Board Meeting Highlights Sept 14, 2012
1. ISCA AKC Lifetime Achievement nominations-Conformation
Patricia Craige Trotter, Companion Sharon Redmer, and
Performance Leida Jones.
2. AKC has passed the 3 point Reserve Winners issue
3. The health survey deadline has been extended until
4. 2013 ISCA National Specialty will be at Frying Pan Park
Fairfax, VA with host hotel Hyatt Fairfax April 16-21, 2013
hosted by ISC Greater Richmond and dedicated to Virginia
5. Veteran Sweepstakes will be named for Virginia Perry
Gardiner with the inaugural event being the 2013 National.
6. ISCA Hunt Test/ISCA Walking Gun Dog Championship was
initially to be held in November 2013. The date has been
changed to March 15-17, 2013 in Tulsa, Oklahoma due to AKC
rules regarding timing with the ISCA National Field Trial.
7. Awards - changes were made to a few awards. Please check
the website and the December Memo for complete and final
Board Meeting Highlights 6/10/12
1. ISCA is about to embark on a very detailed health survey.
Please complete the survey and distribute to local clubs as
information gathered will help decide Foundation grants and
what health problems could/should be supported with future
studies. Survey will be available June and run through
September 1, 2012.
2. 2013 ISCA National Specialty will be at Frying Pan Park
Fairfax, VA with host hotel Hyatt Fairfax April 16-21, 2013
hosted by ISC Greater Richmond. Judges: Dogs/Intersex -
Thomas Bradley III, Bitches - James Covey, Sweeps - Sharon
Reilly, Veteran Sweeps - Lisa Schrank
3. 2014 ISCA National Specialty will be hosted by the Irish
Setter Club of Michigan June 11-14, 2014 at The Lodge at
Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron/Sandusky, OH
4. ISCA Walking Gun Dog Championship September 14-16, 2012
Oconomowoc, WI. Host hotel Olympia Resort & Spa
5. The first year of online option for judges voting
improved participation and resulted in more equal
representation from the regions although still only
represented 15.73% of membership
6. ISCA will begin to recognize the THD title with a
medallion beginning 2012.
7. There are 3 new annual awards; Beginner Novice Trophy,
Graduate Novice/Graduate Open Trophy, and the Anne Schilling
8. There will be a survey monkey to help determine the
qualifications for the Agility High in Trial award for
Nationals (send suggestions to
9. Western ISC has been approved to host a regional
specialty March 8, 2013
Board Meeting Highlights 2/10/12
The board has directed the AKC Delegate to vote NO on the
new group alignments as presented by AKC
The board has directed the AKC Delegate to vote YES on
Reserve at a National receiving points. As it currently
stands, reserve would get 3 point major at a National IF a 5
point Major is given to winners AND the total dogs is double
the region's 5 point dog count.
The Health chair brought to light there was a confirmed CLAD
case here in the USA, the first time this has happened since
Optigen offered the test. Jan has published information on
the website under the health tab, and it will be printed in
the Memo. Use this link and scroll down to What is CLAD and
Why Should We Care?
Breeders must be vigilant and begin to test, so we can avoid
seeing other cases.
By spring 2012 the ISCA Health Survey will be completed and
available for any Irish setter owner to take online. The
survey will be used to determine what diseases should be
targeted for research funds by the ISCA Foundation. Look for
a FleaBytes alerting members when the survey is available.
There will also be a short survey, using survey monkey and
the ISCA website, to gather data about dogs/litters affected
by HOD and the vaccines they received as puppies.
The board approved a new High In Trial award for Agility
There are extra Pictorials available for purchase. Cost $150
plus $12 shipping. Orders can be made through Cathy Hill
AFTER March 1st.
Pictorial errors are being addressed and error corrections
(with photos) will be mailed out in March.
Appointment of the Region 2 director - to finish the term
vacated by Jan Zeich - the new region 2 director is Gwen
Newman from De Pere, WI.
Highlights from the
MAY 2011 BOARD
ISCA is seeking help from the membership for someone who
would be interested in helping with the graphic design of a
pop-up booth for ISCA to travel to AKC sponsored Meet the
Breeds, as well as ISCA events. If you are interested in
helping, contact President Debbie Davis at
2. Purina and ISCA have renewed their Parent
Club Partnership for 2011. As a result of ISCA members
designating their Purina weight circles to benefit ISCA, the
ISCA Foundation has received a check from Purina for $
1321.40. A match amount has been sent to the Canine Health
Foundation for ISCA donor advised research. If you feed
Purina and are not a member of their pro club, or have not
designated ISCA as the beneficiary for Parent Club points,
and would like to do so, more information is available at
ISCA web site:
3. AKC Humane Fund is seeking nominations for
the AKC Awards for Canine Excellence. The categories are
Companion, Law Enforcement, Search & Rescue, Service, and
Therapy. Nominations are due June 1, 2011. For additional
information click go to AKC at:
Sweepstakes class at the National 2012 will be modified to
include those dogs not eligible for the 6-9 class at the
2011 National. The oldest Sweepstakes class will be 15-19
instead of 15-18 in 2012.
