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February 4, 2016 Board Meeting

Members Present: Tim Casserly, Ruth Casserly, Jeanne White, Mary Clapper, Sharon Hahn, Tony Troyer

Call to Order: 7:38

Treasurer’s report:  Balance as of 4 Feb 2016 $3,516.99 Moved by Mary Clapper, Seconded by Tim Casserly to approve, approved unanimously

Old Business:

  • Recruiting members, discussion about linking MDDA website and Facebook page
  • Put a note on website to join us on Facebook page


New Business:

  • An Award in Jac Deweese’s name
    • Renaming the MDDA High Mileage Award for Jac Deweese: Jac Deweese Memorial High Mileage Award; Carol’s son-in-law could possibly redesign the bottom of the trophy to accommodate more names; Tony Troyer will check. Ruth Casserly moved , Mary Clapper seconded, all approved.  The new trophy can be presented at the December Awards ceremony; we will invite someone from Jac’s family.
      • Mentoring award? Maybe not for this year, wait until we get more members.
      • Restricted Mileage Award? 100 mile limit, minimum three drives, this will replace LD. The one with the most points wins.  Any Driver and Horses(s) combination.  Moved by Ruth, seconded Mary Clapper, all approved.
      • Perhaps a patch or pin system for accumulated mileage, perhaps at 100 mile increments; award for the driver, not a driver-horse combination. Support for the idea, but we need to flesh out more ideas.


  • Annual Meeting
    • Moving the annual meeting to the 2nd weekend in December: Ruth sent an e-mail to Wes Licht about booking the meeting each year for the 2nd weekend in December.  More information to follow.  Will give thought to moving meeting to February or March.  Will send inquiries to other members to solicit opinions.


  • Moving the annual meeting to correspond with the UMECRA convention

There may be little or no time to fit the MDDA meeting into the convention schedule.


  • Clinics do we need a script or perhaps an outline?
    • Sharon to give a talk at MnDRA clinic, Will also do a talk at the Whips and Wheels meeting.
    • Volunteers for DRAW clinic (4/2 West Bend WI)- might not have any members available.
    • Terri Delke is our inside connection for perhaps speaking at Dairlyland Driving Club
    • Sharon asked about if anyone had a connection with Northwoods Harness.


  • Novice Drives (6 miles), so far Endure (one drive), Rock River Charity (two drives), Iron Oak (two drives), DRAW (one drive),
    • We will need a “point” person(s) at these drives to
      • Perform a mini clinic prior to the drive so that the novice drivers know what to expect
      • Perform safety checks
      • Offer to help mark trails including mark the Novice Drive turn-around.
      • Will look into getting 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for Novices
      • We also need volunteers that could champion the novice drive cause, perhaps help persuade more ride managers to host novice drives.
    • Novice category
      • How many rides can any horse-driver combination do before no longer being considered a novice-consensus was no limit.
      • Do VSE’s need a separate category-let’s wait until we get more VSE’s-more thought needed.
      • Could make a special award for VSEs but not create a special category


  • Should we do away with the dual MDDA / UMECRA membership option – it seems to be a hassle for both the MDDA and UMECRA treasurers. MnDRA indicates that in order to be eligible for year-end awards one must also be a member of UMECRA.  Tony indicated that the combined memberships have been around for a couple of decades. Consensus was to leave it as is for now.


  • There was a suggestion at the UMECRA convention about having an initial box on the score sheets for a designated safety check person for drivers.
    • Not sure how that will work as the score sheets (and time cards) are not with the driver until the ride is finished.
    • Sharon Hahn has a safety check form which she uses at Mosquito Run; she will e-mail it out to everyone. The form will help assure Ride Managers that a check was done.  Will get feedback from additional ride managers to see what they would like.


  • Ruth moved, Jeanne seconded to adjourn. 9:09 PM

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