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2017 LCA Awards

The Heinrich Essig Award:  The Heinrich Essig Award is the LCA’s highest honor.  It is named after the man that tradition holds created the Leonberger breed; Heinrich Essig, a town counselor in the town of Leonberg, Germany.  The HEA is presented to individuals who have demonstrated sustained and exceptional dedication to the club and/or breed over a period of at least five (5) years.  This award comes with a life long membership. 

The Leo Award:  The Leo Award is given for exceptional work on a particular project, or for a body of work on behalf of the breed or the club that takes place over the course of a year.  It can be awarded for a particularly well-done individual project, or for more generally applied excellence. 

The Leonberger Heart Award:  Sometimes people do things that don’t really benefit the breed or the club as a whole, but which show remarkable heart nonetheless. The Leonberger Heart Award has been created to honor these people. 

Certificates of Appreciation:  Certificates of Appreciation are awarded to anyone who has done any type of work for which the Club should express special appreciation.  It generally refers to work over the past year, but is not limited to any particular time period.  

To submit a nomination, email lkmspirio@iname.com.  The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2017.

2016 LCA Awards

2016 LCA Awards
April 29, 2016

In recognition of their contributions to the club, the following people have been selected for special recognition by the club, as follows:

HEINRICH ESSIG AWARD

The Heinrich Essig Award is the LCA’s highest honor. It is named after the man that tradition holds created the Leonberger breed in 1846; Heinrich Essig, a town counselor in the town of Leonberg, in what is modern day Germany. Originally presented to the LCA’s founders in 1994, the Heinrich Essig Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the club sustained over the course of many years. This award comes with a life-long LCA membership.

Ann Rogers

Language on Award Certificate: “For sustained perseverance and excellence over many years working to raise awareness and educate Leo owners about important health issues affecting the breed.”

Ann Rogers for an HEA. Ann has been an active breeder and contributor to the Leonberger breed for nearly three decades, and has bred more Grey Muzzle recipients than any other active breeder. Over the years Ann has worked in a variety of areas. She served on the Board of Directors in the early 1990s, with exemplary service on the Breeding and Governance Committees in the 2000s. As a co-chair of the Governance Committee in the mid-2000’s she was instrumental in the creation of our current Member Practices document, adopted in 2007, the centerpiece of which is public posting of health testing results on the Canine Health Information Center database. Ann has worked to raise awareness for Leonberger Polyneuropathy, and co-creating Harvey’s List to support owners of affected Leos, for which she and Judy Johnston received Leo Awards in 2007. Her tireless work on LPN has contributed to the welfare of Leonbergers around the world, and she continues to work on this and other health issues. Ann co-founded Leonberger University to help educate future breeders and owners. This was a natural extension of the mentoring that she has done for so many in our club. Often people’s interests will wax and wane, but Ann’s passion has been consistent and impactful. In 2015 Ann authored a thoughtful paper regarding Thyroid and LPN2 testing that eventually formed the basis for a change in health testing policy by the Board of Directors this year. In the process Ann also took on the role of being front person for the club relating to discussion of the topic on the Members’ List.

For all of this and more, a grateful club presents Ann Rogers with the Heinrich Essig Award.

LEO AWARD

The Leo Award is given for exceptional work on a particular project, or for body of work on behalf of the breed or the club that takes place over the course of a year. It can be awarded for a particularly well-done individual project, or for more generally applied excellence.

Astrid Robitaille

Language on Award Certificate: “For excellence as the voice of the LCA and the breed in the AKC Gazette.”

In addition to many years of service to the club on the Board of Directors, and as President, and on the LCA Show Committee, Astrid has most recently taken on the task of writing our breed articles for the AKC Gazette. In this role she has been the voice of the LCA and the Leonberger Breed in the AKC Gazette. It is a voice that we have grown to rely upon, presenting compelling and well-written material that has reflected well on the LCA and the breed. It is a steady voice, and whether writing about life span, showing, or trimming of fur, it is a voice that we can all be proud of. It is easy to take for granted such reliability and excellence, but those of use who work as volunteers know that it is a truly remarkable thing when a volunteer takes on a role and fulfills it with in a seamless and transparent fashion year-after-year.

