Current Motions

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Kalla E. Jaco
Executive Secretary | asca.execsec@gmail.com

Members,
 
The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from February 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by February 15.
 

BD.18.18 ASCA System Upgrade Committee

Motion by Vest

Second by Gibson

I move to approve the creation of a BOD ad-hoc Committee to provide guidance and support to ASCA during the completion of the system upgrade. The Committee will consist of: BOD President, BOD Vice President, BOD appointed System Liaison, BOD System Liaison, two BOD chosen individuals that possess the skillsets necessary to provide guidance for future system development/upgrades. Skillsets may include but are not limited to the following:

AWS:

ec2 instances (windows)

RDS

VPN configuration

IAM

S3

.NET Core

Node.js

npm & gulp

Visual Studio

Github

Microsoft.sql

The ASCA System Upgrade Committee will remain seated until completion of the ASCA System Upgrade.

Who is affected: ASCA Business Office and all ASCA Members

Effective date: Immediately upon approval by the Board of Directors

Members,

The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from February 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by February 15.

BD.18.20 Publishing Names of New ASCA Non-Regular Breeder Judges (Conformation) (Revised)

Motion by DeChant

Second by Roberts

I move that ASCA provide space in the Aussie Times and the ASCA Website to publish a list of new Conformation Non-Regular Breeder Judges. Their names will be published in every issue and remain on the Website and be noted in the ASCA Judges list for 1 year from the time they are approved by the Board of Directors. The ASCA Office will add judges at time of their approval and remove them after their year is up.

 

This will replace the following motion approved in January 2017:

BD.17.04 Publishing Names of New ASCA Judges

Approve: Unanimous

Motion carries.

 

Motion by DeChant

Second by Roberts

I move that ASCA provide space in the Aussie Times and the ASCA Website to publish a list of new judges for all programs. Their names will be published in every issue and remain on the Website for 1 year from the time they are approved by the Board of Directors. The ASCA Office will add judges at time of their approval and remove them after their year is up. Sections will be created so that it is clear what level and what program they are qualified to judge.

 

Effective Date: Upon approval of the ASCA Board of Directors.

 

Rationale: Publishing the names of new ASCA judges for one year will bring to the attention of the Membership and the Affiliate Clubs the names of new Judges who are beginning their journey through the process to becoming seasoned and experienced judges. This is being done to help new judges to obtain assignments in a manner that is approved by ASCA. Solicitation for assignments is not allowed in ASCA’s Rules for any judge of all ASCA Programs. The ASCA Board would like to see these Judges get off on the right foot.

 

Comments/rationale: These Judges are the only ones in ASCA Programs that don’t grant points or legs. They would benefit from ASCA’s help to make members aware of them as they need to judge at the Non-Regular level in order to move up to the next level where they grant point toward titles.

 

Who is affected: ASCA Non-Regular Breeder Judges

 

Effective date: Immediately upon approval by the Board of Directors

Members,
 
The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from February 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by February 15.
 

BD.18.25 Policy Book, New Section 20.3 ASCA Breed Standard and Working Description

Motion by Roberts

Second by DeChant

I move to add section 20.3 ASCA Breed Standard and Working Description.

Current wording:

No current wording.

Proposed wording:

20.3 ASCA Breed Standard and Working Description

Prominent icons that link to the ASCA Breed Standard and the ASCA Working Description shall be presented on the homepage of the ASCA Website.

Comments/rationale: When the motion BD.17.191 Changes to 6.14 Breed Standard was made, I removed the reference to the website icon as it didn’t belong in the section that addressed posting in the AT. Now, I would like to move to add both the BS and WD to the website section of the policy book. Trying to document items and clean things up. Below, you will see the Board motion from 2006 that addresses the posting of the working description. The policy was not added to the policy book, as it should have been.

Motion from November 2017:

BD.17.191 Changes to 6.14 Breed Standard

Motion by Roberts

Second by Gray

I move to add the Working Description to the policy for the publication of the Breed Standard in the Aussie Times.

