Minutes from the September 7, 2003 meeting at Joe &
Deb Adamczyk’s home in Warren, MA.
Members present: Jean Janotta, Dottie Duclos, Pete Dolan,
Deborah Adamczyk, Joe Adamczyk, Joe Stoddart, MaryAnn Stoddart, Cindy King,
John Yarmac, Sue Schroeder, Kathie Chouinard, Brenda Dean, Linc Keiser,
Valerie Jakubowski, Diane Johnson.
Meeting called to order at 12:45pm by President Jean Janotta.
1. Introductions of people in attendance.
2. Secretary’s report: Minutes from the July 13, 2003
meeting were accepted as published in the New England Aussie Newsletter.
3. Treasurer's report: Dottie Duclos reported we have
$15,718.75 in the regular checking account, the rescue account stands at
$5,070.20 for a total of $20,788.95. Moose-A-Mania brought in $3,831 with
expenses of $4,391 for a loss of $560. The August Herding Trial brought
in $2515 with expenses of $1,953 for a gain of $562 (Deb and Joe are still
working on getting the airline refund of $250 for Wayne Harris’ ticket).
It was noted that the Board approved a request from Audrey McKay for $500
from the Rescue Fund – the pup was hurt and needed surgery. The report
was accepted as read.
4. ASCA Affiliate report: Sharon Ruppel was not able to
attend the meeting, but called and said she was working on the affiliate
report and would have it ready for the Aussie Times publication.
5. Library Report: Cindy King reported that there were
no new additions to the Library and she had it with her even though the
"library lugger" – Bill was not able to attend the meeting. Cindy noted
that a tote on wheels would be a great help with the books and it was okayed
by the members.
6. Sunshine report: Jean Janotta made mention that Hunter
Atkinson has passed away. There was also a card circulated for Kaye Harris
who is going to have back surgery as the result of a vehicle accident.
7. Event updates
For more event information, please check the ASCNE Website
and other parts of this newsletter.
1. New Members: We accepted the following for membership:
Ted & Karen Kurnat, Rita MacDonald, Polly McCauley, Gwen Pierce, Michele
Scarpa and Gail Zwirblia. Robert & Mary Tripp decided to receive only
the newsletter until they get to know more members for sponsorship.
August 1, 2 & 3 – Moose-A- Mania, Skowhegan, ME / Clara
Grover was not available for an update.
August 16 & 17 – Herding Trial / Joe & Deb Adamczyk
reported the event had good weather and good "dog broke" cows and good
attendance. There was a last minute judge substitution (Kaye Harris for
Wayne Harris) as Wayne was unable to fly due to the major power outage.
Saturday about 90% of the cattle runs were qualifiers. Bill Haggis &
Cali got their WTCH. Thanks go to Warren & Heather Robinson, Joe Adamczyk,
and Bill King for dog breaking the cattle. We heard quips about Heather
working in a lot of muck to dog break the cattle and about how Matt Mason
really can move very quickly when he needs to – 3 sheep escaped at Joe’s
during the trial.
October 10, 11 & 12 – Harvest Moon Mania / Jean Janotta
reported everything is going along nicely. The agility trial has filled.
Herding is pretty full – still a few runs open. Linc Keiser mentioned that
panels need to be brought to the fair grounds the weekend before the event.
The number of duck runs was increased whereas the number of cattle runs
was decreased. Pete Dolan said the take pen will be ready. The search is
on for one more set of ducks (5 ducks/set) as one of the competitors who
was going to bring ducks has scratched. There were also questions from
the members concerning the fact that this will be the tenth anniversary
of Harvest Moon Mania and the thirtieth anniversary of the ASCNE – is anything
special planned? Nothing was noted.
October 19 – Tracking Event / Sue Schroeder reported that
the event is going along well but has not yet filled. There will be 5 TD
tracks, 1 TDX track and a spare. As there are two judges this year, there
might be an additional expense of a bed and breakfast, as Robin Prouty
can only house one judge.
November 15 & 16 – Breed & Obedience, Seekonk, MA
/ The flyer is done and Mary Ann Stoddart is waiting for the entries to
March 2004 Rescue Show / Brenda Dean reported that Paws &
Effect will give ASCNE the rate of $250/day again next year. Val Jakubowski
is hiring judges.
June 2004 – Bob Vest Clinics / The CT clinics have expanded
by one day – there will be 3 days of sheep at Tenley’s and 2 days of cattle
at Lynnette’s. Matt asked Carolyn Bain to host the NH clinic and she agreed.
She has regularly attended the clinics at Matt’s since their infancy.
May 2004 / Linc Keiser will not be doing a May 2004 trial.
He and Tenley are considering a trial in early November. Day One would
be a ranch trial in the morning, and a post advanced trial in the afternoon.
Day Two would be a regular trial. This is still under consideration as
the number of stock required would be more.
2. Capital Expenditure: John Yarmac and Pete Dolan reported
that the components for the sound system (two horns on stands and 125 feet
of cable for each) were purchased at the cost of $162.00 to be debuted
at Harvest Moon Mania.
Member Applications: Kathie Chouinard reported that the following
have applied for membership in ASCNE
2. Free Printing Is Over: Pete Dolan has retired as
the club printer due to a change in employment status. The big premiums
& newsletters have been the courtesy of Pete and his previous employer.
Pete said he would talk to the printer at his previous job to see if they
would continue to do the printing at a good rate and that he will also
check into other places and rates. Brenda Dean and Kathie Chouinard will
also check on rates from other printers.
Deb & Joe Adamczyk
3. Nominating Committee: All the current officers and
board members are willing and available to continue if the club so chooses,
with the exception of Matt Mason. Anyone interested in running for the
board or office, please contact Sheila Dolan, Diane Johnson or Sue Winters.
Please make sure that anyone you nominate is ready and willing to do the
4. Trophies: Cindy King mentioned there is a new company
on her route that does engraving on slate and glass for anyone who might
be looking for trophies. She said they did very nice work.
Meeting was adjourned at 1:45 pm.
Bill Haggis and Cali earned their WTCH.
Linc Keiser and Lucy herded a Blue Heron into a crate to
take to the vet (unfortunately the Blue Heron didn’t survive its injury
– not from Linc or Lucy)
Next Meeting: November 9, 2003 at Jean Janotta’s home
in Raymond, NH
Respectfully submitted, Diane Johnson