2022 GSPCA election

Helen JoyceSoutheast Director: Helen Joyce [email Helen]

I am honored to be nominated for the Southeast Director position as I currently am completing my first term as SE Director.

Born and raised in Washington, DC, I moved south after law school, where I completed a two year federal judicial clerkship in Mobile, AL. After the conclusion the clerkship, I stayed in Mobile, working as a lawyer with a law firm, practicing in areas of civil litigation and also handled some real estate matters. After practicing law, I continued with real estate projects including rental properties and buying and fixing up houses in need.  Last spring, I made the decision to run for City Council in the City of Semmes (just outside of Mobile, AL) and was elected to represent my community and help move our City forward. Although we each have a voice on the council, it is important that we work together to make tough decisions.

Have always had purebred dogs growing up (we had Pulik), and in 2003, I got my first GSP.  I have bred/co-bred three litters, and have been blessed with wonderful breeder mentors and co-owners.  I have participated in Conformation, Rally, agility, obedience, and work in the field, and have dogs that finished in the Top 15 and am fortunate to live on some acreage that the dogs can run on.

As for involvement with clubs, as the Southeast Director, I am the liaison to the Outstanding Sportsmanship Award Committee, Hall of Fame (Dogs) Show and Hall of Fame (Dogs) Obedience. I am currently a member and past President of the Mobile Bay Dog Training Club, which puts on an Agility trial as well as Obedience/Rally trial annually. I am also a member of the Mobile Kennel Club and have been a sponsor of groups at its shows for a number of years as well as breed prizes for GSPs. I have also been a club supporter and have donated and sponsored trophies to several different clubs. I am also a member of the Florida Panhandle Pointing Breed Club as well as the GSP Club of Middle Tennessee.  As for parent clubs, I am also a member of the National Redbone Coonhound Club in addition to the GSPCA.

As I also own Redbone Coonhounds, I am a member of the National Redbone Coonhound Club, the parent club, and have served as Club Secretary. I helped the Club become recognized as the AKC parent club starting with taking the steps to form the Club as a legal entity. Additionally, I worked towards gaining approval by the AKC which included holding an “A” Match where I handled all the paperwork and coordinated the event to a successful conclusion.

As a lawyer, I have engaged in the practice of law where I have formed legal entities, drafted bylaws and operating agreements, prepared various legal documents, and worked on dispute resolutions, as well as advised individuals and entities related to these areas, and this background has enabled me to contribute to the clubs as needed. Important in this is communication, whether between the Board and the membership, but also amongst members. As the director for the Southeast, I would stress communication with the members and encourage their engagement with the Club and Club sponsored activities.

I look forward to continuing working with the GSPCA Board and its members.



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