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USBCHA BOARD MEETINGS & MINUTES

 

By Conference Call

JUNE 16, 2015

USBCHA BOARD MINUTES

ATTENDEES: Jim Murphy, Carol Clawson, Annemarie Holland, Emil Luedecke, Amanda Millikan, Ron Burkey, Geri Burnes, Scott Glenn, Bob Washer, Terry Folsom, Terry Murray, David Soppe, Chris Bowen, Herbert Holmes, Marianna Schreeder, Lori Cunningham, Dwight Parker, Pearse Ward, Thad Fleming, Lana Rowley, Paul Tucker, Lori Perry, Cathy Scott, Corey Perry.

Meeting commenced at 9:10pm (ET)

Item 1: 2015 Finals Update (Geri Burnes)

Geri reported that fundraising was on track with approximately 1/3 of dog sponsorships sold. It was noted that a USBCHA Board member still needs to visit the field.

Carol reminded everyone that the Finals will run from Monday through Saturday (September 21-26, 2015), with the Handlers meeting on the Sunday prior to the start.

Item 2: Trophies

It was reported that many of the traveling trophies are either full or missing. The difficulty in gathering these trophies each year was reiterated. Also considered was the ability of the handler to receive a lasting memento relating to their Final's "special" award. A brief discussion occurred raising the possibility of a keepsake for the handler with the associated permanent award remaining in possession of the USBCHA and traveling to the Finals. Carol proposed that the topic be moved to the forum for further discussion.

Item 3: 2016 Finals

A single bid was received for the 2016 National Finals.

MOTION - Ron Burkey moved that the USBCHA ratify its decision (on the Forum) to accept the bid from Carbondale Colorado/Strang Ranch to host the 2016 National Finals. The motion was seconded by Bob Washer. The motion passed. There were no dissenting votes.

Item 4: Amended/Restated Bylaws - Proposed Ballot

The Bylaws and Rules in their current form are outdated and poorly organized. Carol has acquired a copy of the original Articles of Incorporation for the Association. The Rules and Bylaws will become distinct from one another and should be easier to navigate once project is complete. She reiterated that while the Board may change rules, it may only make recommendations to the general membership regarding any Bylaw changes.

Ballot Item 1 - Board recommends adoption of the Amended and Restated Bylaws.

Ballot Item 2 - To effectively run the association, the Board should have the flexibility to adjust dues as a matter of Rule, rather than Bylaw.


MOTION: Terry Folsom moved that Ballot Item 2 - Article III be Board recommended as a Yes vote.
REVISED MOTION: The Board recommends that the Article III be adopted to allow dues to be set by Rule, rather than Bylaw. Revised motion seconded by Jim Murphy. Motion passed.

Ballot Item 4 - This amendment proposed to make Sheepdog finals qualification consistent with the Nursery and Cattle qualifications which are included in the Rules, rather than the Bylaws. This proposed change generated much discussion primarily centering on the concern that the membership would perceive this as an attempt to potentially shut them out of the process, or that it would be too easy for the Directorate to change qualification requirements if this were a rule.
MOTION: Pearse Ward moved that this Item not be included on the Ballot in any form. Motion seconded by Cathy Scott. Motion passed with 2 dissenting votes. The dissenters believed that the membership should have the opportunity to determine whether this should be a Rule or Bylaw.

Ballot Item 3 - Proposed amendment introduces term limits for Directors. Discussion focused on the need for experience in order to serve effectively as well as an engaged pool of potential candidates. Suggestions for creating candidacies included recruitment by outgoing incumbent directors and regional nominating committees. It was additionally suggested that a more fluid Directorate (in terms of turnover) could encourage members to volunteer for service without concern for displacing a long favored incumbent. The appropriate length of service, along with the period during which a "termed out" director could not run was discussed with the consensus being 6 consecutive years of service.
MOTION: Herbert Holmes moved that this Item be included on the ballot with a Board recommended term limit of 6 consecutive years. Motion was seconded by Emil Luedecke. The motion passed unanimously.

Item 5: Grievance Rule Changes

The Grievance Rule committee submitted amended grievance rules and process. This included the addition of General Principals; consistent process for a complaint and a protest; timing deadlines defined; procedures to follow; and conflict of interest language. Discussion by the directors focused on clarification of use of the video limitation, the removal of the proposed "frivolous in its face" provision; the Standing disciplinary committee - length of service, need or not to define how to assign/appoint members and with whom such authority resides. The period of time within which a protest/complaint must be filed was challenged by several directors as too long or short - eventual consensus appeared to be that filing must occur within 14 days. Several typos in the document were noted. MOTION: Paul Tucker moved that Item B.3 be removed from the proposed Rule, typos corrected, and the revised Rule be adopted. The motion was seconded by Bob Washer. The motion passed unanimously.

