The American Bullmastiff Association, Inc.

Standing Rules

(The By-Laws of the American Bullmastiff Association, Inc.)


    STANDING RULES-GENERAL INFORMATION

    The Standing Rules of the American Bullmastiff Association are what used to be termed, albeit incorrectly, the Board Policies. Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, defines them as “….rules 1) which are related to the details of the administration of a society rather than to parliamentary procedure, and 2) which can be adopted or changed upon the same conditions as any ordinary act of the society.” “Standing Rules generally are not adopted at the time a society is organized, but individually if and when the need arises…” A standing rule can be adopted by a majority vote at any business meeting without previous notice. Although such a rule remains in effect until rescinded or amended, it does not bind future sessions if a majority desires to suspend it temporarily for the duration of a particular session.” Simply put, standing rules are the governing rules for the Association.

    The standing rules found here are a compilation of those policies in the former Policy Manual which still have relevance to the Association, as well as new rules adopted by the 1992-1993 ABA Board of Directors. The purpose of these rules is for guidance and delineation of responsibilities of the Officers and Board committees between meetings of the Board of Directors. Standing rules may be rescinded or permanently amended by a two thirds vote of the Board.

    All changes made to the Standing Rules shall be dated and initialed by the current secretary.

    Changes have been made to these standing rules by the Board of Directors, terms 92-93. 93-94, 94- 95, 95-96, 01-02, 03-04, 04-05.


    BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Mailed votes must be received by the Secretary within a three week time limit in order to be counted. The “yes”, “no”, “abstention” and “non-voting” on all motions, are to be reported by name and published in the following Newsletter.

    The Association shall maintain $1,000,000 General Liability Insurance.

    The geographical area of the Association shall be divided into the Eastern, Mid-Western, Southwest and Southeast regions. The Annual Meeting/National Specialty and the Semi-Annual Meeting shall not be held in the same region in the same calendar year.

    The Board of Directors shall establish advertisement cost for the Bulletin advertisement by majority vote at the first regular Board meeting after the Annual Meeting.

    The American Bullmastiff Association is an association of individual members; therefore, the Board of Directors has no jurisdiction or responsibility for the action or non-action of a regional club. However, the Board may withhold approval for Association sponsored events to be hosted by a regional club as the Board deems necessary.

    It is the policy of the Board of Directors to equitably rotate the approval to host Association sponsored regional events among regional clubs, in the Association’s specialty areas, if more than one regional club exists in that specialty area.

    The ABA is the sole national representative of the breed. Any correspondence regarding ABA business from ABA members to the Board, its committees and any or all of the members thereof, that contains defamatory, personally insulting and/or rude uncivil material will be returned to the sender and considered not received.

    A file copy shall be sent to the Secretary of all correspondence received or sent in the name of the Association by Board members.


    PRESIDENT

    Decisions and/or actions of the President, between meetings of the Board of Directors, may be rescinded or overruled by a majority vote of the Board of Directors at any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors.

    The President shall have responsibility for the general oversight and supervision of the Association and Board committees between meetings of the Board of Directors.

    The President shall have the authority to order the disbursement of up to $200.00 of Association funds, for operation of the Association, between meetings of the Board of Directors.

    The President will be provided sufficient space, in each Newsletter for a “President’s Message” to the general membership.

    The President is authorized to hire, at his/her discretion, the services of a registered parliamentarian for use at the Semi-Annual or Annual Meetings of the Association. The President is authorized to consult a registered parliamentarian when needed.


    FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT

    The First Vice-President shall have the authority and responsibilities of the office of the President when:

      a) A situation arises that requires an immediate decision and the President is unable to be contacted.

      b) When instructed by the President, that is; in situations where the President is going to be beyond the reach of normal situations, or in case of illness, etc.


    SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT

    The Second Vice-President shall have the authority to exercise the office of First Vice-President when:

      a) A situation arises that requires an immediate decision and neither the President or First Vice-President can be contacted.

      b) When instructed by the President or First Vice-President.

    The Second Vice-President is an ex-officio member of the National Specialty committees.


    SECRETARY

    The Secretary will receive notification by members of change of addresses. The Secretary will notify the Board, the Bulletin Editor, the Membership Chairperson, the Treasurer, the Newsletter Editor, as well as the individual responsible for making mailing labels.

    The Secretary will arrange, with the telephone company for Board conference calls. The conference call shall be billed to the phone number of the ABA Treasurer.

    The Secretary is a signatory of all bank accounts of savings instruments of the Association funds maintained by the Association Treasurer. The Secretary shall be bonded in the same amount as the Treasurer.

    The Secretary shall immediately inform the President of receipt of all correspondence.

    The Secretary shall be reimbursed for legitimate telephone and FAX expenses incurred conducting Association business. The Secretary should maximize the use of written correspondence and minimize telephone communications.

    All records and correspondence of the Association, particularly minutes, Treasurer’s reports and membership lists shall be retained for a period of five years by the Secretary. As each year’s file reaches the sixth year of age, the Secretary shall transfer that file to the Archives for permanent storage.

    The Secretary shall send appropriate news releases, that is; election of officers, specialty shows, etc., to the dog press, such as; Dog News and Canine Chronicle.

    The Secretary shall prepare and send to the Board an agenda, along with committee reports, prior to each Board meeting. The Secretary shall send each committee Chairperson a reminder postcard requiring the committee to report of its activities so that the report may be made to the Board at the Board meeting.

    The Secretary shall prepare and forward to the Newsletter Editor a copy of the minutes of the Board meeting and pertinent committee reports.

    The Secretary shall contact nominees for office and/or judging assignments for their qualifications and shall forward such to the Newsletter Editor for publication prior to their election.

    The Secretary shall send each non-independent regional club the standing rule pertaining to “Guidelines for the approval and processing of requests for Association sponsored sweepstakes, supported shows and regional specialties”. All revisions to this standing rule will be promptly transmitted to each non-independent regional club.

    In the case of regional and national specialties, the Secretary shall be responsible for forwarding all paperwork and providing letters of approval to the proper individuals. These duties are specified in the above-mentioned standing rule. The Secretary will send copies of all applications for specialties, sweepstakes and supported entries to the President and Chair of the event.

    The Secretary shall inform non-independent regional clubs of any Board action concerning them as soon after the Board action as possible.

    The Secretary shall furnish committee chairpersons any Standing Rule that pertains to the operations of that committee as soon after the Board action as possible.

    The Secretary shall be responsible for answering all general Association correspondence. The Secretary shall send each new Association member a letter of welcome as well as a copy of the ABA constitution.

    The Secretary shall be responsible for preparing ballots and for counting all ballots except for those of the election of officers.

