NW: Tess DeBlieck
NE: Tana Schmalenberg, Vicky Schmalenberg
C: Jason Prasch
SW: Melanie Pamp
SE: Cherrye Tagatz, Emily Wagner, Rhonda Weis
Extension Educators Present: Laurie Magnus
Extension Educators Absent: Jon Hjelm
Center Staff Present: Tammy Lorch, Brad Rugg
Guests Present: Linda Allen, Jan Brule, Kelsey Brule, Margaret Oestreich
The meeting was called to order at 10:50 a.m. by PDC chair, Cathy Steinmetz. Everyone present introduced themselves. The districts then met together to discuss issues they wanted to have presented during the meeting.
NW: discuss keeping regional shows (better for new members to meet people and learn about showing)
NE: no representation/no report
C: look at changing age cutoffs
SE: everything addressed on agenda
Secretary's Report - Kelly
M/S/C (Laurie/Leona) to accept minutes of the November 10, 2001 meeting as printed.
Treasurer's Report -Karl
Approximate profit of $3428.03 for Regionals and State Shows, there are still outstanding bills. The current account balance $14,699.83 as of 2/1/02. There is currently bout $3000 in outstanding checks/bills.
M/S/C (Karl O/Marlene) to accept Treasurer's report as discussed.
Dog Issues Survey -
Brad presented the results of the dog project issues survey. There were 1925 surveys sent out to 4-H members using the data from 4HPlus! software. There were 355 returned (19%). It was suggested to put the results on the web or distribute them to every county extension office. After much discussion, it was decided to revisit the issue of how to proceed with the results later in the agenda.
2002 Project Bowls - Marlene/Kelly
Regional Bowls: March 2 - Todd County, March 9 - Sibley County, March 16 - Mower County, March 23 - Beltrami County
State Bowl: April 6 - Buffalo Middle School - Buffalo
Supersession - Dorothy/Nancy
Neither Dorothy nor Nancy were present to provide a report. Tammy reported that Nancy has contacted her to confirm the dates of June 14-16 at the Faribault County Fairgrounds in Blue Earth. Tammy needs the complete information for the web by February 8th.
Standing Committee Reports
Agility - Karl O.
A committee membership application had been developed for Tammy to place on the web. A judges training is set for April 27-28 at the Scott County Fairgrounds in Jordan. They still need some volunteers. Tish Jensen is willing to help. The committee is reminded that a youth development piece presented by Brad needs to be inlcuded in the program.
Finance - Karl R.
We're doing well financially. Timeliness is important so that we know our balance.
Judges Certification - Leona
There was a brief committee meeting before the PDC meeting today. There are 5 people ready to be submitted for certification.
M/S/C (Leona/Karl O.) to accept the following people as certified judges:
Dorothy Brouwers - Obedience & Showmanship
Jocelyn Brouwers - Obedience & Showmanship
Rhonda Weis - Showmanship
Jeff McMaines - Agility
Larry Reese - Obedience
M/S/C (Leona/Kelly) to accept the following people as provisional judges, assuming they meet the age requirement:
Tess DeBlieck - Obedience & Showmanship
Katie Dombeck - Obedience & Showmanship
Cassie Drake - Obedience
Stephanie Fenton - Obedience & Showmanship
Tara Fletcher - Obedience
Nancy Holmseth - Obedience & Showmanship
Laticia Jensen - Obedience & Showmanship
Melissa LaMere - Obedience
Denise Larson - Obedience & Showmanship
Sheronne Mulry - Obedience & Showmanship
Colleen Oestreich - Obedience & Showmanship
Karl Oestreich - Obedience & Showmanship
Jessica Sedivy - Obedience & Showmanship
Beth Smetana - Obedience & Showmanship
Darlene Smetana - Obedience & Showmanship
Shannon Weis - Showmanship
The committee needs to develop a complete list with names and addresses so that it can be posted on the web for counties to access. The committee needs to appoint a new chair. Karl O. will serve as the acting chair. There are four open spots on the committee (one of each: certified judge, senior judge, volunteer, and youth). Application form are available on the web. The current committee should work at recruiting/identifying potential new members. The committee is looking at a judges training for obedience and showmanship in the fall. They also presented some policy issues for the certification process.
M/S/C (Leona/Marlene) that certified judges must attend a seminar every three years to remain certified. If this is not met, they become a provisional judge until they attend another seminar. After a seminar is attended they return to the same level of judge that they previously held. Provisional judge status may only be held for three years, after which the person must reapply. If three apprenticeships are failed, that person must reapply and attend another judges training.
Obedience/Showmanship - Marlene
The committee needs to make the transition to the new committee structure of two people from each of the five districts plus three additional youth, one obedience judge, one showmanship judge, and one extension staff person. Applications have been received from: Kelly Edgar, Kathy Francis, and Marlene Keller. Application forms are available on the web.
M/S/C (Karl O./Laurie) to accept Kathy Francis (showmanship judge), Marlene Keller (C adult), and Kelly Edgar (SE adult) as members of the committee.
State Dog Show
Brad opened the discussion by explaining the possibilites for the State 4-H Dog Show if it were held in the 4-H Building at the State Fairgrounds. The 4-H building is available the last two weekends in September. Rental costs are approximately $1000 per day to rent. St. Cloud has been $1000 for both days. Food service and the dorms would be available for us to use. The discussion continued around the survey and that 88.1% of people who responded would prefer to have one show. There was additional discussion around housing, limiting the number of classes and/or dogs, number of days, and class size. If at all possible, it is hoped that there would not need to be quotas/limits this first year.
M/S/C (Marlene/Vanessa) to hold one state dog show the last weekend in September in the 4-H Building at the State Fairgrounds and not hold regional shows for 2002.
Because of the discussion/debate it was decided to vote anonymously using paper ballots. Results: 10 yes 2 no
We will hold a Special PDC meeting in two weeks (February 16, 2002-10:00 a.m.) to discuss how we can move forward with the state show in this manner. The state show will be the only aganeda item. Hopefully we can meet in Coffey Hall on the St. Paul Campus.
State Fair Dog Project Showcase
This event is a way to promote the 4-H dog project at the state fair in the 4-H Building during 4-H Livestock Weekend (Aug. 22-24) Jan Brule volunteered to organize a showcase on Saturday, August 24. Leticia Jensen, Cathy Steinmetz, and Leona Hellesvig are willing to help.
Sherburne Co. is interested in hosting the 2004 and 2005 Supersessions.
M/S/C (Karl O./Tish) to clarify the rule that 4-H members may only show a maximum of two dogs - they may not use a third dog for Brace Obedience.
Future Meeting Dates
February 16, 2002 - 10:00 a.m. hopefully in Coffey Hall
June 14, 2002 - 5:00 p.m. at Supersession in Blue Earth
Nov. 9, 2002 - 10:30 a.m. at the University of Minnesota
M/S/C (Karl O./Jeff) to adjourn the meeting at 2:40pm
Kelly Edgar, Secretary