NW: Jack Loken
NE: Elizabeth Chapman, Pat Chapman, J.P. Martin
C: Kelly Hanson, Erin Adley, Jan Barthelemy
SW: Melanie Pamp, Brenda Felton
SE: Kelly Edgar, Lorene Naze
Extension Educators Present: Laurie Magnus
- Dodge County, Al Rasmussen - Clearwater County
Extension Educators Absent: Renee Hink-Ferrington - Aitkin County
Center Staff Present: Tammy Lorch and Brad Rugg
Guests Present: Nancy Holmseth, Donna Sonnek, Nick Steinmetz, Cathy Steinmetz
The meeting was called to order by Chair, Karen Loken at 10:30 a.m. Everyone present was asked to introduce themselves. The districts met in caucus to discuss concerns.
NW: The health form
NE: no one in attendence
SW: extension educators don't understand how dog shows work
SE: impartiality of judges at the shows
Brad and Tammy prepared a fun way to learn about some of the current issues around the 4-H dog program.
M/S/C (Laurie/Rhonda) to accept the minutes as printed.
Brad reported that there is approximately $2600.00 in the treasurery. Jan is not willing to continue as Treasurer and he will send a letter of thanks. Were 4-H members from the central regional who were selected as alternates and were asked to pay for the state show reimbursed for the fee? Becky seemed to think they were.
Appointment of New Members
M/S/C (Rhonda/Al) to appoint Jennifer Erickson to fill an unexpired youth term thru 12/31/2000.
M/S/C (Rhonda/Al) to appoint Wally Steinhoff to fill an unexpired volunteer term thru 12/31/2000.
M/S/C (Rhonda/Nick) to appoint Jeff McMaines to the open volunteer term expiring 12/31/2001.
M/S/C (Cherrye/Owen) to appoint Regina Dolan to fill the unexpired youth term thru 12/31/2000.
M/S/C (Cherrye/Owen) to appoint Jack Dolan to fill the unexpired volunteer term thru 12/31/2000.
M/S/C (Rhonda/Owen) to appoint Nick Steinmetz to fill the unexpired youth term thru 12/31/2000.
M/S/C (Al/Loretta) to appoint Cathy Steinmetz to the open volunteer term expiring 12/31/2001.
M/S/C (Laurie/Cherrye) to place applications from Marlene Scott and Dorothy Brouwers in nomination. Members voted and Marlene Scott was elected to the open volunteer term expiring 12/31/2001.
M/S/C (Owen/Cherrie) to appoint Renee Hink-Ferrington, Laurie Magnus, and Al Rassmussen as extension educator representatives.
1998 in Review
Karl reported that the program made a $4.00 profit. He felt 1998 was successful with around 80 people attending. However, committee meetings that were held during the sessions caused a problem. Karl was thanked for his hard work and the energy/ideas that he put into it.
Northern Regional Dog Show
Financial statement showed a loss of $437.61. The show was very well organized and they had demonstrations given. Chapmans have hosted for two years and have declined coordinating again.
Central Regional Dog Show
There were many conflicts with agility and obedience.
Southern Regional Dog Show
Agility was conducted on Saturday. Financially, they recognized a profit of $587.00. The participants really enjoyed the two-day format, which eliminated the conflict with the different classes. Cherrye felt that it really helped the dogs and handlers focus on the class that they were in. It also gave them the break. There were other activities held that gave kids a change to socialize.
Participants seemed to enjoy the format of the State Show with three specific times. Cherrye thanked Laurie and Tammy for their work for State Show. Cherrye felt there is more work that needs to be done. A survey was completed. Information about class participation was distributed. Cherrye is willing to coordinate the state show again.
Donna Logan will be coordinating the Dog Project Bowl. Tammy reported that the books Dog Training Projects for Young People and the AKC Complete Dog Book will be removed from the list this year. Added is the AKC Complete Dog Book for Kids. Regional Bowls start on the last Saturday in February and go through the last weekend in March. Information will be sent to county offices and to the coaches. PDC members can receive the information from their local extension offices.
M/S/C (Rhonda/Nick) to purchase one paperback copy of the AKC Complete Dog Book for Kids for use in the bowl program. Two copies are needed (one junior and one senior), but Tammy thinks the State Bowl Committee would purchase the other copy.
