The Schaferhunde News
The German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City
• Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Annual Meeting, Macken Park Community Center,
1201 Clark Ferguson Drive, North Kansas City MO 64116, Election of Officers and Board of Directors
• Saturday, January 19-20, 2019, GSDCGKC Tracking Dog and Tracking Dog Excellent (Combined TD/TDX) Test, Smithville Lake Recreation Center, Smithville, Mo.
Volunteers are needed.
• Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7:00 p.m., General Meeting, Program will be presented by a local Chiropractor for dogs, Macken Park Community Center, 1201 Clark Ferguson Drive., North Kansas City MO 64116, Introduction of Officers and Board of Directors
Connie Austin and Ulysses James are the judges for the 4 TD and 4 TDX combined test on January 19 and 20th.
The following club members have volunteered to assist with the tracking trials: Chris Kimerer as secretary and driver for the judges, Rosi Von Fintel as the chief tracklayer, Sally Hamm is the chairperson, Debbie McHenry is on the committee. Nelson Hinman Jr., Lynette Stone, and Tiffany Bartley will be helping with tracks. We will need more people to lay tracks and help with hospitality.
Saturday the 19th is plotting day so we only need the tracklayers at the Smithville fields for the time of their specific plotting of a track so it’s not an all-day commitment. We generally start plotting around 9:00 a.m. and it usually takes about 45 minutes to plot the TDX and 30 minutes to plot the TD tracks.
Only one of the cross-tracklayers needs to be present on Saturday so they know where the two will walk in and out of the track. We will know more about times after the closing and the judges tell us when they want to start. We will need a hospitality person on Saturday to bring lunches to judges and volunteers. On Sunday tracklayers need to be at their field at the predetermined times and stay to follow the dogs and handlers when they run the track. Hospitality needs to bring breakfasts and hot beverages the Litton Center by 7:30 a.m. to set up. The draw for the TD is at 8:15 a.m. and the first track runs at 8:30 a.m.
We are generally finished by around 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. and go to celebrate at the Mexican Restaurant in Smithville. Everyone who is interested in this sport is welcome to come and watch on Sunday. We hold these tests regardless of most weather so volunteers need to dress appropriately and wear good sturdy shoes or boots. Fog and thunderstorms may delay times but I’ve only known of bad ice to actually cause a cancellation.
It is with great sadness to report the passing of member Susan Hunt. Susan was an active member joining in January 2016. She served as a Board Member until her untimely death. She will be missed by the German Shepherd dog community.
Susan Monica Hunt Susan Monica Hunt, 66, Overland Park, KS died November 27, 2018 at her home. Visitation will be 2-4:00 p.m. Sunday at the Amos Family Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at the funeral home; burial in Volusia Memorial Park, Ormond Beach, FL. Contributions to Safehome or a favorite animal rescue of choice.
In honor of Susan, we are reprinting the bio she provided at the end of last year. She had an amazing background and life story.
After graduating from KU, I worked as a High School Biology Teacher for five years and then took a job as a Forensic Chemist with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department’s Regional Crime Laboratory. In that job, I analyzed drugs, evidence of crimes, and testified to my analysis in Court at criminal trials. I also attended a two-week course on forensic serology at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., a two-week Crime Scene Investigation Course with the KCMOPD; and obtained my Masters of Criminal Justice Degree. On a whim I took the Law School Admissions Test and was offered a scholarship to Washburn, UMKC and KU. Of course, I went to KU, and graduated from Law School in 1986.
I began working for Jim Wyrsch and Charlie Atwell at a premier criminal defense firm in KC. While working at the firm, Jim Wyrsch, Judge Anthony Neugent and I wrote and published a book, “Missouri Criminal Defense Practice.”
After a few years, I quit and became self-employed, which I remain today. My practice is limited to primarily federal criminal defense and I have been involved in some of the most highly profile federal criminal cases in KC, including some federal death penalty prosecutions. I am currently winding down my practice to retire next year (I said the same thing last year!)
