Throughout the year, the club schedules a variety of activities for club members … all of which, of course, are open to prospective members seeking more information about the club:
Monthly Dinner Meetings
The club schedules regular monthly meetings on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Several years ago, we realized that a [somewhat boring] meeting to conduct the club’s business under Robert’s Rules of Order was not very appealing to members who may have worked all day and hurried to the club meeting, looking for a little relaxation and canine camaraderie.
Consequently, we made the decision to move away from a structured meeting format to a more relaxed arrangement whereby we get together monthly at a different restaurant around the greaterDaytonarea for dinner and an informal discussion of the club’s activities and operations. When necessary, we still move to a more formal mode to conduct official club business.
For our club, at least, this meeting format seems to be working quite well. Of our current membership of twenty-four, we average almost fifty percent of our membership at our dinner meetings.
Picnics, Holiday Parties, & Field Trips
The club celebrates the Holiday Season with a banquet …. again, held at various restaurants around theDaytonarea or (occasionally) at a member’s home. The affair always ends with our famous (or is it notorious?) Gift Exchange, Swap, and Steal-back Game that can last up to an hour before everyone gets what they think they want (the gifts remain wrapped until final possession is acquired).
We also enjoy picnics and field trips in warmer months. Picnics are usually held in the Fall at local area parks and preserves, while recent field trips have been to local attractions such as the Ohio Caverns near Urbana OH, The Wilds Conservation & Game Preserve near Zanesville, and the Frank Lloyd Wright “Westcott House” in Springfield.
AKC LICENSED SHOWS
The club’s primary show date is over Memorial Day weekend in support of the Buckeye Cluster held inHamilton,Ohio, situated half-way betweenCincinnatiandDayton, just off of Interstate 75. Other clubs participating in this cluster are the Cincinnati KC,WarrenCountyKC, Miami Valley Doberman Pinscher Club, and the Queen City Dog Training Club, plus several other breed-specific clubs.
In the past few years, the entries of Dobes at this cluster have continued to grow. Over the last couple of years, of the six shows for Dobermans (4 all-breed shows and 2 independent specialties), all twelve Winners class points awarded (dogs plus bitches) were majors, including several five-point majors.
We held our first AKC licensed point show in May, 1975, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base outside of Dayton. Judges (and entries) for that event were Bob Moore in Conformation (110 Dobermans), and Max McCammon in Obedience (30 Dobermans). We followed up the next year (May, 1976) at the Springfield National Guard Armory with judges Bob Wills in Conformation (111 Dobes) Irma Dixon in Obedience (20 Dobes), and Don Simmons in Sweepstakes (48 Dobes).
Over the ensuing years, our show has changed locations, but we have always kept our Memorial Day weekend show dates, supporting the Cincinnati KC all-breed show cluster. Since 1991, that cluster (including our Doberman Specialties) has found a lasting home at the Butler County Fairgrounds in Hamilton,Ohio.
The DPC of Greater Dayton has supported the Doberman Pinscher Club of America’s National Specialty every year it has been held at the Drawbridge Motor Inn in Cincinnati. We held a Kick-Off Specialty prior to the Nationals in 2001 (Entry: 361 Dobermans) and again in 2004 (Entry: 393 Dobermans). For the 2009 Nationals, we held a pre-Nationals Obedience Trial (Entry:36 Dobermans), and a pre-Nationals WAE test (Entry: 30 Dobermans). In 2012, the club again held a pre-Nationals WAE test with an entry approaching 30 Dobermans.
DPCA WORKING APTITUDE EVALUATION (WAE) TESTING
Like all DPCA Chapter Clubs, the DPC of Greater Dayton is required to hold at least one WAE every three years. The WAE is part of the requirement for each Doberman to pass in order to be awarded a Registry of Merit by DPCA (the other two requirements being an obedience degree and a Championship degree in the conformation ring).
About four years ago, the club entered into a cooperative effort with three other Ohio DPCA Chapter Clubs to hold a WAE test every year at the Lima KC show grounds in conjunction with the cluster shows held there over the Fourth of July Weekend.
The other Ohio Dobe clubs forming the Associated Doberman Pinscher Clubs of Ohio are the DPC of Columbus Ohio, the Lakeshore DPC (Cleveland area), and the Maumee Valley DPC (Toledo area).
By holding a yearly event, the clubs hope to establish a regular event that Doberman owners can rely on as they plan their schedules and seek WAE tests for their Dobes.
4-H ACTIVITIES – youth oriented projects
The DPC of Greater Dayton recognizes the fact that the number of new enthusiasts to the Breed, and to the sport of pure bred dogs in general, has been in a downward spiral for several years, now. Several factors have been discussed as causes for this decline, including the general economic problems of the country, increased costs of owning, breeding, and maintaining the health of our animals, and increased costs of participating in AKC sanctioned events.
We have sought to reach out to young people already interested in dogs through the Ohio State University4H Extension Program for dogs. Our club members have become very involved in supporting the 4H programs, orienting young people to transition into the various programs sponsored by AKC as they grow older.
One of our members has operated a local 4H dog club and has served for the past several years as the Show Chairman and Coordinator for the Ohio State 4H Finals in Junior Showmanship and Obedience, held every year as part of the Ohio State Fair. Entries for this week-long event regularly top 300 in Junior Showmanship, alone.
Another of our members has been a guest lecturer at 4H leadership and aspiring 4H judge conferences held at the main OSU campus in Columbus, and has judged Junior Showmanship at the Ohio State Fair 4H Finals for the past 10 years.
Another of our youth oriented activities is working with local public schools to introduce the sport, and in particular, the Doberman Pinscher, to young adults.
Through class room visits on Career Days and through half-hour programs taped at a local high school and television regularly over public access cable tv inDayton, the club has been able to reach literally thousands of potentially new enthusiasts to the sport.
We always bring a Doberman along to these events, and the response has always been off-the-scale enthusiasm.
Of the half dozen programs taped for public access tv so far, topics include an introduction to the Doberman as a family-oriented home companion, a discussion on Breed history, roles in society, and care/health/training guidelines. Other programs have highlighted the Breed from a conformation judge’s perspective, including applying the Breed Standard and how a judge examines the Doberman in the show ring and what their objectives are in doing so.
RELATED ACTIVITES SUPPORTED BY CLUB CONTRIBUTIONS
Following is a list of some of the organizations and activities the club has supported through contributions of funds and equipment donations
American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation
Aztec Doberman Pinscher Club Rescue Fund
(Vic Monteleon Memorial)
Doberman Pinscher Club of America National Specialty Trophy Fund
Iams Friends for Life Program
Military Working Dog Cooling Vest Project
Ohio State University 4H Extension Program for Dogs
Riverside Police K-9 Body Armor (Vest) Program
Special Needs Dobermans Program
Southwestern Ohio Doberman Rescue Service