CCAA Supported Performance and Working Events for 2014

Most people become interested in performance events by seeing them demonstrated. To see it done well and with enthusiasm from dog and handler is very compelling and seems to spark an “I bet I could do that with my dog” type of feeling.

In an effort to create this type of exposure we want to bolster participation in performance events at our conformation specialties. This is why the highest level of our club performance title requires you must attain a small portion of your points at a CCAA supported event.

Last year we offered both the National in PA and the Chicago Dog Sport Festival as our designated events. This year we hope to have a few more: it is our aim to offer one CCAA supported AKC Obedience/Rally event in every region ideally in conjunction with the conformation regional, as well as supporting one protection sport event in each region.

 If you are in a club (IPO, PSA, FR, MR) that has more than 2-3 Corsos trialing or ready to trial and would be amenable to having CCAA support the entry of Cane Corsos at your trial, effectively making that a CCAA regional event, please contact Annie at annielwildmoser@gmail.com

Realistically we are still a year or more away from being in a position to host our own protection sport trial(s), but that is an important long-term goal.

Yours in Sport,

CCAA Working Committee

 

Announcement 11/9/2013

CCAA members:

Recently there have been allegations by the CCAA Vice President as well as the Treasurer that one of the current Directors, Derek Matson, is not a member in good standing and therefore not a member of the Board of Directors. The statements claim Mr. Matson did not pay his 2013 membership dues and in addition owes the club a large sum of money for funds received for ads in the Nationals brochure. After an initial internal investigation we, the undersigned, are presenting documentation demonstrating that Mr. Matson paid his 2013 dues and is therefore a member in good standing. In addition, this document further outlines that Mr. Matson was granted use of petty cash by the Board and turns in receipts when such cash is used for club business. It is very concerning that the treasurer, Krissy Sauers, had full knowledge of both the paid dues and the petty cash/receipts and still chose to present untruths to the membership in an apparent attempt to discredit a sitting Board member.  The membership can be assured that a full investigation is being undertaken. If the investigation reveals wrongdoing, correct procedure will be followed in order to avoid any future incidences.

Respectfully,
Steel Campbell, CCAA Secretary
Shauna DeMoss, CCAA Dir. #1
Derek  Matson, CCAA Dir. #3
Ron Hoser, CCAA Dir. #4
Amy Scott, CCAA Dir #5
Zoe DeVita, CCAA Dir. #6
John Bucher, CCAA Dir. #8

The attached document, titled “Transactions by Account”, prepared by Kristen Sauers, shows the financials for Derek Matson for the first half of 2013.  The entries dated 4/20/2013 show that at the time that Mr. Matson’s membership dues totaling $70 were credited, he was owed no less than $113.33.  This was reimbursement due for expenses incurred in August 2012.

Following the sale of ads for the 2013 Nationals Brocure, Mr. Matson collected $400 in cash, which offset monies owed for reimbursement of previous expenses and established a “petty cash” fund for expenses incurred in the dispatch of his duties for the remainder of the year.

Clarification of the situation provided by Mr. Tim Wynn of Perfect Rules Parliamentarian (answers in blue):

DISCUSSION

A Director pays for mailing and other expenses for the club. He has had his dues taken out of the money owed to him by the club over the past few years. Also when he receives cash payments for advertisements or other club items he sometimes uses it as a form of petty cash to cover club expenses. He does turn in his receipts for such expenses. The club has done this in the past for other members, such as our website host and designer. The moneys due them for services is off set by their membership dues. Is that form of exchange allowed? 


From a parliamentary standpoint, this is not prohibited by any rule in parliamentary law.

Some have questioned the eligibility of a current Director that is seeking office this year. We need to know if his membership dues were covered by the moneys due to him for expenses he paid out as they have been in the past. 


RONR (11th ed.), p. 19, lines 3-9, states, “In some organizations, a particular practice may sometimes come to be followed as a matter of established custom so that it is treated practically as if it were prescribed by a rule. If there is no contrary provision in the parliamentary authority or written rules of the organization, the established custom should be adhered to unless the assembly, by a majority vote, agrees in a particular instance to do otherwise.”

