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The Newsletter of the North Star Kennel Club
December 2019 Edition

Privacy Policy Approved

The Lead Pack approved the Club's new privacy policy at its November meeting. If you have any questions, please email leadpack@northstarkennelclub.org or use the feedback form on our website.

Lead Pack Nominations to Close

The board of directors of the North Star Kennel Club is called the “Lead Pack”. It currently consists of 10 members, elected to two-year terms. The terms are staggered so that five seats are normally up for election each year.

Requirements for Lead Pack Candidates

  • Became a Member of the North Star Kennel Club on or before May 20, 2019 (six months).
  • 2019 or 2020 Member dues paid in full.
  • Accept their nomination in person at the Lead Pack meeting on Wednesday, December 18, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Able to attend Lead Pack meetings, typically held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 7-9 p.m.
  • Interest in planning, hosting, and/or attending most Club events.
  • Interest in actively participating to improve the Club and its events for the membership.

How the Elections Process Works

Eligibility to vote

All 2019 and 2020 Members in good standing are eligible to vote in the election.


Nominations are open now through the Lead Pack meeting on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.  All candidates must accept their nominations in person at this meeting.  The meeting will be held at 7pm at 2021 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Lower Level Conference Room. Once nominations are closed, no additional candidates will be accepted. Write-in candidacies are not permitted.

If you are a 2019 or 2020 Member in good standing you may self-nominate or nominate another eligible member. If you are plan to nominate someone other than yourself, please speak with that person first. Secure their permission and make sure they are indeed interested in joining the Lead Pack.

Contested Election Process

The election runs for two weeks in January, concluding at the Annual Meeting and is conducted online. All eligible voters will receive an invitation to vote via email. This email will contain a special one-time use link to the voting site.  Voting will begin on Saturday, January 11, 2020 and conclude at the Annual Meeting, which will be held at The Saloon (Fire Bar) on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Members who lack Internet access will be given the opportunity to vote in person at the beginning of the Annual Meeting.

Voting is done by ranking the candidates in order of preference. Candidates are seated according to their numerical performance – the candidate that performed the best is seated first, the next best is seated next and so forth until all seats are filled.

When the voting period ends, the votes are tabulated and the results are announced before the end of the Annual Meeting.

Appointment Process

In the event that there are more seats available than candidates (or the same number), the Lead Pack will vote to appoint each candidate individually. A majority vote of the Lead Pack is required to appoint a candidate to a seat.

After the Annual Meeting

The newly-elected Lead Pack will hold an organizational meeting following the conclusion of the Annual Meeting. At this meeting, the new Lead Pack will select its officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer), designate committee chairs, and establish the Lead Pack meeting calendar for 2020.


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us via email at leadpack@northstarkennelclub.org or send us a message on Facebook.

December Social Dinner Scheduled

Come join us as we go out to dinner in Northeast at Eli’s East! We will then be heading to Holliedazzle’s Christmas Birthday Spectacular at LUSH!

2020 Public Mosh Schedule

For 2020, we will be continuing to host our monthly public moshes on the first Saturday of each month at The Saloon. The only exception to this is the month of April, when we will be producing the Dog Show portion of the North Star Puppy and Handler Weekend during that time. We will mosh once the Dog Show is complete.

We would like to thank The Saloon for their continued generosity in hosting these events, and for giving us space to store our mats and mosh gear!

Club Merchandise

Remember that members can purchase our merchandise, including:

  • large NSKC patches ($25)
  • small NSKC patches ($10)
  • NSKC membership pins ($5)
  • NSKC friendship pins (3 for $5)
  • NSKC wristbands ($2)

You can buy our merchandise at any of our events or contact Bruizer, our Membership Committee chair for details!

Give us your feedback and Event Ideas!

Please use our website's feedback form to give us any comments, suggestions, or questions you might have. These are sent to the Lead Pack and the committees that perform the club's activities. You can find it in the menu bar under Feedback.

If you have an event that you would like us to promote, organize, or co-host with you, please use our website's event submission form. You can find it in the menu bar under Events.

Volunteer Opportunities


Mosh Committee

The Mosh Committee is looking for volunteers to help in the following roles:

  • setup/breakdown helpers
  • greeters
  • guest/newbie liaisons
  • mosh pit trainers/referee

Marketing Committee

The Marketing Committee is looking for volunteers to help in the following roles:

  • club photographers
  • social media assistants
  • website updates

StrictlyGeneric Discount

As members of the North Star Kennel Club you can get 10% off custom chain maille collars, harnesses and accessories, made by our own Pup Nyx, at StrictlyGeneric.com. Order from him in person and mention the discount, or order online and use code "NSKCMEMBERS" for the discount. Your club membership will be verified.

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