Item 6: Other Business

There being no other business, the meeting adjourned at 10:28 pm (ET).


 

By Conference Call

JANUARY 20, 2015

ATTENDEES: Jim & Joanne Murphy, Carol Clawson, Annemarie Holland, Amanda Milliken, Ron Burkey, Geri Burnes, Scott Glenn, Bob Washer, Terry Folsom, David Soppe, Chris Bowen, Francis Raley, Marianna Schreeder, Lori Cunningham, Dwight Parker, Barbara Levinson, Pearce Ward, Thad Fleming, Lana Rowley

Meeting commenced at 11:10 am (ET)

Item 1: 2015 Finals Update (Geri Burnes)

Geri reported that the finals committee has secured sheep ($11,000 - 700 hd) and hired an announcer, shepherds, clerks, and 2 of 3 set out set out crew. Fundraising efforts are continuing; a local marketing person has been hired.

Discussion regarding course directors for the finals. Jim retired last year and will need to be replaced. No decision was made but several ideas were discussed. The consensus was that there should be a single director for Open for 2015. Treasurer (Marianna Schreeder) noted that the 2015 finals budget is currently due.

Item 2: 2015 Cattledog Finals Report (Thad Fleming)

Thad reported that cattle for event are secured. Contract includes setout, exhaust and care. Tents are secured; course committee is working on course design. Fundraising efforts are on-going.

Whether a 2016 finals can be held appears to be a question as there are no new handlers or trials being added and the ability to secure the necessary cattle is questionable.

Thad emphasized the need to energize the cattledog side of the association if it is to succeed as enterprise.

Item 3: Treasurers/Finance Report (Marianna Schreeder & Carol Clawson)

Carol reminded the Board that Marianna was assisting in the preparation of the Association's 2014 tax return. Tax liability for 2014 approximated to be 15%.

Marianna reported that 1099's were due to be sent within required deadline. 2014 financials would be complete by the end of February 2015 and will then be submitted to accountant for compilation and completion of tax returns. She also reported on the resolution of the 2013 finals overpayment. 2014 Finals final budget and expenses are due from Bridget. Although the budget/expense information was not finalized as of this meeting, Marianna noted that a $3300 profit sharing payment will be made to the USBCHA.

Regarding the transition, the Association's banking will be moved to Wells Fargo; existing CDs will remain with Texas bank until maturity/renewal.

Item 4: Transition (Annemarie Holland, Joanne Murphy, Carol Clawson)

Annemarie noted that she and Francis were both receiving membership and trial information until formal "handover" on February 1, 2015. Currently working on logistics for transfer of documentation related to same to Kentucky.

Joanne reported that the "Points" page would continue with Gene Scheninger's program. She has revised the "Upcoming Trials" page format and is working on updating the various other pages of the site. She also requested the directors provide current contact information to her to include in her updates.

Carol noted that a full rework of the website was a long term goal.

Item 5: 2016 Finals - (Carol Clawson)

Carol submitted National Final Bid Proposal Guidelines to the directors. Jim Murphy noted that "Course Director" should be added. Francis noted that in past, President actively solicited bids; response to a request process was not strong. Additional discussion regarding timeline for bids occurred.

MOTION: Pearce Ward moved that bids for the 2016 finals be submitted by April 15, 2015 and that going forward, bids would be due by December 31st. For example, bids for the 2017 National Finals would be due by December 31, 2015. The motion was seconded by Amanda Milliken. Motion passed with no objections.

Item 6: MOTION: Amanda moved that $10,000 from the profit sharing money paid to the HA from the 2013 host committee be allocated to the set out for the next time the National Finals is held in the East.

Discussion on the motion followed. Objections to this motion related to "earmarking" money towards an expense that had not yet been budgeted for. It was noted that a review of budgets from previous finals would provide some data relating to costs associated this line Item. It was also noted that the lack of Finals level set out crews available in the East made this a higher cost area. Further discussion demonstrated the necessity of the local committee's involvement in decisions related to selecting and hiring the set out for finals.

AMENDED MOTION by Pearce: Move that $10,000 from the profit sharing money paid to the HA from the 2013 host committee be allocated to the next National Finals held in the East. Amanda accepted the revised motion which was then seconded by her. Motion passed with no objections.

Item 7: Committees - TABLED

 

Item 8: Board Vacancies (Carol Clawson)

District 5 - Lori Perry proposed, no objections from members so Carol will approach. At Large - Opening will be posted Francis will serve as Interim Director until Herbert Holmes is reinstated post suspension.

 

Item 9: Other Business

Carol noted that alternatives to conference calls, including the time frames for such to accommodate all represented time zones, would be explored including the possibility of a program such as Skype.

There being no other business, the meeting adjourned at 12:19 pm (ET).

 

11/18/14

Letter of Apology

To the members of the USBCHA.

