Transcript for the NAFA Candidate Chat December 17th, 2016

 

44 mins ago

EmmaMak

Okay, letís begin. Good Evening everyone, Iím Emma Mak from the NAFA Election Committee. Thanks for joining in on tonightís second of three candidate chats for the 2016/2017 NAFA Election. Thank you to Kyle Mankes, and Steve Corona for assisting tonight.

44 mins ago

EmmaMak

The Board of Directors Candidates are: Dirk Elber, Matt Goodyear, Peter Guidolin, John Hendriks, Leerie Jenkins, Jessica Knox, Lynda Mantler and Donald Watson. Neil Flood is running for Executive Director.

44 mins ago

EmmaMak

Peter, Lynda and Donald are participating in this chat.

43 mins ago

EmmaMak

We will now take opening remarks from the candidates.

42 mins ago

DonaldWatson

I just want to thank everyone for taking time out of their day and look forward to answering any questions.

 

41 mins ago

PeterGuidolin

My name is Peter Guidolin, I am running for the board this year for the first time. I have in my fifth year as a judge and have served 2 years on the judges committee. I would like to thank those that put this chat together for their hard work and those who have taken the time to join us during this busy time of the year. I feel honoured (Canadian spelling) to be in this years candidates' group.

 

40 mins ago

EmmaMak

We don't seem to have Lynda. Hopefully she'll join us shortly.

 

40 mins ago

EmmaMak

First question from Steve Corona: Any prior experience on boards or working on committees and how did you handle it when opinions differed from yours?

 

40 mins ago

EmmaMak

0 questions in the queue. If you have any questions please private message me. Thanks.

 

38 mins ago

PeterGuidolin

I served on two boards before I was the treasurer of a junior hockey club for 10 years and served on several fund raising committees for them, I also was one of the core directors of an organization that help clubs and non-profit groups to raise funds I was there for 9 years.

37 mins ago

DonaldWatson

No prior experience but throughout life you come across people who have different opinions than yours. Its important to keep an open mind and try to look at the issue from their point of view.

 

36 mins ago

PeterGuidolin

I have always been one that wants to look at things from all sides so if your views are different then I am happy to listen to your angle then hopefully you can listen to mine and then I work to find common ground and then the final becomes either yours, mine, or somewhere in the middle. the best thing is communication

 

36 mins ago

EmmaMak

Since we have no other questions in the queue this one is from Emma Mak: Growth of membership and sponsorship are always areas NAFA members look to NAFA leadership to focus on. What could you contribute to either (or both) of these?

 

34 mins ago

EmmaMak

I have 0 questions in the queue.

 

33 mins ago

PeterGuidolin

membership and sponsorship are both very important to have our sport grow and sustain itself. I have always spoken to people about our sport and encouraged them to come out to an event or a practice to see for themselves how things work and how much fun it can be to play with our four legged friends and the companionship that can be had with team members

31 mins ago

DonaldWatson

Something I have been trying to do in our area is to reach out to local rescue groups, other dogs sport organizations, and really anywhere I can promote the sport of Flyball. Currently my team participates in two demos a year and are always for other opportunities. I believe that the growth of our sport lies in partnering with other groups that already have a large following.

 

LyndaMantler **

Sponsorship is very important and something I would be pleased to work on. Sponsorship does not have to come from large companies only. There could be small to medium sized companies out there that will be happy to sponsor. I think of companies that the flyball community patronizes such as those that supply duct tape, mats and vet wrap to name a few.  I don't know where the current board is at in the process, however these are thoughts I have. Once a list is compiled, the companies are contacted and we make our appeal. Social media would be a good way to make these contacts. I can't speak for what the board would be willing to provide in return for sponsorship but there are numerous ways a sponsor could be recognized such as on the website, a booth a CanAm, mentions on livestream and logos on clothing such 1-TDC has had. 

 

30 mins ago

EmmaMak

Next question from Emma Mak: how will you make sure that the specific concerns of the various regions will be heard?

 

26 mins ago

PeterGuidolin

It is important to look at how any decision that the board make affects all regions. What works in Florida may not be so good for Alaska. So every region needs to be looked and how a rule change will affect all. I have always wanted NAFA to have a ballot sent out using a system that is similar to are voting when a MAJOR rule is being changed. Not that the board is bound by that but it can very informative and hopefully the region that are really adversely affected will vote and leave comments on how there regions are affect so that the board can make the best decisions

26 mins ago

LyndaMantler

Hello, sorry that I was having some technical difficulties. I have prior board experience having served on non profit flyball and community club boards and various industry boards. I have served as secretary, treasurer and director at large. I understand the need for different points of view and also that once a vote has taken place, all board members need to support and work towards the chosen outcome.

