I'm not even sure if they know what a great club they have. They never brag it up, or talk about how their club is special. Really, almost the opposite is true. They are much more likely to find fault, or talk about something they need to do. But their club is amazing in so many ways.
I have run in ARHA Little Pack for a long, long time. At their hunt Saturday, the Mountain State Gundog Beagle Club in Ripley, WV had guys there who were involved before I started. Chip Eisenhut was there in the morning to help. Larry Harrison showed up to run a couple of dogs. Karl Griffith was the Master of Hounds. Between them these guys have over 50 years of LP experience.
They had other guys that started young, a long time ago and are still helping out after all these years. Matt Wolfe judged a cast. I can remember running under him when he was just a young guy. Scott Derrick is back involved and now has a son who is judging.
Now there are some "new" guys running the club--Roger Osborne, Chris Hugart, and Micheal Chandler. They are working so hard to make the hunts successful. They judge, guide, and really work to make everyone feel welcome.
Then there was the chance to hear a story or two. I got to go out on a cast with 78 year old Sid Taylor. When we had to climb this hill, he mountain goated it to the top and threw gravel in my face. He still had enough wind to tell a little story while I tried to catch my breath at the top. Dale Whittington told enough tales to make Paul Bunyon seem small.
The Old Man, Jeff Allen, Schneider, and I went down to Ripley for a day of fun. As usual, the club didn't disappoint us. If you ever want to see a great club with even greater people, just travel down to Ripley, WV. They will make you glad you did.