History of the Cornwall District Kennel Club

Some important dates in Club history

May 4, 1974.
The first meeting to discuss the founding of the Club was held at the home of Louis & Gilda Banyai of Ingleside, Ontario. Other attendees included Bea & Richard Andrews, Fred & Jutta Deppe & Charles Franklin. 

August 25, 1974.
The Club's first sanction match was held at "La Salle Factory Ltd", New Westcourt Mall, Cornwall, Ontario. The Executive and Show Committee members were: 
  • Louis Banyai - President 
  • Louise Lapierre - Vice-President & Membership 
  • Coby Kruders - Secretary 
  • Bea Andrews - Treasurer 
  • Charles Franklin, Edie Elsermann, Pat Frances - Directors 
  • Gilda Banyai - Show Secretary 
  • Margot Elsermann - Newsletter 
  • Margaret Penny - Publicity
September 3, 4, 5, 1977. 
The Club held it's first All Breed Championship Dog Show at the Cornwall Civic Complex.

Best in Show was a Doberman Pinscher owned by Rose Brennan of Plattsville, Ontario. The handler was H.G. Butler of St. Amable, Quebec.

Photo from the first All Breed Championship Show held in 1977 at the Cornwall Civic Complex.

On August 30, 31, September 1, 2, 2002, 
The annual All Breed Championship Show moved outdoors for the first time at Farran Park, Ingleside, Ontario. The show returns to the area of the birthplace of the Club.

Part of the group that first formed the Club. At left is Fred Deppe of Long Sault. Kneeling is Gilda Banyai of Ingleside, and at right is Jutta Deppe. The dog is Brockenblick's Max, the Deppe's Weimaraner.

The first sanction match. At left is Judge George Cornforth from Brockville, Ontario awarding Best in Match to Claire Poirier of Ottawa, Ontario with her dog Bistry Tiny Merry Sunshine. At right is Louis Banyai, Club President.

October 26, 1977. The Club held it's first obedience classes. They were conducted by William Feeny, a trainer from Montreal and were held at the Canadian Cotton building on Edward Street in Cornwall. Pictured at left are the first group of graduates.