USLF October 18th 2017 Board Meeting Summary

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.

Respectfully submitted,

Muffin Smith, Secretary 

USLF September 20th 2017 Board Meeting Summary

The USLF Board of Directors met September 20th for their regular monthly meeting via teleconference/meeting software at 6:05 p.m. Pacific Time. 

- The USLF continues to grow.  Treasurer Margaret Tremain reported that assets are about $7,800 ahead of last year at this time.  The Finance Committee’s continues to discuss 2018 requirements with committee chairs and “owners” of line items appearing in the budget. 

- The Nominating Committee reports that Director election ballots were distributed along with some paper ballots for those members without email.  The deadline to return ballots is October 17th.

- President Lisa Simmons reported that to date this year’s memberships has reached 218, including eleven lifetime members, one legacy member, twenty-one families, twenty enthusiasts, and three business.  As always, the USLF Board thanks you for energy, participation, and support!  

- Vice President Lynn Smith reported that planning continues apace for our 2017 North American Lipizzan Symposium, Friday, October 27th, and Saturday, October 28th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia, Olympia, Washington. Demonstrations of working equitation and mounted archery and a quadrille will combine with our annual member business meeting, annual awards banquet, and auction.  See your Summer USLF News for registration forms and for how to sign up for the mini-photography clinic by professional photographer Dotty Weber.  Your Symposium registration will include our annual member meeting, our gala dinner with awards presentations and auction.  Make your room reservations directly ( http://group.doubletree.com/USLipizzanFederation ) or by calling the DoubleTree at 360-570-0555.  The DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia is at 415 Capitol Way North, Olympia, Washington, 98501 near scenic Puget Sound. 

- Registrar Rennie Squier reports five registrations and four transfers this month with more in process. 

- The USLF is once again sponsoring a Lipizzan breed class at the prestigious Dressage At Devon show, Thursday, September 28th. 

- The Lipizzan International Federation (LIF) is holding its General Assembly at the historic Lipizzan stud farm in Lipica, Slovenia.  Past President June Boardman and Secretary Muffin Smith are attending to represent the USLF and will report on their trip at Symposium. 

- The 2018 Lipizzan Calendar Committee has found sponsors for all its pages and cover!  The Calendar committee plans to have this calendar available for sale in plenty of time for Christmas shopping and to hopefully have calendars available at Symposium.

- The next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting will be October 18th, 2017.

Muffin Smith, Secretary 

USLF August 16th, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

The USLF Board of Directors met August 16th 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 July’s Profit and Loss statement shows our net income almost $9,700 ahead of last year.  The Finance Committee’s proposed budget, presented to the Board in the July Board meeting was approved and the committee now turns to developing a proposed 2018 budget to be ready by the beginning of the USLF’s fiscal year on November 1st.  Committee chairs and “owners” of line items appearing in the budget are requested to submit their proposals and ideas for new projects for 2018.  
- The Nominating Committee presented a slate of six qualified candidates for the upcoming Director elections which was approved by the Board.  The democratic process that selects the USLF’s Board of Directors is a hallmark of the open and transparent operation of this organization and members are encouraged to vote promptly once they receive their ballots.  Ballots and candidate statements will be “delivered” electronically so if you don’t have email or for any reason you would like a paper ballot to complete and mail in, please contact the office and election materials will be mailed to you.  Ballots should be distributed mid-September.  
- President Lisa Simmons reported that to date this year’s membership has reached 218, including thirteen lifetime members, one legacy member, twenty-one families, twenty enthusiasts, and three business.  As always, the USLF Board thanks you for energy, participation, and support!  
- Vice President Lynn Smith reported that plans for our 2017 North American Lipizzan Symposium, Friday, October 27th, and Saturday, October 28th, are in place and the Pacific Northwest Lipizzan Club members are preparing their working equitation demo and practicing their quadrille.  This two-day event will also include our annual member meeting and gala dinner.  Registration forms appear in your Summer News, including the option for a mini-photography clinic by professional photographer Dotty Weber.  Your Symposium registration will include our annual member meeting, our gala dinner with awards presentations and auction.  Make your room reservations directly with the DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia, Olympia, Washington, by calling the DoubleTree at 360-570-0555.  Be sure to ask for the United States Lipizzan Federation Rate or use the following link http://group.doubletree.com/USLipizzanFederation
Room rates are $119/night for a king and $129/night for a double queen beginning Thursday, Oct. 26th.   The DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia is at 415 Capitol Way North, Olympia, Washington, 98501 and sits near scenic Puget Sound.  
- Registrar Rennie Squier reports a busy month with 7 registrations, 4 transfers, and several more in process.  
- The USLF is once again sponsoring a Lipizzan breed class at the prestigious Dressage At Devon show, Thursday, September 28th.  
- The 2018 Lipizzan Calendar Committee has a few pages remaining for sponsorship!  Check out our website or our Facebook page to include your photogenic Lipizzan/Lipizzan Cross.  The Calendar committee plans to have this calendar available for sale in plenty of time for Christmas shopping.  Calendars will also be available at Symposium!
- The next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting will be September 20th, 2017. 
Muffin Smith, Secretary

USLF July 19th, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

USLF July 19th, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

The USLF Board of Directors met July 19th for their regular monthly meeting via teleconference/meeting software at 6:05 p.m. Pacific Time. 

- The USLF continues its financially stability.  Treasurer Margaret Tremain reported that June’s Profit and Loss statement shows our net income almost $1,000 ahead of last year.  The Finance Committee has met with all USLF committees, incorporating their requests into a consolidated proposed budget which Margaret distributed for Board’s review.  In August the Finance Committee will begin developing next year’s budget in order to be finished by November, the beginning of our fiscal year.

