Plan Now! First MFGRC Fun Day of the Year Feb. 23!

The first “Fun Day” of the year for members of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will be on Saturday, Feb. 23, when the club holds an Agility Fun Day and general meeting at the Best Paw Forward training center in Osteen, Fla.

The event will give members and their Goldens the opportunity to try the sport of Agility in a fun, no-pressure atmosphere. P.J. Lacette, one of the founders of the MFGRC and a lifetime member, will host the event and provide training.

Agility training will be from 10 a.m. – noon followed by lunch and a club meeting. (Members should bring their own lunch).

Osteen is located in southwest Volusia County between Sanford and Port Orange. It’s an easy drive for members in the Orlando area as well as those in the Space Coast and Mt. Dora/Sorrento areas.

More details will be sent closer to the date.

MFGRC Announces 2018 Year-End Award Recipients

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club announced its 2018 year-end awards recipients and winners at the club’s annual Christmas party on Dec. 15 at the home of club president Ann Rowe in Sorrento, Fla.

2018 Year-End Dog and Competition Awards

Agility Dog of the Year

MACH4 Knox’s Singing My Praises MXB2 MFG TQX T2B7 CA DJ (Singer)

Owner: Pat Carlile

Field Dog of the Year

Surefire My Armani At J Boo (Mya)

Owner: Marilyn Booher

Obedience Dog of the Year

Magik’s Top of the Line CD RN (Lexus)

Owner: Ann Rowe

Rally Dog of the Year

Ethos Winter Is Coming at Cachet RN RATN (Arya)

Owner: Michele Throm

Show Dog of the Year

GCH CH Nocatee Wonderlands Stone In Love (Stone)
Owners: Diane and Vern Gank

Versatility Dog of the Year

Surefire My Armani At J Boo (Mya) (Field, Rally/Obedience, Conformation (CCA))

Owner: Marilyn Booher

Fallchase Owner-Handler Award:

Vern Gank

GCH Summit’s Wonderlands Orange Twist (Zest)

Gold Standard Challenge

(open to Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club members who compete as an owner-handler with one dog in both field and conformation)

CH Richwood Winds Aloft SH WC (Tuuli)

Owner/Handler: Kristin Sipus


2018 Year-End Club Member Awards

Mover and Shaker Award

Robin Bowen

Above and Beyond Award

Chris Jeffrey

Lloyd Kiernan Service Award:

Andy Hall

Members of the Year

Cheryl and Pete Browne

Officers, Board Members Confirmed for 2019

Officers and board members for the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club for 2019 were confirmed during the club’s annual meeting on December 15. They are as follows:


President – Ann Rowe

Vice President – Michele Throm

Secretary – Andy Hall

Treasurer – Dee Thibodeaux



Marilyn Booher

Robin Lemieux Burket

Pam Ginn

Pat Kopco

Ted Misilo

Ann Moye

In addition to the above, club member Pat Carlile will continue to assist the 2019 officers and board in the non-voting position of assistant secretary.


MFGRC Members Can Receive New Title Rosettes for 2018

All members of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club who earn new titles for their Goldens while they are members during calendar year 2018 are eligible to receive a new title rosette from the club.

If your dog has won a new title in 2018, please email the full name of the dog and what the title earned was to MFGRC board member Robin Lemieux. Robin will order the rosettes later this year and make them available for pickup early next year. If you will not be able to attend an event to pick up your rosette, you will need to send a check for $10 for postage and handling, made out to MFGRC, so that it can be mailed to you.

Robin’s email address is The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2018.