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  • 10/13/2018 1:29 PM | Web Team (Administrator)

    Member Connie Robbins has made her Kerry SmugMug Albums available for the viewing of Kerry lovers around the world.  Connie requests that people refrain from removing her signature on the photo.  If you find a photo you'd like a better close up of or would like additional edits please contact Connie directly at

    The link to the albums is:

  • 10/13/2018 1:07 PM | Web Team (Administrator)

    The 2018 National Specialty held at the Montgomery Kennel Club All-Terrier Show was co-dedicated to Martha Nazak and Donald Wilde.  Below are the texts of the dedications made just prior to Best of Breed on Sunday, October 7, 2018.

    Martha Nazak was outgoing and dynamic and a loyal wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  She was truly a creative artist in many disciplines, which contributed to her expertise in grooming and setting Kerry ears. She was strong competitor, but family and friends always took priority.  

    She and her husband Bob bred and showed Kerry Blue Terriers for many years under the Whimsy prefix.  They owned 2 National Specialty Best of Breed winners.  Martha actively served on the United Kerry Blue Terrier Board of Governors and Chaired the Haymarket Futurity for several years.  When help was needed she was the “helping” hand.

    Martha grew up in Massachusetts and after marriage, traveled the world compliments of Bob’s Navy career.   Through her many adventures, she raised three great kids and received tremendous joy in being a grandmother.  Martha always had a passion for dogs and loved all aspects of being involved the Kerry Blue community.  She was a friend and mentor to all.

    We will miss Martha and co-dedicate the 2018 United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club National Specialty to her memory.

    Donald Wilde purchased his first Kerry Blue Terrier, Connell’s Wild Irish Rose in 1987.  In 1988 he and Rosey’s breeder headed off to the Montgomery Kennel Club show.  The plan was to have the breeder show Rosey.  Because of a conflict, Don showed her.  He put on his Irish cap and that became his trademark in the ring.

                Don and wife Jean bred and showed Kerry Blue Terriers under the Cordial prefix.  A name which truly described Don to those who knew him.

                Don was active in the United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club serving on the Board of Governors and ultimately as President.  He served as the first Chair of USKBTC Charitable Funds.  Don was the driving force for the formation of the Lower Michigan Kerry Blue Terrier Club.

                We will miss Don and co-dedicate the 2018 United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club National Specialty to his memory.

  • 10/11/2018 8:02 AM | Web Team (Administrator)

    John Garahan was elected President of the United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club at the Boards Annual Meeting.  

    Melanie Fledges who served for the past two years did not seek re-election.  Melanie had contributed greatly to building the breed during her two years as President and her listening ear and steady influence contributed greatly.

    The other officers are Janie MacBryde, Vice President; Jean Waters, Corresponding Secretary; Julee Manahan, Recording Secretary; Carl C. Ashby, Treasurer.

    Eddie Delaney was seated to a three year term as a Governor.  The Board said goodbye to two retiring Governors, Cheryl Purcell and Natalia Samaj.  The membership is indebted to Cheryl and Natalia for their service over the past three years.

  • 09/02/2018 3:17 PM | Web Team (Administrator)

    Please join us in thanking retiring USKBTC Governors Natalia Kunze and Cheryl Purcell for their service on the USKBTC Board of Governors.  Their contribution to the Kerry Blue Terrier is very much appreciated.

    Join me in welcoming Eddie Dulaney to the Board along with the continuing service of Scott Kellogg and Janie MacBryde.

    Melanie Fledges


  • 07/07/2018 1:50 PM | Web Team (Administrator)

    Don't miss out on this great event!  Contact Mary McGreevy for all the details!

  • 05/10/2018 5:31 PM | Anonymous

    The nomination process is clearly defined in the USKBTC Constitution and Bylaws. ALL nominees were selected on the basis of these documents. Jann Lane, because of professional demands, decided not to serve a second term. After considering the remaining eligible board members and USKBTC members expressing an interest in serving  the nominating committee has selected the following slate and forwarded it to the Corresponding Secretary.

     Texas "Eddie" Dulaney
    Dr. Scott Kellogg
    Janie MacBryde

    The reasoning behind these selections follows. The committee recognizes the need for experienced board members, geographical distribution, and the need for individuals who bring specific talents which address the needs of the USKBTC now and over the next three years. 

    For the Nominating Committee
    Julee Manahan, Chair

  • 05/09/2018 10:55 PM | Anonymous

    How do we vote for Board Members?

    Ballots are issued to  eligible voters and must be in the hands of the Corresponding Secretary by the date on the ballot.
    those ballots were postmarked

    Run for the USKBTC Board of Governors

    Are you interested in doing more on behalf of the Kerry Blue?
    Then you should consider running for a position on the USKBTC Board of Governors.

    How can you run for a position on the Board?
    You must be a member in good standing and a resident of the United States. You also have to commit to attending at least two meetings a year, one of which is held during Montgomery County Weekend and the other is usually at the Traveling Specialty. Plus, you must be able to participate in online discussions.
    (Editor’s Note: The current Board members attend many more than two meetings a year in an effort to accomplish all that needs to be done.)

