Let me start first with a reminder that the February meeting has been changed to Tuesday February 22, 2011. The club voted to change the meeting date in February so those wishing to watch the Westminster KC show on USA network would be able to do so.
With year 2010 now complete we focused on what we need to do for the TVKC to continue to not only grow but to become a better “Community Partner” for the City of Knoxville and the surrounding area. The following is a brief summary of what was decided by the board.
The Board reviewed the club dues schedule as required and voted to change the dues to $25.00 per year for the first member of a household and $15.00 for each additional member within the same household.
In reviewing our success last fall with the ‘Meet the Breeds” event at Market Square the board voted to hold a combined Sanctioned B-OB match and meet the breeds event at the same location to be held in September or October. Paula Smiddy and Bernadine Luketich have been appointed to chair the event.
A great deal of time was spent discussing our failure in the past to successfully provide educational opportunities for not only our members but also those potential members looking for “AKC” focused training classes in Conformation, Obedience, Rally, lure coursing and Agility. The board has committed the necessary financial resources for the club to locate a facility where this can be done on an ongoing weekly basis all year long.
As a result of this decision we have also asked Beth White head a group of members in what we are calling our “Performance Vision for the Future”. This group will be developing a plan for what we need to do to encourage growth in these areas of our club. The board would like very much to see our performance group continue to grow and become more active. If you are called to serve on this group please accept. At this point the focus of the group is to simply gather the input of our members and come up with a planned implementation of ideas to see it through. Make no mistake about it. The board does want to see this project succeed. We have asked for a full report to be completed no later than the April meeting.
Following up on our vision for the future the board is hoping to locate a facility and start having classes between the middle and end of March 2011. The class schedule at this time was set as a first choice of Every Monday between 6:30 PM and 9:00 PM with a second choice of Thursday’s during the same time slots. Our preferred choice of location is something near the UT campus with easy access from all directions.
It has now been over three years since the clubs Constitution, By-Laws, and standing rules have been reviewed. A committee Chaired by Walter Sommerfelt and including Jean Dinkins, Catherine Bell and Carol Sommerfelt has been appointed to work on this and gather recommendations by June of this year.
For those of you that have finished titles on your dogs during calendar year 2010 please do not forget to get your info into Jeanne Ring so she can have your awards ready for the June meeting. The Board has also appointed Keith Bailey, Robin Brown, and Paula Smiddy to review our club awards and make suggestions as to other ways to honor the hard work and success of our membership. They have been asked to review this and report back to the board in May.
Our annual awards meeting is held in June and the board has voted to make this a “Picnic and Pot luck meeting” to be held at a location where we can all get together and bring our dogs and make it a special outing.