Current wording:

6.14 Breed Standard

The ASCA Breed Standard shall be published in every other issue of the Aussie Times within the first 50 pages of the publication.

A prominent icon which links to the ASCA Standard shall be presented on the home page of ASCA.org.

Proposed wording:

6.14 Breed Standard and Working Description

The ASCA Breed Standard shall be published in every other issue of the Aussie Times within the first 50 pages of the publication.

The ASCA Working Description shall be published in the Aussie Times in alternate issues.

Comment: Both the Breed Standard and the Working Description are of equal importance and both should be published.

Parties affected: AT Editor

Effective date: When passed

From an old Policy Book:

The ASCA Breed Standard shall be published in every other issue of the AUSSIE TIMES within the first 50 pages of the publication.  A prominent icon which links to the ASCA Standard shall be presented on the home page of ASCA.org.

Motion from 2006:

94:01 STOCK DOG COMMITTEE – Motion by Davenport. I move to approve the following recommendation from the Stock Dog Committee:

I move the following document be adopted by ASCA as the Working Description (see attached) of the Australian Shepherd as an official ASCA document and shall be placed:

1. In the AUSSIE TIMES with the same frequency as the ASCA Breed Standard.

2. On the ASCA web site.

Further, the Stock Dog Committee recommends that before the document appears in any places other than items 1 and 2 above, the ASCA Board of Directors should first conduct a poll of the ASCA members.

Approve: Walter, Berryessa, Davenport, Gray, DeChant and Bryant. Disapprove: Stevens, Hellmeister and Aufox. Motion is approved.

Who is affected: Webmaster

Effective date: Immediately upon approval by the Board of Directors

Members,
 
The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from February 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by February 15.
 

BD.18.26 2019 Stockdog Finals Judges

Motion by Roberts

Second by DeChant

I move to approve Joan Carrillo, David Clayton, Russ Ford, Marie Murphy, Robert Myrick, Rachel Vest as the slate of judges for the 2019 Stockdog Finals.

Who is affected: Stockdog Finals competitors

Effective date: Immediately upon approval by the Board of Directors

Members,
 
The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from February 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by February 15.
 

BD.18.27 2019 Obedience Finals Judges

Motion by Roberts

Second by DeChant

I move to approve Hillary Hines and Ken Blanchard as the slate of judges for the 2019 Obedience Finals.

Who is affected: Obedience Finals competitors

Effective date: Immediately upon approval by the Board of Directors

Members,

The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from February 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by February 15.

CO.18.01 Addition to Show Premium/Flyer Required Information

Motion by Busquets

I move to add a bullet point to Section 3.2 of the Show Rules regarding dogs with chemical implants.

 

Committee recommendation:

Motion by Mary Hellmeister

Second by Ray Schafer

I, Mary Hellmeister, move to add the following bullet point to the list under Show Premium/Flyer Required Information in Section 3.2 of the Show Rules:

  • A dog that is using a chip or chemical implant to lower hormone levels is not eligible to be shown in either Regular Altered or Intact classes (Sections 4.15.1 and 9.6 Show Rules).

 

Current wording:

3.2 Sanctioning Application

Show Premium/Flyer Required Information

  • Name of affiliate club hosting the event
  • Sanctioning status (pending or approved)
  • A statement that the trial will be held under the current rules and regulations of ASCA
  • Date and Location of show(s) including physical address
  • Number of conformation shows and other events
  • Pre-Entry opening and closing times
  • Show/trial secretary and show/trial chairperson’s name and contact information. Other trial officials may also be listed
  • Judges names, accompanied by their affiliation, including their judge’s assignments
  • A listing of all classes offered for each day
  • Judging start times and order of classes
  • Fee amounts for pre-entry and day of show entries for classes offered (Non-regular, regular, junior showmanship and additional classes)
  • A statement that no entry shall be accepted from a dog or handler disqualified from the ASCA Conformation program; a dog or handler disqualified from all ASCA programs; or a person not in good standing with ASCA
  • A description of prizes and awards
  • Description of the show/trial’s setting (indoor/out, electric or none, etc.) and the ring surfacing (grass, grass/dirt, sand, matting over concrete, carpet, sod, shavings, etc.)
  • Time the entrance or show grounds will be open
  • Late or early arrival contact information (list a contact number and person)
  • Local veterinarians for emergency contact
  • Rules of the club (including waivers to be signed)
  • Listing of any applicable local laws or show site regulations pertaining to the exhibition of dogs. (including waivers to be signed)
  • Grooming area information (Electricity, tent, inside/outside, etc.)
  • Local hotel(s) and pet accommodation information
  • RV hook up amenities and availability (RV Park Guide) (if applicable)
  • Food Vendor information
  • Show photographer information (if applicable)

