a) 2009 National Retriever Championship Stake. Gerry Pozzebon, Field Trial Marshal gave the report on behalf of the Pine Ridge Retriever Club, host of the 2009 National. Gerry stated that all is in great shape, judges are getting along famously, and tests are all set, provisional tests are ready as well. Land is very good, necessary fields cut, natural fields in good shape. What water they have is great but limited amount. The worker crew is fabulous, set up crews and dogs are great. The set up has gone very well. Social functions are all in place. The club is hosting the opening banquet, a lasagne dinner, fish fry and workers party. Everything is ready to go at 7:30 Monday morning; caravan will leave headquarters at 6:45am as the first test site is away from the headquarters. Gerry has received the judge's instructions and will be giving them at the banquet tonight. The first test is a combined land triple and land blind, which will be considered tests one and two.
Don Wilson, Pine Ridge Retriever Club President added a few more comments. Don stated that from the club perspective everything is going very smoothly. Test dogs are still being sorted out, but he believes that Jim Green will be running test dog male and Gerry Burmaster will be running test dog female. Jim Ling thanked both Gerry and Don for their reports.
b) 2010 National Amateur Retriever Championship Stake - Charles Dygos spoke on behalf of the North Bay and District Retriever Training Club, who will be hosting the 2010 National Amateur from July 12th to 18th, near North Bay, Ontario. Charles said that most things are in place already. The club is working well together and they have many volunteers who have offered help. The club has acquired the use of some new land and hopefully will have some new water sites as well. The current water is a beaver flood and there is the possibility of some new ponds being dug by the time of the national. The fields will be cut and ready to use no matter what the weather. Jim Ling thanked Charles for his report.
c) 2010 National Retriever Championship Stake - Report presented by Marg Murray on behalf of the BC Amateur Retriever Club. Graham Tyler is chairman for this national. He has Jan Graham as Field Trial Secretary, Rod Spence as Field Trial Marshal and Peter Brunold as treasurer, as well as many other capable volunteers. Lots of interest in bringing a national back to BC. They are proposing to host this national near Merritt, BC, which is located right along the main highway between Vancouver and Kamloops. Merritt is 3 hours from Vancouver and 1 hour from Kamloops. Both are serviced by the major airlines and rental car agencies. Merritt is approximately 40 minutes from Logan Lake, where three previous nationals have been held. Merritt has extensive accommodations and facilities for meetings, restaurants, and a full facility campground. Merritt is the home of the Merritt Country Music Festival, which sees approximately 100,000 visitors in the two-week period of the festival. All of the land is mountain meadows and is mostly crown land and the water sites are all Ducks Unlimited ponds.
4. Correspondence: Marg brought up the current insurance policy has increased by $350 to $795. Marg had approached Charlie Perkins, at the National Amateur Retriever Championship Stake, in Regina. Charlie is in the insurance business and Marg gave him the current policy and asked if his company could give us a better rate. Charlie's company will insure the NRCC with the same type of policy and coverage for $375. The directors had voted at the director meeting to go with the new insurance quote and cancel the existing policy. All were in favour of this switching of insurance companies. Marg to look after this change.
5. Report from the director meeting. Jim Ling discussed some of the points covered at the director meeting. Jim noted that here have been no increases in costs to the clubs for the past thirteen years. Dennis and Ron Modesto have done an incredible amount of work in ascertaining the current national sponsorship. The NRCC has shown a loss in income for the past three years and this meeting needs to address how the NRCC is to continue to survive these losses. The raising of entry fees was one suggestion, but most felt that was not a good idea, as it hits the individual competitor directly in the pocketbook. Other suggestions were discussed. Jim asked if these suggestions could be tabled until further into the meeting as he would like to present a recommendation from the director meeting, when the discussion will be on setting the entry fees, club dues and running dog fee. All agreed to this and the meeting moved on.
6. Review and approve financial statements and approve the auditor. Marg presented the financial statements. She noted that the NRCC had seen a huge increase in insurance costs, loss of clubs hosting trials, loss of interest revenue due to the downturn in the markets. It was suggested as a way of cutting costs that the trial card not be printed, as most people get their up to date information from the NRCC website. It was also suggested that we not order any more pins, that we use up the old style pins that we still have in the inventory, and that we look at increasing some fees.
b) Running dog fees - currently at $65. per dog. Directors recommend that the NRCC return to the old system of the 60/40 split with the host clubs. Before the national sponsorship, the running dog fee was decreased to enable clubs to make a profit from hosting a national. This would increase the fees to $100 per dog, leaving the club with $150 per dog. This change was cited that due to the current sponsorship, host clubs are receiving approximately $60,000 in cash, product, handler handouts, bibs, jackets, hats, silent auction items, etc. Clubs are now making extremely good profits. There was much discussion on this topic. It was pointed out by Larry Baker that these increases may hit the club's pockets, but the current national sponsorship has in effect replaced this cost.
