Plan Now! First MFGRC Fun Day of the Year Feb. 23!

The first “Fun Day” of the year for members of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will be on Saturday, Feb. 23, when the club holds an Agility Fun Day and general meeting at the Best Paw Forward training center in Osteen, Fla.

The event will give members and their Goldens the opportunity to try the sport of Agility in a fun, no-pressure atmosphere. P.J. Lacette, one of the founders of the MFGRC and a lifetime member, will host the event and provide training.

Agility training will be from 10 a.m. – noon followed by lunch and a club meeting. (Members should bring their own lunch).

Osteen is located in southwest Volusia County between Sanford and Port Orange. It’s an easy drive for members in the Orlando area as well as those in the Space Coast and Mt. Dora/Sorrento areas.

More details will be sent closer to the date.

MFGRC Announces 2018 Year-End Award Recipients

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club announced its 2018 year-end awards recipients and winners at the club’s annual Christmas party on Dec. 15 at the home of club president Ann Rowe in Sorrento, Fla.

2018 Year-End Dog and Competition Awards

Agility Dog of the Year

MACH4 Knox’s Singing My Praises MXB2 MFG TQX T2B7 CA DJ (Singer)

Owner: Pat Carlile

Field Dog of the Year

Surefire My Armani At J Boo (Mya)

Owner: Marilyn Booher

Obedience Dog of the Year

Magik’s Top of the Line CD RN (Lexus)

Owner: Ann Rowe

Rally Dog of the Year

Ethos Winter Is Coming at Cachet RN RATN (Arya)

Owner: Michele Throm

Show Dog of the Year

GCH CH Nocatee Wonderlands Stone In Love (Stone)
Owners: Diane and Vern Gank

Versatility Dog of the Year

Surefire My Armani At J Boo (Mya) (Field, Rally/Obedience, Conformation (CCA))

Owner: Marilyn Booher

Fallchase Owner-Handler Award:

Vern Gank

GCH Summit’s Wonderlands Orange Twist (Zest)

Gold Standard Challenge

(open to Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club members who compete as an owner-handler with one dog in both field and conformation)

CH Richwood Winds Aloft SH WC (Tuuli)

Owner/Handler: Kristin Sipus


2018 Year-End Club Member Awards

Mover and Shaker Award

Robin Bowen

Above and Beyond Award

Chris Jeffrey

Lloyd Kiernan Service Award:

Andy Hall

Members of the Year

Cheryl and Pete Browne

MFGRC Members Can Receive New Title Rosettes for 2018

All members of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club who earn new titles for their Goldens while they are members during calendar year 2018 are eligible to receive a new title rosette from the club.

If your dog has won a new title in 2018, please email the full name of the dog and what the title earned was to MFGRC board member Robin Lemieux. 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 need 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 The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2018.

November Meeting Note

To Mid Florida Golden Retriever Club Members

We’re turning our general membership meeting at the Ocala show on Saturday, November 19, into a pot luck lunch and social, so we hope to have the largest turnout of club members we’ve had this year.

We’d especially love to see some of the members from the northern areas of our “territory” at this meeting since it’s our closest meeting to you this year.

Our primary point of discussion at the meeting will be led by John Blair (who has been nominated to be club president in 2017) and it’s to get input from members on the possibility of our club making a bid to host the Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty in 2020.

As to the pot luck lunch, please bring whatever you’d like, whether it’s sandwich meats and bread, chips, potato salad, sodas and water – all contributions are welcomed. There’s plenty of room on the property so we’ll find a nice shady spot to set up tables for our lunch. Everyone should bring their own chairs and we could use a couple of tables too (please email andyhall58 at hotmail dot com if you can bring a table)..

Our lunch and meeting will be held AFTER Goldens show – the judging program has Goldens scheduled for 12:45 p.m. in Ring 1, so it’ll probably be around 2:15 p.m. or so.

The Ocala Dog Show Grounds location is easy to find – for those who use GPS devices, the address is 10205 NW Gainesville Rd, Ocala, FL 34482.

Driving Directions:

From I-75 take exit 358 EAST which is State Road. 326. Go 1 mile to the traffic light and turn LEFT onto 25A then NORTH for approximately 2.3 miles. The show grounds will be on the RIGHT, with THE GREATER OCALA DOG CLUB sign.

From the East, take Hwy 40 to State Road 326 and turn RIGHT for 10.4 miles. At N.W. Gainesville Road (25A traffic light) turn right. Show Grounds are 2.4 miles on the right with THE GREATER OCALA DOG CLUB sign.

See you Saturday!

MFGRC Pot Luck Picnic and General Meeting

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club pot luck picnic and general meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Ocala all-breed show.

Golden Retrievers show at 11 a.m. in Ring 8 and the picnic/meeting will be held after Goldens finish. Members should look for the MFGRC banner in the area on the hill overlooking the rings.

All members should bring chairs and something to contribute to the pot luck picnic. Potential items include:

  • Warm and cold dishes
  • Chips
  • Lunch meat
  • Bread for sandwiches
  • Deserts
  • Soda bottles
  • Plastic cups
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic utensils

We have tablecloths but if anyone would like to bring a folding 6 or 8-foot table, please contact

As an important part of the meeting, the list of nominations for officers and board members for 2019 will be read. After the list is read, 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.

Also, after the meeting, a club member will give a brief grooming demonstration on a Golden Retriever.

The Ocala show grounds are located at 10205 NW Gainesville Rd, Ocala, FL 34482.

This is usually our club’s largest meeting of the year so we hope to see lots of members there.

Entry Form Available for MFGRC Specialty

The entry form is now available for the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club’s annual Specialty, which will be held on Friday, December 14, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

The MFGRC Specialty is part of a week of activities surrounding the Royal Canin AKC National Championship event.

The entry can be made through the Onofrio website: