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Announci n g the 17th Annual ALSA Grand Nati o nal Show of Champi o ns Park City, Kansas October 24-26, 2014 Judges: Halter and Performance: Mary Jo Mil er, Beth Myers, and Rick Neal Fiber: Karen Kinyon
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Summer 2014 Contents lETTER fROM THE EDITOR.........................................4 lETTER tO THE EDITOR...............................................5 OFFICE TALK...................................................................7 MENTORING..................................................................10 FUN IN DESIGNING PERFORMANCE COURSES .....11 LLAMA HISTORY MOMENT.........................................15 eXPECTED PROGENCY DIFFERENCES (EPD)...........18 THE HISTORY OF ME...................................................26 AGRISCIENCE REPORT-LLAMA FIBER......................28 ALSA AND ALPACAS.....................................................32 VISIT FROM DELMAR PLACE......................................34 ARGENTINE YECA........................................................38 RANEY FORNEY AND EXTENSION OFFICE..............39 DR.MURRAY FOWLER..................................................41 ALSA 2014 GENERAL ELECTION.................................44 A BIT OF ALSA HISTORY..............................................45 Alsa show calendar..............................................47 alsa BOARD MINUTES................................................58 showring rates & specs........................................87
Photo taken by Katrina Capasso, Dakota Ridge Farm , Ballston Spa,New York
Letter From The Editor Inside this Summer Edition of the Showring Magazine you will find many upcoming ALSA shows listed. Thank you to all the ALSA Show Superintendents for getting me this information and allowing me to share this information with the llama and alpaca exhibitors. The purpose of allowing the ALSA sanctioned shows to do this is to advertise their shows and help increase the participation in their shows. I also wish to thank the paid advertisers of the Showring Magazine; Asgaard Farm & Kennels, Terese and Clarence Evenson, Foothills Llamas, Larry and Deanna Lewellyn, Kauffman Originals, Hank Kauffman and Wild Oak Llamas, Rick and Mary Adams. Without support like theirs, the Showring Magazine would not be the outstanding magazine that it is. I invite all of you to get your advertising in for the next issue of the Showring Magazine. (It is very affordable!) It is scheduled to be out in September, in time for Holiday shopping. Please check with me for the deadline. (And don’t forget, I will help you with the design of your ad!) The rates may be found here: http://www.alsashow.net/2014_Showring_Ad_Rates.pdf And by the way, there are many subscribers to the Showring Magazine from people that are not members of ALSA. Advertising your farm/ranch will help create interest in the purchase of an animal from you! Advertising in the Showring Magazine is an excellent marketing tool! You will also find some human interest stories which were provided by some llama/alpaca enthusiasts. If you have any interesting stories and pictures that show what you can do with a llama/alpaca, please share! Send to me, Showring@figmentranch.com . Let’s help spread the wonderful world of LAMAS and just what you can do with a llama or alpaca! I have also started a section called “Letters to the Editor”. I have been receiving quite a few responses from readers, and I wanted to share. I invite you, too, to write. Well, I hope each and every one of you enjoy this 2014 Summer Issue of the Showring Magazine, ALSA’s publication!
Thanks to Eileen Ditsler Icehouse Llamas for the photo on the front cover. 4 Showring Magazine Summer 2014
Blessings... Ruby Photos by Ruby Herron
Letter To The Editor
Dear show superintendents everywhere, I would like to talk about a trend I have observed occurring with more frequency recently. Performance competitors have long been made to feel that we are imposing on show management and the halter competitors. There is so much more time and effort that goes into creating the obstacle courses than preparing for halter classes. While there may be fewer performance competitors, I believe we end up paying for the lion’s share of costs at most shows. The trend I have observed is that now the announcing of the places for performance is being postponed for extreme amounts of time. This is very frustrating and demeaning from a performance competitor’s perspective.
There has been much hand wringing and struggling with the problem of trying to increase participation at shows. Each llama a performance exhibitor brings means three times as many entry fees as someone showing only in halter. Retaining and increasing performance entries is smart from a show superintendents viewpoint. At some shows I have seen the placings for all the obstacle classes given at the end of the day. At a few shows recently it has even been the following day before the performance class placings were announced. I want to stress that this should not be viewed as singling out any specific show as this has occurred at various events all over the country. I just would like it to be known that this sort of treatment doesn’t do anything to improve a competitor’s view of the show. One reason I have heard for the delay is that it takes time to calculate the champions. This reason isn’t valid as that is not the purpose of this article. The champion tallies arguably may take more time to calculate and be verified for accuracy, but the placings in each class are pretty straightforward and should be announced as soon as possible. Taking the time to announce the placings displays to everyone that you value their participation. There are no ALSA rules or guidelines for announcing the
performance placings however I would like to offer a few suggestions for show superintendents everywhere to keep their performance people happy. Announcing the awards after each round of classes, such as after all the pack classes are done and before PR walk through happens, means the excitement of results can be shared with all. Everyone likes to get recognition for a job well done. Even the spectators and general public want to know how the competition ends. One of the pleasures of competing is knowing how you stand as compared to the others in the overall placings. The big prizes are the champion and reserve champion which are a combination of the three class placements. Strategizing how you will approach certain obstacles on the next course when you know your overall standing is part of the fun. Have enough help all day at the table to calculate and keep track of the scoring. It’s a thankless job, but so important. Make sure your volunteers understand what their time commitment really is. For a double show, the efforts are even more important as two sets of score cards are coming in at once. Help your scorekeepers by putting some thought into making their life easier with colored score cards in order to keep the shows separate. If you have multiple judges on the course, the score cards will be turned in that much quicker and the scorekeeper will be hard pressed for time before the next cards arrive needing to be totaled. Having a runner to pass the scorecards quickly to the score keepers table is a must so there is no backlog at the last minute.
Doing obstacles with your llama is fun. Spending time with your llama and knowing they are improving in their abilities is a great pleasure. Competition is the culmination of your efforts. Please respect the time and money invested by the performance competitors by announcing their class placing as soon after the action as possible. Every good trainer knows the reward needs to follow soon after the action in order to keep the positive reinforcement in mind. Eileen Ditsler Icehouse Llamas Membership Matters Membership in the organizations supporting the Camelid industry matters to me. I am a member of the Interna5
tional Lama Registry (ILR), ILR Show Division (ILR-SD), Alpaca and Llama Show Association (ALSA), Llama Futurity Association (LFA) and Southern States Llama Association (SSLA). “Why Join?” You may ask why YOU should become a member. Most Americans have a sports team that they claim as “my team”. They are passionate about their team and many follow their teams’ every move. Their wins and losses are debated and argued at the “water cooler” in the office and online. Days off work are scheduled around their teams “game time”. They purchase and wear team paraphernalia. Some will even ‘fight’ if you insult their team. They are PASSIONATE for their team, and they aren’t even a member of the team. They are the ‘FAN CLUB’. Some are official ‘dues paying ‘members of the fan club, but most are not. They may monetarily support their team with purchases of tickets and/or team paraphernalia, but they are not a member. But they want to be a part of the ‘team’. They claim the team as ‘my team’. Livestock groups are no different than a sports team. The ILR is our ‘Registry’ that records the genealogical history of lamas, their pedigrees and records of ownership. The other three groups I mentioned above, ILR-SD, ALSA and LFA are show associations with a common cause: to give people the opportunity to ‘show’ lamas. I started to type “to give members the opportunity to show their lamas”, but membership might not be required, nor is ownership of the animal. A person can borrow an animal, enter a show and ‘Show’. A person can also register lamas through the ILR as a ‘Non-Member’, so why join? PRIDE!!...AND SUPPORT!!! The mission statements have many things in common ... so why join ALL four? When I first entered the llama community, I was told, “you don’t register enough llamas to make it necessary to join the Registry”. That came as a shock to me….why would anyone not ‘WANT TO’ join the entity that provides for the mere existence of the llama genealogy… the Registry? I was already a member! That was one of the first things I did…JOIN UP! I am a bona fide, ‘card toting’, dues paying member of each of these organizations. I BELONG! I am a part of each of these groups. My membership dues help fund the mere existence of each organization. I am PROUD to be a MEMBER! I will leave with you a few time honored expressions for you to think about…. “There is POWER in NUMBERS!” “TOGETHER we can accomplish ANYTHING”. 6 Showring Magazine Summer 2014
“UNITED we stand, divided we FALL” Membership Matters! If you are not already a member… JOIN TODAY! Harvey Pool, President, ILR To The Editor: I was looking at something else on the website and noticed the Winter issue of Showring. It is absolutely wonderful and the photos are beautiful. However, I don’t remember seeing an e-mail blast letting people know that it was available, which might be just my e-mail acting up again. But if you’ve not sent out an e-mail blast about Showring, you really should so that everybody can enjoy it and see how well things are going for ALSA. Thank you. Cheryl To The Editor: What a llovely job you did on this! Thanks for all your hard work - soooo professional, classy & such a positive promotion for llamas! Llama Llove from Judie To The Editor: Looks really great. Lots of fun ideas in there and a lot of work on your part (-: Thanks Ruby!
To The Editor: I just saw the showring and wanted to thank u I think u r doing a great job it made my morning
To The Editor: We need to give a WOO HOO and CONGRATULATIONS to the committee for putting out a wonderful Showring. Thank you all, Kitty Ruby,. Outstanding job!!!! ALSA is very fortunate to have a talented volunteer like you. The Showring is something that the ALSA membership should be proud of.
