The mission of the Newfoundland Club of Northern California is to encourage and promote the breeding, understanding, and appreciation of the Newfoundland dog, and to perform and to encourage such activities as will bring its natural qualities to perfection, including draft work and water rescue.

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President’s Message

First, something very important — don’t forget to renew your club membership! Renewal letters were sent out in November, and renewals become delinquent after February 15. If you can’t find your renewal letter, please contact our Membership Chair, Colleen Cahill. Her contact information can be found elsewhere in the newsletter and, of course, in the NCNC roster.

NCNC members and their dogs were active in conformation in January, including three Regional Specialties (NCSC and PNNC) and show clusters in Palm Springs, Portland and Puyallup, WA. (Show results, as available, are listed elsewhere in the Newfspaper.)  Of particular note: Dexter(Joyce Taylor) won two BISS and eight more Best of Breed awards, with four Group 1 and three Group 2 placements. Wow! Also of note, Captain (Patti & Buz Sondgroth) got a five point major at PNNC and now he needs just another major to finish. Congratulations!

The annual Working Dog Committee meeting took place on Saturday, January 10. Thank you, Linda and Merle Maggy, for sharing your home again and hosting a wonderful pot luck breakfast. Many working dog events were planned for the next year. These include Spring and Fall draft tests (including the new X-level draft test next Fall), plus Summer and Fall Water Tests. The dates and places will appear in the Newfspapers, as well as the Events section of the NCNC website.

Our first club meeting of the year was held at Hazel Jacoby’s home. (Thank you Hazel!) Minutes of the meeting are included in the Newspaper. Our own Dr. Jennifer Larson, a veterinarian at the Vet School at UC Davis, gave a wonderful and informative talk on dog nutrition and dog food labeling and marketing. Also, nominations were accepted from the floor for the next Board of Directors. More on that, below.

Our Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet is planned for February 21 at Cattleman’s restaurant in Livermore. We held this event last year at the same venue, and it was a huge success! So, don’t miss it this year. If you did not yet RSVP for the banquet to Linda Maggy, or if you didn’t send your dog’s list of 2014 titles to Debbie Bridge, please do so quickly! More information can be found elsewhere in the Newfspaper. A down loadable form is also available on the NCNC website for your new titles.
February through April will be a busy time for carting with our Newfs. We already had one very successful carting seminar, and we plan to have two more, one each in February and March, followed by the Spring Draft Test. At the seminars, we will have training available for beginning dogs through draft test run-throughs, as well as a demonstration of the new DDX/TDDX exercises at the March seminar. Please contact Walt Parsons to sign up. (Information is available in the Newfspaper as well as the NCNC website.)

This Spring, we will again have a club picnic at the same location (San Leandro Marina Park) by the bay that worked so well last year. Once again, Elisa and John Morozumi are in charge. They did a great job last year with lots of good food and fun activities for our dogs. I really look forward to this event! More information will be available as the plans firm up.

Looking further ahead, we are already planning for the Regional Specialty in October. This year we had only two entries in Rally Obedience (I entered Ready, Lori entered Rose). Please let either Pam Rubio or me know if you are interested in having/entering Rally next October. If there is not enough interest, Rally probably won’t happen.

Let me say a little more about the upcoming NCNC Election. The nominating committee announced a slate of candidates, listed last month in the Newfspaper. At the January General meeting, we accepted additional nominations from the floor, but there were none. Since there are contested offices, an election will be held by mail. (The club officer positions are uncontested, but four people are nominated for three Director positions.) By the time you read this, ballots will have been mailed out to General members (including Life members). Ballots must be returned to the Corresponding Secretary, Lynne Baker, not later than the February Annual meeting where they will be counted and the new NCNC Board (officers and directors)  will then be announced.

So, we have lots of activities planned. As always, check the calendar section of the Newfspaper or the NCNC website for more details. I hope to see you there!

Have fun with your Newfs!

~ John Pearson, NCNC President