My first contact with the German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater KC was in 1973. At that time, they offered training at Mill Creek on the Plaza. I took my first GSD to kindergarten, beginners and novice. At the end of the Novice course they sponsored a dog show and my dog won first place and high scoring dog! I still have the trophies and certificate and they are part of my treasured possessions! I currently have two GSDs–four-year old Roxy and nine-month old Solo!
The Annual Meeting of the German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City, Inc. will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m., at Macken Park Community Center, 1201 Clark Ferguson Drive, North Kansas City MO.
At this meeting we will be electing the 2019 Club Officers and Directors. Below is the slate of Officers and Directors submitted by Lynette Stone, the Chair of the Nominating Committee.
President: Chris Kimerer
Vice President: Debbie McHenry
Treasurer: Mike Kennedy
Recording Secretary: Sally Hamm
Corresponding Secretary: Amy Edwards
Board of Directors:
Members may cast absentee ballots by delivering them to the Recording Secretary, Amy Edwards, prior to the opening of the Annual Meeting. In order to be counted, absentee ballots must be signed. No person who has voted by absentee ballot may vote at a meeting which he attends.
In accordance with the GSDCGKC Bylaws, Article IV, Section 1 (A), “not less than three nor more than eight elected directors, there being one director for each fifteen regular and lifetime members up to 76, then one additional director for each thirty members.” As of December 31, 2018, there are 60 regular and lifetime members in the GSDCGKC.
Please plan on attending the Annual Meeting to vote for the nominated candidates to complete the club’s 2019 Officers and Board of Directors. An absentee ballot can be found on the club website.
There are many opportunities for club members to contribute their time and expertise. Please consider volunteering to serve as a Committee Chair in 2019 for one of the following:
Membership & Ways & Means
Social Media (Facebook, Twitter)
Year End Trophies Obedience Trial Chair
Obedience Trial Secretary
Obedience Trial Committee
Conformation Show Chair
Conformation Show Secretary
Tracking Test – January 2020
Fundraiser – Wine Pull
The Board of Directors addressed the meeting location issue for next year, we meet inside for the first 4 months covering January, February, March and April. Since Macken Park has become our "home base" for our outdoor meetings, Debbie McHenry approached Kelli Votypka, Director for North Kansas City Parks and Recreation.
The Community Center Building at Macken Park is complete and totally functional, Kelli assured us we could have a meeting room that has access to a large patio and we can bring the dogs. There is also a kitchen area and the meeting room is plenty big for our needs. Kelli tentatively put us down for the 2nd Tuesday of each of those 4 months from 6-9 pm. They have an hourly rate for the room, but if the club were to participate and pay for two event sponsorships of $250/event, the usual rate would not be charged and the sponsorship would cover our room. The Board of Directors decided to put this to a membership vote.
At the start of the December meeting, it was voted on to suspend with the normal order of business. The only business item on the agenda was to vote for or against the meeting room at the Macken Park Community Center and how to handle the financial aspect. It was a unanimous vote to officially reserve the meeting room at Macken Park and to pay for the sponsorship of the two events and club members participate at these events.
After the vote the business meeting was adjourned and the Awards Banquet and luncheon followed.
Gingerbread Dog Cookies
3 cups (360 g) whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tbsp (0.3 g) ground ginger
3/4 tsp (0.15 g) ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp (0.1 g) ground cloves
1/2 cup (118 ml) molasses
1/2 cup (118 ml) water
1/4 cup (59 ml) canola oil
Preheat your oven to 325° F (163° C.)
Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves together. In a separate bowl, combine molasses, water, and oil.
Pour the molasses mix into the flour, and stir until well combined.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until it’s about 1/2 inch (13 mm) thick.
Cut the dough into holiday or dog-related shapes using cookie cutters.
Use non-stick cooking spray to lightly cover a baking sheet.
Put your cut-out dough on the sheet, spacing cookies about 1/2 inch (13 mm) apart.
Let them bake 20 minutes, then cool them on a wire rack and serve!