September & October 2018 Schaferhunde News

The Schaferhunde News

 The German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City

Founded 1923                                                                                                           Sept/Oct 2018

President's message from Chris Kimerer 

Chris cropped.jpg

 It’s hard to believe that we are coming toward the end of 2018, another year has flown by.

 The German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City has had an activity and event filled year, none of this would be possible without our members always donating their time, talents and money!  Previous newsletters have covered our events earlier in the year, I would like to talk about our 3rd year fundraiser that has grown into its own event and serves such a great purpose.

 Three years ago, Carmi Swift and Tiffany Bartley shared their idea and experience of a “Wine Pull” fundraiser, it sounded like a fun way to make money and we had our first Wine Pull at the Topeka Kennel Club Cluster Dog Shows.  It was well received by the public, exhibitors and everyone else attending that show circuit, and we had our first successful wine pull.  All net proceeds each year have been given to the National Police Canine Association, an organization that covers 13 states total including local Law Enforcement Officers for Kansas and Missouri.  Now we have had our third year Wine Pull and it has become a favorite with the Topeka Kennel Club, garnering us preferred set up location at the show and advertising on the Kennel Clubs FB page.  Bobbie & Charlie Schiffelbein and Lynette Stone assisted by Amy Edwards were in charge of this year’s wine pull.  With a couple of VERY generous donations from two members along with cash and wine bottle donations from the membership we were able to reach our $1,000 goal to give to the National Police Canine Association.  Officer Scott Nelson has been wonderful to work with and he swung by Friday morning to pick up the check.  We plan on having articles featuring handler teams and events in each newsletter.  Marion Baker will be our marketing person and will be in direct contact with Officer Nelson and Officer Ryan to let us know when local officers are involved or highlighted in the community for all their law enforcement efforts.  After visiting with Officer Nelson on Friday, it is my goal to have our club members come to know these officers and K-9’s personally to feel involved and part of this amazing organization.  So, stay tuned, there will be further news and I imagine some wonderful articles in the upcoming newsletters. 

At the annual Picnic Mike Kennedy read our treasurers report which included the club income for the Mid-West Futurity/Maturity, the check issued to us by the GSDCA was the largest issued among all 9 regions with a net income of $2,755.16.  Royal Canin’s Sponsorship for that weekend consisted of a check for $800, giving us a grand total net cash income for the treasury of $3,555.16.  It was a lot of work and everyone pitched in and I am so very proud of our membership, as I said before, without all your help we could not have a 3 show 1 TC test weekend, thanks everyone!!!!  The picnic was well attended and a bit chilly early but it ended up being a very enjoyable day with everyone visiting and playing with the dogs.  There was plenty of great food and Brad Baker and Bruce Hudson did an amazing job being grill masters, the chicken was perfect. 

At the business meeting several items were covered, the main one being the voting on the 2018 Nominating Committee for our 2019 Officers and Directors slate.  The committee presented consists of Lynette Stone, Jo Claire Gipe, Ray & Betty Laughlin and Ken & Irena Sanders from the membership. The vote was unanimous to accept the nominations.  

The Tracking Test Premium is ready to be distributed at the end of October for our January 2019 TD & TDX test, there are several club members training their dogs with Rosi Von Fintel and hopefully we will have several GSD’s in the test. 

Our November Thanksgiving Dinner will be sponsored by the club treasury for every member plus one and children are free.  It is a very small way of saying “Thank You” to our membership for another great year for our club.  It will be at the American Legion in Smithville on November 13th at 7 pm.  The main course will be an Italian Buffet with possibly fried chicken for the “traditionalists”, it will be a great time and hopefully everyone will mark their calendar and plan to attend. 

The December Awards Luncheon Banquet will be on December 8th, be sure you turn in all your titles on your dog’s so the club can recognize all the hard work you put in with your canine. 

Several members had wins and brags and shared them with us, after that the meeting was adjourned and food was heartily consumed by all. 