Please accept my apology for the language I used at the board of directors meeting at the finals. It was totally unacceptable and inappropriate for any circumstance, much less that of
an officer you have chosen to represent your interest. My words were a bad reflection on our fantastic group of people and all I can say is I am sorry.

My actions were disrespectful to Amanda and Barbara on a personal level as well as diminishing their work for the USBCHA.

I know this apology will not undo the wrong that has been done but it is a start towards making up for what I did.

Once again,please accept my apology,
Herbert Holmes

   USBCHA Board of Directors, Executive Session

Conference Call   October 29, 2014

The purpose of the conference call was to discuss the Hearing Committee’s recommendations regarding the complaint filed by Amanda Milliken and Barbara Ray against Herbert Holmesregarding an incident which took place at the Board of Directors meeting on September 9, 2014 in Carbondale, CO. All Directors received statements from witnesses, the complainants, the accused, and the Hearing Committee’s recommendations and explanations.

The meeting was called to order by Vice President, Geri Byrne at 9:05 pm EST.

BOD Members on the Conference Call were: Geri Byrne, Ron Burkey, Lori Cunningham, Dennis Edwards, Thad Fleming, Robin French, Scott Glen, Barbara Levinson, Roger Millen, Terry Murray, Jim Murphy, Dwight Parker, Corey Perry, Francis Raley, Barb Ross, Lana Rowley, Mike Schragel, Marianna Schreeder, Patrick Shannahan, Pearse Ward, Bob Washer.

The BOD discussed the Hearing Committee’s recommendation that Section 4.M.13 was violated. All voted in agreement.

The BOD discussed the Hearing Committee’s recommendation that Section 4.M.10 was not violated. On the question of whether Section 4.M.10 was violated, the BOD voted as follows:

Ron Burkey, no                                    Roger Millen, no                      Mike Schragel, no

Lori Cunningham, yes                        Terry Murray, yes                    Marianna Schreeder, no

Dennis Edwards, no                            Jim Murphy, yes                      Patrick Shannahan, yes

Thad Fleming, no                                 Dwight Parker, no                   Pearse Ward, no

Robin French, yes                               Corey Perry, no                        Bob Washer, no

Scott Glen, no                                         Barb Ross, no

Barbara Levinson, yes                        Lana Rowley, no

Accordingly, the BOD voted that Section 4.M.10 was not violated.

The BOD voted unanimously in favor of the Hearing Committee’s recommendation that Herbert Holmes write letters of apology to the Membership, Amanda Milliken & Barbara Ray.

Pearse Ward motioned that Herbert Holmes be suspended for 6 months, commencing immediately, in lieu of the Hearing Committee’s recommendation of removing Herbert as a District Director for the remainder of his term. Seconded by Dennis Edwards. The motion passed with the votes as follows:

Ron Burkey, yes                                  Roger Millen, yes                     Mike Schragel, yes

Lori Cunningham, yes                        Terry Murray, yes                    Marianna Schreeder, yes

Dennis Edwards, yes                           Jim Murphy, no                       Patrick Shannahan, yes

Thad Fleming, yes                                Dwight Parker, no                   Pearse Ward, yes

Robin French, yes                              Corey Perry, yes                       Bob Washer, yes

Scott Glen, yes                                      Barb Ross, yes

Barbara Levinson, yes                        Lana Rowley, yes

Barb Ross motioned that Herbert Holmes not be fined $250 as the Hearing Committee’s recommendation. Seconded by Dwight Parker. The motion passed.

Ron Burkey, yes                                  Roger Millen, yes                     Mike Schragel, no

Lori Cunningham, no                          Terry Murray, no                     Marianna Schreeder, yes

Dennis Edwards, no                            Jim Murphy, no                       Patrick Shannahan, yes

Thad Fleming, yes                               Dwight Parker, yes                  Pearse Ward, no

Robin French, yes                               Corey Perry, no                        Bob Washer, no

Scott Glen, yes                                     Barb Ross, yes

Barbara Levinson, no                         Lana Rowley, yes

Scott Glen motioned that language asking Herbert Holmes to voluntarily resign his Director position not be included in the BOD decision. Seconded by Thad Fleming. The motion passed.

Ron Burkey, no                                    Roger Millen, yes                     Mike Schragel, yes

Lori Cunningham, no                          Terry Murray, no                     Marianna Schreeder, yes

Dennis Edwards, yes                          Jim Murphy, yes                      Patrick Shannahan, no

Thad Fleming, yes                                 Dwight Parker, yes                  Pearse Ward, yes

Robin French, yes                                Corey Perry, yes                       Bob Washer, yes

Scott Glen, yes                                     Barb Ross, no

Barbara Levinson, no                       Lana Rowley, yes

Thad Fleming made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Marianna Schreeder. The meeting was adjourned at 10:40pm EST.

