Volume 1. Issue 2
Note from the Editor's Desk
We have had a lot of positive response from you regarding our first issue of the MB-F Newsletter. We hope you will continue giving us feedback-- including suggestions for items you'd like to see us cover, articles you'd like to submit, anecdotes, or just a note to let us know we've been helpful or prompted discussion.
These articles are not pointed at anyone in particular, they don't single anyone out, nor are they intended as edicts, nor are they chipped in stone.
All the articles contained in the Newsletter are on things affecting clubs and their shows. They are things we hear discussed every weekend, pro and con, and this is our way of keeping our clubs in contact with each other all across the country.
It lets each of you know different ideas. It may stir some thought so you may come up with something better for your show. If you want to try something, perhaps you'll find in these pages it didn't work well somewhere else and may need modifications, or maybe it worked wonderfully and you may want to go ahead or even put your own club's spin on it.
We'd like to hear from you. Other clubs want to know what you're doing to make your show better or to help the image of purebred dogs in your community or ways you are able to cut costs and maintain quality or charities you may support. So let's hear what you're doing.
And, is there someone in your club who should be receiving the Newsletter? Send us their name and address.
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by Tom Crowe
I am a member of three kennel clubs and a director of one. I have been a constant member of kennel clubs for nearly 15 years, having served in all capacities as an officer, show chairman, the advertising chairman, etc. Now after all these years and all this experience, I suddenly realized something is amiss in kennel clubs.
The preamble to almost every kennel club constitution reads somewhat as follows:
"The purpose of this organization shall be improve thevarious breeds of dogs, and to encourage the breeding, owning, showing and training of purebred dogs; to hold public and private exhibitions under the Rules and Regulations of the American Kennel Club; to protect and promote the interests of breeders, owners and fanciers; and to do all things incidental and necessary to carry out the foregoina purpose."
Now, do you not agree with me that something is amiss? In all of the clubs with which I am acquainted, except for an odd few, their main purpose seems to be raising funds for some local or national charity that has nothing whatsoever to do with dogs. Please do not misinterpret what I am saying. There is nothing wrong with these charities. They are fine and I contribute my share to the Community Fund, the Red Cross, the Heart Fund and ad infinitum. But what have these charities to do with the purpose of a dog club? Do they improve the show in any way? Do they increase the entry? Do they really increase the gate? Do the people come to look at the dogs? Some will say the charities are good for advertising and help to gain the cooperation of loyal radio, TV, newspapers, etc. True, but suppose the monies profited went to an animal shelter, or a training class for children, or police-trained dogs for the local police force, or even for putting on a better show. Would the local club fare better or fare worse?
I have attended hundreds of meetings of dog clubs, and the favorite sport seems to be a discussion of "how to raise more money to give away by any method." Some of the better known ways of increasing the revenue are--to haggle with the superintendent and beat his price down by threatening competition; to skimp on trophies and prize money; to use second-rate locations; to shop for the minimum number of judges for the least amount of pay. Generally, the club puts on a poor quality show just to show a little more profit for giveaway.
How much better it would be to spend just a few more pennies and GO FIRST CLASS; give the exhibitors a break and show them their entry is appreciated! Hire more judges and better facilities to make the DOG SHOW an event that will move along, beginning and ending at a decent bme and not drag on boringly hour after hour. A good show, a good actor and a good comedian will always leave them wanting more. A good dog show can do the same.
You want an answer to larger crowds for Groups and Best in Show? Get the show on the road! Keep it moving! Make it interesting! There are hundreds of ways to do this and surely you have many ideas of your own to discuss at your next club meeting.
How aboutthe membership in a dog club? Why do you belong? Are you really interested in the PURPOSE of the organization or do you belong because you like to be "in on the know" about who will judge and how much they will be paid? Do you belong because you think it keeps you a jump ahead of the other exhibitors? Are you really interested in the purpose of your club? EXAMINE YOUR CONSCIENCE! You can be a better club member and really get something from being in dogs that cannot be bought at any price.
Let us get back to the club itself. Is the success of a dog show measured by the gate receipts? I think not. I believe the success of a show, from a club's point of view, would be in the quality and quantity of dogs exhibited. The dog show business is changing rapidly. Many new clubs are coming into existence each year and exhibitors have a greater choice of which shows theywill attend. Travel by turnpike, byair and by rail is far easier than it was a few years ago. The exhibitor today is not hampered in the least by a few extra miles. If the quality of the dogs entered at your show is not tops or your entry has fallen off, maybe your club had better take a hard look and start thinking in terms of the exhibitor instead of the gate or net profit. There cannot be too much argument against the fact that when quality and quantity of entries Increase. profits climb.