ISCA National 2013 will be in Doswell, VA hosted by the ISC
Greater Richmond on April 16th to 20th 2013. Doswell, VA is
on US 1 just off Interstate 95 Exit 98, just above Richmond,
Virginia. It is also the exit for Kings Dominion amusement
park which will be opened on the weekends. Potomac ISC will
be having a specialty on the same grounds on Sunday April
6. A committee has been formed
to review the ISCA's bylaws and if deemed appropriate,
recommend updates for consideration by the membership. The
process is expected to take 2-3 years, which will allow
ample opportunity for input by the members. Any potential
updates will be sent to the membership for a vote, per the
existing bylaws. Committee members are Heidi Laabs (chair),
Marilee Larson, Dave Schafer, and Bruce Foote.
IRISHVILLE TOWN HALL MEETING
The Board held a Town Hall meeting on Thursday to obtain
input from the membership about "How are we doing and what
can we do better."
Communication - the Memo,
Flea Bytes and the Website all keep the members in the
loop in a timely manner
Rescue is effective,
efficient, and well supported
Health - there is a strong
commitment to addressing our breed's health issues; we
support research and offer opportunities for dogs to be
tested for genetic problems
We have made progress in
addressing conformation vs. field issues
The membership and Board are
ageing -we need to find ways to bring in new blood
Uneven enforcement of
Principles of Integrity, for breeders and health issues
and also for sportsmanlike, respectful behavior
Poor participation in voting
for National judges
Members who offer to
help/take on projects are not always welcomed/taken up
on their offers
Suggestions for Improvement
Breeder Outreach, including
creating a Puppy Packet that is available for
use/adaptation online; provide breeders with membership
applications for puppy buyers, trial memberships for
puppy buyers, provide puppy buyers with a copy of a past
Voting for National judges
Mentor program for new club
members and new board members
Clarify qualifications for
from members in ISCA projects
Outreach to the "youth" such
as local "meet the breeds" high school visits, 4H and
other activities to get the younger generation involved
Highlights from the NOVEMBER 6, 2010 BOARD MEETING
1. Please Note!! Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) testing
done during 2010 revealed that 5 of 9 Irish Setters which
were tested for PRA were found to be carriers of PRA. This
has the potential to have a significant impact on the breed
if approved testing protocols are not followed.
The recommended protocol is to do a blood test for PRA every
third generation, via Optigen.
2. The Irish Setter Club of Richmond, Virginia will host the
2013 National Specialty in mid to late April 2013.
3. The Board agreed to increase the initial conformation
entry fee for a dog at a National Specialty from $32.00 to
4. The Board established a new policy which would allow a
club within the same region as the Host Club for the
National and that has the Host Club's permission to hold a
specialty the day after the National.
5. The 2011 National Hunt Test, Walking Field Trial and
Walking Gun Dog Championship will be held at the Rocky
Mountain Roosters Hunting Preserve in Calhan, CO on April
6. Four new Annual Awards will be offered beginning in 2011.
The Awards are:
Triple Q Excellent (TQX) Award
Most AKC Titles Award - The Charmin Trophy
Most AKC Titles by an Owner Award - The Redfeathers Trophy
Points from puppy Class Award - The Evergreen Trophy
June 2010 Annual Meeting Minutes DRAFT
from the June 6, 2010 BOARD MEETING
JUNE 6, 2010 BOARD MEETING
1. Connie Vanacore announced that she will be retiring as
the AKC Delegate for ISCA at the end of this year. We all
thank Connie for her significant contributions to the Irish
Setter breed during her many years on the Board.
2. Results of the 2010 National are on the ISCA web site at:
For you FACEBOOK fans, there are also pictures from the 2010
If you're on FACEBOOK, you can find the ISCA page by
searching"ISCA 2010 National" Facebook is free and you can
sign up at www.facebook.com
3. Now that the 2010 National is over, without skipping a
beat we can start thinking about next year's National. It
will be held in Oklahoma City, OK from May 1st to 7th.
