The Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club, Inc. was founded on June 24, 1985, as an organized all breed dog club in the Harford and Cecil County, Maryland territory.


History suggest that a small group of dog enthusiast in Harford County Maryland got together at the home of Mike and Renee Hodge in Whiteford, Maryland to form what we know today as the Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club. Present that evening was Ann M Schultz, a current and founding member. 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 Bel Air.


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 exception. Our Internal Revenue Service exemption was officially signed on April 24, 2003 by Lois G. Lerner, Exempt Organizations Rulings and Agreements


The NEMKC was recognized as an American Kennel Club Member Club on March 13, 2012.

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
April 2017 Club approved to hold Scent Work
Monday April 9, 2018 NEMKC By-Laws updated and approved by AKC BOD
Saturday September 29, 2018 NEMKC holds it's first Scent Work Trial.
Friday & Sunday July 3 & November 27, 2020 NEMKC cancels both conformation shows in 2020 due to COVID.
Saturday July 10, 2021 NEMKC holds third conformation show in 2021 due to COVID.

Past and present Presidents of our club

Dyana Roll
Ann M. Schultz
2021-April 20 Beverly Budnick
2020-2021 Alisa Matricciani
2018-2019 Debbie Heydt
2017-2018 Betty Cox
2014 – 2016 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
2001 Joe Alluisi
1999 – 2000 Joan Taylor
1998 Chuck Burkart
1996 – 1997 Naomi Engers
1985 – 1995 Renee Hodge

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