Meetings & Programs

Member meetings generally include an education program and are usually held on the third Tuesday of odd-number months. Visitors are welcome to attend these free programs.

Board meetings are held monthly on the first Tuesday at 7pm and are open to all club members. Most board meetings are held electronically. Please contact the President or Secretary in advance if you would like to attend a Board meeting.

Suggestions for topics you would like to see presented are always welcome. Send your comments to

2023 Programs
March electronic Program Meeting: Susan Lynch presents, A Team Approach to Puppy Training. recorded presentation; passcode R4bBY5&u

May electronic Discussion: Current Crisis in Veterinary Medicine
July electronic - Meet the YGRC Board Members
Sep Try-it! Fast CAT and Dock Diving
Nov electronic Program Meeting: Sharon Shilkoff, GRCA National Specialty Director, on plans for the 2024 National in MA, CT, & NY

Past Programs

2022 Programs
March electronic Program Meeting: Susan Palius presents, An Intro to Tracking
May electronic Program Meeting: Debra Hamilton recorded presentation, MAAPing the Journey Your Pet Takes When You Can’t Care for Them
Sep electronic Program Meeting: Dr. Mike Lappin presents, Golden Retriever Health Update
Nov electronic Program Meeting with Stacey Ober, AKC Government Relations Manager, New England
2021 Programs
July CANCELLED. Ice Cream Social & Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test
Aug 29 Seminar: The Golden Retriever: Type, Structure and Movement According to the Breed Standard presented by Jeffrey Pepper.
Oct 12 electronic Program Meeting: Ask the Canine Dermatologist! Angell Animal Medical Center‘s Board Certified Dermatologist Meagan Painter DVM DACVD will answer our questions.
Nov 17 electronic Program Meeting: Introduction to Scent Work by Jennifer Anderson, approved AKC Scent Work Judge
2020 Programs
March 24 POSTPONED. Dr Michael Lappin: Dietary related cardiomyopathy.
May CANCELLED due to Covid-19 outbreak
July 21 CANCELLED. Ice Cream Social & Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test
Sept 20 CANCELLED. Ellen Hardin: The Breed Standard, Form and Function
Nov 17 electronic membership meeting
2019 Programs
March 26 Speaker: Jeremy Cohen Esq, Dog and Pet Attorney
April 1 Dr. Ariane Goerlich DVM, Blue Pearl Specialty & Emergency Pet Hospital, will present "What Constitutes a Medical Emergency" & "Top 10 Reasons to Visit an Emergency Facility". She will discuss what you can do for home treatment and identify when it's necessary to seek veterinary attention.
May 14 Dr. Bruce Indek: Canine Chiropractic Care
July Ice Cream Social & Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test
Sept 24 Allyson MacKenna: International Golden Retriever Rescue efforts
Nov 19 Maribeth Lazich: Therapy Dog Requirements and Getting Started.
2018 Programs
March Dr. Barbara Davis: The Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer
May Program cancelled due to bad weather
July Ice Cream Social & Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test

Dr. Janna Guerrette, Chelmsford Animal Hospital: What is a Medical Emergency?

Nov Book Swap!
2017 Programs
MarchJoy Viola: The Golden Retriever: A Scottish Legacy.
MayPaint a Picture of Your Golden!
July Ice Cream Social & Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test
SeptFirst Aid / Canine CPR
NovEssential Oils, for your pets & yourself
2016 Programs
FebCurious about Field?
May Puppy Possibilities
July Ice Cream Social & Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test
SeptThe Embrace Pet Insurance Breeder Program
Nov Treating pain and disability in dogs - the roles of trigger point therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture
2015 Programs
MarchHeather Merrill, founder of New England Pet Hospice and Home Care
MayNutrition for Puppies through Seniors
JulyIce Cream Social & Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test
Sept Current Happenings at NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans
NovAnimal-Assisted Therapy
2014 Programs
March Dr. Ruth Marrion: Screening eye exams, retinal disease and an update on pigmentary uveitis
MayDr. Carlos Gradil: Assisted Reproductive Technologies
JulyIce Cream Social & CGC Test
SeptemberAnimal Communicator
NovemberIntroduction to Showing Dogs In Conformation    [ slide presentation ]
2013 Programs
MarchIntegrating conventional with alternative medicine
May Grooming Your Golden
JulyYGRC Ice Cream Social & CGC Test
SeptemberWhat is Homeopathy?
NovemberPuppy Contracts and Legal Mediation
2012 Programs
March Pet First Aid Class
MayGrooming Your Golden
JulyYGRC Ice Cream Social with CGC Test
September Canine Nutrition
November Emma Parsons, Canine behavior consultant: Reactivity in dogs
2011 Programs
March Dr. Ruth Marrion: Genetic Eye Conditions in Golden Retrievers
May Dr. Cynthia L. O’Connor: Topics in Theriogenology
July YGRC Ice Cream Social with AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test
September Dr. J. MacGregor, Veterinary Cardiologist: The Heart of the Matter
November Dr. Brian T. Huss: Visit at Vetcision
2010 Programs
MarchAn Introduction to Retriever Fieldwork
MayGrooming Your Golden
JulyIce Cream Social with AKC Canine Good Citizen Test
SeptemberAKC Inspections and Record-keeping
NovemberLet's Learn About Tracking!
2009 Programs
MarchLyme Disease, Pets and Prevention
MayMassFed and Dog-Related Legislation
JulyIce Cream Social with AKC Canine Good Citizen Test
SeptemberTherapy Dog Opportunities
NovemberJanice Ritter: Bridge & Target Training
2008 Programs
MarchHow to Take Better Pictures of Our Pets
MayPlanning Estates with Pets
JulyIce Cream Social with AKC Canine Good Citizen Test
NovemberVeterinarians & Breeders — Bridging the Gap
2007 Programs
SpringVeterinary Dentistry
JulyIce Cream Social
NovemberBerna Hart Welch: "Using the Breed Standard to Evaluate the Golden Retriever"
2006 Programs
MarchRochelle Porter: Golden Grooming
MayHolistic Veterinary Choices
JulyIce Cream Social with Rally Obedience and AKC CGC Test
NovemberDr. Mike Lappin: First Aid for Home and Field
2005 Programs
March Rachel Page Elliott: Breed Type And Structure
MayKathy & Don Berube: Goldens in Search and Rescue
JulyIce Cream Social with Agility "Try-It" Ring and AKC CGC Test
SeptemberCasey Sugarman, Animal Behaviorist: Training Problems
NovemberLinda Saraco: Holistic Grooming And Massage
2004 Programs
March Pagey Elliott: Selecting A Puppy For Performance Events
MayJudy Asarkof: Feeding a Raw Diet
JulyIce Cream Social with Performance Demos (Tracking, SAR, Field, Agility, Obedience) and CGC Test
SeptemberBook Swap!
NovemberLinda Hume, North East Rehabilitation Hospital: Animal-Facilitated Therapy
2003 Programs
March Ellen Crighton DVM: Introduction To Animal Chiropractic
MayEmma Parsons: Uses of Clicker Training (operant conditioning)
JulyIce Cream Social
NovemberMary Thompson: Care of the Older Dog