June 20, 2016
MGRC Names Claire Caro 2016 Honorary Member
The Maine Golden Retriever Club has announced its selection of Claire Caro of
Elizabeth, Colorado as the club’s 2016 Honorary Member. Ms. Caro currently
serves as Secretary of the Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA). She is a Life
Member of GRCA and formerly served as the organization’s Treasurer for many
“As GRCA’s New Club Liaison, Claire devoted much time and effort in advising,
coaching, mentoring and assisting MGRC in reaching its goals of AKC licensure
status and full membership in the GRCA,” said Charles L. Cragin, MGRC
President. “MGRC is pleased to add Claire to our list of distinguished honorees.
She has made significant lifetime contributions to Golden Retrievers”, Cragin said.
Ms. Caro taught biology in a high school in suburban Denver from 1977 until her
retirement in 2004. During that time her Golden Retriever therapy dogs
accompanied her to school nearly every day and provided a hands-on tool in her
biology labs. This led to a grant from the Golden Retriever Foundation enabling
her to write a resource book to assist other teachers in utilizing dogs in the
Since 1974 she has experienced the joy of owning, training and handling twelve
Golden Retrievers competing in conformation, obedience, rally, hunt tests and
WC/X as well as participating in various capacities in the Mile-Hi Golden Retriever
Club of Colorado.
Ms. Caro, in her acceptance letter, told the MGRC that she was “very grateful for
this honor and proud to join such a distinguished group of honorary members. I’m
particularly appreciative of the opportunity to work with and advise the highly
motivated MGRC members as they took their club in record-setting time to AKC
licensure status and full membership in the GRCA. It is always exciting to welcome
a new club into the GRCA family and I look forward to attending an Independent
Specialty hosted by MGRC.”
Previous MGRC Honorary Members include Leon Panetta, Luis Carlos Montalvan,
Susannah Charleson and Joy Viola.
(Santa Fe, New Mexico - February 16, 2014) Claire Caro of Colorado, GRCA Board member and New Club liaison, and two of her Golden boys visit MGRC President Charlie