MN 4-H Dog PDC Minutes
Saturday, February 26, 2000 ~ University
of Minnesota ~ St. Paul Campus
NW: Jeff McMaines, Wally Steinhoff
C: Karl Reimer, Kelly Strei
SW: Melanie Pamp, Cathy Steinmetz, Nick Steinmetz
SE: Kelly Edgar, Marlene Scott
NW: Jennifer Erickson, Karl Oestreich
NE: Joseph Dolan, Regina Dolan
C: Erin Adley, Marlene Keller
SW: Cherrye Tagatz
SE: Angela Aanas, Owen Holmseth, Rhonda Weis
Extension Educators Present: Jon Hjelm, Laurie
Extension Educators Absent: Renee Hink-Ferrington
Center Staff Present: Tammy Lorch
Guests Present: Vanessa Magnus, Mackenzie McMaines,
Ryan McMaines, Sandie McMaines
The meeting was called to order by Chair, Cathy Steinmetz,
at 10:32 a.m. Everyone present introduced themselves and then districts
met in caucus to discuss concerns.
We are saddened to announce that Maureen Martin, one of
our 4-H dog judges, passed away suddenly on December 29, 1999. Maureen
judged many Regional and State Dog Shows and was instrumental in restructuring
the judges certification committee. Please notify local show coordinators
of Maureen's death so that her family does not receive requests to judge
NW - Concerns addressed on agenda
NE - No one in attendance
C - No concerns
SW - Concerns addressed on agenda
SE - Concerns addressed on agenda
M/S/C (Jon/Marlene S.) to accept the minutes of the November
6, 1999 meeting as printed.
The current balance is $5,261.16. The State show's
net profit was $1,134.61. The net profit of the Regionals is as follows:
For additional details, see attached State and Regional
Show financial statements.
M/S/C (Jon/Marlene S.) to accept the treasurer's report
Appointment of New Members
Applications were presented to fill unexpired terms.
M/S/C (Marlene S./Nick) to appoint Mackenzie McMaines
to fill the open Northwest youth position.
M/S/C (Marlene S./Melanie) to appoint Cathy Bechtold
to fill an open Northeast volunteer position.
M/S/C (Jon/Laurie) that Laurie contacts Joseph and Regina
Dolan to see if they are still interested in continuing on the committee.
They have never attended any meetings. If they decline, then Cynthia
Sasson will fill Joseph's Northeast unexpired term.
M/S/C (Laurie/Jon) to replace Renee Hink-Ferrington with
Kelly Strei as an Extension Educator position.
M/S/C (Marlene S./Jeff) to appoint Leona Hellesvig to
fill Kelly Strei's unexpired Central volunteer position.
Standing Committee Reports
We discussed scheduling meetings in between State PDC
meetings so that upcoming dates are announced at one meeting and reports
are given at the next. Tammy will look into creating listservs (electronic
mail groups) for the committee members to easily communicate. Another
possibility would be to have committee meetings on-line in the Extension
chatroom. Those without internet access could go to a public library
or local extension office. If interested in setting up a meeting
in a chatroom let Tammy know.
Agility - Cathy
M/S/C (Karl/Laurie) to designate $400 to the agility committee
for expenses for the year, with use at the discretion of the committee.
Agility judges' training is set for June 10-11th. MN
Agility Club made a donation of $400 to defray the cost of the agility
judges training. It will cost $300 to rent Animal Inn for the weekend.
Martha Healy is assisting in the training of the judges.
The agility program has been growing and would like to purchase
their own official measuring device for Regional and State shows and other
training. Currently we have been borrowing one from others.
The cost is approximately $160.
Finance - Karl
Advanced classes will be developed for 2001, comparable to
AKC open or USDAA advanced class.
Clarification: Multiple tunnels may be used on intermediate
and senior courses.
Currently approximately 22 counties have agility programs.
Reminder: When building equipment, the committee recommends
using the book Construction Plans for Dog Agility Obstacles by Kenneth
Rulebook will be put into the Distribution Center by fall
and everyone will have access for ordering.
Judges Certification - Jeff
Regional and State Shows have all experienced a profit this
year. A recommendation was made that the standing committees bring
a proposed budget in the fall for the next year.
M/S/C (Nick/Jeff) to appoint Karl Reimer to the committee
as a certified judge in the position formerly held by Maureen Martin.
Has not yet met. The committee needs to develop a certification
process, provide judges training, and then certify judges.
M/S/C (Karl/Marlene S.) to designate $400 to the judges
certification committee for expenses for the year, with use at the discretion
of the committee.
Obedience/Showmanship - Jeff/Kelly
Show - Cherrye
Has not yet met. Committee members are: Kelly
Edgar (chair), Jeff McMaines, Melanie Pamp, and Marlene Scott.
The Group Stand Exercise in Graduate Open should possibly
be changed to a Moving Stand for a better transition to Utility.
Will be rewriting the show guide and separating according
to section: obedience, showmanship, agility, and general rules. Deadline
for next year: January 1st need booklet ready, Sept. 1st for ready
for PDC, and all major changes need to be ready for June. Incorporate show
handbook with general rules.
Committee members: Laurie Magnus, Cherrye Tagatz, Tammy
Lorch Meeting March 18th
Want to set up checklist for shows. Hope to meet in
June with Regional Show chairs.
Project Bowl - Kelly
Supersession - Jeff June 16-18th 2000
Cindy Stover volunteered to chair the state dog bowl, which
is April 8th.
State Fair Demos/Activities - Dorothy Brouwers
Basics are on website and brochures will be sent to all county
extension offices, all committee members, and everyone who participated
in the 1999 State Show. Clay county volunteers are leading most of
the sessions. Microchipping will be available and therapy dog certification
will be available.
Cloverbuds - Tammy
Dorothy needs more volunteers from other counties.
Regional Show Reports
At the last meeting we were informed of the new state Cloverbud
policy (refer to November meeting minutes for clarification). Option
to use two leads is not allowed. Recommending that counties use the
AKC program "Best Friends" which is written for kids in grades K-3.
A youth leader could easily lead this program or set up a program on their
State Show Report - Tammy
The State Horse Show dates have changed, therefore we need
to adjust accordingly.
Recommendation to have North and South Regionals on the same
dates and Central a different date, if overlap is required.
Long-term ideas: Possibly add a 4th Regional show.
Otherwise drop all Regional shows and only have a state show. Could
add more age groups to regulate class size. May have to limit those
who qualify. Tammy will ask county staff for input at the State Fair
trainings. The show committee will develop a survey for counties.
Participation overview of the past three years was distributed.
The Hutchinson site is not available for MEA weekend this year. We
either need to change the dates or find another site for the same weekend.
There are a minimum amount of hotels that allow for dogs in Hutchinson.
St. Cloud, Monticello, or Sauk Center are options which will be looked
into. We felt it is important to keep the date and find a location.
If you know of any options, let Tammy know.
Website update - Tammy
MN 4-H Dog Project Vacc. Cert. and ID Form is available on
the web. Address is: www.fourh.umn.edu/mndog The new
forms will be required at Regional and State shows this year.
PDC section: approved minutes will be included, as
well as a list of members (District, First/Last name, e-mail-adults only,
and county), and by-laws
Requested a list of committee members to be included
with PDC membership (possibly include on web)
Any event needs a 12-week lead-time to get information
out to the counties from the state office.
2000 Meeting Dates ~ 10:30 a.m.
Friday, June 9 (Gateway - Mpls.)
Saturday, November 11 (note change)
- location TBA
M/S/C (Marlene S./Cathy) to adjourn the meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 1:50 p.m.
Kelly Edgar, Secretary