Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of
The International Union for Leonberger Dogs.
Held on September 23rd 2006 Hotel Kirchner, Leonberg, Germany.
Member Clubs represented
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, The
Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, USA.
Slovak Republic and New Zealand.
The Chairman for the Meeting was Gerhard Zerle.
Minutes were taken by Hein Sibrijns.
Herr Zerle opened the meeting at 10 am and welcomed those present. He expressed pleasure that so many
member countries were represented.
It was unanimously decided that the meeting
would be interrupted at 11 am ,
because the representatives had been invited to assist at the unveiling of a bronze
sculpture of a Leonberger dog at the “Burgerplatz” in the town of Leonberg.
Mr. Fred Inwood was honoured with the
golden pin of honour from the German Leonberger Club.
The deceased president of the Italian
Leonberger Club was remembered with a minutes silence.
Many judges were present at the
International Judges Seminar, organized by the Union in November 2005.
During the judges
seminar the committee discussed successfully with representatives of the
French Club their resumption of the membership, so France
rejoined the Union.
The committee’s decision to grant again
membership to France was
The report has been sent to the member clubs by mail, together with the
invitation for this meeting.
The capital on 31-12-2005 was 556.92 Euros.
No auditors had been elected in the
previous meeting, so the auditors that will be elected in this meeting will
audit the years 2005 and 2006.
Discussion acceptance of reports.
The reports were accepted unanimously.
Election of auditors.
Mrs. Anita Treichler (CH) and Mr. Jim Henshaw
(USA) were unanimously elected.
Membership dues 2007
The membership dues are maintained at an annual fee
of 50 euros plus 0.20 euros per club member.
Mr. Fred Inwood donated 1.000 euros to the Union.
Cooperation contract with FCI.
Negotiations between the FCI and the German
Kennel Club made it possible for bodies like the Union for breeds of German origin to address the FCI directly.
So the president has concluded a contract
Problems in member countries.
At this moment there is no active
Leonberger Club in Hungary.
In the communist time there was a club that
was recognized by the FCI-member kennel club.
After the turn to capitalism the breed
clubs had to be recognized also by the ministry of agriculture, the Leonberger
club was not recognized by the ministry.
So the president of the Leonberger Club
founded a new club that obtained recognition from the ministry, but not from
the FCI-member club.
Then a group founded a new club that
obtained recognition from the FCI-member kennel club, that club lost its
recognition because several people informed the kennel club that that club
didn’t represent the majority of the Leonberger owners.
Now Mrs Kerekes is in the process of
founding a 4th club that hopefully will represent the majority of
owners and that hopefully will obtain recognition from both the kennel club and
For the time being serious Hungarian
breeders are member of the Austrian Leonberger Club.
The meeting was interrupted at 10.45 for
the unveiling of the bronze sculpture on the Burgerplatz.
Continuation at 12.15.
There is still no peace between the Czechian
and the Moravian clubs.
Although the Czechian club has no problem
with most members of the Moravian club and wants to cooperate with the Moravian
club and transfer them information, the Czech club is still attacked through
criminal charges by Mr. Josef Zeman , who plays a leading role in the Moravian
The Czechian club has no problem with
observer status for the Moravians, but the can not sit on one table with Mr. Zeman
because of the criminal charges.
The Union is served by the presence of two fighting clubs, so it was proposed
that the Moravians would be told that they can obtain observer status when
there are no more criminal charges.
11 delegates voted in favour of the
proposal, 11 delegates voted against the proposal.
The case was discussed further.
The conclusion is that one should simply unconditionally
reject the Moravian request for observer status.
That proposal was unanimously accepted.
The two clubs in the UAS are on their way
to good cooperation.
The committee had granted the LCA
permission to invite an observer from the LCUS for this meeting, unluckily the
observer didn’t show up.
There are at this moment 3 so called
The data in these databases has not been
reviewed and is not completely reliable.
Mrs. Edith Steffen was active in two of
Mrs. Steffen was owner of a Leonberger, who
was scored with severe hipdisplasia by Prof. Dr. Loeffler. She then got herself
a HD-free certificate through Belgium but could still not use her male for breeding in Germany.
She had then bred two litters in Poland and sold the puppies in Germany.
It must be clear that such actions don’t
add to the level of confidence in the collected data.
A warning will be placed on the Union
website, stating that data from the three databases is not guaranteed by
Leonberger clubs and the Union.
Several Leonberger Clubs have databases for
the Leonbergers in their countries, these databases will be linked from the
Neuropathies occur in all dog breeds. Until
now we have not enough info about the severity and number of cases.
At least 5 researchers occupy themselves
with neuropathies in Leonbergers, unluckily information is not or only
Veterinarian Hans Lieven will write a new
article for the Union’s website.
Secretary Hein Sibrijns will collect the
data and will send a report to the member clubs in spring 2007.
The Dutch Leonberger Club, as the second
oldest club, celebrated its 40th anniversary.
The Italian club will award the millennium
award 2007 posthumously to Lucio Migni.
The Italian club show will be held in May
The Russian Leonberger club had two events:
1 A general meeting, there are now regional
groups in several counties.
2 The Russian club show, judged by Mr. Zerle.
The Russian club also produced a video.
The Swiss club asks for more info about a
letter that was send by a number of Italian breeders who want to leave the
Italian club. This is an internal Italian issue.
The Danish club will celebrate its 30th
anniversary on 07-07-2007.
The German club would like to have an
International list of stud dogs.
Hein Sibrijns will publish such a list on
the Union’s website.
Leonberger, the 23rd September 2006.
Gerhard Zerle, president. Hein