    Who should you contact if you would like to volunteer your services?
    Please contact Linda Olsen, Nominating Committee Chairman, if you are interested in speaking with the Nominating Committee.

    If not selected by the Nominating Committee, for the current slate of officers, how can you still run for the Board?

    If you wish to run independently, then eligible members must submit a written petition addressed to the Corresponding Secretary and it must be received at the Secretary’s regular address on or before July 15th.

    The written petition must be signed by three members the USKBTC, none of whom may be the spouse or a member of the immediate family of the nominee. The petition must be accompannied by the written acceptance of each such additional nominee signifying his or her willingness to be a candidate.

    After all of that, the membership has the final vote, unless candidates run unopposed.

    Please consider running for the Board. We look forward to hearing from you.

    Editor’s Note:

    Regardless of when this original post was made, the club always needs hard working volunteers to help with the club’s many projects So this is an ongoing request.

  • 05/09/2018 10:54 PM | Anonymous


    The USKBTC is fortunate in that we have a core of hardworking volunteers assisting with a wide range of events and activities. However, the work exceeds the number of volunteers, hence “Uncle Kerry” needs more than a few good men and women!

    We want and need your participation. While we have many committees, some could be more active, if we had more volunteers for them.

    USKBTC President, Donald Wilde, has asked me to seek and encourage volunteers. The list of the club’s various committees is published on our web site. Visit the website link to view the current USKBTC Volunteers. Some of the contacts/chairpersons are changing, so please review the list and advise me of your areas of interest.

    The USKBTC wants to contact everyone who expresses an interest in helping our breed. PLEASE give me the opportunity to match you with your areas of interest! I promise I will respond to all inquiries. Try me!

    Editor’s Note:

    Regardless of when this origiaal post was made, the club always needs hard working volunteers.  So volunteer for a project or to work as a board member.  The club always needs your help.  Just conasct s Board member and ask them what help is needed at the time.  Thanks to all the current volunteers.

  • 06/20/2017 5:08 PM | Web Team (Administrator)

    Below is the letter from the Nominating Committee to fill vacancies on the USKBTC Board of Governors.  In accordance with our Bylaws the letter has been mailed to all members who had paid their dues as of June 17, 2019.

    June 20, 2019

    TO: Members of the United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club

    The Nomination Committee, after careful consideration, has decided to extend an invitation to the following to be seated on the Board of Governors for the 2020 slate.

    • Heidi Cregor (HI - returning BOD) • Cheryl Stancyk(OH) • Nick Fletcher (TX - returning BOD) • Eva Hansen (FL)

    In accordance with the By-laws, the board of governors appointed a nominating committee - Melanie Feldges, Barbara Beuter, and Bonnie Whelahan - to nominate candidates from eligible members of the USKBTC to fill the four (4) board positions to be elected in 2020.

    Other Nominations
    The By-laws also provide that additional nominations of eligible members may be written by petition addressed to and received by the Corresponding Secretary by July 20th, 2019. To be eligible, a member must be in good standings and a resident of the USA. Any other eligible member who wishes to be a candidate for board of governors must submit a petition that:

            1. Is signed by three (3) club members in good standing who are not the spouse or member of the
               immediate family of proposed nominee, and
            2. Contain the candidates written and signed acceptance of the nomination.

    To be valid, a properly completed original petition must be sent to and received by my residence.
    Jean Waters:  67 Conant St. Beverly, MA 01915 - on or before July 20, 2019. [By-0laws, Article IV Sec4(B).] The petition need not be in any particular form.

    Duties and Responsibilities of USKBTC Board Member:
    Serving on the board presents a tremendous opportunity to work for the Kerry Blue Terrier at a national level.
    It provides a platform to ensure the breeds positive future and encourage growth in competition as well as in companionship. The board members duties include, but are not limited to the following:

            1- Responsibility for general management of the club’s affairs.

            2 - Chairing, coordinating and participating in various special committees.

            3 - Full participation in club business via the Internet and phone communications.

            4 - Being open and available to constituents within the Kerry community. Bringing issues
                 and concerns to the full board for discussion.

            5 - Representing the USKBTC and the Kerry Blue Terrier to the highest standards when
                attending dog shows and related events.

            6 - Expect to attend the two face-to-face board meetings in St. Louis at KerryFest in May
                and in Philadelphia at Montgomery County in October.

    Board members are not paid. Traveling to meetings and events are at their own expense.

    If no valid additional nomination is received by the USKBTC Corresponding Secretary on or before July, 15, 2019, the nominating committee’s slate will be declared elected in accordance with Article IV, Sec. 4(C) of the By-laws. If any additional valid nominees running from the floor is received, an election will be conducted. Each club member eligible to vote will be sent a ballot listing all the candidates names and a short “Bio.” In order for the ballot to be counted, it must be received by the Corresponding Secretary on or before August 20, 2019. The results of the election will be made known to the candidate no later than September 1, 2019. The candidates with the highest number of votes will be declared and take office at the annual board meeting in October, 2019.

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