ACTRA National Board Holds Winter Board Meeting
National Directors from all the Chapters got together in Reno on January 14th and 15th
to finalize last year’s numbers and make plans for the 40th ACTRA National Finals.
President Ty Rogers called the meeting to order on Saturday morning with a full agenda. After the Board reviewed the minutes from the previous meeting, they jumped right into chapter reviews. Everyone is on track to have a great year!
Business Manager, Mike Sweeney reported that most of the Sponsorships would be up at years end. The board authorized Mike to renew or renegotiate sponsors for equal or better. Mike has already started working with some of those Sponsors.
The raffle program was discussed in length. The board decided to do away with the raffle for this year. The chapters will have the option to purchase caps to sell/distribute at their state level.
It was also reported that the Wrangler Patriot shirts have been ordered. Professional’s Choice is working on the contestant jackets and will have something that is sure to please.
The National Board extended Mike Sweeney’s contract for 3 more years. Ropers Sports News will again produce the National Finals and Chapter program this year. This will be distributed with the August issue of Ropers Sports News.
Members will see some changes in the 2016 format. The number 12 will move to Monday making Sunday a shorter day. This should help make each day finish around 6:00pm. The Century will change to a #8 handicap with a #5.5 incentive.
Next the Board took a look at cattle bids. The Board had 3 to choose from, Tommy Lee Livestock, S Bar J Cattle and Habib Cattle Co., after considerable discussion the Board decided on Tommy Lee Livestock as the 2016 Cattle Contractor.
Secretary Heidi reported that the target date to launch the new website was February 1st. There was a lot of excitement about the new website.
took the Board through the financials answering questions, as they were looking for places to save money in the future. Bottom line is that we were $2,396 under budget, Awesome!
The numbering committee got together Sunday morning to look at some roping videos from the 2015 National Finals. The goal was to discuss roper numbers from all Chapters and see how they may be able to level the playing field at the National Finals.
When it was all said and done the National Directors felt they had put everything together that would ensure this year’s Wrangler/Professional’s Choice ACTRA National Finals would be the most full and rewarding ever! Dates are October 16th through 23rd. Travel safe and hope to see you in October.