    The Secretary shall be responsible for informing the American Kennel Club of any changes in officers, committee chairs, and constitutional amendments and also for obtaining the proper approvals. The Secretary shall also be responsible for updating the ABA constitution to include the amendments as approved.

    The Secretary shall serve as the ABA delegate to the American Dog Owners Association. The Secretary shall send each individual nominated to the Board of Directors a “Meet the Candidate” form to be completed and returned. The Secretary shall send the completed forms to the Newsletter Editor for inclusion in the August Newsletter. Each nominee shall also be sent a copy of the Standing Rules.

    The Secretary shall be entitled to a $200.00 advance.

    The Secretary shall send Board members absent from annual and semi-annual meetings information covered at those meetings.

    The Secretary shall annually reapportion the geographical areas before the selection of the nominating committee.


    TREASURER

    The Treasurer shall be bonded in the amount of $50,000.00.

    The Treasurer shall only establish Association accounts in federally insured financial institutions.

    The Treasurer shall prepare financial statements reflecting the state of the Association funds for inclusion in the Secretary’s agenda and committee reports furnished to the Board prior to Board meetings.

    The Treasurer will deposit and remit funds, as directed by majority vote of the Board of Directors, within thirty days of receipt.

    The Treasurer shall purchase one set of photographs from the show photographer at all national specialties. The photographs shall be forwarded to the Archives for permanent record.

    The Treasurer shall purchase the video, if available, of each national specialty. The video shall be forwarded to the Archives for permanent record.

    The Treasurer shall levy a $10.00 service charge per returned check.

    The Treasurer shall pay for sufficient hazard insurance for all National specialty challenge trophies.

    The Treasurer shall send the annual dues notice to the Newsletter Editor to be included in the August newsletter. The Treasurer shall provide the Membership Chair with a list of paid members by November 1 of each year. Upon receipt, the Membership Chair will send out the final dues notice to those individuals who have not renewed. The final membership list will be received by the Membership chair no later than December 5 of each year.

    Those currently in debt to the Association will be notified in writing by returned receipt requested and asked to respond within 10 days by certified check/money order, or proof that the debt has been settled. The names of those remaining indebted to the Association, after written notification, shall be published in the next Newsletter.

    Dues are established at $45.00 for joint membership, $35.00 for a single membership, $20.00 for a senior membership (65 years of age and older) and $20.00 for junior membership. Overseas members shall be charged an additional $10.00 to cover mailing fees.


    STANDING RULES-ALL COMMITTEES

    Committees shall report their progress and activities to the Secretary by the requested dates. Committees shall file an annual financial activities report unless required by the committee’s standing rule to file more often.

    Committees shall contact the President for advice if needed.

    The general membership may form a committee of the Whole during Annual or Semi-Annual meetings, as provided for in Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised and nominate and elect the nomination committee at the Semi-Annual meeting as provided for in the Association’s constitution. The assembly at either of these meetings may direct the staffing of such committee. Such committee is a committee of the Board and subject to the Board’s direction and/or dismissal. The Board of Directors shall not abnegate its responsibility under the constitution and Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, to form and manage Association committees.


    AKC GAZETTE COLUMN

    The Column Editor is given permission by the Board to exercise discretion in accepting material for publication.

    The Bullmastiff column following the ABA National Specialty should be largely devoted to a report on the National Specialty.

    The Gazette breed columns may be used in the Bullmastiff Bulletin at the Editor’s discretion to fit in with the format and theme of the issue.

    No ABA publication or ABA sponsored piece of writing shall include any opinion on veterinary matters by a non-veterinarian without a serious disclaimer.


    ARCHIVES-Storage and Cataloging

    The Archives committee shall maintain and protect Association property entrusted to it.

    The Archives committee is authorized to rent a safety deposit box should the committee deem it necessary. The Treasurer shall be a signatory on any safety deposit box.

    The Archives committee is authorized to retain $50.00 for committee expenses. Notice of expenditures shall be forwarded to the Treasurer for reimbursement.


    AWARDS COMMITTEE

    The Awards committee shall use the Canine Chronicle breed points system for conformation awards. The Awards committee shall use the American Kennel Club Awards publication to identify champions for the Top Producer awards.

    The Awards committee shall use the Association Obedience Point System for obedience awards. Nominations for Heroism Awards must be made to the Board of Directors. The Awards committee shall select from its membership, an Obedience Recorder to average and weight the scores according to the Association System.

    The Obedience Awards point system:

    The top three obedience scores will be determined by the ABA Obedience System. The three top scores for each competitor are averaged in each regular class (Novice, Open and Utility). Scores shall be weighted by class with one point being added to the Open average, and 2 ½ points being added to the Utility average. To be eligible for the awards, the owner must be an Association member and must send their top three scores for AKC Obedience Trials for the Year (January 1 through December 31) including the name of the show, date and class to the Obedience Recorder.

    The Obedience Recorder shall issue a call for scores in an appropriate issue of the Newsletter. Award plaques or certificates shall be presented to the owner with whom the bullmastiff lives. When a bullmastiff earns an award in more than one category, only one plaque shall be used. The Awards committee shall procure an estimate of costs and make an application to the Board for approval prior to committing to the purchase.

    The Association offers the following awards:

      Owner(s) of Best in Show winner
      Breeder(s) of Best in Show winner
      Top Ten Breed Point Bullmastiffs
      Top Ten All Breed Point Bullmastiffs
      All Time Top Producing Sire (plaque first year, certificate for 
       subsequent wins)
      All Time Top Producing Dam (plaque first year, certificate for 
       subsequent wins)
      Sire of the Year (#1 top producing dog)
      Dam of the Year (#1 top producing bitch)
      Top Producing Sires
      Top Producing Dams
      Owner(s) of High in Trial winner
      Breeder(s) of High in Trial winner
      Top Five Obedience Point Bullmastiffs
      Top Five Agility Point Bullmastiffs
      Obedience Trial Perfect Score
      Companion Dog Excellent Title
      Utility Title
      Tracking Dog Title
      Tracking Dog Excellent Title
      Top Owner Handler (most best of breed wins by owner-handler)
      Top Winning Dog (breed points)
      Top Winning Bitch (breed points)
      Dual Title Holder (for bullmastiffs achieving conformation, obedience,
       agility and tracking titles)
      Top Five Junior Handlers (to be eligible, the junior handler or one of
       the junior handler’s parents must be a member of the Association and
       handle a bullmastiff in junior handling competition)
      

    Applications for junior handling, obedience and agility awards are to be submitted by the owner to the Awards committee Chair.

    Applications for awards will be included in the February, April and June Newsletters. Certificate of Appreciation for service to the breed or the Association must be approved by the Board of Directors and signed by two of its members, normally the President and Secretary. Member’s Certificates shall be awarded at the Annual Awards dinner by the President.