The most current ASCA approved entry form must be included, or a link to the entry forms on the ASCA website should be included.

 

Proposed wording:

3.2 Sanctioning Application

Show Premium/Flyer Required Information

  • Show photographer information (if applicable)
  • A dog that is using a chip or chemical implant to lower hormone levels is not eligible to be shown in either Regular Altered or Intact classes (Sections 4.15.1 and 9.6 Show Rules)

 

Comments/rationale: Due to improvements in the medical field and the rising popularity of such chips or implants and in an effort to clarify the rules and make them transparent for exhibitors, clubs should be required to make exhibitors aware of these rules. This is nothing more than a clarification.

 

Effective date: Immediately upon approval by the Board of Directors

 

Results of committee vote:

Approve: 11

Oppose: 1

Dissent from Dorothy Montano: Show flyers are crowded enough without adding additional verbiage.

Members,
 
The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from February 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by February 15.
 

FD.18.01 Rescue Grant Amount

Motion by Roberts

Second by DeChant

I move to change policy 6 Rescue Grants of the ASCA Foundation Policy Book.

Current wording:

6 Rescue Grants

Thanks to a generous donation to the ASCA Foundation with funds marked for rescue, from the estate of Susan Youngblood, grants are now available to eligible rescue organizations. The funds will be granted in $5000.00 increments, to 501(c)3 organizations that rescue primarily Australian Shepherds. Each organization can receive one grant per calendar year. Applications are available from the ASCA Business Office, the Executive Secretary, and on the ASCA website.

Proposed wording:

Thanks to a generous donation to the ASCA Foundation with funds marked for rescue, from the estate of Susan Youngblood, grants are now available to eligible rescue organizations. The funds will be granted in increments of up to $3000 to 501(c)3 organizations that rescue primarily Australian Shepherds. Each organization can receive one grant per calendar year. Applications are available from the ASCA Business Office, the Executive Secretary, and on the ASCA website.

Who is affected: Animal rescues

Effective date: Immediately upon approval by the Board of Directors

Members,

The following motion is currently before the ASCA Board for discussion. Voting will take place from February 20-26. If you have any comments, please respond to this email or send them to the Executive Secretary: asca.execsec@gmail.com by February 15.

RA.18.02 Correction to Sign #10, Right Turn

Motion by Busquets

I move that we ratify the corrections made by the Rally Committee to the bold and underlined portion of sign #10, Right Turn.

 

Committee recommendation:

Motion by Corinne Shanks

Second by Karen Black

I move to correct the bold & underlined portion of sign # 10, Right Turn, as printed in 18 Signs and Descriptions.

 

Current wording:

Right turn (limit one in E, M):

Team makes a 90-degree turn to the right in heel position.

 

Proposed wording:

Right turn (limit one in E, M):

Team makes a 90-degree turn to the right in heel position.

 

Comments/rationale: The purpose of this motion is to correct the terminology associated with this sign. The proposed wording will make sign #10 Right Turn match that of #13 Left Turn.

 

Who is affected: Contestants will understand where points can be lost.  Judges will be better able to score this station.

 

Effective date: Immediately upon Board approval

 

Results of committee vote:

Approve: 13

Disapprove: 0

Abstain: 0

Non-voting: 1