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John Pearson, NCNC President

President's Message | January, 2016

NCNC members and their dogs have been busy this past month. (See the Show Results section.) In the conformation ring, Georgia (Patty O’Brien & Edward Donoghue), MacKenzie (Patrick Benshoof &Lisa Lee) and Falcon (Tanya Hill) earned Best of Breeds. Georgia and Falcon also each earned a Group 3 (G3) placement. In Obedience, Gus (George, Carol & Justin Chew) finished his Companion Dog (CD) title with two more qualifying scores. Gus and James also earned CGC titles. In Draft work, Jobs (Randy Robinson) earned a Draft Dog (DD) title. Congratulations to all!
 
This month, our Membership Chair, Dick Heym, sent out NCNC membership renewal information by e-mail.  (Membership information and renewal forms are also available on the NCNC website.) Renewal forms and dues are due back to Dick by December 31, 2016. They become delinquent 45 days later. Please return them promptly! Every year, some folks forget to return them until the Membership Chair calls and asks. That can be a very time consuming process for him. Ultimately, the strength of our club depends on our members. I hope that you will renew your membership and continue to participate in the club in whatever way you can.
 
We plan to host monthly carting seminars January through March. These annual seminars are a great place to start beginner dogs or practice experienced dogs through a mock course. The January Carting Seminar is scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2017 (weather permitting!) in Walnut Creek. Watch the Newfs Paper and the website for more information and the entry flier for each seminar. NCNC will not have a Spring Draft Test this year, but there will be a draft test at the National Specialty in Oregon in April, 2017. (See more below.)
 
The last club meeting of 2016 was the annual holiday party at the home of Laura & Kevin Gallagher in Vacaville. As always, there was plenty of great food, deserts and comradery. Everyone had a great time despite the rain storm outside! Thank you, Kevin & Laura, for hosting this special event! At the meeting, the Nominating Committee presented a full slate of candidates for the next club year. (See elsewhere in the Newfspaper.) At the January 21, 2017, meeting, we will accept any nominations from the floor. Nominees must be General members who are willing to be nominated. If we have any contested offices, a written election will be conducted by the Corresponding Secretary in accordance with the club By Laws, and the results will be announced at the Annual meeting on February 25, 2017. The newly elected Board will take office at the conclusion of that meeting.
 
Speaking of the Annual meeting, it is also the annual Awards Banquet where we will celebrate the accomplishments of our members and their furry companions during 2016. Please watch the Newfs Paper and the NCNC website for information. Please send in your award recognition request form and Banquet RSVP form so we can order your award plaques and/or strips and get a reasonable headcount for the restaurant.
 
The annual Working Dog Committee planning meeting will again be held at the home of Cherrie and Steve Brown in Vacaville on Saturday morning, December 31, 2016. It starts with a pot-luck breakfast, which is always a treat. Then, we will decide working dog activities, locations, judges, chairpersons, etc., for the next year. Watch the Newfs Paper and Website for subsequent information about upcoming events.
 
Preparations and planning are well under way for the 2017 NCA National Specialty, which will be held at the Salishan Spa and Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach on the Oregon coast. Co-Chair Kevin Gallagher gave us an update at the December club meeting. (See the meeting minutes in the NCNC Newfs Paper.) Also, a website is available for the 2017 show -- You can access it through the National Specialty Information link on the NCA website. Information is added to the website regularly. You can also sign up for e-mail notices as new information becomes available. The show will include sweepstakes, conformation, obedience & rally, a draft test, and many other activities. We plan to offer several new optional titling obedience classes, including Preferred Novice, Preferred Open and Preferred Utility. These last three classes include lower jump heights and some other differences from the corresponding Regular Classes. (Check them out in the AKC Obedience Regulations.) Also, a totally new event will be offered in 2017, the Iron Dog competition which includes exercises from obedience, draft and water work. I am hearing a lot of excitement about this new event from folks locally and in other areas of the country. The registration packet for the National Specialty should be available in early January. Check the website for details. If you are interested in helping with the show, please contact Kevin Gallagher.

The last I heard, we are still looking for a new home for various props and decorations which are used each year at the Golden Gate KC benched show. This show is an important opportunity for our club to educate the public about Newfs. Setting up an impressive bench area helps to present us well. Please contact Summer Goodwin if you have questions or if you would like to volunteer.
 
Happy New Year! 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

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