January 17, 2017
Dear Fellow Retriever Enthusiasts,
Happy New Year! Once
again we are entering the season of preparing for the summer events and activities
of retriever training. And once again
our events will depend upon a few of you who will volunteer and do the hard
work of keeping retriever events alive in Alaska.
I need for as many of you as can to help the Boards plan and
execute the various jobs needed to offer a quality program for retriever dog
lovers in this state. There are not many
of us. There are even less of us willing
to volunteer to be officers, Board members, event chairs, helpers, judges,
marshals, fundraisers, gunners and general sponsors.
Winter training classes are scheduled to begin in early
February. Class details for both puppy and intermediate offerings will be sent out to the
membership very soon. Watch for these details and be sure to tell your
retriever friends about these upcoming opportunities that will benefit our
Clubs and the sport.
We are planning the annual membership meeting and election of
officers for this Spring and need immediate help. We are hoping for a wonderful event that can
also raise funds for the activities of the clubs but I need volunteers. Lorraine
Maroney has accepted the chairmanship for this event. Please call her and offer some help
Following the spring meeting we will plan in earnest for our
summer events. Once again call me (907-444-9088)
and volunteer for assisting with any of our Field Trials or our Hunt
We are experiencing a time when many on our long serving Board
members are tired and exhausted from their many months and sometimes years of the
responsibilities of carrying on the legacy of great retriever events in
Alaska. I canít promise that great
events and opportunities will continue without your help.
We are once again this year selling Pheasant Raffle tickets as
a fundraiser. Contact Board Members to
get in on the chance to win a fabulous trip to R&R HUNTING Lodge in Seneca,
South Dakota. We are only printing 250
tickets and each ticket is priced at a $50.oo or 3 tickets for $125.00. The value of the trip exceeds $7,000 and it
is for two people for 4 days of hunting with full accommodations. Chuck Blaney won this trip two years ago and
this past December he and I (thank you, Chuck) traveled to South Dakota to
enjoy his good fortune. It is the most
wonderful place and the greatest pheasant hunting you will ever
experience. Sal and Kelly Roseland and
the entire family and staff were fantastic.
Pheasants were everywhere and the food was as good as the hunting.
AWRC and RCA President