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Chairman Menaker's Report

October 2011 Chairman's Report.  Minutes below


-- Search and Rescue Organizations Use AKC CAR Grants to Make a Difference --


AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) recently awarded $340,000 to organizations in 36 states through its Canine Support and Relief Fund. A majority of the more than 100 grants were earmarked for K-9 Search and Rescue (SAR) teams. I'm pleased to share with you the activities of several of these groups:

Connecticut Canine Search & Rescue (CCSAR) has used the AKC CAR grant to enrich its Alzheimer's Initiative. The grant has allowed the organization's members to experience a specialty Alzheimer's search train-the-trainer seminar with expert Robert Koester of Virginia, and a tracking seminar by Chris Weeks. As part of its Alzheimer's Initiative, CCSAR has performed demonstrations for staff at a facility for Alzheimer's patients and provided information to police departments in North Central Connecticut on conducting a search for a missing patient.

Emergency K-9 Operations, Inc. Search and Rescue now has the opportunity to send its K-9s "Hawk" and "Strider" to the Texas Engineering Extension Service's Disaster Training in Texas this December. The courses include Passenger Rail Rescue and Disaster City®, where search and rescue dogs and handlers can train in simulated disaster situations.

Jefferson County Search Dog Association (JCSDA) in Louisville, KY area is using the AKC CAR funds in many different areas – public education, training for K-9 and handlers and to improve operations in the field.

The education program is geared primarily toward kids. JCSDA distributes patches, activity books and safety tubes through the "Hunter" (their SAR dog mascot) program. "Hunter's" website gets hundreds of worldwide hits a day from kids looking to learn more about search and rescue dogs.

The grant has also allowed the association's K-9s and handlers to receive advanced medical training. In the past, JCSDA has hosted many classes for its members and other nearby agencies on scent work, K-9 First Aid, water search and recovery, crime scene and lost person behavior.

Regarding operations in the field, AKC grants have allowed JCSDA to purchase radios to communicate within the group and with other agencies. They also now have a tracking system that allows JCSDA, three neighboring agencies, and the Emergency Management Agency to track search dogs in the field from an Emergency Operations Command post. The grants also provided cooling vests that enable the dogs to work in 95+ degree temperatures for up to 2 hours longer than their current capacity.

Other K-9 SAR teams are using their grants for GPS Units, collars, and laptops to track man-trailing canines during searches; boat supplies for underwater detection training; and training seminars for Wilderness and Urban Tracking, Air Scent and Human Remains Detection and much more.

You can read the full list of 2011 AKC CAR SAR grant recipients at www.akccar.org/givingback.

I hope you'll join me in celebrating the wonderful work AKC CAR does through its AKC CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund. The Fund has donated more than $4 million to SAR teams and to organizations supporting companion animal relief during natural disasters since its creation shortly after 9/11. You can learn more or show your support at http://www.akccar.org/givingback/.



Ron Menaker



AKC Board Of Directors Meeting - October 2011

TheDogPress presents excerpts from the Secretary's Page and/or Board Minutes

  • Board Appeals Committee Dr. Newman gave the report for the Board Appeals committee (Dr. Newman, Chair, Mr. Arnold, Ms. Scully). The committee reviewed an appeal from Karen Arends to the AKC Staff committee decision to approve her for nine additional breeds, as opposed to the thirteen (plus two adjunct breeds she would receive by completing a group) for which she had applied. It was VOTED to deny the appeal and to uphold the Staff decision.

