Happy Holidays to you and your family (both two legged and four legged). I can’t believe that it has been a year and what a year it has been.
First I would like to thank our outgoing board members for their work and time they volunteered to help HDS. It is truly appreciated and we will miss you. I would like to make a special mention of two board members who are leaving after 10 or more years of service. Charles Saltzer has served as Secretary of the HDS Board for 12 years as well as being one of the most dedicated volunteers at the shows. Karen Peacock is departing the board as Membership Chair after 10 years of organizing the new and renewing members, but she will still be helping in the scoring office at HDS shows. We will miss them and their experience and want to thank them for their decade plus of dedication to our club. We wish all our departing members well and good luck in their next endeavors. Thank you, Charles Saltzer, Karen Peacock, Vincent Flores, Malinda De Mata, Emily Conn. Also a thank you to Leslie Cummings for all her help with the recognized shows and to Karen Cramer who will continue to consult to the Recognized Show Chair for this season.
I would like to introduce our new members to the board and hope that, if you haven’t met them, you will get a chance to meet them this year. Alison MacDonald is the new Education Chair. She comes with some fresh ideas and ready to implement some new and previously planned events. Personally, this is a big relief as I was wearing two hats (President and Education Chair) which didn’t leave me enough time to plan some of the events that I had hoped. Kathy Powell-Florip is the new Membership Chair. Kathy comes with experience in promoting membership and I am sure you will be hearing from her in the upcoming months about some of the benefits of membership in HDS. Ida Mattisson is the new Publications Chair. She is very enthusiastic and looking forward to keeping our members up to speed with events and information to keep our members current. Jodi De Stefanis is the New Secretary of HDS. Jody will be keeping us in line at Board meetings and updating our minutes. Thankfully, Bit Fingerhut agreed to run and stay on the Board as Treasurer and Leslie Rohrer agreed to run and stay on as Recognized Show Chair. Welcome to all and thank you, in advance, for your time and experience.
As a club we made it through Harvey. We hope that all of our members have recovered and are back on track. We want to say a special thank you to all those that helped their friends, families and neighbors through the difficult ordeal.
We are looking forward to the (hopefully hurricane free) year and the show season, both Recognized and Schooling Shows. We hope to see many of you either competing, supporting a competitor or just coming out to watch and meet more members. We also hope that you will attend the educational events – most are free to members. The dates for shows and events are posted on the Website and also on Facebook and Instagram announcements. While our Website remained the same in 2017 we did update our social media profile to reach out through Facebook and Instagram. We will continue to update our online profile in 2018 with the help of several of our new (some younger) board members.
Again, have a very Happy Holiday Season and looking forward to an exciting 2018.
Chris Renne – HDS President