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GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES

July 20, 2010 (Pending Approval)

CALL TO ORDER

President Walter Sommerfelt called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m., ESDST.  The meeting was held in the Sequoyah Room of the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine.

PRESENT

President Sommerfelt, Vice President Merritt, Corresponding Secretary White, Recording Secretary Kasten, Treasurer Dinkins, and AKC Delegate Elect Bell.  Board Members: Robin Brown, Bernadine Luketich, Barbara Price, and Paula Smiddy.  Members: Nan Anderson, Deborah Bailey, Dawn Darr, Trula Dinkins, Texas Eddie Dulaney, Teresa and Doug Horn, Carol Sommerfelt, and Pamela and Barry Stanner.

GUESTS

President Sommerfelt welcomed special guest speaker Blake Valentine, Jennie Huettel and Laura Potts of Pet Safe; Joe Walsh, City of the Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department, Doug Bataille, of the Knox County Parks and Recreation Department, and Pat Hodges, ORKC.

MINUTES

Motion by Catherine Bell, seconded by Steve Merritt to approve minutes from the June 15, 2010, meeting amended as follows: “B” Matches will be held at ORKC in August and early September; The March 2010 Agility Trial netted a net loss of $1,405.10.  Motion passed unanimously.

PRESIDENT REPORT

President Sommerfelt reported that the Cluster met on July 12, 2010, after the Steward’s Training Classes\s held at ORKC.  There was a good turnout. “B” Matches were confirmed for August 18 at ORKC, September 15 and October 13 at Chilhowee Park.  The ORKC has expressed an interest in holding a joint Christmas Party for the first Saturday in December in Oak Ridge.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY REPORT

Report of the Corresponding Secretary: Beth reported receiving an email from AKC concerning the Lifetime Achievement Awards - Final Round of Voting.  This will be voted on later this evening.  She continues to receive inquiries concerning potential members from the web site.

TREASURER REPORT

Checking Account Balance is $20,977.25, Money Market Account is $37,569.12, total $58,546.37.  The March Agility Trial has been amended to include new expenses for equipment rental ($2,698.69) which was not reported previously, (Income - $17,210.00 [no change], Expenses - $18,615.10 for a Net Loss of $1,405.10.)  Jean also reported that all IRS Tax reports had been filed.  Motion by Nan Anderson, seconded by Catherine Bell to approve reported as read, motion passed unanimously.

AKC DELEGATE REPORT

None   

CLUSTER COMMITTEE

Wally reported that the Cluster had received a contract from Purina amounting to $11,000.  $3,000 in cash to be used for exhibitors, the remaining funds will be in the form of prizes (i.e., dog food, towels, bags, etc.)  The Chilhowee Park Midway will not be available to the Cluster on Sunday.  This is the annual kick-off campaign for “Toys for Tots”.  Board thoughts were that something could be done to promote this special project.  I.e., exhibitors could bring a toy donation and receive free parking for Sunday.  Further study and contact with the City and the “Toys for Tots” organizers will follow.  The Steward’s Training Classes were a success, with new members showing an interest.   

AKC SHOW CHAIR

Catherine reported that everything had been approved by AKC and should be posted on the MBF web site soon.

TROPHY CHAIR

Carol reported that the trophies had been ordered.

AGILITY CHAIR

Dawn reported that everything is on track for the September 10, 11, and 12 shows.  Volunteers are still needed and a sign up sheet is being passed around.

OBEDIENCE CHAIR

Jean reported that Phyllis had stated that she wanted to skip a year.

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

No report.

CLUB AWARDS

No report.

LEGISLATIVE CHAIR

No report.

“B” MATCH CHAIR

Bernadine reported the show dates are August 18 at ORKC, September 15 and October 13 at Chilhowee Park.  Sign up will start at 4:30 p.m. with matches starting at 6:15 p.m.  Matches will also include obedience and rally.

PROGRAM CHAIR

Barbara announced that Blake Valentine is the guest speaker and will be talking about the new Pet Safe Dog Parks and making Knoxville a dog friendly city.

BENEVOLENCE CHAIR

No report.

PUBLICITY CHAIR

Beth reported that for the present time she was focusing on club events.

BUDGET/AUDIT CHAIR

Budget and Audit Committee Chair Bernadine Luketich reported the committee met on July 1, 2010, to audit books from June 2009 through May 2010.  All members were present with Treasurer Dinkins.  The Committee found the Club records to be in exceptional order with no discrepancies.  Jean Dinkins does a valuable service for the Club and is to be commended on her knowledge of the Club’s finances and the Club’s practices and procedures.  The Committee makes two recommendations to insure access is available in the event of a conflict or an emergency, (1) The TVKC Webmaster keeps the Treasurer informed of all passwords required for the Club’s website, (2) Mail Box - at the present, the Treasurer has the only key.  In addition to this key, a second key should be held by the Corresponding Secretary or  other designated club member.  Board approved Beth White to have keys for the storage van and post office box.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None

NEW BUSINESS

Motion by Beth White to hold a joint Christmas party with ORKC on the first Saturday of December, seconded by Nan Anderson, motion passed unanimously.

Barbara reported she had contacted the West Town Mall about holding a “Meet the Breeds” educational program at the mall.  Cost is $500.  Further discussion will follow.

AKC Lifetime Achievement Awards votes are: Conformation Events - Jean Fournier, Companion Events - James Ham, Performance Events - Jo Ann Frier Murza

BRAGS

Congratulations to Nan Anderson, Deborah Bailey, Robin Brown, and Beth White.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, motion by Steve Merritt, seconded by Catherine Bell to adjourn, motion passed unanimously.  Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m., ESDST.

Respectfully submitted,

Maryellen Kasten, Recording Secretary

 
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