demo

6.22. Judges Selection Process: Sonja Donaldson Chair

  • Motion 2007-03 Made by Lisa Pruka to approve the Judges Selection Process as presented in the latest form dated 5-02-2007.
    Motion: Lisa Pruka
    Second: Sally Davis
    In Favor: Terri Clingerman, Kelly Hagstrand, Denise Teal
    Opposed: Wayne Koutsky
    Abstain: Julia Ecklar

6.23. Legislative Liaison: Linda Baron - No report.

6.24. Membership: Kathy Sours - No report.

6.25. Nominating Committee Procedure: Karen Herceg, Chair - No report.

6.26. Recruitment: Volunteer Needed - No report.

6.27. ROM: Kim Sykes - No report.

6.28. Rescue Liaison: Megan Harrison - Nothing new to report.

6.29. Versatility: Tashia Lund
Nothing new to report. Still working on the Flyball titles.

6.30. Website: Ann Shaw

  • Regular site maintenance and page updates.

  • Almost all pages in the 2007 Specialty section are activated. Registration forms for all events are available for each entry by participants.

  • Board minutes are up-to-date.

7. Old Business

7.1. 2007 Specialty: Megan Harrison & Julie Bosier

  • Judges: All judges have been approved and are under contract.

  • Trophy funding: Fully funded, yeah!

  • Premium list status: final drafts are out for proofreading.

  • Sheep: the board discussed the issue regarding complaints about the sheep being difficult to shed. Denise reported that Bettie will withhold some of this year's lambs for use on Advanced B course. The lambs will not have been worked much at all and should be easier to shed.

  • Versatility Award: the board reviewed the proposed changes from the 2007 committee, suggested a few minor alterations and approved it.

7.2. 2008 National Specialty

  • Chairs: most chair positions filled.

  • Sec/Phot: Derek Pattison & Kathleen Schaffer.

  • Specialty logo: "In pursuit of excellence". We will have a photo contest looking for the BC with an expression that best exemplifies the intensity to excel in any venue (herding, agility, obedience, conformation). The photo will be given to an artist who will then turn it into a drawing that will be suitable for a colored shirt background. The names of all the venues will be displayed around the drawing.

  • Schedule:

    • Monday - herding

    • Tuesday - herding

    • Wednesday - herding challenge and herding test classes; seminars--obedience and/or agility

    • Thursday - agility

    • Friday - agility, obedience invitational, sweepstakes, judges education

    • Saturday - obedience, rally, conformation

    • Sunday - obedience, conformation

  • Host Hotel: Investigating going to the Holiday Inn.
    Shirt Sales: To make the shirt sales easier, we would prefer that we not hold back any items for sale but rather tell people to pre-order since there may not be anything left by the weekend. The doling out of items by day seems to be a bigger job as the week goes on. Finding someone to sell items for the week is also a big problem.

  • Trophies: we discussed the possibility of offering more expensive prizes for the highest awards and giving much less or even nothing for the lower placements. This is something that can be decided later.

  • Judges:

    • Herding: Judy Vanderford, Debbie George, Gerard Baudet, and Scott Luken all under contract.

    • Now that the Judges Selection process is approved, Denise & Linda will work with the JS committee to do a shortened version of the process for 2008 to get the rest of the judges.

  • Seminars: Debbie Quigley & Judy Ramsey obedience seminar the weekend before the specialty—location TBD (not at specialty location). Also a Wed seminar with them, location TBD.

7.3. AKC Parent Club Conference
Julia & Michelle can’t go; Claudia is going instead, trying to find someone to go with her.

7.4. AKC Good Sportsmanship Medallion

  • Michelle sent out a call for nominations, with a deadline of August 31, 2007 in order for there to be time to make an announcement in Borderlines. Winner will be selected in September, the award presented at the specialty, and the names of nominees published a future Borderlines. A reminder will be sent to the membership in July.

7.5. Breeder Recognition Award proposal from Kim
Kim is going to start working on a proposal.

7.6. AHA/Pedigree Rescue Grant

  • MABCR was chosen as the recommended recipient, with three other groups receiving $1,000 each from the BCSA rescue funds. A fourth request arrived after the AHA/Pedigree Rescue Grant deadline from Nebraska Border Collie Rescue Home. A motion was made to give Nebraska Border Collie Rescue Home $1,000 from the BCSA rescue fund, just as was done with the others.
    Motion: Julia Ecklar
    Second: Sally Davis
    In Favor: Unanimous

  • Perhaps in response to some controversy associated with AHA being attached to the previous grant, Pedigree sent a letter offering BCSA an additional $2,000 to be dedicated to rescue with no-strings-attached. The Board agreed to accept the funds.

7.7. Goals

  • Two areas of focus the Board has identified for this year:

    • Herding video for judges ed.

    • Health survey out this year

8. New Business

8.1. Stockdog of Distinction Award
Claudia changed the wording of the award to clarify the issue of USBCHA “points.” A motion was made to accept the changes.
Motion: Lisa Pruka
Second: Denise Teal
In Favor: Unanimous

8.2. HEC Email List
The Herding-Earthdog-Coursing (HEC) is developing a discussion list to reach a wider audience for input. They plan to include our delegate, President, & Secretary by default; and are asking the Board to submit four other names. The board discussed appropriate nominees to participate in the list.

8.3. ILP Application Request for Help
Colleen Howell has a B&W smooth coat that was rejected after a request for a 2nd round of photos. She is asking for our guidance. The board voted on this dog, and though it was a close vote, the majority felt the dog did not look purebred. So Terri advised the owner of the result.

8.4. PNWBCC Supported Entry Request
A motion was made to approve support entries at PNWBCC, as requested by their president, Emily Fish.
Motion: Lisa Pruka
Second: Sally Davis
In Favor: Unanimous

8.5. Benedum Festival
A member requested informational materials to be used at a meet-the-breeds booth at the Benedum Festival. The board approved reimbursing her for making 300 copies of the BCSA educational flyers for use in her meet-the-breeds booth at the event.

8.6. Eukanuba Medallions for Breed
A motion was made to offer Eukanuba Medallions for Breed, as well as Obedience, Conformation, and Agility.
Motion: Denise Teal
Second: Lisa Pruka
In Favor: Unanimous

8.7. Suggestion Box Submissions/Input from Membership
No report.
8.8. Date of Next meeting

Wed July 11, 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. PST

8.9. Adjournment
Adjournment motion: 10:36 p.m. EDT/7:36 p.m. PST by Kelly Hagstrand
Second: Lisa Pruka
In Favor: Unanimous


JULY 11, 2007 - BOARD MEETING MINUTES

Roll Call: Michelle Olsen • Lisa Pruka • Sally Davis • Kelly Hagstrand • Denise Teal • Terri Clingerman • Wayne Koutsky • Jo Roach

Members Absent: Claudia Frank

Call to order: 5:03 pm PDT by Michelle Olsen

1. Delegate Business

  • The Coonhound Club is asking for fellow parent club support in their objection to having the AKC Board and staff override their wishes (and a majority vote from their parent club) regarding a recent studbook decision. We have contacted them to let them know we do support them and their right to determine the direction of their breed (since we have had similar frustrations with the AKC board rejecting our own requests regarding our studbook).

  • Mixed breed worksheet – this is a worksheet that was sent to the delegates. AKC is asking for parent club input on how to include mixed breeds in performance events. The board came to a consensus that mixed breeds should be able to earn the same performance titles as purebred dogs (even performance championships); there should be no designation between mixed breed and purebred performance titles; and that mixed breeds and purebreds should show in the same classes. However, the mixed breeds should not be included in the AKC ranking systems since AKC is a purebred registry. Mixed breeds should be allowed to form their own parent club and hold their own specialties.

2. Recording Secretary’s Report: Jo Roach
Following Julia Ecklar’s resignation, Michelle asked Jo Roach from WA to accept the recording secretary appointment (see 5.1). Minutes approval also under 5.1.

3. Corresponding Secretary’s Report: Terri Clingerman

  • From AKC: Event #2007507017, Rally on Friday at the national, is approved regarding date and location. It's limited to 100 dogs.

  • From AKC: Event #2007507021, Tracking on Monday at the national, is approved regarding date and location.

  • From AKC: Event #2007507022, Tracking Excellent on Monday at the national, is approved regarding date and location.

  • Mailed payment to AKC for BCSA to sponsor special medallions for Border Collies at the Long Beach Invitational for BOB, BOS, Best Bred-by, top dog, and top Agility dog.

  • Received this year's ballot for the AKC Lifetime Achievement Award. The nominees in Conformation are Edd Bivin, Damara Bolte, and Peter Green. The nominees in Companion Events are Lynn Eggers, Richard Mullen, and Mid Rothrock. The nominees in Performance are Dennis Bath, Mary Jo Trimble, and Dr. Warren Wunderlich. Our vote is due by Sept. 14.

  • Notified Nebraska Border Collie Rescue that the BCSA board voted to grant them $1000 from the rescue fund. Wayne reported that NBCR sent a thank you note.

  • Notified Joy Newbrough that BCSA will reimburse for 600 copies of BC handouts for a BC informational booth at a herding festival.

  • Received a couple of letters pointing out AHA's affiliation with restrictive dog legislation, forwarded them to the BCSA board.

  • Received a letter from Sarah Ruckelshaus, MABCR (which was affiliated with AHA before the grant was offered) has not received their $2000 grant yet. Am following up with her to see if she has contact info for who to ask at Pedigree about it.

  • Received an inquiry from MABCR asking about a grant for them to publish their newsletter that they had applied for a while ago. Forwarded it to the BCSA board.

  • Faxed letters of opposition to AB1634 to California state senators.

4. Treasurer’s Report: Wayne Koutsky

4.1. General Account Balances as of 11 July 2007
Checking balance: $ 9361
Savings (Money Market) balance: $ 46,710
Health balance: $ 7269
Rescue balance: $ 16,320
Total: $ 79,660

Main expenses this month – Rescue grants $4000 and 2006 specialty bills $6100.

4.2. 2007 Specialty Income/Expenses
Income: $3145 (trophies and seminar)
Expenses: $5013 (trophies)

5. Interim Business Transacted by E-Mail

5.1. Board Votes

  • Motion 2007-04 made by Denise Teal on June 14, 2007: Due to work obligations, Julia Ecklar will not be able to continue as recording secretary. Motion to appoint Jo Roach as recording secretary. Second: Kelly Hagstrand. In favor: unanimous.
    Board voted to approve.

  • Motion 2007-5 made by Denise Teal on July 12, 2007 to approve the minutes of the June 2007 Board meeting.
    Second: Kelly Hagstrand. In favor: unanimous.
    Board voted to approve.

5.2. New Member Applications

  • The following membership applications were approved:
    • Debbie and Bob Spence (Rhome, TX)
    Sponsor: Victoria Severns
    • Carol Clark (Kansas City, MO)
    Sponsor: Kelly Whiteman
    • Jeanne S. Hendrickson (Albert Lea, MN)
    Sponsor: Claudia Roberto
    • Anne Lippert (Mt. Dora, FL)
    Sponsor: Barbara Light

    • Motion: Denise Teal
      Second: Sally Davis
      In Favor: Unanimous

6. Committee Business/Reports:

6.1. Advertising Manager (Club) Volunteer Needed

6.2. Affiliate Clubs: Emily Fish - No report.

6.3. Agility Trial in Feb: Pennsylvania: Karen Herceg - No report.

6.4. Agility Trial in July: Ohio: Denise Teal

  • This trial was very successful and should net approx. $2400.

  • All involved are willing to do the trial again; dates will be 28 & 29 June 2008.

  • One improvement would be to cut back on the size of the ribbons. The large specialty rosettes were used (there will be plenty of ribbons left over to use at this year’s specialty). Next year, money could be saved by using smaller ribbons and sharing ribbons with the February trial in Pennsylvania. Next year new title ribbons will be purchased as requested by trial exhibitors.

6.5. AKC Gazette Columnist: Gerianne Darnell - No report.

6.6. BCSA Announce & Suggestion Box: Nancy Little - No report.

6.7. BCSA Store Inventory & Orders: Nancie Mages - No report.

6.8. BCSA Merchandise Manager for Ivars Account:
Orders coming in, he has added fanny packs.

6.9. Border Recorder: Volunteer Needed

6.10. Borderlines: Denise Teal
Lisa will send out request & job description for a volunteer who will solicit BL advertising from vendors/businesses to help increase income.

6.11. Breeder Referral: Karen Herceg - No report.

6.12. Color Committee: Casey Carney
This committee has now fulfilled its mission and is being retired.

6.13. Finance Committee: Beth Bartholomew
Nothing new to report.

6.14. Futurity Committee: Volunteer Needed

6.15. General Education: Donna Mallory
Continuing to work on the breeding document, making the additions the board requested as well as more whelping info, etc.

6.16. Health: Volunteer Needed (Lisa handing off)

6.16.1. CHIC: Lisa will call CHIC for more information and advice.

6.16.2.Health survey:
Casey Carney has offered to help with the health survey. The board has decided to have Casey pursue a web-based survey to be developed by Larry Hopkins. Mr. Hopkins has developed similar surveys for several clubs, including the Rhodesian Ridgeback and Cocker club. Michelle will send Casey a copy of the health survey information that Yvonne Anderson put together.

6.16.3. AKC/CHF Canine Health Conference:
10/19-21 in St. Louis: need to choose a representative to go. Michelle contacted Emily Czapek and Emily is working on getting someone from the HEF committee to attend.

