I am crafted a rudimentary mission statement for review. I primarily focused on our desire to preserve sporting dog activities but, felt it was equally poignant to add youth, conservation, and other buzz word activities. This is what I extrapolated from the consensus as the Bangor Meeting . It's exponentially important in this day and age to portray organizations like ours in the exact light that they should be seen in--self regulating conservation minded folk--rather than the bad rap that a few less than stellar examples of poor sportsman promulgate. I'm not married to it so, by all means let's figure out the tweaks and go from there. I sent, under separate cover to the Maine Sporting Dog Association website the verbiage to Lauren.
It is the mission of the Maine Sporting Dog Association to:
Uphold long-standing traditions of sporting dog activities in the State of Maine and preserve the established history of the human-canine relationship;
Educate citizenry on the importance of proper care, breeding, and training of all sporting dogs;
Foster youth interest in sporting dogs, good stewardship and the preservation of the natural environment;
Safeguard the interests of sporting dog owners, breeders, trainers, guides, hunters, and handlers in the State of Maine;
Mitigate issues concerning the use of sporting dogs with legislators, landowners, and other individuals & advocacy groups;
And, spotlight the convergence of Maine’s natural resource conservation and wildlife management affecting sporting dog activities and needs.
Anxiously awaiting your input.