HISTORY JEAN APPLEGATE SHERRY HINKLE JEAN DILLS
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On a chilly October afternoon in the closed food building of the Clark County Fairgrounds, a group of Beagle enthusiasts met after the Beagles had shown that day, to discuss the formation of a new Beagle club. This was the beginning of the Columbia-Willamette Beagle Club, Inc. which was founded in 1992 by 12 charter members. In March 1993 the club adopted their first constitution and by-laws and was well on the road to earning official AKC club status, ultimately obtained in January 1997. In 2006 CWBC boasts a membership of over 30 households, most located in Oregon and Washington.
From the beginning CWBC has been an active and successful club. Show events progressed from the first fun match in April 1993 to the Inaugural Specialty in January 1998. This summer we will celebrate our 10th annual specialty in July 2007. In 2003 CWBC hosted the National Beagle Club Specialty Show in Portland.
In 2002 CWBC began actively pursuing AKC license to hold Small Pack Option Field Trials. After two successful match trials, the license was granted in 2004 and the club held its first field trial in January 2005.
Beagle Rescue has been a central focus of CWBC’s mission since our first rescue in 1993. In 2006 the IRS approved a CWBC daughter corporation, Columbia-Willamette Beagle Rescue, Inc., which is a 503(c) tax-deductible charity.
CWBC actively supports health and welfare issues in Beagles. In 1997, club members initiated a study to locate a genetic marker for chondrodystrophy headed by Dr. Mark Neff who was then at U.C. Berkeley. The club routinely contributes to funds for health research like epilepsy in Beagles, and to assist dogs in disasters including September 11 and Hurricane Katrina.
Other club activities include sponsoring public educational seminars like Pat Hastings' "Tricks of the Trade," Pat Trotter’s “Born to Win,” and handling workshops by George Alston, Tom Lams, and Eric and Nancy Liebes. We also have held club members workshops on grooming, first-aid, and reproduction management. In addition, the club hosts several social events each year, including the annual summer picnic, potluck, and Beagle Bash, and the annual Christmas party and white elephant gift exchange.
The club publishes a monthly newsletter entitled the "Beagle Bugler" and posts an internet website at www.cwbeagles.com. In this and all its other activities, CWBC seeks to promote the welfare of the Beagle, a merry little hound that has captured a special place in the hearts of its members.
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Jean Applegate Retiring
Sadly for the Beagle world, Jean Applegate is retiring from breeding Beagles due to health issues. Jean has bred and shown Beagles under the Applegate Kennel name for more than 20 years. She is a founding member of the Columbia-Willamette Beagle Club and has served the club as vice-president or a board member since the club was founded 15 years ago. She also was the club’s premiere hostess during most of these years, chairing the hospitality committee at many specialties, including the National specialty in 2003, and hosting most of CWBC’s annual Christmas parties and summer Beagle Bashes and barbecues.
11th Annual Specialty
Tribute to Jean Applegate
Sherry Hinkel and her committee pulled off a flawless Specialty show, surprising Jean Applegate by designating the 11th annual event as a "Tribute to Jean Applegate." President Claudia Anderson called Jean into the ring and presented a corsage and a President's Circle Award to her before the judging started.
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CWBC lost a beloved member on St.Patrick’s Day. On March 17, 2009, Sherry Hinkel succumbed to pulmonary hypertension at the Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital in Portland, Oregon. On March 21 friends and family, including many CWBC members, gathered in Battle Ground, Washington to remember Sherry and pay tribute to her. There were tears and laughter as people shared stories about her, both formally at the church and informally at the reception at the home of her sister and brother-in-law where Sherry had also lived. In her brief membership with CWBC, Sherry became an integral part of the Club. We will miss her dedication to the success of the Club, the joy she had when she was with the dogs, and most of all, her friendship.
<~~ Sherry & Morgan earned their Canine Good Citizen title at the Club’s CGC test last June. Pat Marlow is the tester.
Sherry chaired the 2008 Specialty.
Here she helps trophy chair Tracy Thun with the ribbons.
Sherry attracts attention at The 2007 Beagle Bash.
Mike Shaffer is pictured in the background.
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Remembering Jean P. Dills
We were saddened to hear of the passing of one of CWBC’s charter members, Jean P. Dills. Jean began showing and breeding Beagles under the Picadilly kennel name in Connecticut before moving to McMinnville, Oregon in the early 1980s. In addition to being a successful and influential breeder, she was also a highly respected AKC judge. Jean was a charter member of CWBC and we were very fortunate to have her support and guidance in our fledgling years. We were honored to have her judge our inaugural specialty in 1998. In 2000, she was the first Honorary Member our club ever elected. Jean was a generous and gracious mentor to many Beaglers in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere. We are grateful for her many contributions to our club and to the Beagle breed.
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