ILR Show Division
Committee Members Present:
Pamela Tait - Chair
Rawna Hamann - Secretary
Mary Jo Miller
Meeting was called to order at 8:14 pm EST. All 6 committee
members were present.
August 10, 2011,
meeting - approved by email and sent to office for posting.
Note: All motions
approved by the Fleece Committee still need to be approved by
the Governing Board before they go into effect.
committee member introductions: Welcomed new member, Jenni
Jimmerson from Bellingham, WA
Committee Chair and Secretary:
Pam was nominiated; no other members were nominiated; Motion
made by Judy to accept Pam as Chair
Rawna and Fran both volunteered. In a 3-2 vote, Rawna will
continue as Secretary
2011 Gathering show
51 Shorn 13
Adult products 21 Youth products 0
b. Discussion followed:
i. It was felt that this was a
good number of entries for a first time show, except for youth.
ii. How to encourage more youth
to enter products? One suggestion is to submit an ILR-e-Bulletin
with an article to encourage youth to enter. Other suggestions
were shared and Fran will connect with Norris with these
iii. Fran shared: there was a
communication break-down that is being worked on for 2012,
regarding transfer of results, changes & additions, between the
office & the fleece clerk.
iv. Suggested that as Divisions
are completed, awards are recognized and ribbons given
v. Space was good; display of
products was great.
vi. 2012 - Judy is the Fleece
Judge; she, Fran and Norris will have conversations on how to
improve from last year
results to Show Manager:
Fran has been testing other ways to use Show Manager by first
using spread sheets (Excel) Once all changes are made by judges,
then enter the information into Show Manager. This should both
simplify and speed up submission of results.
2012 Gathering dates are June 15,
16 & 17. Fran Soukup is the fleece show superintendant, and
Judy Ross is the fleece judge.
Workshops, Demos and Displays
- getting more information out there!
Fran will do a
basic clinic on identifying Fleece Types
Judy has a new
education display board that will be finished in time for the
Show: Samples of each fleece type: Raw - Yarn - Knitted
Square, Felted Square and Woven Square
there all 3 days in 2011 - see if they can also do it again in
2012 and some demo’s
coordinate with knitting guild and Norris for demonstrations,
descriptions of different fleece types - Flow Chart style
Judy is writing an
article and after published, will share with us and see if it
can be used for this purpose
Get & Produce
classes for Fleece Division
Pam will research
other fiber animals (alpaca, sheep, goats, rabbits, etc.) to see
if they do this and if so, how they handle it
The Committee will
work on developing guidelines & judging criteria for a Division
Fran and Judy will
'judge' own animals that qualify for this and see how the
process might work for more concrete ideas, and report back to
Must be already in
Shorn Class(es), and scored, to compete in this division
More discussion to
follow: will be open to both Shorn and/or Fleece On animals?
of method to review Annualized Weight Point Charts
Chart needs to be sent to everyone.
Discussed reason to
include it as one criteria of overall points: Production!
The committee discussed possible survey methods for
evaluating fleece weights.
Judy shared that out of 10 larger
farms in her area, only one weighs the fleeces.
It was also
suggested that members could relate totals and other information
from past ILR-SD score cards as they would have the correct
The drawbacks were
also discussed: type of cut and we won't have eyes on to
determine amount of skirting (+/-).
information is collected, then information will be examined and
discussed for the score cards and weight charts for 2013 year.
amount to be submitted for Shorn Division
Judy brought up
that there needs to be a minimum amount of fleece weight in the
Shorn division. There was a discussion and a motion made by
Judy; Second by Fran: "For the Shorn division of a fleece show,
the minimum amount of fleece weight is to be 6 ounces for any
age and for any type of fleece." Motion carried for the 2013
Mary Jo commented that
ILR is forming several Focus groups - fleece/fiber being one of
Date to be determined; 8:00 EST
Motion to adjourn
was made by Judy; Fran seconded. All ayes, motion passed.
Meeting adjourned at 10:19 pm
Note: All motions approved by
the Fleece Committee still need to be approved by the Governing
Board before they go into effect.
Minutes submitted by Rawna
Hamann, ILR Fleece Committee Secretary.