Today, as never in history, man is enjoying more leisure and, with his family, he is looking for more interesting and fulfilling hobbies. Belonging to a dog club and exhibiting at dog shows fills the bill for many families. We of the dog community should realize this more than any other group; and, realizing it, we should, with the greatest endeavor, try now to fulfill the purpose of our clubs' constitutions.
(This article was written by Tom Crowe for his "Professional Handler" column for the October 1962 issue of Popular Dogs. Overthe next few issues of the MB-F Newsletter we'll bring you some additional columns. "The more things change, the more they stay the same!" has more truth in it than some realize.)
As a Superintendent, I naturally get a lot of questions at shows, such as explaining the 'points from the classes' (which I will address in my next article), point schedules, withdrawal and cancellation rules, Junior Showmanship rules, etc. etc. One of the least understood rules are those pertaining to the BRED BY EXHIBITOR CLASS, particularly since the amendment to these rules was recently defeated at AKC.
The rule is actually very simple if you break it into two parts; (A) Who is eligible to enter and (B) Who is eligible to show.
A dog may only be entered by an owner who is a breeder of record or someone acting on the behalf of an owner-breeder. After this condition is complied with, the dog may be shown by any breeder of record or a member of their immediate family (husband, wife, father, mother. son. dauqhter, brother. or sister).
I had a question at a show recently pertaining to 'immediate family'. QUESTION: May my 30 year old stepson show my dog in the Bred By Exhibitor Class? I ascertained that the stepson was the lady's husband's son by a previous marriage, was not adopted by her and was not raised by her nor did he reside in the same household. My reply to her was that her stepson was not eligible, as he was not a qualified blood-relative nor legally affiliated to her as was her husband in a familial way. I did, however, refer her to Jim Crowley of the AKC, who since then has told me thatwould have also been his ruling.
Hopefully, the following examples will be of help.
DOG: "LOOK AT ME"
DOG: "I'M A DANDY"
DOG: "MY BEST CHOICE"
NOW, LETS CARRY THIS TO EXTREMES!
DOG: "PICK OF THE PACK"
DOG: "THE ONE AND ONLY"
(Editor's Note: If the dog wins in Bred By, anyone else may take the dog into the ring for winners, etc.)
The Michigan office is looking forward to our new Cluster in the Tri-City area. The shows are QUAD CITY COMBINED SPECIALTIES SCOTT COUNTY KENNEL CLUB, TRi CITIES KENNEL CLUB AND KEWANEE KENNEL CLUB, held on May 14, 15, 16 & 17 1993. We will be using our new combined Premium List format for these shows. Randy Rogers is their Coordinator and he has things well under control.
CONGRATULATIONS are long past due lo the GREATER OCALA DOG CLUB on their wonderful Club-owned show grounds. I have had a relationship with this Club since its inception and had a hand in getting A.K.C. approval of the site. I had input of my thoughts on the layout, construction and sizes of their permanent structures.
At present they have a building housing a complete kitchen facility for hot meals, an indoor sitting area and a special wing for Club hospitality. Two permanent covered show areas. One can have 10 rings off of it and the other 4 ri ngs. There is an Obedience area for 4 rings which is shielded by a solid wooden fence. All of the ring areas are sodded and equipped with a sprinkler system. A permanently covered grooming areawith electric lighting and water, plus a covered area for the trophies, catalog sales and the Superintendent has been constructed. There are unlimited parking areas, some of which are treed for shade. The site is constantly being improved and it just gets better with each show.
The GREATER GAINESVILLE DOG FANCIERS ASSOCIATION now has an agreed working interest in these grounds and they use them for both of their shows. GREATER ORANGE PARK KENNELCLUBalsouses the grounds in November as part of a 3-show cluster with Ocala and Gainesville. The INVERN ESS KENNEL CLUB uses the site the week before the 3-show cluster and we are hopeful to get another Club or two to join them. I feel what is happening in Ocala is what most kennel clubs should be thinking of doing due to the scarcity of rental-type facilities. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, OCALA!
A big WELCOME to the WEST VOLUSIA KENNEL CLUB joining our family of shows. They are joining the SEMINOLE KENNEL CLUB and the LAKE EUSTIS KENNEL CLUB to make a 3-show cluster twice a year in April and September. Alan Wilcox of West Volusia is coming up with many new ideas for the Vendors, etc.
THE QUESTION? Who
is the oldest, living, professional agent/handler, still showing dogs?
Why do I have the feeling that the inventor of dental floss got the idea while eating celery or one of our older types of Florida mangos?
