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.
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.