Office Talk Hello everyone. The ALSA office has been very busy with posting results from all of the ALSA shows we have been having lately! Congratulations to all of you winners! If I may suggest, please have look at the show postings and make sure that your placing’s are correct. ALSA show postings are here: http://www.alsashow.net/results.html If you do not see your alpaca placing’s, please look here: many of the Alpaca showings are posted in their own section: http://www.alsashow.net/ alpacashows.html Please let me know if you see a discrepancy and let’s correct it! Now – down to the office business.... and by the way, the minutes from the March 2014, April 2014, and May 2014 Board of Directors meeting are inside this issue and on the ALSA website here: http://www.alsashow.net/minutes.html . (The minutes will help you see many facts, but here is the current scoop......... ) • As of today, June 8, 2014, we have 541 members. • As of today, June 8, 2014 we also have 57 sanctioned ALSA shows. You can find the show information by following this link: http://www.alsashow.org/nshows2003.asp or go directly to the ALSA website and look under the ALSA Show Calendar: www.alsashow.org This calendar is updated all the time, so remember to check back if you do not see the show you are looking for. And also for you superintendents, if you don’t see your ALSA Show listed, please let me know and let’s see why. • Shows are being posted in a timely manner once the ALSA office receives the information from the show superintendents. The show results are found directly on the ALSA website under the
Show Results here: www.alsashow.org or you may follow this link: http://www.alsashow.org/ webshowfindByYear.asp?year=2014 (shows prior to 2014 are also found on the website or follow this link: http://www.alsashow.net/results.html Please mark down this date and make plans to attend the 2014 ALSA Grand National Show of Champions on October 24-26, 2014 in Park City Kansas. Our judges will be Mary Jo Miller, Beth Myers, and Rick Neal for Halter and Performance and Karen Kinyon for Fiber. Please visit the ALSA website for more information or go here: http://www.alsashow.net/national.html There have been many of you that have ordered and received your 18th Edition ALSA Handbook. (please let me know if you ordered one and have not received it yet). If you still want to order one, the cost to have the spiral bound Handbook printed and shipped to you is $15.00. Please contact the ALSA office for this. Also, you are also able to see the Handbook online here: http:// www.alsashow.net/handbook.html or go to this same page and print out a pdf of your own. I would also like to address the issuing of Award Certificates. There have been many certificates sent, but I’m sure that some of you were missed and that is not acceptable, we want you all to have them! Please contact the ALSA office and let’s make sure you have what you need and deserve. (I am also speaking to the youth members). So guys, have a wonderful summer. I have enjoyed visiting with many of you! Please feel free to call or email the ALSA office anytime! Good luck showing!
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Wild Oak Llamas Working to Improve the Llama Industry!
Silver Moon Chiri Alluro
Rick & Mary Adams • Grass Valley, CA • 530-273-8931
Mentoring By Teri Conroy
no desire to show or do anything with llamas, and I did what I thought was a good thing, and contacted a llama rescue not too far from me. I must have seemed okay enough because two days later a trailer from the rescue pulled up and dropped off three llamas, two females and a gelding. Keep in mind, I had never handled a llama, so I watched as the people delivering struggled with them and we finally got them to the back pasture and barn. I was taught how to give Ivermectin injections ... and the trailer and delivery team was... whoosh, gone.
These days, if someone makes a decision to buy a horse, they've already been riding at a stable, taking lessons, and maybe even leasing a horse at the stable. They have been mentored, and continue to be mentored in all things equine. They learn how to behave around horses, how to speak with their body, how, to groom, feed, learn about illness, injury, and farrier needs. All of these things are necessary to enjoy the companionship and riding of their new horse. With llamas, it's not always as easy. I was a fairly experienced horseperson, dog person (obedience, agility, and therapy), and also had pet goats when I acquired my first llamas in 2005. At the back of our thirty acres, we have a fenced in pasture and small barn. I knew it was too far from the house to keep horses, and not safe enough for sheep because of coyotes, but after some research, it seemed llamas would be perfect. My understanding was that they were a low maintenance animal, and their size would keep coyotes away. I read through a couple of books, located a vet who said she worked with alpacas and llamas and would take me on as a client. At the time, I had 10 Showring Magazine Summer 2014
There I was ... three llamas on three acres that walked, or ran, away if I walked toward them. They would come near the barn if I put grain out, but if I tried to pet one or get near, they darted away. I spent a lot of hours out in that pasture experiencing complete defeat. I was sure once I gained their trust they would run to me for love. (Are you laughing yet?) Despite all the experience I had with other animals, I didn't realize that I needed to learn to speak llama. One of the females unexpectedly delivered a cria not long after her arrival. I remembered reading birthing was easy for llamas, and to leave them be (not that I could get near), and since it looked like the cria was nursing, I kept my distance. A few days later, I realized the cria was not well. She was hanging her head, and appeared to be very weak. I called the vet I had lined up, and she told me that she only gave rabies shots, she didn't know what to do with a 'weak' cria. And no, she had no idea where to refer me. (I can't even begin to express how upset I was about that.) The rescue that the llamas came from was no help, they told me the cria would probably die
so I shouldn't get attached. Desperate, I found a llama group on the internet (how fortunate that was considering how far the internet has come since then), and shared my dilemma and frustration, ready to grasp at any chance of hope. A woman saw my note and reached out to me ... she had a llama farm in Ballston Spa, NY. She was only 45 minutes away.
I have school field trips here, scout and 4-H groups, senior citizens groups, and in the spring/summer/fall, weekly groups of adults with developmental disabilities. I also have Adult Llama Walks open to the public. We have thirty acres with very gentle trails. I have introduced many people to llamas with these walks, and now a few of those people now have llamas of their own!
Katrina Capasso, of Dakota Ridge Farm in Ballston Spa, NY, changed everything for me and my llamas. She referred me to her vet and that saved the cria's life. Katrina welcomed me to her farm, and invited my daughter (ten years old at the time) to join her llama 4H club. It was there that I learned the language of llamas. I had a mentor!
Many people have called and emailed me over the years and said they wanted to get 'a rescue llama'. They asked if I knew where they could get one. While I believe acquiring llamas from a rescue can be a good thing, I do everything I can to spare people from what I went through. I invite those people here to LEARN LLAMA first. I tell these people that I don't sell llamas, but encourage them to spend time here before making any decisions. I try to teach them what I was taught .... that llamas are wonderful and fun to work with, if you understand them. I also discuss the 'exceptions', and usually suggest their first llamas be trained and from a reputable breeder.
(Photo byKatrina Capasso, of Dakota Ridge Farm in Ballston Spa, NY,)
Beginning with a mentor and trained llamas, makes it so much easier to take in rescues later. Knowledge and experience make all the difference.
A mentor has many roles including education, support, and encouragement. Katrina introduced me to the fun of llama shows and to GALA. Almost nine years later and I have had the opportunity to pay it forward more than a few times. Llamas have become the theme of my family's farm. We have 17 llamas and 1 alpaca. Some are rescues, a few are show animals, and a few are boarders. All are loved!
While two of my first three llamas were returned to the rescue for behavior issues that I could not possibly deal with, especially being so new to llamas, the one that stayed from that group turned out to be the sweetest gal. Kachina Belle actually had (and still has at 19 yrs.) a wonderful disposition and manners, and thanks to my mentor, Katrina, it didn't take long for me to learn this. Teri & John Conroy own Wunsapana Farm in Altamount NH http://www.wunsaponaform.com Reprinted from the GALA Newsletter, vol. 29, #2; May 2014 11
Put some fun into designing your next performance course. There are a million ways that you can make the required obstacles into obstacles that challenge the best llamas and handlers. A good course also helps to eliminate tie breakers. The 2013 Southwestern Regional Championship Show in Santa Rose was a great show that was designed by Joy Pedroni of Black Cat Llamas in California. Go for it!
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North American Llama and Alpaca Show November 7-9, 2014
ALSA and ILR-SD Sanctioned 2014 Judges ALSA Halter ILR-SD Halter Performance ALSA and ILR-SD Fleece ` • • • • • • • •
Phil Feiner, Stephentown, NY Terry Duespohl, Seneca, PA Mike Haumschild, Warsaw, OH Patti Morgan, Arkansas City, KS
New Combined Schedule for Halter Both halter shows run simultaneously in same ring BEST of SHOW - Halter BEST of SHOW – Performance BEST of SHOW - Fleece New Classes – Best 5 Head, Best Juvenile, Best Yearling, Best 2 Yr old, Best Adult Costume Contest and Favorite Color Class Youth Judging Contest New Superintendents Harvey and Lisa Pool email@example.com 478-973-0124 http://northamericanllama-alpacashow.com
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Remember This Llama History Moment ?
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The History of Me Is it just me or does anyone else get the weird feeling when they talk about themselves? For me I’ve never ever been any good with talking about myself so here goes nothing. My name is Hunter Snow, I am 15 years old, and I currently live in Monroe, GA. I own my own farm called Hunter’s Hopes and Dreams, currently residing at my farm I have 1 gelding quarter horse, 5 female llama, 3 gelding llamas, and 5 male llamas, with two babies due soon. My story begins on Halloween night 1998. I was born premature and had some issues. However I think the biggest problem was I had a 2 year old sister and a 1 year old brother than didn’t get to tricker treat that year. As a baby they soon learned that I was severely allergic to Milk so no cheese or ice cream for me. I had and still have the best parents that anyone could ask for. Anything I ever needed for my health I had. At the ripe age of 5 I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, a very serve arthritis that causes pain and swelling. Age 5 was very busy for me I was also diagnosed with Primary Immunodeficiency, meaning my immune system does not work so I don’t fight off germs. Having immunodeficiency means I have to be infused with special medicine every three weeks for 10 hours. For these infusions I needed something called a portacath. A portacath is a button sized device that is currently in my left shoulder. My portacath helps with my infusions because it has a line that feeds the medicine directly into my heart so that they do not have to access a vain for my infusions. That year I was also diagnosed with asthma, migraine headaches, a heart murmur, a pineal cyst on my brain, and I’m double jointed. So 5 was a very full year for me and my family learning how to deal with everything together. I guess when you tell people you own your own farm they assume you were raised around animals. Which for me isn’t true I grew up in Athens, Ga in a little subdivision. It was a wonderful place to grow up with a big back yard and swings hung off a big oak tree in 26 Showring Magazine Summer 2014
the back. When I was very little I was completely in love with all the things little girls love. I was a ballerina, did tap dancing, jazz dancing, gymnastics, and cheerleading. I did that for several years and thought it was wonderful. However little did I know that in the 5th grade all of that would come to a very fast halt. I started to realize that all the things I loved hard started to become impossible. When I did gymnastics I would dislocate my shoulders 4 and 5 times in an hour practice time. Also that year we had a huge out brake of swine flu. Being so susceptible to catching this my doctors home bounded me meaning I couldn’t leave the house for anything. Anyone that came to the house had to stop in the garage and change and wash their hands up to their elbows. That was a very dark time for me because I realized at a very young age that a lot of my friends weren’t actually my friends and I was very lost. But I am a firm believer in everything happens for a reason and that dark time for me that I thought everything had died was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. Because you could imagine being at home all that time I had time to sit and think. Well I stumbled across one of my mom’s friends and her son did this thing in 4H with llamas. Even being as much of a girl as I was back then I loved animals a lot. So one night I just walked up to my mom and said “Mom I want to show llamas.” From there I went into the 4H club and after one visit I knew that that was where I belonged. After three hours of being around those animals I could literally talk someone’s ear off for hours about llamas. I was paired with a stubborn, mean, and a complete kicker named Fudge. I worked with Fudge for about 2 months and even went to my first show with her. However she would soon fall very sick.
