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2019 AGM Chairman Report

Chairmans Speech

I would like to welcome everyone to the Isle of Wight Gundog Clubs Annual General Meeting and am pleased that so many of you could attend.

Sadly this year Arthur Moore, husband of Terry passed away. He held the position of the club's Treasurer from 1984 before taking over the position of Chairman in 1989 from Enid Minter and held that position until 1995, so nearly some 12 years on the Executive Committee. I believe he was Chairman when the club held its first field trial in the early nineties, although Arthur wasnt a working gundog person he always played his part and attended the working test and field trials.

During the past year we have continued to hold many events for members to participate in.

Working undertook many demonstrations starting in May with the Donkey Sanctuary, then Shorwell Fete, Brighstone Fete, the Agricultural Show, Arreton Barns and Wolverton Manor.

Added to this was a Training day in April, a Working Test in September which was a great success and the first one that Carole had organised, well done to her with a further Working Test in February.

Working training was also conducted on a weekly basis by Gill, and our thanks go to her for always being there. Andy has very kindly stepped into this position and a big thank you must go to him for his willingness and enthusiasm. I would also like to say a very big thank you to all those who have volunteered at the above events and have given their time freely and willingly, without their support and help this would not be possible.

I would like to thank the Working Sub Committee, Carole, Terry, Louis, Jenny, Alex and Andy for organising and putting on these events.

Another big thank you must go to the land owners who allow us to freely use their land and facilities, once again without their support it would not be possible to hold these days.

The show side has continued with weekly training and monthly matches and on the last Thursday of each month have included socialisation and obedience training. Our thanks go to Jan Andrews who kindly volunteered her expertise and together with help from other members of the show committee this has become a regular monthly addition. Once again we held our Dog of the Year show in January, again a very successful afternoon. I would personally like to thank Pete Miller and Shirley Stables who have between them relentlessly been here Thursday evenings to open and set up the venue.

We had our Open Show in September which was a very successful day, with Belindas parents once again providing outside catering for competitors and visitors.

Once again may I thank all those members and volunteers who gave their time freely and willingly without whom this show would not have been possible. It is a long and very tiring day and a credit to the Club. A big thank you goes to the Show Committee Members, Shirley, Pete, Belinda, Sharon, Helen and Dave.

We were very fortunate again to be able to use Terry Moores land for summer training, such a lovely venue and on the last training night, a very pleasant evening was spent in good company at the Sun Inn.
We were again this year represented at Crufts with members making the long journey to the NEC, congratulations to you all who qualified for this prestigious event and also to those members who have gained awards throughout the year.

A Christmas meal was organised by Shirley and Wendy at the Blacksmiths Arms, which was well attended and an enjoyable evening was had by all.

To close I would like to add the following, it was with great sadness that in October Gill Cavaciuti resigned as the clubs Chairman after some 23 years in this position. I personally cannot thank her enough for her never ending support of the club both on the working and show side, she is one of the most honest, hardworking and loyal people you could wish to meet and she worked and contributed tirelessly for the Gundog Club, no one will ever know how much she gave to the club both in time and financially. I have stepped in as Acting Chairman but would never be able to fill her shoes. Gill, on behalf of the Members we would like to wish you and Paul a very happy future, you deserve this so very much. Personally, I would like to say thank you for always being there for me as a true friend and support.

I would also like to say a huge thank you to the Executive Committee, Carole, Shirley, Wendy, Nick, Louis and Tim for supporting me over the last few months, without all your help and knowledge I could not have done this job.

Mrs Ann Gallin, Chairman
The Isle of Wight Gundog Club is registered with the Kennel Club: ID 422
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