President’s Page – October 2020

Carol Cossey

As we enter the fall and heading towards the end of 2020, our thoughts are with everyone in the paths of recent hurricanes and wildfires, and that EVERYONE is safe and healthy.

The Board recently approved the Member of the Year Award. We thought this would be a great way of thanking a member who has gone out of their way to assist the Club. We have many members with diverse talents that are volunteering their time and skills to keep the club, and its many functions, running. The ABC has several awards for our dogs, so we felt it was time to honor members for their service.

Any ABC member in good standing can be nominated and the award will be given annually at the National Specialty. A trophy will be purchased and each recipients name added, but it will remain with the Club. The awardee will get a keepsake as a reminder of the ABC’s gratitude for their efforts. We are hoping this will help boost the morale of the members into a positive position.

The ABC also has the opportunity to give the AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award. Honoring individuals who deserve special recognition for making a difference in the sport of purebred dogs, each club is provided an AKC Medallion annually. Outstanding sportsmanship is defined someone who embodies the AKC Code of Sportsmanship, and are an active and valued member of an AKC member club. The annual recipient receives a nice medallion and their name published on the AKC’s website.

AKC Oustanding Sportsmanship Medallion

We will publish more information regarding both awards in the coming months. Nominations are to be made by members, and the membership as a whole with vote on the nominees. The first ABC Member of the Year award will be presented at the 2021 National Specialty.

Speaking of which, the National Specialty committee is working hard on the 2021 National Specialty, which is only eight months away. We hope many of you can make the event. The NS is an opportunity to meet other members, their Beaucerons, and network.

In the vein of sportsmanship, I would like to remind everyone that as a member of the ABC you represent the breed and the club, in person at events, in your everyday life, and on social media. The ABC Constitution requires members to “do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at conformation events, performance events, and all Club related activities.” The ABC COE also requires of members “to display good sportsmanship at all times” and “refrain from false or malicious criticism” about another dog, breeder, or owner. Although social media is not specified in the COE, the way ABC members conduct themselves reflects on the club. Remember that new members or potential members are there ask questions and learn, not to be criticized or pulled into old feuds. We, as ABC members, should be doing everything we can to help and mentor them as a new member of the Beauceron family. In doing so, we can to help them succeed which in turn means the ABC succeeds. Let us as a club live up to the standards of “outstanding sportsmanship” and lift one another up, especially during this particularly trying year.

President’s Page – August 2020

Hope everyone is in good health and enjoying the summer.

There have been requests for a virtual annual meeting by various members. The board has been researching how to facilitate this for 2020. Many AKC clubs are trying to figure this all out and thru the President’s forum I have been reading the various clubs questions on this. One of the club’s used Zoom Pro, while others are looking at other means. I have brought this before the board and the board has approved proceeding with having our webmaster Robyn setup a Zoom (or equivalent) and expenditure of club funds. Our state of incorporation (PA) has approved virtual meetings due to the Covid-19 panademic.  At some point, we will need to revise our bylaws to allow virtual meetings into the future.

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President’s Page- June 2020

So far, 2020 has not been the best year, certainly not the one I think any of us expected. I hope that the membership is hanging in there and staying safe as states are reopening. We are seeing the possibility for some dog shows and performance events taking place. Everyone, please continue to practice social distancing and sanitary practices. AKC has put together on their website guidelines for events to practice when putting on shows and attending. For your safety and that of your family and friends, be sure to protect yourselves.

Jon Hicks has posted the premium for the ABC supported herding trial on the East Coast at end of August. Preferential entry of ABC members ends July 1, so get your entries in. Hoping many of you can attend as there are many wonderful things planned. Should you have any questions, or wish to offer help, please reach out to Jon Hicks, Region 2 Director. He has done a great job in organizing this event as well as last years.

Currently there is planned a Supported Entry at the Dixon, CA Dog Show at the end of October (3 days). Friday NCHGA herding breeds and 2 days All Breed SDFA. Generally they hold a ATT test at this show along with Rally and Obedience.

The Newsletter is always looking for articles, photos and stories for the Beauceron Bulletin. If you wish to contribute please contact the newsletter staff.

Hoping everyone has a safe, healthy, and fun summer.


President’s Page – April 2020

Carol Froid Cossey

Carol and Mya

I don’t think any of us figured that 2020 would bring us this pandemic! While most of us are under quarantine, we hope everyone is staying safe and free of contamination and able to enjoy their Beaucerons and family.

The Board is currently working on the revised COE. We hope to have this in the final stages and approved by the BOD shortly and then out to the membership.

The Breed Certification committee has done a great job in revising the Versatility Award to cover many of the events offered. The Board approved the new Versatility Awards at the last meeting. The committee is currently working on the ROM Award and I believe we will see that in the coming month or so. Congratulations on those who qualified for the award!

The Board had to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 National Specialty & Journeé due to the virus and the state’s policy on gatherings. Many of us were hoping it would not come to this; however, it was not looking good going forward. We felt that the safety, health, and well being of every member and/or competitor needed to be considered. We did approve Region 4 to hold the 2021 event in Blackfoot, Idaho, since they did such a tremendous amount of work putting this event together. Bookmark your calendar for June next year and plan to join us for an excellent National and Journeé in Blackfoot.

We are hoping this pandemic comes to a halt soon, so that everyone can get back to their lives. Take care and be safe!

President’s Page – Feb 2020

January and February of 2020 have been very busy and exciting months. Thank you to all those that participated in the Westminster Meet the Breed. It was wonderful to have a variety of colors, ages, breeders, and owners. I thought we had a great entry of wonderful Beaucerons, everyone showed beautifully and should be very proud of their best friends. Our congratulations to the winners and to Jaguar and Joanne Boudreault for Best of Breed and a Group 3 out of a nice tough herding group.

Welcome to the 30 new members this month! Wow! We welcome you all and hope you will familiarize yourselves with the club and get involved in one or more of the various committees.

Breed Certification is working on updating the Versatility Award. Amber Shaffer and Syndi Keats are very excited to take on this project.

Rescue Committee- reach out to Kara Staroski, I am sure she can use all the help she can get. Whether you can foster, help transport, or offer other help I am sure any and all volunteers will be appreciated.

Breed Standard- reach out to Elaine Giannelli if you are interested in learning or working on the standard.

The Newsletter Committee is always in need of editorials, photos, etc. for the Bulletin. If you have something you would like to share this is a great place to share with our membership.

Other committees that may need help are: Health (Pam Boyer), Bylaws (Jon Hicks), Judges Education (Adrienne Scott), Ways and Means (Erika Stephens and Alicia Wells), Public Education/ Meet the Breeds (Cam Staroski).

Sometime soon we should have the Journeé entries and all information for release. We will keep you updated as we work to facilitate and make online entries available soon. Keep an eye on the website.

Check the ABC website for shows and events near you, and if you have shows you want to add be sure to submit them to the calendar. It is great to have many members participate, have fun and meet other members and make majors. Some shows have become an annual get-together with potlucks and they are a great time to connect with fellow fanciers.

Congratulations to Victoria Paul (Region 3) who has been accepted as the first American Beauceron Club’s AKC Canine Ambassador! Read about it here and if you are interested in becoming an AKC Canine Ambassador please contact an ABC officer.

Soon spring will be upon us, when we can get out and enjoy our Beaucerons and participate in various events and activities. Enjoy and have a great time.