When you join the Southeastern Greyhound Club (SEGC), you become part of a large and diverse fellowship of greyhound owners whose combined knowledge and experience in all things Greyhound is truly unique in this country. Tapping into that knowledge and experience, you can do everything from simply becoming a better Greyhound owner to growing into a devoted student of the breed.
Club membership includes accomplished, experienced individuals with expertise in Greyhound behavior, training and obedience, adoption, conformation, health and rehabilitation, agility, lure coursing, nutrition and conditioning, history, racing, breeding and genetics, coursing, and the study of pedigrees.
If you want to learn about a particular Greyhound subject or activity, there will be someone you can call on. This diverse collection of interests is what enables the Club to live up to its goal of offering "something for every Greyhound owner."
In addition to the benefits of membership outlined below, the Club's tradition is to offer any other Greyhound related activity which members want and are willing to support. The adoption program and the lure coursing program both grew out of that tradition. There will no doubt be other programs offered in the future that are requested by members willing to support them. The key to enjoying the benefits of membership can be summed up in two words: Get involved!
Club annual dues are $20 for one person and $25 for two or more persons in a single household.
The Club's biggest and most popular program, SEGA offers a multitude of opportunities for members to help former racing Greyhounds in many capacities as a volunteer (e.g., walking dogs at the kennel, bathing new dogs when they arrive, processing the "newbies," fostering new dogs, or hosting a "meet and greet"). Visit the volunteer page and contact the appropriate person for your area of interest.
The Yahoo Discussion Group List serves as the organization's "meeting place in cyberspace." The list is the place to post announcements of upcoming events, seek advice on a variety of Greyhound issues, tell funny stories, and mourn the loss of a long-loved hound. The list was founded and designed to be of and for the SEGC/SEGA community, filling a niche not offered by the more general Greyhound-interest lists that are out there for all Greyhound owners. New adopters are placed on the list for the first 12 months following their adoption. After that period membership on the list is reserved for active volunteers and/or club members.
The monthly meetings offer an evening of fellowship with other Greyhound people, along with the occasional speaker or educational program. The annual bring-your-Greyhound club meeting and picnic at SummerWind Farm is a summer evening of fun, food, and the opportunity to see your Greyhound run and play with other Greyhounds in a large fenced area.
The Pet therapy program offers an opportunity to do rewarding community service by bringing the known therapeutic benefits of pets to seniors and children and sharing a little Greyhound sunshine with them. The pet therapy web page contains a complete listing of available locations, days and times, and contact information.
The Lost Hound Cooperative is a members-only benefit that provides a network to assist members in finding their lost Greyhound. Members are provided an information booklet that is loaded with good ideas related to "Grey-proofing" your home, and then what to do when your hound is lost. A refrigerator magnet is also provided with pertinent contact information and phone numbers to call.
The GreySitting Exchange program is a members-only benefit that allows members to have their Greyhound stay in the home of another member and Greyhound owner while they are out of town. At $5 per day per dog, it's a low-cost alternative to boarding or engaging a dog sitter. Click here for more information.
The annual field trip to the Birmingham Race Course is an educational experience that allows a behind-the-scenes look at a Greyhound racing kennel and a day in the life of a racing Greyhound.
GreyFest, the annual big get-together, includes educational programs, vendors of Greyhound related goods, fun contests, and the attendance of every possible size, color, and age of Greyhound imaginable.
VPI Insurance offers a 5% group discount. Policies cover medical problems and conditions related to accidents and illnesses (including cancer). Coverage is available for dogs, cats, birds, and other exotics. Visit any licensed veterinarian, worldwide.
For those who enjoy canine athletics and are thrilled by the sight of their Greyhound running like the wind, the club's lure coursing program, one of the most successful in the country, provides an opportunity to get their Greyhound involved at the right pace, with an emphasis on safe running. Even if you don't choose to run your Greyhound, the field trials offer an opportunity to come out for a day in the country to watch other sight hound breeds run and visit with other Greyhound owners who are there.
The year always ends with the annual Greyhound Gala, a festive and elegant evening of holiday cheer. Approximately 50% of the cost of this party is paid for by your dues. Non-members who attend will pay a slightly higher amount.
Each member receives an advance copy via email of The Greyhound Chatter, the club newsletter. As the Yahoo discussion list has grown into the daily news vehicle for the organization, the newsletter has become a medium for more feature articles and a historical record of club activities.
For more information or questions, please contact our membership coordinator, Kathy Rakestraw.
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