Transcript for the NAFA Candidate Chat January 6th, 2019

 

EmmaMak

Hi, this is Emma Mak. I'm the NAFA Elections Chair and I'm moderating tonight's second candidate chat.

Those joining us who wish to ask the candidates a question, a reminder that this is a moderated chat, so please send a private message to me.
You can do this by typing //pm EmmaMak and then your question.
I'm also available on FB chat if you'd prefer to interact that way.

Joining us tonight are: Steve Corona and Kathy Haney, hopefully Dana Hanson and Darla Quintern will join in soon.
Kathy is currently at a flyball tournament in California and so may have some connection issues or need to race! Thanks for making
the effort to join in anyway, Kathy.

EmmaMak

Candidates please go ahead and make your opening remarks. I have 3 questions in the queue.

KathyHaney

Glad to be here. we have a race coming up in the next half hour or so, so I may need to take time off for that.

SteveCorona

Hello everyone! Thank you for joining us on this Sunday evening and the second of three candidate chats. Thank you to Emma Mak, the Election Committee, and NAFA for hosting tonight’s chat. Welcome to those in the flyball community for participating in this evenings chat and for their questions. I look forward to discussing the issues in our sport with the other nominees tonight.

EmmaMak

First question from Meagan Langs: 1. Nafa has some made some changes over the last two years. Are there any other changes or ideas that you have that would improve the sport or help grow Flyball?

KathyHaney

I have a couple of ideas. One is that I think the points system is due for an update. It was originally set up at a time when teams very seldom ran under 24 seconds. Now that just about everyone races under 24 seconds I think it is time to recognize the faster times with more points or change the levels at which you earn more points. I also have a couple of ideas of helping to get more Multibreed entries. one of those is spolitting the Mixed breed dogs into large and small groups

SteveCorona

I have some ideas surrounding our Junior Handlers and how to increase participation in our youth program. I would like to explore the potential of a scholarship program for the junior handlers. In addition, I would also like to see if it would make sense to have a ranking system for these handlers as well with some type of recognition at the end of the year. I am also very engaged in all sorts of media awareness for ur sport and have been written articles about our sport, have been interviewed several times last year and will soon be in an upcoming podcast to continue to get the word out about our sport.

EmmaMak

Next question from Meagan Langs: 2. Do you prefer delegate voting or the board making changes directly? I have one question in the queue.

KathyHaney

I think that depends on the situation. I think for the most part I would prefer delegate voting so that everyone would feel that they have the opportunity to be involved. If it is a matter that is urgent and concerns safety or something equally important the board should be allowed to make the change directly

SteveCorona

Honestly it depends on the issue at hand and I believe we've learned quite a bit over the last couple of years when it comes to this question. The delegate vote is a time-consuming process that isn't readily available for ALL issues and would drive progress by the Board to a halt if every item went to a delegate vote. While the delegate vote certainly has its merits, the Board needs to be able to move forward and implement changes on a number of issues.

EmmaMak

Next question from Lynda Mantler: 3. Have you served on any boards or volunteered in the past with any similar organizations? If so, what did you take away from that experience?

KathyHaney

I was on the board on my original flyball team and have been running my current flyball team for the last 10 years. My husband and I have owned our own business for over 30 years and while that is not the same as being on a board of an organization, it does help to teach you how to work with and deal with a variety of people. From my flyball team experiences I have learned how to work with that same variety of people and when to take a stand or when to compromise for the greater good of the team.

SteveCorona

This is my first time sitting in an official board capacity however I have volunteered with other organizations that were run by Boards. One of the main take-aways is to listen to and respect the number of different opinions that an individual will have on any given topic. Sometimes the best ideas are a merging of your own and someone else's ideas. I believe in being a team player and supporting the outcome of a decision even if it wasn't how I had originally seen it being played out.

EmmaMak

Next question from Lynda Mantler: 4. What are the characteristics of a great board member?

KathyHaney

Basically what I and Steve described in both of our answers to the previous question. Plus, you have to listen to your constituents and try to help them get what they need or want if it is a feasible request.

SteveCorona

Respecting your fellow board members and their opinions. An open mind. Flexibility and availability to the community we serve. Being able to explain decisions and the reasons behind them in a calm and professional manner. Listening to the needs of our competitors and trying the best you can to implement policy and procedures that are fair to everyone that plays this sport and not just a subsection of the population.

EmmaMak

Next question from Emma Mak: 5. What are your thoughts on NAFA's participation in future Flyball Open World Cup Events?

SteveCorona

The exposure that the World Cup provides to NAFA is invaluable. While there are many logistical issues to be figured out in the upcoming year, I fully support NAFA's participation in future Flyball Open World Cup Events.

KathyHaney

I think it is a very exciting venture and would help to expose flyball to more people, but I would be very mindful to make sure that it is not something that would take much, if any, funds from NAFA.