      Board of Directors Meeting, Sept. 9, 2014

The meeting of the USBCHA Board of Directors was held on September 9, 2014, during the 2014 National Finals at The Goat Restaurant, in Carbondale Colorado.  The meeting was called to order by President, Herbert Holmes at 7:17pm.

Members present were Ron Burkey, Dennis Edwards, Scott Glen, Herbert Holmes, Amanda Milliken, Francis Raley, Barbara Ray, Barb Ross, Marianna Schreeder, Patrick Shannahan.

The Secretary/Treasurers reports and agenda were presented to the Board members by Secretary, Francis Raley for review.

Barb Ross made a motion to accept the minutes of the last meeting. Seconded by Scott Glen. Motion passed.

Herbert began the meeting by expressing concern about the treatment of the Finals sheep in the exhaust pen. He shared his concerns with Bridget, but felt that more discussion may be needed.  A discussion of additional assistance with the sheep ensued and suggestions that might be given to Bridget. Patrick Shannahan made a motion for Herbert to discuss the sheep care with Bridget the following day with the backing of the Board. Seconded by Ron Burkey. All in favor.

There was an incident between Hebert and Amanda during the course of the discussion of the sheep.  That incident resulted in a complaint and a Board decision, both of which are posted on the website.

Treasurer’s Report was presented for review. Ron Burkey questioned why when sanctioning and membership fees are going down.  There was discussion about the possible impact of the 2014 Finals on the budget.

$26,517 profit sharing was sent to the Association from the 2013 Host Committee. Amanda Millikan motioned that $10,000 be allocated to the set out crew for the next time the National Finals are held in the East. Patrick Shannahan seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Compilation Report was presented for review. Herbert stated the compilation report only proves that the figures verify the balances in the accounts are what they should be. In September, the ABCA paid $9,000 to the Association in the Cost Share program. Ron Burkey brought up the fact that the sanctioning fees on the Compilation Report shows that the sanctioning fees are decreasing. There was an overpayment error in sanctioning fees paid to the 2013 Host Committee in the approximate amount of $5,000. Barbara proposed that the 2013 Host Committee reimburse the Association for the over payment. 

There was a general discussion about generation of revenue.  A number of suggestions were briefly discussed, including increasing membership cost, additional fees paid by trials, differentiation between member and non-member trial sponsors.  There was concern expressed about ensuring that increases do not interfere with local trials.  Herbert noted that the Bylaws do not allow the Board to increase fees. Herbert also noted that trends need to be traced, which point had been brought up years ago, and it was voted on to trace the trends. Other ideas relating to revenue generation were discussed. Herbert said the Board as a whole needs to move forward with increasing income.

2015 National Finals: Sanctioning fees should help cover the expenses in California. The Hosts have a trial field at this time. The Tourism Board is going to cover several expenses, which was one reason the California bid was selected.

Ron Burkey made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Dennis Edwards.

NOTE:  Because attendance at the meeting did not meet the quorum requirements of the law, any business conducted at the meeting is considered advisory only and needs to be voted on by the BOD

October 29, 2014

 The following are the decisions of the Board of Directors of the USBCHA regarding the complaint filed by Amanda Milliken and Barbara Ray against Herbert Holmes regarding an incident which took place at the Board of Directors Meeting on September 9, 2014. The Board held a conference call on October 28, 2014 with 19 Directors on the call. The following Items were voted on and passed.

 The Board concurred with the Hearing Committee’s conclusion:

 1)   Herbert’s actions were offensive and highly inappropriate and violated rule Section 4, M-13.

 2)   Herbert did not violate Section 4, M-10.

  The Board voted for the following disciplinary actions and to modify the Hearing Committee’s recommendations #2-4:

 1)   Herbert will write formal apology letters acceptable to the Board to Amanda Milliken, Barbara Ray and the Membership of the USBCHA. The letter to the membership will be posted on the USBCHA website.

 2)   A 6 month suspension commencing immediately from all USBCHA privileges will be imposed upon Herbert. This would necessitate removal from current office and removal from directorship during the 6 month suspension.

 

Aug. 12, 2014

Dennis Edwards  motioned to bring Alturas CA 2015 National Finals proposal to a vote, seconded by Terry Murray.

Motion passed.*

Barb Ross, Yes

Scott Glen, yes

Dennis Edwards, yes

Pat Shannahan, yes

Ron Burkey, yes

Terry Murray, yes

Robin French, yes

Jim Murphy, yes

Bob Washer, yes

Corey Perry, yes

Roger Millen, yes

Lana Rowley, yes

Aug. 12, 2014

Dennis Edwards  motioned to bring Alturas CA 2015 National Finals proposal to a vote, seconded by Terry Murray.