Because it is earlier than this year, please note the DATE
Hotel Reservations available on September 4th (More
information will follow)
Judges for 2011 National:
Intersex Robert McKay
Dogs Sam MacDonald
Bitches Robert McKay
Veterans Marge McKay
Sweeps Intersex Phil Booth
Sweeps Dogs Pat Nagel
Sweeps Bitches Phil Booth
Juniors Judy Bradley
Obedience Patricia Scully
Rally Lynn Eggers
Agility Helen Dorrance
4. The Nominating Committee for the 2011 ISCA Board of
Directors will be chaired by Dave Schafer. Other members of
the Committee are:
Region 1 Patti Fanelli
Region 2 Martina Friedeberg
Region 3 Mindy Higby
Region 4 Renette Berggren
Alternate Brian Rasmussen
Alternate Laura Edwards-Johnson
If you would like to be considered by the Committee for a
BOD position, please send your resume to Heidi Laabs email@example.com
by August 16, 2010 with copy to Deb Davis firstname.lastname@example.org
(June MEMO page 5)
5. The Irish Setter Club of Colorado will hold the 2011
National Hunting Test, Walking Field Trial, and ISCA walking
Gun Dog Championship April 15 to 17, 2011 at the Rocky
Mountain Roosters hunting preserve near Denver, Colorado.
Mark your Calendars.
6. In an effort to improve the quality of the Breeders
Directory, Jan Ziech and Dave Schafer will review a process
to make a Draft PDF available on the Web for review by the
membership before publication.
7. An invitation to host the 2013 National will be sent to
all Region 1 Clubs about August 1, 2010. If you have any
questions, please contact Norbert Dee:
HIGHLIGHTS from the
OCTOBER 31, 2009 BOARD MEETING
Effective January 1, 2010, Anne Marie Kubacz will be the
new chair of the ISCA Health Committee. Connie Vanacore
passed the baton to Anne Marie after many years of excellent
work as chair of the Committee. Connie will remain on the
Health Committee. Thank you Connie.
The ISCA Board of Directors (BOD) approved the selection of
Bob Robinson, Sam McDonald, and Dr. Linda Kalmar to fill a 3
year term as Board members of the Foundation. In addition,
the ISCA Board approved the proposed 3 additional members to
the Foundation Board: Dave Schafer, Carol McGarry and Ed
In 2010, the AKC calendar moves forward almost a full week.
This change may create a problem for local club's field
trial dates. ISCA will be flexible and will work with local
clubs in the approval of their field trial.
The BOD revised its policy concerning holding a Hunt Test
and Walking Field Trial. The revised policy prefers them to
be stand alone events, but when grounds permit, they may be
held in conjunction with another field event.
Effective January 2010, there are several revisions to the
VC Program. The key revisions are: 1) the addition of a new
title, VCA (Versatile Certificate Advanced), which will
serve as a bridge between VC and VCX titles, 2) the
elimination of the VC obedience test due to lack of use, and
3) the creation of a new field test as part of the VCA title
criterion. A full description of the revised VC Program is
on the ISCA web site and will be printed in the next MEMO.
The BOD approved a letter of recommendation to the AKC
supporting the application of the Magnolia Setter Rescue to
receive an AKC Humane Fund Rescue Grant.
HIGHLIGHTS from the
JUNE 18, 2009
1. The ISCA membership voted to retain the existing
policy regarding the use of Provisional judges for judging
Irish Setter Specialties as guidance to the Local Specialty
2. Judging of Veteran Sweeps at next year's ISCA National
will return to the
format used prior to this year.
JUNE 14, 2009
1. AKC is celebrating its 125th year anniversary with a
celebration at the AKC/Eukanuba, Agility, National
Championship, and Obedience Invitational. It will be held in
Long Beach, California December 12 & 13, 2009. This year, in
addition to the traditional BOB and BBE competition, there
will be regular classes for dogs and bitches. ISCA will
support the entry at this show.
ISCA will sponsor Parent Club Medallion Awards for Top
scoring Irish Setter in Agility and in Obedience and for
BOB, BOS, WD, WB, and BBE in Conformation. ISCA will also
provide First Place Trophies for all regular classes and
Reserve WD & WB.
2. The Board voted against the proposed AKC Group
Realignment which would split the Sporting Group into two
Sporting Groups: Pointers /Setters and Retrievers/Spaniels.
Our AKC Delegate, Connie Vanacore, will vote no at the
upcoming September 2009 AKC Delegate meeting.
3. The Board is inviting members who did not receive an ISCA
Medallion for a Title received in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008
to apply for one by December 31, 2009 (Deadline is firm).
The cost is $30.00 which includes postage. More information
on submittal and documentation will be in upcoming MEMOs and
on the Web Site.
