MNRC Foundation & AKC Join Hurricane Relief Effort

The Master National Retriever Club Foundation (MNRCF) is presenting a Relief Effort Challenge to the Retriever community. We are asking for your help in supporting the AKC Canine Relief Fund.  Here’s how you can become a part of a call to help.

Out of our love for dogs; in recognition of retriever enthusiasts who personally responded to the storms’ impacts by rescuing dogs & their owners and for providing support for both at their own expense; and in response to the devastation and impact on dogs and their owners from epic Hurricanes Harvey & Irma, the Foundation has received a challenge to match, dollar for dollar, every dollar given to the Foundation restricted for the AKC Canine Relief Fund up to $10,000.

The MNRC board approved their support of this challenge and immediately committed a $1,000 gift to the Foundation, so we only have $9,000 to go; if totally successful, we can give $20,000 to help these animals and folks. The MNRC Board of Directors also agreed to advise its members and participants of their support and encourages you (individuals, retriever clubs, owners, handlers, etc.) to support this effort with a gift to the Foundation.

You can learn more about how the gifts will be used by going to http://www.akcreunite.org. However, they provide much needed support to local shelters as well as first responders. The MNRCF is a 501, (c), (3) Foundation (EIN 46-3114401), and your gift is a charitable contribution with all the benefits allowed by the IRS law.

Your check should be made payable to: MNRCF and mailed to MNRCF Treasurer, Jimmy Hughes, P.O. Box 444, Columbia, TN 38402- 0444. If you have questions, please contact MNRCF President, Bill Teague at either ta9@hughes.net or 713-252-3918.

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2017 Master National Event Schedule

Note: Watch for updated postings at the Event Headquarters and on the Master National website.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 12, 2017  Opening Ceremony  Copeland Center at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, 400 Private Road 6036, Palestine, TX 75801

5 p.m.  Social Reception
6 p.m.  Opening Ceremony
6:45 p.m.  Introductions & Starting Dog Number
7 p.m. Handler’s Banquet
7:30 p.m.  Auction  & Raffle

FRIDAY OCTOBER 13       Handler Registration
Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, 400 Private Road 6036, Palestine, TX 75801

8-9:30 a.m. Bitch Check
8-10 a.m. Handler’s Registration
9-4 p.m. MNRC Store Sales Begin
10 a.m. Chief Marshal meets with Committee Chairs
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Mandatory Handler’s Meeting
(Judges instructions to the Handlers)
11:30 a.m. – Noon Committee Signups for each flight
Noon – 1 p.m. Delegate Check In
1 -1:30 p.m RHTAC Report and AKC Report

1:30 – 3 p.m. 2017 MNRC Annual Meeting

SATURDAY OCTOBER 14-22
MNRC Licensed Hunting Test BEGINS on Saturday and runs through Sunday, October 22
The BigWoods on the Trinity, 14809 W FM 321, Tennessee Colony, TX 75861

SUNDAY OCTOBER 15
MNRC Store Reopens
at The BigWoods on the Trinity, 14809 W FM 321, Tennessee Colony, TX 75861

TUESDAY OCTOBER 17
6:30 p.m. Workers’s Appreciation Dinner
at Copeland Center at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, 400 Private Road 6036, Palestine, TX 75801

THURSDAY OCTOBER 19
6:30 p.m. Frankie’s Steak Dinner
The BigWoods on the Trinity, 14809 W FM 321, Tennessee Colony, TX 75861

SUNDAY OCTOBER 22
Closing Ceremony, MNRC Store
Vendor Village at The BigWoods on the Trinity, 14809 W FM 321, Tennessee Colony, TX 75861

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Remembering John Blackbird

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2011 Master National President John Blackbird

2011 Master National President John Blackbird

The Master National community has lost a great friend.  Former Master National President John Blackbird, of Mora, Minnesota and longtime field trial and hunt test competitor died suddenly September 9, 2017.

Our deepest sympathies are extended to John’s wife of 34 years Karen and their two sons Joe and Jim. John is also survived by three grandsons, a sister, brothers and nieces and  nephews.

John judged the 2006 Master National and was a founding director  of the Master Amateur Retriever Club and the Greater Minnesota Hunt Test Association.

John retired after 30 years as a member of UAW Local 879 at the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant.

Memorials for John Blackbird

Pheasants Forever of Kanabec County for youth activities.

Mail checks to Rick Peterson, 2418 300th Ave, Brook Park, MN 55007
chp0715@pfofficers.org (320) 679-1228
Note: In the memo area of the check, add John Blackbird.

And

Gifts in memory of Mr. John Blackbird can be made to the Mayo Clinic in support of Alzheimer’s Disease Research.

Family and friends can made a donation to Mayo Clinic by phone, online or by mail.
By phone – They can call 1-855-852-8129 to talk with one of our Gift Processing Associates who can take their donation securely over the telephone.

