Dawn, how come they didn't have any events? That's very sad.
One of the clubs had neither an AKC nor a NAHRA test, just plain lack of manpower. Same committee year after year, most of whom aren't even running dogs, just working their b**** off for 2-3 days from sunup to sundown, getting up at 4-5 am, 3 days in a row, to drive hours and work all day. Dwindling membership, lack of workers.
The other club that had no NAHRA test, not sure, they never got huge entries, maybe it wasn't worth it.
The other club I was thinking of DID have their AKC HT. I looked on RTF to see if I could find why they didn't have it, but they did, moved the date early spring, that's why I didn't see it on the calendar.
So it was only one AKC HT down in our area. 2 NAHRA tests down.
I'm finding in all of my clubs most people are willing to work but not to chair. It's too big of a commitment for working folks.
On top of it, 2 of my clubs in NY have lost long time experienced core membership because people started training with pros and training on pro grounds, so they don't need the clubs.
I myself dropped out of 2 of my 4 clubs because it's too much volunteer work. I still have too much with 2 clubs.
Also - I started doing this about 10 years ago and see a huge change in the entry sizes and participant population. They used to be smaller and have more club members therefore the workload was shared more evenly.
Now huge entries with mostly non-club members who show up to run their dogs but don't belong to clubs and work.
My former club that had no tests this year are tired of working for free for people who don't work back.
I think they are discussing becoming a training only club. I don't know how they will make $$.