4. The Board revised its policy concerning the 'timely
receipt" of dues payment and awards applications. The
Postmark date WILL NOW be used as "timely receipt" instead
of receipt by Secretary, Chair, or other designated person.
This policy revision DOES NOT AFFECT VOTING, which defines
"timely receipt" in the ISCA By-Laws.
5. The Judges for the 2010 National, which will be held in
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin the week of June 7, 2010, are:
Dogs - Mr. Sidney Marx
Bitches - Ms. Dorothy MacDonald
Intersex and Best Puppy - Mrs. Celeste Clark
Veteran Sweepstakes - Mrs. Catherine Seymour
Intersex and Dog Sweepstakes - Mr. George Alston
Bitch Sweepstakes - Mr. Will Alexander
Obedience- Ms. Lynn Eggers
HIGHLIGHTS from the February
2009 Board Meeting
• ANNOUNCING, pictures of all National Specialty winners
from 1973 to 2008 on the ISCA web site. Keep your eyes
peeled for National Field Trial winners.
• Members who wish to donate to ISCA rescue should send
their checks to the ISCA Foundation with identification “for
Rescue” so that they are credited and acknowledged.
• Beginning at the next BOD meeting, a roll call vote will
be taken on all BOD motions with the exception of votes
taken during executive session.
• Ken Ruff took a poll of field trial exhibitors regarding
GPS tracking collars and the comments were all in favor of
GPS collars. The Field Trial Executive Committee will send
their recommendations to AKC.
• The BOD clarified its policy on the use of personal
transportation vehicles that was passed at the November 14,
2008 BOD meeting. Effective for the 2009 National Specialty;
1) the use of personal transportation vehicles, which
includes multi-seated golf carts, one-seat ‘scooters,’ etc.
at the National will be the decision of the Show Chair and
Events Committee taking into account safety and local site
conditions, 2) all those permitted to use personal
transportation vehicles at the National must sign a waiver
holding ISCA and the Host Club harmless, 3) People protected
by ADA are qualified but must present their valid placard.
• REMINDER March 1, 2009 is the due date for the Judges'
Ballot for 2011. It is posted on the ISCA website.
• Foundation Raffle tickets ($1.00) for drawing at the 2009
National Specialty are now available from all Board members,
Heath Committee, Foundation members or directly from Connie
Vanacore. Raffle items include a Virginia Perry Gardiner
pin, limited edition bronze statue of puppies pointing
quail, and portrait by Dawn Secord.
• ISCA National Hunt Test and Walking Field Trial will be
held November 14 & 15th, 2009 with a training day on
November 13th at Neupert Farm, Sunset, Louisiana. The Host
hotel is the Holiday Inn in Lafayette. A judge’s education
seminar will also be offered at the host hotel.
• A PayPal account will be set up for the 2010 National for
fundraising and trophy donations.
• In 2010, ISCA hopes to hold its first Parent Club Walking
Gun Dog Championship, details to follow.
• The 2011 National Specialty will be hosted by the Irish
Setter Club of Central Oklahoma. Jeanine Wilson will be the
Show Chair and Jeanne Brodersen will be the Assistant Show
• Beginning with the 2012 National Specialty, Judges from
all ISCA Regions will be considered in the judge selection
process for all events. Currently for some events, judges
from the ISCA Region hosting the National Specialty have not
been considered in the judge selection process.
• LOOK FOR FULL February BOD minutes in the April Memo.
Highlights from the December 18,
2008 Board Meeting
Board Approved the Minutes of the November 14, 2008 Board
Board ratified new ISCA members approved by email in
Minutes of December 2, 2008 Election Vote Counting Meeting
were presented to the Board
By an 8-5-1 vote, the Board defeated a motion to allow Mary Lamphier or
her representative to inspect the ballots of the election to
verify the results. In favor of the motion were: Deb Davis,
Norbert Dee, Laura Edwards-Johnson, Kristy Hanes, and Anne
Marie Kubacz. Those opposed to the motion were: Jeanette
Homes, Nina Johnson, Heidi Laabs, Marilee Larson, Karolynne
McAteer, David Schafer, Cindy Stanford, and Jan Ziech.
Person that abstained was Fran Sloughfy and President Bob
Robinson only votes to break a tie.
Dewey Drummond, Mindy Higby, Connie Vanacore, and Jeanine
Wilson did not attend the meeting.
Highlights from the ISCA Board Meeting
November 14, 2008
Norbert Dee and Jan Ziech were appointed co-chairs of a
newly established Communications Committee. The Committee
will focus on improving communication to the membership and
making the web site the depository of ISCA information.
