THE 50th anniversary of Kirkintilloch and District Dog Training Club has been marked with a special honour for a much-loved trainer.
A special presentation was made to Sharon Johnstone, who has supported the club and provided guidance and inspiration for more than 30 years.
Members enjoyed the anniversary meal at Kincaid House, Milton of Campsie, but the most important thing for everyone was paying tribute to Sharon.
Chairperson Shirley Border presented Sharon with jewellery, an inscribed vase and a very special honour.
Shirley explained: “We gave Sharon an honourary presidency for life in recognition of her service for all these years which she has given to the club.
“We’ve never given it before and it will probably never be presented again.”
The club is taking a break over the summer and will resume classes later this year, with enrolment in August.
Members normally meet on a Thursday in Lenzie Public Halls.
The club trains dogs road safety awareness and handling, and helps to correct any unsociable faults.
It has almost 100 members, with every kind of breed – including rescue dogs.
In the past year, four beginners classes have been held.
They have been so successful that many people are remaining with the club.
That means later on this year there will be three beginners’ classes, one intermediate and advanced class and a senior advanced.
Shirley said: “The thing that’s most gratifying is that people are staying on.
“What is also lovely in the club at the moment is the social aspect the club is fostering.”
The organisation has strong community links and is represented at events such as the Kirkintilloch Show and Canine Concern Show.
They have a talented demonstration team and hold regular agility nights.
Members also go round local schools introducing youngsters to child-friendly dogs.
Fundraising events have been held recently for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Enrolment for the club’s new session will be in August in Lenzie Public Halls.