Current Motions

Motions currently under consideration of the Board of Directors will be posted to this page by the 11th of every month. Feedback on any motion should be directed to [email protected] for distribution to the Board.
 
Motions brought before the Board for discussion and vote must be done so in accordance with ASCA’s Policies and Procedures. All motions are sent to the Executive Secretary for distribution to the Board and the membership (except confidential or sensitive issues). Motions are made between the 1st and the 10th of each month. The comment period extends until the 19th of the month. Voting begins on the 20th (or first business day thereafter) of each month and ends five business days later, with results distributed immediately.
 
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Kalla E. Jaco
Executive Secretary | [email protected]

Members,
The below motion has been submitted to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will take place from September 20th – 26th, and results will be posted on September 27.

Please send any feedback to [email protected] and I will share with the Board. The deadline for member comments is Thursday, September 19.

BD.19.97 Hall of Fame Committee Mission Statement

Motion by Vest

Second by Silveira

To request that the HOF Committee create a more descriptive Mission Statement for the Hall of Fame Committee page.

 

Comments/Rationale: The current statement on the Hall of Fame Committee page is not clear as to the function of the Hall of Fame Committee and how it supports ASCA.

 

Affected: Hall of Fame Committee.

 

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

[email protected] | (737) 704-1685

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808

Check us out on our Website, Facebook, and YouTube Channel

Members,
The below motion has been submitted to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will take place from September 20th – 26th, and results will be posted on September 27.

Please send any feedback to [email protected] and I will share with the Board. The deadline for member comments is Thursday, September 19.

BD.19.98 Hall of Fame Committee Name Correction

Motion by Vest

Second by Silveira

I move to direct the Webmaster to change the Specialty Recognition header on the committee section of the ASCA website to Hall of Fame (HOF) and to add under the bullet points – Special Program Awards.

 

Comments/Rationale: To better define the Hall of Fame Committee on the ASCA website by removing the Special Recognition header. A Special Program Award may be requested by a Program or from the ASCA Board.

 

Affected: Hall of Fame Committee.

 

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

[email protected] | (737) 704-1685

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808

Check us out on our Website, Facebook, and YouTube Channel

Members,
The below motion has been submitted to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will take place from September 20th – 26th, and results will be posted on September 27.

Please send any feedback to [email protected] and I will share with the Board. The deadline for member comments is Thursday, September 19.

BD.19.94 Add to Policy Book Section 11 DNA Fingerprinting

Motion by Busquets

Second by Gann

I move to add the following sections to Policy Book Section 11 DNA Fingerprinting.

 

Current Wording:

11.3 DNA Liaison

The Office Manager will handle all communications with the ASCA DNA Laboratory.

 

Proposed Wording:

11.3 DNA Liaison

  1. The Office Manager will handle all communications with the ASCA DNA Laboratory.
  2. The Office Manager shall prepare a quarterly report that includes status of the DNA database, statistics on samples processed, identification of minor problems, membership input received during that quarter, etc.
  3. In the event of major problems such as but not limited to, lack of response by the DNA Lab, issues with the availability of materials needed for sample processing, major membership complaints, etc. the Office Manager shall immediately alert the Executive DNA Oversight Committee through the Business Office liaison, ASCA President.

 

11.4 Oversight of ASCA’s DNA Program

  1. Executive DNA Oversight Subcommittee – The Board of Directors will create and maintain an Executive DNA Oversight Sub-Committee. The Executive DNA Oversight Sub-Committee shall consist of three directors: The liaison to the Business Office (ASCA President), the liaison to the DNA Committee, and one additional director.
  2. Duties of Executive DNA Oversight Sub-Committee – The Sub-Committee shall examine the DNA quarterly report sent by ASCA’s Business Office Manager and report to the Board of Directors any findings and/or anomalies identified by the Business Manager and/or the Committee.

 

Comments/Rationale: ASCA’s DNA program is integral to ASCA’s mission. The Board, in conjunction with the Business Office, needs to monitor sample processing and its relationship with the ASCA DNA Laboratory to protect the registry and ensure that any problems are solved in a timely and efficient manner.

 

Affected: Board of Directors and Office Manager.