6.17. Health Education Foundation (HEF): Dawn Antoniak Mitchell (chair), Emily Czapek (president) - No report.

6.18. Herding: Claudia Frank - No report.

6.19. Historian: Mickey Bruzek - No report.

6.20. Juniors: Mary Beth Overmyer & Linda Follis
The board agreed to provide t-shirts and gift bags for the juniors at the specialty.

6.21. Judges Education: Linnea Klingel

  • Linn is working on a "refresher" letter to all existing licensed judges, to accompany the CD-ROM we're mailing out.

  • Linn inquired about using the auditorium at Purina Farms for the Judges Education. It is a large room and would be better for the Power Point presentation. Lisa will contact Linn and ask her to pursue that option and have Linn contact Megan and Julie to inform them about this idea.

  • The updated mentor list is on the website.

  • Linn is making arrangements for the presentations in Houston and Pittsburg

  • Upcoming presentation requests:

    • Houston Cluster in July: Linn will do this one.

    • Adv Judging Institute in August in PA: Linn is doing this one.

    • National specialty: will ask Robin Penland to do again.

    • November 2007: Michelle in Seattle

    • February 2008: Linn at Westminster

    • April 2008: Wichita Cluster, includes arena demo

6.22. Judges Selection Process: Sonja Donaldson Chair
The new Judges Selection Policy has been posted on the website.

2008 Specialty:

  • Conformation, Agility, and Sweepstakes judges are still needed. With time running short, the board discussed ways to speed up the Judges Selection process for this specialty so the remaining judges could be hired in a timely fashion. The process decided upon will include one last chance for members to suggest judges on the website, provide affiliate clubs with input, allow time for the judges to fill out their questionnaires, and then give the board a chance to review the questionnaires before presenting the final list to the membership for a vote. The board resolved to follow the following timeline so that the hiring process for the judges can start at the end of August to increase our chances of hiring the judges the membership prefers.

    • Deadlines for process:
      15 July – membership to add to judges list on website.
      22 July – affiliate clubs choose from list.
      23 July – forms sent to judges.
      01 Aug – forms returned/postmarked from judges. Board will start reviewing questionnaires.
      13 Aug – board meeting and vote to narrow list to our top 10 choices per venue.
      14 Aug – final list and questionnaires submitted to membership for voting and feedback.
      30 Aug – final vote tally and hiring process begins.

2009 Specialty: continue to suspend the judges selection process until chairs are named.

6.23. Legislative Liaison: Linda Baron - No report.

6.24. Membership: Kathy Sours - No report.

6.25. Nominating Committee Procedure: Karen Herceg - No report.

6.26. Recruitment: Volunteer Needed

6.27. ROM: Kim Sykes
This committee needs a new name. Kim is working on a breeder recognition program and she is finalizing the forms for members to submit dogs for ROM and ROMX.

6.28. Rescue Liaison: Megan Harrison - No report.

6.29. Versatility: Tashia Lund
Nothing new to report. Still working on the possible updates to the Flyball titles.

6.30. Website: Ann Shaw

  • Regular site maintenance and page updates.

  • Started review of all pages for consistency in font and layout, broken links and graphics.

  • Very happy with BCSA site hosting firm (NTT/Verio). Hosting is up for renewal 8/3/07 and will renew for two years this time to get a slightly higher discount.

7. Old Business

7.1. 2007 Specialty: Megan Harrison & Julie Bosier

  • Premium list status: they arrived in the mail the week of 25 June.

  • Specialty wear is selling well.

  • Discussed how to allocate the extra $153 for conformation prizes. The board decided the extra money should go towards prizes for Herding Titled dog/bitch and Bred By dog/bitch.

    • Motion: Denise Teal
      Second: Terri Clingerman
      In favor: Sally Davis, Kelly Hagstrand, Wayne Koutsky, Jo Roach
      Oppose: Lisa Pruka

  • Lisa will email Julie and Megan to make sure they know the procedure for dealing with misconduct by exhibitors and non-exhibitors.

7.2. 2008 National Specialty: Denise Teal & Linda Koutsky
Nothing new to report.

7.3. AKC Parent Club Conference
Claudia is going, this is in July.

7.4. AKC Good Sportsmanship Medallion
Michelle sent out a call for nominations, due 31 August, to allow time for the announcement to go into Borderlines. A winner will be selected in September and the award presented at the specialty. Nominees will be published in Borderlines. A reminder will be sent to the membership in August.

7.5. AHA/Pedigree Rescue Grant
Pedigree ended up wanting to send the $2,000 grants directly to parent clubs, instead of having the money come from AHA, due to political complications with AHA and the California Assembly Bill. We had chosen MABCR to be the recipient so we will now forward the money on to them, instead of them receiving it from AHA. Michelle will contact PEDIGREE again to ask when we can expect the check.

7.6. HEC Email List
The HEC is developing a discussion list to reach a wider audience for input. They plan to include our delegate, President, & Secretary by default; and are asking that we submit four other names. This issue is pending official notice from the committee that they are ready for us to submit our suggestions.

7.7. ILP Application Request for Help
Michelle contacted Chris Strom about Kerry Steven’s rough coated, mostly black dog to report that the board was satisfied that it appeared to be a purebred border collie.

7.8. PNWBCC Supported Entry Request
Michelle emailed their President, Emily Fish, letting her know that the supported entry was approved. We are waiting for the completed forms to be forwarded to us so they can be signed by a board member.

7.9. Educational Event: Benedum Festival Meet the Breeds Booth
Joy Newbrough (a BCSA member) has requested approx.150 breed-related educational handouts to be given out at the event; she is hosting a Border Collie booth. Terri contacted her to let her know we’ll reimburse her for up to 600 copies. Joy has submitted her receipts and Wayne has sent her a check.

7.10. Eukanuba Invitational: Medallion Sponsorship
Terri confirmed with AKC that we are sponsoring these awards and a check has been sent. The total is $165.

7.11. Judges Ed Herding Video
Video and DVD footage is being collected. Video footage will be converted to digital format for the final product.

7.12. Goals
Two areas of focus we’ve identified for this year:
1. Herding video for judges education.
2. Health survey out this year.

8. New Business

8.1. Thanks to Julia & Welcome Jo Roach
Thank you to Julia for serving on the board the last six months & best wishes in her new job! Welcome aboard to Jo and thanks for taking the job on short notice.

8.2. California Assembly Bill 1634
Official letters of opposition from the BCSA were faxed to California State Senators. We received word today that the bill was pulled from committee.

8.3. 2009 National Specialty
We need to identify chairs for this event soon if we hope to employ our new Judges Selection Policy. Lisa Pruka & Sonja Donaldson had volunteered to co-chair for 2009 but Lisa may not have time to fully participate as a co-chair if she chooses to run for BCSA president since she’ll be serving as president during the 2009 specialty and it would be difficult to do both. Lisa will talk to Sonja about finding someone else to co-chair in Lisa’s place.

8.4. BCSA sponsored duck trial

  • Denise Teal has asked the board if BCSA would sponsor an AKC B course duck trial in conjunction with her local herding club. Denise’s club uses all its event numbers and would like to try an A and B course duck trial with separate event numbers.

  • The trial would be held in early May 2008 in Tecumseh, Michigan. This has been the site of AKC duck trials for the past 2 years. The trial this year filled with a.m. and p.m. trials on a Saturday/Sunday. A local Sheltie club has been a co-sponsor for the last 2 years but their interest has dwindled.

  • This would be contingent on Denise finding 3 more club members for the show committee (in addition to herself and Claudia Frank). Denise is also requesting $100 from BCSA for B course funding.

  • The board discussed Denise’s request and responded in favor of Denise moving forward with this idea. The board suggested that Denise email the membership via Announce to see if anyone is interested in volunteering to be on the show committee.

8.5. National Specialty Committee

  • The board discussed soliciting volunteers to head up a new committee to:
    • oversee general National Specialty policy-making
    • develop a bid form, allowing regional clubs to bid for the National
    • develop an online chair handbook
    • document current policies for future Nationals

  • The board decided to ask Megan and Julie if they would be willing to get started on this project as they work on this year’s specialty. Michelle will contact them.

8.6. “Meet Your Committee” regular column in Borderlines
The board discussed asking each committee to write an article once a year to highlight what the committee has been doing, to share what they would like to do, and to give them an opportunity to request club member involvement in their projects. Lisa will add this item to the committee reports and will notify the committees when it is their month to write an article.

8.7. Suggestion Box Submissions/Input from Membership
No report.

8.8. Date of Next meeting
Monday 13 August, 5:00 pm PDT/8:00 pm EDT

8.9. Adjournment
Adjournment motion: 6:47 p.m. PDT by Wayne Koutsky
Second: Denise Teal
In Favor: Unanimous


AUGUST 13, 2007 - BOARD MEETING MINUTES

Roll Call: Michelle Olsen • Lisa Pruka • Denise Teal • Terri Clingerman • Wayne Koutsky • Jo Roach

Members Absent: Sally Davis, Kelly Hagstrand, Claudia Frank

Call to order: 5:02 pm PDT by Michelle Olsen

1. Delegate Business:
No report.

2. Recording Secretary’s Report: Jo Roach

  • Jo has received the Secretary’s boxes from Julia.

  • July 2007 Minutes approved:
    Motion: Denise Teal
    Second: Terri Clingerman
    In Favor: Unanimous

3. Corresponding Secretary’s Report: Terri Clingerman

  • AKC Lifetime Achievement Awards: The board discussed the candidates, reviewed responses from the membership, and decided our BCSA votes will go to:

    • Conformation – Damara Bolte
      Motion: Terri Clingerman
      Second: Denise Teal
      In Favor: Unanimous

    • Companion – Lynn Eggers
      Motion: Wayne Koutsky
      Second: Terri Clingerman
      In Favor: Unanimous

    • Performance – Mary Jo Trimble
      Motion: Terri Clingerman
      Second: Denise Teal
      In Favor: Unanimous

  • Received a request for BCSA club members to fill out a survey for AKC, forwarded it to BC-Announce.

  • The results from events #2007507003 and #2007507004 (agility trials) have been processed.

  • Event #2008507004 is approved (Sweeps on 1/19/08 in conjunction with the Dog Fanciers Assn. of Oregon show). The judge is Paul Chen.

  • AKC is having a Herding Dog Advanced Institute for Judges, Feb. 21-24, 2008, in conjunction with the International Kennel Club in Chicago, IL. Parent clubs are asked to send them a list of approved breed presenters and provide people and dogs for a 90 minute seminar and 60 minute hands-on workshop.

  • Received an inquiry asking about a master list of dogs cleared by Optigen for CEA and CL, forwarded the link to that on BCSA's website.

  • Received judge suggestions from PNWBCC, BCCGLA, MABCC, and KTBCC.

  • Sent a list of candidates for AKC's Lifetime Achievement Awards to BC-Announce for member input.

  • Received an email asking if BCSA has a club code of ethics regarding exporting dogs to other countries (such as China). Forwarded it to the board.

  • Received a request for BCSA to lobby with AKC to overturn an ILP rejection, forwarded the relevant information to the board.

  • Received five responses from BCSA members regarding AKC's Lifetime Achievement award.

  • Received three responses from BCSA regarding AKC's Sportsmanship award.

  • Received a letter from someone saying they bought a pup in Sept. 2006 and still don't have the papers. The breeder isn't a BCSA member. Advised the person to contact AKC with all information.

  • Received an inquiry from AKC about our February agility trial as no application has been received for 2008 and they were wondering if we still want the corresponding date. Terri will confirm with Karen Herceg.

4. Treasurer’s Report: Wayne Koutsky

4.1. General Account Balances

  • Last month: $79,660

  • This month:
    Checking balance: $ 2129
    Savings (Money Market) balance: $46,710
    Health balance: $7269
    Rescue balance: $16,320
    Total: $72,428

4.2. 2007 Specialty Income/Expenses
Income: This month: $ 3954 Last month: $3145
Expenses: This month: $ 7807 Last month: $5013

5. Interim Business Transacted by E-Mail

5.1. Board Votes
None this month.

5.2. New Member Applications

The following new membership applications were approved:

  • Joanne Doucet (Lucas, TX)
    Sponsor: Carol Hall Wood

  • Kathy and Jennifer Fish (Camas, WA)
    Sponsor: Emily Fish

  • Jeff and Val Kern (Ocala, FL)
    Sponsor: Julianne Cepulis

  • Angela Roesch (St. Charles, MO)
    Sponsor: Joyce Norris

  • Nicole Vanek (Rougemont, NC)
    Sponsor: Julie Bosier

  • Sharon Wright (Portsmouth, VA)
    Sponsor: Karen Lacy

  • Motion: Denise Teal
    Second: Wayne Koutsky
    In Favor: Unanimous

6. Committee Business/Reports:

6.1. General Committee Productivity Project
Lisa has added a Borderlines “feature article” rotating schedule to the committee list and will include it in the monthly reminder for reports. The idea is to feature 2-3 committees per Borderlines issue and request that they submit a full article describing their committee’s charter, their recent accomplishments, and future goals. They may use this as a forum to ask for volunteers on specific projects; but hopefully will also have news to share about their progress.

6.2. Advertising Manager (Club) Volunteer Needed

6.3. Affiliate Clubs: Emily Fish No report.

6.4. Agility Trial in Feb: Pennsylvania: Karen Herceg No report.

6.5. Agility Trial in July: Ohio: Denise Teal

  • Results from this year have been processed.

