LOWDOWN Summer 2017 page 5

From the Club Chair  Brian Malin

When Michael (Errey) was elected with acclaim as our first President it was in large part to show appreciation of a man who spent many years championing our breed.

He was Treasurer of the South East Branch for over forty years, as well as serving a term in office as Chairman of the Basset Hound Club.

He was selected to judge Basset Hounds at Crufts, and we felt so sorry for him that he felt he had to decline for health reasons, being worried that he might not stay the course which involves standing for several hours.

Indeed, it was for health reasons that he announced his resignation at our Christmas Lunch last December, feeling that he could no longer attend and contribute to Committee meetings.

Michael is a true countryman at heart and we hope to see him at Club events as and when he fells like it.

As some members fall by the wayside, so we greet enthusiastic new members - the net result being numbers stay more or less the same. I tend to fret that we don't see a steady increase, but so long as we are able to continue to provide unrivalled pleasure for our hounds and their owners I'm not going to beat myself up by fixating on numbers any more.We cannot do better than stick to our tried and tested programme, with a few tweaks when inspiration strikes, perhaps through readers’ suggestions.

So far this year we have welcomed more new puppies than usual. They liven up our walks and also indicate that our breed, which we all know has so many endearing qualities, is being recognised by prospective dog owners.

The terrible twins (Derek Harris and Tony Roberts) continue to entertain us - Tony with the must-keep-by-the-side-of-the-bed Lowdown - Derek with his website on which he cheerfully spends many hours rearranging and improving (though I can never see what was wrong with whatever has been redesigned). Be that as it may, the results are amazing.

Special thanks to Sheila Tyson for her character Basset Hound sketches which add a special touch to both Lowdown and the website. We are lucky to have Jayne Cooper keeping a watchful eye (both of them actually) on our day to day finances, and for running the raffle at Fun Day as it is that which makes the difference between a small profit and a loss.

There is an entire Committee guided by Frankie to support me to such an extent that they don't need a Chairman at all - NOT A WORD - THAT'S BETWEEN YOU AND ME !

Here's hoping you and your hounds enjoy a pleasant Summer getting ready for Christmas - yes it is coming and commercially the start date is 1st September.



chairman@bassethoundowners.org.uk

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown

When Michael (Errey) was elected with acclaim as our first President it was in large part to show appreciation of a man who spent many years championing our breed.

He was Treasurer of the South East Branch for over forty years, as well as serving a term in office as Chairman of the Basset Hound Club.

He was selected to judge Basset Hounds at Crufts, and we felt so sorry for him that he felt he had to decline for health reasons, being worried that he might not stay the course which involves standing for several hours.

Indeed, it was for health reasons that he announced his resignation at our Christmas Lunch last December, feeling that he could no longer attend and contribute to Committee meetings.

Michael is a true countryman at heart and we hope to see him at Club events as and when he fells like it.

As some members fall by the wayside, so we greet enthusiastic new members - the net result being numbers stay more or less the same. I tend to fret that we don't see a steady increase, but so long as we are able to continue to provide unrivalled pleasure for our hounds and their owners I'm not going to beat myself up by fixating on numbers any more.We cannot do better than stick to our tried and tested programme, with a few tweaks when inspiration strikes, perhaps through readers’ suggestions.

So far this year we have welcomed more new puppies than usual. They liven up our walks and also indicate that our breed, which we all know has so many endearing qualities, is being recognised by prospective dog owners.

The terrible twins (Derek Harris and Tony Roberts) continue to entertain us - Tony with the must-keep-by-the-side-of-the-bed Lowdown - Derek with his website on which he cheerfully spends many hours rearranging and improving (though I can never see what was wrong with whatever has been redesigned). Be that as it may, the results are amazing.

Special thanks to Sheila Tyson for her character Basset Hound sketches which add a special touch to both Lowdown and the website. We are lucky to have Jayne Cooper keeping a watchful eye (both of them actually) on our day to day finances, and for running the raffle at Fun Day as it is that which makes the difference between a small profit and a loss.

There is an entire Committee guided by Frankie to support me to such an extent that they don't need a Chairman at all - NOT A WORD - THAT'S BETWEEN YOU AND ME !

Here's hoping you and your hounds enjoy a pleasant Summer getting ready for Christmas - yes it is coming and commercially the start date is 1st September.



chairman@bassethoundowners.org.uk

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown

first published in LOWDOWN

editor Tony Roberts