Lifetime Achievement Awards

Lifetime Achievement recognizes people who have devoted the greater part of their lives to our Dobermans. Whether they are breeders, performance people, conformation, legislative, officers of the DPCA or specialty clubs, or a person who impacted our dog’s lives with their skills outside of the above mentioned venues -- Col William Putney comes to mind . . . . This is the type of criteria the committee entertains when a person’s name is placed on our nominee list.

All year long, we work thru the names we receive from contact with our membership, plus the committee makes nominations of people who should be considered for this award. By July, we get down to about four possible recipients. At the end of July we pick our recipient(s). This must be a unanimous choice by all committee members. In August, the beautiful plaque designed and produced by Jeanne Stevens-Sollman, is sent for engraving.

YEARRECIPIENT
2016Pamela DeHetre
2015Janet Van Wormer
2014Mary Rodgers
2013Sharon Pflueger
2012Faye Strauss
2011Marj Brooks
2010Ellen Hanley
2009Jeffrey P. Helsdon
2008Dorothy and George Foegen and Bob D. Bender
2007Tess Henseler and Judy Brown
2006Rosalie Alvarez and Sam Burke
2005May Jacobson and Vic and Angie Monteleon
2004Ray Carlisle
2003Eugene Haupt and Dr. William W. Putney DVM
2002Irene Bivin, Paul Combs and Pat and Judy Doniere
2001Mae Downing, Pat and Bob Hastings and Betty James
2000Joseph A. Ciaccio, George Rood and Anne Thorne
1999Ann Lanier
1998Nancy K. Heitzman, Tommie Jones and Betty Moore
1997Shirley Hammond
1996no award was presented due to the death of Betty Moore
1995Herman and Judith Felton
1994Gerald and Barbara Gaines
1993Jane Kay, Don Moss and Keith and Joanna Walker
1992Anita Ortiz
1991Virginia Spafford
1990Peggy Adamson and Frank Grover
1989Adelaide Combs, Charles O'Neill, Mel Spafford, and Dolph Thorne

 

1989

Charles A.T. O'Neill   [top]

Charles A. T. O'Neill has served the Doberman Pinscher Club of America for over 30 years, acting as its Delegate to the American Kenner Club from 1965 to 1988. His contributions over this period have had a profoundly positive effect on the DPCA.

Mr. O'Neill has been involved with purebred dogs for almost forty years. He has owned and bred Dobermans, Manchester Terriers and Whippets. Mr. O'Neill became a Director of the American Kennel Club in 1971 and served as its Executive Vice-President from 1978 to 1985. He was Chairman of the AKC Centennial Committee which hosted the AKC Centennial Show in 1984.

In addition to serving the DPCA as its AKC Delegate for over twenty years, Mr. O'Neill also herd positions as DPCA President and Vice-President. He was Show Chairman for the National Specialty held in King of Prussia and served as Chairman of the Standard Revision Committee. This last position was of special significance to Mr.  O'Neill since it resulted in the establishment of ideals for the American Doberman Pinscher. In his role as Executive Vice-President of the American Kennel Club Mr. O'Neill gave steady and continuing support for the DPCA's growth. He guided our National Specialty from a simple one-day affair to the activity filled, week, long event we now enjoy.

Charles O'Neill is a dedicated contributor who is active in the Bryn Mawr Kennel Club, the Quaker City Doberman Pinscher Club, the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, the Manchester Terrier Club and the American Whippet Club.

Mr. O'Neill has been a major force in the evolution of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America and the Doberman Pinscher itself

In recognition of his accomplishments and dedication to the DPCA we take great pleasure in presenting Charles A. T O'Neill the Doberman Pinscher Club of America Lifetime Achievement Award

Adelaide Combs     [top]

Adelaide Combs served the Doberman Pinscher Club of America for over twenty years in a number of important positions. Although she no longer with us, Adelaide's influence will continue into the future due to her extensive work with the Educational Materials Publication Project. Her contributions have been and continue to be of great significance to the DPCA.

Adelaide purchased her first Doberman in 1955 in Germany. She was active in obedience, schutzhund, tracking and conformation and bred several Champions, CDX's and UD's under the kennel name "Siegmeister".