For all of this and more, and with profound thanks, a grateful club presents Astrid Robitaille with the LeoAward.

CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION

Certificates of Appreciation are awarded to anyone who has done any type of work for which the Club should express special appreciation. It generally refers to work over the past year, but is not limited to any particular time period.

Standard Committee – Agi Hejja, Harry Austin, Alida Greendyk, Ginny Bartholomay, Mary Decher and Connie Kent (Chair).

Governance Committee – Jim Henshaw, Linda Gagnon, Judy Johnston, Ray Robitaille, Jim Walker, and Glen Ferguson (Chair).

Language on face of Award Certificates:

“To the Standard Committee for invaluable service to the LCA through years of dedication and hard work managing the review process for the proposed changes to the AKC Standard.”

“To the Governance Committee for invaluable service to the LCA through years of dedication and hard work managing the review process for the proposed changes to the LCA Constitution & Bylaws.”

The work of these committees has been entirely separate, but has followed parallel courses. For the past two years these two committees have drafted and re-drafted proposed changes to the Constitution & Bylaws and Standard, posted their work on the LCA website, collected member comments, worked with the AKC and the LCA Board of Directors, and then dug right back in to start the process all over again, as needed, to move these projects forward in a fair, open, and democratic fashion. The Governance Committee also did considerable work researching not-for-profit law and AKC guidelines regarding electronic communication and voting, and prepared what will very likely be the first fully formed Bylaw provisions applicable to those topics for any Parent Club. The amount of work and dedication to task exhibited by these committees has been remarkable.

Thank you to all of our 2016 award recipients. Volunteerism is the heart of our club, and we also wish to thank not only the award recipients, but those who submitted names in nomination for the various awards. If your nominee was not recognized this year, please re-submit next year!

Sincerely,
The LCA Awards Committee
Yves Parent, Linda Mullins-Spirio, Carin Shadwick, Glen Ferguson and Mary Decher (Chair)

2016 HEA Request for Nominations

HEINRICH ESSIG AWARDS COMMITTEE
SEEKS NOMINATIONS 

THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY FOR THE WELLBEING OF OUR DOGS AND OR OUR CLUB AND WE WANT TO KNOW WHO THEY ARE. 

CALLING FOR NOMINATIONS for outstanding contributions to Leonbergers and/or to the Leonberger Club of America.  Please read over the award descriptions below and designate for which award you have in mind for your nomination.  Then, write a short note that describes the reasons you are making your nomination and e-mail it to marydecher@gmail.com by February 29th, 2016.  

Thank you from the HEA Committee: Yves Parent, Carin Shadwick, Linda Spiro, Glen Ferguson and Mary Decher, Chair. 

AWARD DESCRIPTIONS

The Heinrich Essig Award:  The Heinrich Essig Award is the LCA’s highest honor.  It is named after the man that tradition holds created the Leonberger breed; Heinrich Essig, a town counselor in the town of Leonberg, Germany.  The Heinrich Essig Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the club sustained over the course of many years.  This award comes with a life long membership.

The Leo Award:  The Leo Award is given for exceptional work on a particular project, or for body of work on behalf of the breed or the club that takes place over the course of a year.  It can be awarded for a particularly well-done individual project, or for more generally applied excellence.

The Leonberger Heart Award:  Sometimes people do things that don’t really benefit the breed or the club as a whole, but which show remarkable heart nonetheless. The Leonberger Heart Award has been created to honor these people.

Certificates of Appreciation:  Certificates of Appreciation are awarded to anyone who has done any type of work for which the Club should express special appreciation.  It generally refers to work over the past year, but is not limited to any particular time period.

PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO E-MAIL ANY HEA COMMITTEE MEMBER WITH QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.

Glen Ferguson fergusong1@gmail.com

Yves Parent YP@wispertel.net

Linda Mullins-Spiro lkmspirio@iname.com,

Carin Shadwick cmshadwick@gmail.com

Mary Decher marydecher@gmail.com

Please submit your nomination to marydecher@gmail.com by February29thth, 2016

 

Call for Nominations 2015

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE LCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

If you are interested in running for the Board and/or AKC Delegate, or know someone who would make a good candidate, please submit a nomination to the Election Committee via email or U.S. Mail by March 18, 2015. Nominees must be members in good standing who have been members for two (2) years and have attended at least one (1) of the last two (2) general meetings (See, Article IV(2)).

Audrey Davis
LCA Election Committee Chair
63 Bellevue Ave
Rutland, VT 05701
Audreydavis57@gmail.com

Nominations for 2015 LCA Awards

CALLING FOR NOMINATIONS

for outstanding contributions to Leonbergers, the Leonberger Club of America or other efforts worthy of note. Please see award descriptions and designate for which award you have in mind for your nomination and submit a written description of the reasons you are making your nomination.*
Thank you,
The Heinrich Essig Award Committee

The Heinrich Essig Award:

The Heinrich Essig Award is the LCA’s highest honor. It is named after the man that tradition holds created the Leonberger breed; Heinrich Essig, a town counselor in the town of Leonberg, Germany. The Heinrich Essig Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the club sustained over the course of many years. This award comes with a life long membership.

The Leo Award:

The Leo Award is given for exceptional work on a particular project, or for body of work on behalf of the breed or the club that takes place over the course of a year. It can be awarded for a particularly well-done individual project, or for more generally applied excellence.

The Leonberger Heart Award:

Sometimes people do things that don’t really benefit the breed or the club as a whole, but which show remarkable heart nonetheless. The Leonberger Heart Award has been created to honor these people.

Certificates of Appreciation:

Certificates of Appreciation are awarded to anyone who has done any type of work for which the Club should express special appreciation. It generally refers to work over the past year, but is not limited to any particular time period.

Please submit nominations to marydecher@gmail.com by February 28th, 2015
HEA Committee: Yves Parent, Carin Shadwick, Linda Spiro, Glen Ferguson and Mary Decher, Chair
*The committee will evaluate all nominations and assess which awards, if any, are appropriate to the nominee. The committee may also elect to defer awards to a subsequent year depending on circumstances.

Constitution and ByLaws Review

NOTICE REGARDING CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS REVIEW PROJECT

The Governance Committee has been working on creating a revised Constitution & Bylaws for review and eventual ratification by the membership. The most current draft of the proposal is posted on the members only part of the LCA website via MemberClicks. If you do not have a MemberClicks password please contact the LCA webmaster, Sharon Betts for assistance. There may be additional notices regarding the progress of this and subsequent document review projects posted via MemberClicks, so it would be good to be sure you are in the system if you wish to stay up to date (The next document for review will be the Member Practices).

2014 Board of Directors Nominees

The nominees for a position on the Board of Directors 2014 are:
Ginny Bartholomay
Amy Garabedian
Agi Hejja
Aleida Rios
Linda Sabastiani
Rachel White

Their introductory letters are now posted in the member-only portion of the Leoletter site.

AKC approves Owner-Handler Series for Specialty and Group Clubs

AKC approves Owner-Handler Series for Specialty and Group Clubs

Hosted exclusively by All-Breed clubs during the first two years of its existence, the American Kennel Club® (AKC®) National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) has now been opened to local and national Specialty clubs as well as Group clubs.

After Specialty clubs saw the success All-Breed clubs had with the NOHS at their events, we received inquiries from many different breed clubs interested in taking part. We’re pleased to be able to fulfill the requests by expanding the program. For Specialty clubs just now considering the NOHS, it’s very easy to add the competition to your event, even if your club is already hosting special attractions like Best Puppy, Best Bred-By Exhibitor or Best Veteran.

