News from the President

Spring is finally here and I hope you are all enjoying your dogs and our sport.

LV Board. The new officers have taken office-you can get contact information at http://dvg-america.com/contacts.html. Notice that all the national officers now have fastmail addresses that reflect their positions, such as dvgamericanprez@fastmail.com. Fastmail is a more secure system than gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and other popular email systems. We will transfer the emails to new officers after future elections, so you won't have to keep learning new emails.

Website. By now hopefully most of you have seen the new look of the DVG website, at dvg-america.com. Shelly did a lot of work moving everything over. It's a big job moving all that information (and she does this as a volunteer), and it's possible she missed some topics or links. If you see a problem, please help us by letting Shelly know the specifics. Shellti@aol.com

Trial fees. Recently the Board voted to pass on to the clubs the trial fees that Germany imposes on us, starting June 1.  Most organizations that I know of charge clubs a small amount to put on a trial. For example, American Working Malinois Association charges $5 a competitor. USCA charges $4 for members and $29 for non-members. I'm a UKC obedience judge and UKC charges a few dollars per entry, too.

These fees are not something that's going into the LV's treasury. They are passed on to DVG Germany. Some of the money stays with DVG and a small portion is sent on the VDH, the German Kennel Club and DVG's parent. We'll change the rate once a year, to adjust to the exchange rate. This year the rate will be $5.50 for each day of the trial plus $1.37 for each competitor.  If you cancel a scheduled trial you still owe the $5.50, but if you postpone it the $5.50 carries over. We'll send around a form for you to use to calculate a trial's fee; it will include the address to send the funds to. If you have any questions about this let me know.

Bylaws. More bylaw changes are coming. When we did the major overhaul of the bylaws a few years ago, we didn't do the disciplinary section, although it desperately needed it. We finally have a new draft of this section, and you'll be seeing it soon to vote on. This is an important provision so please think about the draft and send us any ideas you have for improvements.

New sports. Germany is offering some new sports as part of the DVG program, and I thought you might be interested in two of them - Mantrailing and Search and Rescue (SAR). Hartmut will tell you more about them in his LRO's report. We should be able to offer mantrailing soon; SAR is a bit further away because of the complexity of the test. Germany has always offered other sports besides IPO, in fact DVG's biggest sport overall is agility. We could offer more sports here but it would take significant interest on the part of the membership.  

FCI rule changes. We've been hearing about major changes to the FCI rules for several years. The newest estimate of when they will be released is 2018.


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New sports. Germany is offering some new sports as part of the DVG program, and I thought you might be interested in two of them - Mantrailing and Search and Rescue (SAR). Hartmut will tell you more about them in his LRO's report. We should be able to offer mantrailing soon; SAR is a bit further away because of the complexity of the test. Germany has always offered other sports besides IPO, in fact DVG's biggest sport overall is agility. We could offer more sports here but it would take significant interest on the part of the membership.  

FCI rule changes. We've been hearing about major changes to the FCI rules for several years. The newest estimate of when they will be released is 2018.






Annetta Cheek,

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