Sponsorships Available for MFGRC Specialty Trophies

Hello Fellow MFGRC Members,

This year has been an especially difficult year in so many ways for all of us.  I hope you have fared well and that you and your families have stayed safe during these trying times.

Our annual specialty will be held on Friday, December 11, 2020 in the Orange County Convention Center.  AKC, in conjunction with the Convention Center, have put in place certain restrictions. In the interest of keeping everyone safe only handlers and show personnel will be allowed entrance to the center.  Please see the premium list for more information.

This letter is my annual request for club members to sponsor the trophies.  This year our trophies include some absolutely necessary dog show supplies including totes, towels, brushes, some lovely glass items and the most essential item of all wine tumblers. 

We understand that for many this year has been pretty rough but we hope that you will be able to sponsor one of these wonderful trophies. Please see the sponsorship list for information. 

Along with your sponsorship checks please include the award you wish to sponsor and how you would like the trophy card to read.  You can sponsor a trophy in “ Honor of” a beloved dog or a loved one who has passed.  If you would like to support our specialty but not sponsor an individual trophy you may donate to the General Fund.  All additional donations will help to defray the cost or our specialty.

Please make checks payable to MFGRC and mail to Camille Nasca, 4008 Bradley Ave., Orlando, FL 32839.  If you have any questions please contact me at mischiefgolden@gmail.com.

As always, I, along with Show Chair Caroline Kendrick, appreciate your support of our annual specialty.

Camille Nasca

Nominations for 2021 MFGRC Officers and Board

In accordance with the by-laws of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club, the Nominating Committee has nominated the following club members to be officers and board members in 2021:

Officers:

President – Ann Rowe
Vice President – Robin Burket
Secretary – Andy Hall
Treasurer – Dee Thibodeaux
Director of Communications – to be appointed by 2021 MFGRC board

Board:

John Blair
Marilyn Booher
Pam Ginn
Caroline Kendrick
Ted Misilo
Michele Throm
Laura Topping

At the club’s November general meeting, any member may make additional nominations. If the proposed candidate is not present at this meeting, the person nominating must provide a written statement from the nominated individual stating acceptance of the nomination. If this occurs, the nominated individual then is considered a candidate.

Voting for these positions will be conducted in December via electronic balloting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In addition to the above, club member Pat Carlile will continue to assist the 2021 officers and board in the non-voting position of assistant secretary.

MFGRC Cancels Winter Hunt Test

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club has canceled its annual Winter Hunt Test that was to have been held Nov. 13-15 at Golden Oaks Ranch in Montverde, Fla.

The cancellation is due to ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic including availability of the number of judges needed to conduct the test and the unavailability of volunteer and college workers to adequately and safely run the test.

The MFGRC Spring Hunt Test in Montverde is scheduled for Feb. 13-14.

MFGRC Cancels “Summer Specialty” in Tampa

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club has canceled its “Summer Specialty” event that was to have been held on Sept. 25 as part of the Sunshine State Cluster in Tampa.

The Cluster itself, which is scheduled for Sept. 23-27 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, has not been canceled. The Cluster was originally scheduled for June but was rescheduled to September due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MFGRC board made the decision to withdraw from the Cluster due to ongoing concerns about the pandemic in Florida.

“We greatly appreciate Bill Price and the St. Petersburg Dog Fanciers Association for working with us on our decision,” said Robin Burket, MFGRC vice president and chair of the Summer Specialty. “We wish everyone involved a very safe and successful Cluster.”

July 31 Set as Deadline for Refunds From Canceled 2020 GRCA National Specialty

A deadline date of July 31 has been set for refunds for grooming or vending space, RV parking or trophy sponsorship for the canceled 2020 GRCA National Specialty.

Exhibitors, vendors and donors have the option of receiving a refund or applying their funds to the rescheduled 2021 event.

The 2021 GRCA National Specialty, hosted by the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club, will be held the last week of October, 2021, at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Fla. MFGRC was to host the 2020 National but the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cuyahoga Valley Golden Retriever Club, which was scheduled to host the 2021 National, and the Golden Retriever Club of America generously agreed to let MFGRC move its canceled event to 2021.

Those who wish to receive refunds or apply their fund to the 2021 National should contact the appropriate chairs for the event:

Grooming – Michele Panetta – croscrk@gmail.com
Vendor – Tom Hell – tohell50@hotmail.com
RV – Anthony Napoli – naps904@yahoo.com
Trophy – Camille Nasca – mischiefgolden@gmail.com