Dennis spoke on what Online does, publishes both nationals, club results & statistics. Dennis stated that the $1300 only covers about 1/3rd of their actual publishing costs for these nationals and stats.
Discussion led by Gerry Burmaster that the president term be extended to at least a three year term, this would allow for more continuity and allow the person to really get a feel for the position. Bill Kennedy responded that it might serve more purpose to have one of the vice presidents to be a three year term. Dennis responded that the vice presidents already serve a three year term.
e) National Corporate Sponsor Liaison - Dennis Voigt addresses this as he has undertaken this position and the responsibilities of it. Dennis stated that the NRCC has lost some of the original corporate sponsors, Eukanuba is gone and so is Winchester Canada. Purina has come back hugely and is now the Major sponsor. Tritronics has renewed their original contract and has added 20 shirts as well as their usual e collar and the bibs, and items for the silent auction. Dennis has added Dogs Afield for the poppers and Entry Express (owned by Dogs Afield) would like to take over accepting the entries and generating the official program. In order for this to happen the host club would still need to provide the advertisements and do so in a timely fashion. Dennis is in the process of inking a contract with Ducks Unlimited for finalist's gifts; winner's gift and DU would also sponsor a painting of the winner by Connie Swanson for next year's national winner. He is also talking to West Jet about a 50% seat sale for judge's travel, but it is not finalized yet. He is also talking to Motorola about radios. Dennis has enlisted two western financiers, Jim Couch and Jim Harvie to help garner more sponsorship. Dennis stated that the value of all the sponsorship to date is over $60,000 per annum, in cash, product, handler handouts, worker handouts, hats, jackets, bibs, silent auction items, etc. Jim thanked Dennis for all his and Ron Modesto's hard work to date.
f) Jim Ling expressed thanks on behalf of the NRCC to Tom Murray for his expertise and years of dedication for creating, developing and maintaining the website of his own accord. Jim noted that Tom has never been paid for this work it was all done on a volunteer basis. We owe Tom a great deal of appreciation for his years of service to and on behalf of the NRCC. Thank you Tom.
a) Communications Officer - Jim Ling stated that the executive has made a recommendation to appoint a communications officer to the NRCC. This person would be responsible for the internet reporting for both nationals, improve communications amongst all clubs, be responsible for the NRCC website, would need to refine and sell the NRCC and nationals to individuals and sponsors. The position needs someone who has website experience, to take over and update the NRCC website and to maintain the website. Would need to develop a standardized process for the Internet reporting at nationals. The costs of this person would be covered by the NRCC, but no honorarium at this point. The Executive would like to appoint Dona Martin for this position, for a two-year term. The position still needs to be refined, which the current executive would provide the process to refine.
b) Finalists being automatically qualified for the next year's national. Marg read the motion from the director meeting. Jim spoke that this gives recognition to the finalists, but doesn't lessen the integrity of being a finalist.
Motion by Ray Smith that we continue with the two year qualification period for the National Amateur, this would be retroactive to the two year's preceding the North Bay National Amateur closing date. Gerry Burmaster seconded, Motion carried.
d) Amateurs running multiple dogs from pro are trucks. Dennis Voigt suggests that here be a rule change made to prevent this from happening. Dennis sees this as a real problem to the amateur game. There was a lot of discussion on this. It is not a factor out on the prairies, as there aren't the professionals on the circuit. It was suggested that there is already in place an Owner/Amateur stake that would eliminate this practice from happening.
e) Dennis submitted a proposal that no handler may enter more than 2 dogs in an amateur stake that are not owned by the amateur. The same handler may not run the same two dogs that are not owned by the amateur handler, more than 2 times a year in an amateur stake.
g) Dry Pops - Marg Murray recommended that the dry pops be taken out of the CKC rule book governing Retriever Trials, as well as moving retiring gunners more than a couple of yards. These also to be taken to the Retriever Council.