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GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Minutes of Monday, November 21, 2011

MEETING: The General Membership Meeting convened Monday, November 21, 2011 at

8:04 P.M. at the YABTC facility in North Jackson.

ATTENDANCE: Perri Graf, President; Lori Baker, Vice President; Stacy Judge, Treasurer; Debbie Harper, Recording Secretary; Judy Drotar, Corresponding Secretary; Mary Mignogna, Sharon Phillips, Elaine Shively, Lynda Tushar, Heidi Baltzly, Donn Bell, Kim Burrier, Cheryl Christy, JoAnn Fedyski, Vickey Heberlein, Tamra Hunt, Sandra Irish, Diana James, Laura Lindberg, Eric Minteer, Janet Moore, Donald Opsitnik, Glenda Russell, Jamie Thompson, Cyndi Townsend, Jim Townsend, Helen White, Barb Wilson, Rhonda Wood, Dick Zampini.

Guests: Sharon and Larry Bednar, Deborah Fender, Patricia Malia, Cheri Presley, Michelle Schrader, James and Julia Shuttic, Vanessa Warneke and Carol Wolfe.

SECRETARY’S REPORT: Following a motion by Mary Mignogna and seconded by Barb Wilson, the General Membership voted to waive the reading of and approve the minutes of the General Membership meeting of September 19, 2011 as published.

TREASURER’S REPORT: report submitted by Stacy Judge

Our total assets as of the end of the month were $229,582.71. Our net income last month was $12,740.39.

An income statement, cash flow report & balance sheet is being passed around to all in attendance. Are there any questions?

Following a motion by Mary Mignogna and seconded by Barb Wilson, the membership voted to accept the Treasurer’s Report.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY: Judy Drotar—no report

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Hospitality: Ann Cicero has one cake for January.

Program: Shelley Kacenski has arranged for Dr. James Akenhead of Signature K-9 Behavior & Training to be our January speaker. The topic for the evening will be dog aggression.

Welfare: Kathy Taleos

Ann Cicero had foot surgery. Bill Allen’s father-in-law passed away—the calling hours are Tuesday, November 22 from 4-8 P.M.

Training: Dale Burrier

The first half 2012 training schedule has been sent to the printer and is also online. Instructors are needed for obedience and agility.

There will be fly ball classes on Monday evenings starting in January if there is enough interest. The cost for the 6-week class is $70 for nonmembers and $35 for members. The time has not been determined. Let Judy Drotar know if you are interested.

There will be a new Relationship Class starting on Saturdays at 12:30 which will include free shaping and control. The class is 8 weeks and the cost is $90 for nonmembers and $45 for members. The instructors are Lotta Shafer and Glenda Russell.

Obedience and Rally Trial: Mary Mignogna and Lori Baker

The October 28-30 obedience and rally trials went well. Bob Squires, one of the judges, sent an email with many positive comments which included the fact that we had good stewards.

Rod Waller and Dick Zampini were thanked for parking cars. Sharon did an outstanding job with the raffle which raised $1327. Thanks to Kim for the outstanding trophies. Becky was thanked for the good food in the kitchen.

The Border Collie rescue that escaped during the rally trial was found approximately

7 to 10 days later at the reservoir.

Obedience Run-Thrus—Kim Burrier reported that the second Tuesday of the month the order of the run thrus is utility, open and novice. The third Tuesday is beginner novice only. On the fourth Tuesdays the order is novice, open and utility.

Two handlers from other clubs were very appreciative of how well our run thrus are conducted and for Kim and Dale’s help. They mentioned this in newsletters at other clubs.

Rally Run Thrus—Mary Mignogna reported that the run thrus are on the first Tuesday of the month and the order is excellent, advanced and novice.

Agility Trial: Sandy Irish, Debbie Harper, Mike Coates

December 3-4, 2011 Trial—Debbie Harper reported that JoAnn Fedyski is in charge of scheduling workers. Perri Graf is in charge of food. A signup sheet for food donations was circulated at the meeting. Lynda Tushar is in charge of the raffle. The trial closed in one day and the waiting list filled the first day, also.

March 17-18, 2012 Trial--Sandy Irish reported that the plans for the trial are moving along. The trial almost always fills. Jeff Ipser is the judge and will be traveling back and forth to his home during the trial, therefore, saving the club a hotel bill.

June 9-10, 2012 Trial--Debbie Harper reported that YABTC will be working with the Gordon Setter Club of America. The GSCA has submitted the application to AKC.

August 18-19, 2012 Trial--Sandy Irish reported that this will be a 2-ring trial at the Mayor Ralph Infante Wellness Center in Niles, Ohio. It has double soccer fields and is air conditioned. A lot more workers will be needed for this trial.

Agility Run Thrus: Sandy Irish and Debbie Harper

Debbie reported that the last run thrus were held on November 12 and brought in $207. Janet Yosay took pictures that day, also, and all of the photo slots were filled.

Publicity: Diana James reported that some club members did an agility demonstration at the park in North Jackson. The club sent a registration fee to Paws Town for renting a space at their fun day which was held in Boardman Park.

Diana has contacted the newspaper about agility events.

Public Education: Jamie Thompson-no report

Awards: Debby McLaughlin

Members who have earned a title between December 1, 2010 and November 30, 2011 may fill out an awards form. They are due by the end of the first full week in December. Debby prefers that the information be emailed to her; however, Perri will take those that are left at the building to Debby. The pictures will be taken down from last year’s awards and will be put in a notebook.

Building Maintenance: Ed Newsome and Dale Burrier

The mice problem in the building is bad this year—six have been caught since the obedience trial. Please pick up any treats that are on the floor. If you find any plastic containers of treats, put them in the refrigerator as the mice will eat through the containers. The building was bombed for fleas after the trial. Members are asked to help out at the building by emptying trash cans, sweeping or shoveling snow.

