WCDEA 9.28.2017 Meeting Minutes
There were 8 members in attendance at the meeting held at El Gitano in Bellingham. President Kat Southam-Fay called the meeting to order at 6:52 pm.
Holly Nachbar presented financial statements for the year. We are currently showing a loss for income of $647.94. This is common for this time of year. After paying expenses during the year, we usually show a negative income prior to membership renewal.
Peoples Bank - Checking 970.97
Leg Up Fund 472.24
Savings (regular) 5,753.95
Total Peoples savings (regular) 6,526.19
Harvest Classic Show – What happened? There were not enough entries to make the show worthwhile. Discussion revealed there was not enough advertising to get the word out. We didn’t have enough volunteer participation to help organize and run the event. Further discussion needs to be had regarding how to proceed. Do we want to have 2 shows per year? Should we focus on educational opportunities?
There was a great deal of interest in creating more structure within the club. Going forward we would like to focus on providing more jobs within the membership to promote more ownership and participation. We also want to utilize some of the funds saved to “give back” to the membership. This is to be done via scholarships, draws for spots in clinics, gift cards at events, etc.
Alex Brooks has stepped down from her position as newsletter editor. Nancy Rice and Nina Thompson have stepped up to fill the role! Look forward to several changes with our newsletter. Please send your successes and stories to
. We would also welcome reporters to contribute to the newsletter. Spreading the word of what we have done, and what we are doing is vital to our membership!
Newsroom Reporters, Marketing Committee, Show and Events Committee, Webmaster
Please think about what you can do to help and raise your hand at the next meeting!
USDF Annual Convention – This years annual convention will be held in Lexington Kentucky from 11/29 to 12/2. As a GMO we are entitled to send 1 acting delegate to attend the events and vote on our behalf. The club will grant a travel stipend for a member wanting to attend. Please respond to Kat Southam-Fay before 10/07 if you are interested.
Our next meeting will be held on 11/16/17. This will be our annual board member vote. Please think about who you would like to see lead our club!
Christmas Party – 12/09/2017. Location and time TBD. There will be a gift exchange with a limit of $25. Horse and rider gift bags will be given to members!
Update Your Judges Eye – November 4 at Skagit County PUD, Aqua Room, 1415 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon. Nicol Hinde is needing a few volunteers to run the door and help organize food. We also need people to bring snacks. Please contact Nicol to let her know what you can do! The club is offering a draw for 2 WCDEA memberships.
Michelle Becker announced that the Pickford Theater in Bellingham contacted her to let our club know that they are showing a film about a mule working in dressage. The title is “Dyna does Dressage” and will be showing in October.
For The Love of the Club – The 35 year celebration is being planned for February 2018 to spotlight the founding members of WCDEA. Dates, time, location are TBD. Mechelle Sieg and Kelly Dress are working to organize the event. Please look for more information coming soon.
Nina Thompson – October 20 & 21 Nina will be teaching a Freestyle Clinic.
WCDEA will be hiring to have brochures made. All were in agreement that this would be the most efficient method. We need brochures for marketing and membership.
Our next business meeting is November 16, 2017.
These minutes will not be read at our next upcoming meeting. If there are any corrections, please email board members.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.