Vice President: Mark Stites

Secretary: Shannon Stites

Custer, SD

Shannon has owned Retrievers and gundogs all her life with labs and cocker spaniels growing up, and labs and pointers the last 10 years. After moving to South Dakota, Shannon used her animal experience as the Medical Supervisor at The Humane Society of the Black Hills working with many of the area vets doing intake, treatment, and spay/neuter surgery.  This job resulted in a few rescue misfit cats and dogs in their home as well as multiple foster animals through the years.  Shannon still volunteers as a tech with various local organizations. She and her husband have had dogs in training with pro trainers for the last few years.  After becoming empty nesters a couple of years ago they started running and a training a few of their own dogs as well.

Custer, SD

Mark grew up with pointers but quickly adapted to retrievers 24 years ago.  He has enjoyed his recent semi retirement where he has had a chance to spend a lot of time with his dogs, training, hunting, and running hunt test.  In the fall he guides upland for a couple of lodges in Central SD, and he enjoys pheasant, grouse, waterfowl, coyote, lion, deer and elk hunting every chance he gets.

Hill City, SD

Alan was born and raised in Central Nebraska where in the 60's and half of the 70's pheasant hunting was very good.  He and his brother were the dogs until his dad bought an English Setter in 1963.  As a young adult Alan started waterfowl hunting and had a couple of lab mixes, one that was outstanding.  He got his first black lab in 2001 and had him  trained and that trainer got him started in the HRC.  He lost him dove hunting to heat stroke, but bought his brother from the next litter, and had a wonderful yellow female.  He trained her himself all the way up to her HRCH. I have owned and trained many labs since then.  He became a judge and have AA started, and seasoned, and finished judge status.  He saw the want for an HRC club here in western SD and has taken the steps to get this club started. He very much enjoys testing and hunting retrievers.


HRC Officer Duties

The President serves as the presiding officer and spokesman of the Mt Rushmore Hunting Retriever Club. The President shall preside over all meetings of the membership and the Committees. As executive and managerial head of the Mt Rushmore Hunting Retriever Club, the President shall be responsible for the preservation and maintenance of the highest principles of the association. The President shall have authority to appoint any and all committees as the President may deem necessary to carry out the business or interests of the association. The President shall serve as an ex officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee. As an ex officio member of the committees, the President has the same rights as the other committee members, but is not obligated to attending meetings of the committees. 

The President is responsible for the day to day administration of the Association between Hunting Retriever Club, INC. Where practical, the President shall seek out input from the Directors and other officers before making major decisions between meetings.

The President will coordinate the other officers, provide agenda items, and preside over Club meetings.

Vice President

The Vice President assists the President in directing, coordinating and controlling activities of the Mt RushmoreHunting Retriever Club. The President and Vice President shall work closely together endeavoring to keep the lines of communication open to insure the Vice President is kept well informed. The Vice President shall serve in an advisory capacity to the President on issues needing consultation. In the absence of the President, the Vice President succeeds to the presidential office on the resignation, removal, death or disability of the President. The Vice President shall accept other responsibilities as assigned by the President. 


The Secretary shall keep a record of all proceedings of the organization, usually called the minutes. The Secretary will keep the organization official membership roll. The Secretary will maintain record book(s) in which minutes are recorded with any amendments to these documents properly recorded, and have the current record books on hand at every meeting. The Secretary will make the minutes and records available to members after meetings, and upon request. The Secretary will preside in the absence of the President and Vice President at all meetings of the association with the same power vested in the President.  The Secretary handles Club correspondence, updates and maintains, website, Facebook, advertising, and media releases. 

The Treasurer shall hold funds deposited and make disbursements within thirty (30) days of the receipt of appropriate and approved bills. All drafts, unless previously authorized in writing by the President, on the association, will be countersigned by the President. The Treasurer is required to keep current, as nearly as possible, a balance of the association funds at all times. The Treasurer shall provide to the membership such reporting as may be requested, but at a minimum, a quarterly detailed Balance Sheet. The Treasurer is required to make a full financial report annually.   The Treasurer will report at the monthly meeting expenses paid out, pending, and balance, as well as notifying the other officers of thanks you note or other items that may be generated by incoming and outgoing funds.  They will also work closely with any fundraising committee and fundraising efforts.  The treasurer will also provide a copy of the monthly report to the secretary as part of the meeting recording.


Wondering who you may need to contact within the club, or interested in serving as an officer in the future? The officer duties below may help.

President: Alan Case

Treasurer: Cinda Jones

Cinda is active in various AKC and UKC training groups in several different events.  She and her daughter enjoy traveling and showing dogs in both hunt test and different obedience, rally, and agility classes.