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.”

MFGRC Cancels Obedience/Rally Trial Due to Pandemic

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club has canceled its annual AKC all-breed Obedience and Rally Trial due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The trial was to have been held Aug. 8-9 at the Obedience Club of Daytona in Daytona Beach.

All entries and checks that have been received for the trial will be shredded.

The MFGRC looks forward to next year’s all-breed Obedience and Rally Trial that will be held Aug. 14-15, 2021, at the Obedience Club of Daytona.

Next year’s trial will have a panel of judges representing three states, including Michigan’s Susan Emerson, Kathryn Griner from Georgia and Ken Kincaid of Florida.