2015 GCA Standing Committees

The following are the committees that the 2015 GCA Board of Directors has approved. Following each committee is the purpose of the committee and any positions that have been filled and those that need to be filled. Please review these committees to see where you might fit in. To volunteer for any position, please contact Dani Edgerton at dani.edgerton@gmail.com or 330-506-9411.  I am also happy to answer questions or listen to suggestions.

COMMITTEE NAME – AKC GAZETTE COLUMNIST

Purpose – 1.To provide the AKC gazette with four articles a year, to be turned in quarterly. These can be original content (by the committee or guest author) or repurposed older material.

Chair – Scott Thomson

Budget – None needed

Members – None

 

COMMITTEE NAME – ARCHIVES

Purpose – Archive anything digitally that can be done that way. Decide what needs to be kept and a way to keep it. Provide the board with an inventory of items.

Chair – NEEDED

Budget – Expenses must be submitted for approval

Members – ONE NEEDED

 

COMMITTEE NAME – BOUTIQUE

Purpose –1. To decide on what types of things need to be inventoried and sold through specialties or online store.

  1. To explore the possibility of print on demand fulfillment and decide on items to be sold that way.
  2. Research new products (What do other clubs sell?)

Chair – Patti Clark

Budget – should have a budget and expenses beyond that should be approved

Members – Sheila Grant, Pam Noll

 

COMMITTEE NAME – BREEDER REFERRAL

Purpose – 1. To provide contact between breed inquiries and breeders.

Chair  – Maggie Bryson

Budget – Expenses must be submitted for approval

Members – None

 

COMMITTEE NAME – EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Purpose – 1. To develop all educational materials as requested by other committees

  1. To review and correct all present materials

3.To explore an illustrated standard.

Chair – Pam Noll

Budget – Expenses must be submitted for approval

Members – Sheryl Bartel, Sue Cassem, Patti Clark, June Matarazzo

Other Educational Resources Information

  1. GCA Trifold Brochure – The brochure is available through the Corresponding Secretary in sets of 10 for $5/set. (Board, 2005)
  2. The Study Guide (“The Greyhound, A Study Guide to the AKC Breed Standard”) will be sent to new members. Additional copies are available through the Education Committee for $10 each. (Board, 9/07)

 

COMMITTEE NAME – JUDGES EDUCATION COORDINATOR

Purpose – 1. Contact for AKC and Judge’s education providers

  1. Contacting and coordinating speakers
  2. Coordinating materials for seminars
  3. Maintaining judge’s mentor lists
  4. Actively contacting judge’s education providers
  5. Provide a copy of the study guide to all new Greyhound judge applicants

Chair – Patti Clark

Budget – Expense must be submitted for approval

Members – ONE NEEDED

 

COMMITTEE NAME – PUBLIC EDUCATION COORDINATOR

Purpose – 1. Contact for AKC and Breed Clubs providing judge’s education

  1. Contacting member participants
  2. Coordinating Materials for events
  3. Actively contacting public education providers.

Chair – NEEDED

Budget – Expenses to be submitted for approval

Members – ONE NEEDED

 

COMMITTEE NAME – BREED  EDUCATION

Purpose – 1. Review Basset University and consider its application for the GCA

  1. Coordinate Seminars for specialties

Chair – Sheryl Bartel

Budget – Expenses must be submitted for approval

Members – TWO NEEDED (possibly an educator)

 

COMMITTEE NAME – HEALTH COMMITTEE

Purpose – 1. Makes recommendations for donation of funds for research.

2.Health Committee will review genetic, health, and veterinary medical articles submitted for publication.

  1. Develop information for the website. Link to CHIC info, List of CHIC dogs
  2. Maintain survey and results
  3. Arrange blood draws at Specialties for CHIC

Chair – Helen Hamilton, DVM

Budget – Expenses must be submitted for approval

Members– Pattie Clark

Other Health Committee Information

  1. Privacy – For anything that is sent out as health information from GCA, no information with regard to the name of the dog or breeders can be released without written permission on the relevant form from the owner of that dog.
  2. Canine Health Information Center (CHIC NUMBERS) a. The minimum requirement for a CHIC number is submission of a blood sample to the CHIC DNA repository Form.
  3. A test for OFA Cardiac Auscultation by a canine cardiologist is added as a requirement for a CHIC number.
  4. A CERF Test is added as an optional test for a CHIC number.

 

COMMITTEE NAME – COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Purpose – 1. Create and maintain a consistent look through all publications , Stationary, Newsletter, Website and Social Media

Chairperson – Dani Edgerton

Budget – Expenses must be submitted for approval

Members -None

 

COMMITTEE NAME – NEWSLETTER

Purpose – 1. Produce a quarterly newsletter to be sent to members and used on the website

Chair – Editor – Sheryl Bartel

Budget– Goal is to have the year to year income from subscribers and advertising revenue cover all expenses for printing and postage.

Members –  Titles – Kathy Helmke

Supported Entry Reporter – NEEDED

Advertising Coordinator – NEEDED

 

COMMITTEE NAME – EDITORIAL REVIEW BOARD

Purpose – 1. Prior to Publication the Editorial Review Board will review those materials submitted to them by the editor for evaluation.

Chair – Newsletter editor –  Sheryl Bartel

Budget – None

Members – Pamela Noll, Judy Tisdale

 

COMMITTEE NAME – SOCIAL MEDIA

Purpose – 1. Establish and maintain a social media presence.

