Minutes of the meeting of the committee
of the International Leonberger Union, held on the 23d September 2005 in Hotel
Kirchner, Leonberg, Germany.
The complete committee was present: Mr. Zerle,
Mr. Perosino, Mr. Cejnek, Mr. Leipelt and Mr. Sibrijns.
Guido Perosino handed out a sufficient
number of copies for the coming years, of the letterhead he made for the Union.
Discussed was the situation in the USA, where both the member of the Union
(LCA) and another club (LCUS) applied for recognition of the breed by AKC and AKC
parent club status.
The president of the Union, Mr. Zerle has send a letter of recommendation
for the LCA to AKC.
Which club will gain parent club status is
an internal United States
affair in which the Union can
and will not interfere, the club that gains parent club status will be the
Union member for the US in the
The Moravian-Schlesian Leonberger Club in Czech Republic applied for observer status membership.
The Czech Republic is
represented in the Union by the
Czechian Leonberger Club.
The Moravian-Schlesian club is recognized
by the FCI umbrella body in Czech Republic, they send a copy of statutes and bylaws and a declaration of
acknowledgement of the Union’s
regulations to the president of the Union, so they meet the requirements for observer status membership,
being a second recognized club in Czech Republic.
The committee will propose the Annual
General Meeting to vote in favour of observer status membership.
Clubs with observer status do not have to
pay a fee, they have no voting rights and if they participate in Union
activities, they have to pay full fee.
The Leonberger Club New Zealand applied for membership. They
presented extensive documentation, they are recognized by the FCI umbrella body
in NZ and sent a declaration of acknowledgement of the Union’s rules.
The committee will propose membership to
the Annual General Meeting.
There is now a recognized national
Leonberger Club in Canada.
This club did not yet apply for Union
An Estonian Leonberger owner thought she
could participate in the Union’s
Annual General Meeting, however there is not yet a Leonberger club in Estonia, Leonberger owners are member of a
club for Landseers and Newfoundlands, only single breed Leonberger clubs can apply for Union membership.
The Hungarian Leonberger Club is recognized
by the ministry of agriculture, but it is not a member of the Hungarian FCI
umbrella body, there is no committee and as far as we can trace there are no
members left, so the Hungarian Leonberger Club lost the parameters for being an
Therefore, the Hungarian Leonberger Club will
be removed from Union’s members
As soon as a new club is founded in Hungary, that club can apply for
The president of the French club advised Mr.
Zerle by letter that the French club is not a member of the Union, until the
statutes item “1 member=1 vote” has be revised to a number of votes per member,
which number is to reflect the importance of the member.
The statutes were voted last year, only
France sustained from voting then, all other members voted in favour of “1
Members have the right to propose changing
the statutes, a non member , like France is now, can not make such a proposition.
In order to try to have France review its opinion the’ French club
has been invited to send an observer to tomorrow’s meeting and France has been invited to send judges to
the judges seminar.
delegated Mr. Buff as observer to the AGM on 24-9-2005.
The will send 3 judges to the Judges
seminar on November 19: Miss Pagenel, Miss Pambou Makaya and Mr. Vernon.
The committee will continue trying to get France back as a member, perhaps opinions
in France can change after the
elections on the 1st October 2005.
In Italy there are now ”selection pedigrees” for dogs that come from
combinations that meet a number of requirements, both where health and
confirmation are concerned.
The German club will sign an agreement with
FCI, allowing the German club (in tis status of club from the country of
origin of the breed) to communicate directly with FCI about problems in the
On proposal of Guido Perosino a statement,
stressing the versatility of the Leonberger breed will be added to the
Mr. Pablo Pabst, the former President and
representative of the Swiss club has been invited to attend the AGM on
personal title, the German club has awarded him the golden pin of honour that
will be handed over to him during the meeting by Gerd Zerle.
Mr. Fred Inwood, former president and
representative of the British Club has been invited to the AGM on personal
The Union will this year pay the diner after the AGM.
Hein Sibrijns is asked to write a letter
stating that the Union’s
website is the property of the Union.
Then the costs of the hosting of the
website can be paid by the Union.