Pictured above - From left: Chuck St. John, WKC Public Education Officer, Leslie Fetzer, AKC Director of Education, Louise Day, WKC President, John and Helen Njus, WKC Board Members.
Raleigh, NC – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest dog registry, leading industry authority and advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce Wenatchee Kennel Club as the recipient of the Summer 2018 Public Education Award by the AKC Public Education Department.
The AKC is pleased to recognize the many ways in which Wenatchee Kennel Club, located in Wenatchee, Washington, strives to engage and educate their community. Some of those efforts include holding more than 180 training classes for both members and non-members, participation in community festivals, training and supporting 4-H clubs, and cultivating a positive online and media presence.
Leslie Fetzer, Director of Education, attended the Apple Harvest Weekend event in Wenatchee, Washington on October 20th to present the Public Education Award to the club.
“It was a gorgeous day, at a great event; and, an honor to meet Chuck St. John (Wenatchee Kennel Club’s Public Education Coordinator), and those working with him to create opportunities to educate the public about dogs, dog sports, and the bonds that are built when we participate in activities with our dogs. This club is most deserving of the Public Education Award,” says Leslie Fetzer.
The Public Education Award is designed to acknowledge the efforts of those working to engage, facilitate, and convey the ongoing importance of the relationships between people and canines through education and outreach. The recipient club receives a $500 award and a plaque.
All AKC Clubs that have an active Public Education Coordinator are eligible to apply for this award. To qualify for the Public Education Award, clubs must submit an essay of 500 words or less that describes how their club has positively contributed to the education of the public about the ongoing importance of relationships between people and canines. Clubs can learn more about the Public Education Award at www.akc.org/public-education/public-education-award. This award is presented annually.
About the American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.