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John Pearson, NCNC President

President's Message | August, 2017

With the arrival of summer, competition with our dogs has been a little quiet this past month. However, that won’t last for long! (See elsewhere in the Newfs Paper for show results.) Grace (Debbie & Todd Bridge) earned an Owner Handled BOB and an Owner Handled group placement (OHG3); Mackenzie (Patrick Benshoof & Lisa Lee) took an Owner Handled BOB. Congratulations to all!

The Annual NCNC Picnic and Meeting on June 24was a big success!  Being right on the bay, the weather was excellent for people and dogs! The large Sea Gull picnic area at the San Leandro Marina Park provided lots of room for delicious BBQ food & drink, socializing, and various Newfy games and activities. These included a Rescue Parade, a Rally course and the ever popular Newf limbo competition. Everyone seemed to have a great time. (I did.) Thank you Patrick Benshoof, Lisa Lee and the other committee members for a wonderful event.

This time of year, the NCNC Treasurer and Board develop a club budget for the next year. As part of this process, Treasurer Hazel Jacoby contacts current committee Chairs and requests their input for next year’s budget. She also asks whether the current committee chairs are willing to serve again next year. Hazel is again starting this process. This year, the Board decided to try something new. We are asking General members whether they are interested in becoming committee chairs either next year or in the future. As usual, current Chairs are also asked whether they would like to continue. We would also like to start a process for mentoring potential future committee members and chairs. The hope is to foster more active participation by club members, and provide a deeper understanding about the operations of NCNC. Recall, also, that all club members can participate on committees, but only General members can chair committees. More information is available elsewhere in the Newfs Paper.

NCNC will hold a Mock Water Test (Fun Match) on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at Coyote Beach at Lake Berryessa. Run-throughs will be provided for WD, WRD, and WRDX. Cost is $25.00 per handler/dog (check to NCNC, please). Registration starts at 7:30 am, judging starts at 8:00 am. For more information, see the NCNC website or contact Cathy Sayre at bensayre1@att.net or Connie Andronico at conandronico@gmail.com . I hope to see you there for some good practice with your dog(s).

The NCNC Fall Water Test looks like a go on September 9-10, 2017, at Folsom Lake. WD/WRD/WRDX are scheduled for Saturday, with WD/WRD on Sunday. The premium list is now available on the NCNC website. Please contact Lori Littleford (Chair) if you want to help, or contact John Pearson (Chief Steward) if you are interested in stewarding. It always takes a village to put on one of these events.

Water training has been very limited this year due to the earlier debris in Folsom Lake and on-going worries about blue green algae at Lake Del Valle. However, folks have now been training at Folsom Lake and Lake Berryessa. For updated information on Folsom & Berryessa, contact Cathy Sayre. For updated information on Lake Del Valle, contact John Pearson.

If you are looking for additional Water Test opportunities on the west coast, the Pacific Northwest club (PNNC) is holding back-to-back Water Tests at Horseshoe Lake, WA, on September 16-17, 2017; the Southern California club (NCSC) is holding back-to-back tests at Lake Castaic on September 23-24, 2017. Premium lists for these tests are available on those club websites. The San Diego club recently canceled their late September Water Test due to site difficulties.

On September 30, we will have an NCNC meeting at Hazel Jacobi’s home in Castro Valley. Of particular note, we will have a session after the General Meeting to select judges and make other important decisions concerning the 2018 Regional Specialty. If you want to help make these decisions, please plan to attend.
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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