    BULLETIN
    GENERAL POLICIES/PROCEDURES ADOPTED

      1. The Chairperson of the Bulletin committee, also termed the Bulletin Editor, shall serve until replaced by majority vote of the Board of Directors.

      2. This volunteer position of Bulletin Editor should be filled by someone with desktop publishing ability and equipment if possible, and all efforts should be made to save on expenses.

      3. The Board may designate one of its officers/directors as a liaison to the Bulletin Editor. This Board designated liaison shall work cooperatively with the Editor and manage all communication between the Editor and Board. Additionally, the liaison should reasonably support the Editor in finding solutions to any existing or potential problems.

      4. The Board of Directors shall review (with input provided by the Editor) and set all advertising, photo return, and subscription rates at the first Board meeting of the calendar year and any revised rates shall be published in the subsequent Summer issue and shall be effective with the subsequent Winter issue.

      5. Advertisements of dogs, stud services, etc. of Bullmastiffs from non-members of the Association shall be excluded.

      6. Reference to the Association Handbook or Illustrated Standard in advertisements of Bullmastiffs is prohibited.

      7. Payment must accompany advertisements. No charge accounts are to be allowed.

      8. ABA members in good standing may submit for any AKC or CKC All-Breed Best In Show win (All Breed BIS wins from any other country requires Board approval) one photo per dog in the next printing of the Bulletin following the win. Text included will be dog's name, date, kennel club, breed judge's name, group judge's name, BIS judge's name, owner's name(s), breeder's name(s), and handler's name. If multiple BIS wins are obtained before the next printing of the Bulletin, text for all wins will be included, but only one photo. Any additional BIS wins obtained after the previous printing of the Bulletin will be accepted according to the rules stated above.

      9. ABA approved events shall be provided a 1/2 page ad free of charge if the Editor has this space available. If a 1/2 page is not available or the regional club wishes to purchase a full page or more of advertising, they will receive a 50% discount off the regular breeder advertising rates.

      10. Board of Directors shall share with and seek input from Editor on any proposed changes that will affect the Bulletin. Final decisions will be made, however, as a result of a majority vote by the Board of Directors.

      11. Editor shall be reimbursed all reasonable out of pocket expenses associated with the production of the Bulletin and/or its mailing lists. Any unusual expenses should be discussed first and before committed to by the Editor and with the Board designated liaison or Board of Directors.

      12. Editor and each Bulletin committee volunteer shall receive one free page of advertising per Bulletin issue (excludes front cover, back cover, or any other premium positioning).


    EDITOR REQUIREMENTS

      1. Editor shall, at his/her discretion, solicit volunteers for the Bulletin committee and to help with Bulletin functions as designated by the Editor. It is recommended by the Board of Directors that a minimum of two volunteers assist the Editor with Bulletin responsibilities. The Editor shall clearly define and assign all roles and responsibilities between him/herself and their committee, in writing. The Editor shall be responsible for all functions, whether performed by him/herself or a committee volunteer.

      2. Editor maintains a December 1 st -15 th , April 1 st -15 th , and August 1 st -15 th mailing schedule. Every effort should be made to mail on or as close as possible to the 1 st of each specified month. Any revisions require a majority vote by the Board of Directors.

      3. Editor shall maintain an advertising deadline schedule based on a mail date of the 1 st of each specified month and builds in allowances for minimal technological, printer, Lettershop, personal, or any other events which may create unanticipated delays.

      4. Editor shall obtain estimates from not less than three printing establishments at least once every two years. Editor should obtain estimates from printers in varied geographic regions. Estimates, along with commentary from Editor with pros and cons related to printers and/or their quotes should be sent to the Board designated liaison or Board of Directors. The Board designated liaison or Board of Directors and Editor shall determine which printer to utilize, using their best judgment based on pricing, turnaround time, quality, and level of interest from printer, so that the overall intent of having the Bulletin be a "no-cost" endeavor to the ABA is maintained.

      5. Editor maintains relationships with printer and Lettershop, including setting up scheduling and verifying proofs, printing, mailing.

      6. Editor maintains an 8 1/2" x 11" format with 80 lb. coated text stock for inside pages with one color printing, 100 lb. coated (one side) cover stock for cover, four color printing on coated side, one color on inside cover. Binding discretionary based on number of pages. Any revisions require a majority vote by the Board of Directors.

      7. Editor maintains bulk mail postal rates. Any revisions require a majority vote by the Board of Directors.

      8. Editor shall send a written report six weeks before the printing of each issue of the Bulletin to the Board designated liaison or Board of Directors, summarizing the status and current schedule of the Bulletin in creation. Any potential delays or other problems should be conveyed immediately and without waiting for the next report.

      9. Editor may request reasonable cash advances for out of pocket expenses (request should be made to the Board designated liaison or Treasurer). Actual expenses, along with copies of receipts, (minus advances) should be submitted on the appropriate "request for payment" form and mailed or faxed to the Treasurer (along with the Board designated liaison, if applicable). The Treasurer shall reimburse Editor no later than 15 days of receipt of the request.

      Editor shall send all 3 rd party invoices via mail or fax to the Treasurer (along with the Board designated liaison, if applicable). The Treasurer shall send payments by invoice due date along with copies of the invoices directly to 3 rd party. The Treasurer shall also notify, via email, the Editor (along with the Board designated liaison, if applicable) of the check numbers, payment dates, and amounts.

      Editor shall forward all Bulletin revenue to the Treasurer at least once monthly. Editor shall maintain an accounting of all revenue on "reconciliation of revenue" form and mail or fax to the Treasurer (along with the Board designated liaison, if applicable) when all receipts for a Bulletin issue have been received.

      1. Editor shall request ABA membership mailing list and total member count from membership chair two weeks prior to submission to printer (it should be expected that membership chair will provide mailing list via e-mail within two weeks from requested date).

      2. Editor shall print no more than 100 copies more than the sum of the current judges and ABA membership mailing lists.

      3. Editor shall place advertisements in the Bulletin at his/her artistic discretion while using good judgment and maintaining fairness to all advertisers. Whenever feasible, ads should be placed in the order they are received.

      4. Any special, unusual, out of the ordinary requests that require more than the "typical" amount of Editor's time per page are at the discretion of the Editor to reject or charge accordingly, with the advertiser's approval. Editor shall use good judgment related to making a reasonable effort to satisfy advertiser.

      5. Editor places ad in each issue offering additional single copies, subscriptions, and back issues for sale.

      6. Editor offers full-page advertisers the opportunity to purchase additional Bulletins at a discount of 50% off the regular single copy price.

