NCNC Newf’s and their people have been busy, as usual. In Conformation: Several local folks and their Newfs did well in Southern California at two regional specialties and two all-breed shows. Check the show results section in this Newfs Paper. Congratulations!
The annual NCNC membership renewal forms were previously sent out by Debbie Bridge with instructions. Renewals were due by December 31, 2017, and they become delinquent 45 days later (mid-February). If you have not already done so, please renew now! If you have not received the renewal notice & forms, or if you have misplaced them, please contact Debbie.
Debbie Bridge is helping out as the interim Membership Chair through the renewal process. However, we are looking for a full-time Membership Chair to take over. If you are interested in this position, please contact the club president or any Board member.
The annual Working Dog Committee planning meeting was successfully held at the home of Laura and Kevin Gallagher. (Thank you Laura & Kevin!) Working dog activities, locations, judges, chairpersons, etc., for the next year were chosen. Check the calendar section in the Newfs Paper and watch the website for more information.
We are now into Draft work season. NCNC plans to host monthly carting seminars January through March, weather permitting. These annual seminars are a great place to start beginner dogs or practice experienced dogs through a mock course. The first seminar was held in Walnut Creek, and, although the turn-out was small, several beginning and intermediate dogs made great progress! The February carting seminar will be held on Saturday, February 10, at Hall Memorial Park in Dixon. The March carting seminar will be held on March 10 at the Lagoon Valley Park, Vacaville. Check the Newfs Paper and website for entry forms and information.
NCNC will also have a Spring Draft Test which is currently planned for Saturday & Sunday, April 7-8, 2018. Watch the Newfs Paper and the NCNC website for more information and the premium list. If you are interested in helping, contact the Test Chair, Lynne Baker, or the Chief Steward, Lisa Lee.
In December, a Nominating Committee, consisting of June Gibson (Chair), Cathy Sayre, Dawn Druge and alternates Debbie Bridge & Pam Rubio, presented the NCNC Board with a list of nominations for the next NCNC Board of Directors. The list was published in the January 2018 Newfs Paper. At the January General Meeting on January 20, 2018, there were no additional nominations made from the floor. Since there were no contested offices, a written election will not be held (per the NCNC By-Laws) and the nominated slate will take office at the conclusion of the February 24, 2018, General meeting. Please welcome the following new Board of Directors and give them your support:
President – Pam Jackson
Vice President – Patti Sondgroth
Corresponding Secretary – Lynne Baker
Recording Secretary – Patrick Benshoof
Treasurer – Hazel Jacoby
Director – Kathy Bracisco
Director – Pam Rubio
Director – Cathy Sayre
The February General Meeting, which is also the Annual NCNC Meeting and the Awards Luncheon, is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 2018. This year it will be held at Pietro’s #1 Restaurant, 407 Cernon Street, Vacaville. [See elsewhere in the Newfs Paper for the RSVP form.] Please RSVP to Dawn Druge by February 18 so she can plan accurately with the restaurant. If your Newfs have earned titles or awards during 2017, please provide that information to Debbie Bridge. (A form is available on the NCNC website and in the Newfs Paper.) Dogs earning their first title get a very attractive plaque. Then, award strips are given for additional titles and awards each year which you can add to the plaque. Also, if your Newf turned 10 years of age in 2017, it is eligible for a Living Legend Award. Please provide the required information (call name and birth date) to Pam Rubio. (Again, see elsewhere in the Newfs Paper or the NCNC website for more information.)
Finally, please mark your calendars for the Annual NCNC Picnic on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at the San Leandro Marina Park. We have used this park very successfully several times now. Being right on the bay, the weather has been great. We will be at the larger Sea Gull area again this year, so there will be lots of room for delicious BBQ food & drink, socializing, and various Newfy games and activities. Please plan to come, and bring your furry friends with you! Patrick Benshoof and Lisa Lee are again the Chairs, so let them know if you would like to help out.
As the out-going NCNC President, this is my last President’s column. I have very much enjoyed working with the other Board members. Also, I appreciate the hard work and support from our many club members in benefit of our beloved breed. Please continue to support the new Board, and remember that we can accomplish much when we work together and we try to emulate the wonderful temperament exhibited by our Newfs.
NCNC has 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