LAUNDROMAT BULLETIN BOARD:
Lady's Reply: 'Why, I think of the hereafter all of the time. When I go to the kitchen, up to the attic, down to the cellar, into the living room or up to my bedroom. I always say now what am I HERE AFTER!!!!
My restaurant recommendations are based on continued good experiences, fair value for quality & quantity of food, cleanliness and service. Mostof my choices require only casual dress and are not pompous over-priced gourmet type restaurants.
At this point in my articles, I am only listing places visited personally in my show areas. I intend to expand my choices to other areas based on input from our other Superintendents and Exhibitors. I have chosen to list just a few in each article and I can assure you that I have a least five more good ones for each one I list.
BEEF & RIB RESTAURANTS:
I recently had quite an experience at the Hilton Hotel in West Palm Beach prior to the Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton shows in September. First, let me relate a side story to this. As most of you know my permanent residence is in Miami and my home was seriously hit by the Hurricane Andrew. I was trying to clean up the mess in my yard and my house before these shows. I was sleeping on the floor in the only dry area of my house and workng long hours. I had to park quite a distance from my home due to the manydowned trees . As I started to my car to go to West Palm, the sky opened up and I got drenched . Stuck in a tremendous traffic jam on the Turnpike I came to a complete stop.
I decided it was time to get out of my wet shirt and shoes. I got a dry shirt from the back seat and changed. I pulled off my left shoe and grabbed my shoe bag for my new sneakers. I only loosely lace my sneakers, part way up and leave them tied, so I can put them on like slippers. Well, just as I grabbed the new sneaker the traffic started moving, so l put the shoe on the car floor and shoved my foot in it as I drove. I thought at the time it felt a little tight. Being dead tired, I quickly forgot about it as I drove.
When I got to West Palm, I stopped at a gas station to ask directions to the Hilton as I had never stayed there before. There were a group of Hispanic men at the station and they all appeared to be staring at me and shaking their heads and as I walked away, I thought I heard "poor man". As I continued walking to the car my shoe hurt like hell. When I looked down, I realized why it hurt and why they were shaking their heads in pity. I HAD TWO RIGHT FEET! I had put the right shoe on my left foot without relating the pain to that fact.
Now, on with the Hilton Affair. After checkinq in, I wasted little bme in going to bed as tired as I was. It was so nice to have a warm bath and adry bed. Well, I woke up atabout 2:00 AM to the sound of a beeping noise. I thought maybe it was someone's car alarm, but it kept beeping and seemed to get louder. I thought just what I need-a tornado warning. I decided if that was what it really was, then the front desk would nng my room.
Well, it kept beeping so I called the front desk and got no answer. I decided to get up and just as I did the Fire Alarm went off in my room. I soaked my shirt in water and also a bath towel to drape over my face and head, looked out the peep hole and observed there was no smoke and the door was not hot.
Like any good Superintendent, I grabbed the show layouts, show settlements and my money and went out. In the hall I encountered a rather befuddled man who asked me what all the noise was about. I told him it was a fire and we needed to get out of the Hotel. He pushed the elevator button and I had to tell him that wac a no-no. I led him to the stairwell, put him in hront and ran down the four flights of steps.
When we got to the bottom he came to a screeching halt and turned to me and said "we can't go out this door" and I asked "why not". He pointed to a sign on the door that read WARNING, DO NOT OPEN THIS DOOR EXCEPT IN AN EMERGENCY. BURGLAR ALARM WILL GO OFF. I replied, ~Whatthe Hell do you think this is, you Twit? This IS an emergency!" and shoved him through the door. There were firetrucks and Police all over the place, but no fire. We stood outside for a long time until I finally went in. The Clerk said it was just another of their false alarms. They never did bother to inform us of an all-clear
Yes, I have gone back to that hotel as all in all, it's a decent hotel-and it wasn't a real fire.
Well, here we grow again. We welcome the Sir Francis Drake Kennel Club to our family of clubs. We look forward to our first show in San Rafael in September of 1993.
We also welcome Olympia Dog Fanciers, with two shows, in May and October. We look forward to working with these Washington State Fanciers.
To all my friends on the East Coast and on the West Coast, I am still living in North Carolina. The article in Dog News was premature and not accurate. The number of shows we do in the West Coast market call for us gathering information to determine the feasibility of adding an office in California. We are still gathering that information.
See you soon at a show.
The contract is the beginning of a relationship between the superintendent and your club. Our policy is to provide a show contract for your next show along with the settlement for your current show. This contract is a legal document and the framework for the duties you pay a superintendentto perform. It is signed by a duly authorized officer of MB-F and your club. The following outline gives an explanation of a normal show contract.