Motion passed.*

Barb Ross, Yes

Scott Glen, yes

Dennis Edwards, yes

Pat Shannahan, yes

Ron Burkey, yes

Terry Murray, yes

Robin French, yes

Jim Murphy, yes

Bob Washer, yes

Corey Perry, yes

Roger Millen, yes

Lana Rowley, yes

Francis Raley, Aug 22, 2014

Terry Murray  motioned to table the Murray/Burkey motion regarding Carbondale 2015, seconded  Pat Shannahan.

Motion passed.

Terry Murray, yes

Barb Ross, yes

Mike Schragel, yes

Robin French, yes

Lori Cunningham, yes

Ron Burkey, yes

Thad Fleming, yes

Pat Shannahan, yes

Lana Rowley, yes

Levinson, Barbara, yes

Pearse Ward, yes

Perry, Corey, yes

Edwards, Dennis, yes

Washer, Bob, yes

Schreeder, Marianna, yes

Glen, Scott, yes

 

 

 Francis Raley,  8/12/14

8/8/14

Terry Murray  motioned to table the Murray/Burkey motion regarding Carbondale 2015, seconded  Pat shannahan.

Francis Raley

8/1/14

Bridget Strang presented a bid for the 2015 National Finals in Carbondale, CO.  Terry Murray motioned  that we vote on the 2015 Colorado bid to host the National Finals in Carbondale, seconded by Ron Burkey.

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4/21/14

Scott Glen  motioned  that a vote on the Ian Caldicott, Oregon.bid on hosting the National Finals in 2015 with yes signifying we go there , and no that we don't, seconded by Barbara Levinson. Bid proposal on file  Motion failed.

Lana Rowley, no

Bob Washer, no

Scott Glen, no

Amanda Milliken, no

Lori Cunningham, no

Jim Murphy, no

Marianna Schreeder, no

Pearse Ward, no

Rogen Millen, no

Ron Burkey, no

Terry Murray, no

Denis Edwards, no

Robin French, no

Barb Ross, no

Mike Schragel, no

Barbara Ray, no

 

 


Francis Raley

4/10/14

Scott Glen motioned that we vote on the OR.bid on hosting the national finals in 2014 with yays signifying we go there , and nays that we don't, seconded by Betty Levinson.

 Scott

 

USBCHA Board of Directors Meeting, Belle Grove Plantation

October 9, 2013, Middletown, VA

 

Meeting was called to order by President Herbert Holmes at 6:24 PM

Members present were: Amanda Milliken, Barbara Ray, Barbara Levinson, Marianna Schreeder, Lori Cunningham, Pat Shannahan, Ron Burkey, Herbert Holmes, Scott Glen, Barbara Ross, Kathy Scott, Robin French, Roger Millian, and Francis Raley.

Minutes of the Meeting:

Barb Ross made a motion to accept the minutes of the as presented with the correction to the spelling of Claire’s name. Seconded by Amanda Milliken. Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer’s report was presented. Amanda Milliken wanted a clarification of the difference in the sanctioning fees for the 6 months in 2013 which was explained to her. Ron Burkey made a motion to accept Treasurer’s report as presented. Motion was seconded by Amanda Milliken. Motion passed.

Old/New Business:

There was a discussion and clarification of the budget for the 2014 National Finals in Carbondale, Colorado proposed by Bridget Strang. Bridget and Marianna Schreeder were to meet the following day to discuss and tighten up the budget. Nothing can be voted on until after that meeting.

Ian Caldicott put in a bid for the 2015 National Finals but it included no numbers. Herbert Holmes said that he would contact Ian and request for the numbers. This as it sits is not considered as formal bid.

A review of the 2013 National Finals was supposed to be given but since this was only day one it was considered too soon to make such a report.

Amanda Milliken made a motion to reconvene this meeting on Thursday 1/2 hour before the general meeting. 7:00 PM.

Meeting reconvened 10/10/2013 at 5:58 PM

Members present: Ron Burkey, Marianna Schreeder, Scott Glen, Robin French, Francis Raley, Barb Ross, Kathy Scott, Amanda Milliken, Barbara Ray, Roger Millian, Lori Cunningham and Herbert Holmes.

 Marianna Schreeder met with Bridget Strang and said that Bridget better understands the numbers and has come up with a budget that Marianna thought was very workable and confident that it was doable.  Lori Cunningham wants to make it formal that a member of the Board of Directors be part of the trail committee. Lori Cunningham made a motion to accept the proposal for Carbondale and Barbara Ray seconded with the caveat that any deviation from the budget must be preapproved by BOD vote. All present voted to approve the motion. No votes against the motion.  Motion passed and it was announced that the 2014 National Finals was to be at Carbondale, Colorado.

Ron Burkey made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 6:18PM.

