Tennessee Valley Kennel Club
eNewsletter November 2010
Next Meeting - Tuesday November 16, 2010
It was not all that long
ago that many people in our area were saying “There is no way we
will ever again have a cluster here in Knoxville.” Well because of
the hard work and dedication of a number of people from both the
TVKC and the Oak Ridge club that cluster is taking place this week.
A great deal of time,
effort, and cooperation has gone into the planning of our first
‘Great Smoky Mountain Cluster” my sincere thanks to everyone that
has given graciously of their time and talents to put it all
I hope all of our members
will attend and will also participate in many of the extra things we
are putting on to make this show fun and unique for our exhibitors
and guests. Please participate in the ‘Country Fair”, The
Chuck-A-Duck, The Make-A-Wish Bake sale, The Ice Cream Social, The
Arm Band Drawings, and the prize drawings being offered at the show.
The proceeds from these special events are going to very worthy
charities and your support will be greatly appreciated.
If you would like to donate a prize to the Country Fair drawing or baked goods for the bake sale please contact Linda Pitts at 865-966-7867 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I and several other members will be at the site starting on
Tuesday Afternoon so reaching some of us by phone may be difficult.
Our November meeting will be taking place on Tuesday
November 16th. Our program that night will be spent taking comments
on the cluster and accepting suggestions to take back to the
committee as we plan for 2011.
For those that attended the October meeting our
program by Dr. Peterson was very informative and gave all of us many
new things to consider for the health and welfare of our four legged
friends. Thanks to Dr. Peterson for her time and expertise on the
practice of Canine Chiropractic Medicine.
Beth White continues to outdo herself as we have
received great press coverage for the upcoming cluster and we have
several live TV spots coming up during the cluster by WVLT with the
first on Thursday morning at 6:10 and 6:40 AM so if you are up and
about tune in.
For those of you attending the show on Thursday
and Friday you will notice around group time a large group of Senior
Citizens. We have invited local assisted living facilities as well
as the Veterans home to join us for the afternoon on these days. We
have over 150 people coming including a large group of U.S. Military
Veterans. We will have a special area sectioned off for these people
a great number in wheel chairs. Please be kind, courteous, and
respectful to our guests.
This week is our time to shine. Please come out
and help to make this a great cluster and create another positive
image for the TVKC, ORKC and the City of Knoxville working hard to
make itself the “Most pet friendly city in the U.S.A.”.
Just a note, it is very important for all of us
as Dog Enthusiast to become active and visible in our community. As
some of you know the Memphis area recently passed legislation
requiring spaying and neutering of animals and a fee of $200 per
year for those people with intact breeding animals. Becoming a well
known contributor to our community will help to create a positive
image for us and make us credible when we are speaking with our own
lawmakers when items like these come up for discussion. Not getting
involved is not really an option if we wish to continue breeding,
and exhibiting man’s best friend.
I look forward to seeing a good turnout at the
cluster as well as our meeting on the 16th.
Walter Sommerfelt, President, TVKC
The B-Match was a wonderful time shared by both exhibitors and club members. Special Thanks to: David Miller, and all the members from Oak Ridge Kennel Club, who completely handled the the obedience/rally rings from setup, judges, & ring stewards. Catherine Bell - Table Registration Steve Merritt, Conformation ring set up and equipment Barbara Price - Conformation Judge, Mary Ellen Kasten - Match Support, Wally Sommerfelt - Judges & Table Registration, Carol Sommerfelt - Conformation Ring Stewards & Table Registration, and to all the members who brought out their dogs and told their friends about this event. For a slide show of photos showing all the fun, visit:http://tvkc.org
Registration is now open for ORKC Harriman Agility Trial, January 7-9, 2011, at the East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center (Indoor Arena), Harriman, TN. Entries open Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 at 8:00 am. Entries close Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 at 6:00 pm. Download Premium at: http://www.pawsabilitiestn.com/orkc.htm
If you are participating in the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, AKC National Obedience Invitational or AKC Agility Invitational, please contact Beth White, Corresponding Secretary. This is another great opportunity to work with the local news media. Our dog's are something to brag about!
Along with helping your events remain affordable and keeping our traditions alive, registrations support AKC’s efforts in:
• Maintaining a strong legislative influence.
• Funding canine health research.
• Providing disaster relief and preparedness.
• Promoting responsible dog ownership through important
public Education programs.
Do your part — Ensure that all your puppies get registered with the AKC! We’re more than champion dogs. We’re the dog’s champion.
Thanks to the more than 550 clubs and organizations (including TVKC) that hosted AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days this year. We've enjoyed hearing about your events and the great work you've done educating the public about responsible dog ownership. Nationwide event recaps with photos submitted by local clubs can be viewed on the AKC web site. AKC had its Flagship event in Raleigh, NC.
Look for the American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Day Community Achievement Award winners to be announced in early December. You can read about past honorees here.
It's not too early to start thinking about AKC RDO Day 2011. For some ideas please visit the main AKC RDO Day web page. You can volunteer at our next club meeting.
AKC RDO Days would also not have been possible without the support of our sponsors Invisible Fence® Brand, ADT Security Services, Inc., Hill's® Science Diet® Small & Toy Breed Dog Food and Motel 6.
Designed to allow the American Kennel Club to celebrate the breeders who are the backbone of the dog sport, the new Breeder of Merit program invites competitors who are committed to both improving their breed through health testing and selective breeding programs, and proving their breed through achievements in the ring and the field to join the program. Read more.
Feb. 4 - 6, 2011
Indoor arena at
We will need volunteers all 3 days.
People can contact Dawn Darr at
email@example.com or 584-6553 to volunteer
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN CLUSTER
Chilhowee Exhibition Center - Knoxville, TN
Don’t miss the premier canine event this fall.
With over 1500 dogs and renown
American and international judges, this event is expected be
attended by up to 10,000 spectators from seasoned dog fanciers
to local children dreaming of owning their first dog.
Details, CLICK HERE
Your feedback is always welcome.
Beth White, Tennessee Valley Kennel Club, Corresponding Secretary | Webmaster tvkc.org