Master National Retriever Club Foundation (MNRCF, Foundation) Report on status of Foundation to MNRC Delegates & Members, September 30, 2016, Purina Event Center, St. Louis, Missouri
As reported last year at this meeting, the establishment of the Foundation that functions as a totally separate, IRS 501 (c) (3) organization from the MNRC was approved by the MNRC board July 7, 2013 and chartered in the state of Tennessee, December 20, 2013. Its EIN is 46-3114401. The purpose of the Foundation is primarily, but not exclusively, to support the programs and projects of the MNRC. The Foundation received its Determination Letter from IRS stating the Foundation was granted a 501 (c) (3) code designation on September 17, 2014 in record time thru a newly approved IRS “online” application process. As such, the Foundation can receive Charitable Contributions and the donor can receive all the benefits allowed by that IRS Code. The MNRC is an IRS Code 501 (c) (7) and contributions to it are not a Charitable Contribution.
Since the last report to this body, October 16, 2015, in Cheraw, South Carolina, the Foundation has rapidly implemented organizational efforts which are continuing but have become operational under the Code determination. The Foundation has approved Bylaws, Conflict of Interest Policy, Gift Policy, and other organizational efforts.
The establishment of the Foundation was suggested by an active supporter of the annual Retriever Hunting Test by MNRC who wishes to remain anonymous. No, it wasn’t me or any other member of the board; wish I’d thought of it and had funds to give. This donor has provided a generous contribution that has enabled the Foundation to become effective quickly and we are deeply indebted to them. Many people ‘talk’ a lot about providing this type of support, this individuals’ actions speak louder than words. While the donor’s gift was originally restricted to Awards, you’ll hear about a little later in this report, they have generously agreed to allow some of the contribution to cover establishment costs and some grants you’ll also hear about later in this report. I think it’s appropriate to acknowledge this anonymous support with an enthusiastic & appreciative round of applause! We would encourage each of you to consider making a contribution to the Foundation; I know the original, anonymous donor would encourage you to do that. It’s easy, just make a check payable to MNRCF and provide to me or any MNRCF board member.
The Foundation “hit” the ground running and has responded favorably to several MNRC requests for financial support and the Foundation has provided almost $2,000 to support AKC Advanced Judges’ Seminars hosted by MNRC member Retriever Clubs. If your club is interested in receiving this type support, the request should come thru the MNRC.
Last year the Foundation announced they had approved supporting three, new Awards developed by the Foundation and suggested by the original donor. The Foundation has carefully followed the donor’s request. Hard copies of the details of each of the three awards are available at the check in table and this info was shared with other organizations for publication in their venues!
The Awards are:
- Youth Handler of the Year Awards: There are two, separate Awards that represent handlers aged 12 & under and 13-17. Details on the Awards, including criteria reviewed, are available at the check in table. Nominees for this Award must be received by the Foundation within 30 days of the conclusion of this event. Each Award consists of a plaque and a check for $1,000.
This next award is personally embarrassing but very humbling and is in complete compliance with the donor’s request.
- Bill T. Teague Handler of the Year Award: Details on this Award are also available at the check in table. Nominees must be received by the Foundation within 30 days of the completion of this event. This Award also consists of a plaque and a check for $1,000.
In addition to the individual plaques received for each award, there is a “Perpetual Plaque” for each award that displays the individual’s name and year of the award; the “Handler of the Year” plaque is on display here.
No nominations for the “Youth Handler of the Year Awards” were received last year; we hope to receive some this year. However, the Foundation board is exploring ways to financially assist youth handlers at weekend tests. The AKC regulations include an option for the club conducting the test to reduce, or eliminate, an entry fee for youth handlers and some clubs are offering seminars to youth without charge. If you have ideas on how these youth handlers could be supported at weekend tests, please let any of the board members know, we’d love to hear from you.
The first “Handler of the Year” Award was presented to Ken Vidrine on March 17 of this year at the monthly meeting of his home club, the Lake Charles Retriever Club in Lake Charles, Louisiana by Foundation board members John Blackbird & Bill Teague. Ken was nominated by his son, Chad and cited for his perseverance in overcoming physical ailments, his dedication to the sport, his success at the MNRHT and his ‘can do’ attitude among other things. Ken handled his black Labrador Ruby to a pewter plate at the 2015 Master National in South Carolina. Ruby only handled on one mark throughout the five series of the event which is a great showing in itself, but it’s the obstacles they overcame in order to get there that make it remarkable. The road to the Master National wasn’t easy for Ken and Ruby; Ken had injuries and knee replacement surgery but they still managed to participate and earn qualifying scores in 15 consecutive events throughout 2014 and 2015. He handled Ruby to her Master Hunter title at 2 years old & qualified for the Master National both years. We are pleased to recreate the presentation today and would you help me welcome and congratulate the 2015 “Bill Teague Handler of the Year”, Mr. Ken Vidrine from Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Presentation of the Award to Ken:
We commend the MNRC for authorizing the establishment of this totally separately functional organization and the anonymous donor who conceived the idea of establishing the Foundation and the concept of the Awards. We hope you’ll make a charitable contribution to the Foundation while you’re here.
We also commend members of the Foundation’s board of directors for their dedication, expertise and strong support; it’s clearly exciting but very challenging to get such an organization established and functional & each member of the board had done an exemplary job!
The members of the Foundation board are, and I ask each of you to stand when you are recognized and remain standing until all are introduced.
- Jimmy Hughes, Secretary/Treasurer
- Gloria Mundell, Director
- John Blackbird, Director
- Jace Tramontin, Ex-Officio Director (bylaws are designed to include each MNRC President for their term in an attempt to insure close coordination & effective communications of the Foundation’s activity to the MNRC board)
- Bill Teague, President
President Jace, thank you again for allowing us to give this report & Ken congratulations on your well-deserved award. If there are any questions, we’ll address them at the next break or after this meeting.
Good luck with your dogs and have a safe trip home. Many thanks!
September 30, 2016