I am pleased to present my very first President’s Report, as we’ve had a busy and productive year. The Club has successfully run 13 classes every Sunday, from Puppies through to Class 4, including Activity class and Rally-O. We’ve also maintained a steady and healthy stream of new members wanting to participate in our popular Puppy and Responsible Dog Ownership (RDO) programs. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all instructors who give their time freely to run these classes, and to the helpers who man the desk and set up equipment for all our members.
This year the club purchased a Toyota Hiace van, which will replace the current trailer. A quote for the fit-out of the van has been recently approved by our committee and hopefully it will be completed and the van ready for use before the end of the year. A very special thank you goes to the Van subcommittee members Martin O’Loughlin & Jan Cooke, who have helped make this purchase a reality, to instructor Robert Fairhead for his valued input, to club member Cameron Smith who helped source the van, and those on past committees who made this progress possible.
Committee members Sandra Walker, Lee Davis, Sherlyn Koo and Ilka Kolodziej formed a subcommittee to update our current constitution to be in line with Dogs NSW Constitution for Affiliates. A final draft has been discussed and agreed on by the general committee and legal advice is now being sought. Club members will have an opportunity to view these updates and changes before voting on them at our next general meeting in February.
I would like to acknowledge the hard work and the commitment of two committee members that are stepping down this year. Martin O’Loughlin and Ilka Kolodziej. Thank you, for your years on the committee and the valuable support you have given me and other members of the club. You will both be sorely missed!
On another sad note, we saw two RDO and Puppy Class instructors leaving. Angelique Gordon and Angus Farquhar, who helped instruct our RDO and Puppy Classes, have both moved overseas and I thank them for their hard work and wish them the very best in their future endeavours. Lodi Kramer who also helped instruct our Foundation Class has decided to take a break from instructing, although I do sincerely hope he will change his mind and decide to come back in the not too distant future.
On a happier note, we have gained two trainee instructors Sharon Wee and Caroline Depledge, who are steadily working their way through our trainee instructors’ program. Hopefully, they will be able to start instructing Puppy and/or RDO Classes soon. I welcome you both to the Club and thank you for giving your free time to help members train their dogs.
Currently, the Committee and helpers are busy organising our Annual Obedience Trial, which will be held on Saturday 30th September. A special thank you to our Trial Secretary Julie Brandon, our Chief Steward, Heather Martyn, who will be also judging, Leonie Kelly and all Club members who have offered their time to help on the day. Best of luck to all our members who will be competing in this year’s event.
Finally, thank you again to all the instructors and helpers for giving up your time to help the club run smoothly and all club members who give support by coming down and enjoying the activities the club has to offer.