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Champlain Dog Club
March Newsletter

Petawawa Civic Centre
March 19, 2008

Meeting called to order at 7:02 pm

Attendance:
Executive:  Pres.& Con. Dir.-  Connie Johnson,  Vice-Pres.- Colleen
Szombathelyi,  Treasurer -Sandy
Allen,  Sec. -Barb Rose,

Properties - Dean Szombathelyi,  Obed. Dir. - Jill Kolar,  Pub. Rel. - Jane
Donohue
Catherine Timm, Linda Griffin, Bronwyn Hyland, Wayne Barnes, Mike & Ivale
Brown,
Kelly Wilson, Linda Cooney & Kelly Nitschkie,
CANINE FRIENDS:  Vito, Divo, Iris and Sandy's (Breagh's) adorable Beardie
puppies!

Minutes from Feb. were approved.  Last month I neglected to welcome new
member
Linda Griffin.

MEMBERSHIP BOOKLETS:
People who were not present last month received their booklets.

Motion # 2 - Jill submitted the following:
The purpose of this motion is to allow the executive, by majority vote, to
under special
circumstances, such as an impending deadline, to approve the expenditure of
up to $500.
once per calendar year, for dog related educational events which would
benefit the club.
THIS MOTION WILL BE VOTED ON AT THE NEXT MEETING. So if you have input or
wish to express your opinion on it, please do so.

OBEDIENCE CLINIC:
Sandy will send out refunds (cheques from CDC) to those members whose
cheques have
already been deposited or who paid in cash.  Kelly W. & Kelly N. - your
cheques were torn up.
The next clinic will be scheduled for the FALL, as Kim will be busy
working/competing
with her own dog.

AGILITY DIR. REPORT:
Chelsea was not at the meeting so no report at this time.
Jane mentioned that her place is still a possible site but that
those participating would need to be aware that the agility field is not
fenced and
that she lives on a farm.  Participants will be required to sign special
waivers, keep
dogs leashed until it is their turn, and have a fairly reliable recall given
those
distractions.

OBEDIENCE DIR. REPORT:
Last month we discussed running another class in March/April. We
decided not to go ahead with it.  Next year we will take a look at possibly
running more classes. Jill noted that we do have enough NEED/INTEREST
in the community. We will have to take a look at timelines before the fall
and
to make sure that we have enough trained instructors and volunteers to
increase
the number of classes.

Jill handed out some pamphlets for the upcoming CAPPDT (Canadian
Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers) conference scheduled
for Apr. 18,19 & 20th in Ottawa.  Anyone interested in attending should
check out their website or contact Jill for information.

TREASURER'S REPORT:
Balance of $7100 before the entries closed for this year's show.

CONFORMATION DIR. REPORT:
As of March 19th,  Connie had some concern about numbers of entries coming
in for this year's show.  At the meeting, it was decided to go ahead with
the
SHOW anyway. ( As of the closing date, the number of entries went
up considerably and we are good to go!)  SO IF YOU HAVE NOT PUT YOUR
NAME IN FOR VOLUNTEERING YET, PLEASE DO SO!  IT LIGHTENS
THE LOAD FOR ALL CONCERNED IF EVERYONE DOES THEIR BIT.
(1) Set-up on Thursday, April 10 and take down on Sunday
April 13th for both Conformation and Obedience.
(2) Catering - Sandy will tell you what you can help with.
(3) DOOR - We always need spares in case of illness, etc.
(4) OBEDIENCE - Mike has contacted members and has set up
the times when he would like you to help.

PROPERTIES:
We don't need the wickets or ramps for the show.
Jane mentioned some equipment that we are going to need to go ahead with
AGILITY
with an instructor.  We would need weave poles, a table and possibly a
wobble board
if we were going to include puppies.  We would just need to purchase
materials,
as her son can make what we need.  Anyone interested should definitely be at
the
next meeting.

BREEDING BETTER DOGS:
Reminder to club members to get your names in to Connie if you are
interested
in the seminar.

This is a repeat from last month:
CHAMPLAIN DOG CLUB CLOTHING:
We are looking into possibly ordering some clothing with our club LOGO
on it.  The LOGO would be similar to the one of the new membership
booklets.   We are looking at RED shirts, etc. as that is our club colour.
POSSIBILITIES:
1. Embroidered sweats, $30.00 - $40.00.
2. Embroidered polo's, cheaper version $25.00 - $30.00, more expensive
version with
white trim would run almost $50.00.
3. Jackets, $100-$110.
4. T's (silkscreen rather than embroidered), $12.00 - $15.00
Be sure to let Connie know, if you might be interested in something like
this.


HANDLING SEMINAR:
Bob Robothom (former professional HANDLER) will come and do a full day for
$250.00 plus expenses (mileage & accomodation). Connie needs to know
(1) who is interested
(2) when you are NOT AVAILABLE DUE TO SHOWS
So, please get back to her ASAP with this info.

HALL RENTAL:
The training hall at the Petawawa Civic Centre is still available on Monday
nights
from 6:00 - 10:00 pm for members to use until after the show.   At that
time,
we will have to take a look at whether or not there is enough interest to
keep
renting the hall.

NEW BUSINESS:
Linda Cooney will run a pet grooming workshop(s) for members.
Bronwyn mentioned that is something she would be interested
in and has agreed to help Linda.  Please get in touch with Linda at
lcooney151@sympatico.ca if you need to BRUSH UP ON YOUR
SKILLS.

This part of the meeting was adjourned at 7:50 and awards were given out to
Linda and Vito and a special presentation was made to Jane and Oakley for
their HIGH IN TRIAL  at our show last year.

And then it was on to a very informative presentation on Canine First Aid,
by our very own Linda Cooney and Vito!  You were a patient PATIENT,  Vito!
Thanks Linda for taking the time to share your knowledge.  Connie is making
up some handouts on a few key things from the presentation, including what
you
need to put in your first aid kit.

REMINDER OF SHOW DATES:
April 11, 12 & 13 at the Petawawa Civic Centre!  Volunteers, don't forget
to check out the great food in the Lounge upstairs before or after your
shift -
catered by our very own Sandy A. & friends.   STAY TUNED FOR DOOR SCHEDULES
ETC. TO BE CONFIRMED WHEN JEN KNOWS HER SHOW TIMES.
Jen will be sending out the schedule to the people who volunteered to help
with
the door.

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS:
Contact barbara_rose@sympatico.ca
or Connie at ambertru@webhart.net

Kelly W.'s email address has been changed to k9bestfriend@hotmail.com.  She
was having
trouble with tazkel04!  Kelly runs Aldercreek Kennel for those interested.