2016 National Specialty
Kentucky: Unbridled Spirit

March 20-26 :: Louisville
Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC)

Host Club
Collie Club of Kentucky

Host Hotel
Crowne Plaza (a full-service hotel welcoming dogs, located by the Louisville International Airport and the main entrance to the KEC. CCA rate: $100 plus tax. Reservations: 1-888-233-9527

Kentuckiana Cluster
Kentucky Exposition Center, M-BF

Thursday, March 17—Mid-Kentucky KC—collie judge: Marjorie A. Tuff*
Friday, March 18—Louisville KC—collie judge: Hildegarde S. Morgan*
Saturday, March 19—Evansville KC—collie judge: James E. Noe*
Sunday, March 20—Louisville KC—collie judge: Shelley C. Roos*

Thursday through Sunday—Greater Louisville Training Club—Agility trials
For information, contact:
June Ebert, Event Secretary, astibug@msn.com

National specialty schedule
Sunday/Monday, March 20-21

Site and judges TBA
For more information, contact:
Ericka Wojack, ewojack@comcast.net

Tuesday/Wednesday, March 22-23
Judge Mary Mullen**
For more information, contact:
Dee Olson, dee@rdolson.org

Tuesday Evening, March 22
Sponsored by the Collie Club of Kentucky in conjunction with CCA
Judge: William K. Brokken**
For more information, contact:
Donna Walle, donna.walle@att.net

Thursday/Friday, March 24-25
Obedience and Rally
Judges: Russel Hornfisher** and Catherine M. Thompson**
For more information, contact:
Todd Merchant, todd.merchant@owens-minor.com

Wednesday - Saturday, March 23-26
Judges: Intersex -- Mary H. Wells**
Dogs -- Judie Evans**
Bitches -- Brenda L. Miramon**
Juniors -- Michelle Esch-Brooks**
For more information, contact:
June Morris, junemorris13@gmail.com

** all judges pending AKC approval

Sponsor a trophy
Contact Gwendolyn Means
3925 Springfield-Jamestown Road
Springfield, OH 45502

email: gmmeans1el@gmail.com
Tel. (937) 325-9524

Club News
President’s Message . . .
As 2014 comes to an end, we have a good start on re-writing our Constitution to meet New York State Law. Our constitution committee has worked hard and has a good outline on where we need to go. I am trying to set up a meeting with AKC to find out their feelings on the progress we have made and the direction we are going.

I am working on some ideas to get the Bulletin in a better financial state. I will have more information at a later date.

I would like to thank Nancy McDonald and Collie Expressions on creating a beautiful Calendar; we have very few if any left and have made a profit. I would like to continue having Nancy produce our CCA Calendar for 2015. If we retain her now she will have it ready at Sunnybank and I feel we will be able to sell many more calendars than we did this year.

I would like to thank Pam Durazzano and Lori Montero for stepping in and presenting the Judges Seminar at the Herding Institute at Eukanuba. I have been told they did a wonderful job and had a good turnout.

I would like to thank Paula Clairday and all the people that helped her do a wonderful job at Eukanuba this year. The pictures were great and our Breed was well represented.

Leslie Jeszewski chair of the Written Revisions Committee has sent me her resignation; she is unable to complete the project due to personal commitments. I would like to thank her for the work she has put into this project. If you or know of a member who would be interested in helping the club with this project please let me know.

I have talked to Jackie Caruso and she is making arrangements to have a "Meet the Breed "booth at Westminster. I am sure she would appreciate any help you can give her.

I would like to encourage all Committee chairs to utilize our Online Storage committee. Please contact Laura DeLaurentis or Lenell Nix and they will be able to get you set up to keep all of your correspondence. This is a very important tool that needs to be used to back up the important work you are doing for the CCA.

Since I have taken office this year I have not seen a lot of discussion on club business. We have some very important decisions to make and there are only a few who ever speak up and voice their opinion. I hope you all are contacting your members with the discussion items and are getting their feedback on the business at hand. We need everyone's help in making these changes to our Constitution, etc. Remember you are a representative of the membership in your district and should be involving them in all Club decisions you are voting on. Your voice is very important. I am asking everyone to participate in the discussions and let's make this Club, the CCA, the best club that it can be. If you ever have a question or concerns please contact me at any time.

I am looking forward to having a great 2015 and with your help the CCA will make great strides this coming year.

– Mike Van Tassell

> Read more from the January Communique'

> See all the documents related to the January Communique'



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Board meeting March 11
The next Board meeting will take place Wednesday, March 11, at 4 PM at the National Specialty showsite in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Following are the files with the information that will be relevant for that meeting:

> Agenda

> To the Board of Directors of the CCA from President Mike Van Tassell

> Board realignment from our Constitution Committee Chair Jeffrey Tallackson

> Final realignment revised original proposal based on 2015 membership renewals

> Letter to accompany report from Lori Montero for the Board Meeting at the National

> Proposal from the Realignment Committee

> Realignment map

> Report regarding CCA logo by Darci Brown

> Shining Star Report

> Take the Lead letter

> Communications Committee Report and Recommendation

Meet the breeds 2015
The Collies are always a huge attraction at Meet the Breeds and this year was no exception. It was non-stop all day, showcasing the dogs, answering questions, and handing out the wonderful information the Collie Club of America provides on the Collie.

> Go to the Meet the Breeds 2015 story on Colliesonline.com

> View the Meet the Breeds 2015 Photo Gallery

Renew your membership online
You can pay your membership dues online using PayPal. If you don't have a PayPal account you have the option of using the PayPal interface to pay with your credit card.

> Go to the renewals/reinstatement page

Molli Jason tops the rankings list for 2014 with 261 points. She also ranked 3rd for the Herding Group and 19th in All-breed. Follow the link below to see the rest of the rankings.

> See the whole list

New from the PR Committee
The CCA Public Relations Committee has created new materials available for printing and distribution as handouts at breed outreach or promotional opportunities such as the AKC “Meet the Breeds” event, pet fairs or breed information tables at dog shows. Click here to view the list.

Windows to the past
Purchase CCA Yearbooks from 1979 to 2012 and American Collie Champions, Volumes 2, 3, 4, 6, 7. These collectibles are great historical sources and references. Download the order form.




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