At that point my 4H leader looked at me and said “I am going to give you a 4 month old baby either you will take him and never stop doing this or you will work with him and go running for the hills.” Well I guess llamas got burned into me not out. I don’t think the shire power of llamas really hit me until I was brushing out that baby named IRS and he kicked me and broke my wrist. After that everything really became real for me that llamas are powerful and need to be respected not babied. IRS back then was the only thing that I devoted my time to other than school. He was everyday what I woke up thinking about and went to sleep dreaming about. I went from IRS to my second llama Stormy a cute little boy that I helped halter brake. He would go on to test my patience like no other llama ever would. Then from there I got 1 more that lead to another and another to waking up one day and having 13.
knows me shy would not even be a word that would cross their mind when they think of me. My animals are the best part of me and what makes me different. It’s amazing to me that my animals can tell when I am having good days and having bad days. My boy IRS walks beside my wheel chair and will even lean down for me to put his halter on because he knows I am too short to reach him. I never in my life want people to pity me or to see me as broken because of my health issues. I think that is what I love the most about my animals it doesn’t make a difference in their minds, they treat me the same and challenge me just as much. I love sharing my llamas with other people because I feel like it makes them so happy and really can turn their whole lives around with just a minute of seeing them just like it did with me. I have always been one of those girls that had goals that were way too big to be realistic. But I am crazy determined even when I should probably let it go I don’t. I never believed that boys could do anything better than I could. Whenever people tell me I can’t do something they don’t realize they just fuel that desire and drive for me to do it just to prove them wrong. My goals now are no smaller than they were when I was younger. My main goal now in my life is to make my farm a fully functioning business by my senior year. I am a freshman this year and working so hard to build my farm into a business.
In the end no madder where this goes for me it has taught so much. It has taught me to love, learn, and to be disciplined with lots of respect. This farm for me is everything it makes me want to wake Another huge element of my story is my horse. His name is up in the mornings and fall into the bed at night. I hope my story was interesting for all of you and thank you for reading this. Ripper, he is 6 this year. He is so amazing and good for me. I started Yours truly, riding when I was younger but fell out of it for a while because I fell off Hunter Snow and didn’t get back on. That was a huge mistake for me because it just ALSA Youth Member kept me out of the saddle because of fear. When I got back into riding I couldn’t imagine not doing it for the rest of my life because I love it so much! I also run barrels and haven’t had anything give me the adrenaline rush that running does. However horses and running for me is just a love and something I do for myself not something for me to compete with. I have been so many wonderful places with my llamas and met so many wonderful people. Llamas have been such a huge part of my story and making me the person I am today. When I was younger I didn’t like to talk and was so incredibly shy. Now ask anyone who
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Agriscience ReportLlama Fiber Strength and Softness
By Pamela Mogler
Introduction The purpose of this experiment is to see how external factors affect, the llama’s fiber strength and softness. The strength is important because it shows how durable the fiber is and how well it can hold up. The softness is important because that determines if the finished product is worn next to your skin or as an outer layer. The quality or softness, often called “hand,” will determine how much you can sell the fiber for. At shows, the llama’s confirmation or bone structure is the most important thing to be judged, but it is equally important to keep the fiber healthy and clean, too. Llamas are mainly all wool, and fiber has its own category to be judged on. Showing off the fiber and having it judged are the best ways to see what it is worth. Llama fiber is a great seller in the hand-spinning community. So wool “hand” or “handle” is a top priority. Every year, the fiber is shorn off for three reasons. First is to help keep them cool throughout the hot summer. Llamas originally came from the high Andes Mountains, a much different climate than in the California Central Valley. Second is to show off the ani mal’s best attributes and hide their faults. Third is to have a sustainable fiber product available to sell. Llama fiber can be used for many things like hats, socks, sweaters, rugs, blankets, etc. With proper care, the fiber will be strong enough to hold weight, keep 28 Showring Magazine Summer 2014
its shape and still be soft enough for next-to-skinwearable products. How do external factors used in grooming and shearing affect the quality of llama fiber? I hypothesize the chemicals can make the fiber weak, brittle and not as soft as before. Getting a llama ready for a show involves a lot of grooming, takes a long time and uses many different products. Shampoo like Dove, and a conditioner like Main and Tail, are widely used. If your llama is white. you might want to use a whitening shampoo and stain remover. When shearing, it is important to use blade wash and a cooling spray frequently to prevent burning the llama’s skin. Llama fiber is judged on a possibility of 100 points. Just like the overall impression or its strength, cleanliness is a big part of fiber judging. Llama fleece offers protec tion from the heat and helps keep you warm when cold. Llama fiber is good for +/- 50 degree temperature changes. Blankets, rugs, coats and socks are only a few of the various ways llama fiber is used today. The way all of those coats and items are made is by spinning the fleece. Llama fiber is a sustainable product and has low impact on the planet. Fiber regrows and can be harvested annually. Llama fiber is naturally biodegradable, and no petroleum products or chemicals are used in its processing. The economic influence of llamas is being revived as the global market for fiber textiles and clothing expands. The industrial impact on the envi ronment is minimal. The quality of fiber is that llama fleece has two coats. One is the downy undercoat, and the second one is the guard hair or top coat. Llama wool is considered a protein fiber and is sustainable enough to hold up weight. Llama fiber doesn’t have a bad smell as do other wool types. Llama fiber is hollow, so it is light and warm. There is no lanolin in llama fi ber-lanolin is the greasy, smelly substance found in sheep’s wool, which makes it easier to work with. Your average shorn animal wool is valued between $1.00 - $6.00 per pound. A topquality llama fleece that
can be worn against the skin and has been properly prepared sells for $4.50 per ounce, or $72.00 per pound. The purpose of this test is to study and see what chemicals affect the quality in a negative way, which also affects the price you can sell the fleece for. I hope to determine which products to use and avoid when preparing a show llama so that I don’t negatively effect the fiber by making it weak and brittle, or not as soft.
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Llama fiber Small rubber bands Snack-size Ziploc® bags Laundry stain remover Show Sheen® Fly spray Whitening shampoo Peroxide Paper towels for spills and drying the samples after rinsing Camera for pictures Sharpie marker for labeling samples Running water to rinse the samples Blow dryer Microscope w/camera Some sort of stand to hold your clamps Weights in various increments A fishing swivel for hanging the weights from the sample Cork to help hold the strands of fiber so they don’t slip Clamps to hold the ends of your sample; i.e., binder clips, clothes pins, wood clamps
Methods: First step is to set up the samples and expose them to the chemicals. Take llama fiber and separate it into thirteen lock samples. Place a rubber band around the cut end of each sample to hold together. Take pictures as you go through the steps for documentation and
comparison later. After that, put each sample into its own Ziploc bag, label each bag with the sharpie. Mark one bag as your control and set aside for comparison later. Then for each chemical being tested, Show Sheen, fly spray, stain remover, whitening shampoo and peroxide, label one bag for a 12-hour exposure and another for 24-hour exposure. Pour enough of the chemical being tested into the bag with the sample to completely saturate the fiber. Remove as much air as possible and seal the bags. Once all the samples are ready, place the samples on a tray or other designated place to wait. After three hours, check samples and observe if there are any noticeable changes. After 12 hours, make observations of the samples in each bag. Run each sample under warm water, rinsing out as much chemical as possible. Repeat the rinsing procedure for the 24hour samples, too. After rinsing, place each sample to dry on a paper towel that has been labeled. A blow dryer or other heat source can be used to speed up the drying process. Once the samples are dry, record your observations and compare each sample against the control. If you are able, and for better comparison data, look at each sample under a microscope and take pictures. Second step is to check for any changes to the quality or fineness of hand. For each chemical tested and each exposure time, take the sample and roll between your fingers next to your ear. Listening for a crackling or brittle sound. Next, rub the fiber sample gently across your cheek, or across your top lip where there are a lot of nerve endings, to feel how soft or prickly the sample is to your skin. Then firmly grasp both ends of the sam ple and tug firmly several times to check for breakage. Record all observations for later data analysis. The final step is to test the strength of each fiber sample. Build a stand out of wood, and secure wood clamps to each side at 5” apart. Place a cork lining on the clamps to hold the sample securely. Pull at least five strands of fiber from the sample bundle to be tested individually. For each chemical tested, each length of exposure, and the control, the following steps will be repeated five times each. Secure one end 29
of the fiber strand with the clamp, thread the loose end through the eye or loop on the swivel; then secure the loose end with the other clamp. Keep the snap end of the fishing swivel open to create a hook for hanging the weights off of. Start with a %2 ounce weight, slowly adding increasing amounts of weight one at a time to see if the fiber strand will hold or break. Record all data for later comparison.
Conclusion I hypothesized that the chemicals would make the fiber weak, brittle, not as soft as before. After testing and comparison, I have concluded that my hypothesis is almost true. There were some test where the samples, like whitening shampoo and Show Sheen, showed that the strands were still soft and fluffy; but soon as they were under the microscope, the strands showed up as dry and cracking. Some results show a huge difference, but most of the time they were the same consistency as before. I thought the peroxide was going to make the fiber weak, but turned out it tested stronger than before. There were some strength results that were mind-blowing when it came to put ting on the weights. Most of the results answered the question or hypothesis of my Agriscience project: yes the products affected the fiber. From this experiment, I also learned that blade wash doesn’t rinse off with just water. This explains why every year after shearing, some of the llamas have what is commonly referred to as a “chemical burn” that affects the regrowth of the fiber. I learned that shampoo is needed to remove all the chemical residue so that we don’t have the bad skin reaction. I also discovered that the whitening shampoo caused the llamas fleece to look purple. Whitening shampoo can’t be just sitting in the llamas fiber, especially if light in color. It is important to follow the directions and rinse it off completely after five minutes. This experiment has shown me results that I can use myself, but also share with my family 30 Showring Magazine Summer 2014
and our llama community friends. I couldn’t find any previous research done with llama fiber and how chemicals effected it. I think this is a good start to helping me understand how the everyday products we use can determine the quality of the shorn fiber potentially for sale. I would like to do this experiment again and add additional external factors like sun light, cold, heat, other chemicals and grooming products. I hope to use what I have learned so far to make informed choices in preparing my llamas for shows, and doing that in such a way that I still have the highest quality fleece available to show and offer for sale as well.