Finance: report submitted by Stacy Judge

Due to a large fluctuation in our investment, the Board held a special meeting with our broker. We will need to re-evaluate our position.

Membership: Judy Drotar reported that she will send the finalized membership list to Stacy. If members haven’t renewed their membership by now, they must reapply. Constitutions will be given to the new members.

Newsletter: report submitted by Stacy Judge

The November newsletter is complete, was sent to the printers and is available online.

The December newsletter will feature an article about lure coursing with a dog that is not a sight hound by Nikki Puccini, a recap of the recent Catherine Zinsky seminar by Sharon Phillips, and the introduction of a new class called Relationships by Lotta Shafer.

Please send Stacy your brags by the 20th of the month.

Website: report submitted by Stacy Judge

The 2012 Special Conformation and January thru June class schedule are online. The worker schedule, trial statistics, & running schedule for the December agility trial is online. The 2011 awards form is now online.

There will be pictures of the Wellness Center posted soon.

Auditing: Caren Vicich—no report

New Members: Judy Drotar

The following people were approved by the Executive Board at the August, October and November, 2011 Board Meetings and are being introduced to the General Membership as prospective members of YABTC:

Sharon and Larry Bednar Deborah Fender

Patricia Malia Cheri Presley

Michelle Schrader James and Julia Shuttic

Vanessa Warneke Carol Wolfe

Following a motion by Mary Mignogna and seconded by Janet Moore, the membership voted to vote on the above members by a show of hands rather than written ballots.

Following a motion by Tammy Hunt and seconded by Janet Moore, the membership voted unanimously to accept all of the above people into membership in YABTC.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

The Catherine Zinsky Seminar was a huge success. Lots of one on one training with the dogs took place. Sharon Phillips is to be thanked for having her come. There are videos on Catherine’s website that can be viewed for free. She allowed videotaping of her seminar. Thanks to Perri for preparing the food.

Jane Killion will be presenting another seminar in the spring of 2012. She does free shaping and writes for Clean Run Magazine.

Policy Committee—Elaine Shively will have the policy changes typed up by the first of January, 2012.

Helen White has written two books about her dog Percy and has donated some of them to the club. The cost is $15.

NEW BUSINESS

Conformation classes will be starting January 29, 2012 and will run for six weeks through February 26. The approximate cost is $60 per person and includes one entry to the puppy match on March 4. Contact Susan Fithian to register.

YABTC cook books are for sale for $12 each.

The annual awards dinner will be held on Thursday, December 29 at the Fifth Season Catering in Mineral Ridge. There will be a Chinese raffle and a West Virginia raffle. Someone is needed to make 10-12 centerpieces for the tables. The cost will be approximately $20-23 per person. Check the newsletter for the menu.

The business portion of the meeting was closed at 9:05 P.M. following a motion by Barb Wilson and seconded by Dick Zampini.

ELECTIONS:

The nominating committee was chaired by Sandy Irish and included Jamie Thompson, Donn Bell, JoAnn Fedyski and Barb Wilson. The committee presented their slate of officers and board members to the membership for the 2012 year and opened the floor for additional nominations.

Barb Wilson made a motion to vote by a show of hands if only one person is nominated for that particular office. The motion was seconded by Kim Burrier and the motion passed.

President: Perri Graf

A motion to close the nominations was made by Dick Zampini and seconded

by Tamra Hunt. Lori Baker asked that the secretary cast a unanimous vote for the office of President. The motion was seconded by Jim Townsend and was unanimously passed by a vote of the membership.

Vice President: Lori Baker

A motion to close the nominations was made by Kim Burrier and seconded by Lynda Tushar. Janet Moore asked that the secretary cast a unanimous vote for the office of Vice President. The motion was seconded by Laura Lindberg and was unanimously passed by a vote of the membership.

Treasurer: Stacy Judge

A motion to close the nominations was made by Kim Burrier and seconded

by Dick Zampini. Lynda Tushar asked that the secretary cast a unanimous vote for the office of Treasurer. The motion was seconded by Debbie Harper and was unanimously passed by a vote of the membership.

Recording Secretary: Debbie Harper

A motion to close the nominations was made by Kim Burrier and seconded

by Tamra Hunt. Lori Baker asked that the secretary cast a unanimous vote for the office of Recording Secretary. The motion was seconded by Lynda Tushar and was unanimously passed by a vote of the membership.

Corresponding Secretary: Judy Drotar

A motion to close the nominations was made by Janet Moore and seconded

by Dick Zampini. Rhonda Wood asked that the secretary cast a unanimous vote for the office of Corresponding Secretary. The motion was seconded by Janet Moore and was unanimously passed by a vote of the membership.

Board Members: Mary Mignogna, Sharon Phillips, Elaine Shively and Lynda Tushar

A motion to close the nominations was made by Barb Wilson and seconded by Janet Kamps. Rhonda Wood asked that the secretary cast a unanimous vote for the positions of general board members. The motion was seconded by Dick Zampini and was unanimously passed by a vote of the membership.

The results of the election were as follows:

President: Perri Graf

Vice President: Lori Baker

Treasurer: Stacy Judge

Recording Secretary: Debbie Harper

Corresponding Secretary: Judy Drotar

Board Members: Mary Mignogna, Sharon Phillips, Elaine Shively and Lynda Tushar

A motion to close all nominations and to adjourn the meeting was made by Perri Graf at

9:17 P.M. and was seconded by Barb Wilson.

The next General Membership Meeting will be held on Monday, January 16, 2012 at the YABTC facility.

Respectfully submitted,

Debbie Harper

Recording secretary

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