The direction and future of the German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kanas City looks very bright and healthy. I’m looking forward to what next year has in store for all of us.  We will have a new meeting location for the inside meetings which are January thru April at the brand-new Community Center Facility in Macken Park, we will be able to bring dogs, have a larger room needed to accommodate our growing number of attendees, and will still be centrally located for our membership.  

See you all at the American Legion Hall in November.



 The September and October newsletters are being combined.

 The General meeting for October is cancelled due to the Nationals being held by the German Shepherd Dog Club of America.

 Several club members will be attending and showing at the Nationals. There is something for everyone at the German Shepherd Dog Club of America Nationals. This is a great opportunity to see the best of the best in the German Shepherd breed. 

GSDC of America.jpg
The German Dog Club of America,

presents the One Hundred Fifth National Specialty Show, The Seventy First Obedience Trial, The Twenty-Third Agility Trial, The Twenty-Ninth Herding Trial, The Fourteenth Rally Trial, Fifty-Sixth Tracking Test. 

October 13 – October 20, 2018 Purina Events Center 300 Checkerboard Loop Gray Summit, Missouri 63039.  Show Superintendent, Foy Trent Dog Shows LLC P.O. Box C Sturgeon, Missouri 573-687-2101

NEW FOR 2018! GSDCA Phyllis Dobbs Versatility Competition (Most Versatile German Shepherd Competition at the GSDCA National.) 

Visit for a schedule of events.

Tiffany Bartley and Raven

Tiffany Bartley and Raven

 Champion, Ch Charbo's Nyte Raven v Jalyn, better known as Raven, is a new Champion winning winners bitch at the Topeka All Breed Show in September. The owners are Bobbie and Charlie Schiffelbein.  Charbo's Peeta Mellark v Jalyn won winners dog at the Topeka Shows and is owned and loved by Lynette and Jim Stone.



"A Healing Justice"

A Novel by
Kristine Von Kreisler

 From the bestselling author of Earnest and An Unexpected Grace comes a novel about a woman, a dog, and the hope and love that can emerge from tragedy . . .

Two years ago, police officer Andrea Brady fell madly in love with a black-muzzled, slightly rumpled German shepherd who showed up at her house one misty autumn day. Now, with the brave and intuitive Justice as her expert K-9 drug sniffer, she’s found an unbeatable partner. Then the unthinkable happens. A savage attack leaves a teenager dead and Andie trapped in every cop’s worst nightmare. Placed on administrative leave, she’s pursued by media and investigated by a deputy sheriff whose handling of the high-profile case could earn him a coveted promotion.

Haunted by self-doubt, Andie is in danger of losing everything—her career, her freedom, and the critically injured dog who’s her soul mate. But as she finds kind allies in her Puget Sound island community, the road back becomes a journey of healing for both Andie and her canine companion. And Andie learns important lessons about justice—and about Justice—as she struggles to find the courage to forgive herself and reclaim the gift of her life . . . 

The book was recently released and is available to purchase on Amazon and in bookstores in paperback, Kindle (e-book), and Audio CDThis book would be a great gift for any GSD lover.

Title Trophies

"Year End Title" trophies are awarded to members in recognition of their involvement and accomplishments with their dogs throughout the year. The trophy year begins on December 1st and ends on November 25th of the following year.  Deadline for submission is November 30, 2018.  

Go to the club website,, ABOUT US, YEAR END TITLE TROPHIES for details and form completion.


The German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City provides financial support each year to the National Police Canine Association for advanced training, seminars and other expenses that our local law enforcement officers would otherwise personally incur. 

Officer Nelson.jpg

The club grows the NPCA Endowment through one fundraiser held yearly at the Topeka All Breed Show. Thanks to generous donations for the Annual Wine Pull the club raised $1,000 for the NPCA. Treasurer, Mike Kennedy presented the check to Officer Nelson.

