Compiled by Tina Barber and Karen Ursel
Sep- Dec. 1997
Fiscal year began with mass mailings going out right
after Homecoming. Tina submitted an ISSR report that was immediately
challenged by the new club, that like Mr. Iles before them wanted full
control to mandate changes to the ISSR. This was immediately rejected
by Tina; accordingly personal attacks against her were hurled from coast to
In February the new club announced the formation of a
new registry, reneging on their agreement with Tina. Tina
announced that since the ISSR could no longer recognize the ISSDC as the
parent club, that the SSDCA would be reactivated immediately as the
official parent club for the Shiloh Shepherds'.
An emergency board meeting was held and temporary
officers appointed by Tina. Anita DePola was appointed Vice President
and Lisa Barber as Secretary. A Board of Directors was appointed
to serve until the scheduled 1999 election: Wayne Guthrie, Billy
Pellicane, Pam McCloskey, Patti Shaefer (who accepted and immediately
resigned), Pat Urso and Karen Ursel.
Due to the confusion ensuing from events in 1997,
memberships were extended through 1998.
In May the board voted to become an Advisory Board.
Newsletters (all color), edited by Lisa Barber, were
again published through the help of Billy Pellicane (1998-99)
Regional Chapters were formed in the Northeast,
Texas, Capitol area, Central Lakes and New York City/Long Island areas.
Breeders co-op advertising in Dog World
(coordinated by Pam McCloskey)
Club website (which was taken down regularly by the
previous webmaster) expanded as the Learning Center was created.
Numerous articles written by Tina throughout the years are placed in the
Numerous new members joined the club.
Newsletters printed regularly
Web site continues to attract new people interested
in Shiloh Shepherds'
Specialty shows held by BADASS and NESSA in the
First successful Shiloh Shepherds' e-group started
Homecoming a rousing success
Billy, Pam, Pat, Karen, Lyn Segee and Pam
Dymond-Weed elected as Advisory Board members.
Tina appointed Lisa Barber to serve as Vice
President and Karen Ursel to serve as secretary.
Continuation of co-op ad as club and the breeders
tried to remove some of the financial burden from Tina.
Club offered amnesty to ISSDC members who had
registered ISSR dogs in the ISSDCr.
January—tragedy struck with Tina’s home burning to
Through the spring and summer, there was a time of
Formation of a new chapter in the Northwest
Genetic Task Force formed: Pam Dymond-Weed, Pat Urso,
Lyn Segee, Mynde Bunker and Karen Ursel
Club sponsored the Health Survey 2000 undertaken with
Dr. George Padgett
A full page color co-op ad was run in the rare breed
issue of Dog World.
Website continues to expand
Shiloh Shepherds' e-group shut down, to be replaced
by Shilohs and the OriginalShilohShepherd groups, Shilohs for less
serious interaction and the OSS for serious discussions with the breed
Other members help raise additional funds to assist
Tina in purchasing NewZion.
Homecoming is held, despite the turmoil and
uncertainty caused by the fire.
The CASSA chapter is reborn through new leadership
provided by Audrey Harrison
Newsletter is published at Tina's expense
Color co-op ads run monthly in Dog World.
New club logo designed by member Beth Smith.
Members continue taking a more active role:
Newsletter Editors: Michele O'Bough and Debbie
Membership Coordinator: Corinne Filipski
Show Director: Jill Cameron
Shiloh merchandise created by Sharon Joshlyn and
Formation of new chapters in New England and the
Specialty shows held by TASSA, CASSA and NESSA
and in California.
Dr. Padgett presents his Health Survey report at
Homecoming (results are published on the website)
A stronger VIB program (through ISSR Licensed
Breeders) is revived by Tina. Fifty-seven people sign stringent
Licensed Breeders Agreements with Tina and the ISSR.
Ever expanding website bursts at its seams, requiring
a new domain name and additional server space. Printed out, there
are thousands of pictures and hundreds of articles, almost all written
Shilohs e-group grows by leaps and bounds as people
flock to have the chance to interact with the Shiloh Shepherd' breed
founder, who in turn spends hours daily answering questions.
Videos are produced by Virginia Storey of Homecoming
and the Health Survey discussions between Dr. Padgett and Tina, who
spends hours working on their post-production.
First STM seminars held in Penns Creek and Warsaw in
November and December.
The Introduction to the Shiloh Shepherd' video
produced by Virginia Storey, again with much input and help by Tina.
(Note that the video is no longer available).
Club Jackets available again for the first time since
1997 through the efforts of Barb Cullen.
Shiloh booths at Pet Expos in Rhode Island and
Two newsletters published prior to July!
STM program launched by Tina
Seminars in New York, Pennsylvania, Washington
LER and STM handbooks to be printed which will help
breeders and owners.
New SSDCA members e-groups list begun
Genetic Task Force website set up by Debbie Knatz.
Genetic Task Force expands to include Corinne
Filipski and Debbie Knatz.
Two page color co-op ad celebrating the Shiloh
Shepherd', SSDCA and the ISSR run in PuppiesUSA.
One page color co-op ad in DogsUSA.
August elections: Pam DymondWeed, Corinne Filipski,
Lyn Segee, Debbie Knatz and Audrey Harrison elected to the SSDCA
New Shiloh list, ShilohShepherdsInfo, started under
moderation of SSDCA members.
