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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
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
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
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/.
Of Directors Meeting - October 2011
TheDogPress presents excerpts from the Secretary's Page and/or
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Revisions & Approval to the JAPANESE CHIN
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.
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.
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
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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