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BoD Meeting Highlights for: April

BoD Meeting Thursday, April 28, 2016

Here are the highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Full motions will be published on the AAC website (Members section) once the minutes are approved and the motions are translated.

  1. Congratulations to the AAC National Team, which finished second overall (out of 16 countries) at the IFCS World Championship, with many great runs and results: 2016-results.
  2. The Board amends the Veterans requirement to clarify that five-year-old dogs may move to Veterans if they have been competing in Specials during the 12 immediate months preceding the move.
  3. The Board accepts the recommendation of the Standing Rule Committee (SRC) to allow optional start and/or finish jumps in Snooker (effective January 1, 2017). A member suggestion to allow an optional start jump in Gamblers was rejected.
  4. The Board clarified the rule for FEO runs to indicate that, for safety reasons, toys may not be thrown.
  5. Successful candidates for the new AAC Development Committee have been contacted, and the committee should soon be active.
  6. Once the new AAC database and website (currently undergoing testing) are implemented, the administration fee for PayPal and credit card payments will be set at 3%.
  7. Discussions continue on a number of possible changes that would have significant impact (for example, reviewing jump heights and cut-offs, chute, etc.)
  8. In addition to the topics above, the Board discussed a number of questions and proposals from members, for example the height of the tire, tunnel movement during trials, Regional sites, etc. Some topics were referred to the appropriate committee, replies were prepared for others.

To obtain a copy of the AAC Board minutes (in English or French, once approved), email Jennifer Laird at jennifer.lairdaarf@gmail.com.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 19.

Adele McNiven 1946-2016

The dog sports community of  B.C.'s Interior lost a bright light on April 7th, when Adele McNiven passed away. Adele loved training dogs - and she excelled at it. She also loved her many whippets – Little Dude, Montana, Gunner, Zoomy, Poppy, Bec and Elsa.

She became president of the Whippet Club of B.C. in 2002, and she built it up from a small club to a thriving one that hosted events in Agility, Rally-O, Obedience, CARO Racing and Confirmation. Adele was a judge in Agility (AAC, UKI and CKC), Lure Coursing (both in Canada and the U.S.), Rally-O, and DOCNA. She was also the CKC Rep for B.C., and played an integral part in developing new CKC events. As if that wasn't enough, she was also a Canine Good Neighbour Evaluator, and wrote articles for several dog sports publications.

On top of all these accomplishments, Adele and her husband of 51 years (Don) found time to travel the world, often by motorcycle. And she always found time to spend with her three children, Darren, Heather and Neil, and her adored grandchildren, Makena and Corbin.

Adele will be greatly missed by all who knew her; her enthusiasm for life and for dog sports was a joy to experience. She was truly one of a kind.

Jan Johnson, CODAC

BoD Meeting Highlights for: March

BoD Meeting Thursday, March 17, 2016

Here are the highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Full motions will be published on the AAC website (Members section) once the minutes are approved and the motions are translated.

  1. The AAC National Team is getting ready to leave for the Netherlands to participate in the IFCS World Championship April 13-17. A full report on the Team will be published in the next issue of On Course.
  2. The Board accepts the Equipment Committee's recommendation to disallow the S-shaped tunnel in courses, except for soft S shapes under the A-Frame and dog walk. (Effective January 1, 2017)
  3. The Board accepts the Junior Handler Committee's recommendation to add Junior National awards for the Nationals events (the top 10 junior handlers by aggregate score will receive awards equivalent to the other Nationals aggregate winners). The Board also approves changes to the separate Junior Handler Championship.
  4. The Board accepts the Judges' Standing Advisory Committee's clarification of weave performance in the Snooker opening for Starters and Advanced: until the weaves are completed no activity (pop-out, back weave, etc.) will be faulted.
  5. The Board agrees to continue holding the 3-Dog Team event at Nationals for 2016 and beyond. For 2016, all handlers must be AAC members as of the Nationals closing date (starting in 2017, participants will have to be members as of April 1)
  6. The Board discussed a number of questions from members, responded to some and referred others to the appropriate Committees for consideration.
  7. New members are needed for the Standing Rules Committee, (RuleCommittee-PnP), for the following regions: BC Mainland, BC Vancouver Island, NB-PEI, and SK-MB-NU.

To obtain a copy of the AAC Board minutes (in English or French, once approved), email Jennifer Laird at jennifer.lairdaarf@gmail.com.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 21.

