First off, an apology to the
Club as I, at the last minute canceled my trip to Raleigh. I ran
into some problems here with a whelping last week, resulting in
3 live (and still thriving puppies), a stillborn and a rush to the
Vet (VCA Lynwood Vet and Emergency facility) with a puppy with a
heart rate of 150-260, which fell to 40 by the time they did a less
than emergent C-section :needless to say, lost that one too. Plus
then spoke with Dee about some worrisome behavior by the bitch,
since resolved, and probably innocuous, but I just couldn't leave
her and them under Doug's care while he tried to maintain a limited
work schedule. Sooooo...here I am.
The meetings in Raleigh are over, but I have been soliciting and
getting reports all day. Let me summarize:
1. An amendment is forthcoming form AKC Staff to cause a club
which does not have a show at least every other year in its territory
to lose date. This I will find out more about, it will probably
fail or be modified, as many clubs, for any number of reasons, economic,
etc etc, move form their territory.
2. There will apparently be no in-ring observers any longer, but
rather a 1 to 1 ringside mentoring will now occur, with approved
parent club mentors. this will be policy, not amendment, and once
presented and promoted I'll get this to all direct bearing on show
3. The amendment to allow professional judges as delegates was
handily defeated, and needed a 2/3 vote to proceed. Failed to muster
50% (136 yea, 157 nay), but I suspect will be visited periodically,
and I would like us to continue from time to time to talk about
4. The next big topic will be conflict of interest in judges,
restriction on other judging for other organizations, etc . Let
me see if I can explain this. Judges who judge working dogs for
AKC will not be allowed to judge working dogs for say UKC. But I
believe that if you are invited to judge toy breeds by another organization
(and don't judge toys for AKC), this would be okay. So a lure judge
would also find the same restriction, but would be allowed to judge
say a Seiger show. This is just starting to come up, and I believe
Walter Pede is trying to take this down, insisting that it is up
to Delegates (he is not one) not AKC Board. Others disagree with
this interpretation of chain of command. See you in Court anyone?
I'll try to stay on top of this on the list, and continue to forward
5. Change in process of nominations for AKC Board (Judy Daniels
project) withdrawn this time around for retooling: a bad idea I
think. Plus would really drag out the "Campaign" We'll
see, but going nowhere now.
6. New improved AKC Website- check it out.
7. Finances in good shape. Goal is to build an endowment of $100
million so that AKC can be self-sustaining. Now I think in excess
of $50 million, which was earlier goal. Always takes more money
doesn' t it? Events continue to be revenue losers, but publications,
registrations,etc etc, taking care of the store.
Bo Gloster, AKC Delegate