Mission Statement

Members of the Elmira Kennel Club agree to conduct themselves in a manner that will reflect credit to themselves, their breed (s) and the Elmira Kennel Club. They will exhibit good sportsmanship in relationships with club members, AKC employees, show officials, judges, spectators and fellow exhibitors. They will abide by the Elmira Kennel Club's By-Laws and the American Kennel Club's published Rules and Regulations.

History

Initial organizational meetings to form the Elmira Kennel Club were held early in 1959.

By October, 1959 the club had organized and held its first Match. The first President of the club was Mr. Dewitt Daley.

On 12/11/62 the club was incorporated under the name The Elmira Kennel Club, Inc.

The club held it's first AKC Point Show on 8/18/63 at Parker Field. The club has hosted AKC Point Shows continuously for the past 47 years. Some of the different locations that the club has used were: Dunn Field, Cold Brook Club, Notre Dame High School, Murray Athletic Center - Domes, Chemung County Fair Grounds, the Binghamton Arena and for the last 23 years it has been part of the 4 day Wine Country Circuit, held at the beautiful Sampson State Park in Romulus, NY.

During the years starting in 1978 thru June of 1986 the club hosted 2 Shows Annually in June & December. The December 1986 show was changed to September and thus started the Wine Country Circuit.

The club currently offers Conformation Handling Class, open to the public to train people how to show their dogs.

Monthly meetings are held on the Third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Horseheads, NY. The club is open to the public and new members are always welcome.

Past Presidents

Year Name
2016 Derek Gould
2014 – 2016 H. Russell Hastings
2012 – 2014 Peter Barbano
2010 - 2012 H. Russell Hastings
2008 - 2010 Leon Evans
2006 - 2008 Karen Giles
2004 - 2006 Edwin Giles
2003 - 2004 Derek Gould
2001 - 2003 James Kerbein
1999 - 2001 Kathie Spring
1997 - 1999 Derek Gould
1995 - 1997 James Kerbein
1994 - 1995 Colleen Chaffee
1992 - 1994 Robert Davis
1991 - 1992 Jerry Shoemaker
1989 - 1991 John Donahoe
1987 - 1989 Sheila Wilson
1986 - 1987 Jerry Shoemaker
1984 - 1986 Ann Noyes
1982 - 1984 Carol Cogansparger
1981 - 1982 William Garner
1980 - 1981 Larry Clark
1979 - 1980 David Ellison
1978 - 1979 Jerry Shoemaker
1977 - 1978 William Garner
1976 - 1977 Howard Hoffman
1973 - 1974 Nancy Riley
1972 - 1973 Ann Hoffman
1970 - 1972 Harold Wolfe
1968 - 1970 Ron Hamlin
1965 - 1998 Fred Wilding
1964 - 1965 James Johnson, Jr.
1961 – 1964 Richard Prechtl
1960 - 1961 Dewitt Daley