HISTORY OF THE GSDCA AND SCHUTZHUND
In 1975 the AKC advised the GSDCA that its status with the AKC was in serious jeopardy because of its affiliation with so called "biting dog clubs" and requested that the GSDCA disassociate from biting clubs immediately or there would be severe repercussions from the AKC.
In November of 1975 the GSDCA and the so-called "biting clubs" met and formed the United Schutzhund Clubs of America (USCA).
Also in 1975 the GSDCA was invited and was one of the first clubs outside Europe to join the former EUSV (European Union of German Shepherd Dog Clubs), which has since been renamed the WUSV ( World Union of German Shepherd Dog Clubs).
In October 1982, the GSDCA announced in an article in the GSDCA Review, page 6, the formation of the German Shepherd Dog Club of America- Working Dog Association. The last sentence in this announcement states "The goal of this organization is to ultimately obtain recognition of the sport of Schutzhund by the American Kennel Club." The announcement was signed by George W. Collins, the President of the GSDCA.
After 40 years of lobbying by the GSDCA and others, George's dream came true--the AKC now recognizes working dog titles on AKC pedigrees.
The GSDCA devoted a great deal of time and resources in starting, maintaining and promoting the WDA and its many activities. Our club has always considered the WDA a part of the GSDCA, even though it had been separately incorporated.
BACKGROUND OF THE 2013 WUSV WORLD TRIALS
In approximately 2000, the GSDCA committed to host the 2013 WUSV World Trials without fully understanding the financial obligations associated with producing such an event.
When I first became President, it became very clear that the GSDCA was going to incur a huge loss to host the Trials. There was some disagreement among some of the members concerning whether the GSDCA should continue to host the Trials in light of the expected loss that the Club would incur. However, due to the commitment of the GSDCA to working dogs, the GSDCA decided to attempt to produce the 2013 Trials if it could engage people knowledgeable with these Trials to assist the production of the Trials.
In 2011 and 2012, the GSDCA entered into a joint venture agreement with the WDA to produce the 2013 Trials-- with the GSDCA agreeing to pay for budgeted items and the WDA agreed to provide their expertise and services to produce the Trials.
In light of the fact that we all expected to incur a significant loss in connection with the Trials, it was very important to me and to the Board to try to minimize this loss as much as possible while at the same time ensuring that the quality of the show would be in line with prior shows. This understanding was clearly communicated to the WDA on many occasions.
As it turned out, the GSDCA incurred expenses in excess of $250,000 while income was only approximately $145,000 (exact figures have not yet been finalized). The GSDCA loss was approximately $105,000.
On numerous occasions, the GSDCA requested a budget from the WDA and nothing was provided from WDA, although the WDA would typically request our approval before incurring an expense.
Notwithstanding the agreement between the GSDCA and the WDA, the WDA incurred expenses that were specifically not approved by the Budget Committee and were not approved in the Joint Venture Agreement. The GSDCA warned the WDA that the expenses were not approved by the GSDCA before the WDA incurred these expenses.
However, the WDA, and specifically the co-chair of the Trials, Mr. Dan Yee, chose to ignore the warnings. After the event, the WDA and Mr. Yee submitted approximately $25,000 of unapproved and undocumented expenses to be reimbursed.
- Of that $25,000 in requests from the WDA, $15,000 of said expenses required receipts and documentation from the WDA, which have not been provided to date despite repeated requests for substantiation.
- The remaining $10,000 of the requests were never pre-approved by the budget committee and in fact Mr. Yee was advised before he incurred these expenses that the GSDCA would not reimburse these expenses. The unapproved expenses include unapproved vehicles rentals, rooms for workers, entertainment and alcoholic beverages.
- Additionally, the WDA accepted entries for the World Trial without payment - contrary to the premium posted on the World Trial web site.
THREATS OF LAWSUITS
- Thirty days after the close of entries and before the catalog went to print, the GSDCA refused to include the names of the non-paying countries. Mr. Yee volunteered to pay the entries for the countries that had not paid.
- At the World Trial, Mr. Yee was in the Office where the numbers were handed out but did not collect the money he was owed from the delinquent countries. As part of the the $10,000 that Mr. Yee has requested to be reimbursed, entry fees are included for entries which to date have not been collected by the GSDCA.
Notwithstanding that the GSDCA paid in excess of $250,000 of total expenses and incurred a $100,000 loss in connection with producing the 2013 Trials, the WDA has currently threatened to sue the GSDCA for the unreimbursed expenses and Mr. Yee's advanced entries. The GSDCA has received two demand letters from the WDA attorney. In response to the attorney's demand, we again asked for documentation of the expenses and instead of providing same they demanded our bank records. It is very unfortunate that the Courts and our insurance company will have to be involved.
- As noted above, the GSDCA incurred a loss in excess of $100,000 to host the 2013 Trials.
- It did this knowing in advance that this was the likely result.
- It did so because it supports the working dog sport and is committed to doing so with or without the support of the WDA.
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