Minutes from Annual Meetings 

Wyoming Old Time Fiddlers Annual Meeting
Douglas, WY 8/13/16


President Billie Donovan called the meeting to order at 2:55 P.M.

Billie read the Treasurer’s report obtained from Nancy Haynes. The Big Horn National Bank in Thermopolis has on account $684.40 in checking and about $400 in savings. The $195 fee for the 2016 national certification was paid with money donated by the Casper Fiddle Club in February. Billie asked Nancy to also have bank statements sent to her. Nancy indicated she would be willing to continue as Treasurer.

Old Business

A decision on replacing and deciding whether to send the Travelling Trophy home with each year’s champ were postponed until the future of the contest was decided. However, the matter was discussed anyway, with it being noted that if the contest was discontinued it would be nice if it could be placed somewhere visible. Suggestions included the State Fair’s Pioneer Museum, and somewhere in Shoshoni. It was also suggested that our decedent roll plaque and the canvas backdrop picture also be placed with the Museum. Darlene Hageman said that the Museum had a lot of visitors annually. It was suggested the trophy be financed with contributions.

Warrie Means moved to produce the plaque described by Dick Lefevre, bearing a line drawing of “Lazy” Harold Donelson and room for the names of state champions. Dick Enders seconded the motion with an amendment to negotiate placing the trophy and Association memorabilia with the Pioneer Museum.

The motion passed unanimously.

New Business

A discussion of whether to continue the contest followed. Some wondered whether the expense of the contest was justified by the small attendance. Members noted the extremely low numbers of contestants and several also said they would not return, further reducing the anticipated numbers for future contests. Darlene Hageman said expense should not be an issue because she believed the Fair could afford the contest, and also said she believed no participating contestants donated money to any other show or contest in the Fair.

No one said they were willing to be president.

The question of whether having the certification for the Grand National Contest was worth the effort of continuing such a small event.

Dick Enders suggested considering a single day contest. Casey Whiteman also liked the idea of a single day contest. Ana Merchant noted there may be some conflict with next summer’s solar eclipse.

Kim Merchant suggested a reunion festival, perhaps 5 years in the future in Shoshoni on Memorial Day. He said holding the contest on Memorial Day weekend had been more successful. There was no support for a suggestion to switch to a program of fiddling plus dancing like members experienced at the Montana Fiddle Camp. There was a suggestion to reach out to someone else to hold the contest, perhaps Joan Eiseman, or in Jackson or Gillette.

Casey Whiteman moved to not have a contest next year, to “suspend it.” Kelly Wells seconded. The motion passed 6:1 with two abstentions.

Warrie moved, Casey seconded a motion to have Dick Lefevre and Kim Merchant check into having a reunion festival in Shoshoni, Memorial Day 2018 and report and receive Executive Council approval. Motion carried.

The remaining New Business was also discussed without motion or closure.

Mailing List: Billie handed out an updated mailing list along with several names for which we need addresses..

Bylaws. Billie had proposals to update the by laws which she said would only be necessary if the Association is going to endure or continue. Among her proposals were making the Executive Advisory Council into a Board. She also said we should consider a statement disbursing the Association Treasury or other assets upon dissolution of the Association.

New Officers. Following the decision to suspend the contest and Association for the next year, no election was held. Billie said she was not willing to function in the ordinary duties of President. She also said, however, she and the Council would stay in touch by email and decide the Association’s future.

Unfinished business

Whether to retain or dissolve the Association and its treasury. It was suggested and the consensus appeared to suspend and wait to see if there would be a reunion festival.

Casey Whiteman moved to adjourn. Motion carried 4:12 P.M.

Submitted by Secretary Pro-tem Dick Lefevre, with corrections by Billie Donovan.



Wyoming Old Time Fiddle Association
Annual Meeting Minutes
August 8, 2015

President Billie Donovan called the meeting to order. We met following the Saturday afternoon session of the State Fiddle Contest at the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas.

Secretary Dave Brinkman read the minutes from the 2014 meeting. Motion by Warrie Means and seconded by Ann Robinson to accept the minutes as read. Passed.

Casey has established a Facebook page for the contest. She will update it yearly.

Nancy was not present so there was no treasurer's report. Billie paid the certification fee and will get reimbursed. Billie will visit with Nancy about whether she wants to continue as treasure.

Billie reported that more advertising was done this year. This included contacting teachers, other contests, Artcore ad, PSA, etc. Billie is unsure about the fair underwriting this again. Dick L. suggested applying for Arts Council grants. WOTFA had to provide $1500 to make the contest happen this year.

