December 6, 2007 Meeting

The meeting was called to order by Steve Moeller at 7:00 am on Thursday, December 6, 2007 at the Embassy Suites Kansas City - International Airport. Participating members included: Steve Moeller, Joe Cassady, Doug Newcom, Harold Hodson, Scott Price, Ron Bates, Phil Dorn, Fields Gunsett, Darrell Anderson, Scott Newman, Ken Stalder, Max Rothschild, Dale Miller, Everett Forkner, and Todd See.

Old Business:
Minutes of the May, 2007 NSIF Board of Directors meeting were previously distributed by electronic mail to the Board. A motion to approve the May, 2007 meeting minutes was forwarded by Max Rothschild. A second to motion for approval was offered by Todd See. The motion was approved by the Board.

Fiscal year finances for NSIF were distributed to the Board of Directors by Steve Moeller. Everett Forkner and Mark Boggess were provided copies of all 2007 financial records for auditing purposes. Steve Moeller reported that Net Worth on September 30, 200 was $7,737.73 which represented a $3,999.29 increase from the previous fiscal year. Everett Forkner reported the Board of Directors that the review of the financial information was conducted by Mark, himself and was also provided to the financial consultant at the National Pork Board. Everett Forkner reported the audit revealed the financial report was consistent and appropriate. A motion to approve the 2007 Financial Report was forwarded by Todd See. A second to the motion for approval was forwarded by Ken Stalder. A call for discussion was offered. The motion for approval of the 2007 Financial Report was approved unanimously by the Board of Directors.

A membership update was offered by Steve Moeller reporting that there were currently 30 paid member organizations. Membership letters were also sent to identified Boar Studs at the time of the annual membership call offering a one-year, reduced rate ($75.00) NSIF membership to these organizations. One Boar Stud, Lean Value Sires, responded with a membership payment.

Doug Newcom provided a symposium update and indicated that the Semen Sexing Topic was dropped from the program due to the inability to find a speaker to fit the topic. Steve Moeller reported there were eight corporate sponsors for the symposium, each contributing $500. Seventy-two persons, including speakers, were pre-registered for the conference.

New Business:
A group discussion centering on the future of the organization and the commitment of Board of Director members to the carrying out of goals and responsibilities of NSIF was held. Key points of discussion included if the organization should continue, which was soundly described as a yes by the Board Members present.

The need to implement a more effective committee structure was discussed as a means to spread the time requirements and commitments of the secretary-treasurer in relation to carrying out the organizational and annual meeting commitments. The charge from the Board of Directors was to re-visit existing committees and through the efforts of the officers identify each committees charge and assess membership on committees.

Steve Moeller indicated that he was going to step down as Secretary-Treasurer following wrap-up of the 2007 Annual Meeting commitments due to time constraints he was under personally, unless there were no willing takers. Discussion ensued in regard to visiting with Glenn Conatser as a replacement for the Secretary-Treasurer Position within NSIF and determining the conditions under which he may take on this responsibility. This responsibility was to be carried out by Joe Cassady and other Board Members and they were to report back to the group at the December 7, 2007 meeting.

A call for the inclusion of University memberships was proposed and briefly discussed with the thought being that this opportunity may allow additional interest from scientists within the university setting and also help secure funding sources as costs of meetings, etc continue to rise.

A call for caucus of new Board of Director members to replace members completing terms was offered. Board memberships will be open in the areas of AI-companies to replace Phil Dorn who will not seek a second term; Breeding Companies to replace Fields Gunsett; Swine Breeding Organizations to replace Shannon Witzig; Directors at Large to replace Archie Clutter.

Call for meeting to adjourn forwarded by Doug Newcom with a second call to adjourn by Ken Stalder. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:02 am.

Respectfully Submitted,



Steven J. Moeller
Secretary - Treasurer



December 7, 2007 Meeting

The meeting was called to order by Steve Moeller at 12:30 pm on Friday, December 7, 2007 at the Embassy Suites Kansas City - International Airport. Participating members included: Steve Moeller, Joe Cassady, Doug Newcom, Harold Hodson, Scott Price, Ron Bates, Phil Dorn, Fields Gunsett, Darrell Anderson, Scott Newman, Ken Stalder, Max Rothschild, Dale Miller, Everett Forkner, Clint Schwab, Glenn Conatser, Max Waldo and Todd See .

