(Friday, July 13, 2007)
New York, NY – Highlights from the July 2007 meeting of the AKC Board of Directors are as follows:
- The Board reviewed a number of current Fees. As the current Event Service and Recording Fees cover a very small percentage of the expenses related to the administration of events, the Board discussed how any increases to these fees could be held to a minimum. At the same time the Board is considering a reduction in event application fees, which are more onerous for clubs with small entry events. The Board also looked at registration transfer and lease of bitch fees, as well as the Open Registration Fee. Any of the above fees could be changed at the August 2007 meeting with a future effective date.
- The Board approved several changes to the Obedience Regulations, effective January 1, 2009. They make three current Non-Regular Classes, optional Titling classes and create a new non-regular Wild Card Class. They also create regional events at which dogs may qualify for the National Obedience Championship (effective July 1, 2008). The complete changes are included with the minutes of this meeting.
- The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) was added to the list of domestic registries with pedigrees for dogs whelped in the United States eligible for AKC registration. This would not apply to Irish Setters until AKC hears further from the Irish Setter Club of America.
- The Board voted not to approve or disapprove an amendment to the AKC Bylaws, submitted by the Bayou Kennel Club, to remove term limits for AKC Board members. The proposed amendments will be read at the September 2007 meeting, and voted at the December 2007 meeting without a Board recommendation.
- Since 1996, AKC has awarded medallions for dogs earning all of their championship points in the Bred-by-Exhibitor Class. Beginning in January 2008, special medallions will be awarded to breeders who have won five and ten of the original Bred-by-Exhibitor medallions.
The following Delegates were approved:
- Art Boger, Chandler, NC, to represent Wolverine Beagle Club
- Robert E. Bostrom, Overbrook, KS, to represent Topeka Kennel Club
- Barry D. Cavanna, Pleasant Hill, CA, to represent Contra Costa County Kennel Club
- Cheryl Crompton, Mishawaka, IN, to represent Michiana Kennel Club
- Mary Alice Eschweiler, Hartland, WI, to represent Waukesha Kennel Club
- Mark Grigalunas, New York, NY, to represent American Brussels Griffon Association
- Michael E. Harman, Roseland, VA, to represent Komondor Club of America
- Dr. J. A. Humphrey, Leicester, NC, to represent Ohio Valley Beagle Club
- Jack G. Smith, Fallbrook, CA, to represent Great Western Terrier Association of Southern California
- Monica Henderson Stoner, Edgewood, NM, to represent Saluki Club of America