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 current members Ann M Schultz and Dyana Roll.   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.

Key Milestones for Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club
24-Jun-85Founded / Established
13-Apr-88Formally Incorporated
1-Feb-92NEMKC accepted as an AKC Licensed All Breed Club for Conformation & Obedience
24-Apr-03Received Internal Revenue Status as a 501C4 non-profit
1-Dec-04NEMKC accepted and licensed to do Rally
5-Apr-11NEMKC members voted unanimously to support the application to become an AKC Member Club
13-Mar-12NEMKC officially elected as a member of the American Kennel Club
17-Apr-12AKC approved our first AKC Delegate Steve Skolnick
13-Feb-15AKC approved Joyce Engle as our new Delegate
Apr-17Club approved to hold Scent Work
9-Apr-18NEMKC By-Laws updated and approved by AKC BOD
29-Sep-18NEMKC holds it's first Scent Work Trial.
July 3 & November 27, 2020NEMKC cancels both conformation shows in 2020 due to COVID.
July 9 & 10, 2021NEMKC holds third conformation show in 2021 due to COVID
Mar-22AKC approved Ann M. Schultz as AKC Delegate
Past & Present Presidents of NMKC
2023-2024Jan Saba
2022-2023Dyana Roll
2021-2022Ann M. Schultz
2021-April 20Beverly Budnick
2020-2021Alisa Matricciani
2018-2019Debbie Heydt
2017-2018Betty Cox
2014 – 2016Debbie Heydt
2012 – April to DecemberBobbie Compton
2012 - March 2013Mary Lou Olszewski
2010 – 2011Ann M. Schultz
2008 – 2009Joan Taylor
2006 – 2007Bobbi Compton
2004 – 2005Juanita Burkart
2002 – 2003Bobbi Compton
2001Joe Alluisi
1999 – 2000Joan Taylor
1998Chuck Burkart
1996 – 1997Naomi Engers
1985 – 1995Renee Hodge

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