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Members,
Following are the voting results for this motion.

BD.20.32 Update Committee Applicant Information on ASCA Website

Approve: Boone, Busquets, Creelman, Evans, Gann, Larson, Roberts, Vest, Wesen

Disapprove: None

Abstain: None

Non-Voting: None

Motion is adopted (9-0).

Motion by Larson

Second by Vest

I move to accept the following motion to change the wording on the ASCA website regarding qualifications and submission of resumes for committees.

 

The URL is https://www.asca.org/home/about-asca/committees/

 

Current Wording:

Committees

Committee members are appointed by the board of directors to enhance the programs of ASCA.

The Board will appoint volunteers with Full ASCA memberships to Program Committees for a period of two years at the Spring Board of Directors’ meeting. For the Stockdog Committee, Judges will renew in odd-numbered years and contestants will renew in even-numbered years.

Committees shall normally be made up of no more than fifteen (15) ASCA members including the Chairperson. Ideally, the Committee shall have at least one Member and no more than two Members from each ASCA regions.

The Stockdog Committee will consist of seven active ASCA trial contestants and five ASCA approved Stockdog Judges. One contestant shall be appointed from each of the seven geographic regions. Judges shall be appointed on an at large basis. Contestants may only fill the Contestant positions and Stockdog Judges may only fill the Judge positions.

Are you interested in being a part of an ASCA Program Committee?

Is there an ASCA Program that you feel passionate about?

Worried you don’t have enough experience?

You don’t have to be an expert to be on a committee. ASCA needs dedicated people that want to be a part of the future of  ASCA. To be a committee member just you have to send your resume to the executive secretary throughout the year. Membership is required.

 

Proposed Wording:

Committees

Committee members are appointed by the board of directors to enhance the programs of ASCA.

The Board will appoint volunteers with Full ASCA memberships to Program Committees for a period of two years at the Spring Board of Directors’ meeting. For the Stockdog Committee, Judges will renew in odd-numbered years and contestants will renew in even-numbered years.

Committees shall normally be made up of no more than fifteen (15) ASCA members including the Chairperson. Ideally, the Committee shall have at least one Member and no more than two Members from each ASCA regions.

The Stockdog Committee will consist of seven active ASCA trial contestants and five ASCA approved Stockdog Judges. One contestant shall be appointed from each of the seven geographic regions. Judges shall be appointed on an at large basis. Contestants may only fill the Contestant positions and Stockdog Judges may only fill the Judge positions.

Are you interested in being a part of an ASCA Program Committee?

Is there an ASCA Program that you feel passionate about?

Worried you don’t have enough experience?

You don’t have to be an expert to be on a committee. ASCA needs dedicated people that want to be a part of the future of ASCA.

To be a committee member just you have to send your resume to the executive secretary any time throughout the year.  ASCA membership is required. In addition, you should be a judge or competing in or have competed in the Program Committee you are applying for.

 

Comments/Rationale: This brings the verbiage on the ASCA website in-line with the verbiage on the Executive Secretary’s committee call. Currently the ASCA website does not state that committee applicants should be participating in the ASCA program they are applying for. This change in verbiage requests experience but does not require it.

 

Affected: ASCA Program Committees, ASCA Website.

 

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

asca.execsec@gmail.com

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082

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Members,
Following are the voting results for this motion.

BD.20.48 Change to Policy Book – Remove Policy 8.13.9

Approve: Boone, Evans, Gann, Larson, Roberts, Vest, Wesen

Disapprove: Busquets, Creelman

Abstain: None

Non-Voting: None

Motion is adopted (7-2).

Dissent from Busquets: I’m a little torn on this one. On the one hand, I think it is an extra expense for ASCA. On the other hand, most Chairs work very hard throughout the year and $200 helps them with hotel fees and food. I think maybe we could have added other conditions to receive it rather than out right excise the amount towards toward expenses.

Dissent from Creelman: This has been an ongoing policy forever. It should be revisited and updated in the policy book with more information as to why it is given. Maybe presented to committee chairs at Nationals to show the membership that ASCA does appreciate the work that an active chairperson does.

Motion by Roberts

Second by Larson

I move to remove policy 8.13.9 from the ASCA Policy book and renumber the section accordingly.

