Members Absent: Loretta Eichmann, Brenda Fenton, Renee Hink-Ferrington, Kelly Hanson, Jack Loken, Lorene Naze, Jessica Sedivy, and Rhonda Weis
Guests Present: Andrew Carlson, Mari Cloose, Leona Hellesvig, Nancy Holmseth, Owen Holmseth, Terry Lovelett, Vanessa Magnus, Krista Murname, Marian Myhrum, Rodney Myhrum, Jamie Nelson, Al Rasmussen, Micah Rasmussen, Donna Sonnek, Cindy Stover, and Winnifred Unnasch
Center Staff Present: Tammy Lorch and Valerie Malmquist
The meeting was called to order at 7:15 p.m. by Chair, Karen Loken. Everyone present introduced themselves. There was five minutes of "District Discussion Time" where the representatives from each district met together to discuss ideas and concerns from their district. When the group reassembled, one representative from each district gave a 90 second update to the entire group:
Carl stated that our minutes said about 50 people attended the Supersession II and actually closer to 100 people attended.
Jan submitted a written report. April Balance was $3,348.36. Expenses totaled $201.74 and income totaled $507.57 which leaves a new balance of $3,654.19.
M/S/C (Becky/Cherrye) to accept the Treasurer's Report.
PDC Application ~ Tammy put together a draft of an application for this Dog PDC. It is based on the Horse Association Application and the generic "old" application. Karen questioned the number 5 item: Serve as an unofficial liaison with a statewide organization interest in the program area. J.P. suggested that number 5 be taken off. J.P. also noted that this group is no longer called a "PDC"; it is known as the Minnesota State 4-H Dog Project hereafter called MSDP.
Karl questioned the incorporation status of the group.
J.P. explained that the MSDP directed Brad Rugg to do what was needed to
make the group incorporated. Al Rassmusen stated that the Center
for 4-H Youth Development has a task force looking in how incorporation
fits into the structure of the 4-H program.
M/S/C (J.P./Cherrye) to table the incorporation issue until the spring meeting and remove the "Inc." from our information until it is resolved.
M/S/C (J.P. Becky) to accept the application as changed.
New Member Applications:
Southwest District - Melanie Pamp, Lyon County, and Kathy Steinmetz, Nobles County, both completed and submitted applications.
Southeast District - Nancy Unnasch, Fillmore County, will be vacating her youth representative position. Owen Holmseth, Fairbault County, has completed and submitted application.
Al Rasmussen will complete application for the vacant Extension Educator position.
M/S/C (Becky/Erin) to accept Melanie and Owen as new members.
Karen clarified that if your term expires in 1998 and you want to reapply for reappointment for another three year term, you must complete and submit an application form signed by your extension educator.
A current and correct copy of the bylaws was handed out. At the April meeting, the membership was instructed to look them over, correct any mistakes, and submit to Tammy.
Dog Project Activities at State Fair
A coordinator for the state fair activities is needed. Leona has coordinated this in the past and is unable to continue again this year. Leona is willing to assist. Valerie will put an announcement in 4-H Weekly and advertise it to the Extension Offices to pass along to Dog Project Leaders. If there is no response it will be dropped.
Agility Committee Report
Leona passed out the Committee Overview and Committee Meetings Minutes. Leona submitted these for approval.
M/S/C (J.P./Elizabeth) to accept.
Judges Certification Committee Report
They have not met.
Show Committee Report
Tammy reported that the committee met this morning. Pat, Becky, Jan, J.P. Tammy & Cherrye were present at the meeting. Donna Sonnek asked whether there will be a way for people to move on and off the committee. Discussion about where it is a standing committee and specifically how it fits into the by-laws. Al requested that the by-laws specifically list the standing committees. The standing committees are: executive, agility, and judges. This is to be an item for our fall meeting. Chairs should come prepared to discuss when and if these have been approved as standing committees in the prior meetings.
Al suggested that we look at changing our by-laws to include the standing committees and that all committees include all districts and youth. It is important to remember that youth development is the central focus of all the work from MSDP.
Regional Dog Show Updates
Northern - Saturday, September 12 - Hibbing (St. Louis County) ~ Elizabeth reported that all committees have youth and adult members and are meeting monthly.
Central - Saturday, September 26 - Willmar (Kandiyohi County) ~ Becky stated that the show is Sunday, September 27, because the arena is not available on Saturday. Valerie stated that there is a problem with having the show on Sunday, therefore, the show must be held on Saturday. Schools have been suggested and members are to find phone numbers for schools in the area. Administrators who have let the regional show be conducted in their schools could be contacted to send letters to Becky stating that no damage was done to the floor as a result of hosting the dog show.
Southern - Saturday, September 12 (Obedience & Showmanship) and Sunday, September 13 (Agility) - Blue Earth (Fairbault County) ~ Hotels will be available and a food stand is planned. The committee is working on getting ring stewards.
State Dog Show Update
A coordinator is still needed for the show. Laurie Magnus will coordinate the registration and do the show programs. Facility is already secured.
Karl has it on the computer set up during the Supersession. People are welcome to visit it tonight. Approved minutes will be e-mailed to Karl to put on. Rules and regulation will also be put on. MSDP membership will be put on if people are comfortable. Counties should send their shows or anything dog related to be put on it. It will be linked to the Center for 4-H Youth Development website.
M/S/C (Kelly/Cherrye) to approve Karl as the Webmaster for the site.
Supersession Two ~ Feedback/Input and Planning for
Karl reported that 67 people have signed up but more came. The program has a loss of approximately $2.18. The attendance included: 23 youth; 15 students; 17 leaders; 1 EE; 6 judges; 15 parents, and 1 other. Karl was thanked for this hard work. Registration needs to be our sooner next year. Cherrye was thanked for making the good food. Karl suggested that it possibly be moved around the state.
M/S/C (Elizabeth/Becky) to adjourn at 10:25 p.m.
Laurie Magnus - Acting Secretary