Supersession will be held June 12 & 13, 1999 at the Washington County Fairgrouds near Lake Elmo. Agility/Obedience/Showmanship will be split out and someone will be found to coordinate each area. Publicity will be out earlier than last year. The program will be self-supporting. Sharon Anderson is interested in doing some youth programming and Karl will be visiting with her. The PDC meeting needs to be scheduled on Friday prior to the sessions starting. On Sunday, some type of agility games could happen. Kids really enjoy participating in these games. The intent of the weekend is to train trainers and to create a fun weekend for kids and their dogs. It is recommended that training be given for the upper level of obedience training. There may be a number of corporate sponsors who may be willing to support this program. Counties that are interested in knowing about agility may benefit from volunteers going out and demonstrating. The counties could benefit from a 4-H Dog Training Tape that highlights training, project bowls, etc. Al recommended looking for something already on the national level. Putting together a tape could recognize a profit.
State Fair Dog Project Activities
The activities did not happen in 1998. Activities would take place during the first four days of the fair August 26 -29, 1999. It could also happen during general encampments. A coordinator is necessary to make this happen.
Northern Regional - Clearwater and Beltrami to host in Bemidji on October 2, 1999.
Central Regional - Willmar will have a new facility
and Becky Geske has expressed interest in doing it again. Anoka County
has also expressed an interest in hosting.
M/S/C (Al/ Cherrye) to have Anoka County host the central site on September 25, 1999
Southern Regional - Faribault to host in Blue Earth on September 11 & 12, 1999. Possibly Freeborn in 2000 and 2001.
State Show - October 16, 1999 in Hutchinson. Cherry will coordinate and Laurie will do Registration for the next two years. An assistant team will be found to take over in 2001. A new computer program will be available in 2000. A draft was presented with assignments, by district, of the responsibilities for the state show.
M/S/C (Al/Karl) to accept the draft of the State Show Distribution of Responsibilities.
M/S/C (Jessica/Owen) to increase the entry fees for the Regional and State Shows to $11.00 for first class and $9.00 for each additional class. This will help balance the budget of our regional and state shows.
Agility Committee Report
Agility Coordinator for the State Show is necessary. Pictures from the State Show are needed. Karl has video of agility and showmanship and will take stills off of that and will get those to Lynn Riskedal for use on the MN 4-H Online web page. Judges training tape - video from the show that could serve as a training tool for judges. Karl will work with the agility committee. He may also stage the situations to be given as a training tool. Donna questioned whose responsibility it is to check equipment as to appropriateness and the safety issues. The feeling is that it is the judges responsibility to okay the equipment being used. Agility card for the members in the planning stages. This would eliminate the need to measure the dog at every competition. Nancy is willing to coordinate an effort to develop an Agility card complete with picture.
Judges Certification Committee Report
Because no one from this committee was present, we did not receive a report.
We would like to propose a sliding fee scale for judging at Regional and State Shows. We are suggesting that if someone judges four hours or less they will be paid $50.00. If they judge more than four hours they will be paid $100.00. This will help balance the budget of our regional and state shows. Brad has recommended that the sliding fee scale for the judges be sent to the Judges Certification Committee and with their recommendation, we will vote at the next meeting. Brad will take this issue to their meeting.
The question about membership on the Judges Certification Committee was again brought up. There should also be a process for which judges can be reviewed - internal conflicts must be dealt with.
M/S/C (Al/Rhonda) that the Judges Certification Committee should meet and submit their mission statement with their report at the spring meeting.
Show Committee Report
This committee has not met. There is some confusion about what the task of this committee should be.
M/S/C (Al/Rhonda) to exercise the power in Section 6,
Article 6 of the By Laws of the MSDP to designate the standing committees
of: (1)Show, (2) Obedience/Showmanship, (3) Agility, (4) Finance,
(5) Nominating, and (6) Judges Certification. Supersession and Bowl
would be other committees. Chairs of these committees:
Show - Cherrye, Chair of State Show
Obedience/Showmanship - Karen
Agility - Owen and Cathy
Finances - Karl, Treasurer
Nominating - Cherrye, Vice Chair
Judges Certification - Jan
Supersession - Karl
Project Bowl - Tammy
Karl has not received any information to place on the web. It also needs to be placed on the University of Minnesota Extension Service / Center for 4-H Youth Development server. Members should send things in to Karl.
Election of Officers for 1999
Chair - Karen
Vice Chair - Cherrye
Secretary - Laurie
Treasurer - Karl
1999 Meeting Dates
April 17, St Paul Campus
June 11, Lake Elmo
November 6, St Paul Campus
Jessica stated that the Health form does not ask for the required DHLPP. There were concerns brought up about the Lepto shot. Form should also state when the vaccinations expire rather than when given. Brad will visit with the state vet and the recommendations of the vet will be consistent in the rules for the show. Laurie and Tammy will develop and update the form for our next meeting.
M/S/C (Al/Jessica) to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Laurie Magnus - Acting Secretary