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

NCNC members and their dogs were very active and successful during the past month. (Show results are listed elsewhere in the Newfs Paper.)  Of note: Dexter (Joyce Taylor) won multiple Best of Breed awards and a G1, G2 and G4. Congratulations!

The water test at Folsom Lake, a new site, was very successful. Ten dogs entered and all showed, of which eight qualified. New titles were earned Saturday in the senior class (WRD) by Ready (Pearson), Tucker (Sayre), Doe (Masters) and Austin (Gallagher). Ready and Tucker also completed their Versatile Newfoundland (VN) titles. Trace (Jatczak) and Ramble (Brown) re-qualified in junior (WD) on Sunday. Senior re-qualifiers (on both Saturday and Sunday) were Jeter (Robinson) and Rose (Littleford). (See more details elsewhere in the Newfs Paper.) The judges, Erin Zimmer Palmer and Deborah Rothwell, did an excellent job. It was a pleasure to show for them. Test Chair Carol Chew and her crew did a great job preparing the site (think raking up rocks and smoothing the gullies!) and providing a smooth running test. Test Secretary Patti Sondgroth had all her paperwork well in order. Chief Steward Dawn Druge assembled and led a great group of stewards who performed their jobs very well and kept the test moving. Cathy Sayre and Carol Chew provided ample food for all, and Robin Welter once again provided her photographic expertise. It was a wonderful team effort. Thank you to all who helped and participated, and congratulations to all the qualifiers!

We are seeking new chair persons for several key NCNC positions, including the Membership committee, the 2016 Regional Specialty, and the 2016 NCNC picnic. If you are interested please give me a call. These positions will also be discussed at the next NCNC meeting, along with choosing the judges for the 2016 Regional Specialty.

As discussed before, NCA expressed interest in having a west coast National Specialty. Membership in both NCNC and the Seattle Newf Clubs voted to join forces to submit a proposal to host the 2017 NCA National Specialty with co-chairs Kevin Gallagher (NCNC) and Chris Lyden (Seattle). One potential site near Mount Hood in Oregon is no longer available. Two other sites are currently being considered. One is the Double Tree hotel in Rohnert Park (site of the 1998 National Specialty hosted by NCNC). I visited the Double Tree with Kevin — the hotel is very nice and the outside areas for rings and tentage are essentially the same as in 1998. However, the area which was used for RVs is no longer available. Kevin and Chris recently visited another potential site on the Oregon coast, the Salishan Spa and Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach, Oregon. It looks very promising. It is about a 2 ½ hour drive from the Portland International Airport, and there is a large RV park nearby. Kevin and Chris are talking to both sites and comparing them. We will hear more at the upcoming NCNC meeting.

Water training sessions are ongoing at Folsom Lake (contact Cathy Sayre or Carol Chew) and at Lake Del Valle (contact John Pearson). If you are interested in participating, please contact the persons listed for details and schedules, as they may change from week to week. The Fall NCNC water test is scheduled at Lake Del Valle for September 12-13. (The premium list is now available on the NCNC website.) The test committee has several jobs available. (Contact Lori Littleford for information. If you are interested in stewarding at the test, please contact John Pearson.) Currently, the water level at Del Valle is excellent for training, and hopefully the water level will remain good through the scheduled test dates, as was the case last year.

The next NCNC meeting will be held August 8 at the home of Hazel Jacoby in Castro Valley. On the agenda, we will discuss the 2016 Regional Specialty, including show chair positions and judges (conformation, sweepstakes and obedience/rally). We will also have an update on the 2017 National Specialty search effort, open committee chair positions, and other important club business. So, come prepared to participate.

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