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  • The AGM is a milestone during the year and the discussions there influence the General Committee agenda well into the future. Perhaps this is stating the obvious, yet despite this, it is always slightly surprising to note how many members decide to take no part in the AGM, not even offering a proxy vote. In the aftermath of the meeting, the perennial post- meeting comments tend to revolve around the amount of time available for each item and the need (or otherwise) to return to the meeting in the afternoon. Again this is largely outside of the Kennel Club’s control for attendance is a member’s personal choice and the length of time needed for discussion on any topic is dictated by their desire to speak. The order of the agenda is dictated by the Articles of Association (ref Art 42.3) and thus novel items tend to be discussed in the latter half of the meeting.

    The decision to become a Limited Company would appear to be providing members the opportunity to consider the need for changes to the way we govern our organisation. There is a proposal this year for the General Committee to form a working party to consider future Governance arrangements. Benchmarking our Governance against other limited companies with similar business models will provide insight and allow us to consider the merit of changing the way we direct the business of the Kennel Club. The remit suggested is broad although mostly seeks to focus attention on the structure and operation of the General Committee.

    IN THIS ISSUE

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    MAY 2015

    FROM THE CHAIRMAN

    EVENTS 3 • FIELD TRIALS 16 • SEMINAR DIARIES 20 • KC FILE FOR MAY 22 • JUDGES 23 • KCCT DONATIONS 23 • SECRETARIES' ANNOUNCEMENTS 23 • FOR THE MEMBERS 24 • ASSURED BREEDER SCHEME 24 • KENNEL NAMES 25 • FEES PAGE 26

    Welcome... Look inside for all your events and seminar listings as well as other Kennel Club information.

    With the return of the Kennel Gazette in the not too distant future the Editorial Board is looking for a new Kennel Club Member to join their team. This role would suit someone who has a background in editorial or publications and would involve travel to the Kennel Club office in London on a regular basis. Anyone interested in applying should contact Sara Wilde on sara.wilde@thekennelclub.org.uk

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    A proposal is made for another working party to review the Kennel Club’s approach to communication. This may be considered timely given the rising tide of online social networks which have a significant potential for influencing public perception of pedigree dogs. There are some considerable challenges for organisations in adapting to this major change in society, not least how we can best address what can either be regarded at one extreme as ‘mob rule’ and at the other, a democratic approach to expressing opinion.

    For my part on occasions the term ‘social network’ is a misnomer as many seem to discard the good manners and social norms when on-line yet we cannot avoid the fact that this method of communication is increasingly influencing opinion and perceptions of dogs across the spectrum.

    Social networks seem to dominate the agenda for the press and there is little doubt that the Kennel Club must adapt its approach to communications to ensure its voice is heard before opinions become entrenched. As an organisation we have much to be proud of and yet so much good news gets lost in the plethora of down-beat, on-line communication to the extent that it is overwhelmed by immediate, yet uninformed, reaction to events as they are reported. We saw the effects of this with the tragic poisoning of the Irish Setter, Jagger (Thendara Satisfaction), an event that was immediately associated with its attendance at Crufts. Despite being able to secure some reasonable press coverage of the facts once they emerged just a few days later, the public memory is likely to always link this appalling event with Crufts, however unfair that may be.

    There is a call for a third working group to look at registration. From the notes available this would seem to be more about the Kennel Club attitude to the crossbred dog than about the registration process. Nevertheless, aspects of this proposal have been considered before and we should question if this needs another review at this time. Three proposals asking for working parties,

    all with the remit for reporting within twelve months, raises the important issue of available resources. We already have considerable input on the various property projects and there are a number of initiatives in process at the moment using working parties to lead their progress. This is a logical approach to dealing with complex issues but members should give some thought to the resources required to deliver an even wider programme of change.

    The organisation and support of a burgeoning number of working parties places further pressure on our professional staff, who already have demanding responsibilities for delivering our business objectives, and there is a finite number of willing members to volunteer to work on new proposals. In voting for the proposals at the AGM I would ask members to consider the workload and the availability and willingness of General Committee and KC members to undertake additional work. The fact that those who are engaged in strategy groups are almost without exception unpaid volunteers should not be taken for granted, neither should this resource be assumed to be inexhaustible.

    Reporting back to the members is an important function of the AGM and this

    year there is much to be said. Property has dominated the year and the visible progress on the building destined to be our new home in Clarges Street will be evident to all those who attend the meeting and take the opportunity to visit the Club premises. Plans for obtaining a new freehold premises in Aylesbury for our service operations

    (principally the Breed Register and Petlog) will be part of the update as well as information on what is proving to be a challenging search for suitable sites to support canine activities.

    The headline results from the membership survey will provide an overview of the data that will be used in the next phase of the Board’s work in developing recommendations for addressing the call for a widened Kennel Club membership.

    The re-launch of the Kennel Gazette is also eagerly awaited. The four members of the editorial group have remained focused on the core mission to produce a magazine of interest to the members. This is a task of some magnitude and despite inevitable diversions and disagreements, good progress has been made. We are now entering the final phase and expect to be able to provide some good news to the members at the AGM.

    Steve Dean

    FROM THE CHAIRMAN

    "Property has dominated the year and the visible progress on the building destined to be our new home in Clarges Street will be evident to all those who attend the meeting and take the opportunity to visit the Club premises."

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    (L) EAST OF ENGLAND GREAT DANE CLUB Stanground Community Centre, Peterborough, Mrs J King, 01733 222273, eppwood@aol.com

    (O) EASTERN COUNTIES POODLE CLUB Ross Peers Sports Centre, College Road, Soham, Ely, Mrs B McGough, 01638 577252, b.mcgough831@btinternet.com

    (O) EASTERN ST BERNARD CLUB Waltham On The Wolds Village Hall, Mrs TJ Booth, 01636 613523, t.booth73@ntlworld.com

    (CH) GOLDEN RETRIEVER CLUB OF NORTHUMBRIA Temple Park Leisure Centre, South Shields, Mrs AC Byrne, 01207 544367

    (O) HARTLEPOOL & DISTRICT KENNEL ASSOCIATION Ross Mere Centre, Ross Mere Way, Hartlepool, Miss J Bloomfield, 01915 271167

    (O) ISLE OF MAN CANINE SOCIETY The Training Barn, MSPCA, Miss M Smith, 01624 822433, melanie.smith@abacusiom.com

    (O/AG) ISLE OF MAN DOG CLUB Loughlands, Miss JD Ward, 01624 614961, fltcmdrjen.lightrider@gmail.com

    (CH) LANCASHIRE & CHESHIRE COLLIE CLUB Thompson House Equestrian Centre, Mr RG Wilkinson, 01204 696085, rgw@ntlworld.com

    (O) LANCASHIRE HEELER CLUB Shenstone Village Hall, Mrs A Bancroft, 01254 398771, audreybancroft@talktalk.net

    (O) LANCASHIRE SPORTING TERRIER CLUB Newchurch Parish Hall, Mrs M Stephens, 01706 874384

    (O) LONDON & SOUTH EAST ROTTWEILER CLUB Moulton College Equestrian Centre, Miss TJ Simpkin, 01702 202474, simpkin@xln.co.uk

    (CH) MERSEYSIDE STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER CLUB Marine Hall, Fleetwood, Lancashire, Mr F Schofield, 0151 547 1022, fschofield@live.co.uk

    (O) MERSEYSIDE TOYDOG CLUB Croxteth Sports Centre, Liverpool, Mr I Blore, 07917 767809, movalian@btinternet.com

    (CH) MIDLAND BORDER TERRIER CLUB The Armoury, Greek Street, Stockport,

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