There was discussion about changing to a one day contest. Ann moved to keep it a two day contest and start at 11:00 and then start earlier on Sunday. Dick Enders seconded. Passed.

Warrie moved to change Jr-Jr to just one round. Dick L. 2nd. Passed.

Billie will talk to Vickie Rupert about finances for next year.

Ann reminded Billie that the President should work with fair to get the proper forms in the Premium Book.

Dick E. moved for adjournment and Warrie 2nd. Passed.

Respectfully submitted, Dave Brinkman, Secretary WOTFA

Wyoming Old Time Fiddle Association
Annual Meeting Minutes
August 10, 2014


President Casey Whiteman called the meeting to order. We met following the Saturday afternoon session of the State Fiddle Contest at the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas.

Secretary Dave Brinkman read the minutes from the 2013 meeting. Motion by Warrie Means and seconded by Ann Robinson to accept the minutes as read. Passed.

Darlene had a question about calculating the scoring for No Holds Barred. Some judges gave two scores if the person played two tunes. The consensus was to average the two scores.

Dick Lefevre gave a treasurer’s report in the absence of Nancy Haynes, treasurer. There is $649.70 in checking and $405.35 in savings. Ann asked if the contest certification fee had been paid for this year and the past two years. It is unclear from Nancy’s report whether that had been done, or if the State Fair had paid it. Ed Gross will contact Nancy for clarification. Treasurer’s report was filed for audit.

There will be a meeting of the new president (Billie Donovan), Executive Council (officers and past presidents) and Vicki Rupert from the State Fair. This will take place in the fall after the fair. There was some concern that the fair might not want to continue our contest, so this will be discussed. The number of participating fiddlers, contest format and publicity concerns will be discussed.

Old Business
Ed mentioned that he could not find the contest information on the web. The contest information is in the State Fair Premium Book. There is a link to that on the WOTFA website. However, the premium book is nearly 200 pages long, so it is not easy to find. Dave will add the contest info to the website for next year if he receives it from Billie or Ann.

There was discussion about advertising, low number of fiddlers at this and other contests, and our non-profit status.

Ann Robinson moved and Dick Enders seconded a motion to see what the Fair intends for future contests, and to authorize the Executive Council to make decisions about the contest future. Passed

New Business
The association appreciates the work of the fair employees to make this contest a success. We also greatly appreciate the lunch provided in the cafeteria both days.

The Rocky Mountain Regional is next weekend in Casper.

Ann donated the plaque engraving fee. This plaque lists deceased WOTFA members. The names of Sam Haynes, Jesse Morrell and Gene Litton were added this year. Ann and Marvin Robinson will provide the next memorial plaque.

Joe Sites, Jacie Sites and Laura Waters have agreed to judge the 2015 contest.

Election was held for President Elect. Ed Gross was nominated. There were no further nominations, so Ed was elected by acclamation.

Billie Donovan will be the new President starting at the conclusions of the meeting. She appointed Dave as secretary and will contact Nancy to see if she wants to continue as treasurer.

There was general appreciation to Casey Whiteman for serving as the WOTFA president for the last two years. Casey will collect donations to give the fair employees a small token of our appreciation.

Dave Brinkman moved for adjournment. Vickie Roseberry seconded. Passed.
Respectfully submitted, Dave Brinkman, Secretary WOTFA

Wyoming Old Time Fiddle Association
Annual Meeting Minutes
August 11, 2013

President Casey Whiteman called the meeting to order. We met following the Saturday afternoon session of the State Fiddle Contest at the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas.

Secretary Dave Brinkman read the minutes from the 2012 meeting. Motion by Dick Enders and seconded by Warrie Means to accept the minutes as read. Passed.

Nancy Haynes provided a Treasurer’s report. There is $581.70 in checking and $404.78 in savings.

Old Business
Motion by Dave Brinkman and seconded by Warrie Means to pay $195 contest certification fee to national fiddle organization. There was some discussion about the wisdom of doing this, since it might be the responsibility of the State Fair. On the other hand, it is a good will gesture, since we are no longer paying for a judge. Passed.

We had approved paying the fee last year, but we had not actually paid. Nancy will take care of that reimbursing the State Fair for both years.

Ann Robinson had donated the $25 payment for our tax exempt certificate.

New Business
President-elect has Reid Buckley moved out of state, so we need a new person in that office. Billie Donovan was nominated. There were no further nominations, and Warrie moved and Dave seconded that we to elect her by acclamation. Passed.