The expansion to Specialty and Group clubs will allow owner-handlers additional opportunities to compete for year-end points and rankings. The top ten owner-handled dogs (plus ties) in each breed in the 2014 qualifying year will be invited to compete in the National-Owner Handled Series Final, scheduled to be held in conjunction with the  AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on December 12, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. In the inaugural Finals last year, more than 520 competitors entered, representing 160 breeds and 43 states and Canada.

National Owner-Handled Series Best in Show results can also now be viewed in the Weekly Wins section of the AKC website.

Specialty or Group clubs interested in offering this competition can indicate it on their event application or email eventplans@akc.org. Owner-handlers can find a local event offering the NOHS here.

Alan Slay
AKC Director of Event Programs

Board elections 2014

It is that time of year again.  The LCA needs a few good men and women to serve on the Board.  It does not take too much of your time and you would be giving back to the breed we love so much.  If you are interested, please read the following to see if you are eligible to serve.

In order to be eligible to run, nominees must be members in good
standing for at least two (2) years and have attended at least one (1)
of the last two (2) general meetings. Nominations must be accompanied
by a written statement of the nominee stating their willingness to be
a candidate.  The full election provisions of our bylaws, Article 1,
Section 2, may be referenced by going to the following link:

http://www.leonbergerclubofamerica.info/club-info/constitution-bylaw/

Waltraut Zieher award announced

The Leonberger Health Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Waltraut Zieher Memorial International Health Award.

Anita Treichler, President of the Leonberger Club of Switzerland and Mary Decher, Founder and Past President of the Leonberger Club of
America were notified over the weekend that they were the inaugural recipients of this international award for their outstanding contributions to worldwide Leonberger Health and Longevity. They will be honored at a special ceremony at the LCA National Specialty in Burlington, Vermont, April 23 – 27, 2014.

The women were nominated by individual groups of their peers that included breeders, companion dog owners, representatives of their respective national clubs and members of the international Leonberger community.

Both women are known for their courage in bringing to light the existence of unwelcome genetic mutations in the Leonberger Breed–Mary with Addison’s Disease and Anita with Leonberger Polyneuropathy. In the face of potential criticism of themselves as breeders, they chose to work tirelessly to bring these breed-specific health issues to the attention of the international Leonberger community.

Both women contacted researchers and helped to establish fundraising mechanisms for their respective national Leonberger clubs. Mary was one of the Founding members of the Leonberger Health Foundation. Both continue to be active today.

Addison’s Disease was virtually eliminated from the American population of Leonbergers due to Mary’s work with breeders and the collection of DNA for researchers who were interested in the disease; among them Dr. Elaine Ostrander of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Ry Wagner of the University of Oregon, and Anita Oberbauer of the University of California at Davis. The initial research on Addison’s Disease in Leonbergers was funded entirely by the Leonberger Health Foundation. Later research has been funded by the LHF working in concert with the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation.

Through the efforts of American Leonberger breeder and health advocates, Ann Rogers and Judy Johnston and the canine genetics laboratory of Dr. James Mickelson at the University of Minnesota, Anita was able to bring the canine genetics team of the University of Bern in Switzerland in to the search for the genetic mutations responsible for Leonberger Polyneuropathy. With the aid of funding from the LHF, the CHF and the Leonberger Club of Switzerland researchers from both Universities were able to isolate and develop a test for the mutation that causes the LPN1 variation of the disease. They are now addressing other forms of the disorder.

For further information, contact Susan Grosslight, Chairperson of the WZ Award Sgleos@aol.com

If you would like to see the full press release with photos please go to http://leonberger.com/ZieherAward%20Winners%20.pdf

New Board Members 2013

Introductions from your new Board members:  Glen Ferguson, Connie Kent and Michael Bloink:

Our story with the Leonberger began in fairly typical fashion. Met a Leo, fell in love, had to get one. Of course, as everyone knows, “You can’t have just one.” What has come since has been both an amazing, and at times heartrending, experience. We wouldn’t change it for the world.

As a Leo owner, I have found great joy and satisfaction in the versatility of the breed. It has been my experience that these wonderful companions will gladly take on any activity we ask of them, creating an amazing bond between us. Sometimes their enthusiasm can create great embarrassment for us humans in the ring, but it never fails to bring smiles to the crowd. My experiences with many of these activities make me comfortable discussing topics from conformation showing to drafting to therapy work, with many points between. Additionally, my service on the LCA Governance Committee has helped me understand the mechanics of how our breed club operates, and how it relates to the AKC.

I have had the sincere pleasure of meeting a great many of you during my 9 years as a club member, at various events and specialties, and I look forward to the opportunity to meet many more. It is my honor to accept this nomination, and I plan to make every effort to represent the interests of all our members: loving pet owners, dedicated conformation competitors, and performance enthusiasts alike.

Thank you,

Michael Bloink
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Dear Fellow Leo Lovers:

Once again I am asking for your vote, so that I can continue working on behalf of you and our wonderful Leonbergers as an LCA board member. For those who don’t know me; a little background.
Junko and I brought home our first Leo pup, Miss Fifi, in July 1991, and took her to our first LCA national specialty in Elgin, Illinois, in 1992. Fifi’s last national was 2003 in Sonoma, California, but she won Best Spay/Neuter at age 12! In addition to conformation, we have dabbled in obedience, and all three of our current Leos have AKC Rally Novice titles. Although we started off as “pet people,” we have continued to try new things and balance our Leo related interests over 22 years in the LCA. I have scribed at national and regional Club Shows since 1999, and became a BACL examiner in 2006. After several failed attempts Junko and I were proud to finally join the ranks of LCA breeders with the birth of our “A” litter in 2009. Given the above, I feel my perspective on the needs of the breed, the membership, and the club is quite broad. Professionally I am an attorney in Seattle, but my avocation is Leos!
LCA Service includes board & officer 15 of the past 22 years (president 1998-99); Governance Committee 22 years (member/advisor working on all governing documents); National Event Committee 2007 to 2008; and the Breeding Committee, 2010 to present. I have attended 21 of the last 22 national specialties, and co-chaired the national in 1994 & 2013. Outside of the LCA: I served on the board of the Washington State Obedience Training Club, from 2007 to 2010. My first International Leonberger Union meeting was in 2001, and at the 2012 meeting I was elected to chair the Constitution Committee.
Awards include the LCA’s highest honor, the Heinrich Essig Award (2002), and the Club Italiano del Leonberger’s Millennium Leonberger Award (2008). It’s not all glamour and awards though. I have helped with LCA & regional events for 22 years, including planning, set up/tear down, sweeping floors, trash pick-up, poop patrol, and blood draw. If elected I will keep working hard on tasks; large and small. So why a 6th board term? I believe more passionately than ever that people of integrity and good will must do more than just express their love for the breed, they must step forward and work in good faith together to do what is best for the club and the breed. I believe this requires supporting:

• The Leonberger Health Foundation with its efforts to improve the health and lifespan of our Leos.
• An aggressive judges’ education program and getting our best dogs out to AKC conformation events, so that our future Champions are worthy of the designation and meet our AKC Standard; structurally, functionally, and in temperament (Temperament is critical to type!).
• Preservation of our LCA Club Shows, with written critiques from judges who are true Leo experts, to promote our effort to keep a single Leonberger “type” on both sides of the Atlantic.
• Education for all fanciers, but especially breeders & stud owners, through Leo-U classes, Breeding Committee programs, and our Breeding Assessment Check List (BACL) program.
• Working and obedience events, as well as continuing recognition of our therapy Leos.
• Energizing our leadership by bringing in new people with sound ethics and a willingness to serve.
• Improved communication for the purpose of sharing information and fostering a positive and supportive Leonberger community to effectively further all of the above.

