Rescue & Research Foundation: A motion was made and approved to have Barbara Palmer investigate setting up a foundation. Details will be sent to the members for comment and/or vote.
Tax Returns: Both the 1997 and 1998 tax returns have been completed and submitted to the IRS.
BC Store: Proposals have not been received from any of the three members who expressed interest in maintaining the BC Store.
A collection of photos, pedigrees, magazines, rare books, etc. has been
offered to the BCSA for $5,000. Prior to making a decision whether
to purchase the collection, research will be done to determine the actual
value of the collection, what is necessary to preserve such materials,
how the collection would be maintained and how it would be made available
Request: Kim Anderson, a BCSA member from Canada asked for and received approval from the Board to use the AKC standard on the official website for the Border Collie Club of Canada.
Job Description: Due to the immense growth of the BCSA, it was suggested that a comprehensive job description of all officers' duties be put together prior to the next election so the Nominating Committee and any member(s) wishing to run from the floor will have complete knowledge of the job requirements and time needed to do the job.
Insurance: It has been recommended that the officers of the BCSA have liability insurance, as directors of non-profit organizations can be held legally liable.
We have both our new full coverage insurance policy in effect, as well as the endorsement for the tracking test for the Specialty.
The next Specialty update in Borderlines will include a notice that anyone signing a contract as an agent for the BCSA must forward a copy of the contract to the Treasurer (Robyn Powley). Robyn will then determine whether a copy needs to be submitted to the insurance company.
Herding Instinct Requirements: The requirement for a three-generation pedigree to obtain an HIC (including those awarded at the 1998 Specialty) has been removed. A notice to this effect will be placed in the next issue of Borderlines.
General Education Brochure: The brochure put together by the General Education Committee was approved, and it was agreed that the Committee could print an initial 500 brochures for mailings.
Tracking at the Specialty: An evaluation of the fields for the tracking test was made by Lisa Pruka and Marla Bull, and it was determined that 10 TD tracks can be offered for the Specialty. It's possible that alternate tracks (up to 10) may be available less than 15 minutes from Purina, and it was suggested that these be considered as well.
AKC Video: The BCSA has presented AKC with a proposal to add additional footage to the rough-cut of the AKC breed video, to include more herding footage and more diversity in colors and coat (specifically smooth-coats).
Herding Report: Mary Taggert-Morrison resigned as AKC Herding Advisory Committee Representative for BCSA. Larry Sisson has taken over and plans to see that BCSA members' views are brought to the AKC HAC Subcommittee's attention.
The BCSA Herding Instinct Program materials will be incorporated into a booklet that will be made available to members. The pedigree requirement for submission of a passing evaluation form has been discontinued.
Beginning members have expressed an interest in a "Starter Kit" for new herding enthusiasts and recognition for stockdogs which reach high levels of accomplishments. Member input is being solicited.
Lapsed Membership: The following lapsed memberships have been renewed:
Alex Furr & Stephen Sharro
Audrey Caire Sprung
The following new members have been voted on and approved by the board:
Mary Ann Sanford
2713 Nova Drive
Apopka, FL 32703-4833
1466 Gibson Drive
Eureka, CA 95503
J. Frank Bayliss & Chris
1625 Mt. Olive Road
Toms Brook, VA 22660
William C. Town
1550 Moorings Drive, 2-C
Reston, VA 20190-4214
Houston, TX 77088
5508 Keith Drive, Lot #16
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Sandra L. Jobes
League City, TX 77573
Melinda "Mindy" Masch
2715 W. Michelle Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85053-1710
Amy Leah Zeigler
16516 Delmar Drive, SE
Minerva, OH 44657
108 Seatuck Avenue
Eastport, NY 11941