Showsight Spring Edition, February/March 2021


To honor Julie’s legacy, the JULIE DESY MEMORIAL CHAL- LENGE has been established. What is the Julie Desy Memorial Challenge? The Challenge supports the best ideas for improving appreciation of Sheltie breed his- tory, understanding of the breed standard or participation and service in breed clubs (local or national). It does so by providing funds; up to five (5) awards of up to $500 each for selected individuals or clubs to complete a proposed project or event. Why was it established? The Challenge was started to honor Julie’s legacy as a breeder, educator, mentor, and breed club contribu- tor. Formally and informally, in countless ways, she inspired, guided, challenged, and supported generations of Sheltie enthusiasts. Who is eligible to apply? The Challenge is open to individu- als or to breed clubs. Individuals do not need to be members of the American Shetland Sheepdog Association to receive a prize, but the project must benefit the breed broadly or the national or a local breed club specifically. How does the application and selection process work? The application is simple. Just answer the following questions about your proposed project or event in two pages or less: 1. What is your idea? 2. What is your plan to make your idea a reality? a. Are you working with any other individuals or groups? b. How long do you think it will take? c. How much are you requesting to complete the project or event? How will you use the funds? 3. How will you share the lessons you learn from your project or event? Please submit electronically to Meredith Hector at meredith.hec- . Selection Committee Members will review all applications received by the deadline. Selections for Challenge Awards will be based on the following: • The strength and creativity of your idea and its potential for impact. • The feasibility of your plan to complete the proposed project or event. • The opportunity for other Sheltie enthusiasts or breed clubs to benefit and learn lessons from your project or event. Challenge recipients will be asked to submit a progress update at the mid-point of their project or event timeline, and a final summary and lessons learned at the conclusion of the project or event. When are applications accepted and winners selected? Applica- tions will be accepted from September 1 to October 15, 2021. Challenge recipients will be notified by December 31, 2021 and funds distributed by January 15, 2022. Please see the ASSA website for additional details: If you would like to donate funds to the Challenge, thank you! Any amount is appreciated. Please make your check or money order payable to the ASSA in US funds. Designate the Julie Desy Memorial Challenge in the note sec- tion. Mail to ASSA Treasurer Merrylee Malanowski, 28608 W Rob- erts Road, Barrington, IL 60010-7017. Julie is survived by her two children, daughter Meredith Hector of Davie, Florida, and her son, Michael Maust of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Meredith followed in her mother’s footsteps, entering the show ring in Junior Showmanship when she was only eight years old. Meredith, now an AKC Judge, is married to a former client of her mother’s, Hec- tor Hector, who is also now an AKC Judge. How wonderful it is to see

Young Julie with her Collie “Duke”

Julie and her favorite dog Gr. Ch. Ilemest As It Should Be, “Buddie”

Julie’s love for the sport carry on into the future. Michael never got into showing dogs, but he most certainly inher- ited his mother’s eye for a good one. We at ShowSight extend our love and deepest sympathy to Meredith, Hector, Michael, and special family friend, Virginia “Gini” Shaw.


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