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Interested in the NEW ADS Safety Vest Rule?

Interested in the NEW ADS Safety Vest Rule?

Check out this article and much more in the May 2018 issue of The Whip

May 9, 2018 51 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

The new ADS rule reads: To require protective vests that meet applicable domestic or international standards for everyone participating on a carriage during a marathon or any competition that includes marathon-type obstacles starting January 1, 2019.  Junior requirements would be unchanged.

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Submit your Nominations for ADS Volunteer Award

Recognizing Those Who Give So Much to Driving with ADS Volunteer of the Year Award

Apr 18, 2018 73 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

Driving shows and club events of all sorts, and the administration of the ADS would not be possible without the hard work and incredible dedication of volunteers.  Our volunteers do everything from parking cars in blazing heat to obstacle judging in pouring rain, from office work to course construction, airport runs for officials and opening their homes to out of state competitors. We simply could not begin to run our organization, clubs, and our competitions without this cadre of capable and generous people.
 

All of our volunteers deserve to be recognized, but there are some that stand out for the extra miles they go and the efforts they make.  Please take a moment to think of a standout volunteer, and submit a nomination with the following information:
 

The name and contact information of the volunteer
 

How was their contribution outstanding?
 

A few words of praise – how has this particular volunteer made your life easier? An event/show/clinic made better?
 

What did they do that was above and beyond? Please submit a high-resolution photo if available.
 

Please include your name and contact information on the nomination
 

The recipient will be gratefully acknowledged at the ADS Annual Members Meeting in December and featured in The Whip.
 

Nominations should be submitted to info@americandrivingsociety.org by September 1, 2018.

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Congratulations to our first ADS Driven Dressage Awards Medal winners!

Apr 18, 2018 72 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

ADS wishes to congratulate its first round of Driven Dressage Awards Medal Winners!
 

Daniel M Rosenthal      Bronze

Kim Cameron               Bronze & Silver

Kathleen Schmitt         Bronze

Bill Allen                      Silver

Hardy Zantke                Gold

Gail Aumiller                Blue & Bronze

Riley Wiltison               Blue

Allyn Carman                Silver

Jennifer Matheson       Gold

Apply for your medal now!

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Celebrating an ADS Honorary Director

Celebrating an ADS Honorary Director

Apr 18, 2018 63 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

At the 2018 ADS Winter Board of Director’s Meeting, ADS President Mike Arnold read aloud a letter from Elaine Kendig announcing her resignation from the board. Arnold thanked her for all the help she gave him personally as well as to others and thanked her for her service.  ADS Treasurer Dan Rosenthal moved that the ADS Board elect Elaine Kendig to the position of Honorary Director in recognition of her many years of valuable service to the ADS. The motion carried unanimously with enthusiastic support from the board members and staff.
 

Elaine’s introduction to the world of equines began on the back of a plow horse and driving Welsh ponies around her family’s tree farm in Litiz, Pennsylvania. “When I moved to Chicago I had the opportunity to receive “proper” training and participated in Hunter, Jumper, Dressage, and Eventing disciplines.
 

“My move to Tucson, Arizona gave me the opportunity to serve as secretary as secretary to the local hunt club. I was an ASHA (USEF) licensed Dressage Technical Delegate, served as Chair of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Bylaws Committee and also as USDF Secretary. After moving back to Pennsylvania my interest changed to carriage driving and I became active in ADS. I’ve had the honor of serving on the ADS Board of Directors as Chair of the Governance & Bylaws and as a member of the Executive Committee.”
 

The staff and board members extend their sincere thanks to Elaine for her years of service to ADS and look forward to her continued work with ADS as a G&B committee member.

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US Equestrian’s new Youth Lettering Program

Jan 30, 2018 523 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

You no longer have to be a record setting quarterback or captain of the cheerleading team to earn a junior high or high school varsity letter. Join the US Equestrian Lettering program to be recognized for your dedication to the equestrian sport!

 

Use the exclusive promo code below to receive a FREE US Equestrian Fan Membership and join the Lettering program today! Promo Code: ADS18 

The US Equestrian Lettering program recognizes the achievement of students and their devotion to the sport of equestrian. With nearly 17,000 students enrolled since the program began in 2010, more and more equestrians are receiving the recognition they deserve for their devotion to the sport.

The program recognizes and honors equestrians in grades five to 12. To be eligible, a student must:

 

·              Be a US Equestrian member (Fan or Competing)

·              Log 100 hours of equestrian activity (which includes the competitions below)

·              Compete at three competitions of any type or level (shows do not have to be USEF)

·              Submit proof of enrollment in school

 Students receive an achievement certificate, a free letterman patch and a lapel pin for each year that they complete the program’s requirements. Additionally, students can purchase US Equestrian Lettering merchandise, including a US Equestrian Letterman Jacket.

More information about the US Equestrian Lettering program visit usef.org/lettering or email lettering@usef.org.

