Upcoming AGM. Profile - Linda Mortimer
Hello fellow crazy dog people,
I have been a part of the Nelson Dog Training Club since 1970 approximately, hanging out looking after my sister while my Mum Shirley Albert trained and competed with our Standard Poodle Fifi. I later followed my sister Susan into the Agility world with my crazy little rehome Shelbie (long story there). Seemed the thing to do after my sister had followed me into years of horses I was even a foundation member of the Wakapuaka Pony Club out on the Sandflats where I still frequent now with my dogs.
I took over from my sister on a Saturday Morning who took the only agility class! It grew from there and more and more classes developed.
Shelbie was joined by Fletcher who was the best teacher in dog language, he was known to be a bit grumpy, but after extensive research and trial I found a pleasant way to manage it and Fletcher went on to get ADX Gold, competed in Senior and was close to gaining 400 clear round certificates. Kola joined us in 2004 my beautiful chocolate angel….gaining ADX and over 200 clear rounds. I won’t go into them all now. Later came along Chai, Edge, Haze, Limit, Fling and the latest Kilt all Border Collies. Chai became the first JA dog in Nelson just pipping Linley Barrett and Kliff on the same day! Chai gained her FD in Flygility along the way. We have dabbled in Obedience, CGC and very early on Rally O and Working Trials.
Being a current member of the dog club for over 23 odd years I have been a jack of all positions, I can’t remember how many years on Management but close to 20. I have filled every position; each served for multiple years, my latest as Secretary. I sit on the Hope Domain Recreation Board being a strong voice for our club!
I believe a good Management Committee member needs to be mindful of all of the clubs disciplines and capabilities of the club members, we should treat everyone with the same respect whether a new club member that might not know the ropes yet to a Senior member who is a wealth of knowledge.
Always up for a chat and a coffee if you have any questions or concerns I am more than happy to help the best I can,
So much more to say but think I will keep it short this time,