Orange Empire Dog Club, Inc.

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What We Are

Orange Empire Dog Club, Inc. is an all-breed conformation and dog obedience club.  We are a member of the American Kennel Club, and are a non-profit corporation, chartered in San Bernardino County, California.  It is fitting that the largest county in geographical area in the United States is the Home Base for one of the Nation’s largest all breed dog clubs.

 

Who We Are

The majority of our members reside in Southern California, but our membership includes addresses from all over the United States.  These several hundred people represent all walks of life, and their interest in dogs range from “just interested”, to pet owners, obedience minded, breeders, exhibitors, professional handlers, trainers and AKC licensed judges.  Our common bond is a unanimous interest in purebred dogs.

Where We Are

Orange Empire Dog Club purchased five acres of property in Fontana, California in 1949.  With this purchase OEDC became the first dog club of its kind to own property—and we remain one of the very few such clubs that can make that claim today.  The original property was completely fenced with full perimeter parking on the grounds.  It contained a large clubhouse with seating for over 100 people, and was equipped with lighting, heating, and a kitchen area.  The grounds included large, grassy ring areas, equipment storage, restrooms, and a king-size barbecue area.  Complete outdoor floodlighting rounded out the picture of an attractive and fully equipped location for club meetings, breed specialties, matches and other dog-oriented events.

 

Because of the inroads of civilization, the original clubhouse and grounds were sold in 1990, and a new five acre facility was purchased in nearby Bloomington.  This is where the club still resides today.

What We Do

We hold monthly meetings at our Clubhouse, at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, except February.  Meetings are geared to provide educational as well as entertaining programs on all aspects of the world of purebred dogs.  As an extension of our educational goals we sponsor seminars on subjects of interest and value to pet owners as well as the serious student.  Instructors and speakers are noted authorities in their fields.

 

Obedience is a major arm of OEDC’s program.  Classes in Novice, Open, Utility and Tracking are held throughout the Inland Empire area.  OEDC’s team annually competes in Top Dog Competition.  We also hold practice and “brush-up” sessions at the Clubhouse.

The Special Events calendar at OEDC is a busy one.  We provide breed, obedience and “trick” dogs for performances at occasions such as schools, community days, fairs, parades, and special occasions.  Requests to us for such appearances are as varied as they are frequent.

 

In addition to our meetings, shows, matches, classes, etc., we hold a variety of special activities throughout the year.  Our September “pot-luck” dinners have become a firmly established tradition through their continued popularity with our members.

 

During April through October, we hold informal “drop-in” practice sessions weekly for breed and obedience.  These are designed to provide “ring rehearsal” for dogs and handlers, although they are not formal training classes.

Each year, the February meeting is replaced by OEDC Annual Awards and Installation Banquet.  ON the first Saturday of each February, we enjoy a catered dinner at our clubhouse or move to a local area restaurant for a festive atmosphere.  In addition to the formal installation of newly elected officers, OEDC awards commemorative medallions to members whose dogs during the year have earned an obedience degree or Championship title, or that have received top honors at a licensed show or trial.  Special “people” awards are also given to members in recognition of outstanding service during the year.  In this way we say “Thank You” for we realize that it is only through our members efforts and dedication that OEDC’s wide and varied programs — and its success as a club —- are possible.

How We Operate

Orange Empire Dog Club operates under a Constitution and By-Laws approved by the American Kennel Club.  Under these by-laws, the club is governed by a Board of Directors of 12 people.  These are the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and 8 Group Directors.  The four officers are elected to one year terms, the Directors are elected to two-year terms.  Elections are held annually by secret ballot at out January meeting.  Committee Chairmen are appointed from among the membership by the Club President with Board approval.

 

The Constitution & By-Laws set forth Orange Empire’s main objectives:

 

“...to unite dog fanciers interested in the welfare and betterment of the dog… to assist members through instruction and education, in bringing the natural qualities of their breed to perfection… to conduct Dog Shows, Obedience Trials and Sanctioned Matches, under the rules of The American Kennel Club.”

 

Our “Communications”

We publish a monthly Bulletin, distributed to members, to give notice of meeting programs, special activities, and other items of general interest to dog fanciers.  The Bulletin carries a section in which members may advertise litters, pet supplies, boarding, etc.  A popular feature is “In The Ribbons” — where members report their dogs’ achievements in both breed and obedience competition.

 

The OEDC Breeders’ Directory is published annually.  Listing in the Directory is for out members only, at a nominal cost to cover production.  The Breeder’s Directory is available to pet stores, pet supply dealers, veterinarians, and boarding kennels in San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties.

 

OEDC fells that both of these publications help to meet a need in publicizing dog activities, and in the promotion of purebred dogs.

We Look Ahead

Orange Empire today is on the alert for ways to better serve its members, to encourage and attract new dog fanciers, and to advance the promotion and betterment of the world of dogs through education of both dog lovers and the general public.

 

We are members of the Southern California Dog Obedience Council, and we support through contributions such organizations such as Morris Animal Foundation and American Dog Owners Association.  We believe that in these ways we can help to stimulation attention and interest in local, state and national legislation and programs for protection of dogs against cruelty and theft, for better standards for hobby breeders, and for improved treatment and training of dogs, and continued improvement in veterinary care and treatment.

 

In our club activites and at our shows and matches, we look for new and improved ideas to make for better understanding, greater benefit and enjoyment — to exhibitors, workers and “ringside”

We’d Like to Have You

Orange Empire invites you to become a member, to participate in our activities, and to plan for the future.

 

Our membership requirements are that you are interested in dogs, and that you are in good standing with the American Kennel Club.  Two current member sponsorships are required for each new member.  We ask that our members promote the goals of Orange Empire, as state in our By-Laws; that you support our shows and matches; that you participate by offering your ideas for improvement, and that you share in our efforts to keep a dynamic, strong, active Orange Empire Dog Club.

 

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