After reaching three year of operation during the latter half of 2020, the JEC embarked on a process of reassessment with a view to improving its service andefficiency and structured a proposal to the Federal Council to reassign Key Functions to align more closely with the hitherto identified strengths of the current members of the JEC. During this undertaking, it became evident that a further appointment to the JEC would be advisable and this recommendation was included in the proposal.
At the Special Meeting of the Federal Council held on 26 October 2020 & 2 November 2020, the following positions under the re-structured JEC were approved by the Federal Council, as well as the Key Functions assigned to them:
Resources Officer – Nikki Redtenbacher
Regrettably Nikki declined the appointment of Resources Officer and the JEC decided, as an interim measure, to assign the Key Functions of this exacting position to a Sub-Committee, comprising
Jenny Hubbard – JEC Vice-Chairman
Louis Kruger – Webinar/Seminar IT and Programme Planner
Sally Young – Administration – Secretarial
Colleen Patience – Administration – Financial
At a Special General meeting held on 8 March 2021, the Federal Council finally approved the interim solution, to remain in place until the position of Resources Officer is filled.
As part of the re-structure, JEC Officers were all been assigned KUSA email addresses. The Federal Council directed that the KUSA Office will, in future, play a prominent role in the operations of the JEC and, for security reasons, decided that communications by members of the JEC should be conserved in KUSA’s digital storage system.
Apart from the extensive webinar programme, ably coordinated by Nikki and Louis, which commenced in April 2020 and concluded in November 2020, and the successful June exams, the JEC’s functions in 2020 were effectively debilitated by COVID-19. After a frustrating year for our Learner Judges, Non-championship Shows and Championship Shows are, to some extent, finally back on track and hopefully Learners would be able to resume the accumulation of judging credits and be able to complete their show-specific learning encounters.
The members of the JEC wish all our Learner Judges fortitude and success as they recommence their formal studies. Please do not hesitate to contact any member of the JEC for assistance and guidance. The invaluable resource, How to Work through Level 2, prepared and updated by Joy McFarlane, which comprehensively covers the advanced phase of the KUSA Breed Judges’ Learning Programme, is available on the KUSA website under your Members’ Portal access.
There may be a few transitional glitches, for which we beg our Learners’ forbearance but, in the main, the JEC is ready and prepared to meet the challenges ahead and be of the best possible service to those considering to acquire the acumen and discernment to judge dogs, and to those eager to advance their knowledge and appreciation of the diverse breeds that make our hobby so fascinating and exciting.