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Welcome to the Alaska Working Retriever Club

and the

Retriever Club of Alaska!

for the working retriever
 since 1987

October 11, 2016

Dear Retriever Enthusiast,

On 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.

We 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.

We 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.

Several 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.

We 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 deductible. 

 Happy Hunting and looking forward to seeing you this coming year!


AWRC and RCA President

Mike Black


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