I know 2020 has been a most difficult year for all of us. We've seen the unthinkable unfolding before our eyes and ears. We've listened to the daily news telling us what we've never thought we'd hear; we've prayed for those affected, for the healthcare providers and other first responders reporting to work daily, for the essential workers who've worked to meet our needs, for those working to find the cures, and for the miracle vaccines needed for prevention and cure. We've prayed heartfelt prayers for those who have tragically lost loved ones and for their families. Thankfully for all of us, as we've worried, we've had therapy at our fingertips - our beloved Newfoundlands who have licked away the wounds we’ve sustained and have shown us the way to happiness, joy, love, and laughter even during the worst of times!
COVID-19 dictated the majority of SENC’s activities in 2020, but it is not dictating our plans for 2021! The Board has been busy looking ahead to the things we love to do with our Newf and our Newf friends. We're particularly excited about our plans for April’s Triple Crown. SENC joined with the New Pen Del and Colonial Clubs to put on a three-day Regional!! We’ll keep you posted as our plans are formalized. Of course, prior to that, we’ll also have our Annual Meeting. Those plans are still in progress, and we’ll share that information as soon as we have finalized it.
Congratulations go out to Michael Keats and Dana Phillips. They are assets to SENC and will continue for another two years as Board Members. A special shout out goes to Michael who has worked many long hours as an essential healthcare professional and still makes it to and contributes to our Board Meetings!
We've been asking all of you to share what you and your Newfs have been doing during the pandemic, so . . . On a personal note, Lola and I have been remarkably busy during this pandemic despite its many inconveniences. As many of you know firsthand, good parenting is a life-long and never-ending project. We’ve had the very important task of keeping up with Lola's son Matthew, GCHB CH Pouch Cove's Alright, Alright, Alright, as he’s traipsed around the country with Sheila and Keith Mallinson (his owners) and Karen Mammano. We’re proud to report that his traipsing has paid off BIG TIME during 2020 Matthew wasthe #2 Newfoundland in the country on October 31st, per Canine Chronicle statistics. So, as we report what we’ve been up to this year, we’re now preparing ourselves for an even busier and more taxing 2021 as we keep up with Matthew!
I wish each of you the Happiest of Holiday Seasons, and I pray for each of you a Healthy and Happy New
Year. May this Season fill each of us with renewed hope and happiness.
Beverly Cusac, President
Southeastern Newfoundland Club