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President’s Message Winter 2014

A New Year has dawned…

And, in this New Year, we begin our second half century as an AKC Parent Club…

I recall an email I received this past summer from Debbie Gschwender, Club Historian. She had created some order out of archive ‘mish-mash’ and was digging into the early year files; gleaning all sorts of interesting information and growing cross-eyed from all the reading. She recounted the first couple of annual meetings, how many members were in attendance, what topics were discussed, who the early officers were, etc. Later, it was how the membership had grown from our early years, all of the activities Members and their Bouviers were participating in, awarding the ‘first ever’ AKC Dual Champion (back then that meant Conformation Champion and Companion Dog Excellent titled).

It didn’t seem a whole lot different from where we are today, EXCEPT we have grown 10 fold and have embraced the computer age.

Somewhere along the way, the Club’s Board reached out to members, asking for volunteers to become Committee Chairs, to help steer the Club in the many activities it had become involved in. These various committees, helped write Club policy and procedure, develop “how to” guides, job descriptions, and the like. Fast forward to 2014, a quick review of our Club Website will reveal we have some updating to do!

The program revisions currently in the works include Futurity and the annual evolutionary re-tweaking of Performance Top 20 and Versatile Bouvier. Collateral material updating is needed in The Beginner’s Guide, Club Job Descriptions, and the like. If you have an interest in assisting with these updating tasks, please contact me at SkyBouviers@comcast.net, and I’ll get you started, or tell you who you can help with the project.

The more membership participation we have, the greater our future will be!

For the Love of the Breed,
Susan Costanzo
ABdFC President

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 19:37