  1. Monitor and respond to communication through social media channels

Chair – Dani Edgerton

Budget – None

Members – Pam Noll, Sheryl Bartel, Cindy Sisson

 

COMMITTEE NAME – WEBSITE

Purpose – 1. Maintain Current GCA Website

  1. Keep all website information up to date
  2. Develop a plan for adding to and further development of the site.

Chair – Joan Malak

Budget – Expenses to be submitted for approval

Members – Jeff Winton, Stacy Pober, ONE NEEDED

 

COMMITTEE NAME – HEARTS AND FLOWERS

Purpose – 1. To make a donation of $50 in memory of a GCA member or the immediate family of a GCA member who passes away. Definition of immediate family is spouse, parent  or child of a GCA member. If no charity is mentioned by the family or reported to the Committee Chairperson, the donation will be made to the Canine Health Foundation

Chair – ONE NEEDED

Budget – Funded continuously as needed.

Members – Entire membership of GCA.  It is their responsibility to provide the following information to the Chairperson:

  • Name of the GCA member
  • Name of the deceased and relationship to the GCA member
  • Name and address of charity of choice as per the family of the deceased

 

COMMITTEE NAME – JUDGE SELECTION

Purpose – 1. To select by prescribed form the judges of the Eastern and Western GCA Specialties for three year increments (currently need 2018-2020)

  1. To explore the ways other specialty and all breed clubs pick their judges and make suggestions to the board for options other than our current method for accomplishing our judges selections.

Chair – Tom Butler

Budget – Expenses to be submitted

Members – ONE NEEDED – Extra Members needed for Vote counts

 

COMMITTEE NAME – JUNIORS

Purpose – 1. To promote junior involvement in Greyhounds and in the GCA

  1. To provide a mentorship program to teach sportsmanship, responsible ownership and stewardship of the Greyhound as a breed. Provide an annual award or acknowledgement of participation.
  2. Act as a liaison between juniors who would like to show a greyhound and members who have dogs available.

Chair – NEEDED

Budget – Expenses to be submitted for approval

Members – TWO NEEDED plus a Junior Member (non-voting)

 

COMMITTEE NAME – LEGISLATIVE LIAISON

Purpose – 1. Alert and inform the membership of impending legislation effecting dogs in general and greyhounds in particular to help the members of the GCA to act as a force in issues of interest to the dog fancy through email, the website and the newsletter.

  1. Review the AKC site monthly for important update and forward that information with a suggested action or a sample letter to members in the region affected.
  2. Consider dividing the country into six to eight parts to alert members regionally by email for immediate action.
  3. To provide a summary of pending legislative action to the website, Facebook page and newsletter.

Chair – Sharon Allert

Budget – Expenses to be submitted for approval.

Members – None

 

COMMITTEE NAME – MEMBERSHIP

Purpose  1. To promote new membership applicants to the GCA

  1. To reach out and offer membership information to pet owners and new greyhound owners.

3.To create a welcome to Greyhounds packet which may include a copy of the newsletter, contact information and a small gift to any new registrants with AKC.

Chair – NEEDED

Budget – Expenses to be submitted for approval

Members – The entire membership of the GCA

 

COMMITTEE NAME – PERFORMANCE

Purpose – 1.Promote performance events for greyhounds

  1. Provide education to Greyhound owners on how to get started in and pursue various dog sports
  2. Create a regional mentorship program to assist newcomers to performance.

Chair – Cynthia Sisson

Budget – Expenses to be submitted for approval

Members – Kathy Helmke,  Jennifer Bachelor

 

COMMITTEE NAME – RESCUE

Purpose – 1. To provide rehoming for non-track Greyhounds

  1. Recommend funding to other rescue groups
  2. Liaison with regional rescue groups to rehome non track Greyhounds

Chair– Cyndi Swanson

Budget – Standing rules allow for $1500 to be kept available for rescue expenses each year and up to $500 routine veterinary expenses and up to an additional $1000 emergency veterinary expenses may be reimburse without prior Board approval. Purina funds may be donated to rescue groups by committee recommendation.

Members– Sheryl Bartel and the entire membership of the GCA

 

COMMITTEE NAME – STATISTICS AND AWARDS

Purpose – 1. To compile new titles and report them to the newsletter, website and Facebook page

  1. To compile the list of awards to be presented each year as outlined in the standing rules
  2. To make suggestions for new awards that are needed now and may be needed as new competition categories are added. (Possibly come up with an email survey to create new categories)

Chair – Kathy Helmke

Budget – Expenses to be submitted for approval

Members – None

 

COMMITTEE NAME – VERSATILITY

Purpose  – 1. To recognize outstanding achievement of individual Greyhounds in a variety of venues

  1. To keep the criteria for the Versatility awards current with the current dog sports.
  2. To suggest ways to get the information about these awards to Greyhound fanciers.

Chair – Helen Hamilton, DVM

Budget  –  $75 for each titlist, which would cover expenses for a Versatility plaque which is awarded to Versatility titlists

Members – None

 

COMMITTEE NAME – FULFILLMENT

Purpose 1. To store and maintain inventory of the GCA  printed  materials, books and Boutique stock

  1. To ship materials as needed for use at GCA activities and specialties
  2. To ship Boutique items as ordered from website

Chair – Dani Edgerton

Budget – Expenses to be submitted

Members – None

 

COMMITTEE NAME – SPECIALTY COORDINATOR

Purpose 1. To solicit members to volunteer for the job of Specialty Show Chair

  1. To solicit, collect and review Specialty site applications prior to submission to the Board
  2. To act as a resource to the Specialty Show committees

Chair – NEEDED

Budget – Expenses to be submitted

Members – None