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Introducing ADS’s New Executive Director

Introducing ADS’s New Executive Director

Dec 21, 2017 1044 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

December 20, 2017

Cross Plains, WI. - The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) is proud to announce the promotion of Abbie Trexler to the position of Executive Director. Trexler was promoted from inside the organization after an open application and search process.

“Abbie reenergized The Whip in her last year and a half as Editor of ADS publications,” said ADS President Mike Arnold. “We look forward to her enthusiastic leadership and continued excellence.”

Abbie previously held the position of Associate Editor of The Morgan Horse magazine, and trained and bred Morgan horses prior to her work in publishing. She’s based in Pennsylvania where she resides with her husband and two small children.

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Nominations Sought: ADS Board of Directors

It’s time to begin assembling a slate for officers and directors who will serve a two-year term between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020

Dec 12, 2017 406 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

Nominations Sought: ADS Board of Directors

Pat Cheatham, Chair - ADS Nominating Committee

 It’s time to begin assembling a slate for officers and directors who will serve a two-year term between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020. These slates will be published on July 1, 2018 and will be voted upon during the 2018 Annual Membership and Board of Directors-elect meetings. The membership will elect the board of directors and the elected directors will elect the officers.

I ask all ADS members to think about the tasks and challenges faced by our society and submit names of persons they would like to have as an officer or director. You may send suggestions to

ADSNomCom@americandrivingsociety.org. Please tell us which position you would like to see your candidate serve and why, along with the individual’s e-mail address and phone number. Your submissions will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee and the person suggested may be interviewed. Your suggestions should be submitted no later than April 15, 2018. Any information received by the Nominating Committee will be held in strict confidence.

Members may also nominate someone for the board of directors from the floor during the 2018 Annual Membership Meeting.  Details for nominations from the floor will be published along with the proposed slate of candidates in July.

The ADS Nominating Committee makes every attempt to select individuals with the knowledge and expertise necessary to carry out the duties of the Board for the good of the society and our sport. All nominees must be members in good standing with the ADS. In addition to the regional directors, we work toward a geographical spread so all areas of the country are well represented.

Resources: Current Roster of Officers & Directors:

http://www.americandrivingsociety.org/AboutUs/BoardofDirectors.aspx

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2017 ADS Proposed Bylaw Changes

Sep 26, 2017 645 Views 8 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

Notice to Members
&
Board of Directors
The American Driving Society, Inc.
Proposed Bylaw Changes 

The American Driving Society, Inc. is incorporated in the State of New York as a Not for Profit Corporation and also holds Federal Tax 501 (c ) 3 status allowing donations to ADS to be tax deductible according to law. 

As a New York Not for Profit Corporation we are required to follow New York’s applicable laws.  New York has made revisions that make it necessary for us to amend our Bylaws in order to comply.
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2017 ADS Proposed Bylaw Changes
Comments can be sent to gbl@americandrivingsociety.org  or simply comment below for all to see.

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Mike Arnold

I do not agree with the removal of Robert's Rules. They have been used in full force only when an issue required it and offer many places for relaxation of the process. We could use something like: https://wiki.hacdc.org/index.php/MIBS_Simplified_Rules_of_Coordinated_Consensus_through_Chaos

but that is a bit more informal than I am comfortable with.

Mike.

9/26/2017 4:53:41 PM
Margaret Grillet

The President, as the presiding officer of the Board of Directors, does have the duty of conducting the meeting in a constructive and orderly manner but should not be required to abide by Robert's Rules. I noticed at the meetings I participated in that compliance with Robert's Rules was often distracting (as very few are familiar with the rules and those that are argue about them), impeded constructive and helpful discussion of the topic, and often resulted in confusion on what was being considered for a vote.

I also believe that the President's term should NOT be perpetual and that it is a very bad practice for an organization like the ADS to not have a term limit. Change is a vital part of the organization and without term limits, change will not happen. Consider modifying the term limit, but do not remove it.

Margaret Grillet

9/27/2017 9:17:45 AM
Jeff Morse

I agree with Margaret on this point: a President's term should not be open ended. But, I also think the literal reading of the current Bylaw wording perhaps means something other than that was intended. My guess is that what was intended was that a president could only serve two consecutive terms before someone else took the position .....and not that once a president served two consecutive terms they could never again be President.. IOW, after two years, there is to be a mandatory break.

9/27/2017 10:34:08 AM
Daniel Rosenthal

Jeff- I think you mean after two terms not two years. I have an issue with not having term limits. My town has two guys who take turns being mayor. Because of our legal structure they are "elected" by the three member town council. Only one member of the council ever gets replaced and the new person loses the vote two to 1. I prefer the two year break to "President for life' for sure but I think term limits that are absolute are a good policy. I was not present when the current bylaws were drafted so have no data on what was meant by the authors.