Works Cited “About Llama Fiber.” http:// www.altiplanoinsulation.com/about. 1999. Web. 10/December/2013. “llamas Fibras Andinas.” http:// www.fibrasandinas.com/ aboutllamas.html. Web.10/December/2013. “Llama Fiber.” http://www.llama.org/llama_fiber.htm. 1977. Web. 1-/December/2013 “Eco Fiber.” Organicexchange.org. Web. 10/ Dec./2013. “Llama Fiber.” http://lostcreekllamas.com/fiber.htm. Web. 10/ December/2013. Alpaca and Llama Association, Inc. “ALSA Handbook.” Texas, 2012. 98-105. Print. Birutta, Gale. “Storey’s Guide to Raising Llamas.” The Guide Book for Llamas: United States, 1997.244-260. Print. Reprinted from LANA News, Issue #114; Winter 2013-2014.
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ALSA and Alpacas ALSA has a wonderful venue for alpaca shows with excellent certified judges. ALSA also has a super office with people willing to help and get results up so owners can use their wins for advertising. With this management, you can put on a great show and offer reasonable prices; allowing owners to have affordable shows.
ALSA has also started walking fleece as a show class and adding that to your show along with shorn fleece (which can be shown for two years) makes the fleece show very exciting.The exhibitor can not only show halter but can show walking fleece and two years of their shorn fleece. ALSA has a lot to offer alpaca exhibitors, too! ALSA is family friendly, offers performance classes for the person or the youth, who wants to work with their alpaca, offers Halter classes, offers Fleece classes, and all at an affordable cost. We are adding another alpaca show in Indiana on Oct 4-5, 2014 and we hope to get a great response for that new show. Information on this show may be found on the ALSA website here: http://www.alsashow.org/nshows2003.asp
Please feel free to contact the alpaca committee for help, if you have a need, or would like to join our committee.
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These shows are approved by the Alpaca and Llama Show Association. All rules and guidelines for this show will be in accordance with the 18th Edition ALSA Handbook. **Your ALSA membership number and ALSA Llama numbers must be on the registration to ensure accurate reporting to the ALSA Office. Llamas and Exhibitors come as you are!!! Come prepared. We are in Colorado!! BYO - Everything ..... Don't forget chairs If you can, please bring drinks ..... We will have community tubs for all exhibitors. '-' SUPERINTENDENT: Bob Burton, firstname.lastname@example.org 719-355-9355 LOCATION: 5415 County Road 59 Florissant, CO 80816 REGISTRATION: Registration due-by June 30, 2014 JUDGES: Allen Davis, Black Show Barbara Harris, Blue Show Mary Wickman: Pasture Performance FEES: Halter fee $30.00 for Double Show and $10.00 ALSA Fee Performance and Youth, flat fee $20 & ALSA fee $5 (NO OTHER FEES!) First through Second Place Ribbons, Grand's and Reserves NOTE: Management has the right to combine classes if necessary. Six (6) needed to make a division but we want more. Get and Produce need three (3) and four (4) for second place to qualify; there must be at least four (4) entries in the class. • Remember: Dress Comfortably and come to have fun! • You can camp in the pasture - no hookups. • We can provide water for the animals. • Saturday night after the show will be a pot luck dinner. The main course will be provided. Please bring a side. • We will have a gas grill that may be used. • Breakfast and Lunch will be available. 33
Visit from Delmar Place/Atria Senior Assisted living I love this picture so much! Most of these lovely friends came yesterday for their third year in a row. So happy to see them again. Big hugs to the sweetest Kassi who brings them every year!
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Argentine Yecu â€Śâ€Ś..quietly passed on this afternoon ( April 15,2014) in Laramie, Wyoming. Born on the Argentine altiplano sometime in the late 80s or early 90s (birthdates were only estimated for ILR purposes when young llamas were brought in off the altiplano), Sharon Beacham and I spotted Yecu running back and forth on a long rope behind the main sale barn at the Temuco, Chile sale in 2001. It was love at first sight, and together with Jane Sheppard, John Beacham and Julie Heggie, we placed the winning bid and brought Yecu to the United States. Not only was he much beloved, this kind and regal llama produced numerous national champions including Argentine Espiritu, Double J's Dare to Dream, Double J's Gold Dust and HJ Yecu's Born on the Fourth of July. It took just three shows for Yecu to become an ALSA Get of Sire Champion. A number of Yecu offspring continue to reside with me at Llamas of a Coral Dawn - producing super heavy richly colored single coat fiber, winning in the show ring and loving best of all the Rocky Mountain backcountry trails that keep them connected to their sire's high mountain genetics. Rest in peace, my friend. Gayle Woodsum 38 Showring Magazine Summer 2014
Our extension office put together a new event for 2014. They did an awesome job! The event was called “Animals – inside and out”. 185 kids showed up for this first year event. ALSA youth member, Zachary Mason talked to all the kids about llamas and alpacas. He did a wonderful job! Zachary’s mom, Kali Mason, was also at this event helping to educate everyone on spinning the wonderful fiber of the llamas and alpacas.
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LOCC Fall Classic Douglas County Fairgrounds Castle Rock , CO www.coloradollamas.com Judges: Halter - Tor Sorensen Performance - Judie Moser Mary Wickman
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Dr. Murray Fowler Dr. Fowler passed away on May 18, 2014, after suffering a stroke on May 9th. He was a shining light in the camelid world for many years, being the author of the first comprehensive book on camelid health, “Medicine & Surgery of S. American Camelids” which went through 3 revisions, the last one being called simply “Medicine and Surgery of Camelids”. He was also co-author, along with Eric Hoffman, of “The Complete Alpaca Book”, considered the “bible” for alpaca owners. In addition he wrote countless peer-reviewed articles for many veterinary medicine journals and was also considered an expert in elephant, wildlife and zoological medicine. He will be deeply missed. Below are 2 memorial tributes to Dr. Fowler, and lastly information from his daughter Tricia about his burial in Calif. on May 31st. Please keep the Fowler family in your thoughts and prayers. ------------------------------------------------------------------------From the ICI web site: In Memoriam for Dr. Murray Fowler The ICI is greatly saddened by the news of Dr. Murray Fowler’s passing on May 18, 2014. As one of the pioneers in camelid veterinary medicine, he enriched the lives of all camelids and their owners and will be sorely missed. His legacy, to the animals we all love and care for, is in the volumes of research he conducted on behalf of them. The following “Remembrance” was written by Dr. David Anderson, who founded the ICI and served as its first Director and was a friend and colleague of Dr. Fowler. I am saddened today at the news of the passing of Dr. Murray Fowler. I am grateful to have gotten to know Murray over the past 20 years and call him a friend. He was the most generous, open hearted, and warm personalities I have ever met. I remember fondly his professional demeanor, passionate love for all animals great and small, everlasting thirst for knowledge, incredible encyclopedic knowledge, and great humor. He is loved worldwide as an ambassador for the veterinary profession and as someone who brought people from every corner of the globe together in the common bond of animal health and wellbeing. I remember his smile. I remember his playful chiding of old friends and new. I remember his generosity of time and knowledge. I remember his love of people. My life is so incredibly enriched for having known him, I cannot imagine a world without him in it. My sadness is 41
tempered by knowing that he is not in pain and that he is present with his creator in a glory far beyond our imagination. My heart goes out to his family and all whose lives he touched on this day of mourning for one of the true fathers of veterinary medicine. A great person among great people. I ask you to take a moment to reflect on Murray and what he has meant to us all. David E Anderson, DVM, MS, DACVS College of Veterinary Medicine University of Tennessee _____________________________ From the Alpaca Owners Assoc. web site: We are very sad to report that Dr. Murray E. Fowler, Professor Emeritus at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and widely recognized as the “father” of camelid medicine, passed away yesterday at the age of 85 following a brief illness. Dr. Fowler came to UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1958 and his first 10 years were devoted primarily to horses. In 1967 he volunteered to develop and teach courses on the medicine of nontraditional animals and his position became the first faculty position in wild animal medicine at any veterinary school in the world. Once the Zoological Medicine program was in full swing at UC Davis, he began to see many camelids, since llamas, alpacas, and camels were popular zoo animals. As llamas and alpacas grew in popularity in the private sector, Dr. Fowler became the “go to” veterinarian for camelids. He was involved in the screening of alpacas for importation from South America, and in 1984 he conducted the first veterinary workshop in North America on llama and alpaca medicine. In his autobiography he said: “One of the great satisfactions of my career has been teaching. Regarding llamas and alpacas, I have had the privilege of sharing information with owners, breeders, managers, and fellow veterinarians at numerous local, regional and national meetings.” Dr. Fowler was active in research, publishing over 200 articles, and was the author of numerous books including Medicine and Surgery of South American Camelids, with the Third Edition published in 2010. He remained active in teaching up to the time of his recent illness, and he was widely known and appreciated for being an inspiring teacher with the wisdom of tremendous experience. He was kind and compassionate, with a twinkle in his eye and a wonderful sense of humor. His death is a tremendous loss for the camelid community, and although he will be missed by all, his legacy will live on and he will never be forgotten. We offer our sincerest condolences to his wife, Audrey, and his family. --------------------------------------------------------42 Showring Magazine Summer 2014
Dear Friends, It has been a joy to read so many lovely letters of memories you have of our father. Thank you all so much for the love and concern extended to our family at this time. We are grateful for the influence each of you have had in his life. We have felt the comfort of the Lord. We so much appreciate a father who taught us to pursue excellence -- who taught us the value of every individual -- who provided us with a love of all God’s creations -- and who instilled in us an unshakable faith that life and families are eternal, and that we will be able to be with him again. Dad’s funeral will be held on Saturday, May 31 at 11:00 AM. Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 785 Elmwood Drive Davis, California 95616 Flowers can be sent to the church if delivered the day of the funeral. If anyone would like to send a card or flowers to my mom, her address is: Audrey Fowler 427 Cabrillo Avenue Davis, CA 95616 If anyone would prefer to send a donation, we feel an appropriate recipient would be the Sacramento Zoological Association. Their website is www.saczoo.org Click the “donate” button, and then “memorial & tribute gifts” then “tribute gifts”. Thank you again for your love and concern, and for sharing your stories and thoughts about Dad. Tricia Craft
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ALSA Monthly BOD Meeting May 13, 2014 (All times posted are EST, if not noted)
Call to order: 8:05 PM E.S.T. Next Board Meeting: Tuesday June 10, 2014; 8:05 pm CST Roll call: Members Present: President: Ken Forster V. President: Jim Doyle Treasurer (Non Board) Patti Wattigney (Joined the call at 8:05 PM- Left the call at 8:47 PM) Board Members: Charles Poillion & Susan Leslie Secretary: Robin Turrell Jim: Motion to enter in Executive session. Kitty: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. The Board entered into Executive Session at 8:06 PM E.S.T Jim: Motion to leave Executive Session. Kitty: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. The Board exited Executive Session at 8:28 PM E.S.T. Office Business: Robin Turell, Office Manager: a) Report received May 7, 2014. Office Report â€“ BOD Meeting â€“ May 13, 2014 1. Membership We have approximately 252 Regular Members, 148 Youth members, and 109 Life members. The total membership so far is 507. Last month, our total at the time of the BOD meeting was 444 members. At this time, we have increased our membership by 63 members. We are receiving applications daily. 2. Shows We currently have 56 sanctioned shows for 2014. (This is an increase since the last BOD meeting of 20). 3. Update on the ALSA database. This seems to be going well. When results are now updated, they are immediately posted onto the website. It has made my inputting information much faster. 4. Youth Scholarship Applications. All applications have been sent to the judges and are awaiting their results. 5. Update on Handbooks.
