WISILL HRC celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2010. Here a look back at the beginning.
3/16/1990 WISILL OFFICIALLY BECAME AN HRC CLUB
6/22/1990 ORGANIZATION/MEMBERSHIP MEETING AT BONG
8/24/1991 WISILL PRELIMINARY HUNT APPROVED
4/25-26/1992 1ST WISILL / FRV BACK-TO-BACK HUNT
8/25-26/2001 1ST WISILL/BADGER STATE BACK-TO-BACK HUNT
Paul Zelisko and Roger Davis were both active members with Fox River Valley HRC, which at the time held its meetings and training sessions in Elgin, Ill. Both Paul and Roger lived near the Illinois-Wisconsin border and because of the long drive each week to and from Elgin for training and meetings, they decided to start a new club using Bong Recreation Area as their central training site. After obtaining approval from Hunting Retriever Clubs, Inc in March, 1990, Paul and Roger contacted many hunt clubs and dog clubs to get the word out about their new club. On June 22nd, 1990, the initial membership meeting was held at Bong. The meeting room at the Bong conference center was “standing room only”. Paul and Roger realized there was plenty of interest in the new club and WISILL HRC (Pronounced Whistle) was off and running.
Initially, Paul and Roger were the training coordinators with some non-member professional trainers assisting at times. As the club grew in numbers, it also grew in knowlege and experience. After a few years, Paul and Roger were able to rely on other WISILL members to help coordinate the training sessions. Paul and Roger no longer had to be the “Salesmen” selling the HRC philosophy, as the new members did all of the selling necessary while experiencing unbelievable growth in their own training abilities.
The strength and benefit of HRC, and especially within WISILL HRC, is that the experienced members continue to provide leadership and guidance, helping each member learn more about training their hunting retriever(s). Never forget where you started as there are always those who are seeking help to achieve their goals, goals they can’t even imagine today.