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News from our 2019 Annual Meeting

At our annual meeting, we elected our 2019 Officers and laid out some ambitious plans for the coming year.

  • President - Will Kernodle

  • Vice President - Barry Gunning

  • Secretary - Linda Surmacz

  • Treasurer - Teresa Tebbens

  • New Board members elect - Kim Frederick, Clark Abbott

The 2019 Officers and board of directors would like to thank our outgoing officers and board members for their contributions to the advancement of the First State Retriever Club.

  • Outgoing Vice President - Joe Romanczak

  • Outgoing Board member - Bob Louie

  • Outgoing Board member - Mike Ostrom

Plans for 2019

  • Spring hunt test - April 19-20 at Johnson farm

  • Evan Graham seminar - August 16-17

  • Club meeting and Training Day August 18th

  • Field Trial - August 15th Hank McNeil Farm, Winslow, NJ

  • Fall Hunt Test - September 20-22 at Johnson Farm


A Holiday Message from our President


A Holiday Message from our President

Hello and Happy Holidays to each and every one of you.  

As many of you know, a few members of the First State Retriever Club, Teresa Tebbens (treasurer), Linda Surmacz (secretary), Nicole Brooks (member), Amy Kernodle, State Representative Tim Dukes and I delivered a Thanksgiving box of food, including a turkey and many sides to the family of Ms. Ginger Thompson of Laurel, DE. Ginger is the sole provider for her two grandchildren, one of which has autism.  Ms. Ginger is also battling her own illness, the devil’s very own cancer.  This day was nothing short of touching to all of our hearts and we wish we could have brought this happiness back to each and everyone of our members, friends, family and neighbors who gave.  

We followed that up by bringing more Thanksgiving joy as we proceeded to the Laurel Service Center to support our community as a whole. We were able to surprise the center director, Ella Collins, with a beautiful gift of over 1000 food items donated by our club members, sister retriever clubs and friends of our members.  I can guarantee you we made several families' Thanksgiving a good one.  

Today, we are launching our Christmas challenge.  Ms. Ginger’s story just stays with all of us who were there.  We all felt we had to do more for this family.  Your Board of Directors voted unanimously to support this family for Christmas and we need your help.  So, as many of you have already seen, we have launched a fund raiser on our website.  Please give generously from your hearts. This money is going straight to this family for gifts and whatever else they need for Christmas and beyond.  We will run this fund raiser through our training day and then we will deliver this precious gift of love and joy to this wonderful family.

We are not done.  We are also doing a secret Santa exchange at our December training day.  Please bring a $10.00 wrapped gift with you.  Let’s plan on some fun.  

I will close with this little message from the bible, "a generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed", Proverbs 11:25.

God Bless each of you and have a safe and very Merry Christmas.

Sincerely, Will Kernodle - FSRC President



Calling all Junior Handlers!

The members of the First State Retriever Club have a passion for retriever sports and we know that we have a responsibility to nurture that love in young people. Our training days are family events and we love watching the love of our sport grow in the hearts of our young people. For our Fall Hunt Test in September, our club is going the extra mile to encourage Junior Handlers to compete in our Junior test. The Junior Test will be held on 9/29 and 9/30. We've announced a $25 refund on the entry of any Junior Handler who is under 18 years of age on the day of the test. After making that announcement, we received a generous offer from an individual to cover an additional $25 of the entry fee for the first four Junior Handlers to enter the Junior test. That's a guaranteed discount of $25 and the possibility of an additional $25 discount. Handlers will pay the full entry fee on Entry Express and then our treasurer, Teresa Tebbens, will provide the refunds to the handlers on the day of the test.

FYI - Junior Handlers will be required to handle the dog on the line without assistance from an adult.

Full details of the test are available on Entry Express.




March Meeting News

FSRC Welcomes New Officers, Directors, and Members

Left to right: Joe Romanczak (Vice President), Linda Surmacz (Secretary), Auggie Albright (Director), Wil Kernodle (President), Mike Ohstrom (Director), and Amy Wernecke (Director).

Left to right: Joe Romanczak (Vice President), Linda Surmacz (Secretary), Auggie Albright (Director), Wil Kernodle (President), Mike Ohstrom (Director), and Amy Wernecke (Director).

Look at this happy group! At our March annual meeting in which we held elections, these good people either joined the Board of First State or they changed roles. Congrats on their election to these new positions and thanks for volunteering your time for our club. And, thank you to Teresa Tebbens (Treasurer) and Bob Louie (Director) for agreeing to continue in their positions for the coming year. We want to give special thanks to outgoing leaders Mark Frederick (President), Rich Gardner (Vice-President), Joyce Shaw (Director) and Bob Tebbens (Director) for their service to the club. Our young club is successful thanks to the hard work of all the people named above.

We're also excited to add plenty of new members to our growing club. We've just approved 19 new members (9 individual memberships and 5 household memberships). This group includes everyone from complete beginners to people with decades of experience in our sport.

All of us will be working hard to put on our Spring Hunt Test in April. And, we'll soon announce training days for May, June, and July.

If you are not a member of FSRC yet, visit our membership page. You can now apply online and pay your membership dues via PayPal or Credit Card. We're making it easier for you to join our community of devoted hunters, trainers, competitors, and dog lovers...truly the nicest people you'll ever meet! What are you waiting for? (Note: new applicants need to provide the name of a member in good standing who is willing to sponsor your membership. If you don't know any members, come out to one of our events to get acquainted with this fine group.)



Exciting Updates to the FSRC Website

Is your printer always on the fritz? Is it no longer as easy as it once was to find your checkbook, envelopes, and stamps? Times have changed and we now do so much more online. FSRC has made an effort to provide some of the conveniences of modern times on our website.

Now you can submit an online application to join our club! And, you can also pay your dues and training fees online via Paypal or Credit Card! This will help to streamline collection of money for the club and provide you with documentation that you have made a payment to FSRC.

You can find information about submitting an application and paying your dues on our Membership page.

And, you can register and pay for training days on our Events page.

For those of you who still prefer to download, print, and mail your application and dues, you can still do so. And, you can still pay your training fees the morning of our training days.

FSRC has come a long way in just three short years! If you have any questions or comments about these new changes, you are welcome to share them at


Welcome to the First State Retriever Club's New Website!

Our club went from a spark of an idea to a reality in a very short time due to the hard work of a small group of people who now represent the club as officers and directors. Our membership has quickly grown and everyone is finding a way to help move the club forward. In that short time, we've held monthly training days and events, we've gained AKC approval, and we've added Fall and Spring Hunt Tests to the calendar. And, this morning, we've launched a website to communicate with our members and the public and to celebrate what we accomplish together with our dogs.

We leave you today with a few words of wisdom...