  • Next year’s date: June 28-29, 2008

  • The judge will be Shane McConnell. Committee members have already volunteered

  • Canine Sports in Dexter, Michigan will again be the site of the trial.

  • Application is being sent in.

6.6. AKC Gazette Columnist: Gerianne Darnell
Gerianne is working on an article on The Mental Game in Competition for the Gazette.

6.7. BCSA Announce & Suggestion Box: Nancy Little No report.

6.8. BCSA Store Inventory & Orders: Nancie Mages No report.

6.9. BCSA Merchandise Manager for Ivars Account: No report.

6.10. Border Recorder: Volunteer Needed

6.11. Borderlines: Denise Teal

  • Lisa has sent out a request and job description for a volunteer who will solicit Borderlines advertising from vendors/businesses to help increase income.

  • Lisa will send out a request and job description for a Borderlines proofreader so that Denise can be relieved of this job by the end of the year.

  • Ad policy: with Denise resigning and no clear volunteers to take on these roles, we may be forced to simplify our ad policy into something that any printer vendor can manage.

  • The board discussed communication problems that occurred in the process of getting the current issue produced. The board reviewed the increase in costs associated with the new Borderlines printer. A motion was made to suspend the current Borderlines advertising policy for the next two issues (Oct/Nov and Dec/Jan) to see if ad revenue can be increased.
    Motion: Terri Clingerman
    Second: Lisa Pruka
    In Favor: Unanimous

  • An announcement of this decision will be sent out via Announce and the website. Denise will notify Barbara at Paper and Ink.

6.12. Breeder Referral: Karen Herceg No report.

6.13. Finance Committee: Beth Bartholomew Nothing to report.

6.14. Futurity Committee: Volunteer Needed

6.15. General Education: Donna Mallory
The committee is revising and adding to the document on breeding and it should be ready for presentation in final form at the September meeting.

6.16. Health: Volunteer Needed (Lisa handing off)

6.16.1. CHIC: We will wait until more progress has been made on the health survey and then Lisa will contact CHIC for more information and advice.

6.16.2.Health survey: Casey is reviewing the health survey and is contacting potential researchers for their assistance and also gathering advice from other breed clubs who have done these types of surveys.

6.16.3. AKC/CHF Canine Health Conference: October 19-21 in St. Louis: Lori Mauger will represent the BCSA. Lori is on the HEF board.

6.17. Health Education Foundation (HEF): Dawn Antoniak Mitchell (chair), Emily Czapek (president) No report.

6.18. Herding: Claudia Frank No report.

6.19. Historian: Mickey Bruzek No report.

6.20. Juniors: Mary Beth Overmyer & Linda Follis No report.

6.21. Judges Education: Linnea Klingel

  • Houston seminar had approx. 25 judges in attendance.

  • There are a few calls for mentors on the Judges List. However, the shows must be majors for ringside mentoring. So if anyone is entered where there is a major, please notify Linn. Also notify Linn if a mentor plans to be at a herding trial as it counts as “2” - mentoring and "extra credit" for a herding trial.

  • Four judges have signed up to participate in the Judges Education at the National Specialty so far. The Purina auditorium is not available for the program. Besides catalogs, Linn would like to hand out a copy of Borderlines to participants.

  • Still working on getting the refresher letter and CD’s mailed out to all licensed border collie judges.

  • Upcoming presentation requests:
     Adv Judging Institute in August in PA: Linn is doing this one.
     National specialty: Robin Penland
     November 2007: Michelle in Seattle
     January 2008: Art Sorkin in CA
     February 2008: Linn at Westminster
     April 2008: Wichita Cluster, includes arena demo

6.22. Judges Selection Process: Sonja Donaldson Chair

  • 2008 Specialty: The surveys will be sent out to the judges that were submitted by the affiliate clubs by the end of the week (17 August) to see who is available. We will ask that the judges return their surveys by 31 August so the board can discuss the surveys at the September board meeting. Members will then be asked to vote via email with email votes sent to both Terri Clingerman and Sonja Donaldson. Lisa will have Ann set up a special email voting address link on the website and an announcement will be sent out via Announce.

  • 2009 Specialty: Still pending chair and location selection.

6.23. Legislative Liaison: Linda Baron No report.

6.24. Membership: Kathy Sours
Six applications received and forwarded to the board.

6.25. Nominating Committee Procedure: Karen Herceg No report.

6.26. National Specialty Steering Committee: Volunteer Needed
New committee to help develop an online specialty planning manual, create general specialty policies, and develop a bid form for clubs who want to offer to host it in the future (Denise is already working on this part). Michelle has asked Megan and Julie if they’d be willing to serve on this and they have agreed to chair this together; though we won’t expect any output from them until after this year’s specialty is over. In the meantime, they can jot down notes of things they are learning that would be useful to share with future chairs. And hopefully Denise and Linda can help contribute to this effort as they chair next year, since they are so experienced at this job.

6.27. Recruitment: Volunteer Needed

6.28. ROM: Kim Sykes

  • Committee name: Breeding Excellence Recognition Committee (BERC)?

  • Kim and Ann have created a form for people to request their dog be recognized as a ROM or ROMX dog and this form has been posted on the website.

  • The board discussed the general direction of the new Breeder Excellence Recognition Award. The general consensus is that the recipient of the award should be someone who is nominated by their peers and that there should be certain nomination criteria that will emphasize a quality breeding program. Lisa will contact Kim to share the board’s ideas with her.

6.29. Rescue Liaison: Megan Harrison No report.

6.30. Versatility: Tashia Lund

  • Tashia has three to four applications to process in the next week for the quarter.

  • Tashia asked the board for guidance in adding AHBA HTD courses to the versatility program. The board discussed this suggestion and it was motioned that the AHBA titles for HTAD courses be added to the herding list of acceptable titles. HTADI will have the same point value as AKC started; HTADII will have the same point value as AKC intermediate; HTADIII will have the same point value as AKC advanced.
    Motion: Denise Teal
    Second: Terri Clingerman
    In favor: Unanimous

6.31. Website: Ann Shaw

  • Regular site maintenance and page updates.
    Continuing review of all pages for consistency in font and layout, broken links and graphics.
    Began update of ROM section
  • The board decided to start paying Ann a $500 a month stipend for her website work.

7. Old Business

7.1. 2007 Specialty: Megan Harrison & Julie Bosier

  • Rescue Benefit: a question was posed about establishing criteria for what type of group qualifies to receive these funds from the rescue benefit. The board discussed this issue and decided to propose that the organizers of the event decide how much (what percentage of the total) each participating group will get. If a non fostering/adopting group participates, they will receive half of what they would otherwise have received if the fostered/adopted. The other 'half' of that amount would be divided according to the agreed upon percentage among the other groups.

  • Catalog: Megan and Julie have proposed adding more schedule information to the catalog. They are also proposing the removal of the very large list of past specialty winners, since we have this on our website, to save on printing costs.

  • Worker Food: In order to save money, it has been proposed to scale back from food provided to workers to just providing a drink in the form of a ticket to be presented at the Purina concession stand. Workers who perform all day jobs will still be provided with lunch.

  • Pat Hastings Seminar: Few registrants so far, possibly due to tight scheduling with the agility trial. Another announcement will be sent out. Walk up registration will be allowed.

7.2. 2008 National Specialty: Denise Teal & Linda Koutsky

  • Proposed Schedule:
     Saturday and Sunday – obedience seminar open to the public
     Sunday - tracking
     Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday – herding, obedience seminar (for members)
     Thursday – agility, herding instinct testing
     Friday - agility, rally in the AM, obedience invitational and sweepstakes at 1 PM
     Saturday/Sunday – obedience and conformation
     Hospitality Room will be open Monday and Wednesday, closed Tuesday and Thursday

  • Judges: Obedience contracts have been approved for Fred Burhoff and Edree Olsen.
    Because of the costs of printing the General Information booklet, it is proposed that the printing and mailing of the booklet be discontinued since that information is on the website. The required information currently listed in the information booklet will be transferred to the premium list. AKC requires that the premium list be sent out to the membership.

  • Borderlines will be used extensively to communicate specialty information and updates to the membership.

  • Linda will be investigating other host hotel options while at this year’s specialty (given management problems with the current host hotel).

7.3. 2009 National Specialty:
Volunteers still needed to chair this event.

7.4. AKC Good Sportsmanship Medallion:
We have received three nominations so far. Nominations are due 31 August.

7.5. AKC ILP Issues:

  • FYI: Chris Strom has changed her last name to Phillips.

  • AKC “ILP recall” issue is now cropping up more often, due to recent controversy with Mini Aussies being ILP’ed as regular Aussies when they are registered elsewhere as Minis or another breed. So, the board may be asked to evaluate some dogs that are already ILP’ed and have been showing & earning titles, for possible revocation of their ILP.

  • New requests from July:

    • “Woozle” – a previously approved dog that was flagged as a “recall” by AKC staff. 9 year old dog with CD (from Novice A) and RN titles. Board voted unanimously to NOT recall this dog’s ILP.

    • Elizabeth Cleveland (a BCSA Junior member), rejected sable smooth coat (twice). Votes supporting the dog’s purebred status: Sally; votes not supporting purebred status: Terri, Jo, Lisa, Denise, Wayne.

    • Mark and Nancy Curtis, rejected brindle rough coat, rejected based on color “not being recognized.” Votes supporting the dog’s purebred status: Sally, Terri; votes not supporting purebred status: Jo, Lisa, Denise, Wayne.

    • Garrill Page’s “K8”, a smooth blue merle dog, has HIC evaluation, rejected because it “does not meet the standard.” Votes supporting the dog’s purebred status: Jo, Denise, Sally, Wayne, Terri, Lisa (unanimous).

7.6. BCSA sponsored duck trial:
May 2008 in Tecumseh, Michigan. Denise will start planning this.

7.7. Goals
Two areas of focus we’ve identified for this year:
Herding video for judges education.
Health survey out this year.

8. New Business

8.1. reports@bordercolliesociety.com

  • Ann Shaw has set up the above email address to receive the new title report from AKC. Another similar email address will be set up to receive the AKC studbook report. The reports will than be forwarded to the person designated to receive and disseminate the information.

  • The board discussed the cost saving idea of not listing all of the new titles in Borderlines but instead posting them on the website. We would continue to publish new championships in Borderlines.

8.2. Suggestion Box Submissions/Input from Membership
No submissions.

8.3.Date of Next meeting
Tuesday, 11 September, 5:00 PDT

8.4. Adjournment
Adjournment motion: 6:59 pm PDT by Wayne Koutsky
Second: Denise Teal
In Favor: Unanimous


SEPTEMBER 11, 2007 - BOARD MEETING MINUTES

Roll Call: Michelle Olsen • Lisa Pruka • Sally Davis • Kelly Hagstrand • Denise Teal • Terri Clingerman • Wayne Koutsky • Jo Roach

Members Absent: Claudia Frank

Call to order: 5:02 pm PDT by Michelle Olsen

1. Delegate Business:
Claudia attended the Delegate's meeting 9-10 September 2007.

2. Recording Secretary’s Report: Jo Roach
August 2007 Minutes approved:
Motion: Kelly Hagstrand
Second: Sally Davis
Approve: Unanimous

3. Corresponding Secretary’s Report: Terri Clingerman

  • Mailed BCSA's ballot for the Lifetime Achievement Award back to AKC.

  • Received letters asking if BCSA was keeping the date for events #20085070012 and #2008507002 (agility trials on Feb. 16 & 17). Received letters saying that BCSA's application for those dates is pending, AKC needs an officer's signature on the application and the event fee. Later received letters saying that both events have been approved.

  • Emailed Chris Storm at AKC, saying that the BCSA board agreed that Garril Page's "K8" should be granted an ILP.

  • Mailed out 26 surveys to potential judges for our 2008 national specialty.

  • Received an email asking if the board had considered updating the Wikipedia entry on BCs (Michelle went to the website and made some edits).

  • Received an email inviting BCSA members to participate in Silver Bay Kennel Club's "Meet the Breeds" event at their Feb. 2008 show. Posted a notice on BC Announce regarding that. Kristine Weathers volunteered to participate.

  • Received another nominee for the Good Sportsmanship award.

  • Received an inquiry, asking if we were a 501c3 charity. Replied that we are 501c4, and not a charity.

  • Emailed Garril Page, that the BCSA board agreed that "K8" should be granted an ILP and that we had contacted AKC regarding that.

4. Treasurer’s Report: Wayne Koutsky

4.1. General Account Balances

  • Last month: $72,428

  • This month:
    Checking balance: $277
    Savings (Money Market) balance: $47,206
    Health balance: $7269
    Rescue balance: $16,320
    Total: $71,072

4.2. 2007 Specialty Income/Expenses

Income: This month: $ 9811 Last month: $3954
Expenses: This month: $ 10,117 Last month: $7807

5. Interim Business Transacted by E-Mail

5.1. Board Votes
Motion 2007-06 made by Jo Roach on 17 August 2007 to approve the new membership application of Amy Sadowski. Second: Wayne Koutsky In Favor: Unanimous

5.2. New Member Applications
The following new membership applications were approved:

  • Tanya Brennan (Parker, TX)
    Sponsor: Marla Bull

  • Dorothea Gruenerwald (Colorado Springs, CO)
    Sponsor: Lisa Pruka

  • Luann Tilman (Minnestrista, MN)
    Sponsor: Julie Melugin

Motion: Wayne Koutsky
Second: Kelly Hagstrand
In Favor: Unanimous

6. Committee Business/Reports:

6.1. General Committee Productivity Project
This project to highlight committee projects and accomplishments will be implemented after the specialty.

6.2. Advertising Manager (Club) Volunteer Needed

6.3. Affiliate Clubs: Emily Fish
The affiliate club committee has been actively helping out each other by giving suggestions for supported entries, getting AKC affiliation, etc. We are working on updating the website and also making a membership application specific for affiliate clubs. We are hoping to get this accomplished by the end of the year.

6.4. Agility Trial in Feb: Pennsylvania: Karen Herceg
No report.

6.5. Agility Trial 28&29 June 2008: Michigan: Denise Teal
Judge Shane McConnell is now under contract for the weekend in. Application has been sent to AKC. Leftover toys from the 2007 agility trial will be used as prizes. Smaller ribbons will be ordered next year.

6.6. AKC Gazette Columnist: Gerianne Darnell
I just sent in a column that will be published in December 2007 on the Mental Game in Competition. The four Gazette columns I did this year included the above column, a two-part series on judging the Border Collie, and a guest column on VST tracking.

6.7. BCSA Announce & Suggestion Box: Nancy Little
As of September 9th, 2007 there are 353 subscribers to BCSA_Announce. There were no messages received in the Suggestion Box since my last report (June 2nd, 2007). I am however receiving periodic SPAM on the list.
2007 National List: No activity. The chairs are on the list and that is all. I will probably delete the list, since it is not being used.

6.8. BCSA Store Inventory & Orders: Nancie Mages
No report.

6.9. BCSA Merchandise Manager for Ivars Account:
No report.

6.10. Border Recorder: Volunteer Needed

6.11. Borderlines: Denise Teal
The next publication deadline is September 15 The advertising requirements have been suspended for the next 2 issues so see if that increases ads. Layout and article collection are now being done by Paper and Ink.

6.12. Breeder Referral: Karen Herceg
No report.

6.13. Breeding Excellence Recognition (formerly ROM): Kim Sykes

  • Kim continues to receive emailed ROM/ROMX forms. This appears to be a helpful addition to keeping ROM stats. Lisa has updated the New Title Report and Studbook info with AKC.

  • Kim will start preparing a proposal for the nomination process for the Breeder Excellence Recognition award.

6.14. Finance Committee: Beth Bartholomew
Nothing new to report.

6.15. Futurity Committee: Volunteer Needed

6.16. General Education: Donna Mallory
The General Education Committee has presented to the board for review the revised document discussing the requirements for successful breeding of dogs as well as whelping, rearing, and placing a litter of pups. As always, the committee welcomes any suggestions from the board and the general membership. The board reviewed the revised document and suggested additional revisions.

6.17. Health: Volunteer Needed (Lisa handing off)

6.17.1. Health survey: Casey has done a tremendous job of developing a survey that will be distributed at this year’s national specialty and will later be posted on the website. Thank you Casey! The goal of the survey is to develop a top ten list of health concerns that we would like to focus our research and education funding efforts on.

6.17.2. AKC/CHF Canine Health Conference: 10/19-21 in St. Louis: Lori Mauger (BCSA member & HEF board member) going on our behalf. We will pay for her airfare and rental car.

6.17.3. Amy Chandler, achandl2@mac.com, U of Tennessee, is looking for a PhD study project and is considering Exercise Induced Collapse. She wanted some input on how much we know about its incidence in our breed. Michelle replied to her that we do think we have this problem in our breed, similar to Labs where they collapse after visually stimulating fetching exercise (not just normal running), but that we have no data on it. Michelle cc’ed Lisa & Casey and invited Amy to think about whether helping us with a small survey at the national might align with her studies.

6.18. Health Education Foundation (BCHF): Dawn Antoniak Mitchell (chair), Emily Czapek (president)

  • They have created a nice ad to go into Borderlines. We will be providing the ad space to them for free for an indefinite period of time.

  • They will be distributing a simple brochure at the USBCHA finals and at the specialty.

  • They now have a checking account.

  • Our donation to the USBCHA will go towards sponsoring Bill Berhow at the USBCHA Sheepdog Finals.

6.19. Herding: Claudia Frank

  • Claudia asked the board to consider an "Excellent" level to the "Stockdog of Distinction" Award. This would include herding championships in AKC, AHBA, ASCA plus 20 points from Open field competition as described in the current SOD qualifications. The board discussed this proposal and decided to table it for now and revisit later.

  • Robin Penland responded with a photo of Pat for the BCSA web site but Carol Lucero did not respond to the request.

  • Articles for Borderlines – Claudia has not started sending articles to Barbara at Paper and Ink. She'll be checking with her to see what she has on hand for use. Suggestions are always appreciated.

  • Denise Teal and Claudia will be tabulating the Versatile Stockdog Award at the National Specialty. This is a new award for this year.

  • Denise Teal is taking the entries for the National Specialty Herding Instinct Testing. Claudia will be organizing the entrants & handing out score sheets & certificates the day of the event.

  • Claudia is always open to suggestions as to what could be done to increase membership involvement in herding and to maintain the awareness for the need to maintain the BC as a THE top stockdog. If you think there is something we can do please let Claudia know.

6.20. Historian: Mickey Bruzek
No report.

6.21. Juniors: Mary Beth Overmyer & Linda Follis
We did not have any juniors sign up for the recognition at the specialty. Mary Beth cancelled the shirt order with Nancy and notified Julie and Megan. The board discussed ideas to encourage junior participation and suggested follow up research.

6.22. Judges Education: Linnea Klingel

  • Members are requesting hard copies of the Judges Education Power Point. Linn suggested charging $5 per CD to cover the cost of the CD and shipping and the board agreed.

  • The board reviewed and approved (with minor changes suggested) the rough draft of letter that will accompany the CD that is to be sent to all the judges approved for border collies. Once the letter is finalized, the CD and letter can be sent out.

  • Regarding the Advanced Judges Institute in PA, many thanks to Jen Thompson. Without her assistance in rounding up dogs and handlers the presentation would not have been possible. Thank you also to Julia Ecklar, Karen Rose Cerone, and Jan and Bob Mayr. The message was very well received.

  • Linn will need dogs and assistance in providing the JE at Westminster in February 2008.

  • So far, 4 judges have signed up for JE at the specialty. Board members and mentors should plan on attending as time allows.

  • Susanne Hoffman has resigned from being a mentor and the JE committee. She has decided to concentrate on performance rather than conformation.

  • Upcoming presentation requests:

    • National specialty: Linn

    • November 2007: Michelle in Seattle

    • January 2008: Art Sorkin in CA

    • February 2008: Linn at Westminster

    • April 2008: Wichita Cluster, includes arena demo

6.23. Judges Selection Process: Sonja Donaldson Chair

  • 2008 Specialty: The board reviewed the surveys that were returned by the judges (some judges were unavailable and some did not return their surveys). The board decided to hire Linda Mount as the agility judge and she has been sent a contract. The surveys from the conformation and sweepstakes judges will be posted on the website. Members will be able to vote online via the website or by postcard. An announcement will appear in the next issue of Borderlines and an email message will be sent out via Announce. All votes must be received by 24 October. All electronic votes will be sent to Sonja Donaldson and Terri Clingerman for counting. The paper ballots will be sent to Terri.

  • 2009 Specialty: Still pending chair and location selection.

6.24. Legislative Liaison: Linda Baron
No report.

6.25. Membership: Kathy Sours
Three membership applications were received and forwarded to the board for approval.

6.26. Nominating Committee Procedure: Karen Herceg
No report.

6.27. Recruitment: Volunteer Needed

6.28. Rescue Liaison: Megan Harrison
No report

6.29. Versatility: Tashia Lund
Due to health issues, Tashia’s ability to keep up on committee business will be compromised for the next few months. Sally Davis will assist Tashia in getting certificates printed.

6.30. Website: Ann Shaw

  • Regular site maintenance and page updates.
  • Continued update of ROM section.
  • Because of other commitments, review of all pages for consistency in font and layout, broken links and graphics was not completed

7. Old Business

7.1. AKC Good Sportsmanship Medallion
We received four nominations by the 31 August deadline. The board will utilize our online voting procedure to determine the recipient of the award. We plan to present the award at the specialty.

7.2. 2007 Specialty: Megan Harrison & Julie Bosier
Due to the large number of conformation entries, a second judge will need to be hired. One conformation judge is allowed to judge 200 dogs in one day. By AKC rule, the second judge will be assigned to judge the non-regular classes. Megan and Julie have suggested hiring provisional judge Richard Lashbrook as the second judge and asked the board to approve the hiring.
Motion to approve hiring Richard Lashbrook was made by: Lisa Pruka
Second: Terri Clingerman
Approve: Unanimous

7.3. 2008 National Specialty: Denise Teal & Linda Koutsky
Linda and Denise are finalizing the details for the logo photo contest with Jeanne Hagen Santiago. An announcement of the contest will go in the next issue of Borderlines, on the website, and on Announce.

7.4. 2009 National Specialty
Volunteers still needed to chair this event.

7.5. Mixed Breed Registrations
Claudia provided three articles written by delegates (one for, two against) on the subject of mixed breed registrations. The board reviewed these opinions but we did not feel that they changed our position.

7.6. New Title Reports From AKC
Last month, the board discussed posting the entire new title list on the website and just the new champions of all venues in Borderlines as a cost saving measure. Further discussion led to the decision to also publish a top ten list for obedience and herding in Borderlines. We will continue to evaluate the best way to balance member preferences and cost savings in the presentation of the new title listings.

7.7. Judges Ed Herding Video
Denise has the video on DVD now but it is just raw footage with no sound. Denise will send the DVD to Michelle for editing.

7.8. Goals
Two areas of focus we’ve identified for this year:
Herding video for judges education.
Health survey out this year.

8. New Business

8.1. Silver Bay KC – Meet The Breeds booth
The Silver Bay KC of San Diego has requested our participation in their Meet the Breeds program at their February shows. A request for a volunteer was sent out via Announce and Kristine Weathers volunteered. Thank you Kristine! Terri has put Kristine in contact with the club so they can work out the details. Copies of our General Education handouts will be distributed.

8.2. Cleveland All-Breed Agility Club Agility Trial Proposal
The Cleveland All-Breed Agility Club would like to partner with us to host an all-breed agility trial in early 2009. BCSA would furnish the ribbons, prizes, and committee members while the Cleveland club will take care of the rest. In return, the BCSA would receive $500/day for a 2-ring trial. We need to investigate how to limit our liability. A request for committee members will be sent out via Announce. Denise will be the contact person.

8.3. Suggestion Box Submissions/Input from Membership
No submissions.

8.4. Date of Next meeting
Monday, 8 October, 5:00 PDT

8.5. Adjournment
Adjournment motion: 7:14 pm PDT by Wayne Koutsky
Second: Denise Teal
In Favor: Unanimous


OCTOBER 8, 2007 - BOARD MEETING MINUTES

Roll Call: Michelle Olsen • Lisa Pruka • Sally Davis • Kelly Hagstrand • Denise Teal • Terri Clingerman • Jo Roach

Members Absent: Wayne Koutsky • Claudia Frank

Call to order: 5:04 pm PDT by Michelle Olsen

1. Delegate Business:

  • At the September Delegate’s meeting, Claudia did not get re-elected to the HEC due to heavier competition and more campaigning than normal. The HEC positions encompass the venues of herding, lure coursing and earthdog. Claudia will continue to attend the HEC meetings and will run for election again next year. In the meantime, we hope that the committee members will still rely heavily on Claudia for her herding expertise.

  • The board discussed several ideas that were brought up the delegate’s meeting: joining NAIA and US Sportsman Alliance (organizations working to preserve dog owner’s rights), asking local government officials to give out event awards and other ways of demonstrating to local officials the importance of dog events in their state, supporting canine war veterans, encouraging affiliated clubs to get involved with local K9 police groups, and donations for the upcoming Humane Fund. The board has requested more information from Claudia about these ideas and will discuss further at a later date.

2. Recording Secretary’s Report: Jo Roach

September 2007 Minutes approved:
Motion: Sally Davis
Second: Kelly Hagstrand
Approve: Unanimous

3. Corresponding Secretary’s Report: Terri Clingerman

  • Received a letter saying that if we want to advertise in the AKC/Eukanuba Championship catalog, ads are due by 10/19/07.

  • Agility trial #2008507003 is approved (in Dexter, MI 6/28/08).

  • Agility trial #2008507005 is approved (in Dexter, MI 6/29/08).

  • Emailed Kelly Whiteman, asking if she would update the BC entry on Wikipedia so it includes a link to BCSA's website and updates some minor points on the standard. Kelly replied that she would be glad to do this.

  • Received a request to use images on the BCSA website for a personal website. Referred the person to Judy Menown, who contributed the photos from old snapshots and postcards.

  • Received a list from the Kentuckiana Tartan Border Collie Club of their current officers/board members.

  • Emailed Kristine Weathers to see how many flyers she'll need for the Meet the Breeds event in San Diego.

  • Email to Michelle from Renea Windley inquiring why her breeder referral listing hadn’t been posted. Karen Herceg reported she was not getting the emails due to a problem on her end. As a safety measure, Ann Shaw added herself as a cc on the form to make sure no more are missed. The problem has been resolved.

4. Treasurer’s Report: Wayne Koutsky

4.1. General Account Balances
Last month: $ 71,072

This month:
Checking balance: $44,722.92
Savings (Money Market) balance: $47,205.72
Health balance: $7,269.33
Rescue balance: $16,320.13
Total: $115,518.10

4.2. 2007 Specialty Income/Expenses as of 08 October 2007:
Income: This month: $55,109.50 Last month: $9811
Expenses: This month: $15,386.02 Last month: $10,117
Total Flow: $ 39,723.48

5. Interim Business Transacted by E-Mail

5.1. Board Votes
Motion 2007-07 made by Michelle Olsen on 11 September 2007 to vote to choose one member as the recipient of the AKC Good Sportsmanship Award. Linda Koutsky was chosen as the recipient.

5.2. New Member Applications

The following new membership applications were approved:

  • Jana Brady (Elkton, VA)
    Sponsor: Karen Herceg

  • Donna Brooks Brisbin (Aiken, SC)
    Sponsor: Claudia Frank

  • Sandy Canary (Hereford, AZ)
    Sponsor: Karen Moureaux

  • Vanessa Evans (Lexington, NC)
    Sponsor: Barbara Fitzgerald

  • Carol Michel (Huntington, IN)
    Sponsor: Pat Schultz

  • Julie Oakes (Holly, MI)
    Sponsor: Leslie Kozlowski

  • Betty Padgett (Hawley, PA)
    Sponsor: Linda Brennan

  • Edward and Marie Wilson (Palm City, FL)
    Sponsor: Paige O’Donnell

Motion: Denise Teal
Second: Sally Davis
Approve: Unanimous

6. Special Topic: BCSA Vision Statement

  • We need to start developing a long-term strategy of where we’d like to see the breed “be” in 10-20 years so that we are actively working on contributing to that vision. Initial ideas from the board included:

  • Maintaining our current focus on working dogs, or at least dogs that could work.

  • Keeping members informed about health issues, tests available, common problems, DNA profiling, improving the understanding of heredity as it relates to health issues.

  • Influencing breeders to be good stewards of the breed, interacting with breeders that are not BCSA members, facilitate breeder communication, expanding the breeder referral list.
    Claudia has asked other breed clubs about how they developed their vision statements.

7. Committee Business/Reports:

7.1. General Committee Productivity Project
Lisa has created a rotating schedule for a “feature article” in Borderlines to highlight committee projects and accomplishments. We hope this will motivate committees to make sure they have something to report when their article is due.

7.2. Affiliate Clubs: Emily Fish - No report.

7.3. Agility Trial in Feb: Pennsylvania: Karen Herceg
Application is approved.

7.4. Agility Trial in June: Michigan: Denise Teal

  • Next year’s date: June 28-29, 2008

  • Everything lined up, facility, judges etc; Wayne forwarded application to AKC.

7.5. AKC Gazette Columnist: Gerianne Darnell
Gerianne just finished an article on Goal Setting and she hopes her next article to be about the new QUAD Ch's in the breed. If she is not able to get the info together for that in time for the next issue (due in December), she will have to come up with another topic!

7.6. BCSA Announce & Suggestion Box: Nancy Little
As of October 1st, 2007 there are 356 subscribers to BCSA_Announce. No messages in Suggestion box; deleted 2007_National group.

7.7. BCSA Store Inventory & Orders: Nancie Mages - No report.

7.8. BCSA Merchandise Manager for Ivars Account: - No report.

7.9. Border Recorder: Volunteer Needed

7.10. Borderlines: Denise Teal

  • Open positions: We are actively advertising for an Ad Manager and Proofreader (a new member is interested in the proofreading position).

  • Ad policy: We are suspending ad restrictions until the end of the year to see if income increases.

  • Will move most stats to website to save printing costs.

  • Budget: need to keep evaluating how we’re going to pay for Borderlines or convert it into something cheaper if we can’t pay for it. Budget stats:

    • 2005: $180 ad income, $2250/issue = $12K/year loss

    • 2006: $620 ad income, $3300/issue (average) = $16,466/year loss

    • 2007: $1100 ad income, $4250/issue = $25,500/year loss (projected) **color ads helping

7.11. Breeder Referral: Karen Herceg - No report.

7.12. Finance Committee: Beth Bartholomew - Nothing to report.

7.13. Futurity Committee: Volunteer Needed

7.14. General Education: Donna Mallory
The committee will send another revision of the breeding document in November.

7.15. Health: Volunteer Needed (Lisa handing off)

7.15.1. Health survey: Casey has the health survey ready to go for the national specialty. Casey is talking to the affiliate clubs about distributing the survey at their specialties.

7.15.2. AKC/CHF Canine Health Conference: 10/19-21 in St. Louis: Lori Mauger (BCSA member & HEF board member) is attending on our behalf.

7.15.3. Amy Chandler, achandl2@mac.com, U of Tennessee, is looking for a PhD study project, and is considering Exercise Induced Collapse. She will do a preliminary look to see if we have this in our breed. They have some genes narrowed down that they think are responsible.

7.16. Herding: Claudia Frank - No report.

7.17. Historian: Mickey Bruzek - No report.

7.18. Juniors: Mary Beth Overmyer & Linda Follis - No report.

7.19. Judges Education: Linnea Klingel

  • Revised the letter from the board to judges and sent a copy to Michelle for approval.

  • Will be meeting with a few mentors at 8pm on Thursday of the specialty in the host hotel lobby. Hope to have more mentors available to help with the JE.

  • Have 6 judges signed up for JE (not counting any mentors), including Lauren Sommers from Australia.

  • Linn will be able to give the Westminster seminar, but will need a minimum of 2 dogs with up to 6 preferred. It is held at Madison Square Garden, Sat Feb 9th from 10:30 am until Noon. Judges ALWAYS like to see variety.

  • Accepted an invitation to the AKC herding institute in Chicago on Sat Feb23. This is an in-depth, 90 minute seminar followed by 1 hour of hands on. The focus of this presentation is to be on breed type and the essence of your breed. Usual attendance is 35-40.

  • Please remember to forward requests for seminars to Linn so she knows who is doing what. Linn has not received any more information about the Wichita presentation. Also, please let Linn know when you provide ringside or long term mentoring.

  • Linn is working on getting everything in order for national specialty.

    Upcoming presentation requests:

    • National specialty: Linn will do.

    • November 2007: Michelle in Seattle

    • February 2008: Linn at Westminster

    • February 2008: Linn at the Herding Institute in Chicago

    • April 2008: Wichita Cluster?

7.20. Judges Selection Process: Sonja Donaldson Chair
Voting for judges is VERY slow.

7.21. Legislative Liaison: Linda Baron - No report.

7.22. Membership: Kathy Sours
October member applications were forwarded to the board for approval.

7.23. National Specialty Steering Committee: Megan Harrison & Julie Bosier
Work on this project will begin after the 2007 specialty.

7.24. Nominating Committee Procedure: Karen Herceg - No report.

7.25. Recruitment: Volunteer Needed

7.26. ROM: Kim Sykes
ROM/ROMX updates on website. Working on Breeder Recognition program.

7.27. Rescue Liaison: Megan Harrison - No report.

7.28. Versatility: Tashia Lund

  • Certificates for distribution at the specialty were sent to Sally.

  • The board discussed adding the PAX title to the versatility program and suggested an 8 point value.

7.29. Website: Ann Shaw
Regular site maintenance and page updates.

8. Old Business

8.1. 2007 Specialty: Megan Harrison & Julie Bosier

  • The board discussed and resolved a vendor issue.

  • The Sportsmanship award will be presented at the dinner on Saturday night.

  • Since Michelle is unable to attend the specialty, Lisa will conduct the Annual Meeting.

8.2. 2008 National Specialty: Denise Teal & Linda Koutsky
Members have started submitting photos for the logo photo contest.

8.3. 2009 National Specialty

  • We still need chairs for this event. Lisa has sent out another plea.

  • Denise is working on a form that will include a list of required events and optional events for those who are interested in bidding to host the specialty at a location other than Purina Farms.

8.4. AKC ILP Issues

  • Mary Owen - smooth coated tri color/merle “Shadow” - votes supporting purebred status: unanimous.

  • Heather Vance – smooth coat B/W - votes supporting purebred status: Jo, Sally, Terri, Denise; votes not supporting purebred status: Lisa.

8.5. New Title Reports From AKC
Lisa has contacted Barb and Kim to coordinate Kim submitting Ch reports for Borderlines.

8.6. Silver Bay KC – Meet The Breeds booth
Kristine Weathers volunteered to represent the BCSA at this event. Terri has contacted Kristine to find out how many breed information handouts she will need.

8.7. Cleveland All-Breed Agility Club Agility Trial Proposal
No BCSA members volunteered to be on the show committee for this trial so we will let the Cleveland Club know that we are unable to participate at this time.

8.8. Goals

  • Two areas of focus we’ve identified for this year:

    • Herding video for judges education.

    • Health survey out this year.

9. New Business

9.1. MABCR Grant Request
The MABCR requested funding to offset production and printing costs for one year of their newsletter “HAVE YOU HERD”. Denise motioned to provide them with partial funding of $1800 from the Rescue Fund to help pay for their newsletter. Second: Kelly. In Favor: Unanimous.

9.2. Storage & Club Inventory
A suggestion was made to investigate renting a storage shed in the area of Purina Farms, considering the large inventory of stuff we’re collecting. The board discussed the issue and decided it was better to work on not accumulating so much stuff so we can avoid renting a storage shed.

9.3. Suggestion Box Submissions/Input from Membership
No submissions.

9.4. Date of Next meeting
Monday, 5 November, 5:00 PST

9.5. Adjournment
Adjournment motion: 6:47 PM PDT by Denise Teal
Second: Terri Clingerman
In Favor: Unanimous


OCTOBER 2007 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING MINUTESI. Quorum:

a. We needed a 20% quorum required by bylaws to hold an annual meeting. There were only 25 members in attendance so a quorum was not reached. Therefore, the meeting was conducted “town hall” style, where no official business or votes could be conducted.

II. For the Good of the Order: thank you to all who have contributed to making the 2007 National Specialty a success!!!

III. Introductions to 2007-2008 Board of Directors

a. President: Michelle Olsen (not in attendance)
b. Vice President: Lisa Pruka—presiding over the meeting
c. Corresponding Secretary: Terri Clingerman
d. Recording Secretary: Jo Roach
e. Treasurer: Wayne Koutsky
f. Board Member at Large: Kelly Hagstrand (not in attendance)
g. Board Member at Large: Sally Davis
h. Past President: Denise Teal
i. AKC Delegate: Claudia Frank

IV. Corresponding Secretary’s Report: Terri reported that her correspondence is listed in the monthly board meeting minutes.

V. Recording Secretary’s Report: Jo reported that the monthly board meeting minutes are posted on the club’s website. The minutes are posted once they approved in the next month’s meeting.

VI. Treasurer’s Report: Wayne reported that for a young club, we are doing well financially. He also commented on the healthy finances for this year’s specialty and that Paige’s agility raffle has paid for this year’s prizes with money left over to go towards next year’s prizes.

VII. President’s Report: Highlights from the Past Year

a. Health Foundation: The group has a board of directors and is putting the finishing touches on their application for 501(c)3 non-profit charitable status. They are starting to advertise for volunteers.

Emily spoke about her involvement in the foundation and gave an overview of its origins, emphasizing that it was developed in the interest of ALL border collies, with the hope of bridging the gap between registries.

b. AKC Delegate: Claudia Frank is now our approved AKC Delegate and served on the Herding, Earthdog and Lure Coursing Committee (HEC) as an expert on herding in 2007. She did not get re-elected to the HEC for 2008, but will still attend the meetings all year as an advisor.

Claudia spoke about her experience as a delegate and how she has found the political aspect interesting and educational.

c. Borderlines: continuing to transition the magazine to a more sustainable model for our volunteers; however, the cost to have it done professionally is quite high. We continue to look at options to cut costs and increase revenue to sustain the publication. We now offer color advertisements!

Denise spoke about transferring the proofreading duties to a new volunteer. She also requested that members contact her if they are interested in writing a one time article or recurring column for Borderlines.

d. Open Field Herding: Continued financial support for B course trials and Kentucky Bluegrass ISDS trial. We have a more clearly worded B course grant application policy on our website.

e. Stock Dog of Distinction Award: New award rolled out in 2007 which recognizes dogs who compete successfully in at least three herding venues (AKC, Open ISDS type field trials, and either ASCA or AHBA). Prize is a $100 gift card and a BCSA certificate, plus a feature article in Borderlines. Requirements are an AKC herding champion, either an ASCA WTCH or AHBA HTCH, plus 5 points earned from winning/placements in the Open class at ISDS type field trials. So far, three dogs have achieved the honor.

It was noted during the meeting that a fourth dog has now achieved this award.

f. Website continues to be an information clearinghouse for our breed, with thousands of hits per month.

g. Judges Education: the new PowerPoint presentation has been in use for a full year, and is getting good feedback. We now have a list of judge mentors on our website, and an expanded list of JE program presenters. We’ve been increasing the number of seminars we give. We are soon to be mailing a letter, a “judging concerns” summary and the JE PowerPoint to ALL approved Border Collie judges, to further reach our audience. We also wrote a multi-part article for our column in the AKC Gazette to reach more judges and potential judges.

