News -- April, 2007
MRFGNW 2007 ANNUAL MEETING
Our annual meeting was held in Yakima,
WA on April 14, 2007.
There were 16 members present.
Marian Brown audited the books for the
club. All was reported to be in order. The treasurers reported was read and accepted. The club has $1565.73 as of March 31.
Judy Atchison suggested that in future reports that we show the final tally for each show as to whether the club made a profit
or not. That way we may be able to cut costs if necessary.
Old Business: Much discussion was held
on the youth shows. We lost money on both youth shows, but only a small amount. It was a unanimous vote to continue with the
youth shows and to maintain records to be able to show some of the reasons why the youth showing in open should have their
points count towards youth whether they show in an open show or a youth show. Some members on the National Mini Rex Board
feel that the Mini Rex Club is too big and it would be too hard to keep track of the points. Others feel the kids would cheat
by showing the same rabbits in open and youth.
If any of the members would like to write
a letter on your view of how the youth points should be counted please send them to Christine Byron and she will see that
they are printed in an upcoming National Mini Rex Newsletter.
We discussed ways to cuts costs of the
youth shows. Asking for donations of awards would be helpful as that is where a lot of our costs stem from. If any member
would like to donate awards for the youth shows or maybe get a business to donate it would be much appreciated.
New Business: Club voted to have Christine
buy a basket full of goodies back in Indiana to donate to
the raffle at Mini Rex Nationals. It was decided wine and beer items bring the most money in. We voted to spend $100.00.
Kelsey Bell’s mom has volunteered
to make a quilt wall hanging to donate to the raffle at the 2007 ARBA Convention. We would do that instead of a basket. It
was voted on an approved that $125.00 to be spent on making it. Thanks, Susan...
New officers were installed: President:
Vice President: Kelsey Bell
Secretary/Treasurer: Kathy Tellechea
Directors: Marti LaRue
Dorianne Mink-Off Brown
A HUGE thank you to Christine Byron for
all the hard work and dedication she put in as president of the club for the past several years. We all appreciate everything
you have done.
2006 Sweepstakes Awards were passed out
to members present. Customized grooming tables were given to the open and youth champion. Linda Thompson mini rex prints matted,
framed and engraved for all open variety champions. Duffle bags with brass plates engraved with all their wins for all youth
variety winners. Everyone seemed very happy with the awards. Kathy T. was in charge of awards and all thought she should continue
with that job!!!
Meeting was adjourned.
This happened after our actual meeting,
but I am going to include it so the membership is aware of it. Jake Kuntz volunteered to donate his judging fee for the youth
shows in November and February 2008. Thanks Jake…
Kathy Tellechea, Secretary/Treasurer
Changes -- Due to the resignation of Gavin as Vice President, Kelsey Bell has filled this postion.
MRFGNW ANNUAL MEETING
The club met for their annual
meeting on April 8, 2006 in Yakima, WA.
It rained all day, so we did not get to have our meeting outside. There were 10 members present.
Elections of 2006-07 officers:
President: Christine Byron
Vice President: Gavin Dinnel
Secretary/Treasurer: Kathy Tellechea
Sweepstakes awards had been passed out earlier at various shows. Since Soni Jager is no longer a member of the club, Kathy T. volunteered to be in
charge of sweepstakes awards. Kathy T. said she would be asking for ideas and suggestions for awards from club members later
in the year. So members, get your thinking caps on.
Kelsey Bell volunteered to get
items for the basket we will donate to the raffle at Nationals. We decided it would be drinks and snacks from the District
1 area. Pam Renfro said she had a nice basket she would donate to the cause. We will assemble it once we get to Monterey.
The main discussion of the meeting
was upcoming specialty shows. With Soni no longer secretary for the specialty shows in Oregon,
Christine asked if any other members would like to be secretary for specialty shows. Christine will be the secretary for the
Double Cluster Shows in August at Monroe, WA. Kelsey said she would like to see the club hold a Double maybe a Triple and Youth shows in the Bend area
in August or September. We decided on September 23 because the weather will be cooler by then. She will see if she can find
judges available for that date. Kathy T. volunteered to secretary a Triple Crown in Portland,
Oregon on November 18 at the Quality Cage warehouse. She will also be looking for judges.
Candy Mathews will be the secretary for the Specialty show in December at Mt. Vernon, WA.
With judges so hard to find so
close to the show dates, Christine said she would get our 2007 schedule organized and ask for members to volunteer to secretary
future shows and start looking for judges now instead of waiting. She will e-mail potential secretaries!!!
Also discussed awards for the
specialty shows. Trying to find something different other then rosettes each time. Suggestions made were money (such as the
Susan B. Anthony dollars or other “special” money), handmade awards, different types of rosettes, zipper pulls.
Everyone agreed that the variety medals given at the Triple Crown in January were nice, but probably just a once a year thing.
Christine said she would not order any more rosettes until June and for everyone to be looking around for awards that we could
use. If any members that were not present at the meeting have any ideas or suggestions please let Christine or Kathy T. know…
Christine mentioned we need to
have more youth shows in our District. The way the sweepstake points are counted our youth can not compete nationally because
the points that the youth earned in open shows are counted in open sweepstakes and not youth. Anyone willing to put on a youth
specialty show let us know.
Meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted by
Kathy Tellechea, Sec/Treasurer
Mini Rex Fanciers of the Greater Northwest
The current term for our club officers expires
shortly. We are looking for nominations or volunteers that are interested in
holding an office. We need a President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer,
and 3 Directors. Most of our conversations and decisions are done at shows, via
email, or IM, so it would be wonderful to have people from all over our area volunteer or be nominated. Please think about it and contact Kathy Tellechea at ktsbunnybarn@CenturyTel.net or Christine Byron at email@example.com with any questions regarding specific positions, or with nominations or
volunteers for us!
All club memberships expire on 12/31/06. According to the new bylaws we approved last April, there will be a 30 day grace period to renew your membership. Effective January 31st if you have not renewed your membership, you will
be dropped from the membership rolls. This will not affect any sweepstakes points
or winnings from year ending 12/31/06, but could affect your 2007 points. See
http://mrfgnw.tripod.com/id5.html for the 2006 Sweepstakes standings.
Send your membership renewals to Kathy Tellechea
at 350 W. West Street Lexington, OR
97839. Make checks payable to MRFGNW. Membership fees are: Adults $5.00, Family $7.50 (2 adults & up to 2 youth), Youth $3.00 (through their
19th birthday). Membership forms can be found at http://mrfgnw.tripod.com/id10.html. Submitted by Kathy Tellechea
Election ballots should be mailed out
the first week of February, as soon as the updated membership list is published. Nominees
will be listed on the web site; however ballots will only be mailed, not posted online.
OF SHOW ENTRIES for 2006 – URGENT – PLEASE READ
A problem has arisen with both Bremerton Specialty
shows. Because the Bremerton
open shows are day of show entries only, people seem to think that our specialty show is the same. This is NOT the case. The specialty show is pre-entry. It does say in the catalog that the specialty show is pre-entry, not day of show,
but it didn’t help for the fall show, which in fact was worse than the spring show.
For 2006, this WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. There will be no day of show entries
accepted, unless someone else volunteers to be the secretary and is willing to do DOS entries.
Submitted by your cranky show secretary, Christine Byron.
BASKETS FOR NATIONALS & CONVENTION
Some of our club members attended Nationals and
Convention this year. We learned that at both times, the National Mini Rex Rabbit
Club has a banquet and auction to raise funds for the awards that are given at both Nationals and Convention. All types of things are donated, but often it is a themed basket.
I would like to see MRFGNW support these events. I’d like to discuss
this at the annual meeting to see if we can find a couple of volunteers to spearhead this project. My thinking is perhaps if a theme is decided upon, club members can donate items to the basket and the
club itself can pick up the shipping charges to get it to Nationals or Convention. Please
bring your ideas and thoughts to the meeting in April. Submitted
by Christine Byron
SECRETARIES & SUPERINTENDENTS NEEDED
Wanted: Show Secretaries and Superintendents for the 2006 show season. If you are interested in doing either job, even for just one show, please contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org . The club owns show secretary software, so you would only have to load
it on your system. For first time secretaries, we’ll help you through it. See Save the Date below for a list of
upcoming shows. Submitted by Soni Jager and Christine
2006 SHOWS – SAVE THE DATES!!!
We are still working on secretaries and judges
for our Specialty shows. The website will be updated as information solidifies..