I have been asked by some GSCA members about the origins of Gordon Setter Expert and, in talking to them, learned that there are many misconceptions about why I launched this site and about it’s name. I launched Gordon Setter Expert, because as chair of the GSCA Breeder Education committee, I had heard from many members who expressed there was a need for a web based resource tool for all Gordon Setter fanciers, not just GSCA members. So, my intent here was to create a blog wthat was going to be owned and hosted by the Gordon Setter Club of America, Inc. and managed by a team of GSCA member-experts. I called this blog Gordon Setter Expert because I believed the content would be contributed by the hundreds of Gordon Setter experts in the GSCA’s ranks. I purposely chose to use the word Expert , to gain trust and to attract Gordon lovers to the Gordon Setter Club of America where these experts so willingly shared their experience. I had planned to illustrate, through our web presence, the value of being a member of the GSCA.
My proposed prototype for this blog was sent to the GSCA Board of Governors for approval in January of 2015, where unfortunately approval to launch the site was stalemated. I understood then, that some members of the Board could not recognize the value of a site like this for our breed or club. as a labor of love for our Gordon Setter breed, It was then that I choose to launch the site on my own, as a personal contribution to the breed we all love. I believed then, and continue to believe today, in this blog’s ability to promote, protect and advance the purebred Gordon Setter.
It will always be my hope someday to transfer this blog to the Gordon Setter Club of America and that my offer will be accepted and GSCA will carry on the work that I began here.
Today GSE visitors will find over 250 articles related to breeding, showing, field events, performance events, training and health. Gordon Setter Expert is followed by 2,400 people who receive the new articles by email and other web services. Followers come from all walks of life, from all around the world and include some GSCA members. I am pleased that so many individuals, breed clubs, and parent clubs link to Gordon Setter Expert to share this resource with their friends, members and the visitors to their websites.
Gordon Setter Expert proposal sent to the GSCA To read my first proposal to the 2015 GSCA Board requesting their approval to create this blog on their GSCA’s behalf click this link.
Sally Gift, Mesa AZ
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