Technical Systems Administrator

The AAC is looking for a Technical Systems Administrator. The successful candidate will be the custodian and technical expert on the AAC Database system and will provide the primary in-house frontline desktop and software related technical support to the end users.

This is an independent contractor position. The duration of the contract is four (4) months, (which may be extended on approval from the AAC board of directors).

Further details including job description and qualifications are available from the link below. Deadline for applications is February 14, 2016

BOD Meeting Highights for : February

AAC Board of Directors – February 2016 Meeting Highlights (unofficial)

Here are the highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, February 18, 2016. Full motions will be published on the AAC website (Members section) once the minutes are approved and the motions are translated.

  • Implementation of the AAC Database is underway, with launch as early as the spring if all goes well.
  • The Board accepts the Equipment Committee’s recommendation to phase out the solid tire by January 1, 2018. There was also discussion about the safety of the S-shaped tunnel, and initial discussion of possible rule changes related to jumps.
  • The Board accepts the recommendation of the National Steering Committee to allow a dog prohibited by local legislation from competing in its own Regionals to compete in another Regionals for points, at the discretion of the host of the alternate event.
  • New members are needed for the Standing Rules Committee (http://www.aac.ca/en/contact/_inc/RuleCommittee-PnP.html) for the following regions: BC Mainland, NB-PEI, and SK-MB-NU.
    New members are needed for the Discipline Committee (http://www.aac.ca/en/forms/_pdf/AAC_DC-AC_PnP-072914.pdf) for the following regions; NB-PEI and BC Vancouver Island.
  • The submission deadline for the next On Course (http://www.aac.ca/AAC_members/en/oncourse/main/) is March 21: Members can submit brags and articles to their Regional Director (http://www.aac.ca/en/contact/main/#DR) for inclusion.

     

    To obtain a copy of the AAC Board minutes (in English or French, once approved), email Jennifer Laird at jennifer.lairdaarf@gmail.com.

     

    The next Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 17.

  

    BoD Meeting Highlights for: January

    AAC Board of Directors – January 2016 Meeting Highlights (unofficial)

    Here are the highlights of the AAC Board meeting held on Thursday, January 21, 2016. Full motions will be published on the AAC website (Members section) once the minutes are approved and the motions are translated.

    1. Welcome to the new Board members: Tahnis Manhard (President), Colleen Fowler (Treasurer), Wendy Beard (Ontario East Regional Director), and Adina MacRae (Nova Scotia/Newfoundland Regional Director).
    2. The 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 1:00pm MST on April 23, 2016, in conjunction with the Fionavar K9 Training trial in Balzac, AB (near Calgary).
    3. Implementation of the AAC Database is under way. This will represent a major change in how the AAC conducts business and interacts with members. The Board will soon be posting the job description for the database technical administrator.
    4. Members are reminded to renew their membership before January 31 in order to retain full membership status. The Board will shortly publish a new document outlining the benefits of membership.
    5. To meet the geographic composition requirements for the Development Committee, the application process will be reopened and posted. Members of the committee will need to demonstrate a strong understanding of the current status of agility in the AAC and elsewhere.
    6. The Board is looking at creating a formal process to appoint new course approvers and examining judges as needed.
    7. As in previous years, the AAC will support the AAC National Team by sponsoring entry fees, the management team and uniforms. All other expenses will be covered by the team’s own fundraising.

    To obtain a copy of the AAC Board minutes (in English or French, once approved), email Jennifer Laird at jennifer.lairdaarf@gmail.com.

    The next Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 18.

     

    BoD Meeting Thursday, January 21, 2016

    Full motions will be published on the AAC website (Members section) once the minutes are approved and the motions are translated.

    Unless otherwise indicated, rule changes will come in effect January 1, 2016.

    1. Welcome to the new Board members: Tahnis Manhard (President), Colleen Fowler (Treasurer), Wendy Beard (Ontario East Regional Director), and Adina MacRae (Nova Scotia/Newfoundland Regional Director).
    2. The 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 1:00pm MST on April 23, 2016, in conjunction with the Fionavar K9 Training trial in Balzac, AB (near Calgary).
    3. Implementation of the AAC Database is under way. This will represent a major change in how the AAC conducts business and interacts with members. The Board will soon be posting the job description for the database technical administrator: Description / Details

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