All handbooks that have been ordered have been sent out. The insurance has been arranged and should be in place shortly. It does look like we’ll be saving money. Kitty: Motion to approve Robin’s Office report. Susan: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. Treasurer’s Report: (Non BOD) Patti Wattigney a) Review report received May 7, 2014. Treasurer Report for the Month of April 2014 1) All bank accounts have been reconciled 2) 2013 Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, has been timely filed. 3) Current Assets Checking Accounts Investment Account Cash Memorials Total Current Assets
13,119 52,107 3,354
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Disbursements Grand National Expenses 2014 Corporate Filings BOD Expenses Bank / Credit Card Fees Office Contract/Expenses Regional Expenses 2014 Handbook Committee Publications Committee Website Expenses Total Disbursements Balance on Hand April 30, 2014
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Susan: Motion to accept the Treasurerâ€™s Report Charles: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. Old Business: New Business: Committee Reports: 1) Alpaca Committee: (liaison: Susan Leslie) Chair: Deb Yeagle a) Review report received April 29, 2014. The alpaca committee would like to request Robin Sturgeon be put on our committee. Robin is a llama and alpaca breeder in Indiana. We would also like to have a conference call this month to get things rolling. Thank you, Deb Yeagle Chair
Kitty: Motion to approve Robin Sturgeon onto the committee. Jim: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. 2)
Election Committee: (liaison: Kitty) Chair: Lougene Baird a) Review report received May 7, 2014 ALSA Election Committee Report - May 7, 2014 Statements of Candidacy and a photos of each candidate were submitted to the committee by the end of April. Six nominees accepted the opportunity to place their name on the ballot. The Bylaw Revision and Statements of Candidacy document has been completed. It was posted to the ALSA website on May 6. An e-Blast with a short summary of the electronic voting process will be e-Blasted to all members. The message will include a link to take the reader directly to the document on the ALSA website. The Committee has not received any questions by e-mail or phone call regarding electronic voting. This would indicate that the membership has read previous e-Blasts and understands the electronic voting process. The final update of the list of members-in-good-standing will be ready for the committee to post to Simply Voting about mid-month. At that time the Committee will record usernames and passwords into electronic website. A final e-Blast containing last minute announcements will be sent to members on or about May 20th. Voting begins May 25 and ends June 5. The committee is requesting questions regarding voting be directly addressed to the EC by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 808-747-5023. Respectfully, Lougene Baird, Chair ALSA Election Committee
Received 5/12/2014 After much thought and a growing concern regarding voting security an additional step has been added to the electronic voting process. This step will assure ALSA that each membership has voted only its own vote. Email blasts have indicated a person will use their email and M# to vote. One more step to ‘signing on’ to vote will be added. Using the Simply Voting software a ‘unique elector ID’ will be randomly assigned to each email address. Through Simply Voting an email will be sent to each elector notifying them of their unique ID to vote. In effect – each elector will use three voting credentials – two easily obtained by anyone by using the ALSA website and one unique that is given to each voter! This has been discussed with Simply Voting and there will be no extra charge to ALSA. Therefore, we will be sending at least two additional email blasts – the first will come from ALSA instructing each member to ‘allow’ SimplyVoting.com to be received into their “Inbox” rather than sent to their junk mail. The second will be from the EC through Simply Voting and will contain their unique ID voting credential. The unique identifier will be sent only to its corresponding email address. Thank you! Lougene Baird, Chair ALSA Election Committee Charles: Motion to approve both reports. Jim: Seconds the motion. Motion carried.
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Ethics: (liaison: Jim) Chair: Paul Schwartz
Fiber Committee: (liaison: Susan) Chair: Cindy Ruckman
Finance & Budget Committee: (liaison: Jim) Chair: Patti Wattigney
Grand National Committee: (liaison: Ken) Chair: Susan Leslie a) review report received May 5, 2014 The GN committee is hard at work getting things in order for October. I would like to recommend Terry White for our GN Show Superintendent. I would also like to add Glenda Overmiller to the committee as well. We have 4 wonderful judges lined up, as well as our host hotel, with rates and rooms reserved for the llama show. We have started contacting vendors. We have spoken with a photographer that comes highly recommended by the Kansas facility. We are in contact with some possible t-shirt companies as well as some caterers, for our exhibitor dinner. We will be holding our annual youth silent auction again, and will be looking for some great items to be sold at the show. Our goal is to raise another $1500 for the youth scholarship fund. The Wilson County 4H Llama group will again be making and donating door prizes to be drawn for throughout the show. Members of the Kansas Llama association have offered to be greeters for our exhibitors, and welcome them to the show and show them to their stalls and give general instructions upon arrival. We currently have not come up with a logo or theme for this years show, but we are brainstorming some ideas. Updates to follow.... Susan Leslie
Kitty: Motion to approve Terry White as Grand National Superintendent. Charles: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. Jim: Motion to approve Glenda Overmiller as a committee person. Kitty: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. The Board has approved that Susan can notify these members of their positions. Kitty Motion to approve the Grand National Report. Charles: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. 7)
Handbook Committee: (liaison: Ken) Chair: Marcie Saska Agnew
Judge's Committee: (liaison: Ken) Chair: Barb Harris a) Review report received May 8, 2014. ALSA Judgesâ€™ Committee Report
May 2014 The committee would like to request the approval of a beginner/advanced llama halter judging clinic to be held November 14, 15 & 16th at Glen Unzicker’s ranch. Deb Yeagle would be the instructor. Respectfully, ALSA Judges’ Committee Barb Harris – chair Charles: Motion to approve the clinic and instructor. Susan: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. The Board has approved Ken to notify Barb Harris of this approval. 9)
Membership Committee: (liaison: Susan) Chair: Kathy Devaul The alpaca committee will be stepping up to help with this committee.
Nomination Committee: (liaison: Kitty) Chair: Anna Reece No Report
Performance Committee: (liaison: Kitty) Chair: Anna Reece No Report
Policy & Planning Committee: (liaison: Charles) Chair: Barb Harris No Report
Promotion Committee: (liaison: Charles) Chair: None No Report
Protest Committee: (liaison: Jim) Chair: Margaret Henry No Report
Publications Committee: (liaison: Charles) Chair: Ruby Herron No Report
Regional Committee: (liaison: Kitty) Chair: Cheryl Juntilla No Report
Show Management Committee: (liaison: Charles) Chair: No Report
Web Site Committee: (liaison: Jim) Chair: Ruby Herron
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Youth Committee: (liaison: Susan) Chair: Michelle Kutzler & Terry White, Co-Chairs
Covered as item (E) in email motions.
EMAIL MOTIONS AND/OR ACTIONS: A) 04-15-14: Robin requested approval of youth scholarship e-blast. Jim-yes; Charles-yes; Susan-yes; Ken-Yes. E-blast approved. B) 04-15-14: Robin requested approval of e-blast from Grand National committee. Jim-yes, .Charles-yes; Susan-yes; Kitty-yes. 04-17-14: Ken-yes; e-blast approved. C) 04-14-14: Kitty submitted April 8, 2014 minutes for approval. 04-15-14: Kitty submitted corrected minutes for approval. 04-16-14: Jim-yes; Kitty-yes; Charles-yes and Susan-yes. 04-17-14: Minutes approved. D) 04-20-14: Request for approval of e-blast announcing 2014 Grand National Judges. 04-21-14: Kitty-yes; Susan-yes; Jim-yes and Charles-yes. E-blast approved. E) Report from Youth Committee received May 5, 2014. Due to the fact that two of the youth committee members had not renewed their memberships by April 1st, I would like to add Dakota Evanson and Greg Hall to the youth Committee in their places. Terry White, M8848 Youth Committee Co- Chair 05-06-14: Kitty: I motion to remove the 2 members and instate Dakota Everson and Greg Hall in their place. 05-06-14: Charles: I second Kitty motion and vote yes. Jim-yes; Kitty-yes; Susan-yes. Motion Carried. F) 04-29-14: Request for Grand National e-blast received. 04-29-14: Susan and Ken requested corrections. Rewritten e-blast sent for approval. 05-05-14: Kitty approved. 05-06-14: Charles; Jim; Susan approved. 05-09-14 E-blast approved.
(All italics denote Board Actions or statements made during or after reports and are not those of the person writing the report.)
Jim: Motion to adjourn the meeting. Kitty: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. The Board meeting adjourned at 9:31 PM. E.S.T. Minutes: Kitty
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ALSA Monthly BOD Meeting April 08, 2014 (All times posted are EST, if not noted)
Call to order 8:05 PM E.S.T. Next Board Meeting: Tuesday May 13, 2014; 8:00 pm CST Roll call: Members Present: President: Ken Forster V. President: Jim Doyle Treasurer (Non Board) Patti Wattigney- (Left the call at 8:49 PM E.S.T.) Secretary: Kitty Tuck-Hampel Board Members: Charles Poillion and Susan Leslie Office Business: Robin Turell, Office Manager: Left call at 10:14 PM E.S.T. a) Report received 04-07-14: Office Report – BOD Meeting – April 8, 2014 1. Membership We have approximately 228 Regular Members, 108 Youth members, and 109 Life members. The total membership so far is 444. Last month, our total at the time of the BOD meeting was 415 members. At this time, we have increased our membership by 29 members. We are receiving applications daily. 2. Shows We currently have 36 sanctioned shows for 2014. (this is an increase since the last BOD meeting of 8). 3. Update on the ALSA database. 4. Update on the Youth Scholarships. 5. Update on the Pre-Ordering of Handbooks. Charles: Motion to print 100 handbooks. Susan: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. Kitty: Motion to accept Robin’s office report. Jim: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. Treasurer’s Report: (Non BOD) Patti Wattigney a) Review form 990 Kitty: I motion to approve form 990 for Patti Wattigney to file. Susan: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. b)
Review Treasures report received 04-02-14.
