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John Pearson, NCNC President

President's Message | December, 2016

NCNC members and their dogs have been busy this past month. In the conformation ring, Georgia (Patty O-Brien & Edward Donoghue) and Aegean (Connie Andronico) both earned Best of Breed. In Obedience, Austin (Laura & Kevin Gallagher) earned High in Trial (HIT) at the recent NCNC Regional Specialty.  Four local dogs qualified at the recent NCNC Draft Test. (See details below). Congratulations to all!
 
Very soon, our Membership Chair, Dick Heym, will send out NCNC membership renewal information by e-mail.  (Please see the message from Dick in this Newfs Paper.) Membership information and renewal forms are also available on the NCNC website. Renewal forms and dues are due back to Dick byDecember 31, 2016. 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.
 
The recent NCNC Regional Specialty was, again, very successful. This year we had wonderfully cool weather for our Newfs and it showed in their performances. Thank you Show Chairs Laura Gallagher and Pam Jackson as well as the many other club members who worked so hard to make the show a success.
 
We are now into Draft Test season. By the time you read this, the 2016 Fall Draft Test (Saturday, November 19 at Auburn) will be history. The test was quite successful despite a day of pouring rain. On the bright side, the rain kept the squirrels out of site! Congratulations to the following qualifiers: Jeter (Randy Robinson) earned the coveted Draft Dog Excellent (DDX) title; Malia (Cathy Sayre) and Paige (Cherrie Brown) earned new Draft Dog (DD) titles; and Tucker (Jerry Sayre) re-qualified as a DD. Test Chair Cathy Sayre and her committee, including secretaries Cherrie Brown (DD) and Patti Sondgroth (DDX), Chief Steward Lynne Baker and her team of stewards, all did a great job. Finally, thank you to the very able and friendly judges, Rick Humphreys (DD & DDX), Karrie Cook (DD) and Cherrie Brown (DDX).
 
Also, we will soon be hosting 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 forSaturday, 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 will be the annual holiday party on Saturday, December 10, at the home of Laura & Kevin Gallagher in Vacaville. As always, I’m sure there will be plenty of great food & deserts and comradery. Also, each person who brings a wrapped gift can participate in the very popular gift exchange and thievery. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this festive event.
 
Anyone interested in working dog activities is welcome to participate in the annual Working Dog Committee planning meeting. This year it 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. This is your chance to influence the working dog schedule, so bring your suggestions and ideas. Cherrie Brown, our WDC Chair, is the contact person. Watch the website for more information, or contact Cherrie.
 
Preparations and planning are well under way for the2017 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 August 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 will be 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 titlingobedience classes, including Preferred Novice, Preferred Open and Preferred Utility. These new 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, theIron 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. Check the website for details. If you are interested in helping with the show, please contact Kevin Gallagher.

We are still looking for a new home for various props and decorations which are used each year at theGolden 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.
 
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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