 

Current Wording:

8.13.9  Chairs/Appointees, Employees and Guests

  1. ASCA will pay $200.00 toward expenses to Committee Chairs/Board Appointees selected to attend the National Specialty each year. Chairs/Board Appointees will be selected at the annual spring meeting, if no annual spring meeting is held, selection will be done via email by May 1. Chairs/Board Appointees will be notified by their Board Liaison within 15 days of selection and must notify their Board Liaison if they will attend no later than August 1. No money is given if the Chairs/Board Appointees chooses not to attend.
  2. The determination of who the Board selects to attend the National Specialties shall be based on the individual’s service to ASCA and ASCA’s need to have the individual present at the National Specialty.
  3. What member(s) or honored guest(s) (if any), ASCA will be honoring at the National Specialty each year will be determined at the annual spring meeting. If no annual spring meeting is held, selection will be done by email by May 1.
  4. What expenses and arrangements ASCA will pay for will be determined at the annual spring meeting. If no annual spring meeting is held, expenses and arrangements will be done by email by May 1.

 

Proposed Wording:

None.

 

Comments/Rationale: ASCA is updating the policy book and removing outdated policies.

 

Affected: Committee Chairs.

 

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

asca.execsec@gmail.com

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082

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Members,
Following are the voting results for this motion.

BD.20.49 Change to Committee Procedures – 2.5 Board Liaison

Approve: Boone, Busquets, Creelman, Evans, Gann, Larson, Roberts, Vest, Wesen

Disapprove: None

Abstain: None

Non-Voting: None

Motion is adopted (9-0).

Motion by Roberts

Second by Larson

I move to change the wording of Committee Procedures 2.5 Board Liaison to read:

 

Current Wording:

2.5       Board Liaison

Each Committee shall vote to select one Board Member to function as the Liaison, between the Committee and the Board, 30 days following the National Specialty Board of Directors’ meeting. The Board Liaison is not a member of the Committee but is responsible to explain to the Committee what the Board’s position is and to see to it that Committee Procedure, Board Policy and Robert’s Rules of Order are followed. At the Liaison’s discretion, he/she may redirect the committee to realign with the current committee priorities.

 

Proposed Wording:

2.5       Board Liaison

Each Committee shall vote to select one Board Member to function as the Liaison, between the Committee and the Board, 30 days following the seating of the new Board each year. The Board Liaison is not a member of the Committee but is responsible to explain to the Committee what the Board’s position is and to see to it that Committee Procedure, Board Policy and Robert’s Rules of Order are followed. At the Liaison’s discretion, he/she may redirect the committee to realign with the current committee priorities.

 

Comments/Rationale: The choosing of the liaison should not be dependent on a meeting but on the seating of the new Board, whenever that may occur.

 

Affected: Committees, Board members.

 

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

asca.execsec@gmail.com

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082

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

Members,
Following are the voting results for this motion.

BD.20.50 Change to Committee Procedures – 2.3 Election of Chair

Approve: Boone, Busquets, Creelman, Evans, Gann, Larson, Roberts, Vest, Wesen

Disapprove: None

Abstain: None

Non-Voting: None

Motion is adopted (9-0).

Motion by Roberts

Second by Larson

I move to change the wording of Section 2.3 of the Committee Procedures to read:

 

Current Wording:

2.3       Terms and Appointments

  1. Each year, the Committees shall hold an election of its Chair within 30 days following the Board of Directors Spring Meeting. Chairs shall serve a one-year term and may be reelected. The person elected Chair must have served a minimum of one year on that respective committee and a minimum of three continuous (without a lapse in Membership) years as a Full ASCA Member in good standing. This person may come from within or outside the current committee membership. If the Committee Chair comes from within the Committee, then that person will be replaced with someone from the Chairperson’s region. If the elected Committee Chair is not a Committee member, then the Board of Directors must approve that person. Upon completion of the one-year term as Chair, the Chairperson may remain on the committee for the duration of his/her original appointed term. This may result in an additional committee member. If the term of the Chairperson occurs during the second year of the original appointed term, no additional time is granted upon the completion of the term as Chair.

 

Proposed Wording:

2.3       Terms and Appointments

  1. Each year, the Committees shall hold an election of its Chair within 30 days following the yearly seating of new and returning committee members. Chairs shall serve a one-year term and may be reelected. The person elected Chair must have served a minimum of one year on that respective committee and a minimum of three continuous (without a lapse in Membership) years as a Full ASCA Member in good standing. This person may come from within or outside the current committee membership. If the Committee Chair comes from within the Committee, then that person will be replaced with someone from the Chairperson’s region. If the elected Committee Chair is not a Committee member, then the Board of Directors must approve that person. Upon completion of the one-year term as Chair, the Chairperson may remain on the committee for the duration of his/her original appointed term. This may result in an additional committee member. If the term of the Chairperson occurs during the second year of the original appointed term, no additional time is granted upon the completion of the term as Chair.

