2013 has been a very active year for the Geelong Branch, with many contributing to our success and continued growth.
Firstly, our thanks go to our instructors, Jo Mee, Dennis Gladman, Mary Giertolla, Ashley Kendall, and aspirer, Sherry Hanley who continue to show their dedication and love for our dogs as they come in week after week to teach us how to handle and care for them with unfailing enthusiasm.
Secondly, thank you also to all members of the committee who have donated their time to ensure that the Branch runs smoothly and continues to grow from strength to strength: Dennis Gladman (Branch Manager); Maureen Williams (Secretary and Membership Officer); Colin Gissing (Treasurer); Jo Mee (Chief Instructor); Ashley Kendall (Grounds Manager); Sherry Hanley (Equipment Officer); Veronica Filmer (Publicity Officer and Webmaster); Robyn Trower (Social Secretary); Felicity Robertson (Fundraising Officer); David and Lorelle Organ (Canteen Officers); and Barb Allen, Karin Gissing, Deborah Koch, Barbara Pownall and Rod Trower (General Members)
Thirdly, we also appreciate the contributions of a number of members who have assisted in various ways including:
• Mark Stephenson who, with Chilli by his side, has assisted with the set up and pack up of equipment at many training sessions. This has been a huge help to our groundsman and instructors
• Kylie and Kayla Abbott who have selflessly stepped in to serve at the canteen for many weeks of the year when our canteen officers have been away to attend dog shows. We have certainly appreciated your efforts on our behalf
• Sherry and Simon Hanley, who have generously donated the money from the sale of the fruit and vegetables they give to the Little River Milk Bar. With over $120 raised every month, this has been a truly significant contribution to our funds
And finally, we are most grateful to those businesses that have also helped the Branch throughout the year with donations to our fund-raising activities:
• Cozy Corner Café
• Miss M
• Faull’s Shoes
• Just Onions
• Three Oh Two Willows
• Little River Milk Bar