PSDC GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
BLAKESLEE, PA. OCTOBER 21, 2017
Call to order: President Johnn Molburg called the meeting to order at 3:10 PM.
Secretary’s Report: A motion was made to accept the Secretary’s Report from the May 13, 2017 meeting in Denver, Pa., by LuWanna Krause. The Report was sent out through a mass email to all club members. George Chianese seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Treasurer’s Report: A motion was made to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented. The checking account balance at this time is $1131.82 and the savings account balance at this time is $6883.48. The motion was made by Mary Wolf and seconded by Chris Jacobs. Motion passed.
A. Constant Contact Fee: Dan Rehak reported that he researched different avenues to find the most cost-effective way to do our online services such as registration for races and events. Constant Contact seems to be in line with other service providers online. He feels we do not need to change to another provider now. He did note that event organizers need to consider these fees in their budgets to help offset the cost.
4. Committee Reports:
A. ISDRA Reports: Johnn Molburg reported for Jessicia Borman that there was not much new on ISDRA. A discussion was held on the new rig requirements for IFSS. IFSS rules stipulate that all carts must be four wheel carts. If ISDRA would adopt this rule it would affect how we run our dryland events. At this time ISDRA has not adopted this rule.
B. Merchandise: Meredith Michner has been working to set up an online PSDC Merchandise Store. When Meredith is finished setting up the store it will be located on our web page. Insa Robinson will be managing the online store and you will be able to place your order electronically.
C. Social Media Coordinator: Dan Rehak is currently working on a job description for this position. Liz Stanaitis volunteered to take on this position. The club will touch base with Liz to see if she is still interested in the position.
D. Website: Jessica Kizmann is doing a great job on our web page. We need to keep in mind that if we want something added to the web page we need to get the information to her, so she can update the web page. All updates are done in a very quick manner.
E. Audit Committee: Donna Quante & Heather Walls volunteered to be on the Audit Committee. Over this past summer they did an Audit of the PSDC Finances. They presented to PSDC General Membership an Audit Report. A copy of the Audit Report has been forwarded to our Treasure, Jessica Borman so she can make the necessary corrections. They reported that all records and documentation are in good order. The Club would like to Thank Heather and Donna for doing a thorough Audit for the club.
5. Old Business:
A. Upcoming PSDC Events
Fair Hill – Ed Schreckner and Lynda Ninos reported December 2-3, 2017 as the race date with an alternate date of December 9-10, 2017. They gave a lineup of classes and Officials and are still working on the purse.
Mount Misery – Jessica Borman and Chris Jacobs reported December 16-17, 2017 as the race date with an alternates dates of January 6-7, 2018 & March 3-4, 2018. They gave a lineup of classes and Officials and along with the $750 from the club they were working on increasing the purse.
Tug Hill- Jan Haring and Jessica Borman reported that the date for this event is February 17-18, 2018. With no alternate date. They pretty much have all the Officials lined up and are working on increasing the purse.
Canyon Sled Dog Challenge- Mary Beth Logue reported she is working on getting all the Officials lined up for this event. This is an 18-mile mini mid distance race. There will be 6 & 8 dog classes with Registered Breed classes for both. There is no alternate date and she also wanted to note there is no access along this trail, any drop dogs will have to be carried in the sled bag. The Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce are helping organize this event. This trails traverses through the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon with beautiful scenery along the way.
Betty Carhart Race- Jessica Borman & Chris Jacobs reported this will no longer be a PSDC event. It was co run with JSSDRA, they will continue to have this race as a fun event.
Spring Meeting- Jessica Borman & Chris Jacobs reported the Spring Meeting is set up for the weekend of May 12, 2018. They are planning on Samoyed dog driver Walt Herrmann as the guest speaker and planning on using the same location as last year. The Comfort Inn in Denver, Pa.
B. Club Equipment – Dan Rehak has set up the new lap top with the software Race works, so that we have a reliable source for timing races and events. Also, the club is looking into getting helmets to use at Tug Hill as the snowmobile laws of NY require helmets to ride snowmobiles out to do trail help.
C. Updates to PSDC bylaws- Dan Rehak and Nancy Molburg will get together to draw up the upgrades to our bylaws. Since we no longer have a newsletter and are using social media for our information sources we need to eliminate the newsletter in our bylaws. This is one of the jobs the Social Media Coordinator will be doing. We may even discuss at some point to change when the election committee will be appointed.
D. Registered Breed Class Review- Dan Rehak currently handles the Registered Breed Class, reviewing dogs listed on musher reports. He reports that all PSDC Races for all classes are offering a Registered Breed Class.
6. New Business:
A. Possible Mt. Laurel Race- Carmen Rose Sent the club information on inquiring about a race location in the Laurel Highlands. The club suggested she put a team together and do a demo type event. He also suggested laying out a 2-4-mile trail to get the feel of what would be needed to support a race. A good time for this to take place woul be in the early spring.
B. Election Committee: Johnn Molburg ask the General Membership for two volunteers to be on the election committee. Offices up for election will be: President, Treasurer, & two Board of Directors. Those Board positions are currently held by Dan Rehak, and Chris Jacobs. The Election Committee would help solicited nominations for those positions and ask those interested to forward a statement to the Secretary, Carolyn McKenrick to post on the web page. They also would help count ballets at the Spring Meeting and Elections. Laurie Stone and George Chianese volunteered for the election committee.
C. For the Good of the Club: Mary Wolf suggested having mileage of more than 2 miles in the canicross class at dryland events. Johnn Molburg suggested contacting event organizers to see if their races could support longer distances in this class. He also suggested putting an article on the facebook page to see how much interest it would draw. Also, Donna Quante said she was contacted by Cordorus State Park about having a race or demo at their winter festival. She will be meeting this coming week with those officials to discuss the needs of the club involving insurance and what type of course they could offer.
8. Adjournment: A motion was made by Mary Wolf to adjourn the meeting at 5:01 PM. Chris Jacobs seconded the motion. Motion passed.