kenleighacres at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 8 15:34:43 EDT 2008
Hi! I think Betty did a great job replying to Peggy's original e-mail. I would also like to add that if you missed the original article in the Winter 2007 Newsletter, then you can view the details here - http://www.jsba.org/FAQ.html What we were really hoping would happen is that everyone would read the new fees and say "Wow, I don't want to have to do that, so I will get my registrations in early this year." I know Robin and I would be really happy if we didn't have to charge anyone the extra fees. For the past several years we have tried really hard to make everyone happy and bend over backwards to get them their registrations. Unfortunately, this sometimes meant that we would have to put our lives on hold to make this happen. There are quite a few other associations that have rush fees as well.
Kenleigh Acres Farm
That'll Do Photography
There was a big article in the last newsletter explaining all this. I questioned the cost for children, especially, but I think there may be some wisdom in the idea that MOST of these do not need to be rush jobs, if only people got on the stick and got the registration information in early. Since I don't show and only take my sheep to one show, as breed exhibit, not show sheep, and that in September, it isn't an issue for me. Perhaps you need to take this up with Robin Lynde. I think it is a response to a loss for JSBA over the years mostly from people who wait til the last minute and then expect everyone to drop everything and register their lambs, which isn't always possible since the people doing all this have lives, most or many of them full time jobs, their own lambing and shows to prepare for, etc. If we had a professional registry office, like other breeds who don't inspect each sheep, it would be an easy process but with the process we have,
which I really like, and which other breeders of other types of sheep have commented to me about (wishing they had same), we really need to be on top of things, and be responsible for reading the newsletter and absorbing the information in it, and objecting to things decently and in order. (I spoke to Robin the day after the newsletter came, weeks ago.) I know no other way to disseminate information other than the newsletter unless we keep a special list of people who don't have time to read the newsletter and someone be personally responsible for calling them and reminding them, but then who would absorb the cost of all those phone calls. Believe me, I know how hard it is to pay attention to stuff in the newsletter and to read and absorb it. It always comes at a time when I have thousands of things to do, company coming, have just volunteered to bake 8000 donuts for some organization's event, and I have a sick sheep...(okay, I'm exaggerating, but all
of you know feelings like this from time to time, and why is it that that's the time the newsletter comes!) Anyway, the article jumped out at me, and I can't locate the newsletter right now, so I can't tell you why...I just don't remember. However, I think most of these costs can be avoided by getting stuff in asap when you know you will be attending shows. Md. is hard, it being the first big one in the east, but I think it is doable if people send in their stuff in a timely fashion. What do the rest of you think? I will certainly gather information and bring it up at the board meeting, if those in my region (NE) want to email me privately about this new process.
Betty, in Vermont,who now has a blog, thanks to help from Walter and Linda. See Betty's blog at http://sheepwoman.wordpress.com.
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