Volunteer positions on MSCA Committees are always available to all club members. Experience is not necessary, but you should be responsible, have time to participate actively, and able to meet important deadlines. Descriptions of each committee are listed below.
Please contact the MSCA or Committee Chair if you are interested in joining a committee, have any questions about an existing committee, or you if would like to propose a creation of a new committee.
Code of Ethics Review Committee- Chair Elizabeth Brockman; Tabitha Compton, Susan Sorg, Christine Fahrnbauer
Pedigree Committee- Chair Kara Marx; Kathy Flynn
Breed Preservation & History Committee- Chair Peter Malmberg
Member & Public Breed Education Committee- Chair Leslie Whitney; Nancy Joyce-Simmons
Rescue Committee- Chair Allison Ribaux
Website Committee- Chair Dan Robinson; Tabitha Compton, Kara Marx
Unregistered Maremma DNA Sample Collection & Former Member Outreach- Chair Peter Malmberg; Elizabeth Brockman
Discipline Procedure Committee- Chair Kate Sorensen
Fundraising & Merchandise Committee- Chair Allison Ribaux; Kara Marx
Meeting Minutes Revision Committee
MSCA Policy Committee
Breed Standard Research & Revision Committee
Please Contact the MSCA If You Have A Committee Suggestion
2022 MSCA Nominating Committee Chair, Vice President, Elizabeth Brockman Colby Brown Susan Sorg
No person may be a candidate in a Club election who has not been nominated in accordance with these Bylaws.
A Nominating Committee shall be chosen by the Board of Directors at the 3rd quarter Board meeting.
The Committee shall consist of the Vice President and two members in good standing who are not members of the current Board of Directors and who are not nominees for the next Board.
The Vice President shall act as chairman for the Committee.
The Nominating Committee may conduct its business by mail and email.
The Nominating Committee shall nominate from among the eligible members of the Club, one candidate for each office and for each other position on the Board of Directors and shall procure the acceptance of each nominee so chosen.
The Committee shall then submit its slate of candidates to the Board at or before the 4th quarter Board meeting.
Additional nominations of eligible members may be made by written petition addressed to the Nominating Committee and received on or before October 1, accompanied by the written acceptance of each such additional nominee signifying his eligibility and willingness to be a candidate.
To be eligible for nomination to office, a nominee shall have been a member in good standing of the Club for at least one calendar year at the time of nomination.
MSCA Maremma Rescue Chair Allison Ribaux As the guardians of the Maremma Sheepdog, the MSCA is prepared to rescue any purebred Maremma without a home.
The MSCA National Maremma Rescue is looking for a new chair, members, and volunteers across North America who would like to be involved in rescuing Maremmas in need.
If you have one or more Maremmas that you cannot keep for reasons such as illness, family changes, or financial changes, please get in touch with the Club's Rescue instead of turning the dog(s) into a shelter. The MSCA Rescue will act quickly to find a new suitable home for your dog(s), regardless of age.
The purpose of the MSCA Rescue is to provide for the rescue of Maremma Sheepdogs in all areas of North America and to provide rescue liaison with other clubs and organizations when purebred Maremma Sheepdogs are surrendered to their rescue.
The MSCA assumes no liability for rescue operations except as required by law. Those who perform rescue services for the MSCA do so at their own risk.
The MSCA National Rescue Chair will provide a rescue report to the Board at each meeting, publish articles and information on rescue in club publications, coordinate policies, and exchange information with committee members and the club.
Health and Genetics Committee Chair Elizabeth Brockman Kara Marx Dan Robinson The MSCA Board will establish a Health Committee and is looking for those members who have a practical and demonstrated interest in canine health issues in general, and the Maremma Sheepdog in particular, and those whose knowledge would benefit the Committee (whether it be traditional medicine, alternative medicine, or other area of interest - professional or hobby).
The Health Committee's primary goal is to provide health-related information to our membership and encourage the breeding of healthier Maremma Sheepdogs to live longer and healthier lives by identifying health issues and promoting education to improve the health of our dogs.
Information will be gathered to help breeders, owners and Maremma Sheepdog enthusiasts to understand the health concerns of the breed, health testing, and other pertinent health information.
Health and Genetics Committee Goals 1. Establish a genetic pedigree database which will pave the way for better breed pairing predictions, including COI (Coefficient of Inbreeding).
2. Identify health issues particular to Maremma Sheepdogs by working with canine genetic health testing laboratories as well as Maremma owners and breeders.
3. Research and identify the highest scientific and educational standards that will have the greatest potential for advancing the health of the Maremma Sheepdog.
4. Produce educational materials and applications that are reasonable and affordable for breeders and owners.
5. Educate breeders and owners on health concerns particular to Maremma Sheepdogs through written materials and programs.
6. Provide education on genetics and foster a greater understanding of the role genetics plays in some disease processes.
7. Work with the Fundraising Committee to raise funds to advance MSCA Health Committee projects. 8. Encourage breeders to test their breeding stock for potential health issues before breeding.
Member and Public Breed Education Committee Chair Leslie Whitney Nancy Joyce-Simmons The MSCA Board would like to establish an Education Committee and is looking for those members who have an interest in composing educational information not only about the Maremma Sheepdog, but also about breeding, rearing, training, managing and owning livestock guardian dogs.
The purpose of the MSCA Education Committee shall be to develop educational programs and materials that recognize the Maremma Sheepdog as primarily a livestock guardian dog and encourage breeders to select Maremmas that possess the appearance, soundness, temperament, natural abilities and personality reflected in the breed standard and to educate owners on the care and management of their Maremma Sheepdogs, as well as be the Public Relations portal of the club.
The Board is looking for members who would be interested in volunteering.
Fundraising & Merchandise Committee Chair Allison Ribaux Kara Marx The MSCA Board would like to establish a Fundraising Committee to suggest and implement creative ways the club can raise money to fund educational programs and activities.
The Board is looking for a candidate to Chair the committee and for other members who would be interested in volunteering.
The Board has thought of several suggestions for fundraising activities, so the Committee would be starting with some ideas. The Fundraising Committee and the Board will work together to consider whether to earmark a portion of the money raised for any particular club needs.
This would be a great opportunity to have some creative fun to benefit your club and to get better acquainted with fellow members.
Breed Preservation and History Committee Chair, Peter Malmberg The MSCA Board would like to establish a History Committee and is looking for those members who have an interest in researching the history of the Maremma Sheepdog breed, particularly here in North America.
The History Committee will query both members and non-members using surveys and interviews to identify, chart and record the people who were influential in importing and establishing the Maremma Sheepdog breed in North America, as well as compose the history of the MSCA.
If you have any questions about joining a committee, please contact the MSCA.