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Presidents Message

November 2017

Please remember the membership drive which concludes at the end of the year. The good news is that we have added several new members and welcome them and look forward to their active participation in the club. Thank you to the various members who have sponsored them.

The board has been active with worthwhile donations this fall, including a $500 gift from the club's general funds to AKC Reunite to help the pets affected by Hurricane Harvey. We also directed $1500 donations from our Canine Health Foundation account to each of two research projects pertaining to heart disease, the most prevalent health issue affecting our Chin. These include project "2046: Using a Novel Combination of Drugs to Treat Arrhythmia and Heart Failure in Dogs" and project "1994: Early and Accurate Prediction of Mitral Valve Disease Development." Thank you to our Health Chair Marisa Capozzo-Schmidt for her research on these projects leading to our directed donations on behalf of the club.

We have been working on some additions and updates to our bylaws. First, we want to update the membership section of the bylaws to more accurately reflect what the AKC is asking of clubs. Secondly, you will recall that the membership voted at the annual meeting at Purina Farms in May to direct the board to draft an addition to the bylaws that incorporates term limits for officers and directors. A committee, headed by Marge Conway, was appointed and subsequently worked diligently on the proposed term limits addition, which has now been approved by the board and reviewed by the AKC. Many thanks to Marge and her entire committee for their thoughtful contribution to this effort. The board expects to mail voting ballots concerning these bylaws changes to the membership in the next 60 days. Please watch for your ballot and voice your opinion by voting.

The National and Parent Club specialties to be held in May in Pomona, California are fast approaching. Please see the latest update on the JCCA website, and book your accommodations early as lodging fills quickly in Southern California around the Memorial Day weekend. For those who don't want to stay at the host hotel, there are numerous nearby alternatives listed.

We still need help with the specialties. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Michelle Mixon. It's a great way to actively contribute to the club.

Have a wonderful holiday season, and enjoy family, friends, and your Chin!

Jeff White

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