Dates: The contract contains all pertinent dates related to your show - show date, closing date, deadline dates for premium list copy, ad copy, and premium list mailing.
Base Fees: A base dollar amount for a set number of dogs and the price for each dog and entry over the base or a set price for each dog or entry. This fee covers all items in the contract unless otherwise noted with specific prices.
Equipment: If equipment is noted in the contract it includes rings, ring numbers, mats (if required), tables, award signs (Best of Breed, 1 st, 2nd, 3rd ,etc. .), scales and wickets, obedience equipment (if required), and exercise pens. It includes this equipment in sufficient quantities for the number of dogs entered as well as all transportation and labor for setup and dismantling. It normally does not Include tenting. This can be arranged through several independent tenting contractors and included upon request.
Services: Included in the base fees are all duties of a licensed American Kennel Club Superintendent. This includes preparation and distribution of premium lists; receiving and recording entries and fees; compiling catalogs; preparing and mailing acknowledgement of entry, tickets, judging programs to exhibitors, handlers, and officials; preparing judges books, armbands, and ring bags; computing cash prizes, preparing prize money and envelopes; preparing and sending a marked catalog for the club secretary and the American Kennel Club; and making all necessary reports to the American Kennel Club. Included are licensed superintendents to run your show and travel expenses. The club is responsible for any labor related to ticket sellers, tickettakers, police, guards, crate handlers, clean up and catalog sellers etc.
Premium Lists: The contractwill specify a set quantity of premium iists and the number of pages (usually 16 pages are included in the base contracts). There will be a charge specified for additional copies of the premium list over the base quantity as well as a cost for additional pages. The base fee includes one color of ink and our standard 16 pound paper. Additional colors and paper combinations are available and will be quoted and charged accordingly. The contract does provide for additional charges in the event we do not have final copy in hand three weeks prior to the mailing date. These additional charges would occur if we are required to expend unnecessary overtime labor and first class postage in order to adequately distribute your premium list. A proof of your premium list is supplied prior to printing and mailing.
Catalogs: A set number of catalogs will be provided in the base contract along withasetpriceforadditional copies. Inthe event your club decides to order fewer catalogs than the quantity specified, a credit will be applied to the show settlement. This credit will be the same price you would pay for additional catalogs. The contract will specify the cost per page for advertising and photographs. Any copy not required by AKC Rules is considered advertising. The contract may call for a base number of pages and a price per page for each page over the base Miscellaneous Printed Matter: The contract includes all ID tickets, standard complimentary admission, luncheon, and press tickets, judges books, judging programs (including an index to breeds), prize envelopes, advertising contracts, control sheets, trophy pledges, and forms for premium list copy submission. Premium list envelopes, armban Is, stall numbers, directional arrows, and posters will be furnished at no charge to the extent a dog food company or other sponsor is willing to assume the cost.
Postage: The contract includes bulk rate postage for mailing premium lists and first class postage for judging programs and acknowledgement of entry. Unless otherwise noted in the contract, the postal rates in effect on the date of the contract apply. Any increases in the postal rates will be borne by the club.
Ribbons: The contract includes all class ribbons, badges, rosettes for 1st through 4th place in each group, and a rosette for Best in Show. Additional rosettes offered in the premium list will be made and billed accordingly.
Insurance: Comprehensive public liability insurance protecting the club, its officers, and directors is included in the base fee or at a stated dollar amount. This insurance covers liability and property damage claims up to $1,000,000. The lessee of the premises will be added as an addibonal insured upon request. Additional insurance may be obtained upon request. This insurance is notopbonal but is primary to any other coverage your club has. In the event of a claim related to your show or MB-F, our coverage would take priority over your club's normal coverage.
Show Grounds and Buildings: Theclub is responsible for renting the building and grounds, chairs, sale of concession space, food concessionaires, trash removal, sawdust and plastic. The superintendent's requirernentforshow/ring space shall have priority over space allotments for concessionaires. The superintendent may require up to 24 hours before and after the show for setup and dismantling. If this limit cannot be observed an additional charge may be incurred for overtime and additional labor. The club is responsible for any cleaning of the grounds before and after the show.
Further Club Responsibilities: The cluD is also responsible for hiring stewards, hiring and payment of judges, hiring and payment of veterinarians, publicity trophies, and gate admission tickets.
