1. Welcome and roll call: Bob President of the NRCC welcomed all in attendance for the annual general meeting. Bob advised all in attendance that in order to vote on matters one must be the recognized delegate of a member club in good standing of the NRCC.
a. By Law Update - Bruce Macdonald presented a summary of proposed changes to the By Laws, that were approved by the Board of Directors. The By Laws submission to Industry Canada is a necessary next step to ensuring that the NRCC remains a federally recognized corporation. Member clubs will be sent a copy of the By Laws and a summary of changes to vote by Special Resolution, on approving the new By Laws. Discussion from the floor questioned the removal of the 2nd vice-president position. In response, the Directors feel that with more Conference Calls, communication and Director involvement, there is no requirement for a 2nd vice-president.
a. E-collar ban - In response to the Private Member's Bill proposing to include the use of electronic collars a criminal offense under the Cruelty to Animals provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada. (Bill C 615), Mike Zelman encouraged members to write their individual MPs and to copy: Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice, Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcaire. A letter will be sent to all member clubs with suggested information to be included in correspondence.
b. Migratory Bird Act - Dona Martin reported that the NRCC was asked to provide feedback on proposed changes to the Migratory Bird Act. A review was conducted to ensure possession limits for clubs using shot birds at their field trials and a report was submitted by Bob James on behalf of the NRCC.
a. 2014 National Amateur - Kevin Cheff provided a report on the 2015 National Amateur. The event was very successful and has received positive feedback. Kevin acknowledged the contributions by Peter & Terry Martin, Linda Schlemkevich, Richard Dresser, the Marshal's Committee, Judges, Sponsor Liaison Dennis Voigt and Bruce Macdonald, Internet reporter Dona Martin.
c. Set fee schedule for 2015 club dues, running dog fee and national entry fees. As per the director meeting Motion by Kevin Cheff to have the running dog fees be increased to $110 per dog and the national entry fee to remain at the current fee of $250, Seconded by Doug Richmond. Discussion from the floor voiced concerns about taking money from the clubs. Motion defeated
e. Retrievers Online agreement - Retrievers Online has indicated that they will no longer be publishing a printed magazine. As a result, the NRCC has decided not to renew their contract to publish the National and National Amateur write-ups.
f. Field Trial Results - Retriever Results proposal Jim Ling presented the Retriever Results proposal and indicated further investigation and negotiations into cost reduction is needed before making a final decision. Discussion from the floor suggested that ways to find funding for Retriever Results partnership could include an addition to the NRCC website to allow for donations or charge for Retriever Results subscription.
g. Task Force Report - Kevin Cheff presented the interim Task Force Report on behalf of Dennis Voigt, Chair. Results from the survey conducted, indicate that declines in Field Trial participation are similar to what are being experienced in the US.
h. Sponsors Report - Bruce Macdonald presented the report on the Corporate Sponsorship Program on behalf of Dennis Voigt, Corporate Sponsor Liaison. The corporate sponsorship program for 2014 remained in good shape. Some cutbacks were encountered from a few sponsors, while others increased their contributions. A new major sponsor came on board to support both Nationals as well as the NRCC itself.