Minutes from the July 13,
2003 meeting held at JoAnn and Grif Griffin’s home in Douglas, MA.
Members present: Jean
Janotta, Susan Winters, Peter Dolan, Sharon Ruppel, Donna Johnson, Dottie
Duclos, Brenda Dean, Kathie Chouinard, Cindy King, William Pechka-King,
Gull Reidy, George Griffin, JoAnn Griffin, Joyce Leach, Wallace Leach,
Sue Schroeder, Barbara Trainor, Diane Johnson.
Meeting called to order 12:25pm
by President Jean Janotta
1. Introductions of people
Secretary’s report: Minutes
from the March 2003 meeting were accepted as submitted.
Treasurer's report –
ASCNE Treasury - $17,825.00
approximately, Rescue Fund $5,581.60
Rescue Show - $3,599 in, $1,450
out, profit $2,149, $1,298 in rescue donations, $3,437 to ARPH
April Herding Day - $760 in,
$730 out, profit $30
May Herding Trial - $1,340 in,
$1,651 out, loss $311
May Agility Trial - $11,250
in, $9,177 out, profit $2,072
May Herd-n-Go - $330 in, $220
out, profit $110 to be donated to the Katie Rempel Scholarship Fund
June Bob Vest Clinics - $5,915
in, $5,252 out, profit $663
June Show - $2,261 in, $1,706
out ($50 Judge’s fee donation to Rescue) profit $415
ASCA Affiliate report
– Sharon Ruppel
Discussion and ASCA balloting.
See New Business.
Library report – Cindy
2002 Aussie Annual has been
added to the library.
Sunshine report – Jean
For more event information,
please check the ASCNE Website (http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~ascne/)
and other parts of this newsletter.
August 1, 2 & 3 – Skowhegan,
ME – Sue Winters said that things were moving along well and that Canadian
judges have been secured for the event, for more information contact Clara
Grover (207) 884-6319 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>
August 16 & 17 – Herding
Trial – Joe & Deb Adamczyk’s – trial is on schedule and entries are
close to full, for more information contact Joe & Deb (413) 436-5618
Celeste Kelly offered to do
a late summer tracking clinic. If anyone is interested, please contact
her directly at (207) 363-4620 or <email@example.com>
ASCA Nationals – Jean Janotta
related information about the four C. A. Sharpe seminars on Tuesday and
Thursday that will be available to attend.
October 10, 11 & 12 – Harvest
Moon Mania – discussion concerning BBQ versus Pot Luck, but no one in attendance
was sure which it was going to be. Robin Goodman has done an excellent
job with the combined premium and it should be ready to go to Pete Dolan
October 19 – Tracking Event
– Sue Schroeder, test secretary reported that judges are lined up and the
entry will be $50, limited to five with Aussies having priority. If anyone
is interested in helping with the test they can contact Celeste Kelly by
November 2 – WASCUNY Second
Annual Tracking Test – to be held in fields near Deb St. Jacques in Argyle,
November 15 & 16 – Breed
and Obedience – Seekonk, MA – Sue Winters reported that everything is all
set and ready to go
New Members: The following
have been accepted for membership – Terri Collins, Allison Creswell, Margaret
Meleski and Carol Casson.
Bylaws – Renewal Question
– Insuring ASCA membership: An updated copy of bylaw changes has been sent
to Mary Ann for posting on the web. There was a suggestion at the March
meeting to add wording to the bylaws about renewals keeping their ASCA
membership current. However, the bylaws state that any person who renews
membership is deemed to have consented to all current terms of the Constitution,
Bylaws, Registry Rules, Regulations, Policies, Rules, Code of Ethics and
Dispute Rules of both ASCA and the Club. It was decided additional wording
was not necessary.
Cattle Update – Linc
Keiser via email. "We will have 17 head which translates into enough cows
for twenty runs plus two spares. Bill Haggis is loaning us three, three
will come from Tenley and I will furnish the other eleven. This way all
the cows we use will be dog broke and used to being worked by Aussies.
We are going to pre-sort so it won’t matter that the cows come from different
Capital Expenditure –
Sound System – Pete Dolan reported that at the May trial a horn speaker
was tested. Pete is looking at adding two speakers and two stands for the
amps for approximately $160 to the current sound system. It was also mentioned
that the fair grounds at Harvest Moon has a speaker system and would it
be available for use? Cindy King said that the speakers at Westfield had
been used one year and that they had worked okay. Sue Winters made a motion
to go ahead with the speaker updating, it was seconded by JoAnn Griffin,
ASCNE Event Sponsorship
for 2003 ASCA National Specialty and Finals – Sue Winters suggested a $250
donation to be spread across class sponsorships and $500 for stockdog finals.
Joyce Leach made a motion to donate $500 for the stockdog finals and $500
for class sponsorships, Wallace Leach seconded the motion, and it was passed.
