International Texas Longhorn Association
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, October 27, 2016
The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. by Pres. Mike Tomey in the C Bar C Expo Center in Cloverdale, Indiana. Roll call found the following directors present: Gary Lake, vice president; Larry Reck, treasurer and region seven director; Gordon Musgrove, region one; Lizz Huntzberry, region two; Dick Lowe, region three; John Nelson, region four; T.J. Farnsworth, region five; Kevin Bryant, region six; John Helm, region nine; Dan Grove, incoming director for region two; Raymond Bear Davidson, at large number two; and Randy Witte, at large number one. Also present were Stan Searle and Charlie Searle.
Motion: Larry Reck moved and John Helm seconded to amend the motion of the last meeting regarding signatures on ITLA checks. The new motion is to put Chena Westbrook on the account, along with Mike and our bookkeeper, Judy. Two signatures are required on each check, one of which must be Judy’s. Judy will send all invoices to Mike for approval. Larry will be able to view all accounts at any time. Motion passed unanimously.
Motion: Upon motion by Larry Reck, seconded by John Helm, minutes of the last meeting were approved unanimously.
Larry reported that the ITLA currently has $37,283 in the bank and that the championship show and convention will be in positive revenue, thanks in part to $26,500 in pre-show sponsorships. The ITLA benefit auction, to be held in two days, has 17 heifers and three semen lots to be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the ITLA.
Motion: Upon motion by Gary Lake, seconded by Dick Lowe, the financial report was approved unanimously.
Under new business, Gary presented his thoughts on the subject of improving ITLA marketing and service to members. He suggested we look into having a part-time field representative, someone who would attend ten or 12 ITLA sales or other events a year to promote cattle registrations, memberships, and to ask what breeders feel they need from the ITLA to help them with their cattle operations. Mike and Gary agreed the ITLA needs to grow as a business and continue to be open and all-inclusive. This is a work in progress, and at some point, John Nelson suggested, the ITLA would need an executive officer to accomplish these things on a full-time basis.
Mike also suggested we work with the Winchester Futurity to possibly arrange for a grand champion futurity held in conjunction with next year’s ITLA championship show. Kevin Bryant, T.J. Farnsworth and Mike Tomey will work on the futurity project. Mike and Gary also agreed that other goals should include a regular show committee to help affiliates acquire more members, and to look at ways to help our youth by providing more incentives to participate in ITLA shows.
Lizz Huntzberry, who was ending her term as region two director, thanked the other directors for their dedication to the ITLA, and said she felt confident the board would continue to work with integrity, honesty and transparency.
The meeting was adjourned.
Randy Witte, secretary