John Pearson, NCNC President
President's Message | February, 2016
NCNC members and their dogs have been busy this past month. (See the Show Results section.) In the conformation ring, Tucker (Cathy & Jerry Sayre) and Piper (Kevin & Laura Gallagher) earned Best of Breeds (BOB). Piper also earned a Group 4 (G4) placement. MacKenzie (Patrick Benshoof &Lisa Lee) earned multiple Best of Breed Owner Handled (BOBOH). Congratulations to all!
In December, our Membership Chair, Dick Heym, sent out NCNC membership renewal information by e-mail, and by hard-copy to members without e-mail. (Membership information and renewal forms are also available on the NCNC website.) Renewal forms and dues were due back to Dick by December 31, 2016. They become delinquent 45 days later (February 15, 2017). If you have not already done so, please return your renewal promptly! 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.
NCNC plans 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. As I write this, the January Carting Seminar is scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2017, in Walnut Creek. The February Carting Seminar is scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2017, in Antioch. The March Carting Seminar, which is planned to be a draft test match, is scheduled for March 11, 2017, at Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville. 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 first NCNC club meeting of 2017 was held on January 21, 2017, at the home of Hazel Jacoby in Castro Valley. (Thank you, Hazel!) We had good discussions on various topics, including upcoming Working Dog events and the National Specialty. As always, the food and comradery were both great. Nominations for NCNC Officers & Board of Directors for the next year were accepted from the floor. However, there were none. Hence, in accordance with the NCNC By-Laws, the slate of candidates submitted by the Nominating Committee, which was published in the January Newfs Paper, is elected. No further election will be needed. The new Board will assume office at the conclusion of the Annual meeting on February 25, 2017.
Speaking of the Annual meeting, it is also the annual Awards Banquet at Murillo’s Restaurant, 1591 E. Monte Vista Ave, Vacaville, where we will celebrate the accomplishments of our members and their furry companions during 2016. Check the Newfs Paper and the NCNC website for more information and forms. Please send in your award recognition request form and your 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 was held at the home of Cherrie and Steve Brown in Vacaville on Saturday morning, December 31, 2016. It started with a delicious pot-luck breakfast. Then, we decided working dog activities, locations, judges, chairpersons, etc., for the next year. Watch the Newfs Paper and Website for information about upcoming events.
The 2017 NCA National Specialty is rapidly approaching. It will be held at the Salishan Spa and Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach on the Oregon coast. Co-Chair Kevin Gallagher has given us regular updates at club meetings. (See the meeting minutes in the NCNC Newfs Paper.) A website is available for the 2017 show, which now includes the Information Packet -- You can access it through the National Specialty Information link on the NCA website. 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. If you are interested in helping with the show, please contact Kevin Gallagher.
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