Adelaide joined the DPCA in 1962 and served as the first Corresponding Secretary, as Delegate-At-Large, as Coordinator of the ROM Committee, and for over twenty years, as Secretary of the Educational
Materials Publications Project.  She was Obedience Chairman for the National Specialty in Miami in 1969 and judged obedience classes at the Atlanta National in 1976 and the Dallas National in 1980. Adelaide was a favorite among obedience enthusiasts and always enjoyed the dogs and helped the handlers enjoy showing.

Adelaide was a tireless contributor who was active in the Florida West Coast Doberman Pinscher Club, the Cape Fear DTC, the Fayettville KC, the Del Monte KC, the Cabrillo Doberman Pinscher Club, Tampa Bay KC and the St. Petersburg Dog Fanciers.

Her work on the DPCA Educational Materials project is Adelaide's legacy to the breed. Her contributions helped shape and establish the procedures which contributed to the exceptional success of this unique activity. She carried on most of the actual work of printing and distributing the articles selected to be reprinted and she encouraged the writing of many articles especially for the project. The Project was financialy self-sustaining from the beginning.  Thanks, in large part to Adelaide, the DPCA has one on the highest quality and most extensive sets of educational material in the dog world.

In recognition of her accomplishments and dedication to the DPCA we take great pleasure in presenting Adelaide A. Combs the Doberman Pinscher Club of American Lifetime Achievement Award.
 

Dolph Thorne    [top]

Dolph and Anne Thorne got their first Doberman in 1944 from Glenn Staines who was one of the first importers of Dobermans from Germany. Dolph and Anne owned many Dobermans including two that earned their American Championships and one that became an American and Canadian Champion.

Dolph served six terms as DPCA Treasurer and it is in this role that he made his most important contributions to the DPCA. In the middle sixties when Dolph first became Treasurer the DPCA was in disarray financially and had lost its status with the IRS. The re-application process required that all Chapter Clubs also re-apply and this, of course, lead to many difficulties. Dolph spent five years working with Chapter Club and the IRS as he guided the DPCA back, onto firm financial footing and set the groundwork, for the strong, successful club we enjoy today.

Dolph Thorne's contributions have been a major force in the successful evolution of the DPCA.
In recognition of his accomplishments and dedication to the DPCA we take great pleasure in presenting Dolph L. Thorne the Doberman Pinscher Club of America Lifetime Achievement Award

Melvin Spafford   [top]

Melvin E. Spafford was a member of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America for over 30 years and served in a number of important roles. Although he is no longer with us, Mel's influence lives on with respect to the importance of tracking and obedience as major aspects of the total Doberman. His contributions continue to be of great significance to the DPCA.

Mel and his wife Virginia got their first Doberman in 1952. This first dog, Sid, earned his UDT and was the beginning of a long fine of dogs that were successful in tracking, obedience, and conformation, Mel was a firm believer that dogs should be shown in both obedience and conformation. He and Virginia owned two dogs with Champion/UDT's, a Champion/CDX/TD/ROM , a Champion/CD/ROM and a CD/TD. One of the clogs was Ch. Commando's Silver Sandal UDT, who won High in Trial at the National Specialty in 1963, 1965 and 1966. The kennel name Sand-Mark, has come to stand for a complete Doberman.

Mel served as a Vice President of the DPCA and was Obedience coordinator for many years. He was the Delegate to the DPCA from the DPCA of Northern California for over 30 years. He was also the trainer for the Oakland Dog Training Club and was a member of the Coyote Hills KC. Mel often worked behind the scenes to assure the success of important events such as the 1967, 1978 and 1984 National Specialties.

Mel's legacy to the breed is in his demonstration that you can successfully show our dog both ways, in obedience and conformation. He was a major force in gaining proper recognition and status for obedience training. Mel always demanded that obedience and conformation be treated equally and thereby encouraged many people to try obedience.