Financial Responsibility: Under the terms of the contract the superintendent will provide the club with an itemized accounting and funds within 15 working days of the show. Our normal procedure is to provide a detailed settlement and a check on the day of your show with a few hundred dollars withheld to cover any returned checks processed after the show. A final settlement is then made based on these returned checks and any withdrawals requiring a refund as a result of judges changes.
Other Terms and Conditions: The contract contains legal terminology protecting the club and the superintendent against riots, civil disturbances, fire, Acts of God, or other acts beyond our control. The contract calls for any claims to be settled in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association.
Our contracts are all inclusive and contain all essential services required for an all-breed dog show. The MB-F contract, terms and services are the result of over 80 years of combined experience from Edgar Moss, A. Wilson Bow. and George Foley.
Over the last 21 years as an employee of MB-F, I have heard several different opinions on things to consider when hiring judges for a show. Some people have said that it really doesn't make much difference who the judges are because for every judge one person doesn 't like there is another who does. Other opinions have ranged from setting a certain base amount for a judges' fee and not hiring anyone who charges more, to if a judge has not placed certain breeds in the Groups they should not be considered. and on and on.
After listening and watching over the years, here are my thoughts on the subject.
First of all, some of the qualities I feel should be considered are: how does the judge present himself/herself, consideration for the exhibitor, organization in their record keeping, knowledge of dogs, how politcal they might be, their overall attitude about the job they are performing, and certainly the cost entailed in havina that person judge your show.
When judges walk into a ring, all eyes are focused on them until the job is complete. I feel judges should present themselves in a neat, clean, orderly manner to the public and exhibitors (the same manner the judges expect the exhibitors to present themselves to them as well as their dogs).
Everyone has a bad day occasionally, but the judge, the person in complete charge of the ring, should always strive to be courteous and considerate to all exhibitors. The exhibitors are paying the bill and should be treated accordingly, plus you never know what situabon you might be involved in with that exhibitor in the next few months or years.
A good judge will be well organized in his ring procedures as well as with his paper work. As we all know the judges book is the last word and is indeed critical in awarding wins to the correct dogs. Some of the situations we see as superintendents would amaze many people.
Knowledge of the breeds being judged is very important. The American Kennel Club, of course, controls this aspect. After all, lets face it, some people are born with an eye and a knack for judging . Others may have to work for years before being com petent in this skill . Again the American Kennel Club governs this area.
The area of politics is certainly not excluded from the dog game. I suppose any me two or more people are involved in something there will be some politics involved. I am sorry to say all people are not in control in this area, and some are more extreme than others. This is something you as a show chairman or a judges' selection committee will have to monitor and keep yourselves abreast of at all times.
Over the years I have been attending shows I have come into contact with quite a number of judges. I am glad to say the majority of judges are eager and enthusiastic abouttheir judging assignment, but there are those who have the attitude that what they are doing is a real chore. This can't help but be reflected in their procedures and the decisions they make concerning the dogs. I don't understand why they continue to judge rather than throwing in the towel
A lot can be said about cost. I certainly don't think you should just throw caution to the winds. Yes, we do have some multiple group and all breed judges that charge a high fee. They are good judges and should by all means be considered and used on your panel. A lot of these judges continuously draw more than 175 dogs on a regular basis. For example, if a judges fee is $500.00 plus expenses, if the judge is shared with another club the total bill probably would be somewhere in the area of $750.00 - $800.00. If that judge brings you 200 dogs in an overload situation the cost per dog is only around $4.00 per dog. On the other hand, suppose you have a judge that charges a fee of $2( ~.OOplus expensesforatotal bill of $450.00. If that judge only brings you 100 dogs the cost per dog is $4.50. Obviously the first judge with the higher fee is more economical and probably amuch more qualified well-rounded judge. This is not always true, of course. There are situations when the example above may be reversed. My point is even though a judge may charge a higher fee does not necessarily mean he will be more costly.
Also in the area of cost, always be sure you understand what type of expenses the judge is planning to charge. Are they economy expenses, or are they first - class expenses? There would be a big difference.
Five to 10 years ago, a good rule of thumb for the costof a judgewas $3.00 - $3.50 perdog. With the increase in travel expense and the cost of living, I feel sure this average has probably risen to $4.00 - $5.00 per dog.
In a completely different direction, lets talk a little about how a dub decides who they want and who they don'twant. I have been a member of kennel clubs in the past. In the meetings of one, a list is passed among members for them to say who they would like to have, and one is passed for them to say who they would not like to have. Usually, the show chairman hires from the list of names who are more desirable. Why not hire from the undesirable list and tie those judges up in your area for 30 days and 200 miles? If you are a conscientious club member and work the day of your show, as you should, you would not be exhibiting anyway. That way, you don't have to worry about the undesirable for a while in your area.
