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Financial Statement…in the bin.

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Straight to the bin.

My last stint as a PCCI Director was in 2014-2016, but I didn’t get re-elected in 2016. Those who follow this blog know the details of what happened. I still drop by the office once in a while for a few official business errands. I do accept local judging assignments and might bump into a few Directors who are also judges during the same show. That’s basically it, having chosen to move on.

https://withinzones2to8.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/life-goes-on/

But today I received the clubs 2017 financial statement…and got reminded of things. External/Independent Auditors will provide a Confidential Auditors Report that will report on all the financial leaks that they find in their audit. I asked a copy of it during the 2015 General Assembly, I asked a copy of this Confidential Auditors Report, well, I never got it.

I wasn’t in the mood to research a full feature for this post. I do know that the accuracy of an External Auditors Financial Audit to begin with, is critically dependent on the honesty and accuracy of what is submitted to the auditors. I attached two links that should explain why the report made it to the bin…well at least it’s in the recyclable bin.

http://fortune.com/2015/10/19/auditors-financial-reports/

http://www.understand-accounting.net/TheReliabilityandAccuracyoffinancialstatements.html

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The new Judges Competency Framework of the Kennel Club

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http://www.fci.be/en/Show-Judges-44.html

https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/training/judges-education/breed-show-judges-training/judges-competency-framework

I follow the twitter account of Dog World, and on the 26th of April they tweeted about the new Judges Competency Framework. Reactions to this new “Framework” are mixed. I’ve read it twice and continue to go back and forth. I’ve also read commentaries and comments about this framework.

What can I pick up based on my research? It seems to be agreed upon by all that the old system needed to be changed. The most common reason being a lack of transparency with second being competency issues. It seems that the old system had transparency issues when it came to the procedure and process of acquiring a license, from initial breed all the way to all breed. The next issue of transparency seems to have something to do with judging assignments, the requirements and the judge selection and approval for an assignment. Finally we have the issue of competency.

Looking at the new framework, it quickly reminded me of an ISO Process and Procedural Manual. The framework will address issues of transparency which pleased a lot of people. However, I personally believe that transparency is a political/policy issue, meaning any policy to curb it’s lack, really depends on the admins effort to implement transparency policies. Having said that, the framework explains to every aspiring and existing judge where he or she is exactly, what he/she is exactly entitled to and the requirements for the next step. The framework covers procedure, requirements and performance measurements, matters that are addressed by ISO. If I were an aspiring judge, this framework is something I would appreciate.

The Kennel Club is also introducing the “The Kennel Club Academy,” an online education platform that can be accessed 24/7. A mandatory continuing education is to be attended every five years for existing whatever level you are in. Aside from the usual breed seminars, a mentoring program is now in place. The online education is the one that has had the most response in social media. There are mixed reactions, from it’s cost to it’s efficacy. Can online education replace actual live practicums?

The Devil is in the detail. My interest is how did the whole thing come about. Did they have Focus Group Discussions? Did they consult all stake holders? Did they ask help? The intention of the Framework is good but I see too many moving parts. I’m biased towards the FCI guidelines because it is simple albeit lacking in education curriculum which I believe the present Show Judges Commission is addressing under the Chairmanship of John Wauben. The Framework also seems to lack a timeline goal for a diligent, studious aspiring judge with a plan to become an all rounder which the FCI Guidelines has. I don’t have much to say on curriculum that will address competence until I’ve seen the online education platform but this effort shows that the Kennel Club is ahead of FCI in this matter. The bottom line is, if this Framework will make better Kennel Club Judges then we all wish them good luck.

The 1st Philippine Circuit Show Judges Seminar

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This past January 18, 2017, Wednesday, a day before the Philippine Circuit Show and on the 23rd of January 2017 a day after the Circuit Show, the Philippine Canine Club Inc.’s Judges Development and Licensure Committee hosted a Judges Seminar as part of it Continuing Education Program.

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Dinky Santos introducing Bill Shelton on the left.

APAC President and PCCI President Dinky Santos has taken the bull by its horns and has taken over the Judges Development part of the JDLC (Judges Development and Licensure Committee). One of his first projects which will be a yearly mainstay is to avail of the invited Judges of the Philippine Circuit Show as lecturers of the Seminars. He has also made attendance of the local judges to the seminar mandatory. A yearly required number of seminars now has to be attended similar to professional continuing education.

On the 18th of January 2017 Wednesday, we had Desmond Murphy to lecture on the Chow Chow, Bill Shelton on the Welsh Corgi Pembroke and Edd Bivin on the Pomeranian. On the 23rd of January 2017 Monday, we had Francesco Cochetti on the Chihuahua and Jack Russel Terrier, Michael Camac on the Lhasa Apso, Claudio de Guiliani on the Bracco Italiano, Rony Doedijns on the Newfoundland, and Gopi Krishnan on the Dachsuhnd. The Moderator was Dinky Santos.

The first day was jam-packed as exhibitors also attended the              seminars. Edd Bivin himself was expecting just 20 judges and an open format discussion, but he was surprised to see a crowded function room of 50+ enthusiatic listeners.

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FCI President Rafael De Santiago giving a welcome, with Edd Bivin on the right.

All the Speakers are seasoned Judges Seminar lecturers. Format of lecture included a history of the breed with emphasis on it’s function and purpose. Followed by a rundown of the FCI standard with a discussion of faults, disqualifications and cause and effects of exaggerations on each specific section of the standard as well as comparisons with other standards.