  • Judging Approval Procedure - Dr. Smith made a motion to approve the Revised Judging Approval process proposed by the Ad Hoc Committee appointed by the Board, to have the committee remain active as long as needed to consider and analyze all of the input received on the procedure, submitting any proposed changes to the procedure it considers appropriate by the end of the year. This motion was seconded by Dr. Davies.  Following a motion by Mr. Gladstone, seconded by Dr. Garvin, it was VOTED (unanimously) to change the composition of the Judges Review Committee to: three senior judges appointed by the AKC Board annually (at least 20 years judging experience and 3 groups) one of whom shall be the Chair, the AKC Vice President of Judging Operations, and one additional member of AKC Senior Staff appointed by the President.  No judge member of the committee may serve more than two consecutive years or four years cumulatively.  There was a motion by Mr. Gladstone, seconded by Mr. Ashby, and it was VOTED (unanimously) to apply the revised procedure when implemented, as much as practical, to all pending applications and all judges currently on Provisional status for any breed.  The main motion, approving the proposed conformation judging approval procedure as amended was then approved (unanimously) with the effective date to be determined by the end of 2011. The Procedure is the same as was posted on the AKC website, with the two changes indicated above.  The Board unanimously wished to express their appreciation to the Ad Hoc Committee for its dedication and for the excellent proposal that it presented to the Board.

  • Reinstated Judge The Judging eligibility has been reinstated:  Mrs. Kathy Lorentzen (15475) MI

  • Proposed Amendment to Rules Applying to Dog Shows - The Board of Directors has approved the following amendment to Chapter 7, SECTION 1, of the Rules Applying to Dog Shows, to be voted on at the December 16, 2011 Delegates Meeting. Chapter 7 - SECTION 1. Any reputable person who is in good standing with The American Kennel Club may apply for approval to judge any AKC recognized breed or breeds of purebred dogs, which in his or her opinion he or she is qualified by training and experience to pass upon, with the following  exceptions: Persons connected with any publication in the capacity of solicitor for kennel advertisements, persons connected with dog food, dog remedy or kennel supply companies in the capacity of solicitor or salesman, persons who buy, sell and in any way trade in or traffic in dogs as a means of livelihood in whole or in part, professional show superintendents and their employees, and persons who show dogs for others will not be approved if still engaged in such activities.  No Judge shall be granted a license to be a licensed superintendent. No person shall be eligible for approval to judge if he or she resides in the same household with a professional  handler or licensed superintendent.  No Judge may accept an assignment nor officiate at any event where a member of his or her household is involved to the extent that there might exist an actual conflict of interest or the reasonable appearance of a conflict of interest.

  • Registration Revenue Analysis Staff presented its pricing strategy for 2012 and a projection of revenues. There was a discussion on registration fees, which were last raised in 2007. Following a motion by Dr. Garvin,  seconded by Mr. Ashby, it was VOTED (unanimously) to implement the following, effective January 1, 2012: • A price increase of $10.00 from $20.00 to $30.00 for dog registration and transfer fees. • The fee for the silver and gold packages will be maintained at the current price. • The price printed on existing forms will be honored until April 30, 2012 for dog registrations only. The grandfathering will not apply to transfers.

  • Cost of Co-Ownership Analysis Staff presented an analysis of co-ownerships based on prevalence and impact that disputes have on AKC resources. An analysis of co-owned dogs states that non-fanciers represent 80% of all dog co-ownerships, indicating that the Fancy will not be burdened by this fee. More than 35% of registrations and transfers have two or more owners. 14% of AKC Compliance cases are related to co-owner disputes. Following discussion, there was a motion by Dr. Garvin, seconded by Dr. Davies, and it was VOTED (unanimously) to implement a $10 fee for each additional owner added to the dog during the original registration of the dog and any subsequent transfers, effective January 1, 2012. A dog may be registered with one Primary Owner at no additional cost. Co-owned dam owners registering members of the litter to the litter owners will be exempt from this additional fee. Each additional owner will receive an e-mail copy of the AKC registration certificate. The copy will be clearly marked COPY, will not display the certificate issue date, and will not have the transfer form on the back. Old applications will be grandfathered until April 30, 2012.

  • Signature Requirements on Litter Registrations There was a discussion on possibly amending the current Board policy which requires the signature of all dam owners to register a litter. Staff will address the Board policy being in conflict with Chapter 3, Section 6 of The Rules Applying to Registration. This policy will be discussed further in the November meeting.

