Message from Mark
|Here is my report on
the Sunday Board Meeting (June 27, 2010). It is based on my
notes and is not official. If you have questions, please
eMail: me and I'll do my best to answer them. There were Board
Meetings on Wednesday and Thursday; however, I was not on the
Board at that time and I have no notes from those meetings. If
you want to read what took place those two days, Carissa
Altschul has posted her notes on the CFA List.
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President Jerry Hamza plans to bring CFA back to solid financial ground. In the spirit of “transparency,” he has directed the CFA Secretary to provide minutes without any editing. What each Board Member says will be included in the minutes. Some believe, according to Jerry, that our organization is ethically challenged. To the extent that is true, “we’re going to fix that.”
In the past, CFA has had an attorney on retainer who served as the Parliamentarian for the Board Meetings. Jerry opted to bring in a new attorney, Ed Raymond, who is volunteering his services. Ed is a cat fancier from Rochester NY.
Rather than adopt the budget prepared by the previous CFA Treasurer and her Budget Committee, Jerry decided to create a new budget from scratch. He anticipates it will take 60 days to prepare the budget and have the Board approve it. Once approved, it will be posted on the CFA web site for all to see. Until the budget is created and approved, CFA will only spend what it has to in order to keep the organization running (for example, salaries for Central Office employees).
There are no CFA International Cat Shows planned, so that weekend will be made available to the Regions to hold fund raising shows, such as the “mega” shows planned for this year.
The CFA Executive Director, Allene Tartaglia, is moving to Florida. Jerry believes we need to look outside the cat fancy for a new Executive Director; however, CFA is not currently in a position to pay what it would take for such a person. Until CFA is in better financial shape, he plans to hire an Office Manager rather than an Executive Director. That is more in line with what we can currently afford.
Starting in August, Jerry plans to hold a teleconference with the Directors At Large the first weekend of each month. On the second weekend he plans to hold a teleconference with the Regional Directors. On the third weekend of each month he plans to hold a teleconference with the entire Board. On the fourth weekend of each month he is considering resuming his radio show.
Jerry believes the Board is too large. If the Regions want to be represented at the Board table, he believes the Regions should shoulder the cost of sending Regional Directors to the Board Meetings. It was decided to postpone voting on this until the clubs have had a chance to provide input.
The Board accepted the Minority Report Cat Club as a new CFA club in Region 5.
Ambassador Program – Willa Hawke
Animal Welfare – Linda Berg
Analysis/Strategic Planning – Finance Committee
Annual 2011 – Donna J Thompson & Susan Henry
Audit – Carla Bizzell
Award Review – Mike Shelton
Breeds/Standards – Diana Doernberg & Donna J Thompson
Budget – Carla Bizzell
Business Development – Kitty Angell
Cat Agility – Jill Archibald
CFA Foundation – David Mare
Clerks – John Heimstra
Club Marketing – Ann Caell
Club Membership – Liz Watson
Credentials – Eve Russell
Education & Outreach – Joan Miller
Executive Committee – 4 CFA Officers & Ginger Meeker
Finance – Rich Masten
Hotel & Travel – Rachel Anger
International – Darrell Newkirk
IT – David White
Judges – Loretta Baugh
Judges’ Ethics – JoAnn Cummings
Jr. Showmanship – JoAnn Cummings
Legislative – George Eigenhauser
Management – Ginger Meeker
Meet The Breeds – David White
Mentoring – John Gardiner
National Fund Raising – Beth Cassely
New Bee – Teresa Keiger
Ombudsman – Pam Huggins
Personnel – Entire Board
Protest Committee - Dick Kallmeyer
Publications – Alene Shafnisky
Scientific Advisory – Roger Brown
Show Rules – Paul Patton
Standards – John Gardiner
Volunteer – Ginger Meeker & Rachel Anger
Animal Welfare & Breeder Assistance - Linda Berg
Jerry appointed a new committee whose name I did not catch. Alene Shafnisky will chair. It will coordinate having the CFA Booth at shows staffed with friendly people; raffles to benefit clubs with such items as the Radko CFA Christmas Ornament which has not been selling well and is taking up space at the Central Office; establishing an “800” phone number in an effort to interact with the public and to engage them.
The Volunteer Committee is to ascertain individual cat fanciers’ strengths, time they have available, and to create a database so people with needs can be matched with those willing to volunteer.
A printed Almanac is expected to be available within six months.
A new computer system for the Central Office is expected in about a year.