Attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch while enjoying the program.
Outgoing President, George Ziemba presided at our club’s Annual Meeting held at Crow Canyon Country Club again this year. If you’ve never attended, then you are missing a great celebration of what we’ve done as a club, what we’ve lost, and what our owners have achieved. We started with a delicious luncheon and a running photo presentation of our dogs enjoying all their activities throughout the year.
We memorialized the dogs we’ve lost over the last year in a Rainbow Bridge photo presentation. The club also donated $25 to the Portuguese Water Dog Foundation in the name of each person and the dog they lost.
Matthew Davis, our Regional Specialty Chair, presented his plan for our upcoming Regional Specialty in Napa in November. Matthew also donated gorgeous and unique glass plates with PWD artwork that, along with a small raffle and title donations, raised roughly $2,000 to help fund the 2015 regional specialty. Extraordinary!
Geri Azevedo returned this year with her healthy husband, John, to continue her tradition of handing out certificates of new titles earned during the year. It makes a difference when someone can correctly pronounce the Portuguese names of the dogs and their kennels. Thank you Geri.
Lifetime, Perpetual, and Annual Star Award trophies.
This year we had two poignant memorials. David Smith, one of our founding members, shared his thoughts of Lorraine Carver, another founding member, who passed away this year. We owe a great debt to this group of people who had a vision that has resulted in the largest PWD club in the nation. Mike Patterson paid homage to Star who was the partner of Lloyd D’Augusta and the other half of the Star Award memorial. She crossed the Rainbow Bridge and will be remembered by the club, as will Lloyd, in this marvelous award for achievement and partnership by our wonderful breed and their great owners.
Continuing a tradition started by either Bill Clinton or our former president, Ali Vorhies, George handed out presidential pardons for bad behavior by our dogs along with pictures of their sins. It’s always comforting to know that you are not the only one dealing with PWD shenanigans!!
And finally, a new slate of PWDCNC Officers and Directors was elected by acclamation. We wish our new Officers and Board of Directors well as they continue the work of making the PWDCNC the best dog club ever!