The Board of Directors considered 4 email motions during May regarding the National Specialty Show. All four motions were made by Gary Smith, Midwest Director and seconded by Bobbie Sigmund, East Coast Director. Discussion time was between May 19 through May 26, 2006 and voting took place between May 27 through May 31, 2006. Motions, rationale, and vote totals follow.
Mary Jo Trimble
Motion # 1: I move that entry fees for the national specialty show be raised $5.00 per entry from the 2005 show amount with the exception of junior showmanship which shall remain the same.
Rationale: At the 2005 BOD meeting, the Board asked 3rd Vice President Nancy Anderson to review national specialty show expenses and entry fees and review anticipated expenses for 2006 and make a recommendation as to this year's fees, This year, the cost of the show will increase quite a bit. The cost of the show superintendent has risen considerably due to the increase in the cost of fuel as well as other costs which have risen since 2005. the raise of $5 should cover the increase in costs if the num of entries remains the same as last year.
Motion Passed: Voting Yes 14: R. Gorman, K. Patterson, G. Smith, H. Engel, G. Theilen, D. Smith, B. Sigmund, R. Lisius, J. Brigham, J. Chase, E. Janulis, E. Tillson, D. Lincoln; H. Hartnek 0 No Votes; Not Voting 1: B. Ackerman, .
Rationale: This is a policy common to any breed's national specialty show.
ABC has never formerly established such a policy. The number (up to 5) was based on the number of Awards of Merit awarded at the AKC National Championships--based on the number of entries. Last year at our specialty, 7 awards were given out. I believe that 8 ribbons were prepared. We need a fixed number so the judge will know how many he or she may award if the judge feels that number is deserving of the award and the person in charge of the ribbons and rosettes will know how many to order. The Award of Merit should be a prestigious award based on the competition in Best of Breed; not every dog shown as a champion in this competition is necessarily deserving of this award but rather the judge can select dogs who did not win Best of Breed, Best of Opposite or Best of Winners as animals deserving as worthy of recognition for their quality.
Motion Failed: Voting Yes 5: R. Gorman, K. Patterson, G. Smith, H. Engel, G. Theilen; Voting No 9: D. Smith, B. Sigmund, R. Lisius, J. Brigham, J. Chase, E. Janulis, E. Tillson, D. Lincoln, H. Hartnek Not Voting 1: B. Ackerman,.
Rationale: Follows procedure as outlined in the policy book page 37, #21 and #23.
ABC BOD votes to accept trophies donated by individuals for traveling awards. Becky Rao has graciously offered to furnish a traveling trophy which is to be awarded to Best of Breed at our National Specially. She has gone to a great deal of expense to select a trophy which is very beautiful as befitting a National Winner. We need the motion so that the award may be presented at the 2006 National Specialty.
Motion Passed: Voting Yes 12, R. Gorman, B. Sigmund, R. Lisius, K. Patterson, J. Brigham, J. Chase, E. Janulis, E. Tillson, G. Smith, H. Engel, G. Theilen; H. Hartnek Voting No 2: D. Smith, D. Lincoln; Not Voting 1: B. Ackerman
Rationale: (As supplied by 3rd Vice President Nancy Anderson)
The reason is that I am presently training my Brittanys in rally and want the opportunity to compete at Nationals if they and I am ready. Rally, agility and obedience are competitions where one competes against a standard and not other dogs. Also my daughter and I co-own all of our dogs and I have to keep changing registrations in order for her to handle them at Nationals. It gets expensive changing owners twice a year and may end up with something going wrong such as lost papers, etc. I don't believe that the show chairman should compete in the conformation ring at Nationals since he or she has a great deal of contact with the judges, but the dogs and co-owners shouldn't be penalized.
Secretary’s note: The above motion would replace Item # 26, page 37, enacted 2004 in the ABC Policy Book.
Motion Passed: Voting Yes 13: R. Gorman, B. Sigmund, R. Lisius, K. Patterson, J. Brigham, J. Chase, E. Janulis, E. Tillson, D. Lincoln, G. Smith , H. Engel, G. Theilen; H. Hartnek; Voting No 1: D. Smith; Not Voting 1: B. Ackerman