Discussions were always lively. Desi Murphy asked Edd Bivin about the Pomeranian head and its muzzle and how we are seeing 2 distinct head types. I asked about a Pem having the AKC +40% length of back vs a much longer back based on the FCIs “moderately long back” standard. An interesting discussion was between fellow Italians Francesco Cochetti and Claudio De Guillani. Francesco personally believes that being an active breeder is of help when judging because when choosing between two excellent entries, he would choose the one that would clearly help improve the breed most if used for breeding, this was seconded by Gopi Krishnan. Claudio disagreed and said that he judges against the standard and would choose the one that best fits the standard since there is no such thing as the perfect dog. Claudio was honest to admit that he is not a breeder and that he did not feel that it was a handicap. I also loved the lecture of Michael Camac showing actual photos of different faults and exaggerations of the Lhasa both in coat and cut down. Rony Doedijns mentioned that he appreciated the discussions and found them very interesting. At the Judges Seminar during the Cebu Judges Commission Meeting last January 2016, Rony spoke about the problems of exaggerations and how it is affecting form and function. During this Circuit Show Seminar, Rony correlated these problems with the Newfoundland. I enjoyed and learned from all the lecturers. The Italians made interesting discourse, Francesco is Canine Judge Royalty because his father was also a judge. Both Francesco and Claudio are writers and authors, their knowledge of canine anatomy is amazing, I am familiar with their mentors who are renowned, making me conclude that they too are a notch above.

 

 

Epictetus was right when he said-“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” During the Seminar,  I heard an All Rounder rib another All Rounder on why they have to attend these Seminars with the resumé that they already have. I just smiled, and said to myself “how cocky.” Some weren’t impressed with the seminar. You can nitpick about so many things, I myself would tweak things for the next years seminar. But, I’m also a results oriented leader, and the result of this seminar did not fail me. I have always been a half glass full type of guy. As judges, we are in the ring to judge positively as much as possible. To me the Seminars were a learning opportunity. I enjoy attending seminars and lectures on topics that interest me, I enrol in university subjects  without credits, all this to keep my mind going. Once we get to the winter of our life, things slow down, including our mind. Keep on learning while you can during your lifetime. Find the time, to attend the Philippine Circuit Judges Seminar Series, I assure you of something that will be learned.

 

 

 

Why you don’t trust your Kennel club

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I guess you know I’m a TED follower. So here is Rachel Botsman and why we’ve stopped trusting institutions.

The Difficult Right

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From “Civil Society Now”

Here is something nice to read. Imagine the bigger problem when somebody was never taught at all…seems like a lot of them going around. In management, failure to formulate and implement, processes and procedures, guidelines and improvements of internal controls is a criminal offence in some countries. How about when nothing was actually stolen, like the corporate officer who uses the credit card of his girlfriend in every possible corporate transaction so that the girlfriend gains credit card points beneficial to the couple instead of the corporation? How about outgoing Directors who arrogate to themselves high end computer equipment prior to their departure? Interestingly quite a number believe nothing is wrong with this.

https://hbr.org/2017/01/why-its-so-hard-to-train-someone-to-make-an-ethical-decision?utm_campaign=hbr&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

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From “Cheating Politicians”

Below is a related post that I wrote. Anyway, I made this post because of the interesting HBR article.

https://withinzones2to8.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/should-we-go-back-to-school-3/

Something to Start the Year

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From the Jesuit News “New Year’s Resolutions:The #PopeFrancis List

http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/46933-new-year-resolutions-pope-francis-quotes

A Happy and Prosperous New year to all of you!

Honest “By-Laws”

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20161218_111913-1I recently found this in my stash. My daughter just got married and is starting a married life which meant clearing somethings and setting up somethings. When I started out as a PCCI Director, I was lucky to work with the new amended “By-Laws.” During board meetings at the time, I was the only Director that regularly carried the by-laws during meetings, well for one, it was made very handy. I know I have the”By-Laws” before this one which was just mimeographed pages with a corner staple holding it together, unfortunately i can’t seem to find it. I have an official memo somewhere signed by 70’s PCCI Secretary Mike Wirtz of the official list of recognized licensed judges…so I know who really are judges.

Anyway, In a couple of ISO audits were I was assigned to review documents, I had to read through their By-Laws. Granted that on those occasions they were more about organizational structure, critical procedure than organizational control. The basic thing that I was taught about a good “By-laws” is that it should never be esoteric and should cover all bases without it being weighed down by process or procedural detail. All these characteristics fit the 1990 By-Laws to a T.

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The 1990 “By-Laws” were simple because the intent of those who amended it were honest. It didn’t need a mission vision statement because everyone was on the same page as to what the corporation had to do and what it wanted to do further. It understood the importance of policy continuity and yet guarded it with term limits. It had a tacit definition of right and wrong.

Back then the main thing that the new “By-Laws” wanted to stop was someone from being President for 5 consecutive years (previously happened) and from overstaying Directors (a common occurrence.) But now, what the 1990 “By-Laws” wanted to protect the general membership from, is now the bane of each paying member with the most recently amended “By-Laws.” Well I guess back then, PCCI didn’t have a forbidden apple that had 8 figures written all over it, enough for a Director to grow horns. Unfortunately, the next 2 amended “By-Laws” had vested interest as its backbone resulting into legal actions.

History can’t be kind if wrong doings of graft and violations of the “By-Laws” is what has to be written about her. I was criticized for bringing up the wrongdoings of the past. Well, I will keep on the telling the wrongdoings of the past to keep the present in order and the future safe, otherwise things won’t be any different from a dictator blatantly wrongly buried as a hero. Now to those who amended the “By-laws” again then again, as Oliver Hardy would say-“Here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten us into!”

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