Fellow Club Members, I have
recently returned from the AKC
Delegates' Meeting in Newark, NJ and am about to write up my
observations of these sessions. However, before doing so, I
wanted to compliment Julia Johns, in a separate mailing, to underscore
my admiration for her recent accomplishments. As
many of you know, I sit on the Grants Committee of the Canine
Health Foundation, and often attend the Board Meeting of the
Canine Health Foundation. This was held on Sunday, October
10, and it was a long and interesting meeting. Though these
meetings are open to all, few other than Board Members attend,
which allows for some added participation by me. These players
are powerful: Wayne Ferguson (head of Cherrybrrok, I believe),
Catherine Bell (organizing the Eukanuba auctions), Karen Mays
(a woman from the Borzoi world of incredible grace and style),
Iris Love (White House attorney), etc etc. I asked to speak under
New Business, and then proceeded to speak glowingly of Julia,
as an example of what all of us in the dog fancy seek- a committed,
talented, up-and-coming young person, with generosity,
skill, and intelligence to boot. I spoke of her organizational
skills, particularly evinced lately by the success of the All Breed
Match at our summer show, and the significant sums of money
raised. The Canine Health Foundation was then presented with
the check form Sammamish Kennel Club, to vigorous hearhear's
from all those present. I have copied Erika Werne from
the Foundation on this email, and she may contact Julia for a
piece for the CHF Newsletter.
Julia, stand up and take a bow!
AKC Delegates’ Meeting
October 11-12, 2006
The business of this meeting was clearly overshadowed by the
controversy surrounding the possible contract
between AKC and Petland. As most of you know by now, the issue
is now moot, as the outcry form
the Delegates there, as well as in subsequent communications and
postings to the Board, was an overwhelming,
angry, disappointed sense of betrayal, which resulted in the decision
by the AKC Board to cancel
these efforts. Several issues nonetheless deserve further comment.
I think particularly galvanizing to
the Delegates was the covert approach- no, you don’t get
to see the contract, or know much about it- and
the arrogance- we’ll do what’s best here, and get in
step. No doubt, these alliances fell out of the Strategic
Plan, but this, as many of you know, has been kept veiled as well,
the contention’s being that information
should not be available to the competition.
What now follows is a request by me that you all try to stay
informed about the March elections to the
Board, as there will be significant interest in what direction
the AKC will move, and who will be the drivers.
I will want close input this time around for sure. A Nominating
Committee has formed, and I will
alert you to nominations. Note too, that Patti Strand will almost
certainly run again, and she came into
some heat on this issue. I believe she chaired the High Volume
Breeder Task Force, so has a perspective ,
both historically and currently, that put her in the spotlight.
Business of the house of delegates included the following:
- 4 passed amendments on Field Trial Rules and
Standard procedures for Retrievers.
- Voting for and filling of vacancies/positions on Delegate
Standing Committees. I have all these
names which I will bring to meetings but let me note of some
local interest. “Hatch” from Nisqaully was not returned
to All Breed Clubs; Lynne Myall of Seattle elected to By laws,
Clare Lincoln of Whidbey Island not elected to Dog Show Rules.
- Jim Stephen’s financial report: revenues 17% behind
last year, but balanced by significant gains
in investments, so basically no significant change. Number of
events up 12 ½ %, number of entries
up only by 2 ½ %. Financial deficit from events at approx
- From the Grapevine: Eukanuba Invitational in Long Beach
for at least 2006, 2007, 2008.
- Interesting presentations on
Veterinarian Outreach program, and AKC Archives.