Mel Spafford was a gentleman who lead by example and who worked quietly and diligently for the betterment of the Doberman and the DPCA. In recognition of his accomplishments and dedication we take great pleasure in presenting Melvin E. Spafford the Doberman Pinscher Club of America Lifetime Achievement Award


1997

Shirley Hammond     [top]

Shirley M. Hammond of Palo Alto, California was awarded the Doberman Pinscher Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual Awards Banquet in Houston, October1 l, 1997.

Shirley, a longtime DPCA member has distinguished herself and her Dobermans through Search and Rescue work in the United States and Mexico. Her enthusiasm has motivated many others to become involved in this very important activity.

Shirley Hammond and her Dobe respond to international emergencies such as the Mexico City earthquake.


2003

Dr. William Putney DVM    [top]

Dr. Putney who, among many things, "Salvaged" our war dogs by his veterinary skills in Guam and his "rehab center" at Camp Lejune for the returning dogs from these conflicts.

Gene Haupt   [top]

Mr. Haupt, jumped behind enemy lines with a boxer - the sentinel dog. His " partner " saved many a life of our
fighting men. Gene is a judge, but a handler as well and is one of the most respected men in the conformation ring. He has a keen eye and is ready to help all in our education about our breed.


 

2004

Ray Carlisle     [top]

In 1961 he bought his first Doberman and thus began the love affair with our breed. He established his kennel name of “CARA” which has resulted in many champions which can be found all over the world in conformation, the sport field, as Search and Rescue dogs, police canine dogs and also as the family dog.

Ray has been President, Vice President and a Director of DPCA. He’s also served on Judge’s Education, ROM/WAE Committee of DPCA. He’s a licensed judge as of 1981 and has judged all over the world. He is a founding member of the United Doberman Club, where he served for two years as President. He continues to serve as an officer, conformation judge and temperament tester. He co-chaired the War Dog Committee and was one of the people responsible for having the statue of “Always Faithful” erected in Guam in honor of the courageous Doberman Pinschers that served with our soldiers during the war.

Ray is also a member of the Great Dane Club of American, is a member of the Rockland County Kennel Club, member of the DVG – and USA Schutzhund Clubs, member of the Abteilund Kiel (Doberman Verein in Germany) and a founding member and past President of the Doberman Pinscher Club of the Tappan Zee. He is a past President of the Working Dog Federation.

During the 1970’s, Ray published "Top Dobe" and "The World of the Working Dog" magazines. During this time, he was one of the people who originated the Top 20 event and turned it over to DPCA. This event set the standard for other clubs to emulate in their breed.

The Lifetime Committee as well as the Officer and Board Members of DPCA thank him for his lifelong commitment to our breed. We all wish him well in future endeavors . . .


 

2005

May Jacobson  [top]

Dr. May Jacobson resides in Sudbury, Massachusetts and has been a Doberman fancier for 40 years. During that period she has bred under the kennel name of Chalmar and owned the sire of over 30 American Champions among them multi-all breed Best in Show winners. Her interests have extended to working dogs with the participation of the sport of Schutzhund. She is the breeder of the second Doberman ever to achieve an American championship and Shutzhund 3 title. Owner handled, she and her Doberman twice qualified to be a participant on the working team that represented America at the FCI World Championships.

She is licensed to judge most of the Working Group and has judged these breeds in Germany, Scandinavia, Europe, Australia, Asia and South America. She has been elected five times by the membership of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America to judge the National Specialty.

Her club activities include serving on the Board of Directors of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America, president of an all breed club, President of the Pilgrim Doberman Pinscher Club, and is presently on the Board of the DPCA and Pilgrim DPC. She is a founding member of the United Doberman Club.

Dr. Jacobson received her Doctorate degree in  Biochemistry and is a medical staff member in the Department of Hematology at Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. She has numerous publications in the field of hematology.

Lifetime Achievement Committee was proud to select Dr. Jacobson as one of the recipients of our Lifetime Achievement Awards for 2005.

Vic and Angie Monteleon    [top]

These people have been devoted and involved in our breed for 37 yrs. They have been members of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America since the early 70’s. The Monteleon's reside in El Cajon, California where they also have a very successful boarding/training facility.

These two people are involved in all the disciplines of our breed -- conformation, obedience, agility, rally and flyball. They are lucky enough to have produced temperaments in their dogs that have enabled them to also do search and rescue, as well as protection work.

