MFGRC Christmas Party and Annual Meeting

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will hold its annual Christmas Party and final general meeting of the year on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. at the home of club vice president Ann Rowe in Sorrento, FL.

The club will provide baked turkey but members should bring side dishes and desserts for the dinner.

Also, club members can bring a wrapped gift in the $20 value range for a fun Chinese gift exchange. Gifts can be dog-related but don’t have to be. Participation in the gift exchange is optional.

During the meeting, club members will elect board members and officers for 2018. Also, the recipients of the club’s year-end awards will be announced and a drawing will be held for the winner of the club’s 50-50 Raffle to benefit the Smiling Blue Skies Canine Cancer Fund.

DIRECTIONS TO ANN’S HOME (address is 23840 Oak Valley Lane, Sorrento, FL, 32776):

From the South:

Take the Florida Turnpike North past the Turkey Lake Service Plaza. Follow sign for Apopka 429. Stay on 429 and follow the signs to Mount Dora and Plymouth Sorrento Road. Go left on Plymouth Sorrento until the road ends at Hwy 46. Turn right on Hwy 46 and at the next light go Left Hwy 437. At the next light take a Left onto Wolf Branch Road. Go 4/10 of a mile and take a Right onto Equestrian Trail. The next left is Oak Valley and Ann’s driveway is on the Left. You can also pick up the 429 off of I-4 just past Hwy 27.

From I-4 North of Orlando:

Take the exit for the Seminole Mall (#101C) and turn onto Hwy. 46. Take 46 West toward Mt. Dora 15 miles to intersection with 437, at a stoplight. Turn RIGHT onto 437. Go 4/10 of a mile on 437, and then turn LEFT onto Wolf Branch Rd. (there is no right turn here). Drive 4/10 of a mile, where you’ll see a street sign for Equestrian Trail on the RIGHT – turn in here. Equestrian Trail is a private road, so it’s kind of narrow. Take the first LEFT on Equestrian – this is OAK Valley Lane. Ann’s property is the first one on the left.

From Tampa/Lakeland:

Drive east on I-4 toward Orlando. You’ll want the second exit after you pass the exit for Hwy. 27; this is the 429 toll road. Follow sign for Apopka 429. Stay on 429 and follow the signs to Mount Dora and Plymouth Sorrento Road. Go left on Plymouth Sorrento until the road ends at Hwy 46. Turn right on Hwy 46 and at the next light, go Left on Hwy 437. At the next light, take a Left onto Wolf Branch Road. Go 4/10 of a mile and take a Right onto Equestrian Trail. The next left is Oak Valley and Ann’s driveway is on the Left. You can also pick up the 429 off of I-4 just past Hwy 27.

MFGRC to Hold CCA, Cardiac/Eye Clinic on March 31

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will hold a CCA (Certificate of Conformation Assessment) combined with a cardiac/eye clinic on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the MADTA (Marion Alachua-Dog Training Association) facility in Ocala, Florida.

Evaluators for the CCA will be Christine Miele, Janet Narushka and Margie Sarkin. The event will begin at 9 a.m.

The CCA has a limited entry of 21, with three alternates accepted by first received. Entries should be sent to Robin Bowen, 3001 SW College RD, PMB #41, Ocala, Fla., 34474. The cost is $75 per entered dog and checks made out to MFGRC should accompany entries.

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Club Picnic, Meeting Set for Saturday in Ocala

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will hold a general meeting and pot luck lunch on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Ocala show. Goldens show at 1 p.m. in Ring 1 and the club meeting will start immediately after (approximately 3 p.m.).

After the meeting, Rosa Blair, who is a certified master groomer, will give a demonstration of grooming the tails of Golden Retrievers and will be available to answer any questions club members may have.

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New Title Rosettes for MFGRC Members

All members of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club who earn new titles for their dogs during calendar year 2017 are eligible to receive a new title rosette from the club. The rosettes will be similar to this one from 2016:

If your dog has won a new title in 2017, please email the full name of the dog and what the title earned was to MFGRC vice president Ann Rowe. Ann will order the rosettes later this year and make them available for pickup early next year.

Ann’s email address is magikgldn1@aol.com. Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2017.

MFGRC News and Notes

After a long period of inactivity due to the canine flu and Hurricane Irma, the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club is getting back into the swing of things with events and activities this fall.

DOCK DIVING FUN DAY and GENERAL MEETING – October 14

Rescheduled after being postponed due to the hurricane, the Dock Diving Fun Day and general meeting will be held at Dogpatch Downs in Ocala, Fla., from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is an opportunity for club members and their Goldens to try dock diving. Full details. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to andyhall58@hotmail.com with how many dogs and how many people will be in your group.

AGILITY TRIAL – October 20-21-22

Our club’s agility trials are fun to watch and be part of. The second trial of the year will be at the Grand Oaks Resort near Lady Lake, Fla. Volunteers are needed to work as timers, scribes and on the gate – training will be provided if needed. Any members who can help at all, including all three days, one day or part of a day, are asked to please contact volunteer coordinator Pat Carlile at pat_golden_boy@yahoo.com. Also, setup will be on Thursday, October 19, in the afternoon, and anyone who would like to help would also be welcomed. Again, please contact Pat.

POT LUCK LUNCH AND GENERAL MEETING – November 18

Last year this was the club’s best-attended meeting. It’ll be held at the all-breed show in Ocala after Goldens show on Saturday, Nov. 18. Members will need to bring chairs and contribute something to the pot luck lunch (last year people brought items ranging from sandwich fixings, chips, to meatballs, deserts, plates/napkins, etc.) More details when it gets closer.

WINTER HUNT TEST – December 8-9-10

An opportunity to watch our Goldens do what they were bred to do in competition along with other breeds. The three-day hunt test will be held at Golden Oaks Ranch near Clermont, Fla. Club members will be needed to volunteer to assist in staging the event – more details to come.

SPECIALTY – December 15

Held in conjunction with the week-long AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin at the Orange County Convention Center, the annual MFGRC Specialty is a day-long conformation event showcasing dozens of beautiful Goldens. The specialty will begin at 8 a.m. in the North/South Building.