Membership applications –
Kathie Chouinard: The following have applied for membership in ASCNE.
|Ted & Karen Kurnat
|| Jessica Westleigh-Belanger
|| Audrey McKay
|Robert & Mary Tripp
|| Clara Grover
ASCA Balloting – Affiliate
Vote – Sharon Ruppel
Balloting for ASCA Board of
Directors – ASCNE response Jerry Aufox, Christine Davenport, Peter Dolan
Should ASCA keep the Hardship
Registry open? – ASCNE response NO
Should altered conformation
become a permanent part of the ASCA Conformation Program? - ASCNE response
Hall of Fame questions:
All ASCA Kennels should be required
to have Stockdog titles as part of their minimum requirement to achieve
HOF – ASCNE response YES
All ASCA Kennels should be required
to have Conformation titles as part of their minimum requirement to achieve
HOF – ASCNE response YES
The rules for HOF Sire and Dam
should require a set number of titles earned by their progeny, but not
require them to be earned in any particular ASCA program – ASCNE response
The TD (without requiring a
CD) will count as a title for HOF – ASCNE response YES
Should the HOF committee develop
a HOFX program – ASCNE response NO
Should the HOF Requirements
remain as they presently are – ASCNE response NO
2004 Calendar of Events:
January 23, 24, & 25 – Agility
Seminar with Barb Demascio – West Brookfield, MA – Lyn Scribner – Estimating
the costs, the fee for ASCNE members would be $125/day, non-members $135/day,
auditors $70/day. Lyn is looking for input on the performance level for
the 3 days, i.e., 1 novice, 1 intermediate, 1 advanced or 1 novice/intermediate
and 2 advanced. You can contact her at one of the trials or at (603) 332-1098.
January 31 & February 1
– Breed and Obedience; Seakonk, MA – Sue Winters
Rescue Show – date TBD – Breed
and Obedience – Sheila Dolan and Val Jakubowski will not be co-chairs for
2004 - Joyce Leach and Brenda Dean have stepped up to take the gauntlet.
Paws and Effect will be going up on their rental price so there may be
a change of location. Val’s agility club, SNEAK, is hosting their first
agility trial the first weekend in April at the Brooklyn Fairgrounds in
CT. SNEAK has offered ASCNE the joint use of this site for the rescue show,
no charge. Stay tuned.
April 3 & 4 – Intro to Tracking
Clinic – Celeste Kelly with the location TBD.
End of Aprilish – Tenley is
willing to do Intro to Herding if there is enough interest and there appeared
to be interest within the group.
Mid May – Herding Trial – Linc
Keiser has decided to not host this event in 2004. He doesn’t feel there’s
enough of a turnout to support the trial. Linc and Tenley are considering
doing a Ranch trial coupled with a regular trial, but later in the year.
If anyone is interested in organizing this event, please contact Jean at
May 29 & 30 – Agility Trial
– Contoocook, NH – Jean Janotta, dates under discussion with NADAC.
June 19 & 20 – Breed and
Obedience – Goshen, CT – Diane Dodge.
June: Bob Vest Herding Clinic
to be held in Connecticut. Matt will likely not be hosting the clinic in
New Hampshire. There are discussions under way about having someone from
the Brentwood, NH area host the clinic.
August 6, 7 & 8? – Skowhegan,
ME – Clara Grover (dates may change and Clara needs to survive the second
September 9 – 11 – Kathy Warren
Herding Clinic at Joe & Deb Adamczyk’s.
September 12 – Sheep Trail –
Joe & Deb Adamczyk’s with Kathy Warren judging.
October 8, 9 & 10 – Harvest
Moon Mania – Peter Kontos
October 17 – Tracking Test –
November 13 & 14 or November
20 & 21 – Breed and Obedience – Seekonk, MA – Fran Swanson (dates will
be confirmed in the future).
2004 Calendar of Meetings:
There was a request to have
a meeting in the Maine area, but no specifics were received prior to the
January 4 – Canine Mastery,
Seekonk, MA – Sue Winters will book the location
March 7 – ROM Banquet in Holyoke,
MA (Mary Ann is checking with the Log Cabin to verify date)
July 11 – the Griffin’s in Douglas,
September 5 – moved to Sharon
Ruppel’s in Voluntown, CT to give the Adamczyk’s a breather to get ready
for the herding clinic and trial
November 7 – Jean Janotta’s
in Raymond, NH
Obedience and Conformation
A reminder - For club members
to qualify for Conformation and Obedience ROM, they are required to work
in the Conformation or Obedience part of an event (i.e., working in herding
or agility doesn’t count towards Conformation/Obedience ROM). The events
left this season are the Maine show, HMM, and the November show.
Requests for Agility Co-Sanctioning:
Act-Up Agility – Wrentham, MA
– October 18 & 19, 2003
OTRAAG – Wrentham, MA – October
25 & 26, 2003
ACE – South Hadley, MA – November
8 & 9, 2003
OTRAAG – Wrentham, MA – April
10 & 11, 2004
OTRAAG – Wrentham, MA – April
17 & 18, 2004
All were approved to be co-sanctioned.
Sue Winters shared information
on a Canine and Feline Breeding and Genetics Conference to be held at Tufts
University, October 2-4, 2003 for $195. Contact info is: (508) 887-4723,
If anyone has ideas for a seminar
content, please contact Sue Winters at FoxfireAS@aol.com. (Val Suprenant,
via e-mail, had suggested having C.A. Sharpe out.)
Meeting was adjourned at
Raisin & Bobby Griffin are
in a PBS video
Sue Winters’ Little B earned
her Flyball Dog Master title (5000 points)
Joyce Leach’s Captain earned
Diane McCormick’s Holly now
adds ATCH NATCH to front of her name
John Spivey’s Kirby also adds
ATCH NATCH to the front of her name
Next meeting: September 7,
2003 at the Adamczyk’s in Warren, MA
Respectfully submitted, Diane
Johnson, ASCNE Secretary