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Abbreviated American Kennel Club
Board Meeting Minutes September 2013
(AKC now publishes Chairman's Report and Minutes at the END of each month)
Filming and Taping of Delegate
Meetings It was reported that individuals had been observed filming the
Delegate Legislative Caucus. There was concern that this could not only impede
free and open discussion, but that comments made by Delegates at these meetings
could be taken out of context and sent out in numerous formats, aiding those who
do not have the best interest of the organization or the Sport in mind.
The filming of meetings is a relatively new phenomenon. Delegates already have
access to a Delegate Meeting transcript and minutes of the Delegate Committee
meetings. The need for a video or even a tape of the meeting is therefore
questionable. The filming of the Legislative Caucus is particularly sensitive,
where there may be discussion on such things as strategy and specifics about
opponents. This also circumvents the requirement in the Bylaws which restricts
these meetings to Delegates, AKC Staff and invited guests. There was discussion
on whether something should be done regarding the taping and videoing of
meetings by individual Delegates, either through Board Policy or by a Delegate
Standing Rule. The Board will consider the former in October and the issue
will also be referred to the Delegate Bylaws Committee.
EXECUTIVE SESSION - There was an
EXECUTIVE SESSION to discuss the sensitive business matters. Nothing was
reported out of this session.
Guidelines for Cancelling an AKC Event - The Board reviewed a report from the Delegate All-Breed Clubs Committee, which outlines guidelines that clubs might use to decide when and under what conditions a show should be canceled. It also offers recommendations on best practices when a club finds it necessary to cancel its event due to an emergency. The Board thanked the Committee for its report. Staff will post the report in its entirety on the AKC website in the Delegate Portal and provide a link to it from the AKC webpage, where the cancellation of events is covered.
2013 Electronic Signature Policy:
To permit one co-owner of a dog to submit an online registration application with a certification that he or she has the written authorization of all other co-owners and would be able to produce such authorization if requested by AKC.
AKC Staff was directed to provide a
specific definition of what would constitute an acceptable
This will be discussed further at the October Board meeting.
Territoriality - The Board reviewed a proposed amend to Chapter 2, Section 3, of the Rules Applying to Dog Shows, which was based on input from the Dog Show Rules Committee as well as AKC Staff. The change would require a club to hold one "in Territory" show every second year, before losing its exclusivity in that territory. Once a club lost exclusivity, that exclusivity could not be reestablished and the area would be considered open unless in accordance with Chapter 2, Section 7, another club shared concurrent jurisdiction over the area. The proposed amendment would read:
Each member club or association which
shall hold a show in its show
AKC Outreach to New Participants - Based on a request of the Board, Staff presented ideas on how to attract new participants to the Sport and how to retain current participants and expand their participation into other venues. Strategies were discussed and Staff will continue research on a few promising initiatives.
Proposed Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Standard Revision - The Board VOTED to grant permission to the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Club of America, Inc to ballot its membership on proposed changes to the Size, Coat and Disqualification sections of the Breed Standard.
The following clarification is suggested: Printed notification of the opting in or not opting in for the 3 point major at the National Specialty in the Premium List is recommended but not required.
This will be discussed further at the
October Board meeting.
Rules Applying to Dog Shows Chapter 11, Section 8 - Sweepstakes Judges - The Board reviewed a request from the Delegate Dog Show Rules Committee, to amend Rules Applying to Dog Shows Chapter 11, Section 8 – Sweepstakes Judges - to make the following paragraph (Ch. 11, Sec 8 - 6th Paragraph) part of the Rules as opposed to a Board policy:
When the judge of a sweepstakes or futurity finds that a dog is ineligible to compete under this section, the dog should be excused. A dog may only be disqualified in a sweepstakes or futurity under the provisions of Chapter 11, Section 8-A.
This will be discussed further at the October Board meeting.
Judges Review Committee Statistics - The Board asked Staff to provide statistics on the number of Judging applications received vs. number approved in the 12-month period before the Judges Review Committee was reformatted in June 2013 (May 2012-April 2013) and since June 2013 (June 2013- August 2013).
