TOTC GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

OCTOBER 7, 2010 AT LUCKY DOG PARK


President Harry Steelman called the meeting to order at 6:40 PM.


Julie Williams is the winner of the Quarterly Participation Prize! The more you participate the more chances you have to win!


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 THE TREASURER: Treasurer Don Etheridge let us know that we currently have a surplus for the year. However we have upcoming end of year expenses like purchase of promotional items, new equipment and the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet. Don’s report was approved. A full copy of the financial report is available to any member upon request.


REPORT OF THE TRAINING DIRECTOR: Training Director Joyce Anderson said that she is especially pleased with the Agility classes this session. Hopefully this is a sign that our Agility program is revitalized. The next Tuesday class session is scheduled to begin October 26 with Robin Visniski teaching Pet Class and Cheryl Etheridge Advanced Obedience. Drill Team practice is to resume the next Thursday (14) at 7:45 PM. Joyce asked everyone to attend the Teacher/Assistant Seminar coming up on November 13 from 9 AM to 4 PM. We need as many people as possible to teach and assist with classes and this will be a chance to learn how to do this. Lunch will be provided. Joyce also reminded everyone to send her information about the scores, titles, etc they have earned this year. She has to have them in order to have patches and pins ready to award at the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet in December. If you don’t supply your information we can’t recognize your achievements!


COMMITTEES:


Agility Trials – February 19-20, 2011. Cheryl Etheridge is working on getting judges. She reported that she confirmed with Texas Rose Horse Park that we would move to May 7-8 for our second Agility Trials for 2011. This was done to accommodate Texas Rose Horse Park but works fine for us. She hopes we can have new 24” weave poles for our 2011 shows.


Obedience & Rally Trials, Longview - July 30-31, 2011. Don Etheridge and his Assistant Sonja Asido are working on getting judges. We will be going up $2 on our entry fee, which will make it $25. This was done to match what Longview Kennel Club charges. We will still have a second entry discount. Longview does not.


ELECTION OF NEW MEMBERS:


First Reading – Kodi Pinnell took a Puppy Class and has two dogs. Scout is a Dalmatian and Jaci is a Cattle Dog.


UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Dave Visniski pointed out that the beginnings of the bathroom were taking shape at Lucky Dog!

Lindale Country Fest is set for the next Saturday. Hide A Way Small Animal Clinic invited us to share their space at the event. We need volunteers at all training levels to participate in demos. It will be held at the EJ Moss Middle School on Eagle Spirit Drive. Participants needed to be there by 10:30 AM.

Our new Facebook page is a good place to let TOTC know if you’re planning to participate in an event. Special thanks to Carl & Rebecca Strange for getting it up and running!

The Rose Parade is set for October 16 and the gathering spot is at Front & Glenwood. Participants need to be in line by 8:30 AM. Joyce let us know that the Tyler Texas Kennel Club Conformation Show is the same day as the Rose Parade and that it will also be held on Sunday.

Another “Meet the Trainers” session is scheduled for October 23 at Petland from 12 to 2 PM.

If anyone hasn’t received their TOTC Bucks for teaching or assisting with a class see Joyce. She is working on getting them out to everyone.


NEW BUSINESS: Mary Dick and Dave Visniski suggested that we give a coupon or some kind of incentive to graduates of our classes to encourage them to continue. Of course they can join TOTC after completing a class and get a member discount, but Mary and Dave felt that there should be something available for those who aren’t ready to join. The Executive Board will take this under advisement. Since we did not have a charity scheduled for a 3rd quarter donation we’ll double up for the 4th quarter one. We had several suggestions of possible charities. Kaufman County Animal Awareness, APET in Wood County and Meals on Wheels in Tyler were mentioned. We think that Meals on Wheels may be taking food for pets as well as people We need to find out more.

Some of our experienced members talked about the Sportsmanship Award that will be voted on at the next General Membership Meeting. Every year we have a secret ballot vote at the November General Membership Meeting for the Sportsmanship Award so it can be given at the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet in December. The Sportsmanship Award is an honor a TOTC member can receive only once. It is given each year to the member who exemplifies the best in TOTC membership and has gone above and beyond in helping TOTC achieve its goals. Mary Jenkins won the award in 2009 so she will be in charge of the ballots and vote. She will be the only one who knows who the 2010 recipient is until it is announced.

Mary Jenkins and her Nominating Committee will also announce their recommendations for 2011 Executive Board Members at the November meeting. Any nominations from the floor will be taken at that time. Anyone nominated must agree to serve before his or her name can be placed on the ballot. The election will be held at the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on December 9. More information will be given out soon, but mark your calendars because the date is not our standard monthly meeting night.

Harry adjourned the meeting at 7:25 PM.