Now, how do you know who to hire and who not to hire? Yes, there are a lot of variables involved. The best way to gather this information is for the show chairman and judges committees to communicate among themselves. Keep a list of names that are acceptable and a list of names that are unacceptable. It doesn't take long to come up with a nice sized list on both sides of the coin. You might use your judges' directory and simply mark out the ones that are unacceptable. We have one chairr an that goes so far as to cut the name out of the book. (I'm glad I'm still on the good list.)
I hope I have given some help with my thoughts and ideas on this subject. Good luck and I look forward to seeing you and your choices soon.
(To Have or Not To Have; That Is The Question!)
From Dorie Crowe,
Each club across the country has been faced with THE JUDGES DINNER at some point. In view of the significant cost this can pose for some clubs we'd like to share these pro and con thoughts with your club.
From home-cooked club members' specialties at
someone's home to pig pickin's to catered parties to restaurants back
to opening a can and sticking a spoon in it-we've seen a lot in the way
of judges' dinners. Some of these affairs are reasonably priced most
have reached the expensive stage for clubs.
Con - Not really. That's a FEW members (remember, those members who are showing dogs don't get to attend-even though they may be good workers and you may want to give them a nice dinner) and the restaurant staff who provide the hospitality there. The real club hospitality is in the way the judges are given information, in the transportation to and from airports, adequate accommodations and having their needs met the day of their assignment-and at the end of the show.
Alternative - Some clubs have elected to have a "Hospitality Room"with drinks and finger snacks (hot and cold). Just an informal place they can drop by, say hello, get directions to the site or let you know they need transportation the next morning and inquire as to what time to meet and then they can be on their way. No obligation.
Pro - Those judges travelling alone, particularly women, will have company for dinner and won't be left alone in a strange city. Con - Most judges today travel alone frequently for business, as well as for assignments. Remember, some of your judges will work a full day at their job then travel to your show. Some may have to travel all day because of distance or transportation problems. Some may be coming from another show that may not have ended until late, or they may have had a full day's assignment (maybe in the rain, cold or excessive heat). These folks, nice as they may be, just may not feel like being charming for another 2-21/2 hours over dinner. What they may want most is adrink, a bowl of soup or salad (preferably from room service), a shower and early bed so they can g ive you their best the day of vour show.
Pro - Having a dinner helps contain costs.
Con - What about the judge who brings a guest you weren't expecting? What about those who unavoidably miss dinner because of transportation foul-ups, bad weather or a late ending to another show?
Alternative - Some clubs issue vouchers for nearby restaurants or the hotel/motel restaurant. Some set a specific meal allowance in their contract with the judge. Some hotels/ motels provide meals as part of a package. Most judges are ethical and considerate about their expenses and could be trusted on their own. Left to their own devices most will have one drink (two at the most) and then dinner, no nonsense. We've seen an open bar end up costing more than dinner in most cases. Remember, it's also an invitation to some to drink what they THINK they can hold (which is usually overestimated). And nothing can spoil a dinner faster than someone who's sauced, loud and crude. (Invariably that's the person who's seated at the table with the very quiet, soft-spoken, church-going person who's strongest epithet is "Oh, my gosh!".)
Pro - The judges will think we're chintzy or unfriendly if we don't have a dinner.
Con - Judges are grown-ups. They don't all feel they must be entertained continually.
Alternative - Some clubs provide a goody basket in the judges' hotel/motel room with mineral water or soft drink or wine, cheese, fruit, crackers, etc. Also, a welcoming note, information on transportation to the show, directions to the show site and two or three restaurants (if available) within walking distance of the hotel/motel, as an alternative to the hotel if judges are staying more than one night Some clusters get together and make one packet of information.
Then you also have the problem of whom to invite? Should you invite the AKC Rep? (If you have established a relationship with your rep over a period of bme; or if the rep is new to the area and you want to get acquainted, you might want to invite him/her. However, they don't expect to be invited and we're sure their feelings won't be hurt if you don't. And yours shouldn't be hurt if they decline.)
Should you invite AKC officers, etc. who may be attending your show as a visitor? Firstly, you don't know these people may be there. If you have already made your guarantees, they wouldn't expect you to have to go to extra expense. (This is where a hospitality room makes a lot of sense, a few extra people don't mean much in the way of expense when you're looking at munchies versus dinner.) Remember, all these people are adults and can take care of themselves. One or two people may not make a big difference in dinner costs, butwhat if there are three officers, plus spouses, plus some people manning the AKC booth? This could add up to big bucks for you. You have to use vour discreton and your brains.
