ILR Show Division Fleece Committee Minutes - January 16, 2013
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ILR Show Division

January 22, 201

Committee Members Present: Judy Ross - Chair, Rawna Hamann - Secretary, Mary Jo Miller, Eran McCarty, Maryan Baker

Unable to attend: Jenni Jimmerson due to work conflict                                                           


Meeting was called to order at 8:00 pm EDT. 5 committee members were present.


Minutes from 9-24-12 meeting - approved by email and sent to office for posting. 


1.                  Fleece committee member introductions: Welcomed new members, Maryan Baker and Eran McCarty

2.                  Election of Committee Chair and Secretary

a.       Chair: Judy nominated by Rawna & Seconded Maryan - Passed

b.       Secretary: Rawna nominated by Judy & Seconded Maryan - Passed

Old Business:

2.                  2012/13 Fleece Judging Forms Recap

a.       Forms have been simplified; reminded to look them over, use them and see how they work for 2013. Research backed up the changes. Judges test includes changes for all judges to become familiar with the new information and weight charts.

3.                  Minutes: Judy reminded us to check minutes online of the other committees, but especially the Governing board (meets every 2-3 months) and the Judges Committee (meets monthly). These minutes can affect the Fleece Committee.

New Business:

4.                  Vision Ideas for 2013

a.       More Fleece shows outside of llama shows such as Minn. Fleece Conf and Kristy Browns' Spring Clean-up, Puyallup, WA Spring Fair fleece show, Black Sheep Gathering in Oregon, to name a few. Eran will work on 'flyer' with our help to send to show superintendents to help them incorporate llama fleece shows into their established shows, using ILR Fleece judges.

b.       Discussion regarding more research this year at the fleece shows for more weights. Judy will update us with the form/questions to be addressed. At the end of the year, we will discuss if additional changes in weight charts are needed based on this years' research.

5.                  Education Ideas

a.       Youth divisions for fleece - points are for the animal at all levels; if youth - then it is by the young person showing the llama. Generally, most people are trying to collect point for the llama. Instead, encourage youth to enter more products in the youth division.

b.       Fleece clinics without becoming Judges. Information clinics about fleece.

                                                               i.      Demonstrations

                                                             ii.      Workshops at yarn and fiber stores/shops/events

c.       Suggestion was made to add additional color division classes. However it was brought to our attention that ILR-SD already allows for additional non-point classes, which the color division classes would be. These are allowed subject to show management discretion.

6.                  Other Discussion

a.       Open Book Test being finalized and should be out soon. Changes will be in guidebook which will be out soon.

b.       The Annualized weight chart is a TOOL for the judges and not available for everyone. If enough people want one, then we can discuss that option.

c.       Suggested that all fleece judges keep a journal of the comments and suggestions heard at the shows this year of both positive and negative; notes will remind us to discuss the issue at a later fleece meeting.

Next Meeting:  Date to be determined; 8:00 pm EST

Motion to adjourn was made by Mary Jo; Maryan seconded. All ayes, motion passed. 

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm EST

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.