Treasurer Report for the Month of March 2014 1) All bank accounts have been reconciled 2) Robin's March Contract Fee was paid at the end of February 3) The Grand National Expense 2014 is the deposit paid on the 2014 facility. Current Assets Checking Accounts Investment Account Cash Memorials Total Current Assets
14,796 52,094 3,353
Liabilities Accounts Payable
Total Liabilities & Equity
Cash Balance on Hand February 2014
Receipts Membership Revenue Show Fee Revenue Showring Ads/Internet Listing Judge Dues Other Revenue
2,000 2,070 110 100 324
Total Receipts Disbursements Grand National Expenses 2014 Corporate Filings BOD Expenses Bank / Credit Card Fees
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550 10 0 177
Office Contract/Expenses Judge's Committee Handbook Committee Publications Committee Website Expenses Total Disbursements Balance on Hand March 31, 2014
0 0 0 0 0 $
Charles: Motion to approve the Treasurerâ€™s report. Kitty: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. Old Business: New Business: a) Letter from Tami Lash- We will be sending a letter to Tami as well as copying the Judges Committee. b) Letter from Deb Yeagle- Move to alpaca committee for discussion. c) Letter forward to BOD by Election Committee- We reviewed and there will be no further action at this time. d) Letter from Cathie Kindler- Letter will be sent regarding this issue. e) Letter from Terese Evenson- Letter will be sent regarding this issue. Committee Reports: 1) Alpaca Committee: (liaison: Susan Leslie) Chair: I would like to propose for Deb Yeagle to be our alpaca committee chairman, and to have David Barbosa and Cindy Ernst as committee members. Thank you Susan: Motion to approve Deb Yeagle as the Alpaca Committee Chairperson. Jim: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. Kitty: Motion to approve David Barbosa and Cindy Ernst as committee members. Charles: Seconds the motion. Motion Carried. 2) Election Committee: (liaison: Kitty) Chair: Lougene Baird a) Review report received 04-01-14. 67
ALSA Election Committee Report – April 1, 2014 The Day of Record for the 2014 General Election was Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The next step will be for the ALSA office and Treasurer to compile the current list of members who have paid dues by April 1st. The list will be Board approved. The deadline for members to submit a Petition to Nominate Form is April 10th. Approximately 45 Petitions for 6 potential candidates have been received. Each potential candidate will be updated later this week on who has petitioned on their behalf. The Committee thanks the ALSA members for taking an active part in Petitioning process. An e-Blast draft will be submitted to the ALSA BOD for review by April 5 for release to the membership. It will contain more information on how the electronic voting will work. Respectfully submitted, Lougene A Baird, Chair ALSA Election Committee Committee has entered into a working agreement with McCall Scanlon & Tice, CPA Lougene A Baird Chair, Election Committee b)
Review report received 04-03-14. This morning the attach spreadsheet was received from the ALSA office. Robin and Patti have worked together to create the list of members who paid 2014 dues by the Day of Record. At the lower part of the list are the Life Members. The EC is requesting the ALSA Board to: Certify the list is up-to-date and correct and shall be the list of members who may participate in the 2014 General Election Provide the EC with the name of any members who do not meet all requirements in the ALSA Bylaws, Article II, Section 6, all sub-sections. Please refer to page 150 of the 2014 ALSA Handbook. o Dues paid o Suspension due to infraction of ALSA Rules o
In February 2014 the Board approved the revised Election Guidelines that was posted on the ALSA website. Refer to page 3, Stage 4 Voting ….. The guidelines clearly state “it is the responsibility of each member to inform the ALSA office of their current
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and correct address, email and other information. In several eBlast to the membership, the group was reminded to keep their information up-to-date with the ALSA office. Email information will be used in electronic voting. ALSA Standing Rules, Article IV, Election (d) (page 160) state either the election will be electronic voting OR written ballot but not a combination of both. The list of members who have paid dues by the Day of Record indicates some members have not provided the ALSA office with their current information. None have contacted the EC. Please advise the EC how it should handle the memberships with missing information for this yearâ€™s electronic voting. Regards, Lougene Baird, Chair ALSA Election Committee Kitty: I Motion to certify the list of ALSA members that they are true and accurate and do not contain anyone that is suspended either temporarily or permanently. Charles: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. Question regarding the 5-people that do not have email addresses. We will discuss this further. 3)
Ethics: (liaison: Jim) Chair: Paul Schwartz No Report
Fiber Committee: (liaison: Susan) Chair: Cindy Ruckman No Report
Finance & Budget Committee: (liaison: Jim) Chair: Patti Wattigney See above report
Grand National Committee: (liaison: Ken) Chair: Susan Leslie The 3-halter/performance judges have been hired. Our judges will be Mary Jo Miller, Rick Neal, and Beth Meyers. The fiber judge will be announced shortly. The host hotel will be announced through the email blast. 7)
Handbook Committee: (liaison: Ken) Chair: Marcie Saska Agnew No Report
Judge's Committee: (liaison: Ken) Chair: Barb Harris No Report
Membership Committee: (liaison: Susan) Chair: Kathy Devaul
Nomination Committee: (liaison: Kitty) Chair: Anna Reece Performance Committee: (liaison: Kitty) Chair: Anna Reece a) Review report received 04-03-14. Kitty, and ALSA BOD, The performance committee has reviewed again the recommendation to reduce the criteria for novice, in an attempt to expedite the moving from the much larger novice classes, sometimes in excess of 50 animals, into the smaller advanced classes. This move up of novice animals will increase class sizes in the advanced division, giving the advanced animals a greater chance of having 6 in the division, which would then allow the grands and reserves to actually count towards the advanced champion status, then getting more moving into the masters division. The committee recommends reducing the criteria of 4 grands or 3 grands and 2 reserves, be lowered to 3 grands or 2 grands and 2 reserves to achieve the Novice level of Champion. We do not feel this is lowering the standards for this division.
Thanks, Anna Reese ALSA Performance Committee Chairman We would like to table this until the Performance Committee can write up the rule changes for the handbook and we can approve this at that time. 12)
Policy & Planning Committee: (liaison: Charles) Chair: Barb Harris
Promotion Committee: (liaison: Charles) Chair: None
Protest Committee: (liaison: Jim) Chair: Margaret Henry No Report
Publications Committee: (liaison: Charles) Chair: Ruby Herron No Report
Regional Committee: (liaison: Kitty) Chair: Cheryl Juntilla a) Correction of date for Midwestern Regional Jim: Motion to approve the corrected date of the Midwest Regional show of September 20 and 21, 2014. Kitty: Seconds the motion.
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EMAIL MOTIONS AND/OR ACTIONS: G) March E-mail motion held out of March Minutes until contract was signed. 02-28-14: Susan: After discussions with the GN Committee as well as Jim, considering the cost and size of the Park City, Kansas facility, as well as the central location, on behalf of the GN Committee, I would like to make a motion that we sign a contract with the facility and send in the $500 deposit to reserve it for us for the weekend of October 23, 24, 25th 2014 for the ALSA Grand national location. Not be made public until after the contract is signed. 03-01-14: Kitty seconded. Jim-yes; Susan-yes; Kitty-yes; Charles-yes. 03-01-14: Motion carried. A) 03-13-14: Kitty submitted March minutes for approval. 03-14-14: Jim-yes; Kitty-yes. 03-16-14: Susan-yes; Charles-yes. 03-18-14: Minutes approved. B) 03-16-14: Scholarship e-blast submitted for approval. 03-18-14: Kitty-yes; Charles-yes; Susan-yes; Jim-yes. Scholarship e-blast approved. C) 03-16-14: Correction e-blast submitted for 1st Grand Nation e-blast for approval. Jim-yes; Kitty & Susan suggested changes. 03-19-14: -blast approved with changes D) 03-19-14: Kitty-I make a motion to approve the below â€œWesternâ€? regional show. Below item tabled from March committee report. We are proposing that a Western Regional Championship be held on September 13 & 14 at the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff, California. This location is easily accessible for exhibitors from both the Southwestern and Northwestern Regions. This was the site of the 2012 Southwestern Regional Championship and the facility cost is reasonable. We believe this proposal would be more economical than trying to hold separate championship shows for the two regions. Ribbons for all of the regions except the Western were ordered in time to take advantage of the 10% off winter sale. If the Board approves the Western Regional Championship to be held in Red Bluff, we should be able to utilize rosettes left from both the Southwestern and Northwestern 2013 Championships and order new replacement streamers to refurbish them, which should be relatively inexpensive. We would like to ask Robin to send out an e-mail blast to start promoting all of the Regional Championship shows as soon as we know if the Board has approved the proposal for the Western Regional Championship and ask that you be allowed to let us know without having to wait for the meeting minutes to be published.