Should you invite your superintendents? Well, let me say, it's flattering to know you think enough of us to want to include us with your guests. But, it's not necessary for you to invite us. We do understand the costs involved for drinks and a meal and with the numbers of superintendents we sometimes have at a show, this could be costly for your club. Believe me, we don't think ill of you if we're not invited. And, please don't think ill of us if we have to decline.
Sometimes we may be staying at a hotel/ motel that's between show sites and it just may not be very convenient, or if we are at another show that day, we don't know when we'll be leaving those grounds, or we may have made other plans before you asked. And, remember, after dinner we may still have a couple hoursX work to do to prepare for your show the next day. We do appreciate every invitation, but sometimes we just can't attend. Also, we feel horrible if we say we'll attend and then something happens we're delayed and you have empty seats, or we arrive in the middle of dinner, perhaps, wet and bedraggled from that day's show and all of you are freshly scrubbed and we feel like the porta-pots. Please understand we have your interests in mind at all Umes. We're very aware of those dollars and how they can add up.
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On December 1, in honor of World AIDS Day, I visited the Greensboro Coliseum Exhibition Hall to view the Names ProjectAIDS Memorial Quilt. Actually, it was only approximately 1,000 of the 23,000 panels which make up the whole Quilt This blanket of hope is comprised of tens of thousands of individual fabric panels, each measuring three feet by six feet and sewn together to make a 12 x 12 foot square secUon. The Quilt memorializes the hundreds of thousands of people who have died of AIDS in the United States and around the world.
It is stitched together with the tears and sorrow of those who have lost family members friends and lovers. It is displayed in sections around the country and the world with their hope and their rage, in an effort to help everyone understand the effect AIDS has had, and continues to have, on our lives.
By organizing and displaying the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the Names Project works to accomplish three goals.
-Illustrate the enormity of the AIDS epidemic by showing the humanity behind the statistics.
-Provide a positive and creative means of expression for those whose lives have been touched by the epidemic.
-Support the raising of vital funds and encourage support for people living with AIDS/ HIV and their loved ones
In our sport of dogs, many of our top judges, handlers and breeders as well as many of our other officials are gay and lesbian. Some of them have died from this dreaded disease while many, many others are in various stages of AIDS. Because of this and because of a very close friend of mine here at home, I started to show my support for them by wearing the national symbol for AIDS awareness, the red ribbon. I began in January of last year, by pinning the ribbon to my jacket at every dog show I attended. Invariably I was stopped and quesboned as to the meaning of the red ribbon. After the explanation, I always met with the same response, that what I was doing was a good idea. It was not until the Springfield Cluster weekend in Massachusetts, that I saw red ribbons being passed out to anyone who wanted one, each day.
Sometime ago, one of the kennel clubs in the northeast, the Naugatuck Valley KC, sponsored an AIDS benefit show and dinner. But not much since then has been done. May I suggest to some of you clubs, as a way of working with your local communities in building good relations, that you, too, sponsor Match Shows, Obedience Trials and Point Shows to benefit the local HIV/AIDS organization in your area. At your shows, pass out the red ribbons and encourage people to wear them. And remind them (and remember yourselves) that ALL of us are at risk of being infected by HIV, not just those of us who happen to be gay or lesbian.
By being open and frank in our discussions of the disease and not treating those who are positive for HIV or who have developed AIDS, as our modern day lepers only then will we begin to defeat this epidemic. Earmark some of those monies raised, for AIDS research, AIDS hospices and to help in the displaying of the AIDS Memorial Quilt There are also organizabons that help care for the pets of AIDS patients.
If any of you would like to make a panel for the Quilt in memory of someone. or would like to make a contribution to keep the quilt alive and on the move. You may directyour inquiries to:
The Names Project Foundation
And if your city or one near you is lucky enough to be able to display the AIDS Memorial Quilt, I urge you to take the time to go view it. It will be something which will leave you breathless. It will be something which will make you stop to think. It will be something you will remember for the rest of your life. But then this is just my two cents.
In a recent article, Deborah Lawson wrote "Etiquette, rules of behavior - exist in societies from the most primitive to the most sophisticated. They developed because they make interpersonal relationships smoother and more understandable. Government could not exist without them. The general rules of Western social intercourse such as consideration for others comfort and feelings or having certain types of table manners are the same for the dog fancy, etc." A fact that is often forgotten by Kennel Clubs when hiring judges for their panels.
A late night phone call and acceptance should not end your communication with the judge.
I receive phone calls, almost daily, from judges wanting to know if they are on a panel, the breeds they are judging, whattown the show is in and which airport to use.
