The annual general meeting of the Ladies Kennel Association heard recently with regret that Mrs Peggy Grayson had decided to retire from her post as president.
In a letter to committee and members she said that `the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak`. The full text read: “It is with regret that I have decided to retire from the position of President of the Ladies Kennel Association. It was a great honour to be elected to an office previously held by so many famous ladies. I have greatly enjoyed being your president but feel now that I can not be of much use to the Association, mainly owing to poor eyesight. I have always been of the opinion that if one is no use, one should retire gracefully!
“I wish the Association the best of good fortune in these difficult times but feel sure the solutions to any problems will be addressed and dealt with in the usual efficient LKA manner.
“I apologise for not being with you today, `the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak,` as someone once said!”
Peggy’s enjoyment of her garden saw the committee arrange to send her some gardening vouchers as a token acknowledgement of her long-time support of the LKA.
Mrs Denise Barney also said that she had found it increasingly difficult to get to meetings so decided not to stand for the committee again but has promised to come and help on show days. There being no nominations the committee otherwise remains unchanged and all the officers were re-elected.
Graham Jupp has stood down from his position as floor manager. His place is to be taken by Ian Kettle who many people will have met during his helpful and supportive work as a Kennel Club field officer.
In her chairman`s report Mrs Somerfield paid tribute to the members who had died in the last 12 months – Miss Sybil Churchill, a past secretary for 30 years and the only honorary life member; Miss Sybil Lennox (Irish Setters); Mrs June Gamblin (Lhasa Apsos); Mrs Sylvia Muggeridge (Setters) and Mrs Mary Howarth (Poodles).
Also included here was Sylvia Harms-Cooke who, although not a member, had been a great support at show time over many years. She had been with the team immediately before the show sorting out her stewards` kit as usual so it was a great shock to hear that she had died over night.
Thanks to the diligent care given to the association`s finances by the treasurer Barbara Roderick and the secretary, Lesley Jupp, the 2008 show, despite a drop in the entry, made a profit of £3,770 which, the chairman felt, was a very good result in view of the country`s financial state.
For the first time ever the show this year will be held on two weekend days, with hounds, gundogs and terriers being judged on Saturday, December 12, and toy, utility, working and pastoral breeds on Sunday, December 13. There will be no increase in the first entry fee, for either CC or non-CC breeds, but there will be an additional £1 on on-line entries received after the closing date for paper entries.
Over the last few years the LKA has had many requests for classes from breeds which no longer have CCs at the LKA so it is intended to fit in as many as possible in addition to breeds which do not yet have championship status.
Mrs Somerfield concluded her report by thanking the committee, officers and all those who had worked so hard for the LKA not just at show time but during the year.
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