A Newsletter for AKC Clubs and Their Dedicated Volunteers - October 2013
President's Message
Dennis Sprung and Commander
Thank you to all of the volunteers who made the 2013 AKC Meet the Breeds® a great success. More than 35,000 pet lovers attended this year’s event and we had one of our busiest Sundays ever, with people still coming through the doors at 3:00 pm!

The crowds that come back year after year are there due to the work and dedication of our club booth volunteers...
Taking Command
Government Relations News
This month we celebrate leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to responsible dog ownership. In September, the AKC honored Senator Clark J. Chapin as AKC’s Connecticut Legislator of the Year for his support of reasonable legislation that protects animals and the rights of animal owners. This legislator of the year award provides a way for you, as constituent dog owners, to honor the state or federal legislators you work with. If you would like to recommend a legislator for this honor, please contact AKC GR at doglaw@akc.org.
Event Bulletin
Walter Goodman
New Conformation/Obedience Application Checklist!
Event Operations has developed and published a checklist to help clubs understand the documents that they need to provide to us to facilitate the approval of the application and judges panel for their Conformation and Obedience events. The checklist was an idea many clubs and show chairs provided to the department.
The checklist is available from our Downloadable Forms webpage in the Conformation Events and Obedience Events sections. The form is called Conformation/Obedience Application Checklist.
AKC News
Walter Goodman
Walter F. Goodman
By Bud Boccone
Walter Flato Goodman, longtime member of the American Kennel Club Board of Directors, distinguished Best in Show judge, world traveler, and one of the most respected breeder-owner-handlers of all time, died on October 7. The resident of Miami, Florida, was 91 years old.
AKC Group Honorees
AKC Judges Education Coordinator Symposium Scheduled for December 13th in Orlando
The second annual AKC Judges Education Coordinator Symposium, hosted by the AKC Judges Education Department, will be held on Friday, December 13, 2013 in Orlando, FL in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and the Orlando Cluster of Dog Shows.
Club Publicity
Facebook Tips
Facebook, Step-by-Step
Looking to get started on Facebook? Here are some tips:
Creating a Club Page
•     Log in and go to:
•     Create a Company, Organization or Institution
AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer
Tools and Tactics for Promoting Clubs
AKC Pet Disaster Relief Fundraising and Awareness
Looking for ways to help get the word out about AKC Pet Disaster Relief? Take advantage of the resources on our Club Media Templates and Ideas for Publicity page to help promote this giving program to your Club, Community and other potential donors.
There are PowerPoint presentations and newsletter articles that are customizable to your Club as well as a flyer and trailer image that can help in your AKC Pet Disaster Relief communication and fundraising efforts. We also give instructions about how to add an AKC Pet Disaster Relief Donate Button to your website.

Click here for more promo resources.
Kudos to Clubs
Berrien Kennel Club
...for promoting AKC events, activities and opportunities across the country. Recognizing and utilizing your members' particular expertise and capabilities to put your own "spin" on AKC's message points helps them go even further.
Kudos to Berrien Kennel Club (BKC) for donating money to help their local K-9 unit. BKC Newsletter Editor Jill Rauh shared their story with us.
The Berrien Kennel Club (BKC), based in Berrien County, Mich., decided to help its community in a big way. And of course, it involved a dog.

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, the club presented Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey with a $10,000 check to help the county’s K-9 Unit. The money will be used to replace one of the unit’s two dogs, who is retiring at the end of the year due to health reasons.

BKC club members voted to make the donation after a presentation last month by Deputy Jason Haskins and his partner, Rico, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois. Haskins and Rico have been partnered since 2008. The club learned that Diesel, a German Shepherd Dog handled by Deputy Marc Hopkin, would be retiring at the end of the year due to back issues, and would need to be replaced. Hopkin also would be transferring from the K-9 unit, leaving the unit needing a new dog and handler. Club members felt they needed to step up to fill the gap.

Bailey said the search is on in the department for a new handler. The handler will then go down to Vohne Liche Kennels near Peru, Ind., for training. The kennel specializes in police service dogs, and the dog and handler will go through a six-week course after the first of the year. Once they graduate, they will join Haskins and Rico in the K-9 Unit. Bailey said the dogs are used primarily with the Narcotics Unit, but they also are on call 24/7 to help find missing persons or to track down suspects.

The BKC raises money for dog-related activities through its two annual AKC-sanctioned dog shows. The club is an advocate for purebred dogs and responsible dog ownership, and sponsors educational activities for dog owners and breeders throughout the year. The club also offers annual educational scholarships for veterinary and veterinary technician students.

Great job, BKC!

Has your club gone above and beyond in the community? Let us know at communications@akc.org and you could receive a Kudos!
Thanks to all of the clubs that routinely generate positive media coverage. If your club has an idea or success story to share, please send it to: Stephanie Smith, Club Communications Manager, American Kennel Club, 4th Floor, 260 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016 or send us your brag in an e-mail to communications@akc.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

The AKC Communications Team

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