My name is Graham Wood and I am running for the Regional Director position for the Alaska Region of the North American Hunting Retriever Association. I have been a member of the Midnight Sun Gun Dog Association since 2009 and a continuous member of NAHRA since 2011. I am currently married to my wife of 13 years, Mary and we have two children Rachel (6) and Ryan (4). Back in 2009 I was drawn to the NAHRA program after participating in a MSGDA picnic event. My wife and I found the club to be a welcoming place as well as the judges running the mock test to be very informative and willing to assist. Shortly after that event I was entered into the next started event. Since then, I have put both of my dogs through the started level and have tested at the hunter level. I hope to put a hunter title on my younger dog this season. Additionally, I’m hopeful to judge my first NAHRA test this season.
The Regional Director position is a position that must possess leadership and professionalism. These skills are important due to the interaction this position has with other retriever clubs and that that this position serve as an ambassador for our state and the MSGDA. I believe I have both of these skills, and have demonstrated them through my military and professional career and as a board member of the MSGDA. As a board member of MSGDA I have assisted our club with broadening our membership base by helping organize training classes and promoting the future retriever program at events held by our club sponsors.
I would consider it an honor to be elected as the NAHRA Regional Director for Alaska. I vow to bring leadership and professionalism to the position. Something, in my opinion that has been lacking for some time. I can’t wait to further work with NAHRA to make it a nationally recognized retriever organization. Please contact me if you would like to discuss my qualifications further.
MSGDA Board Member
Member of the United States Coast Guard 1996-2005
Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation 2005-Present.
MSGDA Board Member 2011- Present
Owner of two dogs: SR Sleeping Lady Maggie Mae and SR Quartz Creek Double Fat Dolly Varden