Members mourned the untimely passing of Mynde Bunker.
Shiloh Shepherds' to be featured in February 2003
issue of Dog Fancy. SSDCA has a two page co-op ad.
LER Manual (Part I: Temperament Testing) published by
Due to splinter heckling Yahoo shuts down the
ShilohShepherdInfo list; ShilohShepherdFriends list takes it place.
Dog Fancy article on Shiloh Shepherds' is published;
website receives the most hits ever in the months of January-March.
Club sponsors co-op ads in Puppies USA and Dogs USA.
Genetic Task Force helps collect additional survey
information for our ongoing on line health survey.
LER Manual (Part II: Conformation) published by the
ISSR in August.
Sept.-Oct. 2003: Tina publishes Real Questions,
Honest Answers by the Shiloh Shepherd' Breed Founder.
ShilohShepherdFriends list shut down by Yahoo;
members temporarily start ShilohShepherd-Friends; we look to find a
permanent home for our on-line community. Shiloh Shepherd'
Community Forums (Infopop) is started in early November and by the end
of December had grown to 195 members.
Numerous new licensed breeders are added to the
Licensed Breeder program.
Newsletter articles from the early days of the SSDCA
are posted to the Learning Center as part of our
History Archive Project.
The ISSR, Inc. Licensed Breeders sponsor a co-op ad
in Puppies USA.
The purpose of the ongoing
Survey and the
Genetic Task Force is reaffirmed by the SSDCA Advisory Board after it
was called into question by some ISSR Licensed Breeders who did not want
to submit health data. A member of the GTF who had refused to
submit data on her dogs and litters produced was asked by the board to
resign. The SSDCA Board further affirmed its support of the ISSR
in enforcing and upholding the
Licensed Breeder Agreement.
Several of the officers of CASSA quit the SSDCA after
questions arose around that chapter's alleged violation of the SSDCA
constitution and by-laws and the handling of a show. Several licensed
breeders resign as a result.
Tina and Gaby Wellik lay the groundwork for the
SSDCA's first European chapter--the
Advisory Board Member Audrey Harrison resigns.
Pat Urso is named to fill the remainder of her term. Dawn Swick is
named to fill the vacancy on the GTF.
The ISSR, Inc. Licensed Breeders sponsor co-op ads in
Dog World and Dogs USA.
SWASSA beach day held in May; SSONE Dog Days in June.
Socialization: Does It Matter" for the Shiloh Learning Center. The
article will be published in an upcoming dog compendium in 2005.
New chapter is created for the PA, NJ, MD and VA
area: SSDCA-MAC (Mid-Atlantic Chapter).
Chapter Leaders forum started within the Shiloh
Shepherds Community Forums to enable the board and the chapters stay in
The club celebrates its
NESSA and MAC hold joint
specialty show in Oramel, NY with over 30 dogs in attendance and
visitors from Washington state and Georgia.
Tina and Karen form the
Shiloh Shepherds Photography venture to provide event photography for
our events. Profits are applied to the promotion of the breed.
The ISSR publishes the
Breeder Matrix which gives the current status, if known, of any
breeder who has ever been licensed to breed Shiloh Shepherds within the
Shepherd Emporium is started at the end of the month to provide
Shiloh merchandise for our members. Any profits are being used for
promotion of the breed. Over 300 items are now for sale!
30th annual Homecoming held!
First annual Shiloh photo contest, sponsored by
SSONE, is held.
The agreement between the ISSR and the ESSR was
confirmed and continues to be expanded.
A group of splinters, headed by Wendy Fullerton and
others, submitted an application to the UKC for breed recognition of the
Shiloh Shepherd. This would have allowed dogs with a Shiloh
anywhere in their pedigree within 3 generations to be recognized as a
Lisa Barber is named as Show Director.
NWC (Northwest Chapter) and CLASS chapters hold
picnics in Washington and Wisconsin.
SSDCA, under Tina's direction, mounts a furious campaign against UKC
recognition with 100's signing a
petition and sending
letters to the UKC published on our website. The UKC officially
states that they have no intention of recognizing the Shiloh Shepherd.
NESSA/MAC hold another
joint specialty at Spirit Winds Farm.
NESSA/MAC specialty in Harrisburg.
Shiloh booth at the Novi Pet Expo thanks to Raymond and Pam DuRussell
and Samson, staffed by CLASS and NESSA members.
Shepherds Community Forums at Infopop, the most successful forum in
our club's history, celebrates its one year anniversary. As of
December it has grown to over 700 members, the largest membership we
have ever attained with any of our forums.
2005 calendar, with photos voted on by our members, is published!
The SSDCA and all true Shiloh lovers mourn the
passing of Stephen Betcher.
As part of the three year renewal all ISSR Licensed
Breeders who signed the Licensed Breeder agreement in 2001 are asked to
re-affirm their commitment to the breed and the ISSR by signing the
Licensed Breeder Agreement and
Breeders Code of Ethics.
While the ISSR's strong enforcement of the Licensed
Breeders Agreement and the Breeders Code may have made some breeders decide
to leave, we believe that with a strong and
committed membership we can better face the challenges ahead! It’s truly an
exciting time to be a member of the SSDCA!
And as for all the splinters….. There is only