      7. Editor offers the front cover of each December issue as advertising space to that year's ABA National Specialty best of breed winner for the price set by the Board of Directors. The front cover shall not be offered as advertising space in any April or August issue of the Bulletin nor shall it be offered in the December issue to promote any Bullmastiff other than the ABA National Specialty best of breed winner as stated above.

      8. Editor regularly solicits both breeder and commercial ads via e-mail or phone calls. Editor shall consult with the Board designated liaison or Board of Directors should there be any question as to suitability of the advertising.

      9. Editor regularly solicits from all regional Bullmastiff clubs, both sanctioned and unsanctioned, Bullmastiff event dates, reports, and contact information and prints free of charge in "Club Reports" or " Regional Clubs" sections of each issue.

      Editor regularly solicits and prints free of charge regional and national specialty results and critiques in the first issue following the event, where practicable.

      1. Editor solicits and prints free of charge in each issue all new champion, obedience, tracking, and agility titles from AKC AWARDS. New champions and new obedience, tracking, and agility titlist advertisements shall be accepted at one half the regular price on a one-time per dog basis. Photographs shall become the property of the ABA Archives. The above statements shall be listed on the Publisher's page of each Bulletin.

      2. Editor solicits at his/her discretion, photograph and story of either a noteworthy Bullmastiff deceased not less than 5 years, noteworthy artwork, or other noteworthy story and prints photograph on front cover along with story text on inside page only if an advertiser has not already committed/paid for the front cover space. Editor shall consult with the Board designated liaison or Board of Directors should there be any question as to suitability of the Bullmastiff, artwork, or story selected.

      3. Editor regularly solicits and prints articles/features at the rate of no more than one page per 5 pages of paid advertisements. Articles/features chosen at the discretion of the Editor. Editor shall consult with their Board designated liaison or Board of Directors should there be any question as to the suitability of any article/feature selected. No article/feature shall include any opinion on veterinary matters by a non-veterinarian without a serious disclaimer.

      Additionally, the Health and Research Committee is encouraged to submit an article in each Bulletin issue. The Board designated liaison or Board of Directors, not the Editor, will approve any Health and Research committee articles prior to publication.

      4. Editor shall send copies of each Bulletin issue as follows: one copy to the American Kennel Club library, one copy to each foreign Bullmastiff club, three copies to the ABA Archives.

      5. Editor shall send all extra copies of each Bulletin issue to the Rescue chairperson to be sold in the future as a set of 3 issues (1 year sets) or to be sold as single copies to generate income for the ABA or Rescue.

      6. Editor shall return photo(s) in with advertiser's complimentary copy, mailed first class and within two weeks of date issue is printed. Any revisions require a majority vote by the Board of Directors.


    FUTURITY

    Futurity is an event held in conjunction with the national specialty. It is similar to a puppy sweepstakes except the nomination process is open only to breeders and co-breeders all of which must be members in good standing with the American Bullmastiff Association (ABA). The owner and or co-owner must also be members in good standing with the ABA. Handling is open only to the breeder and/or co-breeder, owner and/or co-owner and their immediate family members. A professional handler may handle a dog that they own, co-own and are the breeder or co-breeder of record provided they are also an ABA member in good standing.

    The purpose of the Futurity event is to encourage and reward bullmastiff breeders. By carefully planning one's breeding program, a breeder is given the opportunity to show, in competition, the quality of animal he or she produces and to be financially rewarded for his or her efforts.

    Futurity guidelines are as follows:

    1. Nomination

    A. Litters whelped on or after March 1, 2005 and on or before February 29, 2006  are eligible for nomination. THE FIRST NOMINATION MUST BE POSTMARKED PRIOR TO THE LITTER BEING WHELPED. To nominate a litter, the Litter Nomination Form must be completed in full, signed by the breeder and/or co-breeder and sent to the Futurity Chair by postal mail. Include a check or money order, payable to the ABA, for $50.

    NOTE: ABA national specialty dates are subject to change. In the event that a litter is eligible for two national futurity entries, the breeder of the litter must select which entry they would like to nominate the litter for. The litter will only be eligible for one futurity entry at a national specialty.

    B. For individual puppy nominations, the Individual Puppy Nomination Form must be completed in full and mailed to the Futurity Chair. If the AKC Litter Registration Number or the AKC Registration Number is not available, there must be documentation as to why and when it will be submitted. The Registration Number must be received by the Futurity Chair immediately upon receipt, but no later than thirty (30) days prior to the puppy's 6 month birthday. A check or money order for $15 for each individual puppy must be included. This form must be postmarked prior to 12 weeks of age and the decision to continue an individual puppy's nomination is the breeder and/or co-breeder of record.

    C. Prior to 6 months, the Six-Month Puppy Nomination Form must be completed in full and mailed to the Futurity Chair. A nomination received without an AKC Registration Number will not be accepted. A check or money order for $10 for each individual puppy must be included. This form must be postmarked prior to 6 months of age.

    Note: The futurity guidelines and forms will be included in two newsletters per year. Additional copies are available from the Futurity Chair, at each National Specialty and on the ABA website. The Futurity Chair will accept faxed copies of the nomination form with prior notice at his/her discretion. Check or money order for faxed entry(ies) must be postmarked the next day otherwise the entry(ies) will be considered null and void.

    The responsibility of meeting all deadlines is (are) the breeder or co-breeder of record and not the owner or the Futurity Chair. No reminders of any kind will be sent.

    2. Processing

    Upon receipt of a nomination form, the Futurity Chair will review the form for completeness. If any issues arise, the futurity chair will notify the breeder or co-breeder of record immediately. The Futurity Chair will send the nominating breeder or co-breeder an acknowledgement of the nomination. The Futurity Chair will copy the check and forms for his/her records and forward the check to the Treasurer within 30 days. Breeders and co-breeders of record are encouraged to keep and maintain copies of the nomination form(s), checks and acknowledgements for their personal records.

    3. Exhibition

    Divided by sex and by age. The classes are as follows:

    6-9 months
    9-12 months
    12-15 months
    15-18 months

    The winner of these classes will then compete for Best Bitch in Futurity and Best Dog in Futurity.

    4. Winnings

    The Futurity funds will be split as follows:

    Forty-five percent (45%) will be divided among the 8 first place winners in each age group.
    Twenty percent (20%) will be given to both the Best Bitch in Futurity and Best Dog in Futurity.
    Fifteen percent (15%) will be retained by the ABA to cover reasonable Futurity expenses including those incurred from superintendent and/or administrative fees. Given the unusual occasion that the 15% holdback from the accumulated annual Futurity funds is not adequate to cover "reasonable expenses" directly associated with the Futurity, the Board may approve an additional amount to be withheld. The additional amount would be withdrawn from the accumulated annual funds before the winnings allocations.

    If there is no entry in a class, then those funds shall be allocated pro rata amongst the remaining classes and to Best Bitch in Futurity and Best Dog in Futurity. These funds will not be allocated to the ABA holdback.