9/27/2017 2:21:59 PM
Michael Ridge

I do not agree with the removal of Robert's Rules without some replacement. Without some rules, no one knows what is allowed. Can I second a motion only if it is modified in some way? Can I introduce an alternative motion at the same time and have the discussion address both questions? I don't think any organization can make order out of chaos without some rules. Robert's Rules is kind of standard for large corporations, but in a small non-profit it is sometimes better to run meetings to come to a consensus rather than a vote. There could be a simple set of rules that set the order of meetings, the method of announcing a proposal (in writing, on a website, three minute pitch at the Board meeting, etc.).

In the meeting itself, the Chairman enforces civil discussion with ad hoc judgments - one person talks at a time, don't attack the person, stay on the topic,etc.. In this kind of system, the group can do either of the two scenarios I put in the first paragraph.

Googling 'Consensus Building for non-profits' gives you a lot of different systems that could be referenced in the by-laws.

I am agreeing with Margaret Grillet that the Chairman has the responsibility to run an efficient and civil meeting. The Board needs to have some common rules about how the meeting will run and how new ideas can be introduced.

9/27/2017 10:47:32 PM
Jeff Morse

Yes, Dan, sorry I meany 2 terms: " after two TERMS, there is to be a mandatory break." actually, after two consecutive terms.

RE: Roberts Rules.... some system of rules should be maintained. The proposed bylaw language simply abandons any rule system. making it too easy for chaos to ensue and talk about wasting time, how much time would it take to untangle meetings without some formal rules? Perhaps as an alternative to RR, which I get can be a little complicated and arcane, even clumsy, this simple alternative might suffice: http://democraticrules.com/#top For a compareison to RR: http://www.democraticrules.com/pdf/INFORMATION_LEAFLET_2013.pdf

9/28/2017 1:50:26 PM
Merridy Hance

I agree with comments above that term limits should not be removed. This is a volunteer-based organization, in which member engagement should be paramount. Current challenges in filling an executive position do not translate into doing away with term limits. On the contrary, this situation points to the need for even greater member communication, encouragement, and engagement.

Similarly, I agree that Roberts Rules should be maintained as a reasoned way to encourage civil and effective communication and participation with members. Yes, some of the rules may be arcane to some, but that's not to say that we can't educate ourselves in the process. The rules are there to encourage participation, and that's what we're going for.

As a supportive member, I'd be interested in following along as some of these ideas evolve. I see by the website that committees may post their minutes. Please may be the committees be encouraged or required to do this so that we members may have the benefit of being more engaged? I trust the committees to be working in the best interests of the organization, and I trust that the committee members are expert in their assignments; I'd just like to follow their process and reasoning so that when it comes to a BOD or Ex Com meeting in which my representatives' votes are required, everyone can already have been informed and involved.

9/30/2017 6:32:08 PM
Margaret Grillet

As for the election of officers, yes, NY Law provides for either the Members OR the Board to elect officers. Either way is perfectly fine so long as the procedure is followed correctly. If the Board elects the officers, it must be done by the directors who are "duly elected and acting", NOT by the newly elected slate whose term has not yet begun. This a procedural question that is easily handled by either:

1) extending the current officers' terms to the date of the first board meeting of the newly elected Board (historically this is the second or third week in January) where they can be elected by the new sitting board whose term began on Jan 1st, or

2) having the existing board at the annual meeting elect the new officers to begin their terms on January 1st.

The slate of new directors whose terms begin on Jan 1st has no authority to elect officers (or to do anything else) before that date. This procedure and timing issue causes the ADS to essentially have no elected officers from the period of time from January 1 (after the annual meeting) until the date of the first meeting of the newly elected board. If the bylaws are not modified to allow for the members to elect the officers at the annual meeting, then the Policies and Procedures and practice of the board must be updated so that the officers are elected properly.. Its an easy fix, why not do it right?

10/4/2017 7:39:23 AM
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The American Driving Society, Inc. launches NEW Volunteer of the Year Award program

Jul 21, 2017 668 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

The ADS Volunteer of the Year
Recognizing Those Who Give So Much to Driving

Driving shows and club events of all sorts, and the administration of the ADS would not be possible without the hard work and incredible dedication of volunteers.  Our volunteers do everything from parking cars in blazing heat to obstacle judging in pouring rain, from office work to course construction, airport runs for officials and opening their homes to out of state competitors. We simply could not begin to run our organization, clubs, and our competitions without this cadre of capable and generous people. 

All of our volunteers deserve to be recognized, but there are some that stand out for the extra miles they go and the efforts they make.  Please take a moment to think of a standout volunteer, and submit a nomination with the following information: 

·      The name and contact information of the volunteer 
·       How was their contribution outstanding? 
·      A few words of praise – how has this particular volunteer made your life easier? An event/show/clinic made better?
       What did they do that was above and beyond? Please submit a high resolution photo if available.
 
·      Please include your name and contact information on the nomination 

The recipient will be gratefully acknowledged at the ADS Annual Members Meeting in October, and featured in The Whip.  

Nominations should be submitted to info@americandrivingsociety.org by October 1, 2017.


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