Vic is very active in his local clubs as well as DPCA. He has held the office of President, Vice President, Board Members and Show Chair of these affiliated Clubs.

BUT behind every good man there is a woman . . . .. Angie runs the kennel, conformation and agility training classes and aids "her man" in working as a liaison with the local canine units of their local police departments. She is also the arm of rescue for their area in San Diego.

Both of them stand behind their dogs in their breeding program with aid and mentoring to their first time puppy buyers. They were one of the originators and developers of ROM and then became involved in constructing and putting into use our Longevity Program.

Lifetime Achievement Committee for 2005 was pleased to award them a Lifetime Achievement Award.


 

2006

Rosalie Alvarez    [top]

Rosalie came into the Obedience venue in 1957 when she started training in Utility and
Tracking. Mel Spafford was instrumental in this early training, as he already had achieved a UDT on one of his Champion bitches. She, also, achieved a UDT and other numerous high in trials including a win at our Doberman National with a bitch named Little Mist V Frederick (Frederick being her kennel name) in 1963. In addition to obedience, Rosalie trained our dogs for bomb, narcotics and police work. In 1967, along with Arlo Keefe and Bob Bender, Rosalie developed a canine unit for the Santa Clara
Police Department. The dogs they utilitized in this new unit was Frederick Tangier Hessian CD and Ms. Muffet V Frederick, who was assigned to Sgt. Rob Turner from Fremont and Sgt Robert Haleron.

Dispelling the rumor of “tough Dobermans” Rosalie started the Doberman Drill Team touring the USA for 30 years. They performed at half time shows for the 49ers and visited hospitals. This discipline gave the public demonstrations of what an obedient, agility smart Doberman can and will do for their owners.

Rosalie is an AKC judge of all Obedience classes and is still a member of the Santa Clara
Valley Kennel Club and the California AKC Obedience Association. She still holds
Obedience classes with the Town and Country Peninsula Dog Training Clubs. She judged the AKC Obedience Invitational in 2001.

Lifetime Achievement Committee is proud to have awarded Rosalie Simpson Alvarez this prestigious award for 2006.

Sam Burke     [top]

Sam bought his first Doberman in 1965. Attending his first National in 1973 in Washington, D.C. -- in 28 years, he’s missed only six Nationals.

His tenure with DPCA has included serving as a Board member for three years, as Corresponding Secretary in which time he rewrote the Administrative Procedure Manual, served as statistician on our Top Twenty Committee until 2000 and in that year was appointed Top Twenty Events Chairman for all our Top Twenty Events.

He has also served as Secretary for DPCA as well as our President, and has been a familiar face in our Conformation Ring for years as a Ring Steward.

A little personal information on Sam – while attending college as well as doing his Residency, he was a member of the Atlanta DPC and served as the Show Chairman for the Cavalier DPC where he served as Show Chairman. He’s a member of the Shreveport Kennel Club and has served in all capacities from President to Show Chairman and is their delegate to the American Kennel Club. He starting judging in 1984 and is now approved for all herding, working and terrier breeds as well as some toys and sporting breeds. He’s also had a Doberman who won the DPCA Top Twenty Event as well as exhibited Chihuahuas, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Bull Terriers, Pointer and Weimaraners.

Sam is actively practicing medicine in Shreveport. I’m glad to say that I have a puppy living in that wonderful household with his wife Anne and some ankle biter Chihuahuas.

Lifetime Achievement for 2006 was happy to present this wonderful award to Dr. Sam F. Burke, Jr.


2007

Tess Henseler     [top]

One of the recipients, who had passed away some time ago represented a new issue for this committee
as to how we would handle this, as the recipient had no living relatives in this country that we were aware of. Since this was a new area from which at some time in the future, may need to be revisited again by Lifetime Achievement, we sought the advice and approval of our President Dr. Sam Burke. So in awarding Tess Henseler a Lifetime Achievement Award, we felt it was unnecessary to place a very fragile wooden plaque within the archives storage, so we decided to have a beautiful caliography and drawing of the Lifetime Achievement Sandstone place on paper with the person’s name inscribed and then have it placed into archives. Dr. Burke felt since Nancy Heitzman, an officer of DPCA knew Tess personally that after I presented the plaque to Dr. Burke, he in turn would present it to Nancy to place in our Archives.