Linn reported that she has 8 judges signed up for JE at the specialty. She has received feedback that judges are using the JE section on the club’s website. The judges packets will be sent out after the specialty. Linn will be presenting at two big JE events in February 2008 – Westminster and Chicago.

h. Rescue funding: have approved several grant requests for help for rescue groups, but we still have more money that is allocated for this purpose. Reminder that any rescue group can apply for funds, please refer to our website for application information.

i. Color committee published an information section on our website explaining color terms and genetics, and how they relate to the categories on the registration form & to class sub-divisions that may be offered at shows (they are not required to be offered at any show, it’s always the show-giving club’s option). This committee has been retired, as it has achieved all of its goals!

j. Judge Selection committee: we have an approved process now, but had to use an abbreviated version of it for the 2008 specialty because the timeline was too short to complete the full process. Starting in 2009, and when we get a 2009 specialty chair, we’ll follow the full process; which takes member suggestions for judges, polls for the most popular ones, surveys the judges for their background/experience, and allows the membership to vote on the selections.

Terri explained the process for 2008 where members have the option of voting online, mailing their ballot or handing their ballot to Terri at the specialty. A lengthy discussion ensued about the judges selection process. The questionnaire sent to the judges was thought to be an insult by some. Others thought that expecting judges to hold the date until after the vote could put the judges in a difficult position if they had saved the date and then were not selected (turning down other opportunities in the meantime). Some felt they had shared their concerns about this new process but were not listened to. Input from members in other breed clubs suggested that we request bios from the judges instead of using the questionnaire. If judges did not submit their bios they could still be voted. The timing of the judges selection process is thought to be too late and puts the club at a disadvantage for hiring good judges. The general consensus was that the membership would like to see the judges selection process re-visited.

k. All breed agility trials: these are a great money-maker for us, this year we had of them, one in Michigan and one in Pennsylvania. Both are slated for being held again next year.

l. Juniors program: Mary Beth Overmyer and Linda Follis are still soliciting suggestions for ways BCSA can encourage and honor junior handlers. We are interested in developing a scholarship program, and need a volunteer who could research this and propose a program. This year, we did a mailing to a list of all juniors who had earned titles on a Border Collie and invited them to join, but did not garner any response from that effort.

Please send your ideas on how to get juniors involved to the Suggestion Box online.

m. National herding trial lottery: last year, we moved to a lottery system for processing entries, to make access fairer to those who live in rural areas and can’t use overnight mail delivery. We also added incentives for worker volunteers. This had a very positive impact; we got many more volunteers than usual both last year and this year, so we’ll likely stick with this model in the future. There has been a lot of confusion over this system however: rest assured that all exhibitors have an equal chance of getting in (your chances aren’t greater or lesser if you’re from a particular area), that the drawing is done fairly (by Derek Pattison with no involvement from club members), and that YES, it benefits you to volunteer to work!

n. 2007 National: Please give Julie Bosier and Megan Harrison a round of applause for all their hard work!

o. 2008 National: Chairs Denise Teal & Linda Koutsky, to be held at Purina again. Please offer your support as they ramp up to host this event!

p. 2009 National: still need chairs to host this event; we will consider hosting bids from any region or group.

q. Meet the Breeds booths: hosted three in the past year, one at the AKC Invitational, and two at other all-breed club events.

r. Affiliate Clubs: we’ve gained a few more this year, but are still very keen on building a larger network of local clubs. They are important for reaching and supporting local Border Collie owners and breeders, and for enabling a future of having a roving specialty.

s. ILP Approval Process: we’d been getting a lot of feedback that AKC was rejecting dogs that probably were purebred Border Collies. So, we’ve worked with this department at AKC, and they send us any which they aren’t sure about. They also refer owners of rejected dogs to us for a second opinion, and honor our votes on them. Though we OK only about half of those brought to us, we have helped several owners who have gone on to successfully show their dogs in companion events. This is a PR issue for us and for AKC, that owners of dogs that legitimately look purebred aren’t rejected, as it causes these owners to be upset with the organization and complain to other exhibitors about it at non-AKC events. So, we want to monitor it closely.

t. New BCSA Merchandise WebStore: We have set up with an online clothing vendor to carry some BCSA logo wear. This is a good arrangement for us because it’s trouble-free, we don’t have to buy and store inventory, etc. So, we’re going to try it out and see how it goes. Find a link to the store on our website.

u. Health Survey: Casey Carney has developed a brief survey that can be completed right here at the national. We need as wide of participation as possible, and are raffling a prize to all who fill out surveys during the week. This short survey will be used to guide us in future steps, and perhaps the development of a second, targeted survey.

Casey reported that as of this meeting she had 170 dogs included in the survey (with more sure to come)! She has breeder demographic cards available for breeders who are interested in supplying more information. The survey will also be put on the website. Once the surveys have been evaluated, we can move towards more involvement with CHIC.

VIII. Committee Reports

a. We have 29 committees, only 6 of which still need volunteers to chair. So, we are doing well on filling the important jobs to keep the club running.
b. Each committee chair may stand and summarize their accomplishments this year, if they are in attendance:

  Advertising Manager (Club)-Volunteer Needed
Affiliate Clubs: Emily Fish
AKC Gazette Columnist-Gerianne Darnell
Agility Trial: PA-Karen Herceg
Agility Trial: OH-Denise Teal
BCSA Announce &
BCSA Suggestion Box-Nancy Little, Moderator
BCSA Store Inventory & Orders-Nancie Mages
BCSA Merchandise Marketing & Sales Chair-Craig Rogers
Border Recorder-Volunteer needed
Borderlines-Paper & Ink (Barbara Forsyth)
Breeder Referral Committee-Karen (Yobbagy) Herceg
Color Committee-Casey Carney (now retired)
Finance Committee-Beth Bartholomew
General Education Committee-Donna Mallory
Futurity Committee-Volunteer Needed
Health Committee-Lisa Pruka (For Now)
  Health Foundation-Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell
Herding Committee-Claudia Frank
Historian-
Juniors Program-Mary Beth Overmyer, Linda Follis
Judges Education Committee-Linn Klingel
Judges' Selection Procedure Committee-Sonja Donaldson
Legislative Liaison-Linda Baron
Membership Chair-Kathy Sours
National Specialty – 2007-Megan Harrison & Julie Bosier
National Specialty – 2008-Denise Teal & Linda Koutsky
2008 Nominating Com- Volunteer Needed
Recruitment- Volunteer Needed
Breeding Excellence Recognition Committee-Kim Sykes
Rescue-Megan Harrison
Versatility/Awards-Tashia Lund
Website- Ann Shaw

IX. Old Business: none from previous Annual Meeting

X. New Business: no topics were formally submitted by the 10/1 deadline.

a. Blue Comment Cards: these are for members to write any and all suggestions, praise, complaints, comments etc which they would like the board to consider. Comments can be anonymous, except for judge suggestions, which must be accompanied by the member’s name. Fill out as many cards as you’d like.


NOVEMBER 5, 2007 - BOARD MEETING MINUTES

 

Roll Call: Michelle Olsen • Lisa Pruka  • Sally Davis • Kelly Hagstrand • Denise Teal • Terri Clingerman • Wayne Koutsky • Jo Roach 

 Members Absent: Claudia Frank

 Call to order:  5:04 pm PDT by Michelle Olsen

1. Delegate Business:

  • Claudia will not be attending the December delegates meeting to cut down on expenses; not much business is conducted at the December meeting.

  • Further discussion about ideas proposed at the September delegates meeting. The board decided not to join NAIA or the US Sportsman Alliance at this time. We will add the idea of asking local officials to present awards to the agenda for next year’s national specialty and we will consider other ways of helping officials realize the positive impact our specialty has on the local economy. Emily Fish forwarded the idea of supporting local K9 police groups to the affiliate clubs. The Los Angeles affiliate club is already supporting a local K9 police group.

2. Recording Secretary’s Report: Jo Roach

  • October 2007 Minutes approved:
    Motion: Kelly Hagstrand
    Second: Sally Davis
    In Favor: Unanimous

  • The minutes from the 2007 Annual General Meeting will be posted on the website and in Borderlines.

3. Corresponding Secretary’s Report: Terri Clingerman

  • Michelle and Lisa received an email from Tinna Brown inquiring about a possible open-source registry database for epilepsy.

  • A letter telling us that AKC has negotiated good insurance rates for clubs with Equisure, Inc. for services that include fidelity crime coverage, club liability coverage, and directors & officers liability coverage. Also AKC reminds clubs to bond the treasurer and perform periodic audits.

  • Received an inquiry asking what color to register a pup who is ee red but also merle. The board discussed it and we thought the best choice was gold (gold merle isn't available as an option). Replied to the person.

  • Received a letter from someone who's trying to resolve a problem with a breeder, referred that person to the section on AKC's website that talks about conflict resolution with breeders.

  • Received an inquiry about BC breeders, referred the person to the BCSA website.

  • Received an inquiry asking why BCSA has not pursued CHIC, replied that we are and that the person can find out more by reading the board minutes.

  • Received an email from Scott Chamberlain regarding the results from the judges selection process for judging agility in 2008 (Mr. Chamberlain was one of the judges being considered and had returned our questionnaire); answered that other judges were selected for that year.

  • Received an email from Alison Cowin (from Australia) inquiring about a ban BCSA has on international judges. Replied that we don't have a ban and thanked her for her interest.

  • Received an email from Lisa Weeks asking what's up with the vote announcement. Replied that results will be shared with the membership after the board's November meeting.

  • Received an inquiry about finding a breeder in Louisiana for a BC that can work cattle, replied with info on the BCSA website. Received an email asking for information on what to do with a new rescued BC, replied with BCSA links and also suggestions on how to find agility/herding training

  • Received an inquiry about finding a breeder in FL, replied with info on the BCSA website.

  • Received an inquiry about finding a breeder in NM, replied with info on the BCSA website.

4. Treasurer’s Report: Wayne Koutsky

4.1. General Account Balances
Last month: $115,518

This month:
Checking balance: $15,512
Savings (Money Market) balance: $47,444
Health balance: $7,269
Rescue balance: $16,320
Total: $86,545

4.2. 2007 Specialty Income/Expenses
Income: This month: $66,142 Last month: $55,109
Expenses: This month: $49,704 Last month: $15,386

5. Interim Business Transacted by E-Mail

5.1. Board Votes
None this month.

5.2. New Member Applications
The following new membership applications were approved:

  • Arthur Brest (Tualatin, OR)
    Sponsor: Donna Polka

  • Linda Dietrich (Wernersville, PA)
    Sponsor: Mary Pat Ezzo

  • Kimberly and Layne Edwards (Keller, TX)
    Sponsor: Ronni Delay

  • Kodie Levine (Tempe, AZ)
    Sponsor: Karen Moureaux

  • Tracie McVay (Pine Mountain, GA)
    Sponsor: Renea Windley

  • Noel Sieh and Rick Penkava
    Sponsor: Plattsmouth, NE

  • Trish Spradley (Albuquerque, NM)
    Sponsor: Kathy Sours

  • Sue Thompson (Glendale, AZ)
    Sponsor: Nancie Mages

  • Suzy Walker (Palestine, TX)
    Sponsor: Wynnette Amason

  • Renee Weider (Camarillo, CA)
    Sponsor: Karen Moureaux

Motion to approve: Denise Teal
Second: Wayne Koutsky
In Favor: Unanimous

6. Special Topic: BCSA Vision 2008

The board will continue to work towards developing a long-term strategy of where we’d like the breed to be in 10-20 years. Here were some of the points of discussion from this month:

  • The board will be using this planning tool as a way of focusing on ways to improve.

  • We believe that the website in one of our most important tools for communication and we need to continue to build on this.

  • Rescue is important but we need to reduce the number of dogs being put into rescue. Need to encourage breeders to make better choices of homes for their puppies, reduce puppy production and educate puppy buyers about the realities of BC ownership.

  • This vision will be presented as a proposal in the Dec/Jan Borderlines issue and membership comments will be solicited.

7. Committee Business/Reports:

7.1. General Committee Productivity Project
The first committee to be highlighted in Borderlines will be the Health Committee.

7.2. Advertising Manager (Club) Volunteer Needed

7.3. Affiliate Clubs: Emily Fish
No report.

7.4. Agility Trial in Feb: Pennsylvania: Karen Herceg
Nothing new to report.

7.5. Agility Trial in July: Ohio: Denise Teal
Everything is set to go; the premium list will go out after the first of the year.

7.6. AKC Gazette Columnist: Gerianne Darnell
No report.

7.7. BCSA Announce & Suggestion Box: Nancy Little
No report.

7.8. BCSA Store Inventory & Orders: Nancie Mages
We are ready to close this store and Denise asked Ann to take it off the website. There are a few leftover hats and ACE t-shirts. The shirts will be used as volunteer’s shirts for next year’s specialty. This committee is now retired.

7.9. BCSA Merchandise Manager for Ivars Account:
The orders have been slow through this vendor so it may not be the right product mix or price range. The store is getting a decent amount of traffic from our website. We will monitor for now and make changes as necessary; perhaps try another vendor.

7.10. Border Recorder: Volunteer Needed

7.11. Borderlines: Denise Teal
Donna Brooks Brisbin is willing to take over the proofreading job for Borderlines. The board is trying to find ways to cut costs and increase revenue in the production of Borderlines. We are trying to keep members informed as to why changes are made. We are utilizing the website more now since the quality of our website has improved under Ann’s direction. Membership input led to the current form of Borderlines and we will continue to try to respond to member feedback. Ideas on ways to economically maintain the current quality of Borderlines are welcome!

7.12. Breeder Referral: Karen Herceg
No report.

7.13. Finance Committee: Beth Bartholomew
No report.

7.14. Futurity Committee: Volunteer Needed
Kim Janek and Sharon Bauers talked to Lisa about volunteering to help with this project.

