October 11, 2016
behalf of the Retriever Club of Alaska’s Board of Directors, we wish you a
wonderful Fall and Hunting season. The
year of 2016 is closing and the bright prospects for a 2017 are around the
corner. The Retriever Clubs of Alaska
have completed a successful year that included hunt tests and field trials, Bill
Hillman’s handler’s clinic, dog/handler training classes and fund raising. However, as soon as a year of testing and
training is completed and the evidence of our work is demonstrated in the duck
and goose blind, we have to get back to work.
have begun planning for the annual membership Banquet. Details are yet to be finalized but it looks
like the event will be in February or March. Notices will be posted on our website
as the event gets closer to reality.
This banquet will include fundraising efforts including an auction of
donated items. Please let us know if you
have anything or know a business that would be interested in donating towards
our efforts to improve the quality of sporting dogs in Alaska.
are also going to offer the opportunity to the membership to host outside
judges this year. Many of you may want
to develop a relationship with the various nationally recognized judges we
bring up each year. For those that can
help the club and make sure these individuals enjoy their time in the State,
the club will be offering stipends to help defray costs for the host. Please contact us if you want to be
considered for this important duty.
of our local Hunt Test judges will need to take an AKC judges’ seminar or the
written exam to remain eligible to judge in 2017. Our last Club sponsored seminar was held in
Anchorage in 2014. The judges’ seminar is good for three years, and the written
exam is good for 4 years. We encourage you to check with AKC as to your
eligibility to judge in 2017, and take appropriate actions to keep our Hunt
Test events possible far into the future.
have many opportunities for members to contribute to the sport of retriever
training and trialing. Fortunately we
have many useful roles for anyone who wants to give a little of their time or
money to the purpose of having fun while providing opportunities for retrievers
and their owners. Also, remember that we
are an eligible 501 (c)(3) corporation that makes your donations tax
Hunting and looking forward to seeing you this coming year!
AWRC and RCA President