Because some of our members have inquired about Tess and her history, new people coming into our breed, Lifetime Achievement of the DPCA thought that we needed to run the articles on Tess in the Doberman Digest. These articles are so full of information and history about our wonderful breed of dogs and surely this woman and her kennel that left a footprint in most of our pedigrees. With the cooperation of the Doberman Digest, we share with you some very valuable history of our Dobermans.

Judith Brown     [top]

Judy has been involved with Dobermans since the early 1970’s, having bred over 30 champions and also trained them in obedience to very advanced obedience titles.

She is and has been very active in serving the DPCA. She has served on the Board of Directors, as Vice President, Treasurer and President. She’s been the Chairman of Committees for our National, Show Procedures, Administrative Procedures, National Obedience Coordinator, committee for contracts for videographers as well as Judge’s Selection. When she served as President of DPCA, she established the Doberman Pinscher Foundation of America.

She also serves locally on all breed conformation and obedience clubs—once again in a variety of offices and as chairman of select committees. She is President of the Harris County Veterinary Medical Foundation, a member of the Fort Bend Kennel Club and serves as liason to the AKC for the Texas Dog Judges Association. She judges the Working Group, Sporting Group, BIS, obedience and Jr Showmanship. She has judged all over the world.

She and her husband Charlie share their home with Doberman and cats. They have provided great support to the dog venues in the Houston area.


 

2008

Dorothy and George Foegen  [top]

Dorothy and George Foegen have had Dobermans since 1965. While stationed in Okinawa, they both became very active members in the Okinawa Kennel Club. They also worked on a mixed breed drill team there, so started their love affair with our breed. They were reassigned to Germany after this tour in 1978, where their interest and education and involvement became more profound. Here they were in the “motherland” of our breed and where else could you secure what our dogs were bred for as well as appreciate their beauty. When they returned to the United States, they ended up with a red bitch who their children trained for the Joanna Walker’s Pilot Dogs. Their first two Dobermans came from Tommie Jones, Kai Esa Kennel. All of their dogs achieved obedience degrees and conformation titles.

Eventually, they joined the Doberman Pinscher Club of the Rocky Mountain area in the 1980’s, where she served as treasurer. George was always the “man behind the woman”. He and Jerry Gaines developed an accounting system that was the beginnings of how our National accounting records were established. She was the DPCA’s treasurer from 1991-1998. I also remember Jerry and George developing a system of producing labels for mailings for our DPCA. I can remember Don Moss, Bill Goff, Mel Spafford and myself forming a production line for mailings and here was Virginia Spafford in the kitchen cooking a wonderful meal – guess this is where “work for food program” had its beginning.

The Doberman Pinscher Club of the Rocky Mountain area held Nationals in 1986, 1990 and 2003 where assisting Bobbie Fleishacker, George and Dorothy held numerous positions for these conventions. Also, Dorothy provided Mimi Brown and Marsha Sheppard’s “COPE” with a program that was the basis for the accounting of this wonderful evening we all share at our National. Mimi said without Dorothy we would never have gotten under way…

Lifetime Achievement for 2008 would like to congratulate Dorothy Foegen for her lifetime of commitment to our Breed, and of course, George, posthumously.

Bob D. Bender  [top]

Bob Bender was a Sacramento California police officer and purchased his first Dobermans in 1949. The male was a Ch. Kilburn’s Avenger son and the bitch was sired by Ch. Orestes of Westphalia. In this era, Kilburn Kennels and Westphalia Kennels were two of the top producing kennels in the United States. Bob registered his first Dobermans in 1951 and bred his first litter in 1953. The first breeding produced Ch. Commando’s Comet, an all breed owner-handled Best in Show dog.. Over the next 25 years, Bob bred numerous champions, one of the few champion UTD dogs, Ch Commando’s Silver Sandal UDT owned by Mel and Virginia Spafford, Group Winners, BISS winners and a second owner handled all breed BIS, Ch. Commando’s Sailor Boy.

