1999 Bouvier Annual
Observers & Note Takers: Cyndi
Routledge & Jan
Although the AKC
& NAWBA don't copyright the minutes of their meetings, the ABdFC
seems to think it's appropriate, although I've had legal opinions which
indicate there is current law bolstered by recent decisions, that might
force a rollback of this secrecy were it to go to court.
Given the current situation, Cyndi Routledge & yours truly took
notes. Who knows whether these notes are as "accurate"
as the secy's ranscribed minutes will be as you will never be able
to compare them publically. But for those of you who are
interested in our rendition, here are our notes from the 1999 ABdFC
annual meeting held @ the ever friendly Olympia Resort & Spa.
Sort of respectfully submitted by Jan Rifkinson & Cyndi Routledge.
ABdFC bank balance stands @ $40,000
Rescue balance stands @ $20,000
Dues totaled $15,000; dues will be most likely be raised
From Oct '98-Sep '99
328 ABdFC Buyers Guides were sent out
420 breeder's lists were sent out
1/3 of the Buyer's Guides (120) & 1/3 breeder's lists (161) were
sent out between Aug & Sep'99. [personal aside -- I wonder how
many of those referrals came from the CCB Dogofflanders website which
maintains a link to the ABdFC site]
According to the secy, Dorothy Kent, who spent a portion of her goodbye
speech chastising the "chat lists", the secy recommends *NO*
breeders but will send out a breeder list with 96 names on it to anyone
who asks for it.
There was some talk about setting priorities for the the club. On
rescue burn out
networking & fund raising
information communication (I didn't note with whom)
The By Laws revision was defeated. It needed 75% but rcvd only
72.5% of the vote.
Club membership was 500+
Education Committee Report:
Looking thru archived articles for reprinting in The Dirty Beards &
Rescue Roundup. The puppy booklet is being updated. Stud &
purchase contract forms are being reviewed. A history column will
be added to Dirty Beard.
80 dogs placed
30% higher than last year
something about the rescue website
An education ad will be placed in "Dog Fancy" offering
information &/or breeder referral.
The ABdFC Annual Meeting:
Began with a motion from David Raper for a vote to proceed 'out of
order' and elect the counters of the ballots so they could be doing
their "job" while the meeting proceeded and a further motion
that only the ballots for the Board positions be counted as they were
the only ones that needed counting because there was no alternate slate
for the Officiers.
Then we heard from the Officiers and endured a scolding from Dorothy
Kent as to the "evils" of the different "chat" lines
and Bouv lists. Her entire report will appear in the "official
minutes" as per the motion. (We were also told that if there isn't
a motion to include a specific report in the Official minutes they are
not required to do so under RROO...which might explain why are minutes
seem vague at best.)
David Raper then officially informed the group that the By-Law vote did
not pass and proceeded to lecture us that it failed by only 6 votes and
that only 224 members of the ~500+ even bothered to vote. He also
discussed the "evils" of us not voting for the changes and how
that would effect us all and lightly touched on the fact that even
though the changes failed this current Board can institute the changes
and call them a "policy" which would only work during their
time in office. Stayed tuned....
Debbie G., Judges Education Chair reported that the education packets
are a "work in progress", constantly being changed and
updated. She also announced that they are for sale for $25 to members.
She also stated, when directly asked by Nancy Algrems, that the FCI
(French) Standard is being included in the packets and would remain as a
part of the packet. She reported the following Judges Education
Seminars: Aug. '99 was Astro Hall in Texas, Portland was in Sept
'99, Oct. 99, one at the National in Wisconsin, one for the Mason/Dixson
Judges group and one at Bay State. In November one will be
presented at the Senior Judges Conference.
Futurity- Bev Riley announced the eligible numbers for 99 Futurity I
beleive it was 44 litters with 65 Bouvs eligible, for 2000 there are 42
litters and so far 93 puppies but they must meet requirements and get
paperwork in on time. There was much discussion but no decisions made
with reference to the appropriate distribution of remaining funds in the
Futurity account. Bev stated that in the green Futurity handbook that
each participant receives it states that there is to be a 60/40 split of
the monies...60% going for prize money and 40% going for expenses with
the leftover put back into the Futurity account and rolled over to the
next year. This is not being done. In 1998 there was $758.00
that was NOT rolled over but just put into the general account. (The
exact amount was haggled over, some said $525, George said $200...)
There was some discussion of Futurity not paying "their share of
show expenses" as a justification of the funds being put into
"general account" but in the end the Board decided to take it
under advisement and look into it. [Stay tuned...]
It was further announced that beginning in the year 2001 sire and dam of
nominated litters would be required to be health tested. OFA
Cardiac and Hips (to include OVC, OFA or PennHip...prelims would not
count) and one other of the following: elbows, CERF or glaucoma (12 mos
or less to the breeding) There is also a grandfather clause that states
that if you're dog died or dies before 12/31/99 and you have sperm
saved, they are not subject to the health tests for nomination.
Health and Genetics had wonderful news. Sue Digiorno and Lee Lockhead
have been very busy. They have established separate by-laws for a health
foundation. Carla Shown Anderson has aquired a $92,000 grant from
the Morris Animal Foundation to map a gene for SAS. Any interested
owner, and/or breeder wishing to participate was encouraged to see them
after the meeting for more information. They also announced that a
clinical study (3-5 year) was underway to look at glaucoma. It is being
held in Northern California but any Opthomologist interested was
encouraged to seek info and the protocol procedures so they can
particiapte in the study. It was also announced that those who
participated in the eye clinic at the National would be included in the
study if they chose.
Susan Vroom finished her tenure as Membership Chair and John Reilly
should now be assuming the reins.
Debbie Eckels spoke of the upcoming changes to the AKC herding
regulations stating that the changes would be positive for the bouvier.
Linda Hoyer submitted a report by proxy that the DBQ was self-funded and
that each edition costs about $2000. However, she went on to
request $2,000 be added as a line item in the upcoming budget for Dirty
Beards in the event that advertising for an issue is not obtained so the
issue could still be published. Also that a new Editor is needed as she
has resigned after the next issue is "put to bed".
Dale Cuddy reported that Karen Brown has resigned. She reported that 80
dogs were placed. And she spoke about the new ABRL newsletter and
the positives it has produced.
Specialty 2000 is in Pleasanton, California, October 16-21st.
Specialty 2001 is in Mesa, Arizonia, Oct. 31, Nov,1-3 with a Regional on
There was a break in the meeting to vote on whether to accept a ballot
that was not submitted according to the "rules" we voted to
accept it because it was in the original inner envelope and sealed.
Webmaster Suzanne Sims reported on the web-site and reported it was up
to date and running smoothly.
3 of the 4 Appointees were absent and thus there was no report.
Historian, Kevin Taylor said he was looking for old photos and also
folks who might be able to identify some of the dogs in old photos. He's
busy working on the achieves.
Somewhere in here the "counters" arrived back with the
Board of Governors for 2002
162 votes for Dale Cuddy **
155 votes for DeSalvia
188 votes for G. Zimmerman **
192 votes for Nancy Eilks **
1 illegal and rejected vote
**- are the newly elected folks.
There was a discussion of the unauthorized use of funds. Based on the
motion of last year which forbid this to occur. But the explanation from
the treasurer was that as long as it wasn't a permanent usage he/the
Board could move money where ever they needed it. As long as it was
eventually put back in whatever fund it was taken from.