December 2013 Newsletter

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President:  Pam Felgenhauer

1st VP:      Biff Ellington

2nd VP:     Randy Domingos

Treasurer: Ed Marr

Secretary: Donald Flanagan

Board Members:

Joe Artes
Mike Linville
Colleen Scruggs
Trevor Niarchos

Mary, Decoy, and Pam
Caroline Fenton Photo

Calendar of Events

SDSDC Annual Banquet

Saturday, January 11, 2014, 6:00 PM
Where: Casa Machado
3750 John J Montgomery Dr
San Diego, CA 92123
Cost: $22.00 each
There will be Silent Auctions, great General Raffle, Awards & some surprises.  Plan on attending!!!
Please RSVP before Thursday, January 9 to Pam by email, or by phone: 619-442-5354

We are looking for raffle donations.  Please let us know what you can donate.

DFG Junior and Family Pheasant Hunt
Saturday, January 18
Rancho Jamul

Volunteers needed. If you are available, please let Joe know no later than January 15.

IVRC Retriever Hunt Test
February 13-16


News and Notes

SDSDC Board of Directors Election

The results of the election are as follows:

President: Pam Felgenhauer

1st Vice President: Rafael Aguilar

2nd Vice President: Randy Domingos

Treasurer: Ed Marr

Secretary: Donald Flanagan

Board members: Joe Artes, Mike Linville, Trevor Niarchos, Colleen Scruggs

Thank you, Board of Directors, for all that you do to make the club a success!

Shotgun Raffles

We will be raffling off both shotguns at the banquet January 11th.  It's time to get your sold tickets returned so they can be entered in the drawing.  If you're not attending the banquet tickets are still available and we'd be happy to send you some.  If you have unsold tickets and are coming to the banquet please bring them with you.  We've handed out or sent out over 500 tickets but many have not come back and we have had to order more for the banquet.  Please support the club and sell whatever you can prior to the banquet.

Please mail your sold tickets to:

1352 Dove St.
El Cajon Ca 92020

Public Gun Raffle Tickets
Franchi AL-48, 28 gauge, semi auto
Tickets - $5 each or 5 for $20
SDSDC Members Only Gun Raffle
Franchi Affinity 20 gauge Semi Auto
Tickets - $5 each or 5 for $20

In the Field

John Segoria and Dakota

We're seeing some great work from John and his very versatile yellow lab, Dakota. Retrieving ducks, napping in the blind, making blind retrieves on bandtails...that's what this is all about!


Biff and Sasha, Corey and Robbie

Corey Majors and I went down to Mexicali for a pheasant hunt. We took 6 roosters, which was pretty good for a mid season Baja hunt. Sonora should open soon and I am looking forward to it. Hunted with Sasha and Corey's Robbie. Sasha is coming along well as she hunted close and got several flushes. We started out in an old fallow milo field. Cory pushed and I blocked. We got 3 roosters up and 3 went down. Robbie and Sasha did their jobs and retrieved the birds. Great way to start the day. Hunted various Alfalfa fields and ditches. Corey picked up another rooster on a ditch push. We got up several more roosters, but they just were not cooperating. Either out
of range or a safety issue. It was getting late and almost time to head back to camp when we saw 3 roosters fly into a cotton field. Cory and I went to the other side and blocked while Gilbert, our guide, pushed from the side where we saw them enter. They flushed and came out about 5 roosters and 20 hens. I doubled on roosters . Great way to end the day. Here are some pics:

- Biff Ellington

The Board of Directors and General Meeting Report

Minutes, SDSDC General Meeting 11/13/13

Board Members Present: Donald Flanagan, Randy Domingos, Ed Marr, Joe Artes, Mike Linville, Trevor Niarchos

Other Members Present: Ken Scruggs, Rafael Aguilar, Mary Sarmiento

Old Business
Gun Raffle
Need to do a mailout. Donald will send a current roster to Mary. $405 in sales so far.

IRS letter
No update.

Snake Break
Joe will check with High-On to see who’s doing the training.

New Laptop
Trevor purchased a new laptop for the club, and delivered it at the meeting. $360.00

Casa Machado reserved. Motion to invite Dan Denhart and his wife to the banquet, and the club will cover the cost of their meals.
Shoot to Retrieve
Pam is coordinating. No update.

BOD election
Pam, Donald, Ed, Joe, Trevor, Mike, Randy, and Colleen are willing to continue. Volunteers will be solicited from among club members to see if there is any interest in participating, then an email vote will be held in the upcoming month. Rafael is willing to run for 1st VP.

Donald has been too busy to get together with Joel- will do so this month.

New Business
Fall Classic
15 dogs, 9 members running. Start time: 7:30. Randy and Ed retrieved equipment from trailer. Running order to be determined Friday.

DFG Hunt
Need 3 more handlers.

Treasurer’s Report
Insurance payment $500
Tshirts costs $212
Banquet supplies $40
Deposits totaling $689
Checking balance: $3229.01 savings: $1350
$4579 total

Membership Report
Dan Denhart will not be renewing his membership. Pam had an inquiry, who was invited to the training day, but did not show up.
Training day
December – no discussion.

Around the Fire Hydrant

For Sale:

Zeiss Victory T*FL 8x32 (Zeiss’s top-of-the-line binocular). New/Never Used! Will sell to first person to bring me $1,200 cash, firm. For anyone wanting a set of “Alpha” binoculars, this is a steal. Retail price is $1950 online. I purchased a used pair online from SWFA for $1,200 but noticed a focus/alignment issue. I returned them to Zeiss, who sent me a brand new pair straight from Germany earlier this year (have replacement paperwork). I have not taken them out of my garage since. They are perfect in every way, but I need funds to replace a lost Garmin Alpha unit. Come try them out if you’d like.

Here is a link to specifications and reviews.

For more information, please contact Ryan Gelardi.

Newsletter Submissions:
To submit an article, brag, recipe or want ad to the SDSDC Newsletter please send an E-Mail to Donald Flanagan.

Dog Portraits and other Art
Have your best friend and hunting partner immortalized in a commissioned painting. Visit the website of SDSDC member Ron Dotson. His work is now in private collections both nationally and internationally. If you are interested in any of his works or commissioning a painting, please contact him by e-mail or by phone at (619) 925-2606. 

Denise Rich is also an accomplished artist and club member.  Denise is also known as "The Official Happy Cow" artist. In 2006 she was commissioned by the California Milk Advisory Board to paint their famous Happy Cows of the Real California Milk campaign. In addition to cows, Denise paints dogs, pets, or really anything.  If you are interested in any of her works or commissioning a painting, please contact her at her studio at (619) 933-5935.  Or send her an e-mail.  Please visit her website to see some of her work.

Health Supplements for You and Your Dog!
Donna Sarmiento has a new business endeavour called Nature's Tails, distributing quality health products for the care, comfort, and well being of both you and your pets! These include calming, healing, and joint products for humans and dogs, as well as other edibles for your pets. Visit for more information.

Training Opportunities:
Pam is holding basic obedience classes for puppies and adults, behavior issues, rescued dogs, AKC Canine Good Citizen classes and Puppy Star classes. Also available for private in home lessons. Email Pam for details.

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