(Written by Joan B. Hanna, Historian 7/30/72)
The idea for a dachshund club in the area was conceived in May of 1971. A need was realized to promote the breed in all varieties, help on another in a personal sense and organize and conduct specialty shows under the rules of the American Kennel Club.
In July 1971, the name “The Dachshund Club of Southwestern Ohio” was adopted. At that time, a constitution and code of ethics was presented and accepted.
The charter membership consisted of the following: Phillip and Eleanor Bishop (Wilmington, OH), Ronald and Lois Deerwester (Cincinnati, OH), Pat Wynne (Mainville, OH) Orville and Annette Wright (Cincinnati, OH), Kathryn and Tom Curtis (Dayton, OH), Carl and Donna Mueller (Vandalia, OH) Carol Tuite (Springvalley, OH), Kathryn Shaner (Centerville, OH) and Joan Hanna (Bellbrook, OH).
The officers for the year 1971 wew: Eleanor Bishop (President), Kathryn Curtis (Vice President), Ron Deerwester (Treasurer), Kathryn Shaner (Secretary), with Pat Wynne, Carol Tuite and Lois Deerwester as the Board of Directors.
The membership consists of dedicated exhibitors, judges, breeders and owners of dachshunds. They are also involved and active with other dog clubs in the area. At the time of the inception of our club, Mr. Phillip Bishop was the President of The Dachshund Club of America and helped tremendously in guiding and knitting the club together. Most of our memberships efforts are too numerous to list, but will present themselves throughout our history.
October 16, 1971 was the scheduled date for our first Puppy Match. Helene Case agreed to be the judge and Carol Tuite offered the use of her beautiful country home as the place, with Ron Deerwester as show chairman.
Our total entry for the day was forty dogs. Due to the cooperation of all, we had a very smooth running and enjoyable time.
The new officers of The Dachshund Club of Southwestern Ohio for the year 1972 are as follows: Eleanor Bishop (President), Kathryn Curtis (Vice President), Ron Deerwester (Treasurer), Lois Deerwester (Secretary), with Pat Wynne, Kathryn Shaner and Carol Tuite as Board of Directors, and Joan Hanna (Historian).
An early Puppy Match was held n June 3, 1972 with Kathryn Curtis as show chairman and with the hospitality and home of Pat Wynne as the place. The club was fortunate in obtaining the able services of judgeship from Miss Jeanne Rice of Valley Stream, NY. The total entry for the Puppy Match came to fifty-one. These entries came from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. After the Puppy Match was completed, a catered buffet dinner was served and enjoyed by members and exhibitors alike.
The club realizes a responsibility to members and interested people wishing to become members, along with much time for Puppy Fun Matches. Throughout the year, different members have planned educational talks on bone structure and movement; a tape was borrowed from DCA concerning the dachshund disc disease problem, and Dr. Miles McElrath spoke to the club on color and genetics in the dapple dachshund.
The most recent meeting was held July 29, 1972 at Orville and Annette Wright’s home. There was swimming, a picnic supper and a Members Fun Match with our business meeting.
At the business meeting October 14, 1972, a Puppy Match was planned. A donation of $35.00 will be sent to DCA Disc Disease Fund. Lois Deerwester (Secretary) reports that we now have a total of twenty in our membership. In the near future, we plan to begin corporation proceedings to further benefit the club and further the development of the dachshund breed. We feel a strong desire to develop a club interest in the people owning one or more dachshunds. Our members need not be all breeders or exhibitors, but also pet owners that love and wish to enjoy their dogs.
(Since this original documentation, the club has continued to grow. We continue to meet monthly at a specified location. We continue to hold Specialty Shows. And we continue to welcome new members!)