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John Pearson, NCNC President

President's Message | January, 2018

NCNC Newf’s and their people have been busy, as usual. In Conformation: McKenzie earned two Best of Breed Owner Handled (BOBOH) awards, and two BOBOH Group placements; Jobs (Randy Robinson) finished his championship (Ch). In Obedience: Page (Cherrie Brown) earned a Rally Excellent (RE) title. Congratulations!

The annual NCNC membership renewal forms were sent out recently by Debbie Bridge with instructions. Renewals are due by December 31, 2017. Please renew promptly! During the holiday season, it is easy to forget. Then, the Membership Chair will need to spend time contacting folks to remind them. 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 after that. If you are interested in this position, please contact the club president, John Pearson.

We have a new Sunshine Committee Chair. Connie Andronico has graciously volunteered for this position. Thank you Connie! So, if you know of club members who could benefit from the Sunshine Committee (e.g. lost a dog, sever illness, need short-term assistance with dogs due to illness, etc.) please let Connie know.

Entries for the Golden Gate KC benched shows at the Cow Palace have closed. Two one-day shows are scheduled for January 27 & 28, 2018. These shows draw a large crowd of people interested in meeting & discussing the various breeds. For that reason, NCNC views the shows as an important opportunity to educate the general public about Newfs. We provide an educational table and we organize entries so that our Newfs can be benched together. (It’s also more fun that way!) I understand several club members have entered the show this year to support our effort. (Ready & I plan to be there both days.) Even if you have not entered a dog, please consider supporting this effort by helping out at the Educational table. (Contact Lynne Baker if you are so interested.)

We are now into Draft work season. In the upcoming new year, 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 is currently scheduled for Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Larkey Park in Walnut Creek. (See elsewhere in this newsletter for more information and the entry form. Please pre-register.) Other seminar dates and locations will be selected at the upcoming Working Dog Committee meeting. NCNC will also have a Spring Draft Test which is currently planned for Sunday, April 8, 2018. Watch the Newfs Paper and the NCNC website for more information and entry forms.

The annual holiday party was a lot of fun, as always. Thank you, Laura & Kevin Gallagher, for opening up your home for club members to meet, socialize and enjoy the camaraderie of friends. Thank you, also, to all the folks who participated, and who appeared to have a wonderful time. (I had a great time, myself.)

By the time you read this the annual Working Dog Committee planning meeting. Will have taken place to decide working dog activities, locations, judges, chairpersons, etc. for the next year. Watch the website for more information, activities, and dates.
 
Nominating Committee was appointed at the September 30, 2017, General Meeting. It consists of June Gibson (Chair), Cathy Sayre, Dawn Druge and alternates Debbie Bridge & Pam Rubio. The committee was tasked with proposing a slate of candidates for the next NCNC Board. The Committee presented the Board with the following nominations:

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
 
At the next General MeetingJanuary 20, 2018, at the home of Hazel Jacoby in Castro Valley, we will accept any additional nominations from the floor. If there are any contested offices, a written election will be held per the NCNC By-Laws. The new Board will be announced at the February 24, 2018, General meeting, and it will take office at the conclusion of the February 24, 2018, General meeting.

The February General Meeting, which is the Annual NCNC Meeting, will also include the Awards Luncheon. If your Newfs have earned titles or awards during 2017, please provide that information to Debbie Bridge. (A form will be provided in the NCNC website and 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. More information will be provided for the Awards Luncheon by our Committee Chairs, June Gibson and Dawn Druge. Please RSVP so the committee can plan accordingly. 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. (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.

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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