collie club of america --
Election 2007

Sylve Lingenfelter -- Candidate for the office of Second Vice President
Sylvie Lingenfelter has been devoted to the Collie for nearly 35 years. She obtained her first collie in the early 1970's in Germany where her father was stationed in the  United States Military. Her mentor in Europe was Eva Maria Vogeler. Upon her return to the United States in 1973 she joined the CCA.  Her mentors were Bettie Crawford and Trudy Mangels. She has been a member of the Central Oklahoma Collie Club since 1976 and is a member of the CCA Quarter Century Club. The love of her collies is shared by her mother, Jeanne, and her artist brother Rick Lingenfelter.

Through personal enthusiasm and ideas of advancement of the collie, and dogs in general, she has had the privilege to "give back" to the Collie by serving on the following committees: CCA National Show Chair - 1995, CCA National Host Chair - 2005, CCA National Vendor Chair - 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007; Held every Executive Officer position in the Central Oklahoma Collie Club, Seminole KC Show Chair - 1982-84 and Treasurer of  Central Oklahoma Collie Club since 1998.

She is currently owned by four wonderful collies and has bred and/or owned 27 rough and smooth Glenorka champions. Sylvie became licensed to judge collies in 2005.

She firmly believes that respect for fellow members through amicable resolution is the best road to harmony and progress.

What are the most important issues facing the parent club and its members in the next administrative term and what character qualities do you bring to the job that you have learned or developed while working on other CCA projects or from other areas of your life, inside or outside of the dog community, that will be needed to produce solutions? Please
be specific.

Greater Communication: Communication is the key to knowledge, awareness and education.

The CCA is not an organization of just 56 District Directors. Our dedicated District Directors work very hard to keep a membership of nearly 1,900 informed of CCA affairs, but I feel more could be done in the way of communication. No member should ever feel they are being kept in the dark regarding the internal affairs of the CCA.     

In the age of the communication highway a web site should be developed and updated weekly to include  the open discussions of the officers of the CCA. The information placed on the site would be unbiased, organized and written in a factual tone. 

All CCA officers, and especially the president, should be committed to listening to the members and respond to all inquiries in a timely manner. No question should ever be considered insignificant.

Pet Overpopulation / Anti Dog Breeding
Legislation/Collie Rescue:  
The pet overpopulation problem in the United States is not going to be resolved over night. It may never be resolved, because you cannot legislate morality in a democracy. Therefore, the CCA must continue to speak out against those who try to legislate unconstitutional laws upon citizens who are dog breeders and dog lovers. 

I would like to see the lines of communication opened wider between collie rescue, and the general membership of the CCA. This could be done by inviting collie rescue workers, and Collie Welfare committee members, to speak at local and national seminars. Who would be better than those who work in the trenches of rescue to help educate all of us on the needs of homeless collies? 

We must have compassion for rescued collies and we must be there to provide for them, as if they were our own collies. The key to providing for them is donations, donations, donations! I would like to see the CCA encourage independent specialty clubs to promote fund raisers for local collie rescue groups, and for the Collie Rescue Foundation.   

CCA Bulletin /Year Book / Filmed Interviews: The CCA Bulletin and the CCA Yearbook are the two most coveted items that members receive for their annual membership dues. Possibly, these publications could be increased in volume by assigning regional advertising managers in six different areas of the country to promote advertising sales.

CCA members in various parts of the country who are interested in filming interviews with pillars of the breed should be assigned and encouraged to do so. 

Volunteers:  The CCA has many talented members who may hesitate becoming volunteers as they may feel they are not part of a select faction. We need to hang out a very large WELCOME sign! The CCA, and the future of the collie, stands to benefit. 

National Specialty Grants: I had the privilege of being chairperson of two national shows. The group hosting the national show should have complete control of the show with the assistance of the National Chairperson in a totally advisory position. The group hosting the national show should be allowed to spend all grant money to improve the show, as they see fit. A grant should never be used as part of any profit by a national show. 

Qualifications: I would hope that those who know me  would say I have a calm level head, good common sense, know the use of diplomacy, have served the CCA well in the past, and have a passion for the collie. My past service to the CCA is listed in my biography, but, more importantly, I firmly believe respect for fellow members through amicable resolution is the best road to harmony and progress.

I ask for your vote for 2nd Vice-President of the CCA.

The Collie presents an impressive, proud picture of true balance, each part being in harmonious proportion to every other part and to the whole.

– from the AKC Collie Breed Standard

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