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 2015 ASC Board

MAY 2017

I hope everyone is making plans to attend the 41St American Spaniel Club Cocker Spaniel National Specialty at Purina Farms July 20-22, 2017.  

July 2017 National Specialty

Show Chair Mary Napper and her Committee have worked extremely hard to make sure all of the participants and attendees have a great time.  There will be a Hors d’oeuvres & Cash Bar Welcome Party Wednesday, July 19, so make sure to arrive in time to attend.  On Friday, July 21, 2017, there will be a Town Hall Meeting with an exciting announcement about the ASC website and that evening the ASCF will host the Pirates of the Cockeribbean Trivia Night Fundraiser. This is sure to be fun! Come dressed in your best pirate costume, because there will be a best dressed contest sponsored by ASC.  Saturday night will be the Top Dog Awards Dinner and Live Auction. Then on Sunday, July 23, 2017, Zone 5 will hold its Regional Specialty, hosted by the Cocker Spaniel Specialty Club of Dallas. The judge is Dale Ward.

There are memorabilia items left with this year’s National Specialty theme, including several large umbrellas which are perfect for taking to dog shows.  Also, please contact Barbara Shaw if you would like to donate a trophy or rosette.

Proposed Breed Standard Revisions

The proposed revisions to the Cocker Spaniel Breed Standard were presented to the American Kennel Club Board of Directors in May and the AKC Board approved the publishing of the proposed revisions on the Secretary’s page of the June 2017 AKC Gazette for comment.  Anyone, ASC members and non-members, wanting to make comments to the AKC will have 60 days to do so.  It is anticipated that there will be comments reflecting individual opinions either in favor of or opposed to the proposed revisions, which is normal. After the 60-day comment period, AKC will submit the comments to ASC and ASC will in turn publish the comments to the ASC membership.  Also, after the 60-day period, the proposed revisions and comments are submitted to the AKC Board for approval for ASC to submit the proposed revisions to ASC members for a vote.  Pursuant to ASC’s By-Laws, revisions to the Breed Standard require a favorable vote of 2/3 of the members in good standing who returned valid ballots within the time required time limit. Once the membership votes, the results are submitted to the AKC Board to approve the standard.  All comments from ASC members in last year’s survey are already on the ASC Website under the Member Zone for review.

Also, as previously announced, the ASC Board of Directors decided that the best way to conduct the discussion about the proposed Breed Standard revisions was  to conduct all discussions and debate about the proposed revisions on the ASC Yahoo List. Accordingly, ASC members will need to be signed up for the ASC Yahoo List to participate in the discussion. Discussion on the sable color has already taken place and I anticipate it will continue through the voting process.

Revisions to the By-Laws and Code of Ethics

Two of the primary purposes of ASC’s Strategic Plan are to expand membership growth and improve ASC’s financial performance. In order to do this the Board of Directors has to make ASC and its activities relevant in today’s society.  As part of this process, the ASC Board will be submitting to the membership for vote revisions to the By-Laws and the Code of Ethics.  The primary change is to provide for an additional membership level for people who can join ASC without sponsorship and at a lower dues amount, but with no voting privileges.  Also, a change is being proposed so as to make the date of the annual meeting flexible and not require that it be held in January.  These proposed revisions are almost completed and a more detailed summary of the proposed revisions will be published before the membership is asked to vote.  Just like revisions to the Breed Standard, revisions to the By-Laws and Code of Ethics require a favorable vote of 2/3 of the members in good standing who return valid ballots within the time required time limit.

Glaucoma Study in Cocker Spaniels

In January of this year I was contacted by Sara M. Thomasy DVM, PhD, DACVO, Associate Professor of Comparative Ophthalmology at the University of California Davis, regarding a grant UC Davis was submitting to the AKC Canine Health Foundation to study primary glaucoma in cocker spaniels.  I had several communications with Dr. Thomasy to learn more about the study and conferred with Doug McFarland, Chair of ASCF’s Grant Committee.  Because glaucoma is a devastating disease in cockers as it causes blindness and ocular pain and often results in the removal of the eye, Doug and I both thought this was an important and timely study.  On behalf of ASC, I wrote a letter of support to the Canine Health Foundation. I am very pleased to report that this past week I learned from the CHF that it approved the grant amount of $40,000 to UC Davis. If you would like to learn more about this grant and the study, go to “02336: Genetics of Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma in American Cocker Spaniels” on the Canine Health Foundation website.  Also, if you would like to make a donation to the grant you can do so on the CHF website.  Additionally, UC Davis needs cocker participants. The participation requirements are heathy cocker spaniels that are at least 10 years old with normal eyes and any cocker spaniels diagnosed with primary glaucoma.  The contact person at UC Davis is Monica Motta, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/clinicaltrials/.

Last But Not Least – Importance of AKC Delegates

ASC is lucky to not only have Julie Virosteck as its AKC Delegate, but several other ASC members who are AKC Delegates for other clubs.  The AKC Delegates are the voices of the member clubs to the AKC and can make a real difference in matters of great importance to the clubs and the sport. 

The AKC Delegate Advocacy and Advancement Committee, a committee of eleven Delegates has prepared a video titled “Your AKC Delegate Opens the Door.” The video shows AKC Delegates’ roles in initiating their club’s influence in AKC operations and governance. Delegates working together solve issues, meet challenges and get results, which in turn mean ASC and the other member clubs benefit. The informative video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/m-Mp3Z9fg7s.

ASC has a lot of important things going on at this time, so if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact me or any member of the Board.

Let me know if you have any questions.
Linda Moore



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