 

Comments/Rationale: The election of Chair should be tied to the seating of the new committee, not a meeting of the ASCA Board.

 

Affected: Committees.

 

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

asca.execsec@gmail.com

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082

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

Members,
Following are the voting results for this motion.

CO.20.05 ASCA Supreme Conformation Champion Program

Approve: Boone, Busquets, Creelman, Gann, Vest, Wesen

Disapprove: Larson, Roberts

Abstain: Evans

Non-Voting: None

Motion is adopted (6-2-1).

Dissent from Larson: I really like this program and I think it will be a welcome addition to the conformation program. However, I would like to see the levels assigned a different title than what is used by UKC.

Dissent from Roberts: I like everything about this new opportunity except the names for the levels. ASCA shouldn’t use names for levels already in use by another registry. It seems we should have been able to come up with something unique to ASCA.

Motion by Liaison Boone

I move to approve the following recommendation from the Conformation Committee.

 

Committee Recommendation:

Motion 2020-03 ASCA Supreme Championship Program

Motion by Debbie Martin

Second by Kathy Peycke

I, Debbie Martin, make the following motion: I move to introduce an ASCA Supreme Conformation Champion Program to the existing Conformation Program.

 

This program will be added to the Conformation Rules and Regulations in Chapter 12 as 12.7.

 

Current Wording:

None.

 

Proposed Wording:

12.7     ASCA Supreme Conformation Champion Program

PARTICIPATION: To participate in the ASCA SCCH program a dog must be:

  1. A purebred Australian Shepherd registered with ASCA.
  2. An ASCA Champion of Record or have been transferred to the BOB competition based on owner records of having completed the requirements for ASCA Champion of Record pending official notification of CH completion.

 

POINTS: This program requires a dog to obtain a total of 50 points with 6 major wins to become a Supreme Conformation Champion. The major wins must be won under 6 different judges and at least 2 other judges must award the remaining points. At least one (1) Champion of Record must be defeated at each show where SCCH points are awarded.

SCCH points will be awarded to ASCA Champions of Record who win BOB or BOS at ASCA Affiliate shows and Specialty shows including, but not limited to, the ASCA National Specialty and Pre-Shows.

A BOB win will be awarded 5 points, A BOS win will be awarded 3 points at shows with a major in either dogs or bitches. If there isn’t a major, the BOB win will be awarded 3 points, the BOS win will be awarded 2 point.

In the calculation of SCCH points, only dogs that were present and judged will count. Dogs that are disqualified, dismissed, excused, absentee or have all awards withheld do not count.

 

LEVELS of SCCH ACHIEVEMENT:

Additionally, the ASCA SCCH program would offer levels of achievement:

At each additional level the participating dogs must be an ASCA SCCH of Record and have completed the requirements of the previous level.

  1. Emerald: 100 SCCH points
  2. Ruby: 150 SCCH points
  3. Sapphire: 200 SCCH points
  4. Diamond: 250 SCCH points
  5. Diamond l: 350 SCCH points
  6. Diamond ll: 450 SCCH points
  7. Diamond lll: 550 SCCH points
  8. Diamond lV: 650 SCCH points

Additional levels can be added to the Diamond designation as needed following the established point pattern (additional 100 SCCH points for each level added).

Points are accumulated as the dog progresses through the levels. For example, an ASCA CH has earned 50 points to complete SCCH. He must then earn an additional 50 points to complete SCCH Emerald. The same dog must then earn an additional 50 points to complete SCCH Ruby, an additional 50 SCCH points to earn SCCH Sapphire, and an additional 50 SCCH points to earn SCCH Diamond. An additional 100 points is required for each advancement at the Diamond level. At least one (1) Champion of Record must be defeated at each show where SCCH points are awarded.

 

TITLES:

INTACT:

Abbreviation:   Title:

SCCH             Supreme Conformation Champion

SCCHE           Supreme Conformation Champion Emerald

SCCHR           Supreme Conformation Champion Ruby

SCCHS           Supreme Conformation Champion Sapphire

SCCHD           Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond

SCCHDl          Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond l

SCCHDll         Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond ll

SCCHDlll        Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond lll

SCCHDlV       Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond lV

 

ALTERED:

Abbreviation:   Title:

A-SCCH          Altered Supreme Conformation Champion

A-SCCHE       Altered Supreme Conformation Champion Emerald

A-SCCHR       Altered Supreme Conformation Champion Ruby

A-SCCHS       Altered Supreme Conformation Champion Sapphire

A-SCCHD       Altered Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond

A-SCCHDI      Altered Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond l

A-SCCHDll     Altered Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond ll

A-SCCHDlll     Altered Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond lll