Policy Regarding All-Breed Show/Specialty Conflicts - AKC had received a request from the Weimaraner Club of America for the Board to modify the policy governing conflicts, which was adopted in July 2000. Under this policy an All-Breed show and a Specialty show within 200 miles of each other could both offer the breed on the same day. If the All-Breed club refuses, the breed Parent Club may appeal to AKC for a national specialty show or for a local specialty show held in conjunction with the national Specialty show. The Weimaraner Club of America holds a specialty show the evening before the start of its National Field Trial each year to promote the dual Conformation and Performance dog. The club requested that the show held with the National Field Trial be included in the policy so that if an All-Breed club refuses to coexist with the show, the Parent club at least had the ability to appeal to AKC. Following a motion by Ms. Scully, seconded by Ms. Cruz, it was VOTED (affirmative: Ms. Scully, Ms. Cruz, Mr. Kalter, Dr. Battaglia, Mr. Ashby, Mr. Amen, Mr. Powers, Dr. Garvin, Mr. Wooding, Mr. Arnold; opposed: Mr. Feeney; absent: Dr. Newman, Mr. Gladstone) to amend the July 2000 policy, effective immediately, so that it reads:
All-Breed/Specialty Conflicts (September 2013 Board Meeting) If an All-Breed Club refuses to grant permission to accommodate a Parent Club's National Specialty, a Parent Club regional specialty show held in conjunction with a Parent Club national performance event, or a local specialty held in conjunction with the National Specialty show, the specialty club may appeal to an Event Review Committee consisting of the Show Events Staff:
Canine Health - There was a lengthy discussion on Canine Health, which is specifically listed among the Objects of the American Kennel Club. There was a consensus that the public obviously wanted healthy dogs, and while AKC could never guarantee that, it was agreed that AKC should do everything possible to encourage breeders to take advantage of breed-specific health screening tests that are both available and recommended by veterinarians or Parent Clubs. It was suggested that AKC develop a program to encourage all breeders who utilize the breed specific screening tests recommended by the Parent Club for the breed, even though they were not involved in the Sport, and to help connect the public with such breeders. AKC Staff will be reporting its recommendations back to the Board. Other ideas discussed were including all approved screening tests on registration forms, which would enable breeders to obtain a health pedigree, strengthening the relationship between AKC and the AKC Canine Health Foundation, explaining the vet outreach initiative, suggesting AKC CHF use Social Media to publicize their successes and to encourage Parent Club participation in health data bases. Basically it was agreed that AKC should continue doing everything possible to encourage the breeding of healthy dogs.
Judging Approval - AKC will approve Foreign Judges to do a group, if they are approved in their own countries to do breeds comprising at least 80% of the entries in the AKC group over the previous year. Mr. Kalter suggested that AKC should extend the same privilege to its own judges. An AKC judge who was approved to do breeds comprising 80% of the entries in a group could be approved for the group after passing the breed standard tests for the remaining 20% of the breeds in that group. The group approval would be for no more than three years, after which they must have been approved for all breeds in the group. Staff will be bringing this proposal back to the Board for consideration.
Two Shows in a Day - Ms. Cruz suggested that consideration should be given to permit a club with very small entries at its shows to be approved for two shows on the same day. This will be considered further at a future meeting.
Adjunct Judge: Mrs. Linda L. Reece (Rat Terrier) | Mr. John F. Booth (Dogues de Bordeaux) | Mrs. Arlene Grimes (Toy Fox Terriers) | Mr. Dennis Morgan (Leonbergers) | Ms. Cheryl L. Shaw (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers)
Resigned Judges: Ms. Leah Bertagnolli | Ms. Janice L. Earl | Mrs. Marion G. Mondshine
Emeritus Judge: Mrs. Cherie N. Berger
Deceased Judges: Mrs. Richard Bonnell | Mrs. Judith A. Park | Mrs. Isabell J. Stoffers | Mr. Carl C Yochum | Mr. Robert Fetter | Mrs. Polly Fleming | Mrs. Maureen E. Hill-Hauch | Mr. Ray S. Parsons | Mrs. Kay J. Radcliffe | Mr. Richard S. Thomas