The USLF Board of Directors met October 18th for their regular monthly meeting via teleconference/meeting software at 6:05 p.m. Pacific Time.
- The USLF continues to operate conservatively and stay profitable. Treasurer Margaret Tremain reported that September’s assets grew approximately $4,000 over the month and September’s Profit and Loss statement shows net income almost $3,200 ahead of last year. However, expenses for the upcoming Symposium have yet to be incurred and income from memberships and registrations lags somewhat budget projections and last year’s performance. The Finance Committee expects to have a draft budget for 2017-2018 by November 1st. Expect a discussion session at Symposium to hear members’ suggestions for 2018 projects.
- The Nominating Committee reports that although fewer members voted than expected, enough members returned valid ballots to make the directors election official. The annual democratic election for Directors is a hallmark of this member-driven organization and all eligible members are encouraged to vote. The results will be announced at Symposium after the paper ballots have been counted and totaled with the electronic ballots.
- President Lisa Simmons reported that to date this year’s memberships total 220. There are 25 Enthusiasts, 155 Individuals, 25 Families, 4 Businesses, 1 Legacy, and 11 Lifetime memberships. The USLF Board thanks you for your support and welcomes our 50 new members in 2017.
- Vice President Lynn Smith reported that plans for our 2017 North American Lipizzan Symposium, Friday, October 27th, and Saturday, October 28th, are receiving their final touches and that our hosts, the Pacific Northwest Lipizzan Club, is excited to be welcoming us. Hotel reservations are scarce; don’t delay sending in your registration for the event and calling to reserve your room. The USLF Board is looking forward to welcoming everyone to the DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia at 415 Capitol Way North, Olympia, Washington, 98501.
- Registrar Rennie Squier reports a quiet month with five registrations and one transfer.
- Congratulations to Anatinza, champion of USLF-sponsored Lipizzan breed class at the prestigious Dressage At Devon show, Thursday, September 28th. Anatinza was shown by owner Melanie Adams, Four Winds Farm, White Hall, Maryland.
- The 2018 Lipizzan Calendar Committee distributed its 2018 draft to its sponsors for approval and has sent the final version to the printer. The Board thanks the talented and hard-working Abigail Ronco for the beautiful results. Samples should be available at Symposium and the pre-order form is available on our website. Jumpstart your Christmas shopping with our elegant calendar!
- The November issue of Horse Illustrated highlights the Lipizzan breed with photographs by John Borys whose elegant photos of Tempel Farm’s Lipizzans grace many publications. The article is written by a freelance writer and the USLF has two advertisements in this issue, including one for our 2018 calendar. (See above discussion.)
- The American Livestock Conservancy has approached the USLF to supply a volunteer to represent the Lipizzan horse as one of 50 volunteers and 20 experts for the rare breeds the Conservancy represents at its Equine Summit this coming February at Texas A&M University. The Conservancy aims to find common goals and opportunities for the organizations that support rare breeds to support and coordinate with each other as well.
- The USLF News thanks Katherine Arce, Carol Eilers, and Jennifer Chatfield for volunteering as editors, and are hoping more members will volunteer. Deadline for articles for the Winter edition is December 1st. Thank you, ladies!
- President Lisa Simmons thanked outgoing Board members Gayla Edwards, Sally Temple, and Muffin Smith for their hard work and positive energy on behalf of the USLF.
- The next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting will be November 15th, 2017.
Muffin Smith, Secretary