This year the motorcycle was won by two people who split the ticket. Congratulations to James Conigliaro, Sr. and Gus Lurima of Brooklyn, NY for winning this amazing motorcycle. They plan to sell the motorcycle and split the proceeds. Jim is the Directing Business Representative for IAM District Lodge 15.
2014 Harley Davidson Ultra-Limited-FLHTK
Customized by Legends Vintage Motorcycles
The drawing was held at the banquet dinner with 1050 attendees on Saturday, November 22 in Las Vegas. The week was a wonderful success with other fundraising events as well. There were 280 golfers, over 100 participated in the Hawgs for Dogs ride with 68 motorcycles, and over 60 participants in the Sporting Clay event hosted by IAM LL 845.
A chance meeting leads to a gift that lasts beyond a lifetime
It was the well-behaved puppy wearing a yellow Guide Dogs of America puppy-in-training jacket that caught the attention of Chuck and Debbie Dudley at a friend’s party. The couple struck up a conversation with the woman who was raising the puppy for GDA, and the lifelong dog lovers had made a new friend. It was this chance meeting that led to the Dudley’s becoming donors in 2001 and, since 2009, GDA Partners in Trust.
GDA puppy raisers prep for “Turn-in”
Turn-in day at GDA is one of the happiest and one of the most heart-tugging days for GDA’s volunteer puppy raisers. The puppies these families, couples and individuals welcomed into their homes and hearts when they were about seven weeks old are heading off to the next step of their training to become a guide dog. These dedicated volunteers have attended countless obedience classes, puppy raiser meetings and GDA functions, and spent part of each day working on basic obedience and socializing their puppies.
How GDA’s puppies-in-training get their names
Before GDA’s volunteer puppy raisers receive their puppies, they are given the letter of the alphabet that was assigned to the litter by the Nursery Department the day the puppies were born and are asked to give the puppy a name that starts with that letter. All names are submitted to the Puppy Department for approval. A puppy cannot be given the same name as another puppy-in-training or of a working guide dog.
A little education goes a very long way
School is always in session at Guide Dogs of America — whether it’s students coming to attend one of our 28-day classes; future guide dogs learning to work with licensed instructors; or puppies-in-training participating in obedience classes as part of their “early education.”
After an extensive search and numerous interviews, Dale Hartford, president of Guide Dogs of America (GDA), has appointed Yvonne Martin as the new Director of Programs with all of the duties and responsibilities of those formerly held by retired Director of Programs Chuck Jordan. This includes overseeing each facet of the school’s programs.
GDA Director of Programs Chuck Jordan retired in July. Jordan, who worked at the school for nearly 14 years, first joined GDA in 1995 as Licensed Instructor and was promoted to Manager of the Training Staff in 1999, a position he held until 2002. In 2007, Jordan returned to GDA and has been his current position since then.
Saturday obedience class will resume on September 20th, October 18th and November 15th. Please park in the parking lot of the Church of the Foothills next to GDA.