MFGRC To Hold General Meeting at DeLand All-Breed Show Sept. 21

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will hold a general meeting for members on Saturday, Sept. 21, after Goldens are shown at the all-breed show at the Volusia County Fairgrounds in DeLand.

Goldens show at 1:45 p.m. in Ring 3. The club meeting location will be determined that day and will either be in the vicinity of the ring or in a covered/shaded area outside of the building. Members are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

There are numerous new members of the club who need to be voted into membership at the meeting and club business matters will be discussed. The meeting is to make up for the general meeting that was canceled on Sept. 14 due to the high likelihood of inclement weather.

Entries Open for MFGRC’s Nov. 2-3 WC/WCX in Montverde

Entries are now open for the MFGRC’s WC/WCX event that will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, at Golden Oaks Ranch in Montverde, Fla. (near Clermont).

The entry forms are available on Entry Express as follows:

Co-hosted Saturday, Nov. 2, Southern Skies Flat-Coated Retriever Club:

Co-hosted Sunday, Nov. 3, by Florida Gulf Coast Golden Retriever Club:

Pat Kopco and Mike Orloff will be judges for the event, which is being chaired by MFGRC board member Ted Misilo.

Volunteers from amongst the MFGRC membership are needed to help run the event, especially with setup in the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 1, and packing up after the event ends on Nov. 3. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact Andy Hall at andyhall58 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

The Golden Retriever Club of America’s purpose in establishing and making available a Working Certificate (WC) and Working Certificate Excellent (WCX) to all owners of Golden Retrievers is to encourage the use and maintenance of the natural hunting and retrieving abilities which are genetically vital to the breed.

More information is available on the GRCA website here.

MFGRC Dock Diving Fun Day Postponed

With the tropical weather system approaching Florida and the high likelihood of rain and bad weather on Saturday, the MFGRC has made the decision to postpone the Dock Diving Fun Day and general meeting that had been scheduled for Saturday in DeLand.

The decision was made with the safety of members and their dogs in mind as well as with the knowledge that some club members were planning to travel to the event from many miles away.

The club will now plan to hold a brief general meeting on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the DeLand all-breed show. The meeting time will be announced early next week.

The club will work with Central Florida Dog Sports to find another date to hold the Dock Diving Fun Day.

2019 New Title Rosettes for MFGRC Members

Members of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club who earn new titles for their Goldens during calendar year 2019 may be eligible to receive a new title rosette from the club. The rosettes will be similar to this one from 2018 being modeled by Ralph and Maria Orlando’s Golden boy Smokey:

This year a stipulation has been added to the process: in order to be eligible to receive a new title rosette from the club, a member must have volunteered to work for at least one club event during the year, or have done equivalent work for the club behind-the-scenes (subject to verification). The stipulation was added to encourage members to help with club events.

If your dog has won a new title in 2019 and you feel you are eligible to receive a rosette, please email the full name of the dog, what the title earned was and what event(s) you worked at to MFGRC board member Robin Burket. 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 be asked 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 robin.c.lemieux (at) gmail (dot com). The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2019. 

Save the date! Oct. 12 Fun Field Day added for MFGRC members

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club has added another new event for members to its calendar for 2019 – a “Fun Field Day” and general meeting on Saturday, Oct. 12, on the property of MFGRC board member Dr. Pam Ginn in Ocala, Fla.

Club members and their Goldens will get the opportunity to learn about and try the techniques used in hunt tests and field trials in a no-pressure, fun environment.  

Full details including directions to the location will be sent to members later. For now, please save the date!

Logo Revealed for 2020 GRCA National Specialty

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club has revealed the logo for the 2020 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty that it will host in Ocala, Fla., Oct. 16-28, 2020.

The logo highlights the theme of “20/20 Vision – Enjoy the View” and includes an adult and young Golden Retriever on the Florida beach as seen through sunglasses.

“20/20 Vision – Enjoy the View” will appear on 2020 GRCA National merchandise that will be available for purchase at the 2019 GRCA National in Ontario, Calif., this October.

In addition, the logo will appear on all websites, documents and signage associated with the event and will appear prominently in event venues. The majority of events for the 2020 GRCA National will be held at the new World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Fla.   

The logo was created by Sharon Budnick of Queen “B” Graphics in Orlando, Fla., working with event co-chair Pat Kopco, from an idea spawned by MFGRC Treasurer Dee Thibodeaux.