    All winnings go to the breeder and/or co-breeder of record.

    The Futurity Chair will remain indifferent and impartial to any differences over winnings between breeder and/or co-breeder and the owner.

    5. Fees

    The breeder and/or co-breeder are solely responsible for the payment of any nominating fees. All fees paid are non-refundable regardless of the circumstances. Nomination fees are not transferable from one litter to another, nor from one bullmastiff to another. If the dam of the litter nominated is not pregnant or the fees are postmarked after the due date, the entry will be considered null and void.

    6. Futurity Entries

    The Futurity class is considered a second entry in addition to a regular class for the national specialty. Under the "additional class" section of the entry form, enter "Futurity" along with the proper age category. A dog may not be shown in a non-regular class without entry in a regular class. The entry fee for Futurity is paid from futurity funds so no fee is required from the breeder/owner to the superintendent. Therefore, no entry fee for Futurity is required.

    The Futurity Chair will be responsible for providing an accurate listing of dogs entered for each class and will provide the superintendent a listing of eligible puppies to verify accuracy prior to the publication of the national specialty catalog. The superintendent will be directed to provide the registrant the information regarding the entrant in eligibility. If the entrant protests the discrepancy, the entrant shall immediately notify the Futurity Chair and the appropriate committee will assemble to review the protest.

    7. Judges

    Judges are to be nominated and elected by the ABA membership. The qualifications are: must have owned bullmastiffs for at least ten (10) years, have bred four (4) bullmastiff litters and bred ten (10) bullmastiff champions.

    Judges expenses will be considered voluntary. Requests for reimbursement will be at the discretion of the ABA Board of Directors.

    (LAW)


    GUIDELINES FOR ABA AD HOC COMMITTEE DISCIPLINARY HEARING

    CONFIDENTIALITY: As a member of an ABA Ad Hoc Committee appointed to serve at a disciplinary hearing of charges against another member, you are required to treat these proceedings , information and documents with the utmost confidentiality and discretion. These matters are considered to be held in "executive session" and are not to be discussed with, shared with, distributed to, nor allowed to come into the possession or knowledge of anyone other than the listed members of this Ad Hoc Committee, the Board appointed parliamentarian of record, and the ABA Board through the Secretary. Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised (p. 644) under which this Association is governed, requires that the introduction and consideration of all resolutions leading up to a possible trial be held in the strictest secrecy to protect both the rights of the Association and the accused. The names of the committee members will not be divulged, except to those mentioned above prior to the actual hearing date. If you are contacted by anyone other than those individuals, please notify the Board, through the Secretary immediately.

    Charges have been filed with the American Bullmastiff Association in accordance with Chapter VI, Section 2. The Board reviewed and discussed these charges and after consultation with two registered parliamentarians, voted to entertain jurisdiction and to refer the matter to an Ad Hoc Committee for a full hearing (trial). After the hearing, this same Committee will decide the outcome and if necessary, will assess any penalties according to Chapter VI, Section 3 & 4 of the By-Laws. This Guide is to assist you in the procedures to be followed during the hearing, in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, the AKC Rules, and the ABA Constitution and By-Laws, which hold precedence over both of the former authorities.

    You will receive the following materials:

    • The Constitution and By-Laws of the ABA
    • The charges to be discussed with their specifications
    • List of Ad Hoc Committee Members with phone, fax, email addresses
    • Pertinent ABA Standing Rules
    • AKC Rule Books (if available)
    • The AKC video on misconduct at an AKC event also is available through the Secretary

    Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised is the parliamentary authority used to govern the workings of the Association but only in the absence of such instruction in the ABA Constitution and By-Laws. Please secure a copy of this particular book at your local library or University for reference. If you cannot do so, please contact the Secretary, and a copy will be provided for your use. The Secretary will provide the name of the Parliamentarian who will assist and advise on parliamentary matters during the hearing, however, if you have any parliamentary questions prior to the hearing, please submit them to the Secretary.

    BEFORE THE HEARING:

    • Contact other members of the committee to determine (1) a Chairman who will serve as moderator for the hearing, and (2) a Secretary who will take minutes of the proceedings. The Committee must (3) decide whether to permit "counsel" to attend the hearing. (a conference call is permitted but at individual expense) It is preferable to so notify both the accuser and the accused at least a week in advance of the hearing date if possible through the ABA Secretary. The ABA By-Laws state "The….Committee shall have complete authority to decide whether counsel may attend the hearing, but both complainant and defendant shall be treated uniformly in that regard" Additionally, Robert's Rules, p. 652 state, "Defense counsel can be attorney(s) or not, but must be members of the society unless the trial body by vote agrees to permit
    • attorney(s) who are not member(s) to act in this capacity" Although permitted, outside counsel is normally not recommended in such matters.
       
    AT THE HEARING:
    • The Chairman calls the hearing to order and reminds all present that the hearing is in executive session and bears an obligation of secrecy. Those present should only include the members of the Ad Hoc Committee, the parliamentarian, the complainant and the accused. (And counsel for both the complainant and the accused if so allowed by previous vote of the Committee) Witnesses are to be present only when giving testimony and are to be called individually. (Any tape recordings and/or notes used to facilitate the recording of the Minutes or in the deliberations of the Committee must be surrendered to the Secretary immediately at the conclusion of the hearing for destruction. Neither the one who brings the charges nor the accused are permitted to make recordings of any kind)
    • The Committee secretary reads the preliminary motions relating to the charges and asks if the accused has received a copy of the charges, the notice of the hearing, the notice pertaining to counsel, and then introduces the members of the Ad Hoc Committee.
    • The Chairman directs the secretary to read the charges and the specifications.
    • The Chairman asks the accused how he pleads, GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY, to each of the specifications and finally to the charge itself.
    • If the plea is GUILTY, there is no need for a trial and, after a brief statement of facts from both sides, the Committee proceeds to the penalty to be assessed under the By-Laws of the ABA, Chapter VI, Sections 3 & 4.
    • If the plea is NOT GUILTY, the Hearing (trial) begins as the Chairman explains the steps and calls for each one in order. Until the completion of the closing arguments, no one is permitted to speak except the Committee, the complainant, and the
    • defense; and they must address the chair except when questioning witnesses. Cross -examination re-direct-examination and re-cross-examination of witnesses is permitted and the witnesses may be called for further testimony if needed. (See RRO, p. 653)

      1. Opening statements with the complainant first and accused second.

      2. Testimony of the witnesses supporting the charges. Witnesses are to appear individually, must be cautioned as to confidentiality, and should leave the hearing room upon completing their testimony. Those needed for further testimony should be so advised and asked to remain in the waiting area until dismissed.