A-SCCHDlV    Altered Supreme Conformation Champion Diamond lV

 

Comments/Rationale: The SCCH program is designed to provide a challenging program for those exhibitors who want to pursue additional titles with ASCA registered Australian Shepherds that have achieved their Champion of Record, and to help affiliate clubs increase entries without increasing expenses. The SCCH program will contribute to increased exhibitor participation while emphasizing breed judging by recognizing quality and breed type. The development of the SCCH program is consistent with the ongoing objective of encouraging the exhibition and, ultimately, the breeding and registration of purebred Australian Shepherds, which contributes to the overall health and wellbeing of ASCA.

 

Affected: In utilizing the BOB/BOS placements in the SCCH point calculations, affiliate clubs incur no additional expense, and points can be automatically tracked based on BOB/BOS wins. Conversation with Ray Fryar included the logistics of this program and basing it on the BOB/BOS is a simple calculation and computer program for the office. The office will have to adjust the current program to track the CH defeated aspect.

 

Effective Date: June 1, 2021 and will not be retroactive.

 

Results of Committee Vote:

Approve: 9

Disapprove: 2

Abstain: None

Non-Voting: None

Dissent from Committee Member Mary Hellmeister: The reason I’m voting no is that I don’t like that we are using UKC’s titles. We didn’t to use the AKC titles so why using UKC’s? We should have come up with our own unique names. I don’t like that the BoB Winner gets 5 points even if there is no major in their sex. Overall I do like the program and with lesser points per level (as compared to the previous version) it is achievable. Although very difficult to achieve, as members have pointed out. And with more and more shows barely having 3 pt. majors or more it is a program for those who can afford to travel to many shows over the show year.

I also considered the comments from the membership. That is why I vote No.

Dissent from Committee Member Myrjam Langen: Same reasons as before. (No Points should be given if there is no major in this Sex.)

Comment from Committee Member Liz Gibson: I like that this motion clearly defines how the dogs earn points through the various ranks. I also like that this motion did reduce the points needed to move up. I also like the requirement of a major needed. For example if the major is in bitches and a special dog takes best of breed. It becomes a major win and the same the other way. Very similar to the merit system now. It is easy for exhibitors to track and most importantly it does not cost an affiliate club any money. It can provide additional revenue to affiliate clubs as the motion provides a place for those who wish to continue to campaign a special.

Comment from Committee Member Kathy Peycke: I feel that this new opportunity for people to continue to show their dogs towards additional titles will encourage the membership at large to keep dogs in the ring. If more dogs are shown after they receive their Championship title this will have a financial impact on ASCA Affiliate clubs, for the positive. I am disappointed that we are not going to be able to actually offer this until 2021! We as a Committee came up with a way that the program could have started immediately but we were told No by the office. I sincerely hope that the Board sees this program as valuable and therefore passes this motion.

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

asca.execsec@gmail.com

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082

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

Members,
Following are the voting results for this motion.

DJ.20.03 Change to Dock Jumping Rules – Other Restrictions

Approve: Boone, Busquets, Creelman, Evans, Gann, Larson, Roberts, Vest, Wesen

Disapprove: None

Abstain: None

Non-Voting: None

Motion is adopted (9-0).

Motion by Liaison Vest

I move to approve the following recommendation from the Dock Jumping Committee.

 

Committee Recommendation:

Motion by Kristina Churchill

Second by Jen Bunker

I make a motion that the following wording be added to the Dock Jumping Rule book under General Information, 1.3.6. This will move the current rule 1.3.6 down to 1.3.7

 

Current Wording:

None.

 

Proposed Wording:

1.3.6    Other Restrictions

All dogs must jump off the dock or the ramp without being physically assisted with forward motion. All dogs must jump, freely and independently without the handler’s physical assistance.

Violations of rule:

1st offense Verbal Warning from Judge

2nd offense will result in disqualification by the judge for that class

If the handler pushes or throws the dog off the dock, they are immediately disqualified for the class. If this happens a second time, they will be disqualified for the entire event.

 

Comments/Rationale: We have had some issues at trials and need to make it clear what is not appropriate and the punishment by the judge to be consistent.

 

Affected: Exhibitors and Judges. Business office for rule book printing.

 

Effective Date: Immediately upon Board approval.

 

Results of Committee Vote:

Approve: 8

Disapprove: None

Abstain: 1

Non-Voting: None

Kalla Jaco

Executive Secretary, Australian Shepherd Club of America

asca.execsec@gmail.com

6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808 | (979) 778-1082

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