We are one of the largest and best supported parent clubs in the AKC, but we can always do better. Our goal should be to have 100% of people who buy puppies from our breeders join and stay in the club, and our breeding community should strive always to assist one another to learn and improve best practices, so we can hand the breed off to the next generation in better condition than we found it.
When we brought Miss Fifi home those many years ago we thought she was joining our family. Little did we realize that we were actually joining a world-wide Leo family that has enriched our lives in ways that we could, frankly, have never imagined. I look forward to seeing you in Vancouver, Washington, for the National Specialty in April, and I ask you for your vote.

Sincerely, Glen Ferguson
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Many of us are looking for our passion in life. We look for something that creates a limitless enthusiasm within us. I found mine in 2007. It came as a 19 lb., fluffy bundle with a beautiful black mask and remarkably soulful eyes. This new love affair led me to attending my first Leonberger Club of America National Specialty in Estes Park. To be honest, I thought it was just going to be a nice weekend away with my husband and our cherished Leonberger puppy. I thought we might meet a person or two and visit with our breeder. I went with few expectations, but found myself quickly saying, “this is my community.” People were friendly, inviting, and fun while still being serious about the integrity of our breed. This culture is what makes our LCA unique and it is what we need to strive to maintain.

I live in Ormond Beach, FL with my husband, three daughters, and three Leos. Our youngest Leonberger is from our own first litter. These dogs have become a major focal point for our whole family. I have participated in obedience, rally, therapy work, and most recently conformation. Itʼs not uncommon to find us at the beach with the dogs or on hikes in our beautiful state parks. My next goal is to get our 155 lbs male on the paddleboard with me. I have been told that it can be done, but that is left to be seen.

The love of my Leonbergers led me to a love of the breed and the belief in the Leonberger Club of Americaʼs Mission Statement which is, “The core purpose of the club is to preserve the health, temperament, and type of the breed.” I became involved in a variety of areas of the club because I felt I had skills to contribute to the LCA community. I had a desire to learn from the wealth of knowledge present and I wanted to develop and continue friendships. The positions that I have been involved with are the following:

• Ring Steward at two Specialties

• LCA Corresponding Secretary

• Member of the Leonberger University team

• BACL Coordinator

• Chair of the Nominating Committee

• Associate member of the Governance Committee

• Chair of the Meet the Breed booth at the Eukanuba National Championships in 2011

• Co-chair of the Meet the Breed booth at the Eukanuba National Championships in 2012

• Foster home for a Leo with Leos In Need

• LCA member breeder which has been by far the most demanding and rewarding activity that I have been involved in.

Through the positions that I have held, I have learned an immense amount about our breed, had hands on experience in many areas of the LCA, shared our breed with endless admirers, and made numerous friends along the way. I canʼt even begin to list all that I have gotten out of being a part of this group. My diverse involvement, commitment, willingness to take on responsibility and follow through are all qualities that would contribute to continuing our LCA goals and mission. It would be a great honor to serve you on the Board of Directors of the LCA. Thank you for your consideration.

Respectfully, Connie Kent

AKC Breed Ranking posted

The 2012 Breed ranking are posted for Leonbergers as reported by the AKC.  LCA rankings will be forthcoming.

AKC Breed Rankings

2013 Grey Muzzle Award

The Leonberger Health Foundation would like to honor your 12 year old Leonberger ( or older) with the 2013 Grey Muzzle Award.

We need:

Grey Muzzle

Grey Muzzler – Gullgutta

Full name of your dog
Call name of your dog
Birthdate (if still alive)
Birthdate and date when they crossed the rainbow bridge (if they aren’t alive)
Owners name, address, phone, and email.
Breeder’s name, address, phone, and email.

Please email the information to: Yogilov@aol.com