Bylaws: Vickie Miller, chair
The bylaws committee exists to amend and uphold the constitution and bylaws of the club. It is their responsibility to make changes when asked by the Board of Directors and the provide assistance when questions arise regarding bylaws requirements.
Events: Nancy Valley, chair
The Events Committee organizes and communicates information related to club sponsored events such as National Specialties, Annual Meetings and regional gatherings. The Specialty subcommittee focuses on the annual get-together of Club members who join the event to share knowledge and activities with other members.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Health and Wellness: Lisa Harper, chair
1. To act as liaison to the OFA and CHIC
2. To approve club supported health studies.
3. To endorse or commission health and genetics
studies for the SWDCA
4. To recommend allocation of the Canine Health Foundation monies for specific studies.
5. To develop a health survey in conjunction with Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
6. To develop and execute DNA collections and studies
7. To educate members regarding any health issue that is of concern to the breed
8. To help sponsor health clinics throughout the United States
Contact email@example.com if you have any inquiries or concerns about the health of an SWD.
The Mentorship Committee matches experienced members with members who are interested in learning more about a specific aspect of SWD performance or training. Mentors can help support members who may want to begin a new type of activity with their SWD, like agility, conformation, herding, rally, dock diving. Having someone to guide you through the early stages of training, registering, and preparing for an event can go a long way to ensuring long term success.
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Rescue: David Milstein, Annette Martin, chairs
The goal of the Rescue Committee is to assist in the placement of displaced Spanish Water Dogs (SWDs) and to promote proper responsibility of breeders in re-homing displaced dogs which were bred or sold by them.
If you have a SWD you would like to enter into the SWDCA's Rescue Program or have any questions about the SWDCA's Rescue Program, please contact:
Rescue East: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rescue West: email@example.com.
Standard: Lisa Harper, chair
The Standard Committee is responsible for revising the breed standard as needed and following the process for updating the formal standard with the American Kennel Club.
Judges Education: Lisa Harper, chair
The Judges Education Committee works with judges and judges associations, training judges how to judge a Spanish Water Dog against the breed standard in the conformation ring. As a multi-purpose dog, the SWD has many physical traits specific to its many duties as a herder, hunter and diving/fisherman's assistant which are essential to breed type. The JEC is coordinated by Lisa Harper. Any judge or Judges Association may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange JE presentations, mentorship, kennel visits and/or ring-side mentoring with AKC- or club-approved mentors.
Membership: Donna Perone, chair
The Membership Committee provides the catalyst for member education, member communication and club outreach. Teams are distributed among three subcommittees:
Online Learning, which makes use of technology to deliver webinars, training and panels discussions centered around SWDs
Member Connection, which makes use of newsletters, online socials, membership directory, book club and new member mentoring to promote member interaction and communication
PR and Outreach, which promotes the
SWD breed throughout North America with
effective use of social media, marketing
materials, club and breed merchandise, and
organized membership campaigns.
Contact email@example.com if you would like more information about our programs.
Sunshine: Denise Velasquez, chair
The Sunshine Committee provides a message of
support from the club to members experiencing the loss of a SWD or a close family member. Members experiencing the loss will receive a card with a caring message with a gift of a potted plant or flowers from the club.
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Versatility Award: Sarah Spinler, chair
The Versatility Award Committee manages the Versatility Award program that is offered by the club. All members are eligible to participate in the program, which recognizes that the SWD as a breed is capable of performing at a high level in a wide range of performance events. The Award is graded into several levels of achievement based upon the variety and level of performance of the dog. Contact us if you would like more information on the Versatility Award Program.
Website: Lisa Harper, chair
The Website Committee maintains the club website and updates the content of each page as needed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org regarding the Website Committee.