2021 GSPCA election

Sharon FitzpatrickPresident: Sharon Fitzpatrick [email sharon]

I am extremely honored to have been nominated as a candidate for the office of President for the GSPCA.

I am running again for President because as the sport of dogs evolves I want to continue to do all I can to ensure that the GSPCA evolves along with it. I feel as the Parent Club we need to embrace the new Performance and Companion events offered by the AKC while maintaining interest in the traditional venues of Field Trials, Conformation and Hunt Tests while recognizing and encouraging the pursuit of Dual Champions. I believe it is important that we do all that we can to involve youth in our sport of dogs and hopefully we can continue to find creative ways to involve them more. Our Health and Welfare Committee has done a good job and I hope to be a greater part of helping them spread the word to all GSP breeders and owners.

I am fortunate to have a great group of dedicated individuals serving with me on the Board of Directors. Despite the challenges of this past year, we have made some progress. The Board has had two strategic planning sessions, the Journal is back on schedule, we have introduced new advertising opportunities, the bylaws have been revised and are ready for AKC and then membership approval and we had our first virtual board meeting via Zoom.

For those of you that don’t know me - My husband Ron and I have been married for 36 years and after owning a Weimaraner we researched different hunting breeds and bought our first Shorthairs in 1991. In July of 1992 we attended the Hunt Test Training sponsored by the GSPC of IL, in August we were at our first hunt tests walking behind braces, in September we got our first blaze orange Junior Hunt Test qualifying ribbons and have “gone to the dogs” ever since.

We have successfully competed in Hunt Tests, Obedience, Field Trials and Show. Our personal dogs have achieved the titles of Master Hunter, Senior Hunter, Junior Hunter, Companion Dog, Companion Dog Excellent and Show Champion as well as numerous other placements/points in AKC events. My husband and I are both AKC Field Trial and Hunt Test Judges and I am a CGC evaluator.

I am currently the Secretary/Treasurer and Show Chairman for the Fort Dearborn Club GSPC. I have served as Chairman and Secretary for Field Trials, Hunt Tests and Specialty Shows. While Obedience Chairman for the GSPC of IL, I spearheaded the effort to have the club approved to hold Obedience Trials. I am also a member of NAVHDA at the National and Local levels.

I do my best to stay up-to-date on legislation affecting dog ownership, hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. I am proud to be a past Associate Director for the Illinois Field Trial Association and Field Director for the United States Sportsmen’s Alliance.

Personally home is 23 acres about 70 miles south of Chicago which we share with our dogs, horses, cat, the “homers” and a few chickens. I received my BS in Business Administration from the University of IL at Chicago and achieved my Senior HR Professional certification in 2002 and my SHRM-SCP in 2015. I am a member of the Project Management Institute. I have held management positions in Human Resources at several companies including T-Mobile, Andrew Corporation, Durham School Services/National Express and Elevance Renewable Sciences. I now run my own HR/Talent Acquisition Consulting firm. I am a member of numerous professional HR organizations and served as Treasurer for the Kankakee Area HR Management Association. I also have an Illinois Real Estate License.

If re-elected I hope to do more for the GSPCA and the breed I love by working with our Board, our dedicated committees and volunteers and local clubs.

Please feel free to reach out to me anytime at 815-365-2819 or president@gspca.org.


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