|The past few years, I think youll agree,
Have been tough ones, but good for KCSC.
With our busy lives we sometimes lose track,
So its good to stop and take a look back.
We started the year with the goal to be
A fantastic National Specialty!
Wed been working hard for several years
But that didnt assuage our financial fears!
In February we planned an activity
Of canine all-breed agility!
We laid out our money and held our breath
To see if our club would pass the test.
Lisa Marzban, the wizard of planning, it seems,
Had done her homework and assigned her teams.
Betsy and Stephanie, of Hat Ladies fame,
Were excellent hostesses at our agility games!
It was sure a long weekend, but strike up the band
I think that it raised us about seven grand!!
If you were a worker, I think its time now
To stand up and take a well-earned bow!
A number of membersyou know who you are
Worked in March and April to take our club far.
The grounds, the trophiesthere was so much to do
We had Tawn and Jan to get us through.
They met each week and worked so long
Just to make sure that nothing would dare to go wrong.
And lets not forgetwe wouldnt get far
Without our dependable Eileen Parr!
And Sandra and Stevekudos to each,
For they turned a plain meeting room into a beach!
Finally, May 7th, with no time to rest,
It was time to welcome KCA to the West.
The names of the people who set up the show
Just wont rhyme in this poemits OK, cause they know
That their hard work paid off, and before it was done
Our Specialty weekend was second to NONE!
Anna Marie, our artist, took such special care
Producing the artwork that the country now wears!
We sold t-shirts and sweatshirts, and aprons to boot
And we didnt complain when we raked in the loot!
June and July we just muddled through
We welcomed the ShortsBob, Barbara, and Q!
The dog cake with candles that had to be blown
Was supplied by new member, Christa Sheek, and Simone!
Christa was learning quite quickly, I know,
Why we spend our weekends going out to the shows.
Shes a pretty quick study, shes learning the ropes--
And for therapy Simone gives those sick children hope.
Betsy and Stephanie deserve their own verse
But for them KCSC would be much the worse!
They play hostess at trials, at meetings, at shows
Theyre hard-working membersall clubs need more of those!
August, Septemberand man, was it hot!
But that didnt damper our spirits a lot.
We still went to shows and had lots of fun
We enjoyed all the members who found they could come.
Betsy, Stephanie, Sandi Kerrthese three
Had developed a webpage for KCSC.
Its a sight to behold, one of which we are proud
And its envied by the national Keeshond crowd.
October brought a sight to see
Nine Keeshonden in agility!
We met in the morning and looked quite svelte
But after a few runs we started to melt!
It was over 100so youll understand why
Not even one of them could qualify!!
Betsy took photos, put them up on the net
A couple are moves that wed like to forget!
November cameit was time for the truth
What wed need for our Meet the Breeds Keeshond booth.
It was more than we thoughtit was getting quite late
Then Eileen and Ethie stepped up to the plate.
They arranged for an artistBob Short agreed
And with Barbara he painted the props we would need.
December arrivedand the Classic was here!
It was in California for the very first year!
Our booth was a beauty, and so were our dogs
Though we didnt win its because we were robbed!
(And heres the place where Id like to say
A heartfelt thanks for your support that day!
To show Alex and win was I goal that I had,
And with all my friends watching he wasnt too bad!)
I cant possibly write a poem with the names
Of all of the people who are bringing us fame.
Penny and Laura, Holly and John
We dont always see them but theyre cheering us on.
Sande and Jan and Delaena and Joyce
They cant come to the meetings, but it isnt by choice.
Joanie and Jim, Kristen Cullen and Jan
They do things to help out whenever they can.
Karen and Lewisthe Lustmans, you know
Will soon have Jake back out at the shows.
The Freelands and Rita, and the Gibbermans too,
Cant make all the meetings; when they can, then they do.
Brian and Sandi are busy as bees
Just doing lots of stuff for KCSC.
Sandra and Steve I would never snub
For theyre integral members of our Keeshond club.
Lisa Marzban has worked very hard, youll agree,
Pulling us into agility.
Lynnette and John Monday live so far away,
But they come to some meetings and they even stay!
Susan McCoy, our Rescue Chair,
Has got to be drowning in Keeshond hair!
For she has many fosters that she must comb
And get them in shape for their forever homes!
Lani McKennon we dont see too much,
But with email she manages to at least keep in touch.
Of Marlas presence weve long been deprived,
But I hear her new babys finally arrived!
Sharon and Jack, of Van d Pier fame,
Are known to our members, albeit by name!
For shes into Rhodesians, and with them shes pleased
But shell soon be out showing her new co-owned Kees!
Paul Salernos a saintin case you dont know
And hes always so helpful at our specialty show.
The obedience ring requires so much care
I arrive with the trophies and hes already there!
Ive spoken of Stephanie and Betsy (and Sam?)
We all depend on their hostessing plans!
Theres another member whos always there
When you need hergive up?its Tawn Sinclair!
Shell rescue and foster, and do more than enough
I dont know how she manages to fit in that stuff!
Linda Weiss, youll absolutely agree,
Adds so much with her calligraphy!
Rondi and Karl are oh so pleased
Helping Susan McCoy with the Rescue Kees.
President Ethie has worked very hard
Starting with the garage sale we held in her yard!
And I hear the WildensteinsMel and Dee
Will soon be heading to Tennessee.
Theyve bought lots of acres and can hardly wait
To make their new home in the Volunteers state!
Kim Winch helps with Rescue; Kathy Kondor does too
They offer to do anything they can do.
Weve got even more members of Associate type
But since I never see them its too hard to write.
They do donate to trophies and they do love the breed
And I wish I could rhyme more so that they could read
Their names in my poem, but its not to be
For its come to an end, this year 2-0-0-3.
I hope that I mentioned each name this time
Its so hard, you see, to make each one rhyme.
And Im happy to say I wont have to write more
Until we are finishing 2-0-0-4!
Happy New Year, Everyone!