25 mins ago

DonaldWatson

I believe the Regional Directors are your best source for what concerns a region has. As a board member you should be talking with the RD regularly and bringing the concerns to the board. Also talking with the teams is a good way to get an idea of whats going on.

 

25 mins ago

EmmaMak

Question for Donald from Steve Corona: Based on your strengths, which committees do you feel best suited for and why? Peter and Lynda, you answered this last time, but if you have anything you'd like to add, go ahead.

 

25 mins ago

EmmaMak

1 question in the queue

25 mins ago

LyndaMantler

I would invite NAFA members to communicate with me and also seek input from those NAFA participants I interact with.

 

24 mins ago

EmmaMak

Lynda, if you would like to catch up on any of the questions, go ahead and we'll wait.

22 mins ago

LyndaMantler

I would love to contribute to CanAm. I attended CanAm and was a participant for the first time this year. It was a super event and by participating for the first time, I had a fresh perspective on the event.

 

20 mins ago

PeterGuidolin

I have traveled to just over a third of the NAFA regions and try to hit a few new ones each year this is also helpful for me to see how different regions work. I would hope if I am elected to the board that as I travel competitors will approach me with questions, concerns or just to chat about what they would like to see done. Then I would be happy to approach the committee(s) involved

18 mins ago

DonaldWatson

I believe my background would best be suited for either the rules committee or disciplinary committee. I spent over twenty years in the Coast Guard and the majority of that was investigations and navigation rules review. I tend to look at a rule book and rules as how they all apply together and not as individual rules. I hope that makes sense.

 

18 mins ago

EmmaMak

Question from Steve Corona: Being on the board requires travel and a fair amount of time working with the committees. Do you feel that you can add this responsibility to your work/life balance?

17 mins ago

LyndaMantler

Growth of membership- be an ambassador when competing and help with lessons for new prospects. Be inclusive of new clubs and participants.

15 mins ago

DonaldWatson

Luckily I am at a point in my life where I have time to travel and to commit to working with NAFA committees. That is one of the reasons I decided to run for the board at this time.

15 mins ago

LyndaMantler

I am eager to serve on the board and participate at every board meeting. It is important for board members to attend the meetings. I will make the time to do this. I am passionate about flyball so this fun work for me.

 

14 mins ago

PeterGuidolin

For me this is one of the reason that I decided to run this year. In 2014 I moved into a semi-retirement so with me only needing to work around 15-20 (and 20 if i am under extreme pressure) hours a week and I work from my home. I am on the computer so to put in time on committees is quite easy. I head off to tournaments almost every second weekend (we did 22 last year) so I have a bit of NAFA interaction.

 

14 mins ago

EmmaMak

Ok, since there are no more questions in the queue, candidates please prepare your closing remarks.

11 mins ago

LyndaMantler

Thank you again to those that provided this forum for the candidate discussion. We are lucky to have so many candidates willing to step up and take on BOD duties. Good luck to all! If anyone would like to chat further, you can find me on Facebook.

 

10 mins ago

PeterGuidolin

Thank you again to all those that participated and organized this chat and some of the great questions. I am looking forward to the next meeting in January hope everyone have a safe and festive season and see everyone in the new year. If anyone wishes to communicate with me outside of this chat please feel free to send me an email and I would be happy to answer any question you might have. Thanks again everyone. Good luck all

8 mins ago

DonaldWatson

Thanks to Emma and Steve for putting on this chat. I look forward to the next chat and another chance to let everyone know why I would be a great candidate. I will be available to answer any other questions by email or Facebook. Happy holidays.

 

8 mins ago

EmmaMak

Ballots were emailed out December 1st and polls close midnight CST January 11th, 2017. Results will be announced at the AGM on January 14th, 2017. Club Owners, Regional Directors, Approved/Supervising Judges and Board Members are eligible to vote. The ballot email comes from Big Pulse (election company). If you havenít received the ballot email, please check your junk mail folder, and if not there please contact elections@flyball.org.

 

7 mins ago

SteveCorona

Weíd like to thank all the candidates and members of the NAFA community who joined us this evening. We understand this is a busy time of year for many of you so your participation is greatly appreciated. Many thanks to the candidates for sharing their experience and opinions about topics currently circulating in the NAFA community. Thank you as well to Emma Mak for being our moderator this evening. The final candidate chat is scheduled for January 3rd, 2017 at 8:00 PM CST. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

 

7 mins ago

PeterGuidolin

happy new years all

7 mins ago

KyleMankes

Thanks to all the candidates. Special thanks to Emma and Steve for organizing and moderating.

 

6 mins ago

EmmaMak

Good night everyone! Happy Holidays!

 

**Lynda Mantler was having technical difficulties so this response was forwarded later to the moderator to be included in the transcript, and did not appear in the online chat.