Friday, August 26, 2016


Agenda of Annual Meeting of Member Clubs and Individual Members

In accordance with Article II, Section 1 of its Bylaws, this is the Annual Meeting of Member Clubs and Individual Members of California Federation of Dog Clubs, Inc.  This meeting is being held on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM on the show grounds of the Simi Valley Kennel Club, Inc., Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA  93105. 
Official notice of this meeting was sent electronically to all members on July 21, 2016.

The order of business shall be as follows:

Roll call of members
Minutes of the last annual meeting
Report of the Board
Report of the President
Report of the Secretary
Report of the Treasurer – review of bank balances
Report of Committees – none
Announcement of newly elected Officers and Directors

    President        Charles H. Bridges, Jr. (“Chuck”)
    Vice President        Judythe Coffman
    Secretary        Geneva R. Coats
    Treasurer        Jamie Winton-Rudolph
    Director        Janice Anderson
    Director        Janis A.  Dykema (“Jan”)
    Director        Carol R. Hamilton
    Director        Teri Kahn
    Director        Carole Raschella

Unfinished Business
New Business
General Discussion

In the absence of the President, Vice President Judythe Coffman and the Officers and Directors will review the activities of the past year:

    Legislative Activities
        Whittier and follow-up event
        Kern County
        Santa Paula
    Current Legislative Issues   
    Nathan Winograd Event
    Breed ID Workshop Update
    Fire Responses
        General Update
        Butte Fire (Amador County)
        Topanga-Calabasas Fire (Los Angeles County)
        Erskine Fire (Kern County
        Sand Fire (Los Angeles County
        Blue Cut Fire (San Bernardino County)
    Disaster Program/Disaster Trailer Update
    Membership Program
    Reestablishment of California tax-exempt status.

California Federation of Dog Clubs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fire Season

You all know that fire season in California started early this year. Judy Coffman, our Vice President, monitors wildfires and contacts local Incident Command staff for each fire that expands beyond a local brush fire to offer support for animal evacuations – usually animal food or shelter supplies. So far this year we haven’t needed to dispatch either of CFODC’s disaster response trailers, but we have provided animal food for evacuees of the Topanga-Calabasas and Erskine Fires and have provided requested supplies for the Sand and Blue Cut Fires. The Blue Cut Fire, currently active in San Bernardino County, has burned almost 26,000 acres and is 4% contained (by comparison, the Clayton Fire in Lake County has burned 4,000 acres and is 50% contained).

We appreciate all of our members. Some of our members have also made additional donations beyond their basic membership dues. I’d like to single out Contra Costa County Kennel Club, Bulldog Club of Northern California, Irish Terrier Club of Northern California, Ed & Mary-Jean Odron, Schipperke Club of Southern California, Tehachapi Mountain Dog Fanciers, and Valerie J. Vihlen Schluter for their generosity this year (Santa Maria Kennel Club also has a long history of supporting CFODC through additional donations).

The fact is we are going to deplete our Disaster Relief Fund this year. Our policy is to meet the current needs of animals evacuated in disasters; we will not hold back assistance in anticipation of future needs from future fires. Consequently, if you or your club has not joined CFODC, please consider joining and making an additional donation to support our disaster relief activities. If you know of other fanciers and clubs who haven’t joined CFODC, please encourage them to join, too. I wish I had the nerve to ask you for $19.00 a month in exchange for a picture of a pitiful looking dog. We have a much different appeal, donate to help animals and their owners in California and show the public that the fancy cares.

Again, thanks for your support.

Best regards,

Chuck Bridges
California Federation of Dog Clubs, Inc.

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California Federation of Dog Clubs, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization