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History of GDSTC

By Sue Powers, Past Vice-President, Dorothy Burchfield, Past President

 

The Greater Dallas Scottish Terrier Club was born in the minds of three Charter Members, but not simultaneously. Gladys Justus first conceived the idea of forming an organization, but it was not until Shirlee Glenn purchased a Scottie puppy from Dorothy Burchfield that a search was begun for other Scottie owners in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area. Mrs. Justus was contacted, offered her information and services, and in October of 1969 the organization was born.

 

A committee was selected to get started on the Constitution and By-Laws. The second meeting was on November 4, 1969, at which time a name was selected. Charter membership was left open until December 31st in order to contact more people that owned Scottish Terriers.

 

Mrs. Dorothy Burchfield was elected President and Mrs. Shirlee Glenn as Treasurer.

 

Sixty-four Charter Members paid their dues in 1969, not realizing what the future of the Club held. It took little time to find out.

 

Meetings were schedule on the 1st Tuesday of each month in the downtown area, where a series of informative sessions have been held on such subjects as poisonous plants, skin diseases, hand stripping, obedience and owners handling. Speakers have included veterinarians, club members, newspaper columnists, dog groomers, dog breeders, and local organization representatives.

 

Films have also played a large part in the learning process—favorites were a feature on Ch. Bardene Bingo, Montgomery County Specialty and the STCA Specialty in California.

 

The Club’s first fun match was held in Feb. 1970. Several other fun matches and "B" matches have followed.  The Club’s immediate goal is to obtain approval for an "A" match, until now delayed partly because of lack of entries.

 

The Club has had a breed booth at various Local Area Dog Shows held annually each Spring, where informative literature and brochures are made available concerning the Breed, along with helpful, and knowledgeable Members staffing the booth to talk and answer questions by visitors.

 

In March, 1973, the Dallas Times Herald offered a trophy for the booth selected most outstanding by judges from several organizations of the City, not connected with any dog club. The winner’s Trophy, a Silver Bow, would be engraved and become the permanent possession the club selected for this honor. At each TKC Show in the future a similar trophy will be awarded. The GDSTC chalked up another "first" - winning the First Trophy by the Dallas Times Herald.

 

One of the most unusual claims to fame was the Independence Day Celebration and Terrier Competition. The show was open to all the terrier breeds and offered prizes for such classes as

  American Kid and Dog (cutest child with dog)

  Benjamin Franklin (fattest dog)

  Abe Lincoln (skinniest dog)

  Paul Revere (race-master with dog on leash)

  Best Independence Day speech (barking)

  Miss Firecracker (prettiest female)

  Yankee Doodle Dandy ( moist handsome male)

  Most Patriotic (best 4th of July costume)

  Star Spangled Terrier Talent (best trick)

 

Highlight of the 1973 Show was a Bull Terrier that caught a goldfish from a bowl of water.

 

A series of Club presidents have done more than their share to make this Club known in this area across the United States. Dorothy Burchifeld (Oct. 1969 thru 1971), Shirlee Glenn (1972), Harry Sebel, Jr. (1973), Joan Moore (1974), Dorothy Burchfield (1975). They have been backed by a nucleus of Members who are working to better the breed in this area.

 

A unique feature of the Club is the annual "gripe session" held each October, when Members are encouraged to offer constructive criticism concerning Club activities and future plans for growth.

 

One of the Club’s Ways & Means projects are their "Hand-made Items which include: Note pads with original drawings by Gladys Justus; pillows with furry Scotties; Christmas cards with drawings of Scotties; Plaid capes; personalized Christmas stockings for your favorite Scottie; Scottie-shaped cutting boards/house signs; Plaid and solid grooming aprons; and on special occasions we have solid-chocolate Scotties, made from an antique mold.

 

The Club’s Logo was drawn by Laurie, the daughter of Jerry & Gladys Justus, and is on Club Decals, Patches, Newsletter and stationery. It has been Copyrighted.

 

While the Club's membership includes individuals throughout Texas and surrounding states, meetings are traditionally held in the greater Dallas / Fort Worth area.

 

All owners of Scottish Terriers in this area are invited to attend the meetings as guests.  GDSTC1970