Our Club Bylaws, recently amended
in August, 2010, govern the Club's key activities and
operations. They cover the Club's purposes,
membership, duties of Officers and Directors, meetings,
elections, and other business. To download a copy,
click on this link:
MDC BYLAWS 2010
The Club holds a general membership meeting
in the 4th quarter of the year in conjunction with
our Annual Party. Special meetings may be held
if there is enough business to conduct.
The Board of Directors is authorized to
conduct all business on behalf of the membership.
Our membership consists of both breeders and
show competitors. We also have a large number of Dachshund pet
owners who do not compete but love the breed and enjoy
attending the different Dachshund activities. You do not
need to be competing to belong to the Minnesota Dachshund
The Club sponsors competitive, educational,
and social events throughout the year. Competitive events
include AKC licensed conformation shows, junior showmanship,
obedience trials, rally, and field trials.
In August, 2002, we resumed Obedience
competition at our Specialty. In October, 2002, we
held our first field trial weekend, which has become an
annual event in October.
Educational events have included a tour of the University
of Minnesota veterinary hospital, lecture on canine
reproduction, and acupuncture seminars. At our Fun Days, we held a Dachshund breed education seminar, a
fun conformation match with training on exhibiting in
conformation, and a den trial demonstration and practice in
the dens. At past Fun Days, we held a fun
conformation match with training in conformation, a den
trial demonstration and practice in the dens, an obedience
demonstration, and presented Rachel Page Elliott's "Dog
Steps," a video on movement and dog structure. At our 2005
Fun Day, we offered the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, a fun
conformation match, and a seminar and practice session on
AKC's event: Rally. At our 2006
Fun Day, we offered an agility demonstration and training.
At our November 2008 Annual Meeting we held a fun
conformation match and held an AKC Canine Good Citizen test,
and a Therapy Dog demonstration.
We now hold 2 Specialties in August,
complete with competition in Breed, obedience, rally, junior
showmanship, and puppy/veteran sweepstakes, in conjunction
with the St. Croix Valley KC all breed shows. Our
specialties are on Thursday and Friday, with the all breed
shows on Saturday and Sunday. After the show on
Thursday, we offer a complimentary hospitality event,
complete with a light meal and beverages - open to all club
members, exhibitors, and Dachshund friends. After the
Friday show, we offer a chuckwagon barbecue dinner, with a
brief club membership meeting afterwards.
Minnesota Dachshund Club offers DCA plaques and pins
for conformation, obedience, and rally at our August
The Club's operating funds come from a
variety of sources: member dues, trophy donations, raffles
and auctions held at shows and our Annual Membership Party, entry fees
from our shows, and the sale of items with original
Dachshund designs (T-shirts, sweatshirts, coffee cups,
socks, etc.). Our members and friends show amazing
generosity with their contributions.
Directors for 2011:
You may click on any of the officers' and
directors' names to send them an email.
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