Thank you. Cheryl J. 03-19-14: Jim seconded. Jim-yes; Kitty-yes; Susan-yes; Charles-yes. 03-19-14: Four yes votes. Motion approved. E) 03-22-14 Ken: Requested approval of E-blast clarifying performance rule. 03-22-14: Jim-yes 03-23-14: Charles-yes; Susan-yes 03-24-14: Kitty-yes. Four yes votes; e-blast approved. F) 03-24-14: Robin requested approval of letter to judges. 03-24-14: Jim-yes; Susan-yes 03-25-14: Kitty-yes; Charles-yes. Four yes votes; e-blast approved. G) 03-24-14: Robin requested approval of Handbook e-blast. 03-24-14: Jim-yes with date changes. 03-25-14: Charles-yes; Kitty-yes; Susan-yes. Four yes votes. E-blast approved with date change. H) Cathie has completed her review with an instructor - Deb Yeagle and I have on file 4 letters of recommendation. So now that her dues for this year are paid is it all right for Robin to list her as a Llama halter, performance and youth judge? Barb 03-25-14: Kitty: I motion that per the e-mail from Judges Committee chair received March 21, 2014 stating Cathie Kindler has meet the recertification requirements per the 18th Edition of the ALSA Handbook-pg. 130, Part S Sec. 3-c; she be reinstated as a judge with the conditions as set forth in the March 13, 2014 BOD meeting minutes. She must serve 1-year probation as a llama halter judge and llama/alpaca performance judge only. At the end of the one-year probationary period, she will be permanently reinstated in accordance with the 18th Edition of the ALSA Handbook. Cathie Kindler will be subjected to the 5-year recertification time period at the end of the probation year in accordance with the 18th Edition of the ALSA Handbook. Susan seconded. Kitty-yes; Susan-yes; Charles-yes; Ken-yes. 03-21-14: With the motion being seconded by Susan and having yes votes from Susan, Charles, Kitty and Ken; the motion passes with 4 yes votes per ALSA Standing Rules, Article 1, Section 4-d. Jim-yes. I) 03-26-14: Robin requested approval of Grand National e-blast for approval. 03-27-14: Kitty-yes; Susan-yes; Jim-yes and Charles-yes. Four yes votes; e-blast approved.
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j) 03-26-14: Robin requested approval of Regional e-blast. 03-27-14: Charles-yes; Kitty-yes; Susan-yes and Jim-yes. E-blast approved. K) 03-29-14: Kitty: Motion to approve the proposed Grand National judges. Charles seconded. Jim-yes, Charles-yes, Kitty-yes, Susan-yes. Motion carried. L) 04-01-14: I would like approval to reimburse Cheryl Juntilla 1592.92. This represents payment: Midwestern Regional ribbons - 380.34 Central Regional ribbons - 461.62 Rocky Mountain Regional ribbons - 227.31 Southeastern Regional ribbons - 523.65 Jim-yes; Kitty-yes; Susan-yes; Charles-yes; Ken-yes. Reimbursement approved. M) 04-02-14: Election committee submitted e-blast for approval. Jim-yes, Charles-yes, Susan-yes, Kitty-yes, Ken-yes. E-blast approved. Susan: Motion to adjourn. Kitty: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. The Board meeting ended at 10:38 PM E.S.T. Minutes: Kitty
ALSA Monthly BOD Meeting March 13, 2014 (All times posted are EST, if not noted)
Call to order: 8:04 PM E.S.T. Next Board Meeting: Tuesday April 8, 2014; 8:00 pm CST Roll call: Members Present: President: Ken Forster V. President: Jim Doyle Treasurer (Non Board) Patti Wattigney- Joined at 9:22 PM- Left the call at 10:07 PM E.S.T. Secretary: Kitty Tuck-Hampel Board Members: Susan Leslie and Charles Poillion Robin ALSA Executive Secretary: Joined the call at 8:36 PM E.S.T. Request for Executive Session: Kitty: Motion to go into executive session. Jim seconds the motion. Motion carried. The board entered into Executive session at 8:05 PM E.S.T. Charles: Motion to leave Executive session. Jim seconds the motion. Motion carried. The board exits Executive session at 9:17 PM E.S.T. Office Business: Robin Turell, Office Manager: a) Review report received 1. Membership We have approximately 201 Regular Members, 92 Youth members, and 109 Life members. The total membership so far is 402. Last month, our total at the time of the BOD meeting was 360 members. At this time, we have increased our membership by 42 members. We are receiving applications daily. 2. Shows We currently have 26 sanctioned shows for 2014. 3. Posting of Shows These are the steps that happen when the ALSA office posts the results of a show:
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The superintendent gets the results to the ALSA office via email or USPS. If these results are sent via email, they are followed up by the USPS along with the judges’ cards, recap sheet and fees. The results are then posted WITHOUT a change unless I have noticed something that does not match in which I contact the superintendent BEFORE any correction is made.
4. Discussion about youth scholarship email sent to Ken on Feb. 12, 2014 and on Feb. 16, 2014. 5. Discussion about Superintendent Letter sent to Ken on Feb. 12, 2014. 6. Discussion about Handbook Printing. An email with the bid sent to BOD on Feb. 15, 2014. An eblast will be sent to the membership asking if the membership would like the opportunity to pre-order Handbooks. (BoD) Susan: I make a motion we pay the $450 to update the software for a live reporting of the youth award system. Kitty: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. Kitty: Motion to accept the office report. Jim: Seconds the report. Motion carried. Treasurer’s Report: (Non BOD) Patti Wattigney a) Review Treasures report received 03-05-14. Treasurer Report for the Month of February 2014 1) All bank accounts have been reconciled 2) The Office Contract Amount includes payment for February and March 3) Current Assets Checking Accounts Investment Account Cash Memorials Total Current Assets
17,943 45,081 3,352
Liabilities Accounts Payable
Total Liabilities & Equity
Cash Balance on Hand January 2014
Receipts Membership Revenue Show Fee Revenue Grand National Revenue Judge / Judge Clinic Fees Other Revenue
2,525 925 0 50 36
Total Receipts Disbursements Grand National Expenses 2014 Corporate Filings BOD Expenses Bank / Credit Card Fees Office Contract/Expenses Linda Pierce Awards Judge Clinic Expenses Publications Committee Website Expenses Total Disbursements Balance on Hand February 28, 2014
Charles: Motion to accept the Treasurerâ€™s Report. Susan: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. Old Business: a)
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163 0 0 247 5,833 0 115 0 0
Kitty: I motion to reinstate as a judge, Tami Lash on the grounds she must serve 1-year probation as a llama halter judge and llama/alpaca performance judge only. At the end of the one-year probationary period, she will be permanently reinstated in accordance with the 18th Edition of the ALSA Handbook. Tami Lash will be subjected to the 5-year recertification time period at the end of the probation year in accordance with the 18th Edition of the ALSA Handbook. Jim: Seconds the Motion. Roll Call: Kitty- Yes, Charles- Yes, Jim- Yes, Susan-Yes 4-yes votes- Motion carried. b) Cathie Kindler Susan: I motion that the requirement for Cathie Kindler to be a judge, she must either complete an Advanced Clinic OR complete the requirements of the 18th Edition of the ALSA Handbook for recertification- Pg 130, Part S Sec. 3-c. After meeting one of those requirements, she must serve 1-year probation as a llama halter judge and llama/alpaca performance judge only. At the end of the one-year probationary period, she will be permanently reinstated in accordance with the 18th Edition of the ALSA Handbook. Cathie Kindler will be subjected to the 5-year recertification time period at the end of the probation year in accordance with the 18th Edition of the ALSA Handbook. Jim: Seconds. Roll Call: Kitty- Yes, Charles- Yes, Jim- Yes, Susan- Yes 4-yes votes- Motion carried. New Business: a) Letter from Marilyn Nenni. A new eblast will be sent out regarding this. b) Letter from Jens Rudibaugh. The letter was sent to the performance committee for review. c) Letter from Robin Turrel. Reply sent to Robin. Committee Reports: 1)
Alpaca Committee: (liaison: Susan Leslie) Chair: Kitty: I motion to remove Kevin as the Chairperson of the Alpaca Committee due to not being a member of ALSA. Jim: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. 2)
Election Committee: (liaison: Kitty) Chair: Lougene Baird ALSA Election Committee Report â€“ March 3, 2014 The Day of Record for the 2014 General Election is Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The Day of Record is the last day a person may pay dues and become a member in good standing as part of the qualifications to participate in the election process. The Treasurer and office Manager shall reconcile the list of members using the day of Record to create an up-to-date list to present to the Board of Directors for approval.
The deadline members to submit Petition to Nominate Forms is April 10th. The committee has received approximately 30 Petitions for 4 potential candidates. The Committee has received a request for a Bylaw change from members at large. The Committee is obligated to send the information to the ALSA Board for review. The Committee has organized that request so that it would logically fit into the current Bylaws. Please review the member’s request and then deny or accept the change to be put on the 2014 ballot. The request, underlined below, is as follows: Bylaws - Article III – Board of Directors Section 8. Resignation and Removal. Towards the end of that section.. A board member may be censured, suspended or ejected for unauthorized activity by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. Unauthorized activity may be described as, but not limited to, violation of Executive Session confidentiality, publicly discussing member hardships or authorizing unapproved expenditures. Accusatory language and rude behavior to fellow Directors, Committee Chairs, volunteers or ALSA personnel will not be tolerated as it is not in the best interest of the membership or the organization and does not allow the Directors to accomplish the work for which each was elected. Once removed, that person may not run for office, be elected or serve for the remainder of their term and a period of two (2) years. The pre-approved e-blasts are being sent to the membership as planned. Conversations are ongoing with the electronic voting company to assure a smooth transition from paper to electronic balloting. Respectfully submitted, Lougene A Baird, Chair ALSA Election Committee Charles: I make a motion to approve the bylaw change as recommended by the Election Committee. Kitty: I second the motion. Motion carried unanimously. March 11, 2014 To the Election Committee Liaison. Nomination Committee Chair and the ALSA Board, The below is EC comments on a member’s request for “Candidate’s names to be put on ALSA website” prior to the formal review of the official list of members verifying membership in good standing as approved by the ALSA Board and other information. A person is not a “candidate” until they meet all of the requirements of a “member in good standing” as described in the ALSA Bylaws and agree to put their name on the ballot, this is usually discovered during the Statement of Candidacy process. (April 10 to April 29) Please refer to the Bylaws and Standing Rules. The Election Committee uses the list of members that is compiled by the Treasurer and office manager for ‘verifications’ in the election process. The list of members who have paid their dues is completed after the Day of Record (April 1) and approved by the ALSA Board of Directors. In addition, the Board also approves other requirements of a member-in-good standing which is not reflected in the ALSA accounting system. The EC receives notification of Board
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approval of the list of members-in-good standing and other verification ONLY through its Liaison. That list is used in the election process. As a member, Robin (the ALSA office manager) was the only person who requested the verification procedure be changed so that each person would know if he/she had enough or “necessary 5 petitions”. The EC did that per Robin’s request but only in its operational policy which the Board approved. Per the change in procedure, the EC has since given each person a list of people who submitted petitions on their behalf. Those folks can check the website, or ask the petitioners who petitioned, to manage their own nomination process to verify whatever each feels necessary. The Bylaws explicitly state the EC will use the membership list compiled by the Treasurer and office and approved by the Board. The EC uses no other list. The EC does NOT verify membership by using the ALSA website as this would not be working within the Bylaws/Standing Rules. In addition, the other information to be received from the Board and required by the Bylaws is not on the website! This is located in Article II Membership, Section 6 Membership in Good Standing in its entirety In the past, a small percentage of members have asked how many petitions they had received. With the procedure change, it has been taken a step further. Each interested potential candidate not only is told how many but from WHOM their petitions were received. Not if the petitioners dues are paid. I keep detailed notes of phone conversations regarding EC and election process and work regardless of who I speak with. According to my notes, last year Robin contacted me as she was concerned that ALSA would incur election expenses last year when an election was not ‘really necessary’. And, rightly so! The amount of candidates (2) matched the openings (2) on the Board. She asked what might be done to avoid those costs last year. With that in mind, I wrote a Bylaw change and submitted that to the Board for its approval to be put on last year’s ballot. The membership approved the change and it will avoid the same scenario in future elections. ALSA will never incur election expenses when there is no need to have an election unless the Bylaws are reversed on that note. I do not have my notes with me at work this morning. From recall, Robin (as a member), a few weeks ago called to say that it would be nice to know if a person already had enough petitions. In short, she used the example that if a person already had 5 Petitions, she would not ‘waste’ her petition on someone who already had enough but use them for another person. She also stated she and her partners have 2 petitions between all of everyone. With that suggestion, the EC rewrote the part of the Procedure, the ALSA Board approved it so that the EC may notify potential candidates of who and how many Petitions the EC had received on their behalf. So now those folks can check with a person to see how many they have received so petitions are not wasted. It is my understanding that Robin’s concern is that ‘we do not have a lot of participation in the election process anymore”. If it will help put your minds at ease, the EC is working with five people who have received way more than 5 petitions each. So it looks like ALSA will have a healthy ballot if all choose to run! From election history I know that the ALSA office has helped and will continue to help the EC. Cheryl did and now Robin does. Both worked beautifully in concert with the EC through the election process. However, the EC, the NC and the office are obliged to work under the process as described in the Bylaws and Standing Rules.
