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Presidents Message

August 2017

It is with great sadness I report the recent passing of Tony Galliano, longtime JCCA member, Chin fancier, and former Board member. Tony judged Sweepstakes at the National Specialty in May, where I had the privilege of dining with and getting to know him better at the banquet - a memory I will always fondly remember. The Chin community's thoughts and prayers are with Randy and with Tony's family and many friends as we mourn his loss.

Summer has been somewhat slow but two significant actions have been taken by the Board, or its committees, that are worthy of mention. First, the Bylaws Committee, headed by Marge Conway, has submitted to the Board its initial draft of a bylaw change to introduce term limits to the club's Board of Directors positions. Pending review of the board's comments and finalization, I anticipate a board vote on this issue in September. If approved, this proposed bylaw change would then go to the membership via written ballot for a vote. The board appreciates the committee's hard work and timeliness in submitting their proposed change for our consideration.

Second, the Board recently approved revisions to the Judges' Selection Policy for Specialties. Specifically, we have implemented a two-tier voting system to select Judges for JCCA Specialties and Sweepstakes. Balloting will be conducted annually as we do now, with voting for eligible nominees conducted initially by a secure, online voting mechanism. Then, the top 10 vote recipients for the Specialty regular classes as well as the top 10 recipients for Sweepstakes will be listed on a ballot form and mailed to each member. The intent of this two-tier system is to reduce the total number of eligible Judge nominees on the final ballot, a number that has approached 30 names on some past selection ballots. A special "thank you" to Kat Yokley for her work on these revised guidelines.

Finally, please don't forget about our ongoing membership drive which runs through the end of the year.

Have a great remainder of the summer, and, as always, have fun with your Chin whatever your activity of choice may be!

Jeff White

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