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NCA Board of Directors Teleconference Meeting Bulletin Board
February 21, 2019
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For distribution
Bulletin Board
Regular Teleconference Meeting of the
Newfoundland Club of America Board of Directors
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Unless noted otherwise, times are Eastern Standard Time.


(In an effort for more timely communication with the membership, here is a list of the motions made and actions taken at this meeting. The list is presented by the board for your information and is to be considered unofficial. The complete official minutes of the meeting will be published when approved.)
NCA Board of Directors: Lynne Anderson-Powell (LA), Steve Britton (SB), Mary Lou Cuddy (MLC), Jack Dean (JD), Roger Frey (RF), Sue Marino (SM); Steve McAdams (SMc), Mary L. Price (MLP), Pat Randall (PKR), Pam Rubio (PSR), Pam Saunders (PS), Donna Thibault (DT) and Dave Helming, AKC delegate.
President Pam Saunders called the meeting to order at 8:03 p.m. and Recording Secretary Steve Britton was present.
Other board members who answered the roll-call: Lynne Anderson-Powell, Mary Lou Cuddy, Jack Dean, Sue Marino, Steve McAdams, Pat Randall, Pam Rubio, Mary L. Price and Donna Thibault; AKC Delegate David Helming also answered the roll call. Also present were 2019 – 2021 board members elect: John Cornell and Katie Sidesinger. Roger Frey joined the meeting at 8:10 p.m.
Sue Raney, chair of the Working Dog Committee joined the meeting at 9:00 p.m.
Denise Castonguay, chair of the Judges Education Committee, joined the meeting at 10 p.m.
The president assumed a motion to approve the agenda as amended. The board of directors adopted the motion without objection.
Pam Rubio moved, and Steve McAdams seconded, that regarding his voting in the AKC Board election, the NCA Board of Directors instructed its delegate to use his discretion when casting his votes.
The board of directors approved the following meeting minutes:
• January 17, 2019 regular board of directors meeting;
• February 7, 2019 special meeting minutes as presented.
Donna Thibault moved, and Steve McAdams seconded to enter executive session. Without objection the board entered executive session.
While in executive session the board unanimously adopted the following motions:
Jack Dean moved and Pat Randall seconded that the board of directors postpone its decision on a discipline complaint up to three weeks, so the complainant may consult with someone, preferably his/her attorney, who can assist him/her to forward a document to the board of directors, which specifies the conduct that occurred, and further explains and clarifies how the alleged conduct was prejudicial to the best interests of the NCA, or the breed, and why. Further, in fairness, the board of directors will also give the respondent an equal amount of time to forward his/her reply to the complaint, before it acts on whether to accept jurisdiction.
Donna Thibault and Pam Rubio seconded to return to regular session. The board of directors adopted the motion without objection.
Steve McAdams moved, and Pam Saunders seconded to send John Cornell to the AKC Parent Club Health Conference on behalf of NCA, Inc. The board of directors adopted the motion without objection.
Pam Rubio moved, and Steve McAdam seconded to approve moving forward with the Working Dog Committee’s Beginner Draft Dog test development. Voting in Favor: LA, SB, MLC, RF, SM, SMc, MLP, PKR, PSR, DT and PS; voting against JD.
Steve Britton moved and Sue Marino to apply the club’s credit card reward points when the Wild Apricot billing is posted. The board of directors adopted the motion. Voting in Favor: LA, SB, MLC, JD, SM, SMc, MLP, PKR, PSR, DT and PS; voting against RF.
Steve Britton moved that the NCA renew its maturing certificate of deposit at Live Oak Bank for twelve months at the interest rate of 2.85%. The board adopted the motion unanimously.
Steve Britton moved, and Lynne Anderson-Powell seconded to approve the replacement photographs for the Judges Education Committee PowerPoint presentation effective for the upcoming March and the 2019 NCA National Special Judges Education events. The board of directors adopted the motion unanimously.
Pat Randall moved to approve the recommendation of Joan Locker-Thuring, chair of the Recognition Committee, to move the deadline for earning a Versatile Newfoundland Award to October 31, annually. By unanimous vote of the board of directors, the motion was lost.
Pam Rubio moved, and Lynne Anderson-Powell seconded to approve the 2019-2020 membership renewal form as amended. The board of directors approved the motion without objection.
Mary Lou Cuddy moved, and Lynne Anderson-Powell seconded to enter an executive session. The board of directors adopted the motion without objection.
Without objection the board returned to its regular session.
While in executive session, the board of directors: • Made the following Committee appointments: Nancy Ferguson Marchisello (Sunshine Committee); Terri Lewin (Digital Distribution and Sunshine Committees); Shauna Bryant and Lou Ann Lenner (Health and Longevity Committee). • Appointed Paige Casteel to a volunteer advertising position. • Authorized the recording secretary to transmit/mail a letter to a disciplinary complainant and the respondent.
Without objection, the board of directors gave its permission to the Regional Club Liaison to request the insurance policy declaration sheet from each regional Newfoundland Club and distribute to regional clubs to review regional clubs’ insurance coverages.
Pam Rubio moved, and Sue Marino seconded to approve two proposed amendments to the Northstar Newfoundland Club’s bylaws. The board of directors adopted the motion. Voting in Favor: LA, SB, MLC, RF, SM, SMc, MLP, PKR, PSR, DT and PS; voting against JD.
Steve Britton moved, Pam Rubio seconded, and after amendment, the board of directors approved the following language for the NCA Breeders List pop-up check-off box at the NCA website:
In an effort to help people interested in purchasing a Newfoundland dog, the Newfoundland Club of America, Inc. maintains a list of breeders who have met certain qualifications and have agreed to abide by its Ethics Guide. The NCA does not supervise or guarantee the ethical practice of these breeders. I have read this and understand (check box).
Pam Rubio moved, and Lynn Anderson-Powell seconded to adjourn the meeting. Without objection the meeting adjourned at 10:45 p.m.

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