President's Message for August/September
Life is good with horses! And I think we are all loving the (at long last) cooler morning temperatures.
There are good changes in process at NMDA. NMDA Education Fund "Mini" Grant Applications are now downloadable - go to the link on this page below. Easily attainable by members and nonmembers, grants can be applied towards NMDA educational events and are good for two years. A requirement is volunteering, so get your volunteer hours in now. To volunteer, contact any show manager on the Schooling Show page or Cindy, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bylaws Committee has been busily at work for many months. A projected mailing of the proposed changes to NMDA members is the first week of September. There will be a General Membership Meeting on September 30 in Albuquerque for members to discuss the proposed changes. See the Calendar Page for location and time. Look for your copy in the mail and please take the time to become involved in this important process.
Sadly, a long time dressage supporter and former SDA (the precursor to NMDA) board member, Suzanne Likens, passed away August 3rd. She will be remembered fondly by many of us.
There are lots of events ongoing including two NMDA Schooling Shows in September. See the Calendar Page for all the listings.
See you at an event soon!
|NMDA is looking for candidates to run for 2017 Board of Directors. Please consider becoming a candidate - its a great way to serve the dressage community, and meet and have fun with other dressage enthusiasts! Elected positions are: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. If you are 21 or older, an NMDA member, or if you know of someone you would like to nominate, contact any member on the Nominating Committee:|
Cindy Kavan-Winfield, email@example.com
Lily Luman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Page, email@example.com
Winnie Fitch, firstname.lastname@example.org
All NMDA Members
Proposed changes to the New Mexico Dressage Association Bylaws are available for you to look over. Please do so before the September 30 General Membership Meeting where these changes will be discussed and your feedback welcomed. After the Board receives Member input at this meeting, this draft will be finalized, then sent out for voting.
September 30, 2016 6:30 - 8 pm
Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center
801 Elizabeth St. SE Albuquerque, NM 87123
Click on these links to see the documents:
Final Bylaws Changes to the Bylaws
New Mexico Dressage Association is a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of New Mexico. NMDA is also a Group Member Organization of USDF. The organization's purpose is to promote the understanding of dressage and to develop skill and excellence in its use, as well as to encourage, promote and conduct exhibitions, shows, clinics and other events by which interested people may develop their potential as riders and train their horses to the extent of their capabilities. Privileges of membership include but are not limited to participation in the organization's activities and receiving the Test Book. Members also become group members of USDF.
PO Box 971
Placitas, NM 87043
|NMDA is now an IRS 501(c)(3) public charity! So any contribution - cash/check, show/educational activity sponsorship, or material donation - is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law! Your contribution/sponsorship allows NMDA to keep entry/participation costs for educational activities and shows lower for members and the general public....all in the name of learning more about dressage! Please send monetary donations to NMDA, P.O. Box 971, Placitas, NM 87043. For all other contributions types, please contact the NMDA President. Thank you!|
|NMDA Education Fund "Mini" Grant Application is now available. These small grants are easy to apply for, open to any age of member or nonmember, and can be applied towards NMDA educational events. |
The requirements are an interest in furthering dressage education with NMDA, a certain amount of volunteer hours, and submittal of application. Grants are good for 2 years. Click below for application & more information.