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Why not USA?
I have, in the past, been proud to be a member of the United Schutzhund Clubs of America. Avorow has supported it's attempts to develop a breed registry, served as breed warden for the Mid Central Region, and contributed to World Team fund raisers. The club was never perfect, but was made up of people that, I believed, had the best interest of the sport of Schutzhund and the held the future of the German Shepherd breed in careful hands. I felt that I was well represented and had easy access to my elected representitives and,with that, a voice in MY club.
The 2009 GBM and the so called "Johannes amendment" have caused me to think very hard about the kind of people that I wish to associate with and support with my membership dollars. I can no longer say with any assurance that USA has the best interests of the breed and sport at heart.
The Board of the USA, led by Lyle Roetemyer, has removed from the members of USA a very fundamental right to join what they want to join and to associate with the people that they want to. The one choice that is left for USA members is the right to choose to stay. That is what I am working out in my head as I ponder letting go of seven years of membership.
GSDCA-WDA has responded to this USA decision with grace and sportsmanship, putting into action their claims that a new era has begun for that group. Acting to include rather than exclude, the WDA board has earned my respect and support. Rather makes the choice easier for me in the end after all.