The Board approved the presentation outline and budget for
the Judges Education Update Committee.
The 2009 National will offer a sweepstakes class for 18 to
20 month dogs/bitches.
The Board established a policy that the use of multi-seated
golf carts at the National will be the decision of the Show
Chair taking into account local site conditions. ADA
vehicles are not affected by this policy.
The Board added three positions to the ISCA Foundation
Board, bringing the total number of positions to 13 (9
directors and 4 officers). A minimum of two of these
positions is to be filled by current members of the ISCA
Board of Directors. It removed term limits for the ISCA
Foundation Board of Directors.
The ISCA Health committee will continue to offer voluntary
health clinics at the National specialty where DNA cheek
swabs are available for AKC's program. It is also possible
to participate in blood draws to bank DNA via CHIC (Canine
Health Information Center).
The Board thanked Bob Robinson for his many years of service
to ISCA and welcomed Deb Davis who will become the ISCA
President in 2009. Pat Robinson will be retiring as Editor
of the Memo in early 2009. The Board thanked Pat for her
contribution as Editor. Sandy Jones will be the new Editor
of the Memo.
2008 Conference Call Board Meeting
A Nominating committee was selected and is as follows:
Region 1 - Maureen Day
Region 2 - Stan Noble
Region 3 - Anna Vaughn
Region 4 - Loma Clark
Alternate - Ellie Pusateri
Alternate - Sid Marx
The Board of Directors established a
Committee to update the current materials used in Judges Education. The
BOD approved the recommendation of the chair Norbert Dee that Lorraine
Bisso, Anne Savory Bolus, Leta Graham and Pat Robinson serve as members
of the Committee.
From the May AKC Board Minutes:
"Irish Setters The Board discussed the status of Field Dog
Stud Book (FDSB) and North American
Versatility Hundting Dog Assoc. (NAVHDA) Irish Setters. Since 1975, at
the request of the Board of the ISCA, AKC has not accepted FDSB pedigree
for Irish Setters. When AKC agreed to accept NAVHDA pedigrees in 2007,
this did not include Irish Setters, as NAVHDA does accept FDSB
pedigrees. The ISCA has expressed opposition to AKC accepting FDSB
or NAVHDA pedigrees. Based upon that, the club has been advised that the
policy of not accepting these pedigrees is already in place."
Highlights from April 2008 Board Meeting
• The Board faxed a letter to AKC for their presentation at the next
AKC Board meeting reaffirming the results of the Reciprocal Registration
vote of the membership
• A draft of the minutes of the ISCA Annual Meeting will be published in
the Memo to Members to read prior to the Annual Meeting
• The Board clarified the nomination process for the BoD and the
Nomination Committee. The May 15th date is intended as a cut-off for
members to nominate themselves for either the Nominating Committee or the BoD. However,
this date does not preclude the Nominating Committee from adding other
names for consideration.
• There is an existing Board policy not to provide financial assistance
to BoD members for attending meetings. The BoD reaffirmed this policy
because it is not financially feasible for ISCA to reimburse these
• Nina Johnson proposed a Walking National Open Gun Dog Championship.
the BoD approved the proposal which would be sanctioned by ISCA under
AKC rules and jurisdiction of the ISCA BoD.
• Donation check boxes will be added to the annual membership renewal
form for Rescue and Health, which will be coordinated with the
Foundation, and for a Trophy fund for National Events (Conformation,
Field, Obedience & Agility).
• Norbert Dee is chair of a newly formed Committee to update material
used in judges education.
HIGHLIGHTS February 2008 Board Meeting
• Planning for the 2008 and 2009 Nationals is proceeding on target. The
Board selected Oconomowoc, Wisconsin as the site for the 2010 National.
It will be hosted by the Western Irish Setter Club and will be held in
June, 2010. Reminder, please send in your Judges Nomination Ballot for
the 2010 National. It’s due March 1, 2008.
• The 2008 ISCA National Hunting Test and amateur Walking Field Trial
will be held November 14-16, 2008 in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin hosted by
Western ISC. Good chance to check out the site for the
• The RR ballot and supporting advocacy material will be mailed to ISCA
membership by February 15, 2008 with ballots due March 21, 2008. See
February MEMO for more details.
• Karolynne McAteer was elected to the ISCA Foundation.
• Several policies were added to the Board’s Policy and Procedures
manual. The financial statement of ISCA will be published in the Memo on
a regular basis, an agenda and any motions for action are required 10
days before a teleconference BOD meeting with no changes, and the policy
not allowing puppies less than 6 months at the National is lifted.