Online – https://philanthropy.mayoclinic.org/donatemc
– Next to the designation field, they can select Alzheimer’s Disease Research from a drop down menu
– Under “tribute information” they can indicate it is a memorial gift and write in the name John Blackbird. 
Mail – They can send in a check to Mayo Clinic Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905
– In the memo line of the check or on a separate note have them indicate that the donation is in memory of John Blackbird and in support of Alzheimer’s Disease Research.

Notification letters will be mailed to Mrs. Karen Blackbird when memorial gifts are made. Those will be mailed to 1783 Johnsons Cartway, Mora, MN.

View John’s Obituary:

 

 

 

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Master National Training Guide Ads

For those who might be interested Ad space is still available for the 2017 Master National Training Property and Information Guide.  Call the Palestine Herald Press 903-729-0281.

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2017 Master National Training Birds

Ducks or pheasant training birds can be ordered from this year’s bird supplier, Clear Creek Game Birds.

Contact Richard Chetney at 254-977-3917 to order birds. He is taking orders at this time. The price is $16 for either bird. Payment will be cash or checks only.

Birds deliveries on Sunday, Oct. 8th; Tuesday, Oct 10th; and Thursday, Oct 12th between 8 and 10 am on those days.  Birds will be delivered to close The BigWoods near by the barn. Bring you crates for pickup.

Call Richard with quantity, species, and date info for ordering.

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Attention: MNRC Club Secretaries

Master National Secretary Elaine Goodner has sent all Master National clubs their 2017-2018 dues notice.  Also sent to each club is a letter regarding the election of officers and other official business, Voting Ballots, and two additional ByLaws changes.

If you have not received your notices or have any questions regarding the materials please contact Elaine Goodner at 541 227-3154 or email:  elaine.goodner@gmail.com

 

View the Club Letter: 20170901LetterToClubs

View Region 1 Ballot: REGION 1 BALLOT 2017

View Region 2 Ballot: REGION 2 BALLOT 2017

View Region 3 Ballot:  REGION 3 BALLOT 2017

View Region 4 Ballot:  REGION 4 BALLOT 2017

View ByLaws Dissolution Clause:  20170719-ByLaws-DissolutionClause-Final

View ByLaws Qualifying Date: 20170719-ByLaws-QualifyingDate-Final

Dues Notice:  MNRC Email Dues Notice

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Purina Helping Pets and People in the Path of Hurricane Harvey


The Master National Retriever Club could not be prouder of its Diamond Sponsor Nestlé Purina. We are so fortunate to be associated with such a generous and caring company.  Purina has donated $25,000 to Greater Good to support people and pets who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

And in addition, through the efforts of Rescue Bank warehouse in Houston (Rescue Bank is the official disaster relief partner),  74,000 lbs. of litter and 71,997 lbs. of food have been donated to pet shelters in the affected area.

The funds will help to provide support for immediate rescue efforts, much needed supplies, and rebuilding initiatives for individuals and communities affected by the hurricane.

Nestlé companies, including Purina are also making financial contributions to the American Red Cross, including employee matching gifts.

A huge thanks goes out to the Nestlé Purina team. For 25 years, Mr. Dean Reinke and his team have supported our retrievers and the Master National Retriever Club. Congratulations to all at Nestlé Purina. Your efforts will go a long way in rebuilding the devastation left by nature’s wrath.

For more information regarding the Purina hurricane efforts

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Retriever Community Reaches Out to Help Hurricane Victims

A Huge Shout Out goes to the Retriever Community for coming together to help rescue and evacuate victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Elaine Goodner and Rex Gibson, two Master National Board of Directors, reported stories of dog handlers and trainers who came with boats and trailers to help those in need. Facebook was filled with pictures of the men and women getting the elderly, families with children, stranded horses and dogs to safety.  The dog folks who came to rescue and evacuate Harvey’s victims were not only from Texas but many surrounding states.  Many kennel owners offered space to house the hundreds of stranded retrievers. Their efforts helped so many victims, and we are so proud of our dog community.  They did such an amazing job!

We are very happy to report both Elaine and Rex, while shaken, survived this massive storm and are getting their life back to normal—just in time for the 2017 Master National.  Property Owner Doc McFarlane and Master National Co Chair Jay Herrington reported BigWoods on the Trinity and Tennessee Colony managed to escape Harvey’s wrath.

Workers are on hand to prepare the BigWoods for our October event and we look forward to hosting the Best Master National event on record.

Thank you again to all those who helped Harvey’s victims, you are a group of caring, selfless individuals and we are proud to know you!

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2017 Master National Running Order

The 2017 Running  Order for Flights A – F are now posted.  Please check your flight and running order online.

2017 Master National Running Order

Master National Flights
(alphabetic order by handler first name)

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Master National Flight Listing

The A-F (six flights) Flights for the 2017 Master National are posted. If you see a major error please email Hunt Test Secretary Frank Barton @ fbarton@bartonpowersports.com

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL FLIGHTS

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