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January 4, 2009
Dear ANDRC Members,
Our new Digest Editor, Regina Mayhugh is busily working on the new Digest. Although we were shooting for a December issue, she keeps running into delays. So I would like to take a moment to update everyone on some of the activities behind the scenes of our club.
As I mentioned, Regina is working on the Digest. Due to no Digest publications for most of last year, there is a large backlog of important information that must be included in her first issue. This, in addition to most of the advertisements needing to be reset – Regina has had her plate more than full. As with anything new, things are moving slowly. Regina has all the reports and information at this time. Now, she is trying to get it all laid out and printer ready. After talking with Regina this week – she is confident this first issue for 2009 will be to the printer by the middle of January. We ask for your patience.
More than half of the guidebooks have been mailed out to the membership. There were many unforeseen delays such as the binders not being able to get to Sue Travis quickly due to temperature restrictions. Then the original mail house owner in Texas who was going to combine the binders, contents, package and mail the guidebooks, suddenly passed away. Then Sue had to again move the pallets of binders and guidebooks back to her home and find help to get them packaged and mailed. So, we are not “doing nothing”, we are simply trying to get a huge job done as quickly as possible with many unforeseen delays. The Board would like to again extend a big thank you to Sandra and Donelle for doing such a great job in creating this guidebook over the past 2 plus years.
Bruce Ford has turned in the final Standards Committee additions and revisions for the membership to consider. These will be appearing in the upcoming Digest. A ballot will be sent out to the membership later this month for a vote on each change or addition. The Standards Committee has worked very hard to present these changes to the membership.
For those who don’t know, Sue Travis has stepped down as Secretary/Treasurer, effective January 1st. Susan Smith has been appointed and approved to become the new ANDRC Secretary/Treasurer. All club business including memberships should be conducted through Susan Smith from now on. Sue Travis has offered to be available and assist Susan through the spring. I would like to thank both of these ladies for their dedication to the club -- Sue Travis for all her years of service and Susan Smith for agreeing to step in and take over.
As you are probably reading this on the website, we have had changes there as well. Janet Forrest has stepped in to design and update our website free of charge to the club. She is working closely with Dick Gehr, our sweepstakes chairman to keep show information as updated as possible. There have been many unforeseen transition delays in this process as well. Please be patient as Janet had to start from scratch. You will find her very pleasant to work with and quick to respond to your e-mail.
A noteworthy change voted on by the ANDRC Board during Convention was the judges selection process for Conventions. From now on, all judges nominated by the affiliated clubs will appear on the ballot. There will no longer be any decisions made by the Board. If an affiliated club nominates someone, they will go on the ballot. This may cause some challenges with the upcoming ballot size, as it could lead to over 100 judges named on the ballot. There will be a letter going out to all affiliated clubs this month, asking for nominations.
For those looking toward our 2009 ANDRC National Show to be held in Montpelier, Ohio, please explore the ANDRC website for complete information. San Diego information will be available soon.
Congratulations goes out to Kansas. They will be hosting the 2010 ANDRC National Show. There will be more information to come.
In conclusion, I would like the membership to understand why there hasn’t been a constant stream of information and details concerning many of the above topics. Rather than get member’s hopes up with expectations, the Board has learned to wait until we can deliver what we have promised. Due to many things out of our control over the last year, we have not been able to meet original deadlines for many projects. Once we are sure we have the facts, then we feel comfortable sharing them. This has not been an easy year for any of us. We have learned a lot and hope 2009 will run smoother. A lot has happened and we’re excited to move forward.
We hope you enjoy your guidebooks and we will keep you posted when we know more ...