1. Welcome and roll call: Dan Yeomans President of the NRCC welcomed all in attendance for the annual general meeting. Dan 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 - The National Retriever Club of Canada Incorporation papers were filled with Corporations Canada. The By-Laws, Directors of the Corporation, and the Annual Report for 2014 have been submitted. Motion: Richard Dresser motioned to change the By-Laws for clubs hosting a field trial from 3 to 5 years before becoming ineligible to be a voting member.. Seconded by Shirley Greener. Motion carried. NRCC Secretary to prepare online vote for members.
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), a letter was sent to all member clubs with suggested information to be included in correspondence.
b. E-collar ban - Dona Martin reported that the NRCC sent a letter to the Canadian Veterinary Association explaining the humane use of e-collars and outlining our support of their use. Dona has been asked to follow-up with veterinarian and active member of the field trial community, Dr. Sue Taylor DVM.
c. Set fee schedule for 2016 club dues, running dog fee and national entry fees. No change to current fee structure. $75 annual club dues, running dog fees $275 with $150 to host club and $125 to NRCC
e. Retriever Results - Jim Ling presented an update to the Retriever Results project. We continue to experience accuracy issues which have delayed the Newsletter portion of the RR project, although dog profiles are already available on the Retriever Results website. Retriever Results would like the owner to have direct input into their dog information in the database. They are proposing to open the database to Field Trial Secretaries to use in their catalogues, which would make the statistician job redundant. There would be a one time start-up fee of $3,000 and an annual cost of $1,000. Motion: Rosanne Kopczewski motioned that the NRCC send a letter to member clubs seeking approval for the NRCC to proceed with Retriever Results one time setup fee to create a Canadian database for Field Trial Secretaries to use for their catalogues. Each club would be asked to pay $100 to finance this. Seconded: Bill Kennedy. Motion carried.
f. Task Force Implementation Report - On hold until the next Board of Directors Meeting. Chair, Kevin Cheff resigned, member Tom Dalton resigned. A few recommendations have been implemented. Western member have prepared a Best Practices Manual which shall be published shortly.
g. Sponsors Report - Bruce Macdonald, Corporate Sponsor Liaison, presented the report on the Corporate Sponsorship Program. Purina's contract ends in December 2015. A new contract is needed. Zinger Winger is good for 2016. Avery is good for another year. A process to bring their donated goods across the border is needed. Garmin has signed for 2016. MNP LLP will not be renewing their contract. Connie Swanson has agreed to continue to provide portraits of the winners of the National and National Amateur. We have a reduced contribution from Winchester Ammunition. DU Canada will continue to provide finalist gifts with a year to year agreement. There is a problem with host clubs not inviting sponsors to banquet and events through the wee. A process to ensure this is done, is needed. Clubs need to remember to place sponsor ads in catalogues.
i. Feasibility Report - Jane Spearing submitted the findings from the Committee tasked with reviewing the feasibility of the NRCC hosting a national. The committee report it is feasible for the NRCC to host a national given the right people and attitude. This would ensure that a National takes place and provide a fund raising vehicle for the NRCC.
a. History of the sport. Richard Dresser has boxes of old catalogues in his barn. Dona martin to identify missing years to complete NRCC records. NRCC to seek volunteers to act as historians and ask for donations from individual that may have items in storage. Rosanne Kopczewski to seek volunteered to approach Purina regarding use of their Hall of Fame.