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Bernese Mountain Dog Club of the Rockies

President's Message ~ January 2023 

As I start a two year term as president, I want to start by thanking Sara Karl for her leadership as president over the past 4 years. As well, thank Patti Davieau for serving as VP for the past three years. With Patti’s resignation, Holly Foster will step into the VP role for the remaining year of the term. I appreciate her for taking on this Board position. And of course, I thank Board members Jill Byers and Pam Solomon for accepting another 2 year commitment and to Nancy Fusilier and Marti Simons for continuing on the Board. And the Board welcomes Becky Shuris as a new member.

Because I wanted to familiarize myself with what I was stepping into, I looked over  the past years’ issues of the Messenger. 

And found we, as a club, have had numerous  achievements in 2022!

  • Two draft tests (spring and fall)                                        

  • Farm dog test in April

  • Three day regional specialty in October                         

  • Tracking seminar in August

  • CGC test in conjunction with Bernerfiesta in July       

  • Eye clinic in August

We added seven new members and our Rescue committee continued to be busy with both accepting dogs into our program, giving advice to owners who were considering rescue due to behavior issues and then donating money to Heart of Michigan rescue to help with expenses with an influx of dogs due to the changing economy.

We had so many significant accomplishments this past year. These took a tremendous amount of volunteer time and I thank everyone who participated in planning and putting on our events as well as those who served as BMDCR committee chairs and members. In addition, I put out a plea for members to please continue volunteering and invite others to join in. Participation as a volunteer for any BMDCR activity is a fabulous opportunity to meet fellow BMD lovers as well as make friends who have common canine interests. See the Volunteers Needed section in this month’s Bulletin or contact any committee chair (a complete list is on the BMDCR website).

Our club is very active and ambitious for sure! I am excited to attend the awards banquet to

hear the list of dogs and titles earned in 2022 as I am certain it will be impressive. I look 

forward to working with our talented Board, BMDCR committee chair people as well as club

 members to continue the successes of our club. 

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