Golden Retriever Club of Hawaii

Affiliated with the Golden Retriever Club of America…

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Do you have an interest in or love for Golden Retrievers?

If so, we would like to tell you a little bit about the Golden Retriever Club of Hawaii, Inc. (GRCH).

We realize that the existence and activities of GRCH have been among the best kept secret in Hawaii and we could like to do something to change that.



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GRCH was first incorporated in Hawaii in 1978 when it held its first licensed show. It was reincorporated in 2000 at which time it also obtained status as a non-profit, tax-exempt social club under Section 301 (c)(7) of the IRS Code. Our Board of Directors consists of five Officers and three Directors who are elected by the membership to serve for a period of one year on a voluntary basis. Nobody in the club receives compensation.

It is a common misconception that GRCH is a specialty club for owners of show dogs. Although many members do show their dogs, and one of our objectives is to conduct sanctioned and licensed specialty shows, showing your dog is only a part of what GRCH is all about.

Most people don’t realize that the Golden Retriever is one of the most popular purebred dogs in Hawaii and, for that matter, the nation. As owners and lovers of the breed, we strive to educate people through the involvement of club members. One thing that all specialty clubs (there are over 4,000 nationally) have in common is that they are made up of members with a love for their breed. They are also affiliated with national clubs and licensed by the American Kennel Club and adhere to the same objectives

The objectives of Golden Retriever Club of Hawaii (GRCH) are:
a. to encourage and promote the responsible breeding of pure-bred Golden Retrievers that possess the soundness, temperament and qualities reflected in the breed standard;

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to urge members and breeders to accept the standard of excellence by which Golden Retrievers shall be judged;

c. to do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and obedience trials;

d. to conduct sanctioned and licensed specialty shows and obedience trials under the rules of the American Kennel Club.


As an AKC licensed club, our primary responsibility is to put on licensed shows in obedience and conformation. The Golden Retriever Club of Hawaii has a rescue program for Golden Retrievers that, for various reasons, need new homes. We also participate in Pet Expo as one of our Education programs and have social functions with our Goldens.

These meetings include
• veterinary talks about health care relative to Goldens,
• grooming instructions and demonstrations for members
• potluck picnics and dog games for Easter
• Halloween
• an annual beach party with swimming at a protected beach.

Prospective members should support the club’s objectives. We also have fundraisers to supplement our rescue, education and trophy funds. There are approximately 82 club members, including members from the other islands. If you are interested in participating in our activities and sharing our interest in and love for Golden Retrievers, please call Peggy Ketcham at 674-8792, join us for one of our activities or go to our web site for membership information: www.grchawaii.com.

Sincerely,
GRCH Board of Directors