Barbara Schwartz -- Candidate for the office of Director At Large
Barbara Schwartz has enjoyed a life devoted to the collie. She became interested in breeding and showing in 1961 and, along with her husband,Martin, became a member of the Collie Club of America in 1963. Barbara has been active in the parent club in many positions, including New Hamphire District Director, Director At Large and Gazette Columnist. She was a member of the Education Committee, the Judges Education Committee and in 1978, during the Corona outbreak, Barbara formed a committee of breeders to meet the emergency. That committee evolved into the CC of A Health Committee which she chaired for many years. Barbara was an original member of the CC of A Health Foundation and has been a frequent contributor to many breed-specific publications, including Collie Cues, Collie Review, Collie Expressions, Collie World, Collie Club of America Bulletin and the CC of A Yearbook. She is a former Chairman of Acconeus Collie College, a lifetime member of the Collie Club of New Hampshire, a member of Middlesex Kennel Club since 1968 and currently an AKC Delegate for the St. Louis Collie Club. Her long list of accomplishments includes being twice honored as a judge at the National Specialty as well as working with Rachael Page Elliott to produce the Collie movement video.
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
I believe in giving back to the breed that has given me such joy. I joined the club to learn about the breed and to meet people who love the collie as I do. Beginning in the early '60s, the CC of A provided all of these valuable experiences to me. I would love to be able to give this experience and opportunity to all members. It would be desirable to expand the various workings of the club to all who wish to work for the betterment of the breed.
That being said, there are six major issues facing the CC of A -- 1) The growth of intrusive animal rights legislation; 2) The rise in the number of abandoned collies; 3) The lack of a way to get immediate help for health problems; 4) A need for more openness on the part of the administration; 5) The lack of timely publications to educate and communicate with the membership and to keep it closely informed; 6) A need for more fiscal responsibility.
I am a founding member of Dog Of The Granite State (DOGS), the original organization that successfully halted the infringement of animal rights groups. I believe that with my experience there and my position as a Delegate to the AKC I have a lot of insight to offer and can be helpful both in the area of AR legislation and abandoned collies.
My experience tells me that when it comes to health-related problems, time is always of the essence. We need a committee that members can go to and get information immediately.
By thinking in terms of service we make our club stronger.
To the extent that we have too much money in our treasury and now have to pay taxes on the surplus, it would be wise to pay down the surplus by giving the membership additional services, such as Regional Symposiums, free grooming spaces at the National, timely and expanded publications even if it requires a professional editor, and expanding the educational event opportunities at the National for all disciplines rather than just breeding.
John Honig taught us a great deal over the years. Working closely with him showed me that open and fair dealings based on common sense and honesty with all members will always do more to help than to hinder. Also, we need to be willing to delegate responsibility to any member with the talent to work for the club.
Like my heroes before me, if elected, I will be approachable to the membership and ready to help with problems in whatever way is needed. I am asking for your vote to be Director At Large.