Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club News & Notes

Meeting in Brooksville on Jan. 20

The next general meeting of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will be on Saturday, January 20, at the Brooksville show and will be held after Goldens are shown. An estimated time will be sent early that week when the judging schedule is announced.

 Barn Hunt Fun Day

The club is looking to do a Barn Hunt Fun Day to give members an introduction to the growing dog sport of Barn Hunt. The day would include going over the rules, intro to a rat and an actual hunt for each dog in attendance, all conducted by a Barn Hunt specialist. We have a tentative date of Saturday, March 3, at a location near Ocala, and we will be limited to 20 dogs taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost would be $15 per dog for club members, with the club picking up the rest of the tab. Before we commit to the day, we want to make sure there is enough interest within the club. If this is an activity you’d be interested in, please email club secretary Andy Hall at andyhall58@hotmail.com  

 CCA and Heart/Eye Clinic

Spots are still available for the MFGRC’s CCA and heart/eye clinic that will be held on Saturday, March 31, in Ocala, Fla. People interested in either must pre-register – full details are on the MFGRC website at https://mfgrc.org/mfgrc-hold-cca-cardiac-eye-clinic-march-31-2018/.

 Photos from December Hunt Test

MFGRC members who competed in the recent Hunt Test are able to order photos from the event from photographer Kim Langevin at a discount until Jan. 11. When ordering, members should use the code SANTA2017 for 25 percent off of the order. The selection can be seen at https://crystalcreekdesigns.smugmug.com/CFHRC-MFCRC-Dec-Hunt-Test-2017

 Last Call for New Title Rosettes

All members of the MFGRC who earned new titles for their dogs during calendar year 2017 are eligible to receive a new title rosette from the club. Eligible members should email the full name of the dog and what the title earned was to Ann Rowe, who 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.

 Opportunity for Young Exhibitors

As part of its show in Brooksville on Jan. 21, the Manatee Kennel Club has launched an initiative to grow youth interest and participation in dog sports with a free Junior Showcase including Junior Showmanship, Obedience and Rally. The entry deadline of Jan. 3 is approaching quickly. Entries can be made at infodog.com and more information is available from Judy Seltrecht at jseltrecht@tampabay.rr.com or via phone 813-843-5145.

 Membership Renewals

If not already done, it’s time to renew membership in the MFGRC for 2018. Membership fees remain the same: $25 for individual, family or associate memberships. Please indicate category, make check payable to MFGRC and mail to:

 Laura Topping
Membership Coordinator
6120 161st Avenue E.
Parrish, FL 34219

 People who became club members in October, November and December do not have to renew for 2018; their membership will carry over. Also, please note that attending meetings is not a membership requirement – club members are always welcomed at meetings but no one is going to be excluded from membership for not being able to attend meetings.

Congratulations to the 2018 MFGRC Board

MFGRC Officers
President Ann Rowe magikgldn1@aol.com 352-735-3565
Vice President Michele Throm michelethrom@yahoo.com 407-923-2731
Secretary Andy Hall andyhall58@hotmail.com 321-402-3365
Treasurer Dee Thibodeaux deejohn@me.com 970-396-6121
Board Members
  John Blair jazziesgold@att.net 321-773-3476
  Rosa Blair jazziesgold@att.net 321-773-3476
  Robin Burket robin.c.lemieux@gmail.com 760-224-6609
  Pat Kopco baddogs@tampabay.rr.com 813-441-4858
  Betty Lambert blambert18@cfl.rr.com 407-301-4084
  Ted Misilo tedmisilo@gmail.com 321-951-3113
  Kristin Sipus kjsipus@aol.com 352-229-1575

MFGRC to Hold Special Election Saturday Night

A special election will be held at the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club’s Christmas Party/Annual Meeting on Saturday, Dec. 16, to choose the seven people who will compose the club’s board for 2018.  Nine club members have volunteered and been nominated for the board but the club’s by-laws limit the board to seven members.

The party/meeting will be held at the home of Ann Rowe in Sorrento, Fla.  Full details and directions can be found on the club website https://mfgrc.org/mfgrc-christmas-party-annual-meeting-2017/.

Only club members in attendance at the party will be permitted to vote.  As a service to members to help them decide, the club is providing a list of the nine nominees and brief biographies:

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Nominations for 2018 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 2018:

President – Ann Rowe
Vice President – Michele Throm
Secretary – Andy Hall
Treasurer – Dee Thibodeaux

John Blair
Anney Doucette
Pat Flynn
Pat Kopco
Betty Lambert
Robin Lemieux
Ted Misilo
Kristin Sipus

At our Nov. 18 general meeting at the Ocala show, 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 held at the club’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, Dec. 16, in conjunction with the club’s Christmas Party at the home of Ann Rowe in Sorrento, Fla.

In addition to the above, two other club members will assist the 2018 officers and board in non-voting positions: Pat Carlile will continue as assistant secretary and Laura Topping will handle the duties of membership chair.

ominating Committee

Michele Throm (chair)
Robin Hughes
Laura Topping

Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club News and Notes – March, 21 2017


The next general meeting for the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will be held on Sunday, April 2, as part of the club’s Tracking Fun Day in Ocala, Fla. The Tracking Fun Day was designed to give club members an opportunity to try the sport of tracking in a no-pressure, fun atmosphere under the expert guidance of accomplished trackers/trainers Pat Flynn and Susie Rezy. Full details about the Tracking Fun Day including time, location and what you need to bring can be found at this link on the club’s website:




The MFGRC’s next big event is the Agility trial being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22-23 at the Grand Oaks Resort near Lady Lake, Fla. Some volunteers are needed to work as gate steward, scribe and timer – if you can help at all, including all three days, one day or part of a day, please contact volunteer coordinator Pat Carlile at pat_golden_boy@yahoo.com. Also, setup will be on Thursday, April 20, and anyone who would like to help would also be welcomed; please let Pat know.



On Sunday, May 7, the MFGRC will hold a Fun Field Day/Intro to Field Training, along with a general meeting, at the Richwood South Training Center in Morriston, Fla. Even if you’re not currently running your dogs in hunt tests or field trials, it’s a great opportunity to experience Goldens enjoying their natural instincts. Field Day will begin at 9 a.m. with a lunch break and club general meeting at approximately noon (bring your own lunch). More details to come.



Some spots are still available for the MFGRC’s CCA that will be held on Saturday, June 3, in Crystal River, Fla. Registration form and details are available here:  https://mfgrc.org/mfgrc-hold-cca-cardiaceye-clinic-june-3-2017/