 

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

[email protected] | (737) 704-1685

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808

Check us out on our Website, Facebook, and YouTube Channel

Members,
The below motion has been submitted to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will take place from September 20th – 26th, and results will be posted on September 27.

Please send any feedback to [email protected] and I will share with the Board. The deadline for member comments is Thursday, September 19.

BD.19.95 Add to Policy Book Section 5.3 Revision of Contracts (Revised)

Motion by Busquets

Second by Vest

I move to add this section to the Policy Book:

 

Current Wording:

None.

 

Proposed Wording:

5.3 Revision of Contracts

All contracts before the Board shall be reviewed by ASCA’s Counsel prior to approval.

 

Comments/Rationale: Occasionally, ASCA has to enter into contractual agreements and, in order to protect ASCA’s interests, these contracts should be revised by Counsel prior to approval.

 

Affected: ASCA’s Counsel and Board of Directors.

 

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

[email protected] | (737) 704-1685

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808

Check us out on our Website, Facebook, and YouTube Channel

Members,
The below motion has been submitted to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will take place from September 20th – 26th, and results will be posted on September 27.

Please send any feedback to [email protected] and I will share with the Board. The deadline for member comments is Thursday, September 19.

BD.19.99 Change to Title of Policy Book Section 11 DNA Fingerprinting

Motion by Busquets

Second by

I move to change the title of Policy Book Section 11 DNA Fingerprinting.

 

Current Wording:

11 DNA Fingerprinting

 

Proposed Wording:

11 DNA Profiling

 

Comments/Rationale: The current terminology on the title of the section is outdated.

 

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

[email protected] | (737) 704-1685

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808

Check us out on our Website, Facebook, and YouTube Channel

Members,
The below motion has been submitted to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will take place from September 20th – 26th, and results will be posted on September 27.

Please send any feedback to [email protected] and I will share with the Board. The deadline for member comments is Thursday, September 19.

BD.19.96 Directives to DNA Committee

Motion by Vest

Second by Silveira

I motion to direct the DNA Committee to determine if there may be a way to “grandfather” the dogs that currently have VP status dogs into the replacement DNA lab. And further to define a method(s) by which Members can submit a DNA sample from a semen straw.

 

Comments/Rationale: For ASCA Members that may have only one straw of semen remaining … a “one of” situation. It is incumbent upon the BOD to help define a method by which those Members can use the reminder of that sample to obtain a DNA certification for the dog.

To work with the replacement DNA provider to help alleviate the concern of Members who will lose the VP status of their dogs to determine if they could offer a reduced cost/free retest for a number of dogs. To work with the replacement DNA provider during the transition from Therion to determine if it may be advisable to create a “grandfather” process for dogs with VP status.

 

Affected: Membership.

 

Effective Date: January 10, 2020.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

[email protected] | (737) 704-1685

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808

Check us out on our Website, Facebook, and YouTube Channel

Members,

The below motion has been submitted to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will take place from April 20th – 26th, and results will be posted on April 27th.

Please send any feedback to [email protected] and I will share with the Board. The deadline for member comments is Friday, April 19th.

SC.19.02 Name Change from Scent Detection to Scent Search

Motion by Creelman

I move to accept this motion from the Scent Detection Committee.

 

Committee Recommendation:

Scent Detection Committee puts this motion forward for the ASCA BOD approval.

Name Change from Scent Detection to Scent Search

Motion by: Donna Armstrong

Second by: Christine Reedy

Motion Statement: I move to approve the motion to change the name of our committee and program to Scent Search.

 

The decision for this name was made after 30 days of discussion, a committee poll narrowing down from 10 choices to 3 and then a unofficial poll taken from our 8 members with a  vote 7-1 for this name.

 

Current Wording:

Scent Detection

 

Proposed Wording:

Scent Search

 

Comments/Rationale: This motion is being made as we feel that our current name, Scent Detection and initials SDC will be confused with other ASCA programs.

 

Affected: Business Office, ASCA BOD, Committee and competitors and I O Webmaster as the name will need to be changed on our site.

 

Effective Date: Immediately after vote of the ASCA BOD.