Bob became an AKC licensed judge in 1970, judging in Japan, Taiwan, Australia and all over the United States. Bob judges the SPCA National in 1973. While judging in Japan, He toured the Nippon Dog Assoc which was the well known dog unit in Tokyo. He even judged the police dog competition, and the Police Olympics which were held in Sacramento at the American River College.

Bob’s love of Dobermans was a given, but it was a deep understanding of the Doberman temperament and how breeding and environment impacted the Doberman character. This interest spawned a deep commitment to defend this dog from the label as a “devil dog” and an unreliable companion.

So in 1959, he brought this type of dog to the forefront in California. He began training Ch. Commando’s Dasher CD(a Westphalia Horst son). Bob testified before the California legislature and performed on the front lawn of the state capitol with another police officer, Sgt.Joe Maze, as the aggressor, as to how this dog would help police officers and highway patrol officers of not being “alone in their cars.”

He also worked with Carl Spitz, the world famous trainer who did so much for our breed in their working ability. Due to the large part of their testimony and demonstrations even In Washington D.C., legislation was passed allowing the development of service dogs for the state and local agencies. In 1970, Bob lobbied the Sacramento Police Department to begin the use of K9 partners with his department. Thus Bob trained a young red male, Commando’s Titan, CD (a Demetrius son) and thus began a K9 officer with his dog forming our now known K9 team. Bob always said working the streets of Sacramento with his dog was the highlight of his law enforcement career.

When Bob judged the 1973 National, Bob teamed with Vic Monteleon and others for the demonstration of the man work that Dobermans were inclined to do naturally. At this demonstration, Bob acted as the aggressor. From this demonstration, a humble beginning, the ROM testing was vigorously pursued and developed by Vic.

In addition to all of the above, Bob was instrumental in publishing the very first illustrated Doberman Standard in 1969 for the Doberman Pinscher Club of Sacramento of which he was a founding member. The “little yellow book” became very popular and was eventually published even in Japan. In quoting an article Bob did for the Doberman Quarterly, Been There . . . Done That, he truly had been there and done that in our breed of Dobermans and their wonderful minds as a true working dog…

Lifetime Achievement 2008 was honored to award him a Lifetime Achievement award.


2009

Jeffrey P. Helsdon  [top]

When I first inherited this job from Anne Thorne, I was contacted by Cheri McNealy who asked what merits a Lifetime Achievement Award? I told her there were some things I could clarify for her and others I could not as this committee works in total secrecy. I told her the Committee envisions a lifetime commitment to our breed whether it be through serving as officers/directors in local or the National club, breeders, exhibitors, performance/working people who work tirelessly through contribution of their time to our breed, and perhaps it may be a onetime contribution that impacted our breed so enormously that it changed things for our dogs dramatically . . . . Lifetime Achievement Committee 2009 felt this person did, indeed, fulfill both of these areas . . . .

Our recipient this year, Jeffrey P. Helsdon came from a family involved in purebred dogs in the 1970’s.  He acquired his first Doberman Pinscher in the 1990’s, a multi Best in Specialty Show and Group Winning bitch, Ch. Wingate’s Miami Sound Machine WAC, also known as Gloria. Gloria was a Conformation Top 20 finalist in 1993 and 1994. She also won the Canadian National in 1993. Jeff also had purchased for his daughter a red bitch from Naomi Shorr, Foxhaven’s Queen of Denial for Darcie to show in Junior Handling. In 1996, Jeff and his wife, Cheri purchased their foundation bitch, Ch. Wingate’s Flashback CD ROM, also known as Amelia, for their kennel Juris Dobermans. Four of the five get from Amelia’s litter finished their championships. They kept two puppies: Ch. Juris Material Witness (Kirby) who was placed in the Top 20 by their daughter Darcie in 2006 with no advertising, and Ch. Juris Clear and Convincing (Zoe).

