By the time you read this column, you will probably already know that this year’s Regional Specialty was canceled. Here’s what happened. The Dixon May Fairgrounds, the site for our show in conjunction with the Sacramento Valley Dog Fanciers Association (SVDFA) dog show, was used as an evacuation facility due to the wildfires burning in Northern California. For that continuing need, the Fairgrounds notified SVDFA (who notified our show committee) that all events at the fairgrounds were canceled for the remainder of October. This happened one week before our scheduled show! SVDTA searched unsuccessfully for an alternate site and then canceled their show. The NCNC show committee similarly researched options with no success. With great disappointment, the decision was made to cancel our show. This decision was distributed widely and as quickly as possible to inform folks and allow them as much time as possible to change their plans. I want to thank the members of the show committee for promptly and effectively responding to this unexpected problem. In particular, thank you to the Show Chair Kathy Bracisco, Co-Chair Laura Gallagher, Show Secretary Debi Best, Pam Jackson and Hazel Jacoby. Mother Nature was hard on our planned events this year, first impacting our two scheduled water tests and now our Regional Specialty. But, we will move forward.
Despite these difficulties, NCNC Newf’s and their people have been busy, as usual. In conformation: George (Jill Latchaw) earned multiple Best of Breeds (BOB); Grace (Deborah & Todd Bridge) earned two Best of Breed Owner Handled (BOBOH), and an Owner Handled Group placement; Georgia (Patty O’Brien & Edward O’Donoghue) also earned a Best of Breed. Congratulations!
We are now approaching the annual NCNC membership renewal period. Dick Heym recently resigned as Membership Committee chair (for personal reasons). Debbie Bridge, a former Membership Chair, has graciously agreed to chair membership during this Membership Renewalperiod. So, expect to interact this year with Debbie. Dick Heym and Hazel Jacoby, our club Treasurer, are helping Debbie take on the task and the associated club files. Members should be contacted by Debbie soon about NCNC membership renewal. 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.
We are now into Draft Test season. The Fall NCNC Draft Test is scheduled for Sunday, November 12, 2017, at Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville. The premium list is available on the NCNC website. The closing date is November 1. If you would like to help out as a committee member or steward, please contact Test Chair Lori Littleford or Chief Steward John Pearson. (We still need stewards! See the Call for Stewards elsewhere in this Newfs Paper.) As the new year starts, we will be hosting 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. NCNC will once again have a Spring Draft Test in 2018. Watch the Newfs Paper and the website for more information and the entry flier.
The last club meeting of 2016 will be the annual holiday party on Saturday, December 16, 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.
Finally, anyone interested in working dog activities is welcome to participate in the annual Working Dog Committee planning meeting. This year it will be held at the home of Kevin and Laura Gallagher in Vacaville on Saturday morning, December 30, 2017. It traditionally 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. Laura Gallagher, our new WDC Chair, is the contact person. Watch the NewfsPaper and website for more information.
That brings me to my final item of interest. As part of the Board’s recent budget planning with committee chairs, all of the Chairs were asked whether they wanted to continue in that role. As a result, Laura Gallagher was selected as the new WDC Chair. Since planning and preparations for next year, including the annual planning meeting, start soon, the change was made effective immediately. I want to personally thank the out-going WDC Chair, Cherrie Brown, for her service to the club in this role for several years. Most club members probably never hear about all the challenges and issues that Cherrie and other WDC Chairs must address “behind the scenes” to help make our working events successful. It is a challenging job. I have enjoyed working with Cherrie in her role as WDC Chair and I thank her for her efforts.
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