7.15. General Education: Donna Mallory
The committee is finishing up the latest draft and will send it this week.

7.16. Health: Cecilia Lamb
Thank you to the new chair of the health committee, Cecilia Lamb, who has jumped in and started working on the health committee projects!

7.16.1. CHIC: Cecilia Lamb has been in contact with CHIC. So far, OFA and CERF will be our requirements for CHIC registration.

7.16.2.Health survey: 220 dogs are now represented in the health survey. Casey is working with the affiliate clubs and the survey is now up on the website. Casey has received good feedback.

7.16.3. Amy Chandler, achandl2@mac.com, U of Tennessee, is considering a PhD study project on Exercise Induced Collapse and is interested in working with our club/breed. She has posted information about EIC and a survey on our website.

7.16.4. PPCP News: As of 9/30/07 the Border Collie Society of America has 768 members declared for the Purina Parent Club Partnership Program. From January 1, 2007 through September 30, 2007, 180 members have submitted weight circles resulting in a total of $2,907.85 accumulated thus far for the 2007 Program.

7.16.5 AKC CHF: The CHF has requested that we consider funding two BC specific studies, one on the “Genetic Analysis of Noise Phobia in Border Collies” and one on the “Genetic Determinants of Canine Epilepsy in the Border Collie and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.”
http://www.akcchf.org/research/grants/search/index.cfm?search=number&display=results&number=850
http://www.akcchf.org/research/grants/search/index.cfm?search=number&display=results&number=917
Motion to approve funding in the amount of $2500 per project: Terri Clingerman
Second: Kelly Hagstrand
In favor: Unanimous

7.17. Herding: Claudia Frank
No report.

7.18. Historian: Mickey Bruzek
No report.

7.19. Juniors: Mary Beth Overmyer & Linda Follis
No report.

7.20. Judges Education: Linnea Klingel

  • The “reminder letter” has been completed and will be added to the packets that will be sent to BC judges.

  • Some of the printed materials in the JE packets are poor quality (as the result of being copies of copies) so Michelle is working on scanning and cleaning them up into nice electronic copies. These fresh copies will be put on the website so JE presenters can download them as needed. We need to find credits for the photos that are used in the presentation and research copyright issues.

  • There were some comments from the judges education group at the national specialty on how “cheap” our JE seminar was. We may need to increase how much we charge to make sure we are covering costs.

  • The board, together with the JE chair, has decided to augment the mentor selection process to include a requirement that the prospective mentor sign a conduct agreement and also audition with the JE coordinator. Feedback will be solicited from peers and attendees participating during the audition. Potential mentors will be evaluated on their knowledge of the standard, understanding the "message" BCSA wants to send about working dog preservation, their overall comfort in presenting, skill in fielding questions thoughtfully, demonstration of willingness to follow the agreed-upon conduct agreement, and ability to present a professional and courteous style that reflects well on BCSA. Evaluation of mentoring ability is unavoidably subjective, thus, input from multiple observers will be weighed. Mentors who aren't initially approved will be encouraged to work further with the JE chair and other peers on developing their mentoring style and to re-apply at a later date.

  • Applications for mentorship from Eileen Madrigale and Kat Ferruzza have been evaluated over the past few months, and input was solicited from several peers regarding their help with JE at the national specialty. At this time, Kat Ferruzza was approved and Eileen Madrigale's application was denied. Eileen was encouraged to continue to seek coaching from breeder peers and judges on her presentation style, and her application will be kept on hold until more positive feedback and recommendations can be accumulated on her continued mentoring efforts.

  • Upcoming presentation requests:

  • February 2008: Linn at Westminster – Linn needs dogs/handlers (will be reimbursed for parking and gas).

  • Feb 21-24, 2008 Advanced Judges Institute in conjunction with IKC in Chicago – Linn needs dogs/handlers (will be reimbursed for parking and gas.

  • Spring 2008: California, Art Sorkin presenting.

7.21. Judges Selection Process: Sonja Donaldson Chair

Here are the results from the 2008 specialty judges vote. 46 members voted for a Conformation judge, 43 for a Sweeps judge, and 16 members wrote-in votes at the national.
Conformation:
1) Kelly Whiteman with 39%
2) Monica Canestrini with 22%
3) Linda More with 19%
Sweeps:
1) Joyce Herie with 65%
2) Emily Fish with 20%
A contract will be mailed out to Joyce Herie for the Sweeps assignment.

After the 2005 specialty, the board made the decision to require that future national specialty judges be approved to judge juniors so we don’t have to hire a separate judge for the handful of junior entries. When initially contacted in September, Kelly indicated that she was in the process of applying to judge juniors.

Denise motioned that Kelly Whiteman being hired to judge the 2008 national specialty is entirely dependent on if she can attain her junior judging status by 31 December 2007. Second: Wayne Koutsky In Favor: Unanimous.
If Kelly does not receive her approval, we will invite Monica Canestrini to judge on Saturday and Linda More to judge on Sunday

The board discussed the JS feedback received at the annual meeting at the specialty. Additional membership feedback and suggestions will be requested through Announce, our website and in the next issue of Borderlines. The comment period will remain open through the end of the year.

7.22. Legislative Liaison: Linda Baron
No report.

7.23. Membership: Kathy Sours
November new member applications were forwarded to the board for approval.

7.24. National Specialty Steering Committee: Megan Harrison & Julie Bosier
Denise has been working on a specialty hosting bid application form. The board will review the form and discuss during out December meeting.

7.25. Nominating Committee Procedure: Karen Herceg
No report.

7.26. Recruitment: Volunteer Needed

7.27. ROM: Kim Sykes
No report.

7.28. Rescue Liaison: Megan Harrison
No report.

7.29. 2007 Specialty: Megan Harrison & Julie Bosier
Fantastic job Megan and Julie!!!

7.30. 2008 Specialty: Denise Teal & Linda Koutsky

  • There will be an Excellent only agility trial on Wednesday afternoon.

  • On Tuesday, an Ann Braue agility seminar has been added.

  • Tracking is still undecided; need volunteers to do the work or we won’t be able to have it.

  • Leaning towards having the Holiday Inn as the host hotel.

  • General Information booklet: all the information will be on the website AND in Borderlines so all members will still receive it in paper form. We need to reduce the number of paper copies from two down to one to save money and effort/time.

7.31. 2009 Specialty: Volunteer Needed
We still need chairs.

7.32. 2010 Specialty: Volunteer Needed
Megan & Julie have volunteered to chair this one. We will confirm with them before voting to approve them as chairs. If they agree, one of their first duties will be to secure dates.

7.33. Versatility: Tashia Lund
• There were some printing mistakes with the versatility certificates given out at the national specialty. Lisa will send the correct information to Sally and Sally will reprint the certificates and mail them.
• The PAX title will be added to the versatility worksheet when Tashia is able to work on that.

7.34. Website: Ann Shaw
No report.

8. Old Business

8.1. AKC Good Sportsmanship Medallion

  • Congratulations again to Linda Koutsky as the recipient of this award.

  • Next year, we need to remember to actually have the medallion on hand to present to the winner. Claudia did mail the medallion to Linda.

  • Linda’s nomination letter will be published in Borderlines.

8.2. Recruitment
The board discussed the recruitment of new members. At this time, our membership remains stable at approximately 500 members without recruitment and there doesn’t seem to be a need to actively increase our membership at this time. If we do decide to increase membership, we may want to consider a bylaws amendment to add a non-voting associate membership category.

8.3. Judges Ed Herding Video
Michelle is working with an editor to see how much of the video footage taken at the Kentucky Bluegrass trial can be used.

8.4. BCSA sponsored duck trial
May 2008 in Tecumseh, Michigan – Denise reviewed the financial results from past trials and determined that sponsoring this trial would not be a good risk for us right now, as it’s clear the trial could lose money.

8.5. Goals
Two areas of focus we’ve identified for this year:

  • Herding video for judges education.

  • Health survey out this year.

9. New Business

9.1. Bylaws revision & Membership Dues Increase
The board further discussed adding the non-voting associate membership category along with increasing dues to help pay for Borderlines. We decided to ask the membership for input before making a dues increase decision.

9.2. Suggestion Box Submissions/Input from Membership

  • From Pam Kruger: disappointed that we are removing new titles from Borderlines and she could not find them on the website.

  • From John Yaquinta: asking that the website be corrected to list him as one of the article editors in Borderlines.

  • From John Yaquinta with a complaint objecting to the move to not print new titles in Borderlines and instead just listing them on the website.

  • From John Yaquinta asking where the new titles were on the website as he couldn’t find them.

  • From Marilyn Heinisch, thanking everyone for a great specialty.

9.3. Date of Next meeting
Monday, 3 December, 5:00 PST

9.4. Adjournment
Adjournment motion at: 7:25 PM PST by Terri Clingerman
Second: Kelly Hagstrand
In Favor: Unanimous


DECEMBER 3, 2007 - BOARD MEETING MINUTES

Roll Call: Michelle Olsen • Lisa Pruka • Sally Davis • Kelly Hagstrand • Terri Clingerman • Wayne Koutsky • Jo Roach

Members Absent: Claudia Frank • Denise Teal

Call to order: 5:01 pm PST by Michelle Olsen

1. Delegate Business:

  • Nothing new to report.

2. Recording Secretary’s Report: Jo Roach

  • November 2007 Minutes approved:
    Motion: Terri Clingerman
    Second: Sally Davis
    In Favor: Unanimous

3. Corresponding Secretary’s Report: Terri Clingerman

  • Thank you note from Neena VanCamp for the national specialty judging assignment and hospitality.

  • Answered AKC's survey regarding the possible International Obedience Invitational, with the same answer that we gave them back in March (that we are in favor of the concept but that we think exercises from other organizations should be included, and also that it should be titling so all AKC exhibitors could participate).

  • Event #2007507021 (the tracking dog test at the national) has been processed and closed out by AKC.

  • Event #2007507022 (the tracking dog excellent test at the national) has been processed and closed out by AKC.

  • Event #2007507015 (Friday agility at the national) has been processed and closed out by AKC.

  • Event #2007507019 (Wednesday agility at the national) has been processed and closed out by AKC.

  • Event #2007507011 (Thursday agility at the national) has been processed and closed out by AKC.

  • Event #2007507017 (Friday rally at the national) has been processed and closed out by AKC.

  • Events #2007507005, #2007507007, #2007507008 (Monday herding at the national) has been processed and closed out by AKC.

  • Events #2007507009, #2007507010, #2007507013 (Tuesday herding at the national) has been processed and closed out by AKC.

  • Events #2007507016, #2007507014 (Wednesday herding at the national) has been processed and closed out by AKC.

  • Event #2007507006 (Saturday conformation and obedience at the national) has been processed and closed out by AKC.

  • Event #20075070126 (Sunday conformation and obedience at the national) has been processed and closed out by AKC.

  • BCSA's AKC dues of $25 are due by 1/1/08, forwarded that info to the Treasurer.

  • Received an email from Plush Puppy, asking to be a vendor for the 2008 national. Forwarded that to the chairs (Denise Teal and Linda Koutsky.

  • Sent the 2008 specialty judges voting results to Nancy to be posted on BC-Announce.

  • Received a question on how to subscribe to Borderlines if not a member, replied that the check should still be sent to Kathy Sours.

  • Was asked if BCSA has a scholarship program, replied that we don't.

  • Received a request from a high school student for BC information for a school project, replied with a list of likely articles from our website and some herding information.

  • Received a request from a high school student for BC rescue information for a school project, replied with links to our website.

  • Received an inquiry about registering a dog bought in the U.S to a foreign registry, replied with advice to check with their kennel club's regulations.

  • Received an email from Purina, reminding us about how members can participate in there Purina Parent Club Partnership by sending in weight circles from Purina dog food. BCSA earns funds from Purina for health and
    rescue when members do that. Forwarded it to BC-Announce.

  • Received questions and comments regarding the board's announcement regarding conformation judging in 2008 from Lisa Weeks, Kelly Whiteman, Arthur Sorkin, Kathy Flynn, Carol Clark, Arthur Sorkin, Trish Eifert, Kathy Hightshoe, and Sonja Donaldson. Replied with answers to their questions.

  • Received an inquiry about buying ACE shirts, referred the person to Nancie Mages who has the remaining ones.

  • Received a note from a BCSA member about her dog missing from the new titles list. Asked Ann to add the dog to the new title section on the website.

  • Received an inquiry about donating to BCSA in memory of a deceased dog, suggested donating to a BC rescue group and forwarded the name of the BCSA rescue chair.

  • Notified Kelly Whiteman that the board voted electronically during November to approve her judging conformation at the 2008 BCSA national.

  • Received an inquiry about BCs and what they're like to live with from a junior, replied to the questions and referenced our website for more information.

  • Received a question as to when the conformation results from the 2007 national will be on the website. That's still TBD, but the results are available on AKC's website, under Events.

4. Treasurer’s Report: Wayne Koutsky

4.1. General Account Balances

Last month: $86,546

This month:
Checking balance: $6,687
Savings (Money Market) balance: $47,683
Health balance: $7,269
Rescue balance: $16,320
Total: $77,959

4.2. 2007 Specialty Income/Expenses
Income: This month: $64,299 Last month: $66,142
Expenses: This month: $52,394 Last month: $49,704

5. Interim Business Transacted by E-Mail

5.1. Board Votes
Motion 2007-07 made on November 15 by Jo Roach to hire Kelly Whiteman as the conformation judge for the 2008 National Specialty. Second Terri Clingerman, In Favor: Wayne Koutsky, Lisa Pruka. Abstain: Sally Davis, Kelly Hagstrand, Denise Teal.

