2016 Election Results

The BLU board election is completed. Our President is Margaret VanCamp of Michigan, beginning her second term on January 1st. Rose Schmidt- Landin(Wisconsin) and Karen Szewc(Oregon) were re-elected to their second terms on the board. Elected to her first term is Kat Bierkens of Oregon. Please join me in congratulating them. The first board meeting of 2017 is scheduled for early January. Please contact any board member if you have an item for the agenda.

2016 BLU Election Approaches

Deadline to submit resumes to run for President or 3 board positions is OCTOBER 25th ***
Send resume to BLU breed secretary at 44011 County Rd 23, Coshocton, OH 43812, or email to info@bflsheep.com

Timeline for Election:

October 25th – Last day to receive resumes for candidacies. Resumes will be posted on the BLU website during the election.
Nov. 1st – Election Supervisor will mail ballots to all BLU full members paid as of October 1, 2016.
Dec. 1st – Deadline for ballots to be returned to Election Supervisor.
Dec. 5th – Election Supervisor will count ballots and report to BLU president.
Dec. 6th – President to contact all candidates with results, and post on website.

***Check by-laws for eligibility rules and position descriptions

Summary of July 11th board meeting

The BLU board met by a telephone conference on July 11th. The 2016 national show was discussed, and a site selected for the 2018 show, pending verification from the show committee that the site is willing to host the show. More information will follow once plans are firmed up.
The secretary report showed 74 memberships. The 2016 board elections are coming up in the fall, with a deadline of October 25th to provide a bio to the secretary. Only paid memberships as of October 1st are eligible to vote and to run for the board.
Youth committee chair Joan Chapin would like ideas on how to reach our junior members, and to get more youth involved in the breed. She says that they get lots of questions from youth at shows, indicating that our charismatic and unusual breed is of interest.
The show committee chair, Margaret VanCamp, is working on a written guideline for new members on how to fit BFL for show. She also plans to make a video on the process.

Updated information on the BFL National Show

The 6th Bluefaced Leceister National Show will be held during the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on May 7 & 8, 2016. The sheep show will be on Saturday, May 7th. There will be separate classes for white and natural colored, with special awards given. A list of these classes can be found under the About tab, National Show information above.

There will be special awards for the Champion BFL Fleece and Champion BFL Skein

Plans for special fiber demonstrations are also being made.

The banquet will be at the Timbuktu Restaurant, 1726 Dorsey Rd, Hanover, MD. They have a great menu, and I’m told “anything crab” is excellent!

The show committee has reserved 10 rooms with the Courtyard Columbia Hotel for the use of members attending the show events. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bwicl-courtyard-columbia/ These rooms are $89 and will be held until April 15th, so please get your reservations in asap. PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW TO BE SURE TO GET THE REDUCED RATE!

Please have the guests in your group directly call Marriott Reservations at 1 (800) 321-2211 or (410) 290-0002 on or before Friday, April 15, 2016, (the “Cut Off Date”) to make their sleeping room reservations. Please advise guests to identify themselves as part of the BFLS Show Room Block May2016 group staying at the Courtyard Columbia, located at 8910 Stanford Boulevard, Columbia, MD 21045-5805.

Summary of board meeting held January 6, 2016

The BLU board met for its organizational meeting on January 6th at 7PM EST. All board members were in attendance, including newly elected VP Joan Chapin of IN and board member Carol Densmore of MI. President Margaret VanCamp welcomed them to the board, and also recognized outgoing members Jared Lloyd and Cindy Cieciwa for their time and service to BLU.

Set/Treas Lisa Rodenfels gave the treasurer’s report. The current balance is $8068.70, with a net loss of $409.54 for the year 2015. Lisa went over some of the major reasons for this, which were some larger one time expenses such as computer financial programs and an ad in Spinoff Magazine.
In the secretary’s report, Lisa told the board that she has updated the membership list on the website with an alphabetic and by state list. It is also available to print out to use as a handout at events. She is working on a postcard to remind members to pay their 2016 dues. There are currently 82 members, of which 15 have paid their 2016 dues so far

Next were the committee reports. President Margaret VanCamp appointed Joan Chapin to the Youth Committee Chair. Still to be filled are the Bylaws/Standards, and Media chairs.
The Genetics Taskforce chair, Heather Landinr reported that although the border between the UK and the US has been opened, the new protocols that have been agreed upon between USDA and the EU make it difficult and expensive for UK BFL breeders to collect semen that passes these new rules. Now the entire flock must be bloodtested and all test negative on 2 separate occasions before a ram can be sent in for semen collection. A possible answer to this problem is the convince USDA to accept PRC testing semen for viruses, bacteria, etc., which is already an accepted practice in cattle.

The National Show Committee chair, Margaret VanCamp began a discussion on plans and ideas for the show at Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on May 7 & 8. Joan Chapin volunteered to serve on the committee along with Margaret and Hilary Chapin. Carol Densmore and Sharon O’Donnell with organize the fiber show events. Heather Landin will help with calling hotels and restaurants for a room block and reservations for the banquet. Margaret and Hilary will concentrate on hospitality and trophies. Lisa will work on getting sponsors for awards, and keep the website and FB page up to date with information as it becomes available. A sponsorship was set at $50. Karen Szewc has some items for a display, which she will ship to Margaret. She will also make T-shirts for the event.
Lisa reported that she had designed and placed an ad in the MS&W festival catalog to showcase the national show.
Margaret reported that she has promised 40-60 BFLs in the show. There will be classes for both white and natural colored sheep.

A life membership was awarded founding member Judith Colvin of MT. Congratulations, Judy!

The next scheduled meeting of the board is set for April. A national show committee meeting will be February 6th at 12 EST.