Francis Raley
Minutes taken by Tollie Nelson

 

                                                                                                                    November 30, 2013

ATTN OF:  Jennifer Clark-Ewers

                     2402 Lake Morena Dr.

                    Campo, CA 91906

 

SUBJECT:  Formal apology for prior actions                

            TO:  U.S.  Border Collie Handlers Association

                     Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trial Committee

                     2013 Meeker Classic Judge, Mr. Bevis Jordan

This letter of apology is submitted in response to the USBCHA ruling dated October 31, 2013 and your recent letter dated November 30, 2013.

I sincerely regret the comments made by me on a social network site referencing the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trial and the judge Mr. Bevis Jordan in a negative manner.  I do understand the seriousness of my statements and accept your decision to ban me from competing in the 2014 USBCHA Finals. 

To the USBCHA Committee:  I understand you have a job to do and through your committee’s deliberations have found me in violation of “Unsportsmanlike conduct”.  I do understand the seriousness of my actions and offer you a sincere apology.  I have been a part of the USBCHA for several years, supporting the organization in many ways.  My husband and I along with our kennel “Canines N Ewe” will continue to support the USBCHA in the future.  I assure you, negative actions/comments from me or my husband will not happen again. 

To the Meeker Classic Trial Committee:  Your trial has always been a top notch venue and known for the strong competiveness of the sheep and handlers.  My comment was not intended to show any disrespect towards your committee, the other handlers and your overall venue.  For this I do apologize.  If allowed by your committee, my husband I would like to continue supporting your trial in a professional and favorable manner.

To the 2014 Meeker Classic Judge – Mr. Bevis Jordan:  I know your job as the judge at Meeker was difficult and challenging.  I am sorry for making it even more so through my actions.  This was unprofessional and I offer you my sincerest apology and would like to assure you that this will not happen again.

Your decision to ban me from the 2014 USBCHA Finals has had a serious impact on me and my family.  It’s been hard for me to talk about it to anyone.  This matter is not trivial to me and please don’t think this.   Due to the stress of the situation, I have had to seek medical attention.  Therefore, “NO” I am not thinking this as a small matter.  The people that know me,  know that I love this sport and give it all and take it serious.  Again I apologize for my actions and accept your decision for the 2014 Finals ban and ask for this matter to be done. 

Sincerely,

Jennifer A. Clark-Ewers

December 1, 2013

Lori Cunningham  motioned to accept a signed copy of the above email from Jennifer Ewers as an "approved" letter of apology in this disciplinary matter, seconded by Cathy Scott.  Motion passes. 

Cathy Scott, yes

Geri Byrne, yes

Robin French, yes

Ron Burkey, yes

Dennis Edwards, yes

Michele Howard, yes

Marianna Schreeder, yes

Pearse Ward, yes

Dwight Parker, yes

Scott Glen, yes

Lori Cunningham, yes

Dan Keeton, yes

Barb Ross, yes

 

 

 

Francis Raley, 

11/18/13

Lori Cunningham motioned and passed by the BOD:  “I propose that because Jennifer did not submit a letter of apology which met with BOD approval by November 15, 2013, her USBCHA membership privileges be immediately suspended for the period of one year, or until she complies with the Hearing Committee sanction to provide a letter of apology which is deemed acceptable to the BOD.   If she chooses to offer another letter, and it should it be approved by the BOD before the expiration of the one year suspension, her membership privileges will be restored, with the exception that she is precluded from participating in the 2014 National Finals, as per the Hearing Committee's prior recommendation”. Seconded by Amanda Milliken.

Geri Byrne, yes

Amanda Milliken, yes

Marianna Schreeder, yes

Pearse Ward, no

Cathy Scott, yes

Jim Murphy, yes

Roger Millen, yes

Scott Glen, yes

Dan Keeton, yes

Lori Cunningham, yes

Dennis Edwards, yes

Robin French, yes

Pat Shannahan, yes

Barbara Levinson, yes

Michele Howard, yes

Thad Fleming, yes

Mike Schragel, yes

Barbara Ray, yes

Ron Burkey, yes

Corey Perry, yes

Barb Ross, yes

 

Francis Raley,

 

 

11/1/13

A complaint was filed against member Jennifer Ewers. A hearing committee was formed and it was found that there was merit to the complaint of unsportsmanlike conduct, section 4, M.8. The hearing committee reviewed the complaint and investigated Jennifer's actions at the Meeker Sheepdog Trial. Jennifer presented a verbal and written account of her actions. She chose not to present to the committee in person.

The committee found Jennifer's actions to be in violation of the USBCHA rule regarding unsportsmanlike conduct. The committee voted to recommend barring Jennifer from attending or participating in the USBCHA  2014 National Finals and to require a written apology to be published on the USBCHA website. 

The committee's findings were submitted to the Board of Directors. Discussion followed.  Minority side felt the disciplinary action was too lenient. The board voted by a vote of 13 to 9 to support the committee's findings and recommendations

 

Archived Minutes

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2014
2013

8/19/13
Scott Glen motioned to accept bid of 500 Films 2013 proposal flor National Finals webcasting, seconded by Cathy Scott.

