Letter from the President
It is fall, and for those of us who hunt it is simply the best time of year for our Spinoni. We hope our aim is true and the birds plentiful! Please be careful as the unpredictable weather, from very hot to quite cold conditions, requires special care for our beloved Spinoni.
2020 has been a very challenging year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Among other things, it required changing the date of the National Specialty from May 2020 to the same West Virginia venue in May 2021. The 2021 committee has worked very hard to ensure that missing this year will not change the quality of the event. In addition, the 2021 National Specialty that was to take place in Oregon has been rescheduled for 2022. The show chairs immediately made contingency plans to continue the tradition of well-organized and fun Specialties. Huge kudos to all that have been flexible and hardworking in order to facilitate the necessary changes.
The SCOA board has begun exploring SCOA’s vision for the future with additional monthly meetings to discuss our goals and how to accomplish them. It is a time for us to step away from the day-to-day operational activities. The board has been reaching out to members, breeders, committees, and regional Spinone clubs, to evaluate what the club is doing, how well it is doing it, and what it should be doing to support the preservation of the breed. We are seeking ways to improve communication and engagement with members and hoping to use technology more creatively to share more information on training, health, and many other educational materials.I want to personally thank all the board members for putting in the additional time and effort in this endeavor, and I hope we continue to hear from all of you.
The Board of Directors has had some changes this year. We welcome Ann Bagnell and Kim Vanderbilt to the Board and thank Teri Turner and Sue Acquistepace for their dedicated service.
There is much uncertainty in the new world of Covid-19 and we can hope that in the not too distant future we will be able to gather together at hunt tests, field trials, shows, and in groups just to enjoy our breed.
Stay safe and be well,