Running for the ALSA Board, and if elected, serving on the Board requires an immense commitment. Each person deserves to be treated fairly, their privacy respected and all must be treated equally. These folks are able to manage their own process to become petitioned and follow all of the rules as recorded in the Bylaws ad Standing Rules if they so choose, to follow their quest to become a Director. As it has been in the past few years and will be this year, as soon as the ballot names are finalized, the full Statements of Candidacies will be posted on the ALSA website. Please let me know if I may be of further assistance in the Boardâ€™s understanding of how the EC works within the Bylaws and Standing Rules in the election process. Lougene Kitty: Motion to accept the Election Committee Report. Susan: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. 3)
Ethics: (liaison: Jim) Chair: Paul Schwartz No Report
Fiber Committee: (liaison: Susan) Chair: Cindy Ruckman No Report
Finance & Budget Committee: (liaison: Jim) Chair: Patti Wattigney Under Treasurerâ€™s Report
Grand National Committee: (liaison: Ken) Chair: Susan Leslie No Report
Handbook Committee: (liaison: Ken) Chair: Marcie Saska Agnew No Report
Judge's Committee: (liaison: Ken) Chair: Barb Harris Report received 03-02-14: On January 31st 2014 the committee held a conference call to discuss new ideas and approve judges and instructors.
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At this time the committee is working on replacing the requirement that all judges must attend at least one annual meeting at the Grand National every 5 years. Our proposal will be that each member of the committee and either the chair or one other committee member will conduct a conference call with all judges and apprentices in their area. In this conference call all previous year rule changes will be covered. Discussion of concerns and questions will be included. A judge who is unable to participate on a conference call in their area may sit in on another region’s call. This conference call may also be used to replace the annual open book test. A conference call may be replaced in an area if there would be an opportunity to have a face to face at another venue. We are still working on the details for this proposal but feel that in this economy this will help judges from incurring ever increasing costs to travel to the Grand National just to attend the annual meeting. The committee reviewed all the judges and apprentices and approved them for 2014. The list was submitted to the ALSA office for publication. The following instructors were approved by the committee for 2014 and are being submitted to the board for approval.
Llama Halter/performance Deb Yeagle Judie Moser Hank Kauffman Barbara Harris Lora Crawford Margaret Drew – assistant – one left Cheryl Juntilla – assistant – one left Danielle Wagoner – assistant – one left Phil Feiner – assistant – two left
Alpaca Halter/performance Deb Yeagle Mary Reed Anthony Stachowski David Barbosa – assistant – one left
Llama Fleece Karen Kinyon Cindy Ruckman Deb Yeagle Patti Morgan Maryan Baker
Alpaca Fleece Deb Yeagle Cindy Ruckman Mary Reed Anthony Stachowski David Barbosa – assistant – one left The committee addressed a concern that had been expressed regarding an apprentice and an email was sent to said apprentice. It was also brought to the committee’s attention that there are several judges who have been soliciting judging positions. The show superintendents who have contacted the committee didn’t wish to file a formal complaint for fear of retaliation. The committee has sent a blanket email to all judges and apprentices advising them that this is a violation of one of the Standing Rules for ALSA judges. The committee would also like to express concern over the increase in the non-member fee to show. We are out there as judges and come into contact with many superintendents across the country. They in turn are in contact with many exhibitors. We have been hear complaints about this increase and what it has done to the number of exhibitors who are participating in shows. In some areas there is only one or maybe two shows and exhibitors can’t quite justify a full ALSA membership but this increase drives them further away. This is especially true for shows that are trying to encourage alpacas to come to an ALSA show. In these times of high gas prices, increased hay prices and economic downturn we as a llama community need to be thinking outside of the box to encourage involvement in our llama shows. Higher fees are not the answer. Respectfully, ALSA Judges’ Committee Barb Harris – chair Jim: I make a motion to approve the instructors in the committee report. Charles: Seconds the motion.
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Motion carried unanimously. 9)
Membership Committee: (liaison: Susan) Chair: Kathy Devaul No Report
Nomination Committee: (liaison: Kitty) Chair: Anna Reece No Report
Performance Committee: (liaison: Kitty) Chair: Anna Reece No Report
Policy & Planning Committee: (liaison: Charles) Chair: Barb Harris No Report
Promotion Committee: (liaison: Charles) Chair: None No Report
Protest Committee: (liaison: Jim) Chair: Margaret Henry No Report
Publications Committee: (liaison: Charles) Chair: Ruby Herron No Report
Regional Committee: (liaison: Kitty) Chair: Cheryl Juntilla Report received 03-03-14. Here's the Regional Championship Committee report for your next Board meeting. Dates that have been set for 2014 Regional Championships are as follows: August 30 & 31 - Rocky Mountain Regional Championship to be held in Castle Rock, Colorado September 13 & 14 - Midwestern Regional Championship to be held in Valparaiso, Indiana September 19 & 20 - Central Regional Championship to be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma October 11 & 12 - Southeastern Regional Championship to be held in Perry, Georgia
Kitty: I make a motion to approve the dates of the above 4-regionals. Charles: Seconds the motion. Motion carried. We are proposing that a Western Regional Championship be held on September 13 & 14 at the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff, California. This location is easily accessible for exhibitors from both the Southwestern and Northwestern Regions. This was the site of the 2012 Southwestern Regional Championship and the facility cost is reasonable. We believe this proposal would be more economical than trying to hold separate championship shows for the two regions. Ribbons for all of the regions except the Western were ordered in time to take advantage of the 10% off winter sale. If the Board approves the Western Regional Championship to be held in Red Bluff, we should be able to utilize rosettes left from both the Southwestern and Northwestern 2013 Championships and order new replacement streamers to refurbish them, which should be relatively inexpensive. We would like to ask Robin to send out an e-mail blast to start promoting all of the Regional Championship shows as soon as we know if the Board has approved the proposal for the Western Regional Championship and ask that you be allowed to let us know without having to wait for the meeting minutes to be published. Thank you. Cheryl J. We will table the Western Regional until we receive the final recommendations on the Western Regional. 17)
Show Management Committee: (liaison: Charles) Chair: No Report
Web Site Committee: (liaison: Jim) Chair: Ruby Herron No Report
Youth Committee: (liaison: Susan) Chair: Michelle Kutzler & Terry White, Co-Chairs
Report received 03-06-14. Here is the report from the Youth Committee in regards to the Youth ROM's, They are listed on line that the youth are eligible to receive these awards, but not in the handbook, and there are no youth that we can find that have received these awards. Here is the general consensus from the youth committee.... From the information gathered, it is unclear as to why our youth are not currently receiving ROMs. As far as requesting that the ALSA BOD move forward on this, I feel that we need to put some thought into a few factors, such as the cost involved to get this program going again and how far back would we go for these awards or would we "start fresh."
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Everyone likes the idea of rewarding our youth, but who will actually take on this task of sorting through the names of past and present ALSA youth in order to award appropriately. Terry White, Co-Chair Kitty: I motion to remove the Youth ROM program from the website due to it never being voted on or implemented. This will be sent to the youth committee to investigate. Susan: Seconds the motion. Motion carried.
EMAIL MOTIONS AND/OR ACTIONS: A) 02-11-14: Kitty submitted 02-11-14 BOD minutes for approval. 02-12-14: Jim sent correction. 02-13-14: Charles, Susan and Ken sent corrections 02-14-14: Rewritten minutes sent for approval. Jim-yes; Charles-yes, Kitty-yes; Susan yes. 02-16-14: Minutes of 01-11-14 BOD meeting approved. B) 02-13-14: Grand National e-blast sent for approval. 02-16-14: Ken resubmitted with changes. Kitty and Susan approved with one change. C) 02-13-14: Superintendents letter submitted for approval. D) 02-13-14: Handbook e-blast submitted for approval. 02-16-14: Put on hold. E) 02-15-14: Reply letters submitted for approval (Stanko, Lewellyn & Schwartz) 02-15-14: Jim-approved with one change. 02-17-14: Kitty-yes; Charles-yes; Susan-yes 02-17-14: Letters approved. F) 02-16-14: Showring ad rates e-blast submitted for approval. 02-16-14: Jim-yes; Susan-yes. 02-17-14: Kitty-yes; Charles-yes: Ken-yes. 02-17-14: Showring e-blast approved. Kitty: Motion to adjourn. Charles: Seconds the motion.
Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 11:21 PM E.S.T.
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