      3. Testimony of the witnesses for the defense. Same rules apply.

      4. Rebuttal witnesses on both sides, first for the charges and then for the accused.

      5. Closing arguments for both sides.

      6. The Chairman asks the accused, the complainant, and any witnesses to leave the room so deliberation may begin. "A trial by the society cannot legally establish the guilt of the accused, as understood in a court of law; it can only establish his guilt as affecting the society's judgment of his fitness for membership. Ordinarily it is impossible for the society to obtain legal proof of facts in disciplinary cases. To get at the truth under the conditions of such a trial, hearsay evidence has to be admissible, and judgment as to the best interests of the society may have to be based on it. Witnesses are not sworn. The persons with first hand knowledge may be nonmembers, who probably will decline to testify…Even members may be reluctant to give testimony against the accused". (see RRO, p. 645) "A member who votes "guilty" should be morally convinced of the existence of this guilt on the basis of evidence heard" (see RRO, p. 655)

      7. Penalty deliberation, if guilty of any or all charges and specifications. See ABA By-Laws, Article VI, Section 3 & 4.

      8. Committee writes their findings and gives to the Association Secretary. "Confer with the parliamentarian about proper language and format" …."Its findings shall be put in written form and filed with the Secretary" (Article VI, Section 3, paragraph 2)

      9. Secretary notifies "all parties of the decision and penalty, if any". (Ibid)

      10. If Expulsion is recommended, at the next Annual Meeting: "The defendant shall have the privilege of appearing in his own behalf though no evidence shall be taken at this meeting. The President shall read the charges and the findings and recommendation, and shall invite the defendant, if present, to speak in his own behalf. A two thirds vote of those present and voting at the Annual Meeting shall be necessary for expulsion. If the expulsion is not so voted, the suspension shall stand" (Article VI, Section 4)


    HEALTH AND RESEARCH

    The responsibilities of the Health and Research chairperson are primarily to keep the membership informed, via the Newsletter, of news relating to health and research that would be of general interest and relevance to our breed.


    INFORMATION

    The Information Chairperson is to rent a post office box.

    Judges and judging applicants who request breed information are to be given the current ABA Handbook.

    The Information Chairperson shall mail information at no cost in response to puppy inquiries and breed information. The Information Chairperson shall send the standard, current breeders list, rescue, pamphlet information flyer and resource list.

    No personal opinions or recommendations may be expressed.


    JUDGES EDUCATION

    1. The Judges Education committee shall be a standing committee of the Board consisting of three to six members. Members serve at the Board’s discretion.

    2. Members must be in good standing with the ABA, have owned bullmastiffs for at least ten years, have bred four bullmastiff litters and have bred ten bullmastiff champions. Members should also have exhibiting experience as well. The committee should have good geographic representation to allow for the planning of and the participation in sanctioned breed seminars.

    3. The Chairperson shall be appointed by the Board. He/she shall also be the Association’s Judges Education coordinator. The Secretary shall notify the AKC as soon as possible if there is a change in the Chairperson.

    4. All material developed by the Judges Education committee is subject to Board approval. The Chairperson shall make quarterly reports to the Board regarding the committee’s work, that is; the number of seminars held, judging inquiries, etc. These reports will also be published in the Association Newsletter to update members as to the committee’s work.

    5. The Judges Education Chairperson is responsible for contacting the AKC for the names of prospective judging applicants and when a sanctioned seminar is scheduled, notifying the AKC to obtain a free listing in their education section.

    6. The committee shall prepare and present to the Board a packet of breed information to be sent to prospective judges. This packet will include the standard, information on breed history, shows with major bullmastiff entries, the ABA mentor list and a listing of sanctioned seminars.

    7. The committee will also develop a breed seminar format so that uniform information can be disseminated throughout the country. The committee will also designate qualified mentors (see #2) to assist with education efforts, particularly at national specialties. Every effort should also be made to increase prospective judge’s attendance at national specialties.

    8. The Judges Education Chairperson shall survey all AKC approved Bullmastiff judges via the most economical means in every even numbered year to ascertain whether or not they wish to receive the Bulletin.

    9. The Judges Education Chairperson shall maintain mailing list and mail free of charge each issue via bulk mail postage rates to all AKC approved Bullmastiff judges who have stated they wish to receive the Bulletin.


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    MEMBERSHIP

    The Membership committee shall abide by Board approved guidelines for processing applications. The membership application form shall be approved by the Board.

    Notice of expenditures shall be forwarded to the Treasurer for reimbursement.

    The American Bullmastiff Association is a private club and has the right to accept or reject a membership application at its discretion for what it considers cause.

    The Membership Chairperson shall prepare and maintain a current membership list. This list shall be sent to the Newsletter Editor for publication.

    The Membership Chairperson shall prepare and furnish mailing labels in a timely manner upon request of the President, Secretary, Bulletin Editor, Archives Editor and Newsletter Editor. The Secretary will request mailing labels for other committee’s legitimate needs.

    The Membership Chairperson shall notify the sponsors of a prospective applicant whose application has been contested. The sponsors may then have the option to continue with the process or withdraw their names as sponsors of the proposed applicant. The sponsors are to be notified prior to the applicant’s notification of contestation.


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    NATIONAL SPECIALTY

    All proceeds from fundraising at National Specialties, whether the income be from sales of items or from specific events,  will go directly to the National Specialty treasury and not to separate committees.  Monies for specific ABA programs and committees will be allocated by the ABA Board once the bills for the National Specialty are paid, the ABA treasurer is in receipt of the profits, and the books are closed on the event. 

    The National Specialty is the annual showcase for the Association and the breed. While it is desirable for the National Specialty to be self-supporting, it is not to be regarded as a source of income for the Association.

    Challenge trophies shall not be accepted unless approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

    The Treasurer shall procure and maintain sufficient insurance to cover damage or loss of all challenge trophies.

    The National Specialty activities and the Annual meeting are hosted by the American Bullmastiff Association. The Board of Directors shall appoint, by majority vote, a National Specialty Chairperson. The National Specialty Chairperson may appoint committee persons as Chairs of sub-committees such as: hospitality/judges transportation, trophies, chief steward, grounds, obedience, annual meeting, awards dinner, concessions, special events, etc.

    ABA members who receive two verified complaints regarding damage to show sites, hotels or grounds shall be subject to disciplinary action as provided by Article VI of the By Laws.

    The National Specialty Chairperson shall cooperate with the Judges Education Committee in scheduling Judges Education events.

    The Second Vice-President of the Board of Directors is an ex-officio member of all National Specialty Committees.

