Greater Pittsburgh Dalmatian Club
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

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Club History

The Greater Pittsburgh Dalmatian Club was formed in 1964 by a number of Dalmatian owners from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. The club held seven matches before winning AKC approval to hold the first licensed Specialty. Five "B" matches were held between 1964 and 1967 and two "A" matches in 1967 and 1968.

The first licensed Specialty was held in conjunction with The Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association at the Civic Arena, March 29, 1969. The next year, the club joined The Greater Pittsburgh Specialties and held seven shows with them between 1970 and 1976. The first independent Specialty Show was held on Friday, July 1, 1977. There were 103 dogs entered in the Specialty Show and 43 in the Obedience Trial.

Club Meetings were held at Buhl Planetarium, various Borough Buildings, and member's homes. Six regular membership meetings and twelve board meeting are held each year. Club presidents over the years have been:
 

1964 Jo Boyd 1980 Jan McCoy 1996 Libby Simendinger
1965 Richard Sorenson 1981 Betty Page 1997 Libby Simendinger
1966 Jane Curran 1982 Nancy Good 1998 LaDonna King
1967 Betty Page 1983 Nancy Bishop 1999 LaDonna King
1968 Betty Page 1984 Nancy Bishop 2000 Machell Koss
1969 Mary Klein 1985 Nancy Bishop 2001 Machell Koss
1970 Mary Klein 1986 Mariann Witherspoon 2002 Denise Smulski
1971 Mary Klein 1987 Mariann Witherspoon 2003 Denise Smulski
1972 Virginia Hutchins 1988 Jan McCoy 2004 Kevin Boston
1973 Virginia Hutchins 1989 Jan McCoy 2005 Kevin Boston
1974 Charles McKean 1990 Karen Magness 2006 Nanci Good
1975 Betty Page 1991 Karen Magness 2007  
1976 Betty Page 1992 Jan McCoy 2008  
1977 Jo Boyd 1993 Mary Klein 2009  
1978 Mariann Witherspoon 1994 Mary Klein 2010  
1979 Jan McCoy 1995 Libby Simendinger 2011  

Our club has offered various programs, movies, obedience demonstrations, speakers, experienced handlers, Vets, etc. in an attempt to keep our members and the public informed about our breed. We try to interest both pet owners and show people with our educational programs. We offered puppy classes for new owners and hold a fun match each year at a local Pittsburgh area park.

During the year, our members hold various fund raising activities to help finance the specialty and matches. We have sold Dalmatian novelties, plants, held raffles, grab bags, etc. to subsidize our shows.

Our club newsletter ,"101 Spots", is published once a month, featuring many interesting and informative articles about all aspects of Dalmatian life and care. We hold an annual Awards Banquet to pay tribute to those handlers and their Dalmatians who won titles and achievements during the year.

We hope our club efforts will inform and educate the public about our wonderful Dalmatian breed.
 


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