History of the Club


A meeting was held on Saturday, February 21, 1976, at the home of Bob and Beth McKinney in Redmond, WA, following an Open House social. There were 18 adults and 3 juniors present. The name Cascade was agreed upon and Beth McKinney agreed to serve as President Pro-Tem and Lynn McLemore, Secretary Pro-Tem. It was decided to meet again on May 1, 1976, coinciding with the Whidbey Island/Olympia show weekend.

A By-Laws committee of three was appointed consisting of Lorrie Kvamme, Chairman, Evelyn Cole and Virginia Boylan. Virginia agreed to try to design a membership application form which was straightforward and would include all the information required by the American Kennel Club. Beth McKinney was appointed to collect suitable material for a library. Debbie Hoffman was appointed to look into field activities. Carol Richter volunteered to design a logo and club letterhead. A yearly dues of $10 per couple was agreed upon. June 5, 1976, was set as the date to hold a Fun Match and Obedience Trial with Ruth Tabaka being the unanimous choice for judge. It was agreed upon that we should make an effort to support three or four area shows per year, with trophies and entries. Discussion pertaining to a Code of Ethics was temporarily tabled.

CHARTER MEMBERS: John and Virginia Boylan, Sheila Kirkwood, Lewis and Evelyn Cole, Marlin and Lorrie Kvamme, John and Patricia Cook, Bob and Beth McKinney, Mike, Curtis and Diane Kroll, Neville and Lynn McLemore, Jon and Judy Hamilton, Carol Richter, Doug and Debbie Hoffman, Tom and Laura Wright.

Club Objectives

The objectives of the club are:

a.) to encourage and promote the responsible breeding of purebred English cocker spaniels and to bring to perfection their natural abilities

b.) to urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which the English Cocker Spaniel shall be judged in this country.

c.) to do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the English Cocker Spaniel breed, encourage sportsmanlike competition in the show ring, in the obedience ring and in the field, under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club, and generally to do everything to enhance the study, breeding, exhibiting, training, and maintenance of purebred English Cocker Spaniels.

d.) to conduct AKC sanctioned events that highlight the many qualities of our versatile breed.