    The National Specialty judges of the puppy and veterans sweepstakes. The futurity and the regular and non-regular conformation classes shall be nominated by the general membership three years prior to the National Specialty. The resume of the nominees shall be obtained by the Secretary for publication in the Newsletter prior to balloting. Election of these judges will be by ballot of Association members. Members may nominate only one judge per category. All nominees for Sweepstakes and Futurity judges for National Specialties will be required to confirm in writing that if elected they will be available to fulfill the judging assignment.

    The obedience and agility judges shall be selected by the National Specialty Committee subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.

    To assist the Bulletin Editor, the Board of Directors may direct the National Specialty Chairperson to provide the complete show reports including placings and pictures of the winners to the Editor for inclusion in the Bulletin National Specialty report.

    The Association will offer to pay travel expenses for Futurity and Sweepstakes National Specialty judges.

    The National Specialty Committee shall recognize the need for the exhibitors to maintain confidence in the judging. Therefore, committee members in direct contact with the judge before judging is completed, that is; hospitality/judges transportation shall not be eligible to enter or show dogs owned or co-owned by these members. No officer, director or show committee member who has a dog entered or plans to handle a dog in this show shall introduce himself to the judge until judging is completed.

    The Board of Directors considers the definition of a professional handler, for purposes of sweepstakes and futurity as: anyone who has solicited dogs to handle for remuneration or advertised themselves as professional handlers. Such individuals are eligible to handle only dogs bred by, owned, or co-owned by such individual in the sweepstakes and/or futurity.

    The show committee is responsible for all items connected with National Specialty and Annual Meeting/Awards Banquet, excepting those items retained by the Board of Directors and listed in these Standing Rules.

    The show committee shall pay lodging for all National Specialty judges.

    The ABA shall pay travel expenses and judging fees of conformation, obedience and agility National Specialty judges.

    The show committee shall inquire of the regular and non-regular conformation class judge and obedience judge as to whether or not they desire the committee to make travel arrangements including the payment of travel costs. The show committee shall make every attempt to contain costs should the judge accept this arrangement.

    The show committee shall arrange local transportation for all judges and issue a complimentary invitation to the awards banquet for the judge and his/her spouse at least four weeks prior to the banquet.

    The show committee shall procure a meeting room at the host hotel for the use of the Board of Directors for the duration of the National Specialty.

    Any complimentary bedroom or suite offered by the host hotel shall be for the use of one of the judges.

    The show committee shall make every attempt to ensure that the judging experience of the Association’s National Specialty is an enjoyable experience for the judge.

    A final financial report listing sources of income and expenditures along with any monetary balance shall be forwarded to the Treasurer within ninety days after the National Specialty.

    The show committee shall furnish all judges with a complimentary copy video of their classes as a keepsake. The breed, futurity and sweepstakes judges shall each receive a complimentary video of their assignments. A complimentary copy of the entire National Specialty shall be sent to the Archives Chairperson for a permanent record of the proceedings.

    The National Specialty judges of the puppy and veterans sweepstakes, the futurity classes and the regular and non-regular conformation classes shall not be eligible to again judge any of these same categories for a period of ten years, however; they may judge any other category after a period of five years.

    Prior to Board Approval of a National Specialty the following items must be completed by the prospective show chairmen:

    1. Selection of a site with a tentative rate plan to include number of nights, rates, deposits required, ballroom fees, number of dogs allowed per room, estimated dinner costs, available RV parking, dog walking areas, receiving fees, storage fees, cleaning fees, number of comp rooms to be issued and any miscellaneous fees not included in the above.

    2. Who will be the show superintendent and what is their fee schedule

    3. A list of the committee chairs that are willing to serve in those positions

    4. A tentative budget compiling all of the above information Although not listed above some arrangements will be necessary to hold a low cost dinner in conjunction with the art auction and raffle for Friday evening.

    Below are guidelines passed by the ABA Board of Directors at the November, 1990 meeting:

    1. The site should incorporate both comfort and safety for dogs and exhibitors.

    2. The cost of the National Specialty should not present a hardship to members of the ABA. Reasonable rates should be negotiated with the hotels.

    3. Each National Specialty should include an educational seminar or demonstration along with regular classes, sweepstakes and obedience.

    4. The inclusion of other events such as the banquet, parades, hospitality, auction, costume contest, dances, flyball, etc., should be left to the discretion of the Chairperson and show committee.

    5. Individuals or clubs interested in hosting a National Specialty should investigate future show sites well in advance of ABA Board approval. Agreements can be made with hotels contingent upon ABA Board approval. This would enable us to secure a site well in advance of the show date.

    6. Timely invitations should be extended to all judges to attend our Awards Dinner when they agree to accept judging and critique responsibilities.

    7. Meals, rooms and transportation to and from the airport should be provided to all judges including sweepstakes, futurity, obedience and junior showmanship.

    8. The Awards Chairperson or his/her designee is responsible for the presentation of the awards at the banquet.

    9. The Show Chairperson should contact local shows and ask that bullmastiff classes be relinquished.

    10. The National Specialty should be held in a location, which will promote maximum participation, by all ABA members.

    (LAW)


    The following challenge trophies have been accepted:

    OPEN TO ALL COMERS

    The following trophy listing, unless otherwise noted, are offered through the American Bullmastiff Association, Inc., for competition at its National Specialty show. The winner is to hold the trophy until the next National Specialty show. For permanent possession, this trophy must be won three times by the same owner, not necessarily with the same dog nor at consecutive shows. Should the trophy require engraving, it is the responsibility of the winner to do so.

    The following trophies are only allowed to be offered at the National Specialty and listed in the premium list and catalog. These trophies are open to all. These trophies may be presented inside the ring at the completion of competition or at the Awards Banquet. Should the trophy require engraving, it is the responsibility of the winner to do so.

    The Anniversary Challenge Trophy--for best of breed, donated by the Association consisting of an 11 piece pewter Annapolis tea service, valued at approximately $650.00

    The Le Tasyll Trophy—for best of breed, consisting of a silver rose bowl on a wooden pedestal. The Ch. Twit Lees Rajah Award—for best of breed, consisting of a silver loving cup on a wooden base.

    Best of Breed Medallion—donated by Ed Schwartz.

    The Rouge Trophy—for best of opposite sex, donated by Mrs. J.H. Daniell-Jenkins, Kennel of the Rouge, consisting of a large silver bowl on a walnut base with shields.

    The Colom Challenge Trophy—for winners bitch, donated by Peter & Mary Cox, Colom Bullmastiffs, England, consisting of a bronze statue of a bullmastiff bitch.

    The Ch. Pitman’s Gentleman Jim Memorial Trophy—for best of breed, donated by Mr. & Mrs. James Leeson, Pitman’s Bullmastiffs, England, consisting of a cold cast bronze statue of a bullmastiff dog on a walnut base.

