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About Bendigo


PEOPLE have their own reasons for joining us at Bendigo.
Most wish to be responsible German Shepherd Dog Owners and have a well behaved and socially accepted pet. Others may have the competitive ‘bug’ and want to involve themselves at a more competitive level by entering Trials, Shows and other activities such as Tracking, Herding or Endurance trialling. Whatever your reasons we will endeavour to meet your requirements.

We are all volunteers and provide our services free of charge. We are always willing to share our knowledge and assist you if you have any questions relating to our activities or training matters. 

Our Organisation

As with any club, there is a great deal of work that goes on 'behind the scenes'.
Our Committee meets once a month, sometimes on a Sunday after training. Members are always welcome to attend any meetings as non-participating visitors.
Instructor Meetings are called by the Chief Instructor and are generally held at least once a month.
Our Annual General Meeting is held each year early in March. This is the time you can elect your new committee for the year.
Issues relating to training should be addressed to your Chief Instructor, and all other matters relating to Branch operation should be addressed to your Branch Manager.

Our Branch Manager will bring members up to date before training each Sunday and important information for all members will also be published in German Shepherd News under Bendigo "Branch Snippets".

We also have a Breed Affairs Liaison who will advise on any upcoming information and will answer any queries from  our members.

Any breed information from members is appreciated and upcoming lists are always available from us.

Fundraising

 We raise funds to assist with our operating costs in many ways – raffles, donations, sausage sizzles just to name a few. It is important to the Committee to keep costs for you, the members, to a minimum, and this is one way we can achieve this.
Fundraising enables us to purchase equipment, for example, the tunnels, new agility equipment and other items at the Branch were funded in this manner. If you are able to assist in any way, even by selling a few raffle tickets, you help us all.
Fundraising is always critical to the survival of our club as we work toward a new club facility in the coming years. We welcome all participation and suggestions which might help to achieve our goal.

Equipment Table
We have a well-stocked equipment stall located outside the rooms. Leads, collars, treats, toys, food and training equipment are available at very competitive prices. Any items you require can be ordered if not in stock. Proceeds from all sales go towards our funds.
N.B. - All equipment sold is suitable for GSD’s and is sourced from quality suppliers to ensure you receive value for money and an optimum working life.

Library
We have a number of books and videos belonging to Bendigo, covering a wide range of topics. Please see our Branch Manager for more details.
If you have any requests or recommendations please feel free to talk to a Committee member, we will do our best to help out in this situation and may of course benefit others over the long term.

Social Events
We have several regular social functions both locally and at a state level every year (including Trivia nights, Film nights, Trots dinners, Winery lunches, etc).
We also have information/education evenings where guest speakers are sometimes invited along. Any funds raised from these evenings go towards instructor training or educational materials for the Branch.

We also assist the RSPCA with their annual Paws Walk to help raise money and have a team of volunteers attending on the day with demonstrations of basic obedience training and and a fun agility course for members of the public to put their dog through its paces. Not only is this a worthwile cause but it also highlights our breed as intelligent well trained friendly dogs and not the furry thugs as they are generally perceived.
Every year we assist with the Good Friday - Royal Children's Hospital Appeal. This involves collecting money in the morning followed by a walk to present the proceeds at the count depot.

Fun Days and games days are organised through the year. Other news of upcoming events is given during announcements before training each week and is published in our German Shepherd News.

From time to time we may train in different venues for a change and we may be called upon from time to time to put on a demo in aid of our Sponsors.

OUR KIDS

German Shepherd Dog Club of Victoria is a kid friendly organisation and members are encouraged to bring their children along and involve them in your dogs training. They get a thrill out of it and you are teaching them to be responsible dog handlers.

Our Newsletter 

Our newsletter is called German Shepherd News and is a high quality, very informative newsletter covering most aspects of our favourite breed from Breed Affairs, Show Results, Trial Events and input from the 11 member branches called "Branch Snippets" to name a few of the articles.

It  is compiled, edited and published by a dedicated team of volunteers in Melbourne and  is sent to all paid up members 8 times per year at no extra cost.

German Shepherd News has recently gone high tech with and abridged version available on line.

Our Branch Snippets are a news article specific to Bendigo compiled by our Publicity Officer Steve Simpson, to keep members informed of what is happening within our branch. It also highlights to  the rest of our German Shepherd community  of what we are doing.

Canteen

Hot and cold food and beverages are available from our canteen staffed by our friendly Volunteers. Please check the prices with the staff and be assured any profits made from this enterprise go straight in to club funds.

Orders can be made before training to ensure your desires are met.

Contact

For any queries you may have concerning any matter relating to the Branch or your GSD, please do not hesitate to contact  Tony Kekich on 0431 673 111 or email tonykekich@gmail.com

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