Francis Raley

2012

Posted 10/25/12    2:35 pm   Central Time

Dennis Edwards motioned as listed below, seconded by Robin French.

Qualifying for the 2014 World Sheepdog Trials

The USA has been allotted 15 spots to form the U.S.A. Team for the 2014 World Sheepdog Trial. Handlers who are interested in representing the USA must be USBCHA members in good standing, and must indicate their interest by applying to the USBCHA Secretary. Entries open ________ and the deadline for entry is ___________. [All entries must be accompanied by a check for entry fees of $XXX].

Team members will be selected using USBCHA qualifying points from the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The top applicant from each USBCHA District in the USA (therefore excluding District 9, and 10) will be offered a place on the team (8 places) with the remaining places (7 places) awarded to the second highest point earner in each district in descending order of points earned.

A handler who wishes to enter two dogs, must qualify both dogs through the applications process. However, any handler who is selected to the team may choose to bring an alternate dog to the trial in the event that the qualified dog is unable to compete for medical reasons.

Dennis Edwards, yes

Robin French, yes

Lori Cunningham, yes

Ward Pearse, yes

Mike Schragel, yes

Dan Keeton, yes

Barbara Levington, yes

Geri Byrne, yes

Pat Shannahan, yes

Thad Fleming, yes

Ron Burkey, yes

Barbara Ross, yes

Francis Raley

8/29/12
Dan Keeton motioned "After the date of closing and the legal run order draw for the USBCHA National Finals has been made, the secretary of USBCHA will be authorized to fill vacancies for accepted run order handler withdraws by allowing the next handler with the highest number of points be admitted to the run order until the 150 dog limit has been met. The secretary will be allowed to fill vacancy openings until 5:00 pm in the finals time zone the day prior to the first open run," seconded by Geri Byrne.  Motion passed

Geri Byrne  yes

Barb Ross  yes

Dan Keeton  yes

Robin French  yes

Pat Shannahan  yes

Dwight Parker  yes

Bob Stephen  yes

Michele Howard  yes

Jim Murphy  yes

Lori Cunningham  yes

Mike Schragel  yes

Ron Burkey  yes

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Board Agend

Pat Shannahan motioned, to accept the trial committee's request that for this year's National Sheepdog Finals only, the top 10 dogs from each day advance to the semi finals. This is motion is only for the 2012 Finals in Klamath Falls. Seconded by Geri Byrne. Motion failed.
Pearse Ward, no        Pat Shannahan, yes
Barb Ross, no            Geri Byrne, yes
Dennis Edwards, no  Robin French - yes
Dan Keeton, no          Michele Howard, yes
Ron Burkey, no           Dwight Parker, yes
Bob Stephens, no
Mike M. Schragel , no
Lori Cunningham, no
Jim Murphy, no
Marianna Schreeder, no
Amanda Milliken, no

Francis Raley, 7/27/12
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7/17/12, 8:00 pm, Central Time

Pat Shannahan motioned to accept the trial committee's request that for this year's National Sheepdog Finals only, the top 10 dogs from each day advance to the semi finals. This motion is only for the 2012 Finals in Klamath Falls. Seconded by Geri Byrne.
 

Francis Raley

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7/9/12

Dwight Parker motioned to accept the following rule changes for the Cattle Dog program, seconded by Pearse Ward.   Motion passed.

(1) Change the qualifying percentage from 20% to the top 30% in Open and Nursery trials. Keep the 5 dogs minimum in Open and Nursery and round a .5 point up to the nearest whole Number

(2) Example ( 5 dogs would be 1 point for 1st and .5 for 2nd. Five nursery dogs would qualify 2 dogs and 5 Open dogs in a trial would have 2 placing.

Example, 30% qualifications

# of Dogs

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

5 dogs

1.5

.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 dogs

1.8

.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 dogs

2.1

1.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 dogs

2.4

1.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 dogs

2.7

1.7

.7

 

 

 

 

 

10 dogs

3.0

2.0

1.0

 

 

 

 

 

11 dogs

3..3

2.3

1.3

 

 

 

 

 

12 dogs

3.6

2.6

1.6

.6

 

 

 

 

13 dogs

3.9

2.9

1.9

.9

 

 

 

 

14 dogs

4.2

3.2

2.2

1.2

 

 

 

 

15 dogs

4.5

3.5

2.5

1.5

.5

 

 

 

16 dogs

4.8

3.8

2.8

1.8

.8

 

 

 

17 dogs

5.1

4.1

3.1

2.1

1.1

 

 

 

18 dogs

5.4

4.4

3.4

2.4

1.4

 

 

 

19 dogs

5.7

4.7

3.7

2.7

1.7

.7

 

 

20 dogs

6.0

5.0

4.0

3.0

2.0

1.0

 

 

21 dogs

6.3

5.3

4.3

3.3

2.3

1.3

 

 

22 dogs

6.6

5.6

4.6

3.6

2.6

1.6

.6

 

23 dogs

6.9

5.9

4.9

3.9

2.9

1.9

.9

 

24 dogs

7.2

6.2

5.2

4.2

3.2

2.2

1.2

 

25 dogs

7.5

6.5

5.5

4.5

3.5

2.5

1.5

.5

Etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


(3) The top 30% rule be retroactive to April 1st 2012.

