The American Fox Terrier Club
Annual Membership Meeting Minutes
October 5, 2012
Holiday Inn, Ft.
The meeting was brought to order at 6:18 PM by President James W. Smith with 31
members signing the attendance roster.
The required quorum of 12 members was met.
President opened the meeting by asking the membership when would be the best
time to hold the Annual Meeting? Various suggestions were presented including:
Moving the time to 6:30 PM and the
dinner to 7:30 PM
Requesting 2 rings at Friday’s
Hatboro show to allow for earlier judging of both breeds
Return to having the meeting during
Having the meeting at a show site
during down time
Discussion of the suggestions was held with no definite outcome. Members asked
to provide President Smith with other suggestions for further discussion and
President Smith asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the previous
Motion made by Jackie Thatcher to approve
the minutes of the October 7, 2011 Annual Membership Meeting as printed in the
newsletter. Second by Sarah Covell. Motion passed unanimously.
Officer and Committee Reports
President’s Report: President Smith
offered his thanks to the members for their time and efforts during the past
year on behalf of the club. He reminded
the members of the history of the AFTC.
Members were asked to introduce themselves.
Secretary’s Report: Jo Hubbs
provided the membership with a written report.
Treasurer’s Report: Susan Hogan
reported the 2011 Financial Report was published in the Annual mailed to the
membership. She provided the 2012
year to date report. In addition,
she reported on the annual audit report for 2011.
The audit was completed by Linda Albrecht and her statement will be
printed in the newsletter.
Show Coordinator’s Report: Bruce
Schwartz reported the following venues for AFTC Floating Specialties:
Louisville, KY – March; FTC of No
CA in Sacramento, CA
Louisville, KY – March; FTC of Chicago
IL – June
Bruce reported that the Louisville
cluster clubs work with the AFTC in hiring our judge to do other shows thereby
keeping our expenses low. Other all
breed clubs will not use our requested judge.
Bruce explained that puts the AFTC at financial risk for incurring all
the expense of a judge and few entries.
Trophy Committee’s Report: Sheila
Thulin reported on trophy costs given the need to purchase trophies for three
specialties. She stated the
committee raises funds, in addition to those provided by the Board’s action. Donations are requested through the
annual dues and by other fund raisers such as sale of travel mugs this year. Bill Dossett commented he would
rather see a reduction in trophy costs if it meant the club could hire their
President Smith presented new AKC judging approvals which will provide parent
clubs with an expanded selection of judges.
Each parent club may select anyone who is occupationally eligible to
judge under the rules as an Invited Judge (not currently licensed) to judge at
their national or regional specialty (not affiliated clubs). The Invited Judge
would judge that one show and would not be eligible for other assignments unless
they went through the current approval process.
The Invited Judge may be a member or handler. Occupational ineligible individuals
would include those who solicit or act as salespersons for dog food, dog remedy,
or kennel supply companies, solicit advertisements for kennel advertising, are
professional superintendents or their employees, and those who buy and sell dogs
as means of livelihood. A judges
selection ballot will be sent to the membership for 2015 and 2016 judges and
will allow for inclusion of Invited Judges.
Judge’s Education Report: President
Smith presented Rosalind Kramer’s report.
Judge’s education seminars are as follows:
Hatboro Dog Club, Friday, October 5,
2012 following Wire judging
FL, December 2012
Portland, OR, January 2013
Delegate’s Report: Connie Clark reported on the following AKC activities:
Delegates passed the awarding of a 3
point major to the Reserve Winners Dog and Reserve Winners Bitch at one
designated national breed specialty each year provided there is 2 times the
number of dogs or bitches exhibited to create a 5 point major. This will become effective in 2013 and is
optional for each Parent Club.
Meet the Breeds will be held at the
Center in October. Winnie Stout, Jim Smith, Joe Punzalan and
Bob Patenaude will man the booth.
AKC is in process of updating the
“Complete Dog Book” and is asking for the Parent Clubs to work with the AKC on
this project. The AFTC will follow up
with AKC on this request.
A discussion of criteria for holding floating specialties was held. Points made included:
Specialties should be held where
majors in exist in both breeds without an AFTC specialty. Bruce stated this
would include such venues as Great Western, Columbia Terrier , and Louisville.
Consider requests from affiliated
Consider airline travel restriction
Endeavour to refrain from shows in
June, July, and August.
Designate 1 show as the “third” show
for purposes of awarding the Grand Challenge, Homer Gage, and Welwire trophy
legs. This could be a supported entry
rather than a specialty.
Consider the pool of judges before
committing to a specific venue.
Remind the membership that judges are
hired off their elected lists that they then need to support the entry.
Secretary Hubbs provided President Smith with the sealed envelope from the
Independent Teller. The envelope was
returned to the Secretary who opened it and reported the results of the Board of
Governors election for the class of 2012 – 2016.
The following were elected:
Wire Fox Terrier designated members: Connie Clark and John Killeen
Smooth Fox Terrier designated member: James W. Smith
No unfinished business.
No new business.
President Smith thanked those in attendance for their participation and
commitment to working together.
Meeting was adjourned at 6:58 PM.
Jo Hubbs, Secretary