If a person uses this method (in question #2) to off set their dues, are they a member in good standing?

RONR (11th ed.), page 6, footnote, states, “Members in good standing are those whose rights as members of the assembly are not under suspension as a consequence of disciplinary proceedings or by operation of some specific provision in the bylaws.”

The pertinent provision is in The Bylaws (Article I, Section 2), which states, “No member may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year.”

So long as the dues have been paid, whether by check, cash, trade, the customary off-set method previously described, or any other method, a member’s status as “in good standing” would not be affected by the above provision of the bylaws.

If “petty cash” is held by a Board member to cover some expenses and the Board of Directors has voted to approve this use, is that allowed?

There is no rule in parliamentary law that would prohibit the board from authorizing such an arrangement. 

2015 Specialty Judges

Here is the list of nominated judges for the 2015 CCAA Specialty shows.  Bios have been included where possible.  Please vote for one.  The top vote getter will be offered the National Specialty assignment and the next five will be offered Regional Specialty assignments.  Votes are due November 15, 2013 to events@canecorso.org.
Kim Cavanna
Judith Brown
Ann Schwatrz
George Marquis
Janet Fink
Steve Dainard
Robert Caswell
Robin Stansell
Thomas Nesbitt
Robin Stansell
Burt Yamada
Mary Ann Alston

judges Bios 2015

Letter to the membership from EOC regarding election

The EOC and BOD would like to thank all the members who took the time to
participate in the election by nominating candidates.  Now that the nomination process has ended, the EOC will be busy putting together ballots to send to CCAA members by October 15th, 2013.  Please be on the lookout for your ballot and take the time to complete it and send it back by December 1st, 2013.

The EOC urges all members to exercise his or her right to vote and it is important that members understand the efforts that have been made to fairly represent the wishes of the membership.  Because elections are crucial to the success and progress of the CCAA, the EOC would like to share with the membership the action steps that have been and will be taken to ensure an ethical and tamper-proof election process, as detailed below.  
·         All nominees have been sent confirmation that their nominations were received so none were “lost” in cyberspace.
·         All information regarding the qualifications of all the nominees is available to all members by written request.
·         At no time will any members of the CCAA EOC or any CCAA Officers or Board of Directors or CCAA general club members have any physical contact with any of the outgoing or incoming ballots.
·         All ballots will be sent out by the Registered Parliamentarian.
·         All ballots sent out will have the Registered Parliamentarian’s return address so that in the event that a ballot is lost in the mail or is undeliverable, it will be returned to the Registered Parliamentarian.
·         All completed ballots will be sent to the Registered Parliamentarian.
·         All ballots will be received and counted by the Registered Parliamentarian.
·         The Registered Parliamentarian will review the bylaws to be sure all requirements are met.
·         The Registered Parliamentarian will send the results of the election to the CCAA Acting President and the Chairperson of the EOC.  The results will then be sent to the CCAA Secretary who shall make the results public.
If any club member has any questions, please send them to the EOC at the following e mail address:  CCAA2013EOC@aol.com
Thank you for your participation in this important process!

2013 Election info

Calling all CCAA Members!  As this new week begins, we find ourselves halfway through September!  This means you only have about 2 weeks left to nominate someone for the 2013 election!  During the week, try to spend some time thinking about how you can get involved in this important and exciting election!  Nominating is a simple process and gives members a voice!

Nominations can either be mailed via USPS or emailed. If you choose to MAIL your nomination, just make sure that it is postmarked by or beforeSeptember 30th and addressed to:

JoAnne Campbell EOC

28987 Old Trilby Road

Brooksville, Florida 34602

If you choose to EMAIL your nomination, just make sure that it is emailed no later than September 30th to CCAA2013EOC@aol.com.

As nominations are received, the EOC will send out an email confirming that your nomination has been received, so keep an eye out for that confirmation email!

As important deadlines come up, the EOC will post reminders to make this an easy process. Questions and/or clarification can ALWAYS be sent to the EOC via email at CCAA2013EOC@aol.com. Thank you for being a part of this important process for the CCAA!