Motion Passed.

Denise Edwards, no

Dan Keeton, no

 

Amanda Milliken, yes

Barbara Levinson, yes

Pat Shannahan, yes

Jim Murphy, yes

Marianna Schreeder, yes

Mike Schragel -yes

Barb Ross, yes

Geri Byrne, yes

Bob Stephens, yes

Lori Cunningham, yes

Dwight Parker, yes

Robin French, yes

Michele Howard, yes

Thad Fleming, yes

Pearse Ward, yes

 

Francis Raley,  7/19/12

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Minutes

March 17, 2012   Posted 3/19/12  7:15 am – Central Time

Marinna Schreeder motioned  to accept the 2013 Cattle Finals bid in Leeton, MO, for a 1 year period, seconded by Dwight Parker.  Motion passed.

Dwight Parker, yes

Barb Ross, yes

Lori Cunningham, yes

Roger Deschambeault, yes

Jim Murphy, yes

Robin French, yes

Thad Fleming, yes

Marianna Schreeder, yes

Mike Schragel, yes

Geri Bryne, yes

Barb Levinson, yes

Ron Burkey, yes

 

Francis Raley, 3/28/12

March 15, 2012   Posted  3/19/12  7:15 am – Central Time

Robin French motioned to accept the bid for 2013 USBCHA National Sheepdog Finals at Belle Grove, Virginia, seconded by Jim Murphy.

Dennis Edwards, yes

Pat Shannahan, yes

Amanda Milliken, yes

Dan Keeton, yes

Barbara Ray, yes

Barb Ross, yes

Lori Cunningham, yes

Jim Murphy, yes

Robin French, yes

Ron Burkey, yes

Marianna Schreeder, yes

Thad Fleming, yes

Mike Schragel, yes

Dwight Parker, yes

Barb Levinson, yes

 

 

 

 

Francis Raley, 3/28/12
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1/18/12  2:07 pm Central Time

The Cattledog committee presented the following rules charges for the 2012 National Cattle dog Finals.  Dwight Parker motioned to accept the rule changes, seconded by Bob Stephens.  Motion passed

  • Two judges for the National Cattle Dog Finals

    b. Strike the February 1st entry deadline date from the rules and allow the USBCHA Secretary to determine the entry deadline date annually.

    c. Accept the Cattle Dog Committee recommendations as follows:

    Item #1- addition to the judging guidelines.
    Dog runs straight up the field (minimum 10 points). 10-19 points

    Item #2 replace Rule 5 and Section 16 with the new Section 16 that reads as follows: 
    SECTION 16: BREAKING TIES AND PLACING DOGS, OPEN AND NURSERY
    A. Total points will be used to place dogs in the qualifying rounds and final round.
    (1) If total points are tied, then the tie shall be broken by the lowest total time.
    (2) If total points and total time are tied, then the tie shall be broken by using the highest combined outrun and lift points. 
    (3) If the placing is still tied after using procedures A. (1) and A. (2) then the tie shall be broken by using the designated time line

    Item #3 10 Nursery dogs go to the Finals unless the number of entries is too small to warrant a finals.

    Item#4 No ties into the finals

Dwight Parker, yes

Geri Byrne, yes

Robin French, yes

Lori Cunningham, yes

Bob Stephens, yes

Pearse Ward, yes

Dan Keeton, yes

Jim Murphy, yes

Dennis Edwards, yes

Pat Shannahan, yes

Amanda Milliken, yes

Marianna Schreeder, yes

Corey Perry, yes

Barb Levinson, yes

Ron Burkey, yes

 

 

 

  • Francis, 1/20/1

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1/18/12    2:10 pm    Central Time

Michele Howard motioned to let those Directors representing both the USBCHA and the ABCA to cast a vote for each organization, seconded by Barbara Levinson. Motion passed.

Geri Byrne, yes

Michele Howard, yes

Robin French, yes

Lori Cunningham, yes

Bob Stephens, yes

Jim Murphy, yes

Pat Shannahan, yes

Amanda Milliken, yes

Pearse Ward, yes

Dennis Edwards, yes

Tim Gifford, yes

Dan Keeton, yes

Barbara Ray, yes

 

 

Francis Raley, 1/30.12

 

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