On June 24, 2015, the Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club, Inc. will celebrate thirty (30) years as an organized all breed dog club in the Harford and Cecil County, Maryland territory.
While most of the founding members are no longer members of our club, history suggests that a small group of dog enthusiasts in Harford County Maryland got together at the home of Mike and Renee Hodge in Whiteford, Maryland on that Monday to form what we know today as the Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club. The only two remaining current and founding members present that evening were Ann Schultz and Alma Contrino. To raise money to grow our club in our early years, our founding members conducted regular conformation and obedience classes in the parking lot of St. Mary’s Church in BelAir, Maryland.
Upon formal incorporation on April 13, 1988 three founding members, Renee Hodge, Barbara Compton, and Victoria Emmel were legally named as our first directors until the annual meeting or until their successors were chosen. The Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club’s Articles of Incorporation were prepared by the law office of John K. Kelly, Bel Air, MD. John and his wife Kathy were also active in dogs, showing their Boston Terriers at the time. Although NEMKC was incorporated as a nonprofit it took several years for our club to realize that we needed a formal Internal Revenue Service exemption. Our Internal Revenue Service exemption was officially signed on April 24, 2003 by Lois G. Lerner, Exempt Organizations Rulings and Agreements.
Here are some of the key milestones for the Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club.
|Monday||June 24, 1985||Founded / Established|
|Wednesday||April 13, 1988||Formally Incorporated|
|Friday||February 1, 1992||NEMKC accepted as an AKC Licensed All Breed Club for Conformation & Obedience|
|Friday||April 24, 2003||Received Internal Revenue Status as a 501C4 non-profit|
|Wednesday||December 1, 2004||NEMKC accepted and licensed to do Rally|
|Tuesday||April 5, 2011||NEMKC members voted unanimously to support the application to become an AKC Member Club|
|Tuesday||March 13, 2012||NEMKC officially elected as a member of the American Kennel Club|
|Tuesday||April 17, 2012||AKC approved our first AKC Delegate Steve Skolnick|
|Friday||February 13, 2015||AKC approved Joyce Engle as our new Delegate|
Present and Past Presidents of our Club
|2014 – 2015||Debbie Heydt|
|2012 – April to December||Bobbie Compton|
|2012 - March 2013||Mary Lou Olszewski|
|2010 – 2011||Ann M. Schultz|
|2008 – 2009||Joan Taylor|
|2006 – 2007||Bobbi Compton|
|2004 – 2005||Juanita Burkart|
|2002 – 2003||Bobbi Compton|
|1999 – 2000||Joan Taylor|
|1996 – 1997||Naomi Engers|
|1985 – 1995||Renee Hodge|