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2022 Election Results
President - Jason Dudley
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My name is Jason Dudley and I am the current President of the NALRC. I took over this responsibility when Jo Cross stepped down last year, and have greatly enjoyed working with the Board and Membership of the NALRC to get things done and make movement happen. I don’t want to drone on about myself, but my wife Amanda and I have been raising Lionheads since about 2009. We have worked, and wept, hard over the years to do what we can to further the breed and the club. This includes being the presenter for the successful Black COD (passed at the Reno Convention in 2019) and the current holder of the Blue COD. I cannot overstate how appreciative we are for the support of the club. Over the years we have have worked as Committee Chair for both Nationals and Convention, coordinated awards for National and Convention, served on the various committees, and Amanda is currently working on updating the guidebook for printing.
Every club goes through changes and ours has seen its fair share of change the last several years. Our membership and our Board of Directors underwent a huge change and when I took office last year we had a lot of things that needed attention, so as President I have worked hard to lead the board in a modernizing forward march through the tasks. We have revamped the website committee and made strides in updating the website. Adjusted the NALRC committee structure to better serve our member - include creating a “Secretarial Committee” to aid Heather in her duties as secretary and disperse the workload, and made hard decision to ensure the continued financial stability of the club.
Plans for moving into my next term and one of my major pushes will be to increase the communication between the board and our members. After all, we are a club of people - you are the lifeblood of this organization. I believe there are many members that are not aware of the work the board has been doing, because so much of the work takes time, discussion, votes, and coordination between the board, committees, and volunteer members. The successful completion of the June Mane Musings is our biggest step forward and it is my hope that you, the members, see the difference in what we are trying to achieve. I will continue to guide work on streamlining the purpose and useability of the website, and creating more documentation that originates from the club. We have some amazing members who have stepped up to the roles and worked together to strengthen our progress.
We also have a lot of work to do in moving the club and its activities into the current century. Many parts of our constitution and bylaws are outdated and do not reflect how we currently do business or how technology has progressed. This is starting now with board discussion on implementing digital options for membership voting. This will allow us to address changes that need to be made, with a more fluid process, and ensure that we are being fiscally responsible. Each ballot has significant costs to the club - from both printing and postage. Additionally, my hope is that digital voting options will increase participation in the club through ease of use and availability. The board and I are committed to ensuring that no votes are left out - this means coming up with a procedure to continue to include those that may not have computer or internet access. This fall, at the same time you are casting your vote for NALRC President you will also be voting for your future votes, online.
Finally, my third major initiative is to build on our work towards long term financial stability, keeping in mind our fiduciary responsibilities. It may surprise many of you to know that the NALRC has not in the past developed a yearly budget, instead relying on individual expenditure motions. This not only lags progress on the board, but gives the board an incomplete financial picture of the club. If I am elected to continue as NALRC President, I will work with our treasurer to develop a yearly budget for board approval starting with the 2022 fiscal year. This will ensure the continuation of the exceptional support and resources you expect from our club, and allow for even great possibilities in the future.
This list of priorities is in no way complete. There will always be more to do- and new opportunities to grow. We’ll also continue work on the 2025 SOP updates (this process has already started, as required by the ARBA), work to develop and grow our club involvement, and create additional educational and interactive opportunities for both youth and open membership.
I want to again thank you, the membership. Without your support the club couldn’t be what it is today. That also means that your input is the most important. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. My email is email@example.com and I WANT to hear from you.I hope that you’ll allow me the opportunity to continue to serve you as the President of the NALRC. Thank you for taking the time to read through my (somewhat long) letter.
I’d like to start off by introducing myself, some of you already know me, but for those that don’t, my name is Kelly-Liana McGhee, and I have decided to run for NALRC President. I have been breeding lionheads for coming up on 8 years now as Autumn Breeze Lionheads. I have worked with several different varieties over the years, but the torts have always stuck with me to be a consistent favorite.
I would really like to see the club continue moving forward and growing its membership. The majority of our current membership is made up of people new to the breed. It would be fantastic to one day grow our club to the popularity and numbers of the Netherland Dwarf and Holland Lop clubs. People by nature want to be successful at what they are doing to give them that incentive and drive to continue. I think offering training and tools to people will help them in their journey to be a successful lionhead breeder and in turn grow our breed.
One of the things I would like to focus on is getting more resources to help the newer membership and the old membership as there are always new things to learn. We are at a point where we do not physically have enough mentors to cover the entirety of the new membership. I’d like to focus on producing visual aids for people to use as references. Some of you may have already seen my Lionhead Color Guide that I created to be used as a reference as an example of what I would like to do. I think we need more training aids to help people feel comfortable in their knowledge of the breed and to have the tools to better evaluate their animals. These are skills that take years to learn, but it will be a big help to have references to refer to when you’re learning. I know it would’ve helped me when I was first starting. We have all been the “new people” at some point.
Shows are also a great way to learn, I encourage everyone to participate and get feedback from judges and other breeders. Contrary to what some people believe there is no perfect rabbit. Don’t get discouraged because a judge didn’t like your rabbit, it is just their opinion on that day. I myself have kept rabbits that judges didn’t like, and they went on to produce grand champion winners for me. Being active in the show environment creates comradery and friendships. In the past I have felt we didn’t have very high participation in National and Convention shows. I would love to see newer members be more involved in these bigger shows as it helps support the club and is a great way to learn. Finding new ways to get more people involved in these events is another task I would like to tackle.
These are just a few things I would like to focus on if elected as the next NALRC president. I would always be open to suggestions on how the club can help the membership because we want everyone to be successful and have fun. Communication is key to solving any issue and having member feedback is how we will do that.
Thanks, Kelly- Liana McGhee
The following is a general description of how elections are run in the NALRC according to our constitution and by-laws.
What are the elected offices?
The President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and nine (9) Directors shall be elected by the general membership. The President, Treasurer and (5) five Directors (for Districts 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9) shall be elected on even years. The Vice President, Secretary, and (4) Directors (for Districts 2, 4, 6 & 8) shall be elected in odd years.
Who may run?
All officers must have been members of both the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) and the North American Lionhead Rabbit Club (NALRC) for two (2) consecutive years prior to taking office.
What are the guidelines for applying?
Any voting member in good standing over 18 years of age wishing to become a candidate for any office shall obtain an Intent to Run Form, found on the forms page. the Secretary of the club. The Intent to Run form must be signed by at least three (3) paid up adult voting members in good standing, and be returned to the Secretary, postmarked no later than May 15th of the election year.
How is someone chosen?
The President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and nine (9) Directors shall be elected by the general membership. The membership within each designated District shall elect (1) Director who lives in that district to serve on the Board. If there is no one willing to serve as Director from any specific district(s) then the President Elect shall appoint any directors needed to fill these vacancies with the approval of the Board.
How long do they hold office?
All terms of office shall be 2 years and shall begin immediately following the close of the ARBA Convention.
When are the new members put into office?
Newly elected officers are put in place at the yearly ARBA convention
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