  • The American Kennel Club Board of Directors has officially reprimanded the American Whippet Club for failing to comply with all of the provisions of its Bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, relating to the balloting for its annual election.

  • Proposal to Reduce Number of Delegate Meetings from four to three per year.  The proposal suggests that two of these meetings be expanded from two days to three days in order to enable increased attendance at the various Delegate committee meetings. The Board had reservations on these provisions and wished to see the specific language of the proposed Bylaw change.

  • Revisions & Approval to the JAPANESE CHIN Breed Standard effective Nov. 30, 2011

  • Proposed Revisions to the TIBETAN MASTIFF, KOMONDOR and OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG Breed Standards, the Tail Section of the STANDARD SCHNAUZER and ROTTWEILER Breed Standards

  • Miniature American Shepherd - Advance to Miscellaneous The Board VOTED to approve a request from the Miniature American Shepherd Club of the USA, to move the Miniature American Shepherd into the Miscellaneous Class effective June 27, 2012.

  • Dalmatian Registration Procedures Following a motion by Dr. Davies, seconded by Dr. Battaglia, it was VOTED (unanimously) to adopt the following procedures to be used for registration of Dalmatians descended from “Stocklore Stipples” known as LUA (low uric acid) Dalmatians, effective November 1, 2011

  • Imported Portuguese Water Dogs The Board reviewed a request from the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America to only permit Portuguese Water Dogs imported from Clube Portugues de Canicultura (CPC), to be  accepted for AKC registration if the import pedigree shows at least five generations of complete LOP dogs with no RI dogs in these five generations. This will be discussed further at the November meeting.

  • Asociacion Canofilia Salvadoreña (ACANSAL) Following a motion by Dr. Davies, seconded by Dr. Smith, it was VOTED (unanimously) to add Asociacion Canofila Salvadoreña (ACANSAL), the national registry in El Salvador, to the list of foreign registries with pedigrees acceptable for AKC registration.

  • Conditionally Registered Dogs - Eligibility to Compete in Field Trials The Board VOTED to make dogs with conditional registration ineligible to participate in AKC field events where prefix titles are earned. This is effective November 1, 2011.

  • FSS Breed Parent Club Determination Following a motion by Dr. Davies, seconded by Dr. Newman, it was VOTED (affirmative: Dr. Davies, Mr. Menaker, Mr. Goodman, Mr. Arnold, Ms. Scully, Dr. Smith, Dr. Battaglia, Mr. Ashby, Mr. Kalter, Dr. Garvin, Mr. Amen, Dr. Newman, abstaining Mr. Gladstone) to approve the Berger Picard Club of America as the Parent Club to represent the breed and the Lagotto Club of America as the Parent Club to represent the Lagotto Romagnolo.

  • New Breeds for Foundation Stock Service® American Hairless Terrier and Deutscher Wachtelhund

  • Group Designation Change for Czechoslovakian Vicak Dog from herding to working, and the Spanish Water Dog to be converted to herding, there was no objection.

  • Emeritus Judges: Mrs. Cassandra F. Becker | Ms. Marion G. Durholz | Miss Mary E. Flounders | Mr. Francis J. Holzer | Mrs. Cynthia P. Jennings | Ms. Patricia Morehouse | Mrs. Margretta Patterson-Kauffman | Ms. Millie Paul | Mr. Reed J. Keffer | Ms. Betsey A. Leedy | Mr. Ralph S. Roberts | Ms. Jane F. Wiedel

  • Resigned Judges: Mrs. Evelyn J. Mayer | Ms. Joetta K. Melton | Mr. Robert Paust | Mrs. Sally E. Redin | Mrs. Sue Barlow | Mrs. Susan Cascio

  • Deceased Judges: Mr. Furman L. Cunningham | Mr. Michael L. Gardner | Mr. John A.E. Hannum, Jr. | Mrs. Bessie V. Pickens | Ms. Vivienne (Rickie) Richards | Mr. Robert “Mac” Rood | Mr. Raymond Ryan | Mr. Richard M. Chashoudian

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