Jeff has fulfilled many positions with our National Club. Hopefully I have the complete list, but it was numerous to say the least. He served as Chair of the DPCA Constitutional Review Committee, statistician for the DPCA Top Twenty Conformation Committee, served as the DPCA Copyright Coordinator, Chair of the DPCA Legislative Committee where he established over 25 State Directors and 10 Regional Directors, and served as our Delegate to the AKC for the DPCA. He’s been instrumental in fighting legislation in California and elsewhere in the banning of bills to prevent cropping and docking, as well as airline carriers and insurance corporations in their stance on breed profiling.

Last year in Topeka 2008, was the 100th year anniversary of our Dobermans. Along with this National show came a Thursday evening that most of us will never forget or see again in our lifetime.
It was an emotional evening packed with the history of what our dogs, along with people who volunteered their personal pets to the canine forces, used in the Pacific. And to see those wonderful dog handlers, along with a correspondent who was on the front lines with these units, and then to recognize the teams who have done so much in the way of therapy, 911 recovery works, well take it from me, the box of Kleenex that was handed to everyone wasn’t enough. And then to have the Homeland Security Department agree to secure vendors (breeders) of domestic working dogs to use in their programs, it was “Over the Top”. As we were leaving, I ran into Lynn Eggers and she and I both looked at one another with “droopy eyes” and she said “if people missed this they truly missed something special for our dogs. This evening was orchestrated by Jeff with the total endorsement of the DPCA. Who knew that this evening turned out to be Oscar night for our dogs . . . .

Jeff is managing member of the law firm of Oldfield and Helsdon, PLLC based in the state of Washington. Because of his expertise in federal tax law, he’s been instrumental to DPCA in aiding Robin Kelly to work through our extensive audit and retain our 5013C status. Jeff is involved with the Habitat for Humanity and in his local Episcopal parish, where he serves as a Eucharistic minister.

Jeff and his wife, Cheri live in Gig Harbor, Washington with a collection of “critters”.

As you can see from the opening paragraph, Lifetime Achievement Committee for 2009 feels this recipient did indeed fill both “shoes”. Lifetime Achievement Committee 2009 is pleased to award JEFFREY P. HELSDON, ESQUIRE this prestigious award. . .


Judith Ann Smith
Lifetime Achievement Chair
 


2010

Ellen Hanley  [top]

The 2010 DPCA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD goes to a woman who has served the DPCA for over 30 years. Ellen Hanley has held every board office, except treasurer, including president in 1994 and 1995, and multiple National show and convention chair positions since 1984. In the last 5 years, she has focused on making the DPCA National Specialty Show happen successfully, facing both the year to year and day to day challenges of these venues. The 2010 lifetime achievementaward goes to one of the hardest working women on planet Doberman, ELLEN HANLEY.


 

2011

Marj Brooks  [top]

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honoree acquired her first Doberman Pinscher in 1962. She has been a DPCA member for almost 50 years and has devoted her life to our breed. She has actively mentored generations of Doberman breeders and exhibitors. She has attended the majority of the Doberman National conventions since the early 1970s and has judged the Futurity and the Top 20 Conformation events 3 times each. She helped craft the illustrated standard in the 1970s and its recent revision. She has served on numerous DPCA committees, including Code of Ethics and Breeder Education and on the Board of Directors for multiple terms. She has shown Dobermans to their championships for 5 decades and has handled a National Specialty BOB winner. She has been a member of the DPC of Northern California since 1964, the Redwood Empire DPC since its beginning, and helped found the DPC of Sacramento. Her efforts to educate and mentor have done much to preserve, protect, and promote the Doberman Pinscher.

If Frank Grover and Peggy Adamson are” Mr. and Mrs. Doberman”, then this year’s honoree is surely “Ms. Doberman”. The 2011 DPCA lifetime Achievement Award goes to Ms. Marjorie O. Brooks.


2012

Faye Strauss   [top]

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to a woman who has dedicated her life to the Doberman breed for the last 40 years. She has bred over 100 champions and finished 65 of them owner handled. She has received the DPCA breeder of the year 3 times.

She has been active in club work for many years and is the current president of the Puget Sound DPC and the Mt. Rainer Working Dog club.

She is an AKC approved judge for the working and non-sporting groups and Best in Show and has judged in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. She has judged the DPCA Nationals 3 times and at Westminster.

