During summer, competition with our dogs has been a little quiet. However, that won’t last for long! (See elsewhere in the Newfs Paper for recent show results.)
On a very sad note, two of our members, Michael Reyer and Ursula Cabalzar, passed away recently. As I write this, I understand that their family members are planning a small family gathering. Michael and Ursula loved Newfs and had many friends in NCNC and across the country. They were very generous with their time, energy and donations. If you are inclined to do something for them, I suggest a donation to one of their favorite charities, Newfoundland Health and Rescue (NH&R), in their memory. You can find a link to NH&R on the NCNC website by clicking the “Rescue” button.
This time of year, the NCNC Treasurer and Board develop a club budget for the next year. As part of this process, Treasurer Hazel Jacoby contacts current committee Chairs and requests their input for next year’s budget. She also asks whether the current committee chairs are willing to serve again next year. Hazel has begun this process. This year, the Board decided to try something new. We are asking General members whether they are interested in becoming committee chairs either next year or in the future. As usual, current Chairs are also asked whether they would like to continue. We would also like to start a process for mentoringpotential future committee members and chairs. The hope is to foster more active participation by club members, and provide a deeper understanding about the operations of NCNC. Recall, also, that all club members can participate on committees, but only General members can chair committees. More information is available elsewhere in the Newfs Paper.
The NCNC Mock Water Test (Fun Match) at Folsom Lake was a big success. Run-throughs were provided for eight WD, five WRD, and three WRDX entrants. Thank you Kevin and Laura Gallagher for providing expert judging all day, except when Lori Littleford & John Pearson stepped in briefly to judge the Gallagher’s dog. Thank you to Chairs Cathy Sayre and Connie Andronico and the long list of volunteer stewards and helpers. Thanks, also, to the many entrants who participated and made it all worthwhile. Everyone did a great Job!
The NCNC Fall Water Test is on schedule for September 9-10, 2017. It has been moved to Lake Berryessa, because of site conditions at Folsom Lake. WD/WRD/WRDX are scheduled for Saturday, with WD/WRD on Sunday. The premium list is available on the NCNC website. Please contact Lori Littleford (Chair) if you want to help, or contact John Pearson (Chief Steward) if you are interested in stewarding. It always takes a village to put on one of these events!
If you are looking for additional Water Test opportunities on the west coast, the Pacific Northwest club (PNNC) is holding back-to-back Water Tests at Horseshoe Lake, WA, on September 16-17, 2017; and the Southern California club (NCSC) is holding back-to-back tests at Lake Castaic on September 23-24, 2017. Premium lists for these tests are available on those club websites. The San Diego club cancelled their late September Water Test this year due to site difficulties.
On September 30, we will have the next NCNC meeting at Hazel Jacobi’s home in Castro Valley. Of particular note, we will have a session after the General Meeting to select Regional Specialty Chair(s) and judges, and make other important decisions concerning the 2018 Regional Specialty. If you want to help make these decisions, please plan to attend.
Speaking of Regionals, the 2017 NCNC Regional Specialty is scheduled for Friday, October 27, 2017, at the fairgrounds in Dixon. The premium list will be available in early September. (Check the NCNC website.) Our Regional is one of the largest in the country. This year we offer sweepstakes, conformation, obedience and rally, plus the always enjoyable banquet after the show. There will also be a large raffle which always garners much enthusiasm! In obedience we are offering several new optional titling and alternate titling classes, as well as the regular classes. Rally is also back on the schedule this year. So, you have lots of opportunities to show your dog(s). Come on out and join the fun!
We have lots of activities planned for you and your dogs. As always, check the calendar section of the Newfs Paper or the NCNC website for more details. I hope to see you there!
Have fun with your Newfs!
~ John Pearson, NCNC President