TOTC GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

OCTOBER 1, 2009 AT BRUNOÕS

 

President Kathleen McCullough called the meeting to order at 6:45 PM.

 

A drawing for the Third Quarter Prize was held and Kevin Corbell was the winner.

 

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING: A motion was made, seconded and approved to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the September meeting.

 

REPORT OF PRESIDENT: Kathleen thanked everyone in the club for their support after the death of her father.

 

REPORT OF SECRETARY: No formal report.

 

REPORT OF THE TREASURER: Treasurer Don Etheridge reported that we are in the black for the year and that the clubÕs financial condition remains sound.  DonÕs report was approved.  A full copy of the financial report is available to any member upon request.

 

REPORT OF THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Vice President Mary Jenkins said that our next General Membership Meeting would be at Lucky Dog Park.  Several TOTC members who attended the recent Julie Hill seminar will share what they learned.  Mary also reported that the Annual Meeting and Awards banquet would be on December 17th this year.  She is in the process of finalizing the location. 

 

REPORT OF THE TRAINING DIRECTOR: Training Director Robin Visniski said that the Meet & Greet and demonstration the Tuesday before was very successful.  The class participants got to see other activities they could do once they get their basic obedience down.  Robin needed teachers for the Pet and Puppy classes that were to start @ 7:45 on October 6.  Once that session gets started we will have a Meet & Greet and demo for them on the 3rd week too.  Robin reminded everyone that to be recognized at the banquet she has to have your titles and competition results.  She reminded the group that beginning in 2010 Pet and Puppy classes will be on Tuesdays at 6:30 only.  We decided to drop the 7:45 sessions because they werenÕt popular enough. 

 

REPORT OF THE TRAINING SECRETARY: Training Secretary Carl Strange said that the Meet & Greet was fun and he thought it was very successful.  He commended June Cook, Don Etheridge and himself for calling everyone about the Annual Picnic.  It really helped bring more people out that night!

 

COMMITTEES:

 

Obedience & Rally Trials, October 10, 2009, Canton, TX Š Don Etheridge reported that we were down one judge and he was trying (frantically) to find a replacement.  Anyone available to help TTKC set up is welcome to come out to the Trades Day area in Canton on Thursday afternoon.  Those who are going to Steward the shows need to wear white shirts and dark pants on the day.  Don will also be working out mat placement on Friday the 9th and anyone available to help is welcome to meet him in Canton around 11:00 AM.  Kathleen McCullough said she had all of the prizes set except the ones that individuals were providing.  Anyone giving a special or breed prize needed to contact her if they hadnÕt already delivered their prize.

 

Tracking Seminar, November 21 & 22, 2009 Š Cheryl Etheridge reported that there were still 3 working spots left.  For the 2 day seminar the member price is $100.  Audit spots are $50 for members and non-members.

 

Nominating Committee Š Karen Riley, Mary Jenkins & Cheryl Etheridge have been working on recommendations for 2010 TOTC officers.  They will present their recommended slate of officers at the November General Membership Meeting and any additional nominations will be taken from the floor.  The election will be held at the Annual Meeting and Banquet on December 17.  Carl Strange is in charge of the Sportsmanship Award for this year since he won in 2008.  He will provide ballots for people to vote for their choice.  A list of prior winners (who cannot receive the award again) will be available.  He will present the award at the December meeting.

 

Tyler Christmas Parade, December 3, 2009 Š Robin Visniski said that we would meet behind the Salvation Army building.  Wear your TOTC shirts or sweatshirts.  If you donÕt have a lighted collar for your dog to wear contact Robin.  This parade is not a long walk but the crowd can get close so only dogs that can handle crowds and strangers coming up to them should participate in this activity. 

 

Agility Trials, February 21 & 22, 2010 and May 15 & 16, 2010 at Texas Rose Horse Park Š Cheryl Etheridge said she has engaged 2 of the judges.  She still needs someone to volunteer to be in charge of Ribbons and Prizes.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

 

East Texas State Fair, September 30, 2009 Š  Mary Jenkins reported that there were lots of Agility participants but that we didnÕt get to show off Rally as much as she would have liked.  However, everything went off well.  The crowds were excellent and she felt we got some good PR.  Kevin Corbell took pictures and Don Etheridge MCÕd.

 

Tyler Christmas Parade, December 3, 2009 Š Robin Visniski said that we will meet behind the Salvation Army building.  Wear your TOTC shirts or sweatshirts.  If you donÕt have a lighted collar for your dog to wear contact Robin.  This parade is not a long walk but the crowd can get close so only dogs that can handle crowds and strangers coming up to them should participate in this activity. 

 

ELECTION OF NEW MEMBERS:

 

First Reading Š Nancy Ledlow, a returning member, has a Vizsla, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.  Jim Johnson, husband of member Jennifer Johnson, is joining the pack.  Edie Durdin, wife of Roger, has a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and has taken Puppy and Pet classes.  Kathy A. Smith completed Pet class in Spring of 2008 and has a Border Collie, a Labradoodle & a Bloodhound.

 

Kathleen adjourned the meeting at 7:40 PM.