Linda Yates here, a member of the AKKAOA Award Committee.
We are finalizing the prospective for the Bob Cook Spirit of AKKAOA Award. In time you will find the application on both the AKKAOA website and on the AKKAOA Member’s message board on Yahoo. http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/akkaoagroup/
What is this all about, you ask? Well AKKAOA has decided to memorialize our friend Bob Cook for all his efforts with the AKK and his community spirit by awarding one or two members, periodically, for their efforts. And the best part about this award is that you as members will be able to vote for that person. You will be able to download the application and fill it out according to how you see this person fits the criteria for the award. You cannot vote for yourself or for a sitting BOD or Award Committee member. But all the rest of AKKAOA members are fair game. Be they pet owners, show/trials exhibitors, breeders, therapy dog people, etc.
Remember, this award is for any AKKAOA member, not just the conformation show people. Think about who you would like to nominate. This award application will be available soon and must be returned to the Award Committee by the end of June so we have time to tally and pick one person and get the award made up before the AKKAOA Annual Reunion Picnic, Annual Meeting, AKK Specialty and MB shows in Carlisle, PA this September.
Stay tuned for more information.
Linda Yates, Chair
Lenor Lynas, Terry Wright, Kenny Compton, Sherry Blose and Lisa Monge
From the first recipient of the Bob Cook Spirit of AKKAOA Award
Bob Cook was VERY special to me. He quickly won a special place in my heart. We spent lots of telephone time, e-mail time, and personal visit time together. He picked my brain with great questions, some that I could not really answer. In turn I picked his brain & learned many things from him.
I vividly recall one time when I had been accused of something that was not at all true, and I called Bob in tears. I told him that my gut feeling was to reply with all my hurt, anger and frustration being exposed. I did not disclose to him the name of the accuser, and I think he was grateful for that. Bob listened -- and listened -- and listened. I finally ran out of breath and admitted that I didn't know what to do. Then he quietly said that he was going to repeat to me what I had told him several times before,
I am proud of the Board of Directors of AKKAOA for developing this award, and am grateful to the Committee for their efforts. I know it was not an easy decision to make and I am very honored to have been chosen.
Thank you all so much for the congratulations and for the good wishes for the future. We really do have some special people who are owners, breeders, handlers, or just enthusiasts of our breed. I wish I could meet all of you in person, but that is a wish that will never come true.
Hugs and Best Wishes
Eileen Gregory (AKK Grandma)
Mary Jones (L) accepted the award for Eileen at
the 2009 Carlisle Specialty