Dick Enders commended Casey Whiteman for bringing a number of students to the contest.

Warrie volunteered to look into the issue of location of the judges for tomorrow. (They were moved away from the bathrooms and out into the main hall, but screened from the stage).

Dick LeFevre suggested trying to do more advertising for next year. He will visit with Vicki Rupert from the State Fair.

Dave Brinkman moved to eliminate the $2 fee for accompanists. Seconded by Dick Enders. This no longer makes sense since admission is free. Passed.

There was general appreciation for the folks at the State Fair for hosting the contest. Darlene and Dixie were in charge of registration and tallying, and all were especially appreciative of their efforts.

Motion by Dave Brinkman and seconded by Dick Enders to adjourn. Passed.

Respectfully submitted,
Dave Brinkman, Secretary WOTFA

Wyoming Old Time Fiddle Association
Annual Meeting Minutes
August 11, 2012

President Dick Lefevre called the meeting to order. We met following the afternoon session of the State Fiddle Contest at the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas.

Reports
Secretary Dave Brinkman read the minutes from the 2011 meeting. Motion by Warrie Means and seconded by Dick Enders to accept the minutes as read. Passed.

Nancy Haynes provided the Treasurer’s Report. There is $384 in Checking and $403 in savings. She has $150 in dues to deposit. Motion by Warrie Means and seconded by Dick Enders to accept the report. Passed.

Old Business
None

New Business
Darlene from the State Fair asked for recommendations for the future. There were no comments other than our unanimous appreciation for all the help the State Fair staff has provided. We are looking forward to the new building next year.

Motion by Warrie Means and seconded by Casey Whiteman to pay the $195 certification fee to the National Contest in Weiser. Passed.

We discussed the possibility of changing the contest to a one-day event. There was concern about the smaller number of contestants this year. No action taken, but we will continue discussion in the executive board this fall and possibly propose something at next year’s meeting.

Motion by Warrie Means and seconded by Dick Enders to have Casey talk to Vicki and see if there is some service we can provide to the Fair in the way of playing for some of their events. Passed.

Election of Officers
Motion by Casey Whiteman and seconded by Warrie Means to nominate Reid Buckley as President Elect. Seeing no other nominations, Warrie Means made a motion (second by Nancy Haynes) to cease nominations. Passed.

With this election, Casey Whiteman moves from President-Elect to President. President Casey Whiteman appointed Dave Brinkman as Secretary and Nancy Haynes as Treasurer.

Motion by Warrie Means and seconded by Dave Brinkman to adjourn. Passed.

Respectfully submitted,
Dave Brinkman, Secretary

Wyoming Old Time Fiddle Association
Annual Meeting Minutes
August 20, 2011

President Dick Lefevre called the meeting to order. We met following the afternoon session of the combined Rocky Mountain Regional/WOTFA contest at “The Venue” in Casper.

Secretary Dave Brinkman read the minutes from the 2010 meeting. Motion by Casey Whiteman and seconded by Ann Robinson to accept the minutes as read. Passed.

Dick Lefevre reported for Treasurer Nancy Haynes who was absent. There is $515.40 in checking and $402.06 in savings. Motion by Billy Browning and seconded by Warrie Means to accept the report. Passed.

Old Business

Motion by Casey Whiteman and seconded by Warrie Means to pay $350 for one judge. Passed.

New Business

Motion by Kelly Wells and second by Casey Whiteman to pay contest certification fee of $195 to National association. Passed.

Motion by Warrie Means and second by Billy Browning to amend the bylaws to establish an executive committee to take to help the President take care of business between annual meetings. The committee would be the elected officers, the appointed officers and the last three past presidents of WOTFA. Passed.

Ann Robinson reported she had asked District 2 to support the contest but had not gotten a response. Billy Browning will follow up with them.

Motion by Ann Robinson and seconded by Kelly Wells to change the late fee from $10 to $2. Passed.

Several ideas for next year’s contest location were discussed. These included Jackson, Cody, Riverton, Lander, and Douglas (State Fair). Motion by Kelly Wells and seconded by Dick Enders to have us check on State Fair as our first choice for next year. Passed. Warrie Means will check and report ASAP.

Casey Whiteman moved to adjourn. Passed.

Respectfully submitted, Dave Brinkman, Secretary WOTFA

Wyoming Old Time Fiddle Association
Annual Meeting Minutes
May 29, 2010

President Dick Enders called the meeting to order. Secretary Dave Brinkman read the minutes from the 2009 meeting. Motion from Casey Whiteman and seconded by Warrie Means to approve the minutes. Motion passed.

