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Upcoming Meets / Dixie Classic, ABC National, 12-7-19, Knoxville, TN
« Last post by Susan Mouw on Today at 08:38:30 AM »
Dixie Classic
ABC National
Knxoville, TN
poultryshowcentral.com/Dixie_Classic.html
Contact: Eddie Dunlap
cotton@protechfinishing.com
(865) 742-5525
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Ohio National
NE District Meet & Self-Blue Qualifying Meet
Columbus, OH
Requested by Don Cash
www.poultryshowcentral.com/Ohio_National.html
Contact: Clell Agler
cagler@columbus.rr.com
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Little Rhody Poultry Fanciers Show
Richmond, RI
www.poultryshowcentral.com/Little_Rhody_Poultry_Fanciers.html
Contact: Don Nelson
realrired@aol.com
(401) 539-7874
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New England Bantam Club Spring Show
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News and Information / Rules and Etiquette on the Forum. Please read.
« Last post by Susan Mouw on February 19, 2019, 07:01:26 PM »
The Ameraucana Breeders Club is pleased to offer this forum for our members, as well as our frequent guests, for research, to ask questions (members only), and discuss the world of Ameraucanas. In order for us to continue this forum into the future, we ask that you follow a few simple rules.
1.   Remember we are here for our Ameraucanas. Please keep your posts related to them.
2.   We are also here for the Ameraucana Breeders Club, so keep your posts free from references to other breed clubs, whether negative or positive. We see enough negativity on FB and other social media sites and don’t need to bring it here.
3.   The ABC is growing, and with that diversity of location, personalities, and background, comes also a diversity of likes, dislikes, preferences, and ways of doing things.  We can disagree and still maintain a level of civility.
4.   Absolutely no name-calling, bashing, slanderous, inflammatory or otherwise hateful and disrespectful posts will be tolerated in the forum. We need to put special emphasis on this rule, as posts violating it will be removed and the poster may be banned from the forum for a period of time. Repeat and/or particularly virulent offenders may be removed from the forum, and even the Club, permanently.
All members of the Board of Directors are Administrators for this forum and all have the same ability and authority to remove posts seen as violating the above rules, especially #4, at their discretion.  All deleted posts are held in a Recycle bin, so other Admins may review the action taken, until they are permanently deleted.
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News and Information / Prayers requested
« Last post by Susan Mouw on February 16, 2019, 03:45:51 PM »
If we could all come together and pray for Gordon Gilliam and his brother, please.  Gordon sent me a quick email earlier today and his brother is in ICU and not doing well.  Gordon is spending all his time either at, or driving to and from, the hospital to be with his brother.

I never met his brother, but if he's anything like Gordon, he's a dear sweet man.  Please pray for him and all the Gilliam family.
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News and Information / Re: New Processing for Meet Requests
« Last post by Susan Mouw on February 16, 2019, 12:23:35 PM »
With this new automated system, who is going to be checking in with it to make sure meets are being approved? Members are well aware that Susan already has too much on her plate, especially with her medical conditions. To me, it sounds like the one check and balance in place, Temple, has been removed and meets might just sit there. Temple was good about following up with DD's if meets weren't approved but even then, with her reminders, at least one meet slipped through the cracks.

We gain several things with any automated process: less errors because things don't have to typed, re-typed, and then re-typed again for several different purposes (notification to the DD, notification to the Show Secretary, posting on the forum or website) - if it's entered right the first time, it's entered right all the time.  Time savings: with an automated workflow process, things follow through in seconds.  Once the meet request has been entered and the requester presses "Send", it is automatically forwarded to the correct District Director for their review and approval.  The DD, at that time, may just click "Approve" and let it move forward, or they may have some questions and contact the requester personally - that is their option.  Once they click "Approve", then the next step is automatic - it is then forwarded to the Show Secretary for acceptance of the meet request at their show.  Once again, they may choose to contact that DD personally for clarification or more information or they may just click "Accept" and move forward.
Once the DD has clicked "Approve" and the Show Secretary has clicked "Accept", then the next step is automatically list it on our website - that will not be done if both of those check boxes aren't marked "yes" in the file.
Just as with the automated new member application, I get an email each time a request is submitted to the database, and I will then upload that request to the database (that part already exists, but is manually entered now). If it has not moved forward within, oh probably a week - those parameters have not yet been set - then I will research it.
It is a more efficient process, with significant time savings - at each of those steps currently, the information has to be re-typed, formatted specifically for each purpose, and re-sent, then manually followed up on.

We've had the automated new member processing in place for nearly 4 years now, without a hitch.  The only delay is that I will usually wait until there are 4-5 members to process them all together and mail them out together.  The one extreme exception to that was earlier this year, when there were a couple of months worth of overdue New Member packets due to a miscommunication (emails going into spam folders), then a faulty printer, then work and family demands, so there were about 30 New Member packets going out at one time.  That was the only time that has happened since the process began, and it wasn't the fault of the system.
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News and Information / Re: New Processing for Meet Requests
« Last post by Michelle Muldowney-Stevens on February 16, 2019, 12:10:32 PM »
With this new automated system, who is going to be checking in with it to make sure meets are being approved? Members are well aware that Susan already has too much on her plate, especially with her medical conditions. To me, it sounds like the one check and balance in place, Temple, has been removed and meets might just sit there. Temple was good about following up with DD's if meets weren't approved but even then, with her reminders, at least one meet slipped through the cracks.
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News and Information / Re: New Processing for Meet Requests
« Last post by Jean on February 16, 2019, 12:08:13 PM »
Sherry,

I found most of the posts last night to be inflammatory and accusatory so I deleted them.  All the Directors have access to view the posts that were made.

Our Constitution does not include anything pertaining to this forum. So the admins, which includes all Board Members, can moderate the group at our discretion.  I believe your questions were answered privately and are publicly posted below too.

I hope your questions have been answered regarding the proposed new process.

Regarding the people "blocked".  I temporarily prevented a couple members from posting so that I could get a full nights sleep without having to worry about the constant checking of the forum.  This issue will be discussed in private by the Board.

Thank you,
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News and Information / Re: New Processing for Meet Requests
« Last post by Susan Mouw on February 16, 2019, 12:01:03 PM »
Sherry, I'm going to let someone else respond to your remarks about the comments last night.

But, as to your new member application, you didn't have to fill out a paper and mail it in because I had automated that process before you joined.  I did that back in 2015, so no one would ever have to fill out a paper application and send it in again, if they didn't want to.  But, like the new meets process, everyone will still have the choice - paper or online.  It still goes to the District Director for their approval, still goes to the show secretary for their acceptance.
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