I hope you had a great weekend, whatever you were up to!
We had attendance of about 25 members at yesterday's GSATC Annual Party/Meeting. Pat will be sending around the minutes in the coming days, but I wanted to say thank you again to Maria Sacco for organizing the food and to Eric Hafen for organizing and setting up the venue. The feedback on doing our Annual and Holiday parties at the Madison Community Arts Center has been overwhelmingly positive. It's easier to conduct a short meeting, it's easier to move around and socialize with those not seated at your table, and less costly than brunch at a restaurant. If you have any thoughts on how we can keep improving these gatherings, or would like to volunteer to help plan one in the future, please let me know.
I've included some photos from yesterday. I enjoyed seeing everyone (and there were some really good brags too - as you will see in Pat's minutes)!
The newly elected Board will be meeting over the summer, but I hope to see the rest of you at September's in-person meeting (Wednesday 15 September, 6:30pm, Madison Community Arts Center), if not sooner at a dog show!
Your board met July 28th to address concerns, ideas, and suggestions which emerged from the survey that we conducted.
First, let me thank the membership once again for your outstanding participation in the survey, and to share with you the changes we have instituted to address your concerns. As a result of your input:
Two of our next five meetings will be held at shows.
Our meeting in October will be held on October 14th at the Ramapo Show in Augusta New Jersey. The meeting will feature a program on “stewarding” featured by Ms. Joan Church. Anyone interested in becoming a steward is encouraged to attend. We will also have a short session for new exhibitors.
Our March 24th meeting will take place at the Edison shows at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison New Jersey. Details will follow closer to the date.
Our September 26th meeting will take place at the Chester Library at 7:00 PM.
We are exploring other possibilities for meeting sites and ask any member who would like to attend our meetings but finds in impractical to please contact their town library and inquire as to hosting our meetings. Generally, a resident of the town must request the reservation. We are open to all reasonable suggestions and help from the membership. Please remember our meetings are held the last Wednesday of the month.
Thanks to a change in AKC guidelines for meeting attendance, we are exploring the possibility of enabling remote access to our meetings via “Go To Meeting” or some other third-party access. This will enable many of you who do not enjoy or cannot drive at night the possibility of attending our meetings and sharing your input without the inconvenience of night driving.
We are also exploring ways of making our meetings more interesting to you, the members, with some programs in areas like grooming, health issues, earth dog, as well as attractions such as food and Chinese auctions. If you have any suggestions for programs, please forward them to any board member or directly to me: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make sure we take them up at our next board meeting.
Also, please remember, if you can volunteer in any way, we need you to help us maintain our outstanding history as a club. Anything you can do will be recognized and truly appreciated.
Thank you for helping make GSATC the great club it is.
Denis Johnson, President GSATC
GSATC's 23rd Garden Party was an outstanding success! 372 entries in 29 different breeds or varieties.
Last year I promised, "As incoming president of Garden State, I will employ all my Irish luck to try and make next year’s weather cooperate. Hope to see you all next year at a genuine “Garden Party.” My luck came through. Thanks all who helped make this event so great. Show Chair, Joan Murko and Assistant Show Chair Enid Wright did their usual spectacular job making sure the show went off smoothly and on schedule. Thanks to Trophy Chair, Leandra Little, for the beautiful awards. Finally, thanks to all the hardy exhibitors, contributors and volunteers without whom the show could not have gone on.
Best in Show starting to roll at GSATC 2018
Thanks everyone for your response to the GSATC Survey. Here are the results for your edification. Your Board is already working on many of your concerns.