Old Business:
Joe Cassady and Steve Moeller reported to the group that they had discussed with Glenn Conatser the opportunity to become Secretary Treasurer following completion of the 2007 Annual Meeting and Symposium financial commitments. Steve Moeller briefly discussed the responsibilities of the position to all in attendance. Glenn indicated that he was willing to take-on the responsibility, in particular if funds to support his expense related to travel to the Annual Meeting and Symposium were available given that he will be phasing out of the university setting. A motion to accept Glenn Conatser as the Secretary-Treasurer of NSIF was forwarded by Todd See with a second to the motion made by Darrell Anderson. Following brief discussion that Steve Moeller would coordinate transfer of the position (likely in February, 2008) and help where needed in the transition, the motion passed unanimously.

Results of caucus for new board members and officers were reported and discussed. Results were as follows:

    Swine Breed Associations
  • Clint Schwab - 1st term, serves 2008 & 2009
  • Mark Brubaker - 1st term, serves 2008 & 2009
  • Doug Stewart - re-elected to second term, serves 2008 & 2009
  • Max Waldo - re-elected to second term, serves 2008 & 2009
    National Pork Board
  • Everett Forkner - re-elected to second term, serves 2008 & 2009
  • Dan Hodges - re-elected to second term, serves 2008 & 2009
    Artificial Insemination Companies
  • Harold Hodson - 1st term, serves 2008 & 2009
    Central Swine Testing Stations/Organizations
  • Dallas McDermott - re-elected to second term, serves 2008 & 2009
    Breeding Companies
  • Scott Newman - re-elected to second term, serves 2008 & 2009
  • Dan Hamilton - re-elected to second term, serves 2008 & 2009
  • Archie Clutter - 1st term, serves 2008 & 2009
  • Doug Newcom - 1st term, serves 2008 & 2009
    Directors at Large
  • Fields Gunsett - 1st term, serves 2008 & 2009
  • Bob Kemp - 1st term, serves 2008 & 2009
  • Scott Price - re-elected to second term, serves 2008 & 2009

A motion to accept the caucus results and appointment was forwarded by Ken Stalder and a second by Todd See. Motion carried by unanimous approval.

Office Elections: Motion by Ken Stalder and a second by Todd See that Doug Newcom move into the position of NSIF President. Motion passed. Motion by Ken Stalder and a second by Doug Newcom that Todd See move into the Vice-President Position. Motion passed.

    2008 Officers
  • President - Doug Newcom - 1st term, serves 2008 & 2009
  • Vice President - Todd See - 1st term, serves 2008 & 2009
  • Editor - Ron Bates - Continuing
  • Secretary-Treasurer - Glenn Conatser - Continuing

New Business:
Locations for the 2008 NSIF Annual Meeting and Symposium were discussed. Nebraska City and Nashville were offered. Based on discussion among the group, Nashville, TN was the preferred choice. Ken Stalder moved and Todd See seconded a motion to have Glenn Conatser investigate opportunities for a meeting in Nashville to be held on December 4 and 5, 2008.

A member brought forth some questions regarding the NSIF web-site and the difficulty some experience accessing the site, including some being directed to the old NC-State site. Todd See indicated that due to a server malfunction, an old server containing the NSIF materials was open for a short period of time during the Fall of 2007. This problem has been fixed. Discussion regarding having a committee look into opportunities to modify the site was held and the decision was to establish a plan as the new committee structure was developed.

Scott Price suggested that we may wish to meet with other groups in the future if there were opportunities, including some of the existing breeder's round tables.

Joe Cassady made a motion to formally introduce a policy to wave registration fees for all speakers. Todd See made a second to the motion. Motion carried unanimously. In addition, suggestions were offered to utilize a committee structure to formalize Guidelines for Re-imbursement of Expenses to Speakers to avoid future issues.

A strong suggestion was made to combine the annual call for membership with a call for sponsorship of the annual meeting. The effect would be to expand the opportunity for willing members to make a financial commitment beyond the annual membership fee. This task will be assigned to the membership committee in conjunction with communication with the Secretary-Treasurer.

Steve Moeller indicated that expense of pre-proceedings may increase in the future due to a movement away from preferred pricing that has currently been used as a result of university affiliation. Suggestions on alternatives are a charge to the symposium committee if costs are expected to increase drastically.

Ultrasound certification is expected to take place at Iowa State University in May, 2008. The exact date is not set, but will be communicated to members when known.

Joe Cassady made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Phil Dorn. Meeting adjourned 1:25 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,



Steven J. Moeller
Secretary - Treasurer