    The Victoria DaVila Trophy—for best of breed, donated by Ed Schwartz, to be held in the possession of the trophy steward until the retirement of the Anniversary Challenge Trophy.

    The following trophies are only to be offered at the National Specialty and are permitted to be in the premium list and catalog. They are NOT allowed to be presented inside the ring. These trophies must be presented outside the ring. Should the trophy require engraving, it is the responsibility of the winner to do so.

    The Ch. Tauralan Vic Torious Trophy—for first place in the stud dog class, donated by Jim & Carol Beans, Tauralan Bullmastiffs, consisting of a copper bowl on a wood base.

    The Fairview Trophies—for first place in each veteran dog class, donated by Ed & Marti Robbins, Fairview Bullmastiffs, consisting of a turned cypress wood vase on a wood base.

    The Fairview Trophies—for first place in each veteran bitch class, donated by Ed & Marti Robbins, Fairview Bullmastiffs, consisting of a turned cypress wood vase on a wood base.

    The Kismet Challenge Trophy—for best in sweepstakes, donated by Vic Zeoli, Kismet Bullmastiffs, in memory of Ch. Kismet Kadin Taboo, consisting of a gold loving cup on a wooden trophy base.

    The Lombardy Trophy—for best in sweepstakes, consisting of a cast bronze bullmastiff on a marble pedestal.

    The Allstar Trophy—for winners bitch, donated by Mimi Einstein, Allstar Bullmastiffs, consisting of a Dannyquest’s Mother’s Pride (Bullmastiff Bitch with Puppies) for Winners Bitch.

    The Cerberus Challenge Trophy—for highest scoring dog in the regular classes in obedience, donated by Bob & Lynn Spohr, Bastion Bullmastiffs, in memory of Ch. Nutiket Cerberus, consisting of a silver bowl on a wooden base. Offered through the American Bullmastiff Association, Inc., for competition at its National Specialty show, the winner is to hold the trophy until the next National Specialty show. For permanent possession, this trophy must be won three times by the same owner, not necessarily with the same dog nor at consecutive shows. This trophy may be presented inside the ring, however; it should be presented at the dinner or awards ceremony at the time the other awards are given.

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    OPEN TO ASSOCIATION MEMBERS ONLY

    The following trophies are only allowed to be offered at the National Specialty and presented in the premium list and catalog. These trophies are presented in accordance to the American Kennel Club publication, “Rules Applying to REGISTRATION and DOG SHOWS”, amended October 1, 1992, with regards to trophies, please note Chapter 8, Section 10, page 33 and Chapter 8, Section 11, page 34, and are open to Association members in good standing only. Winners are responsible for the engraving of their dog’s name on the trophy, should engraving be needed. These trophies must be presented outside the ring at the completion of competition. The following trophies will be present for viewing and for photographs at the National Specialty, but will be awarded at the annual dinner and/or awards ceremony. These trophies are as follows:

    The Scyldocga Trophy—for first place, bred by exhibitor bitch, donated by Russell & Helma Weeks, Nutiket Bullmastiffs, Reg’d., in memory of Karl Prescott, Scyldocga Bullmastiffs, consisting of a bronze plaque on a wood base.

    The Shastid’s Freehold Challenge Trophy—for best in bred by exhibitor classes, donated by Jack Shastid and the artist, Anna Burke Harris, consisting of a limited edition life-size bullmastiff head, valued at $750.00.

    A cold cast bronze bullmastiff on a pillow—for breeder of best of breed, donated by Jack Shastid, Shastid’s Freehold & Geraldine M. Roach, Ladybug Bullmastiffs. Offered through the American Bullmastiff Association, Inc., for competition at it’s National Specialty show. Each breeder’s winner is to hold the trophy until the next National Specialty show. For permanent possession, this trophy must be won three times by the same breeder, not necessarily with the same dog nor at consecutive shows.

    Challenge trophies are to be retired when won three times by the same owner, not necessarily with the same dog.

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    National Specialty Sweepstakes Rules

    The following are uniform rules for National Specialty sweepstakes, entry fee and division of prize money.

    The entry fee will be at the discretion of the show committee. The show committee may, at it’s discretion, take up to 25% off the top to help defray expenses. Remaining prize money will be distributed as follows:

      Best in Sweepstakes—10%
      Best of Opposite Sex to Best in Sweepstakes—5%

    The remaining prize money shall be distributed evenly among the classes with each classes prize money distributed evenly among the classes with each classes prize money distributed as follows:

      1st place—50%
      2nd place—25%
      3rd place—10%

    Classes shall be divided by sex as follows:

      6-9 months
      9-12 months
      12-15 months
      15-18 months
      

    After all of the classes have been judged, the first place winners in each class shall compete for best in sweepstakes and best of opposite sex to best in sweepstakes. Sweepstakes entries must be handled by the owner, co-owner, a member of the owner or co-owner’s family, the breeder or an amateur handler. Professional handlers, as defined by the Association, are permitted to handle sweepstakes entries only if they are the owner, co-owner, a member of the owner’s family or the breeder of the sweepstakes entry.

    The veteran sweepstakes classes at the National Specialty shall be divided by sex as follows:

      6 years & under 7 years of age
      7 years & under 8 years of age
      8 years & under 9 years of age
      9 years of age and over

    The veteran classes at the National Specialty shall be divided by sex as follows:

      6-8 years
      8-10 years
      10 years and over

    The National Specialty committee shall, at least four weeks prior to the specialty, request that judges do a written critique of the bullmastiffs they judge.

    The National Specialty committee shall have the use of one page, front and back, in each issue of the Newsletter for the purposes of solicitation and/or advertisement of the next specialty.


    SPECIALTY ROTATION

    With this new rotation proposal, each area of the country will have the annual or semi-annual meeting every two years.

    This will allow a more equitable system to all areas of the country.

    National

      2002-Midwest
      2003-West
      2004-Southwest
      2005-East
      2006-Southeast
      Repeat

    Semi-Annual

      2002-Southwest
      2003-East
      2004-Southeast
      2005-Midwest
      Repeat

    RESCUE

    The Rescue fund is established to rescue Bullmastiffs in imminent bodily damage or death and/or Bullmastiffs left helpless through the neglect or death of the owner. The Rescue service shall not be used as a simple placement service.

    The Rescue committee shall establish a separate Rescue account in a bank convenient for operations. The ABA Treasurer shall be a signatory on the account along with the committee chairperson. The committee chairperson may designate a deputy chairperson as a signatory provided notification is proved to the Board secretary.

    The Rescue committee shall maintain records indicating the source of all income, Bullmastiffs rescued and placed, cost per individual rescued and placed, and any other expenditures.

    The Board secretary and Board treasurer shall be furnished a report indicating committee and fund activity at least two weeks before each regular Board meeting.