ADS Meeting Minutes for February 2015

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ADS Meeting Minutes

February 21, 2015

1)      This meeting was the annual general membership meeting for the year-end awards. The meeting was attended by the ADS board and ADS members. The meeting was held at Café Africa at the Little Rock Zoo.


2)      Secretary Report

a)      The meeting minutes for the last general membership meeting held on August 23, 2014 were reviewed. There were no changes or corrections to the meeting minutes. Motion made by Patty Hale, and seconded by Jana Nelson, to approve the minutes. Motion passed.

b)      Memberships received to-date for the 2015 year – 58. For 2014, there were 100 memberships received.


3)      Treasurer’s Report

a)      Rene Pope, ADS Treasurer presented the annual report for 2014: Income received was 20,835.07 and expenses incurred were 20,391.67. The current balance of the ADS checking account was 12992.62, with 1000.00 in the Junior Rider account, and 1002.71 in a CD.


4)      Board Member elections for 2015:

a)      The following board members are in the middle of their term and will serve one additional year: Judy Dent (President), Sandra Thompson (Secretary), Jennifer Lander (Webmaster), Alex du Celliee Muller (Member-at-large), and Danielle David (Member-at-large).

b)      The following positions are up for election: Eileen Krause (Vice-President), Rene Pope (Treasurer), Joanne Homeyer (Member-at-large) and Michele Linch (Member-at-large).

c)       The floor was opened for nominations. No nominations were received and the floor was closed.

d)      A vote of the general membership was conducted. The board was elected without opposition.


5)      ADS By-laws for 2014:

a)      The ADS By-laws are to be reviewed every 2 years and modified as necessary. Revisions to the ADS By-laws were emailed to all members and posted on the ADS web-site more than 30 days prior to the meeting.

b)      The floor was opened for discussion or opposition to any revision of the ADS By-laws. No discussion or opposition was voiced. The floor was closed.

c)       A vote of the general membership was conducted. The ADS By-laws were accepted without opposition.




6)      President Report

a)      There were three USDF Instructor/Trainer Workshops conducted in 2013-2014. Grants from The Dressage Foundation (TDF) and USDF Region 9 were received from these organizations to support the workshops. The total dollar value of the grants was 2500.00.

b)      There has been an additional show added to the ADS show schedule. In November, there will be a fall formal show at G&H Equestrian Center. Formal attire for both horse and rider is encouraged, but not mandatory. There will be assistance in braiding, etc available at the show, as well as other activities to make this last ADS show memorable. Additional information will be provided just prior to the show.

c)       We did have reduced participation in the ADS schooling shows in 2014.

d)      ADS wishes to recognize the continued efforts of Cindi Sammartano for her contributions, both as Volunteer Coordinator, and monetary awards for volunteerism provided by her employer, Verizon.

e)      There were three ADS members that qualified and competed at the USDF Region 9 Championships.

f)       There are plans in process for a clinic for Junior Riders and Adult Amateurs.

g)      Recognition of special achievements for 2014:

  1. Leila Joy Richardson – Championship and Reserve Champion at the National Arabian Horse Show
  2. Marsha Tucker – completed her requirements for both her Silver and Bronze Awards
  3. Nan Sobba – completed the USDF Century Ride on Velvet



Meeting Minutes written by Sandra Thompson.



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