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Welcome to the Alaska Working Retriever Club

and the

Retriever Club of Alaska!

for the working retriever
since 1987

November 16, 2017


Dear Retriever Enthusiast,

On behalf of the Alaska Working Retriever Club Board of Directors, we wish you and your family well during the upcoming holidays. 

In the past my letter traditionally has reviewed the accomplishments of the Clubsí and laid out a plan for the upcoming year.  This year is different.  I am stepping down as President, not because I havenít enjoyed the ride but because itís time for a life change.

I have enjoyed the past years as your President but this will be my last term in that position.  I plan to retire in 2018 and there is a real possibility that my wife and I will become snow birds.

Working with the many fine members that offered their time and talents to the Board has been fun, at least most of the time.  I know that the retriever community will continue to thrive.  The membership has always responded when asked for participation and involvement.  I am now asking you more than ever to become involved.  Our February 17,, 2018 scheduled annual membership meeting will be an opportunity for you to so.  Membership will elect a new President, Officers and Board Members.  We also need people to learn what is needed to run the organization since many of our Board have served for years and would like to become mentors.

The year of 2017 is closing and the bright prospects for a 2018 are around the corner.  The Alaska Retriever Clubs have completed a successful year that included hunt tests and field trials, handlerís clinic, dog/handler training classes and fund raising.  Speaking of fund raising, please contact a Board Member to get our raffle tickets for the spring snow goose hunt or summer charter fishing trip!

2018 will see Alaska Retriever Clubs continue to offer important services to the retriever community.  We will be beginning our retriever training classes in January with obedience classes offered at Alyeska Canine Trainers facility, followed by outdoor training and force-fetch class.  The training classes will be offered for a minimal fee that encourages everyone interested in preparing their dogs for competition or hunting to participate.  Following the excellent seminar offered by LuAnn Pleasant we will offer a weekend class by Connie Cleveland, another nationally recognized retriever training expert. 

Please support our Clubs by renewing your membership and plan on attending the February 17, 2018 event. 

Happy Holidays and looking forward to seeing you this coming year.


 Mike Black

Outgoing President


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