Treasurer Nancy Haynes reported $140 in the checking account and $796 in savings. Motion from Ann Robinson and seconded by Warrie to accept the Treasurer’s report. Motion Passed.

Old Business
Dick Enders asked about the Conoco Phillips grant that we had gotten last year. Ed Capen reported that the Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation had not applied for it this year, but will next year. He has been in contact with Conoco Phillips.

New Business
Motion from Ann Robinson and seconded by Kelly Wells to pay for one judge at this year’s contest. Motion passed.

Ed Capen reported that the Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundationwill sponsor the contest again next year, and that it will be on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 and 29.

Cody Stadelmaier (national board member) reported on Weiser contest. • To play in Weiser at the certified contest you must be a member of the National Fiddle Association • There will be a Senior-Senior division at Weiser again.

Ann Robinson moved and Casey Whiteman seconded that we change our rules to reflect the Senior-Senior change at Weiser. This means that the winner of our Senior contest can play in either the Senior or Senior-Senior, depending on their age. We will not have a Senior-Senior division at our contest.

Casey Whiteman moved and Dick Lefevre seconded that we change our rules for Twin Fiddling to allow contestants to play a tune in twin that they play in their age division contest. Contestants will not be able to play a tune more than once in the Twin Fiddling Division. Since this is a little confusing, Casey and Ann will come up with exact wording for this and we will make the change in the rules.

New Officer Nominations

President Elect Casey Whiteman was nominated by Warrie Means. No further nominations, so Casey is elected by acclamation.

Dick Lefevre moves from President Elect to President. He will appoint Treasurer and Secretary.

Announcements
Warrie Means thanked Ed Capen and the Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation for their work with the contest. Thank you to Prairie Grass Recording for donating the sound (Zieb and Joan Stetler).

WOTFA wishes to thank the current officers for their work for the fiddlers association: Dick Enders, Dick Lefevre, Dave Brinkman, and Nancy Haynes.

Cody Stadelmaier moved to adjourn. Casey Whiteman seconded. Motion Passed.

Respectfully submitted, Dave Brinkman, Secretary

Wyoming Old Time Fiddle Association
Annual Meeting Minutes
May 30, 2009

President Dick Enders called the meeting to order.

Secretary Dave Brinkman read the minutes from the 2008 meeting. Motion from Vicki Roseberry and seconded by Warrie Means to approve the minutes. Motion passed.

Treasurer Nancy Haynes reported $120 in the checking account and $759 in savings. Motion from Dick Lefevre and seconded by Warrie to accept the Treasurer’s report. Motion Passed.

Old Business
Ann Robinson reported that the clarification on the rules form last year’s minutes have been incorporated into the contest this year.

Ed Capen reported that CWC did not have funding to video the contest this year. TCT is recording the contest. KTWO from Casper is here to do a news story.

New Business
Margie Johnson reported that District #2 does not have funds to contribute to support the state contest this year, but they hope contribute in the future. The number of members is down in that district. She asked for fiddlers willing to come to Cody to guest at their events to help get some interest going. She could pay $50. Jams are at Cassie’s in Cody. Contact Margie at 307 347-4832.

Motion from Ann Robinson and seconded by Warrie Means to pay for one judge at this year’s contest. Motion passed.

Motion from Ann Robinson and seconded by Dick Lefevre to delete reference to Senior-Senior division in our bylaws for the Weiser contest. Motion passed.

Margie Johnson expressed concern that the first prize money for the senior division had been cut from $150 to $75. Ann explained that this was done a couple of years ago when we approved a revision of the contest rules. This was done to equalize the prize money for Junior, Adult and Senior Division.

Motion by Dave Brinkman to add $25 to Junior, Adult and Senior Division to make first prize $100. Seconded by Dick Lefevre. Motion passed.

Nancy Haynes reported 108 names on the member list, but not many had paid dues.

Warrie thanked Ed Capen and the folks from Thermopolis for their work with the contest. Prairie Grass donated the sound (Zebe and Joan Stetler).

Cody Stadelmaier(national board member) reported on some changes at Weiser contest

  • Senior Senior division deleted
  • Only three judges instead of 5. High and low scores no longer thrown out.
  • Twin Fiddle division added, with a limit of 25.
  • Round robin in the last round.
  • Clapping allowed between tunes.
  • Weiser website
  • Cody encouraged members to join the national association.