As a common courtesy, after the initial phone contact, send the judge a contractwith all the above questions answered. All too often, communications end here. Judges need to know more. They need to know who will meet them at the airport, where they are staying and what arrangements have been made to get them backto the airport. Are there Club dinners that will require additional clothes? They also need to know how they are getting to the show the next morning and what time they will be picked up. They need the phone number of a contact person that can be reached day or night in case there are problems during travel or other emergencies. A letter to the judge prior to their leaving home giving all this information would make their trip more pleasant and ease your problems the day before the show.
Your responsibilities aren't over yet. Do not appoint a person with three small children as your judges' transportation person. You must remember all judges are not O.J. Simpsons who dash thru airports carrying enough luggage to dress for five Inaugural Balls. The trip from the airport should be as soon after arrival as possible and as direct as possible. Please do not ask the judge to wait two hours for the next judge to arrive, to ride while you run errands or stop to see a new litter of puppies. Yes, this has happened. Remember, in a lot of cases the judge has spent hours traveling to you and would like to get to the motel and rest.
The word "motel" is another point for discussion. When selecting a motel, be considerate. Cleanliness should always be the first consideration and cost the second, but conveniences should also be among your top priorities. If possible, reserve rooms close to the lobby or close to the elevator. Never choose a motel that has rooms in different buildings scattered over acres. In some areas it is not safe to walk outside at night. Would you want to? Neither do the judges . Is there a restaurant in the motel? I know, there is a five-star restaurant a block away, but can you guarantee the weather will be nice. that it is safe to walk?
Judges dinners are another topic for thought. They are usually very nice and a good time for visiting but again there are things that must be considered. Remember, the judges will be standing in the ring up to eight hours the next day and they need to get a good night's sleep. If you have a dinner, plan your dinner hour so it will be over in time to accomplish this. Make your plans with the motel that dinner will be served at a certain hour and see that it is done.
Last but not least, judges' gifts. While they are nice and appreciated by the judges - and, too often by the Superintendents or friends, cause we get them - they are not an absolute necessity. A lot of judges travel with carry-on luggage and have no room to pack large or breakable items. Next time it is your job to purchase the judges' gifts please remember that nice things come in small packages too.
How do we know these things? The judges tell us.
When looking through magazines and newspapers what ad catches your eye? Do you read the enbre ad that is nothing but print from border to border? Is your eye caught by the ad with a picture or artwork and lots of information? Or do the ads that play up the picture or artwork with only the basic information remain in your mind? Of all the advertising for Coca-Cola the ad I remember most was an entire newspaper page with just the words iCocaCola" centered in small print. The ads received at MB-F fit all three categories.
Because of the size of the page in a dog showcatalog, an adverbser needs to plan his ad carefully. When there is too much copy or there are too many photos for the page, the printturns outtoo small to read and/or the photos too small to distnguish.
When selecting the photo to use, make certain it has contrast. If the contrast in a colored photo looks "iffy", it probably will not show up well in black and white. Remember, a black dog againsta red dress will be a black dog against black when reproduced for the catalog. And a white dog against a light background will reproduce as a white blob with dark eves
When submitting a photo, indicate how much of the photo you want reproduced. An easy way is to take an 8-1/2 x 11 inch sheet of paper, place it over the photo, and cut out of the paper the part you want in the ad. Otherwise, you can indicate on the ad copy if you want the dog only; dog and handler; dog, handler and judge with very little background; or use the enbre photo.
If you are using more than one photo in your ad, you will need to mark the photos and the placements on the ad copy with corresponding markings. Also, the dog's name needs to be on the back of each Dhoto.
Position the ad copy as you wish it to appear in the catalog. Do you desire a special type of print? Indicate it on the ad copy. If you wantyour logo as partof the ad, attach your business card or letterhead stationery something that has a clear, distinct representation .
You know your dog's name, but we process over 700,000 entries each year. All ad copy should be typed or printed clearly. Capitalize the letters that should be capitalized. Space the words so they don't all run together. Don't abbreviate if you don't want it abbreviated in the ad. Be sure of your spelling and of your identification of judges.
Ad placement should be indicated also. Some ads don't tell what breed they are advertising and without a placement indication the ad could be placed in the wrong section.
Submit your ad by or before your Ad Chairman's deadline. You run the risk of not being included in the catalog if your ad is late. In addition, late ads are an additional expense to your club and, since ads are a source of income for your club, don't defeat the purpose.
Advertising in your club's catalog is another way to support your club as well as informing other exhibitors of your accomplishments.
Advertise, and do it with style!
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