Purpose: Club members volunteer to lead Handling classes for Club members and the interested public. The main purpose is to socialize puppies and dogs to the dog show atmosphere and routine.

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This is not a real Committee. There has been no coordinator or manager.

  • Class leaders are strongly encouraged to try to find replacements or trade classes if they cannot lead a class as planned before cancelling class.

  • Class leaders notify the Secretary and Webmaster if the class is changed or cancelled for any reason so they can notify the membership and interested parties.

  • Class leaders are strongly encouraged to agree among themselves upon the outdoor location each summer. Continuity of schedule and location would benefit attendance. Notify the Secretary and Webmaster.

  • Class leaders are strongly encouraged to maintain a list of people who have volunteered to fill in if needed.

The Handling classes have been offered the first three Tuesday evenings of the month at 7:00pm. The exact schedule may be decided on by the class leaders. It is highly desirable to maintain a regular schedule so people can know when it is occurring and can plan accordingly.

There have been three class leaders who each lead one class per month. There are several other volunteers who can be contacted on an as-needed basis.

Ideally, the class leaders arrange coverage among themselves about who is leading which class and notify the Secretary for notification of the membership and interested parties.

Class leaders notify the Secretary and Webmaster if the class is changed or cancelled for any reason so they can notify the membership and interested parties.

Out of the goodness of their hearts and as a moneymaker, the Pooch Paw Raiders 4-H group provides the location during the winter months at the OSU Auditorium at 215 Ringuette St, Grants Pass. RVKC asks for a $3 (more is OK!) donation for each handler for each class which goes entirely to the 4-H group. The class is responsible for rolling up the mats, placing them in the storeroom, and dust mopping/sweeping up the room after class. RVKC member Sharon Watson is the 4-H contact person and is present during class.

In the summer months, when the 4-H group moves outdoors, the Handling class goes outdoors to a local park if there appears to be enough interest in the classes. Class leaders must choose an appropriate location.

Secretary sends out two reminders for each class to the membership and anyone else who would like to be on the reminder/announcement list.

Webmaster posts information about the class on the website.