Workshops this evening in Guitar (Jacob Means) and fiddle (Nancy and Natalie Padilla). Motion by Warrie Means and second by Ann Robinson to adjourn. Motion passed.

Respectfully submitted,
Dave Brinkman, Secretary

Wyoming Old Time Fiddle Association
Annual Meeting Minutes
April 26, 2008

President Kelly Wells called the meeting to order.

Vice President Dick Enders, substituting for Secretary Dave Brinkman, read minutes from the last meeting held 5/12/07. Warrie Means moved that the minutes be accepted as written. Dick Enders seconded the motion which was then passed.

Treasurer Nancy Haynes reported that the Association bank balance when transferred from the Shoshoni bank on 4/18/07 totaled $835.16. Deposits of $262.34 and transfer of $372.55 to checking left a savings account balance on 4/23/08 of $724.95.

The checking account balance started at $230. $372.55 was transferred in from savings. $405 in checks were written ($350 to cover judge expense, $30 to President Wells for mailing expense, $25 taxes) leaving a checking account balance on 4/23/09 of $197.55.

Total of both balances on 4/23/09 = $922.50.

Ed Capen introduced Toddi Darlington, Secretary, Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation, the financial sponsor of the contest.

Old Business:

Ann Robinson stated that the rules require the Association communicate with the group staging the contest regarding rule changes.

" Contest officials will randomly draw playing order numbers for contestants for each round in each division. Playing order will be posted in the practice room as soon as possible." This is rule #3.

The 4 criteria for judging the contest did not get on the new score sheets.

It would be OK for the tally to be done by computer.

Kelly Wells appointed Ann Robinson to get the National score sheet.

New Business:

Ed Capen announced that the tentative date for the 2009 contest would be 5/30/2009, the weekend after Memorial Day. Ed said that the school wouldn’t sign a contract to ensure a specific weekend for the contest each year. Dick Enders noted that teachers who are still in school can’t come as early as the contest was held this year, and that other activities at this time of year compete with the contest for audience and participants.

Ed Capen stated that the National Contest in Weiser is okay with Wyoming holding their contest after Memorial Day if they get results sent to them by priority or e-mail immediately following the contest.

Ed Capen announced that the post-contest workshop was poorly subscribed.

Ed Capen reported that the Thermopolis Greater Learning Foundation wants Association members to help them solicit sponsorship for a very expensive contest. After a lengthy discussion, Ed said that he would provide Dick Enders with a letter soliciting sponsorships, which could then be distributed to the general members who would seek support for the contest from their own communities.

Ed said that since their FM radio system had not worked, that next year they would probably move the judges to the tally room. Ann Robinson noted that although some states don’t keep their judges out of sight of the stage, the National rules require sequestered judges. Kelly Wells added that the contest should strive for sequestered judges since that’s the rule. Ed noted that seating judges in the audience this year had seemed to be totally acceptable to the fiddlers when announced.

Warrie Means moved that the Association pay $350 to the Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation to pay for one judge. Dick Enders seconded the motion which then passed.

Nancy Haynes announced that she has sufficient funds to pay for a judge without withdrawing more money. She also invited people to pay their dues, saying that if everyone paid, they wouldn’t have to touch the savings account this year.

Ed announced that CWC wanted to tape the contest in 2009. TCT planned to be at the contest the next day 4/25/08 to video tape the contest for internet distribution. Richard ___? offered to approach or find whomever directs KCWC/Wyoming Public Broadcasting Service.

Kelly Wells opened discussion of nominations for new officers.

Ann Robinson nominated Dick Lefevre for vice-President. Vicki Roseberry seconded the nomination. There were no further nominations and Nancy Haynes moved that nominations be closed, which was seconded by Cody Robinson and passed by acclamation.

President Wells asked if there was any further business.

Ed Capen announced that they were producing the contest on a year-to-year basis, and already had 3 judges for next year and had completed an application for funds for the 2009 contest.

Ann Robinson expressed thanks to the officers, and to out-going president Kelly Wells. Ed Capen thanked Ann Robinson for her help. Ann Robinson thanked the Contest Committee for doing such a nice job.

Ed Capen said he hoped for more unity between the two active Fiddle Association districts and the State Association. He said he thought District Two was considering withholding their support for the State Contest, although didn’t know why. Ann Robinson noted that District Four had doubled their support.

Warrie Means’ motion to adjourn was passed.