- The Nominating Committee is developing a slate of qualified candidates for the upcoming Director elections.  Qualifications for Director appear in Article III, Section 1 (Nominations and elections of Board of Directors) of the USLF Bylaws.  If you’re interested in being considered for a seat on the Board of Directors, please contact Margaret Tremain, Nominating Committee chair. 

- President Lisa Simmons reported that this year’s membership stands at 168, plus 20 family memberships.  Thanks to Gayla Edwards and Mella Smith who have spent many hours reminding and encouraging past members to rejoin and welcoming new members.  The USLF Board thanks you for joining our Lipizzan community and appreciates your energy and participation!  

- The 2017 North American Lipizzan Symposium plans an informative and interesting 2-day event with our member meeting and demonstrations.  Come join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia, Olympia, Washington, Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th.  Our hosts, the Pacific Northwest Lipizzan Club, will introduce us to the new and popular discipline of Working Equitation and for you camera buffs professional photographer Dotty Weber will host a mini-clinic in effectively photographing horses!  See the USLF Summer News, arriving in your mailbox soon, for Symposium registration forms.  Call the DoubleTree directly for your room reservations at 360-570-0555 and ask for the United States Lipizzan Federation Rate or use the following link:  http://group.doubletree.com/USLipizzanFederation

Room rates are $119/night for a king and $129/night for a double queen beginning Thursday, Oct. 26th.   The DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia is at 415 Capitol Way North, Olympia, Washington, 98501 and sits near scenic Puget Sound.  Your registration will include our annual member meeting, our gala dinner, awards presentations, and auction. 

- The Breeders Committee is planning our 2018 Breed Evaluation Tour and is reviewing the responses to their planning survey to determine locations and the number of horses needing evaluation.  The Board is working schedule our 2018 Annual Member meeting in conjunction with one of our evaluation sites.  Are you ready to have to have your Lipizzan(s) evaluated or hosting an evaluation at your facility?  Please contact the committee directly to be included in their plans.

- The 2018 Lipizzan Calendar Committee is looking for sponsors for the remaining pages of the 2018 Lipizzan Calendar.  See our website or our Facebook page to sign up for a page to show your Lipizzan/Lipizzan Cross to the world! 

- The Pacific Northwest Lipizzan, our 2017 Symposium hosting organization; met in mid-July to firm up arrangements for our annual meeting.

- The Mid Atlantic Lipizzan Association is assembling its quarterly newsletter and will distribute its quarterly newsletter to its members.  See its website to become a member.    

- The next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting will be August 16th, 2017.

Muffin Smith, Secretary 

USLF June 21st, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

USLF June 21st, 2017 Board Meeting Summary

The USLF Board of Directors met June 21st for their regular monthly meeting via teleconference/meeting software at 6:05 p.m. Pacific Time. 

- The USLF continues its financially stability.  Treasurer Margaret Tremain reported that May’s Profit and Loss statement shows some impact from more up front expenses for the 2017 Symposium compared with last year.  Margaret also mentioned that the Finance Committee still plans to meet to finish a proposed budget.  Next year’s budget process will begin in August. 

- President Lisa Simmons reported that to date approximately 150 members, including lifetime members, had renewed their membership for 2017-2018.  Lisa also asked the Board to focus on membership issues, specifically to entice our members to stay with us, to promote the spirits of inclusion and community throughout the membership, and to support our members as they work to preserve and promote the Lipizzan.  The Board will devote a special Board meeting to these topics in the near future.  Gayla Edwards and Mella Smith will be working together to contact those who have not yet renewed.   USLF Board thanks you for joining our Lipizzan community again!  

- Join us at our 2017 North American Lipizzan Symposium!  Please plan to attend our annual member meeting at the DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia, Olympia, Washington, Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 2th.  Highlights will include demonstrations on Friday and Saturday by the Pacific Northwest Lipizzan Club including an introduction to the new and popular discipline of Working Equitation.  Also new this year is an optional hands-on mini-clinic on effectively photographing horses taught by professional photographer Dotty Weber!  Symposium registration forms will be available shortly on both our website and in the Summer News.  Call the DoubleTree directly for your room reservations at 360-570-0555 and ask for the United States Lipizzan Federation Rate or use the following link:  http://group.doubletree.com/USLipizzanFederation

Room rates are $119/night for a king and $129/night for a double queen beginning Thursday, Oct. 26th.   The DoubleTree by Hilton Olympia is at 415 Capitol Way North, Olympia, Washington, 98501 and sits near scenic Puget Sound.  Your registration will include our annual member meeting, our gala dinner, awards presentations, and auction. 

- The 2017 Stallion Brochure is available on our website. View pages of handsome Lipizzan stallions with contact information and availability.  Links to this informative brochure also appear on the Lipizzan International Federation’s website, meaning that American stallions are now being seen overseas by the international Lipizzan community!

- The Breeders Committee is planning our 2018 Breed Evaluation Tour.  Did you see their planning survey in your email asking your interest in having your Lipizzan(s) evaluated or hosting an evaluation at your facility?  If not please contact the committee directly to be included in their arrangements.

- Linda Duggan, News Editor, reports the Summer News is in layout and should be out by mid-July.  Expect the Symposium Registration form as a centerfold!   

- 2018 Lipizzan Calendar Committee will again be contacting members and sponsors for the 2018 Lipizzan Calendar.  Signups have already begun so be sure to check our website or the USLF’s Facebook page for how to include your Lipizzan/Lipizzan Cross. 

- The Pacific Northwest Lipizzan, our 2017 Symposium hosting organization; met in mid-June and will meet again in mid-July. 

- The next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting will be July 19th, 2017.

Muffin Smith, Secretary