5.2. New Member Applications
The following new membership applications were approved:

  • Kurt Lubben (Scottville, MI)
    Sponsor: Carol Richardson

  • Richard and Terri Rashid (Redmond, WA)
    Sponsor: Karen Moureaux

  • Kay Scott (Arlington, TX)
    Sponsor: Marla Bull

  • Ellen and David Shanahan (Lenox, MA)
    Sponsor: Jessica Scavetta

  • Jessica Zabron (Hamburg, NY)
    Sponsor: Junior Membership

  • Motion: Kelly Hagstrand
    Second: Wayne Koutsky
    In Favor: Unanimous

6. Committee Business/Reports:

6.1. Committee Review
Lisa will be sending a reminder letter to all committee volunteers, asking if they want to continue and what their goals are for 2008.

6.2. General Committee Productivity Project
The health committee will be featured in the next issue of Borderlines.

6.3. Advertising Manager (Club) Volunteer Needed
This committee is being retired.

6.4. Affiliate Clubs: Emily Fish
I have a question that has been brought up by the affiliate club committee about insurance. The question lies in what kind of insurance does BCSA have? Is there a possibility to give an affiliate club a discounted rate? Or somehow back into BCSA's insurance, so the affiliate club doesn't have to pay a high premium? This discussion came about as several affiliate clubs feel they aren't able to afford insurance and yet some venues are requiring the clubs to have insurance in order to hold matches or events. Any opinions or places to go to help the affiliate clubs out would be much appreciated!
Also, another committee update that is somewhat involved in our committee is the name change for Mid Atlantic Border Collie Club to the Bay Colony Border Collie Club. This may already be on the agenda but thought I would mention it in our committee report.
The board discussed Emily’s insurance question. Lisa has already sent Emily information about an insurance company used by one of her dog clubs. Michelle will also send more Emily insurance company information. Affiliate clubs are encouraged to secure their own insurance policies.

6.5. Agility Trial in Feb: Pennsylvania: Karen Herceg
No report.

6.6. Agility Trial in June: Michigan: Denise Teal
No report.

6.7. AKC Gazette Columnist: Gerianne Darnell
I am working on a two-part article in the Gazette featuring the first two Border Collie QUAD Champions.

6.8. BCSA Announce & Suggestion Box: Nancy Little

  • As of November 28th, 2007 there are 370 subscribers.

  • There were 3 messages received in the Suggestion Box since my last report. (September 30th, 2007).

6.9. BCSA Merchandise Manager for Ivars Account:
No report.

6.10. Border Recorder: Volunteer Needed

6.11. Borderlines:

  • Sally Davis has offered to assume the Denise Teal’s Borderlines duties. Sally will contact Donna Brisbin who has volunteered to help with the proofreading and editing of Borderlines.

  • The board continued its discussion on ways to cut costs related to the production of Borderlines. Ideas include: cutting the number of issues to four per year (realizing that would mean expanding each issue), permanently discontinuing the ad policy, and producing the same number of issues but cutting back on the content of each issue.

  • We will post a survey on the website to solicit ideas and suggestions from the membership about what they would like to see happen with Borderlines.

6.12. Breeder Referral: Karen Herceg
No report.

6.13. Finance Committee: Beth Bartholomew
Nothing to report.

6.14. Futurity Committee: Volunteer Needed

6.15. General Education: Donna Mallory
“Do I really want to breed my dog?” document has been submitted to the board for comments. The board likes the document but has requested that some information about temperament be added.

6.16. Health: Cecilia Lamb
Cecelia Lamb is the new chair. She and Casey are working on figuring out a direction for the committee.

6.16.1. CHIC: Cecilia has contacted them.

6.15.2. Health Survey: Casey’s survey has over 250 responses. Lisa will talk to Casey about setting a deadline for the survey responses.

6.15.3 AKC/CHF Canine Health Conference: 10/19-21 in St. Louis: Lori Mauger (BCSA member & HEF board member) attended on our behalf. Lori has completed a 6+ page summary of the conference which will appear in the Dec/Jan Borderlines issue.

6.15.4 AKC CHF: The CHF requested that we consider funding two BC specific studies, one on the “Genetic Analysis of Noise Phobia in Border Collies” and one on the “Genetic Determinants of Canine Epilepsy in the Border Collie and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.” Last month we voted to donate $2500 to each study and Michelle has sent donation instructions to CHF.

6.17. Herding: Claudia Frank

  • I think we can consider an "Excellent" level to the "Stockdog of Distinction" Award. This would include herding championships in AKC, AHBA, ASCA plus 20 points from Open field competition as described in the current SOD qualifications. Two new dog/handler teams have completed the requirements for this award. According to Denise Teal they are Susan Rhodes and Bill and Chuck Hoffman and Ginn.
  • The board discussed this proposal and expressed concern about requiring the ASCA herding championship since it requires work on ducks and cattle, which are not our breed's primary purpose. Additionally, we have some concerns that at times ASCA judging in recent years has erred on the side of rewarding herding styles that we do not want to encourage in our breed (e.g. high-contact, ranch-style work, versus quiet, strong-eye work). We do not want to exclude ASCA but we don’t want to require it either. We will propose to Claudia that the only additional requirement for the Excellent level be the 20 open field points, to really put the focus on testing dogs in the area for which our breed is specialized.
  • The SOD award will now be included in the duties of the Herding committee.
  • Denise Teal tabulated the Versatile Stockdog Award at the National Specialty. This was a new award for this year. It was very well received and I'd encourage the next Specialty Chairman to include it among the herding events (I asked if she had any changes she would suggest – after fielding some complaints from people who didn’t get into everything so felt they were at a disadvantage).
  • Denise Teal took entries for the National Specialty Herding Instinct Testing. About 40 dogs passed and 3 did not pass. The judge was Joyce Norris who did a super job. The dog names and owners have been sent to the Borderlines for inclusion in the next issue.
  • I am always open to suggestions as to what could be done to increase membership involvement in herding and to maintain the awareness for the need to maintain the BC as a THE top stockdog. If you think there is something we can do please let me know.

6.18. Historian: Mickey Bruzek
I am trying to get info from the AKC right now. I also am collecting history on the BC leading up to the formation of the BCSA. It is slow progress and I haven't devoted as much time as I should have but I am "kickin it up a notch" as they say in New Orleans! I would also like to put an ad in Borderlines to get back copies of the magazine and any contacts that would have historical info to share to email me.

6.19. Juniors: Mary Beth Overmyer & Linda Follis

  • No report.

  • The board would like to see a scholarship program started.

6.20. Judges Education: Linnea Klingel

  • Mailed out 212 CD's to approved judges. Have gotten very nice, thoughtful feedback and appreciation on the CD, the judges concerns and the board’s mission statement!

  • Upcoming presentation requests:

    • February 2008: Linn at Westminster – Linn needs dogs/handlers (will be reimbursed for parking and gas).

    • Feb 21-24, 2008 Advanced Judges Institute in conjunction with IKC in Chicago – dogs/handlers have been arranged.

    • Spring 2008: California, Art Sorkin will present
      July 2008: Omaha, NE – Linn will present

6.21. Judges Selection Process: Sonja Donaldson Chair

  • We are waiting for 2009 chairs to begin the selection process.

  • Sonja will be posting a notice on the website to solicit comments from the membership on the current JS process.

  • Sonja has notified the judges of the 2008 JS voting results.

6.22. Legislative Liaison: Linda Baron
No report.

6.23. Membership: Kathy Sours
December new member applications were forwarded to the board for approval.

6.24. National Specialty Steering Committee: Megan Harrison & Julie Bosier
The board reviewed the specialty hosting bid application form that Denise put together and discussed several areas that need clarification. Michelle will forward the form to Megan and Julie for their input.

6.25. Nominating Committee Procedure: Karen Herceg
No report.

6.26. Recruitment: Volunteer Needed

6.27. ROM: Kim Sykes
Kim is now getting the New Titles file along with Ann Shaw, and Ann is putting the information on the website. Kim received a request for information about top producers; Lisa is helping her gather this information which will include OTCH, HC and MACH producers as well as CH.

6.28. Rescue Liaison: Carol Wesenberg

  • I have been working with Ann on getting the rescue area updated on the website. Here is what has taken place so far:
    • I contacted some rescues in September that are not on the current rescue listing to see if they would like to be included on the contact list using the email letter reviewed/approved by Megan.
    • I also asked them to respond indicating their interest in participating in the monthly feature rescue dog posting.
    • I created a tracking spreadsheet system to record rescue group information and to manage the feature dog rotation.
    • Requested updates to the rescue contact list – completed by Ann.
    • We had two rescue dogs featured so far, for the months of October and November.
    • Ann has been GREAT to work with on the web postings! Received some suggestions from first rescue group and feature dog postings modified accordingly.
    • Noted some issues with giving rescues enough time to prepare their information. November didn’t allow enough time, probably needed to give a different group their slot and moved them to another month. Will modify processes as needed to make things smoother in the future.
    • I already contacted the December feature rescue to ensure they have time to prepare their write up and photos.
    • I requested feedback from the October highlighted group and asked them for any suggestions – will do the same for November.
  • Future plans include:
    • Verify the original information on the Contact List to make sure it is still current for each rescue noted.
    • Do a second follow up with the rescue groups I contacted that I haven’t heard from yet to see if they would like to be added to the Contact List.
    • Follow up to get more of the listed rescues signed up for the Monthly Feature Dog program.
      Plan a follow up email or survey of rescues on the Contact List to see what types of things that they would appreciate help with/have suggestions for etc. in the future.
    • Come up with a plan to highlight the grant opportunity to rescues – possibly through another email – thinking to do on this yet!

6.29. Specialty – 2008: Linda Koutsky

  • Denise has resigned from co-chairing this event. Linda has confirmed she will continue with her commitment.

  • The obedience seminar is being cancelled because Linda needed to scale back now that she’s the sole specialty chair.

  • Linda has booked the Holiday Inn as the host hotel to resolve quality and interface issues we had with the Diamond Inn. Participants can, of course, stay wherever they choose.

  • Linda has suggested canceling the BC Social event due to declining attendance. The Parade of Champions will be scheduled for another time during the specialty week. The board agreed with this suggestion.

  • Michelle has suggested including deadlines in the photographer and show secretary contracts in regard to providing results and win photos for publication in Borderlines and on the website.

6.30. Specialty – 2009: Volunteer Needed
At our next meeting, the board will decide on a date for canceling this event should no one volunteer to chair it.

6.31. Specialty – 2010: Julie Bosier & Megan Harrison

  • Sally Davis motioned to approve Julie and Megan as co-chairs for the 2010 specialty, Wayne Koutsky seconded the motion, and the board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

  • Julie and Megan have already booked Purina and they will be sending the dates to Ann to be posted on the website.

6.32. Versatility: Tashia Lund

  • My goal is to have all applications printed and sent by the end of the month of December.

  • I have an email from someone who wants the board to look at the tracking title requirements. She states there are no intermediate tracking title and wants to know why the TD isn't a part of the VX. Does anyone on the board do tracking or familiar with tracking?

  • The board discussed the question about tracking and decided no changes were needed.

6.33. Website: Ann Shaw

  • Set up e-mail voting forms for Specialty judges and Specialty Logo Photo Contest.

  • Completed review of web pages except older minutes pages and older Specialty pages.

  • Removed BCSA Store and designed Ivars shopping bag icon.

  • Regular site maintenance and page updates.

  • Set up on-line Health Survey.

  • Continuous updating of 2007 Specialty results.

  • Activating and updating 2008 Specialty pages.

  • Repaired 2003 National Specialty Win Shots for all venues.

  • Regular site maintenance and page updates.

7. Old Business

7.1. Bylaws revision & Membership Dues Increase
We will include these ideas in the membership survey that will be posted on the website.

7.2. Vision 2008 – Long Term Goal Setting
We will discuss this topic further once feedback from the membership has been received.

7.3. Goals

  • Two areas of focus we’ve identified for this year:
    • Herding video for judges education.
    • Health survey out this year – Done!

8. New Business

8.1. Denise Teal Resignation

Denise Teal has resigned from the BCSA Board of Directors – “I have decided to resign my position as Past President of BCSA. This decision is not made lightly or rashly. I find my time even more divided and stretched. I have been asked by my undergraduate alma mater to serve on their foundation board and think my time will be better spent there.”

Wayne Koutsky motioned to accept Denise’s resignation.
Second – Terri Clingerman
In favor – Unanimous

The board has reluctantly accepted Denise's resignation. We would like to thank her for the many years of outstanding service she has given to the BCSA.

8.2. BCCGLA Specialty Show Approval Request

Terri Clingerman motioned that we approve the BCCGLA’s request for their Sixth Specialty Show and Obedience Trial on Thursday, May 22, 2008.
Second – Lisa Pruka
In favor - Unanimous

8.3. Suggestion Box Submissions/Input from Membership
A letter from Linda Koutsky with several complaints about the BCSA board of directors.

8.4. Date of Next meeting
Monday, January 7, 2008, 5:00 PM PST

8.5. Adjournment
Adjournment motion at: 6:36 PM by Lisa Pruka
Second: Sally Davis
In Favor: Unanimous


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