 

Results of Committee Vote:

Approve: Unanimous

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

[email protected] | (737) 704-1685

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808

Check us out on our Website, Facebook, and YouTube Channel

Members,
The below motion has been submitted to the ASCA Board of Directors for their consideration. Voting will take place from September 20th – 26th, and results will be posted on September 27.

Please send any feedback to [email protected] and I will share with the Board. The deadline for member comments is Thursday, September 19.

SD.19.16 Change to Stockdog Rules 15.1.1 Course G Arena

Motion by Creelman

I move to accept the motion approved by the Stockdog Committee to correct the mistake in the rulebook on Daylighting on course G, obstacle 2.

 

Committee Recommendation:

Title: Clarifying the daylighting rules for Course G, Obstacle 2.

I make a motion to align the daylighting rule found in the Daylighting chapter of the Stockdog Rule Book,  with the description for daylighting found in the course rules.

Motion by Dan Sanderson

Second by Jim McKay

 

Current Wording:

15 Chapter 15: Arena Trial Course G

15.1 Course G

15.1.1 Course G Arena

  1. Obstacle 2: Consists of one panel, positioned 25’ from and parallel to the back fence with a 10’ foot opening between the left end of the panel and the left-hand side of the arena (See drawing for clarification). The stock must move through the entrance from the top end of the arena towards the re-pen end of the arena. When at least one head of stock passes through the panels, then no further course points can be counted. To receive course points, at least one head of livestock must pass the plane between the in-line panels. If the stock passes through the obstacle from the wrong direction, at least one head must be driven past the plane of the in-line panels so that daylight can be seen by the Judge between the line and the stock. Only those head of stock that clear the daylight line will count for Course points. The stock then must be turned around to attempt the obstacle in the correct direction. Ability to control livestock points for this work will be subject to the manner in which the movements around the obstacle were executed.

Ducks/Geese: the panel is placed 8’ from and parallel to the back fence with a 6’ opening between the left end of the panel and the left-hand side of the arena.

 

Proposed Wording:

15 Chapter 15: Arena Trial Course G

15.1 Course G

15.1.1 Course G Arena

  1. Obstacle 2: This obstacle consists of a single panel, positioned at a 90-degree angle to the side fence. It is positioned 10’ from the side fence and 25’ from and parallel to the back fence (see drawing for clarification). This obstacle has a separate entrance and exit and requires the stock to clear both in the proper sequence to earn course points. If the stock enters the obstacle from the wrong direction, the daylighting rules found in the daylighting chapter will apply.

 

Comments/Rationale: This will eliminate a conflict that is currently found in the rule book between the Daylighting section (8.2.9.g.1) and the Course Description (15.1.1.f). The daylighting is written differently between these two chapters and sections.  Because the position of the panel making up Obstacle 2 is similar to the position of the panel for Obstacle 2 in Course B and Obstacle 1 in Course A, this will help to eliminate confusion on the correct method for daylighting. This will make it easier for both the contestant and the Judge by making it the same as existing courses with similar obstacles. It will be recommended that, upon passing of this motion by both the committee and the Board, the change to the rule will be put out on Google Classroom to inform Judges and allow them to discuss it in the handler’s meetings each time Course G is used.

 

Affected: This will effect both the contestant and the Judge while competing and judging.

 

Effective Date: June 1, 2020.

 

Results of Committee Vote:

Approve: 10

Oppose: 2

Abstain: None

Non-Voting: 1

Comment from Committee Member: I have three objections to this motion: 1) The SDC chairperson violated the SDC’s Standard Operating Procedure of posting motions to the Stockdog Exchange for comment. 2) The wording regarding the placement of the panel is inaccurate. A panel can only be placed 90 degrees to the side fence AND parallel to the back fence if the corner behind the panel is at a perfect right angle. In my experience most arenas are not perfect so this wording causes a conflict within the motion. 3) This motion removes the description of the entrance and exit of the obstacle from the description of the course and refers readers to another section of the rulebook to get that information. It lengthens and complicates the rulebook for no good reason. In fact I believe the most intuitive place to find the description of an obstacle would be in the description of the course that has that obstacle.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

[email protected] | (737) 704-1685

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808

Check us out on our Website, Facebook, and YouTube Channel