The results of the 2013 fall ballot and other news for the 2013 racing season from our NOTRA NATIONAL SECRETARY / TREASURER, Ray Luening.
"As we look forward to 2013 we have some exciting changes to announce, along with a couple announcements.
The first big news is that thanks to the voting participation of many of our member clubs the proposal to accept UKC registry for NOTRA registration purposes has passed! With a nearly unanimous vote of 16-1, we will be revising the rule book to reflect this important change. The voting represented a nice cross section of both whippet and OB clubs from all 5 regions helping to get this passed. As I understand it this change opens the door to make it easier primarily for some of our OB racing and racing-curious folks to join us at events in 2013. On behalf of the NOTRA Board I want to thank the Ann Chamberlain and the folks at SORCA for having the vision to propose this and helping foster a positive change that encourages greater participation in our sport.
The housekeeping changes to the Bylaws proposed on the ballot were also voted for to a count of 16-1. Unfortunately however, despite the overwhelming support for these enhancements, the voting failed to meet the minimum participation requirement for this to be passed. While rule changes pass or fail on the merits of the votes received, Bylaw amendments require 2/3rds of ALL clubs to voice an opinion in favor. In other words, 22 clubs would have had to vote in favor of the change - so despite only 1 vote of dissent, the measure has failed. This means that we will operate in 2013 under the same guiding set of bylaws as 2012. But fear not! More work will be put in to addressing the issues on how the club conducts its business in 2013, and I am confident that we will revisit these issues on the ballot in November 2013.