NPCA is a non-profit association dedicated to the training, development, and certification of law enforcement canine teams and their administrations. NPCA strives to be the best resource for the professional canine unit. NPCA offers nationally accepted certifications throughout the year, across the United States. NPCA also provides regional and national canine training seminars. Our certifications offer realistic and attainable goals for today's working service dog team. NPCA promotes and assists in the utilization of police service dogs in prevention and detection of crime. NPCA has Trainers, Instructors, a Standards Committee and Board of Directors with vast canine experience in all canine related aspects.  

It is not too early to begin preparing for next years fundraising event. Donations of wine and cash will be accepted for the 2019 Wine Pull. Please contact a Board Member if you would like to serve on this community service committee.

Annual Club Picnic

The club picnic was held on Saturday, September 29 at Smithville Lake.  Everyone was bundled up as it was a brisk day at the lake. 

President Chris Kimerer kicked off the picnic with a brief General Meeting. She provided an overview of the events that have been held throughout the year and the success of each.  

Brad Baker and Bruce Hudson cooked BBQ grilled chicken. Members supplied a wide variety of sides dishes and desserts. We had over 30 people attend the picnic despite the chilly weather. 

Painting with a Twist

Sunday, Oct. 28, 1:00 p.m.                                 

It's not too late to sign up for this fun activity.  Invite a friend! We need 7 more people to sign up. You can paint your pet on a 16x20 canvas for $55.00.

Sign up today at: -ks/

K9 Chroniclepg.jpg

Club member, Kate Sidun, owner of K9 Chronicle, approached us regarding a sponsorship for one officer for a 1-week K-9 Handler Seminar held by The K9 Chronicle in conjunction with Missouri Southern State University October 8th thru October 12th, 2018.  It is a 5-Day POST Certified Seminar consisting of the following: 

Working Dog Psychology with Danine Behaviorist & Psychologist Brian Gagye of Special P.P.S K9 Academy and K-9 PSI K9 Case Law Webinar with K-9 Case Law Expert Terry Fleck of Criminal Interdiction and Interview Techniques/Detecting Deception and Concealment Searching Techniques all taught by Criminal Interdiction Expert Ed Van Buren of Code 2 K-9 and K-9 PSI Advanced K9 training to handlers and their K9s to better prepare them for the extreme dangers in today’s world with U.S.P.C.A certified K9 Judge and Trainer Paul Ludwig of Iron Dog K9.

 This is just a brief overview, needless to say it’s a valuable seminar for law enforcement Officers and their Canines.  

The German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City sponsored Capt. C. Hinshaw of the Shelbina Missouri Police Department to attend this week-long seminar.  It is this clubs continued effort to support our local law enforcement organizations and it gives me great pleasure we could do so supporting one of our own members.  Kate has introduced us to trailing and several other aspects regarding first responder dogs and the work they do alongside their human partners.  She is graciously giving The German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City a full-page ad in her K9 Chronicle Magazine for an entire year, consisting of 4 issues.  Thank you, Kate and good luck with your Seminar, we look forward to putting a follow up article in the next Newsletter.

Mark your calendar!

•   German Shepherd Dog Club of America present the Nationals, October 13 – October 20,       2018, Purina Events Center, 300 Checkerboard Loop, Gray Summit, Missouri 63039.   

•   Sunday, October 28, 1:00 p.m. "Painting with a Twist," painting party. 6852 Johnson Dr,      Mission, KS

•   Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m., Fall Italian Dinner and General Meeting, Smithville American Legion, 2607 Mo-92, Smithville, Mo. The Club will pay for members plus an additional person. Children are free.RSVP to Amy Edwards - 816-547-9031  

•   Saturday, December 8, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Award Ceremony, luncheon at Shoal Creek      Golf course.  

•   Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m., General Meeting, Community Center Facility in Macken Park, North Kansas City, Mo 

•   Saturday, January 19, 2019, Tracking Combined TD/TDX, Smithville Lake, Smithville, Mo