Hello Members of the SBCA,
With the new year upon us, and as I reflect upon the year just passed, I am proud to say that the SBCA is on sound footing. Some of the accomplishments of our team of enthusiastic volunteers makes me so proud to serve as your president.
We had a big task to pull off a successful National. Given that it was in a spot not really suitable for an event such as ours, in Paul Bodeving’s able hands along with the help of an amazing group of volunteers, we were able to have a very successful National week. Now let’s keep that up as we look to the 2016 National in Ohio where the theme is “Working Together”.
Something of which I am particularly proud is the showcasing of our working dogs. Showing all the spectators what can be accomplished in all those venues is such a positive thing. I know that some are now working on such things as weight pulling and obedience and rally since that National.
I’m particularly excited about the new research being done by our Health Committee headed by Doylene Roberts. She will be updating all of us with promising new studies which will benefit our Saints and their health in such areas as bloat and osteosarcoma treatments. I hope you will support these studies with your donations. They are all tax deductible through our 501C3 Charitable Health Foundation.
I’m happy to see that many former members have decided to reapply for membership now that we have established this atmosphere of a more open, accepting National Club, a club for all who love Saint Bernards.
I’d like to acknowledge our newest Lifetime Member inductees this year. They are Horst and Winifred Vogel for their devotion to the breed in so many ways and John Cox whose contributions to the breed through his unique Saint Bernard Archives as well as his contributions to Performance Dog activities.
And finally, more kudos to John Cox who is the one person nationwide this year chosen by the American Kennel Club for the honor of becoming the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Companion Events for 2015. It’s well deserved. Congratulations to John.
As you navigate these pages, you’ll get a sense of what the Saint Bernard Club of America is all about. We truly have something for everybody. Find out about our National and our award winning magazine, The Saint Fancier. Feel free to contact anyone on the Contact List, and be sure to check out our Rescue Foundation – perhaps there’s a special Saint out there looking for you!