DarlaQuintern

Hello Everyone, Sorry I was having technical difficulties

EmmaMak

Hi Darla - go ahead and answer this question and we'll wait for you.

DarlaQuintern

I think it would great for Nafa to participate in future Open World Cup Events!

KathyHaney

My team is on deck and about to go in so I have to leave for a bit. Will be back asap

DarlaQuintern

Like Steve said Nafa certainly could use the exposure.

EmmaMak

Next question from Emma Mak: 6. Can you describe your region, your level of competitiveness and commitment to the sport, and how your situation will allow you to represent the membership in general?

DarlaQuintern

I play flyball in both Region 13 & Region 2. I believe that the level of competitiveness is very high. Looking back to the CanAm Invitational a team from Region 2 has been in the finals every year but this year. This shows a commitment to the sport of flyball, as you can not achieve that with out a lot of time and dedication put into flyball. That being said I also feel like all levels of play are both included and encouraged. Showing that flyball is for everyone and all kinds of dogs.

DarlaQuintern

This will help me to represent the membership by playing and being exposed to flyball at it's fastest and also at it's most fun with an array of different people and dogs.

SteveCorona

I primarily play in Region 5 (Texas) and we are a great group of people that love our flyball. While I enjoy competition, I am not on any team that will be breaking world records 

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 I love to play with my dogs, and have had 2 Iron Dogs and one 50K Grand Champion. I enjoy the bonding experience that flyball provides me with my dogs and I also enjoy the team side of the sport and have made several close friends outside of the ring. My commitment to the sport has ranged from serving as Regional Director, to becoming a Supervising Judge and now I serve as Chairman of the Board. All these different roles have given me a unique perspective into the wants and needs of our community as a whole. I always try to bring a balanced approach to my decisions.

DarlaQuintern

I feel that playing flyball with both my children gives me a connection to the youth.

KathyHaney

We race in 2 regions, 6 & 16. Our club is very diverse to the point where we are competitive in Division 1 and have a variety of dogs who run in the other divisions which means we generally run 2-3 teams in most of our Region 6/16 tournaments. We have travelled the 2000 miles to CanAm 3 times so far and are looking to go again in the next couple of years. I have a great support system on my team and that will allow me to spend the time needed to be on the NAFA board while keeping our team at the high level it has been for the last 10 years.

EmmaMak

Next question from Dave Collett: 7. One of the most controversial elements of NAFA flyball is the measuring of height dogs. Does this need to change or should it be kept the same?

KathyHaney

I think that measuring as well as all elements of flyball need to change to keep it relevant and in accordance with the current times. Any changes need to be done with thought and keeping in mind that the change is definitely needed for the betterment of the sport.

DarlaQuintern

Yes I do believe it needs to change. I believe that Nafa is looking into some good ideas to make some changes. The current measuring system is too ambiguous. And that the current system has too much room for variance from region to region.

SteveCorona

There is no denying that measuring is certainly a hot topic item in our sport. My answer is that no matter what system of measuring is used, it needs to be consistent across all regions. The Board spent a lot of time in trying to accomplish this by approving a new "stand" and providing revised diagrams for measuring dogs. Beyond this, we also need to educate our Judges and provide any necessary training that is needed to help them be as uniform across the board as possible.

EmmaMak

Candidates, please make your closing remarks. NAFA 2018/2019 Election ballots should have been delivered to your email inbox if you are a Club Owner, Regional Director, Approved/Supervising Judge or Board Member. If you have not received the ballot email, or if you have any questions about the election, please contact elections@flyball.org. Polls opened December 1, 2018 and close Monday January 21, 2019 at midnight CST. Results will be announced at the NAFA AGM on January 26, 2019.

DarlaQuintern

Thank you to Nafa, Emma Mak and all that participated tonight. I would love to serve the flyball community by serving on the Nafa board.

KathyHaney

Once again, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to let people get to know me a little bit. I am at a point in my life and my flyball career where I have the time and desire to serve on the board and I hope to get the opportunity to do just that.

SteveCorona

I look forward to continuing to serve NAFA should I be re-elected and working with our community to make our sport an enjoyable one for all those involved. Thank you to Emma Mak for moderating tonights chat and to all those who posed questions this evening. We'll see you for the 3rd and final chat on January 17, 2019. Good night.

DarlaQuintern

Flyball is a fun, exciting and challenging sport that should be more well know. I would do my best to bring my organizational skills, a fresh prespective and a Can-Do- Attitude.

EmmaMak

A nice lot of questions from different people tonight! I'd like to thank all the candidates and the members of the NAFA community for their participation this evening and throughout the election process. This concludes tonight's chat. Next one is January 17, 2019 at 8pm EDT. Good night  :)