Bob Futh -- Candidate for the office of President
Bob Futh’s love for Collies started as a child with his family’s first rescued Collie; activity in the breed began fifty years ago when he started working for Trudy Mangels. Shortly after that he purchased his foundation bitch from her; Starberry today goes back to Folly. Ten years later Ed Pickhardt told him to apply to judge; he enjoys it still today, including another sixteen breeds.
In 1980 Bob changed jobs from the food industry and farming to education plus farming. He quickly found to teach effectively one must have good communication skills, starting with being a good listener, and to like people, even people with problems. He enjoys listening to people, especially when they share a passion. This fall after 27 years he retired from the school and kids he loved. He has been lucky to share his passion for Collies and horses with Sally for forty years.
He believes that the most important part of breeding is to put happy, healthy puppies into the arms of new families. However, he has enjoyed a good win, at the national specialty particularly, or new champion many times, mostly owner-handled,
He looks forward to continuing to work for the Collie’s future.
What are the most important issues facing the parent club and its members in the next administrative term and what character qualities do you bring to the job that you have learned or developed while working on other CCA projects or from other areas of your life, inside or outside of the dog community, that will be needed to produce solutions? Please
The number One issue would be Responsibility and Rescue: Lead by example
I call for not just being concerned, but for personal involvement. If you cannot foster, raise funds for those who do. As an example, we have housed rescue Collies as well as abused and neglected horses. If you think it’s difficult taking in a skinny, ragged Collie, try a stallion weighing less than 900 pounds when he should be 1400. When The Road Home needed a fund raiser, Sally and I printed and sold note cards at our own expense. Be there, do that.
Responsibility to our breed also means living up to the words of our constitution and charter. The club is not just about projects and shows. Education is necessary to help breeders breed to the standard, and when we take in new members we must both mentor and monitor them. It is our responsibility that the next generation of breeders take over from us as guardians of the breed
Communication: A Two-Way Street
Open dialogue among board members and with the membership is essential for a functioning club. The president must listen before he leads. Publication quality and timeliness, together with officers and a board who listen, can help to reduce alienation and disaffection present in all too many members. I believe that each member, new or old, has a unique and valuable contribution to make to the breed and CCA and would search out those willing to volunteer their time and talent.
Our Priorities: Effective management and use of CCA’S financial resources to benefit the breed
We should maintain at least a year’s expenses for timely bulletins and yearbook and possible show deficit, but we need to use our funds constructively for the breed and our members, not just to build up an endowment. Funding efforts to promote positive legislation or fight anti-dog bills, as well as for emergency rescue and education about responsible breeding should also be in the budget.
Qualifications: Leadership through Experience
I have run a successful business since 1977, with a growing, happy clientele from three states. I taught in our local school for the last twenty-seven years and during that time worked as department coordinator to develop new programs. I had responsibility for our budget and purchasing supplies for dozens of adults and hundreds of children, all of whom had to have it now! Before 1980 I was involved in quality control and management for Nestlé. I have been president of our local volunteer ambulance association, raising over $100,000 in three months for a new rig, and moderator of our church, where the old members are set in their ways, the newcomers are over-zealous and the ones in between say they are too busy to help. Sound familiar? We still worship peacefully together, working for God and our community, anyway. With one of our horse rescues, he was not just delivered, but I had to coordinate State Police, DEP, animal control, veterinarians and a rescue group, all in the middle of the night.
I have been in the trenches whelping puppies, showing, working at shows from show chair to catalogue seller and beyond, and enjoyed every minute. I have been fortunate to attend most of the national specialties since the early ‘60s, exhibiting and/or working. I doubt if any past show chair would not admit that they could ask me to do anything and I would drop everything and go fetch . . . almost like being at home.
I can only accomplish these goals with your help, and your vote.