2017 GSPCA election
North Central Director: Sharon Fitzpatrick [email sharon]
My husband Ron and I have been married for 32 years and after owning a Weimaraner we researched different hunting breeds and bought our first Shorthairs in 1991. In July of 1992 we attended the Hunt Test Training sponsored by the GSPC of IL, in August we were at our first hunt tests walking behind braces, in September we got our first blaze orange Junior Hunt Test qualifying ribbons and have “gone to the dogs” ever since.
We believe in doing our best in maintaining the versatility of the breed and have successfully competed in Hunt Tests, Obedience, Field Trials and Show. Our personal dogs have achieved the titles of Master Hunter, Senior Hunter, Junior Hunter, Companion Dog, Companion Dog Excellent and Show Champion as well as numerous other placements/points in AKC events. My husband and I are both AKC Field Trial and Hunt Test Judges.
Ron and I are members of the GSP Club of America, the Fort Dearborn GSP Club, the GSP Clubs of IL, IN and WI. I am currently the Secretary/Treasurer and Show Chairman for the Fort Dearborn Club GSPC. I have served as Chairman and Secretary for Field Trials, Hunt Tests and Specialty Shows. While Obedience Chairman for the GSPC of IL, I spearheaded the effort to have the club approved to hold Obedience Trials. I am also a member of NAVHDA at the National and Local levels and NSTRA.
I do my best to stay up-to-date on legislation affecting dog ownership, hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. I believe it is important that we do all that we can to involve youth in our sport of dogs. I am proud to be a Field Director for the United States Sportsmen’s Alliance and a member of the IL Federation of Outdoor Resources. I have also served as a committee member for local NWTF Women in the Outdoors events.
Ron and I believe in giving back to the breed and in the past assisted the local GSP Rescue fostering and working with a number of dogs. Recently we have been unable to commit as we have in the past but still feel Rescue is vitally important to our breed.
Personally home is 23 acres about 70 miles south of Chicago which we share with our dogs, horses, cats, the “homers” and a few chickens. I received my BS in Business Administration from the University of IL at Chicago and achieved my Senior HR Professional certification in 2002 and my SHRM-SCP in 2015. I am a member of the Project Management Institute and I am studying for my certification. I have held positions in Human Resources at several companies including T-Mobile, Andrew Corporation, Durham School Services/National Express and Elevance Renewable Sciences. I have also run my own HR/Talent Acquisition Consulting firm. I am a member of numerous professional HR organizations and served as Treasurer for the Kankakee Area HR Management Association.
I am honored to have served as the North Central Director for the GSPCA and have learned a lot. As a member of the GSPCA Board of Directors I have worked on several projects including revamping the website and the title/award recognition program. Current projects include developing a plan to better involve and serve the member clubs.
If re-elected I hope to do more for the breed I love and the local clubs and members in my region. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime.