Background and History of the Bryan-College Station Retriever Club
The Bryan-College Station Retriever Club was established in 1986 by area dog trainers and retriever enthusiasts. There has always been at least one professional trainer, and frequently more, as a club member since the club's organization.
The club was formed shortly after the American Kennel Club (AKC) approved their regulations for Hunting Retriever Tests. The club was originally licensed by the AKC to hold both Retriever Hunting Tests and Retriever Field Trials. For the first years, the club held two Hunting Tests per year, and one Field Trial. However, due to lack of local club interest, we opted to discontinue our Field Trials and instead concentrate exclusively on Hunting Tests.
Beginning in the spring of 1999, the club also affliated with the UKC/HRC national organization. In April 1999, the club held its first HRC hunting test, and now continues to hold one HRC hunting test per year (on the last weekend of March).
Meetings and membership
Unless circumstances dictate otherwise, club meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm somewhere in the Bryan-College Station area; current meeting details and location will be found at http://www.bcsrc.org.
Membership in the club varies greatly from year to year (Bryan-College Station has a fairly transient population), but usually runs from 50-80 dues paying members, of whom about 50% regularly participate in club activities.
Membership is open to all persons who are in good standing with the American Kennel Club and/or United Kennel Club, and who subscribe to the purpose of this club. Membership dues are $25 per year for individual and $40 for family memberships, payable on or before the 1st day of January of each year. No member may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year. Applications for membership are voted on by the current membership at the monthly club meetings.
The BCSRC is conducted as a not-for-profit organization and no part of any profits or remainder of residue from dues or donations to the club shall benefit any members or individuals.