Respectfully submitted: David Brinkman,
Secretary (by Dick Lefevre)

Wyoming Old Time Fiddle Association
Annual Meeting Minutes
May 12, 2007

The annual meeting of Wyoming Old Time Fiddle Association was held in Thermopolis at the Hot Springs County High School Auditorium following the contest rounds on Saturday, May 12, 2007.

President Kelly Wells called the meeting to order.

Treasurer Nancy Haynes gave the treasurer’s report.

  • On April 18, 2007, $835.16 was moved from Atlantic Federal Credit Union to Big Horn FCU.
  • A release was obtained from Dessie Bebout and Joan Eisemann so their names were removed from the account at AFCU.
  • Account was closed at AFCU and $242.18 was moved to Big Horn.
  • $64. 84 was spent for award for Gayle Currah.
  • Dues income $20
  • Judges fee $350
  • $42.54 for newsletter expense to Kelly Wells
  • $690.95 is current balance

    Minutes from 2006 were read by Dave Brinkman. Minutes approved.

    Kelly Wells thanked Ann for the effort to update our contest rules.

    Ann Robinson presented the “Rules Committee Proposals” from the Rules Committee (Dick Lefevre, Dick Enders, and Ann Robinson). The following items were considered by the WOTFA members.

    A proposal to update the rules to current practice was explained by Ann. This proposal is not to make substantive changes. Motion by Warrie Means and second by Sam Haynes to approve this proposal. Proposal was passed.

    Several substantive changes were brought forward.

    1. Discussion on whether contestants should be required to register one hour before their division? Motion by Warrie Means to charge a late fee of $10 for those registering after Friday of the contest weekend. Second by Dick Enders. Motion passed.

    2. Motion by Warrie Means and second by Gene Litton to allow random drawing for position by contest officials rather than contestants. Motion passed.

    3. Motion by Gene Litton and 2nd by Warrie Means to adopt national rule for string breakage by fiddler or accompanist. Motion passed.

    4. Motion by Margie Johnson and second by Roy Johnson to adopt the national rule to establish limit of two accompanists for Small Fry (Lil Tykes) and Junior Junior. Motion passed.

    5. Discussion of a national rule to eliminate the use of contact mics and electric bass. No action. We will continue with allowing electric bass.

    6. Motion by Warrie Means and second by Margie Johnson to adopt national judging criteria for old time fiddling ability, danceability, rhythm and timing, and tone quality. Motion passed.

    7. Motion by Warrie Means and second by Gene Litton to adopt the national rule that contestants will be disqualified from the current contest and the next year for threatening or harassing a judge. Motion passed.

    8. Motion by Margie Johnson and second by Roy Johnson to adopt the national rule prohibiting sheet music. Motion failed.

    9. Motion by Warrie Means and second by Gene Litton to adopt national rule regarding procedure if a contestant wins a division for three consecutive years. Motion passed.

    10. Motion by Gene Litton and second by Margie Johnson to clarify that playoffs occur only when there is a tie in the cumulative scores after the final round of any division. Motion passed.

    11. Motion by Warrie Means and second by Margie Johnson to change the name of the Li’l Tykes to Small Fry to match the national contest. Motion passed

    12. Motion by Warrie Means and second by Gene Litton to change the procedures for a protest to being three contestants (including accompanists), rather than three contestants in a division. Motion passed.

    13. Motion by Warrie Means and second by Dick Enders to allow contestants to move back and forth between State and Age Group divisions. This follows the national rule. Motion passed.

    Additional rules were discussed.

    1. Motion by Roy Johnson and second by Gene Litton to change the senior division to just two rounds. Motion passed.

    2. Motion by Warrie Means and second by Margie Johnson to have Small Fry continue with just one round, Novice change to just one round and Junior Junior change to two rounds. Motion passed.

    3. Motion by Warrie Means and second by Janet Parrent to allow Twin Fiddle contestants to both be from out of state. Motion passed.

    4. Motion by Warrie Means and second by Margie Johnson to eliminate the dress code suggestions. Motion failed.

    President Kelly Wells asked about dates for the 2008 State Contest. Ed Capen reported that April 21-22 or May 19 weekend looked like possibilities. There are problems with the Mother’s Day weekend. The school calendar determines which dates are available. Ed was confident that a date in April or May could be found. Kelly suggested that the Thermopolis organizers need to be working two years in advance.

    Motion by Ann Robinson and second by Dick Enders to adjourn. Motion passed.

    Respectfully submitted
    Dave Brinkman, Secretary