President Ohm called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Directors Pearson and Olson were absent. The board went into executive session to conduct interviews with four candidates for the association secretary position.

The board reconvened in open session at 3:08 p.m. Halie gave the financial report to the board. Halie reported that Pinnacle Bank had reduced their sponsorship by $2,500 from last year. Fanning moved to approve the financial report as presented. Second by Schrunk. Motion carried.

Fanning moved to approve the minutes as published and presented. Second by Kramer. Motion carried.

The board reviewed spring rodeo applications. Fanning moved to approve the applications as amended. Second by Druery. Motion carried.

The board discussed the co-sanctioned judges seminar. Fisher moved to contribute up to $500 for the seminar. Second by Schrunk. Motion carried.

The board discussed personnel for state finals. Druery moved to offer judging contracts to Ray Brown, Trey White, Paul Cleveland, and Jess Harwager and Buck Moon as alternates. Second by McBride. Motion Carried.

Jason will contact timers and get commitments from those identified by the board.

The board discussed the state finals program. It was suggested to ensure the association has ownership of the layout files moving forward. Levi will contact Jodi Craig about featuring her father, Kenny Smith, on the cover of the program.

The board discussed scholarships awarded at finals. Druery moved to allocate $24,000 to scholarship awards with the distribution to be determined by the scholarship scoring committee based on scores. Second by Schrunk. Motion carried.

Fanning moved to deposit the $7,000 CD in the general operating account at Pinnacle Bank. Second by Ohm. Motion carried.

Fisher moved to go into executive session to discuss applicants for the secretary position. Second by Johnston. Motion carried. Board entered executive session at 4:30 p.m.

Kramer moved to come out of executive session at 5:15. Second by Fanning. Motion carried.

After tallying the ballots, Jill Austin was the preferred candidate. Chairman Ohm will offer the position and salary as discussed in executive session to Jill Austin.

McBride moved to adjourn. Second by Heath. Motion carried. Meeting was adjourned at 5:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jasper Fanning
Secretary