Windham County Kennel Club, Inc.

The Windham County Kennel Club, Inc., was founded in 1929

making it one of the oldest clubs in the state of Connecticut.  The club's focal area is centered around the town of Willimantic, Connecticut.

WCKC's first match was held on November 23, 1929, and the

first licensed show was held on August 13, 1944.  In 1956, the

club received approval to hold obedience trials.

In 1978 WCKC became a member club of The American Kennel Club.  The club is also a member of the Connecticut Dog

Federation.

Our membership is comprised of area dog enthusiasts with

interests in conformation and obedience.  Recently the club has

added performance events to our schedule of events.

Until 1980 WCKC held an annual dog show and obedience trial

in Willimantic at the Recreation Park.  That year WCKC joined

with South Windsor Kennel Club, Springfield Kennel Club and Holyoke Kennel Club to create the "Thanksgiving Classic Cluster

Dog Show" which quickly became one of the largest and best

cluster of dog shows in New England.

WCKC is a non-profit organization that believes it is important

to give back to the community.  Over the years we have donated

to various civic organizations among them Windham Hospital

and Day Kimball Hospital.  We offer a scholarship to Connecticut veterinarian students at different veterinarian colleges thoughout

the country.  We also have provided local libraries with The

American Kennel Club's outstanding The Complete Dog Book

as well as various tapes on dog care.  We have also entered local schools to spread the message of responsible dog care as well as having visited camps and nursing homes.

Meetings are held a minimum of six times a year.  For more information about The Windham County Kennel Club please

contact our secretary listed below.

CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2010-2011 

President: Ed Lyons
Vice President: Edeltraud Laurin
Secretary: Donna Thibault
                  860-684-6106
                  donnatbo@cox.net
Treasurer: Michael Kowalczuk
AKC Delegate: Fred Vogel
Members of the Board: Alice Berd,
Carol Vogel, Peter Janetatos,

Kim Holmes.


Pictures below are from an early Windham County Kennel Club, circa 1950.