She has been chair of the Judges Education Committee for the past 3 years and has focused on teaching the Doberman standard to the next generation of judges.

Her groundbreaking multimedia CD of the Doberman Pinscher has been viewed extensively and has enhanced the understanding of the breed standard.

She has mentored countless Doberman fanciers by being available to discuss breeding plans and actively welcoming new Doberman owners to our family.

The 2012 DPCA Lifetime Achievement award goes to FAYE STRAUSS.

 


2013

Sharon Pflueger   [top]

This year’s lifetime Achievement Award Honoree’s life and passion for the last 37 years has been the Doberman Pinscher. She has bred 90 Doberman champions and many of these Dobermans have earned performance titles reflecting her dedication to the total Doberman.

She has tirelessly served the DPCA membership as a multiyear member of the board of directors, as chair of exhibitor’s education, trophy donation and the AKC Good Sportsman Award.

Since 2006 she has used her artist’s eye to elevate the apparel available at our nationals to a new level of consistent quality and fabulous fashion.

Truly a gem in the Goldgrove of Dobermans, the 2013 Lifetime Achievement award goes to Sharon Pflueger.

 


2014

Mary Rodgers  [top]
 

The 2014 lifetime achievement award winner is world renown and has numerous achievements over the last 50 years.

She is a breeder, judge, mentor, writer and artist, who is always focused on the Doberman Pinscher. She was the AKC breeder of the year 2003 and to date has bred over 100 champions. She has searched the world for sires to broaden and enrich the Doberman gene pool. She considers the whole Doberman and balances the standard integrating type, style, form, function and temperament. Her Dobermans have won seven DPCA national best of breeds (showing four different Champions) and she has set many other records. For 5 decades the name Marienburg has been synonymous with great Dobermans.

The 2014 Lifetime Achievement award goes to Mary M. Rogers.


2015

Janet Van Wormer  [top]

The 2015 lifetime achievement award winner has decades of service to the DPCA and the whole dog community nationally and locally.

She obtained her first Doberman in the late 1960’s and started training in obedience. She has bred multiple champions and BIS, BISS, WAC, and ROM Dobermans. She has judged many Doberman specialties nationally and internationally, including the 2013 DPCA National Intersex and Junior Handling classes in California. She also judges Rottweilers, Whippets, and Shiba Inus.

Since joining the DPCA in the early 1970’s, she has served as President, 2nd Vice-President, Corresponding Secretary, AKC Delegate, Dispute Resolution, and as a Director. As Public Education Chair, she recommended in October of 1996 to put the DPCA on the web. The website was built and hosted and went live. The rest is history and the DPCA was connected to the internet world. In 2014 she served as DPCA National Show Chair in Topeka.

Before moving to Arizona in 2004, she served the Eugene Kennel Club as president and show chair for many years and was instrumental in getting agility started in the club. She is a founding member of the Mt. Hood DPC and served as Show Chair, director, and in many other offices. She was Convention Chair for the 1995 DPCA Nationals in Portland when Mt Hood was the host club.

She is currently legislative chair for the Greater Sierra Vista Kennel Club, an all-breed club in Arizona. She has served on the board of the Cochise County Humane Society and on an advisory board to the Cochise County Sheriff’s department, reviewing animal regulations and keeping detrimental and breed specific animal regulations at bay. She is always involved in her community whenever a canine event is scheduled.

For her lifetime commitment to the Doberman Pinscher, the DPCA salutes Janet Van Wormer, our 2015 Lifetime Achievement Honoree.


2016

Pamela DeHetre  [top]

Pamela acquired her first Doberman in 1965 from Pat & Judy Doniere and has been involved with our breed for over 50 years.

She has bred and handled many Dobermans to conformation and obedience titles. She had the honor of winning the Top 20 Conformation event twice, in 1977 with Am. Can. Ch. Schauffelein’s Vintage Year and in 1980 with his daughter, Am. Can. CH. Shinya’s Better N’Popcorn, CD, ROM. Popcorn was the first ROM Doberman to win the Top 20 and Pam handled her for her WAC and CD.

She has served the Doberman Pinscher Club of America as President, 1st Vice-President, Futurity Director, Grievance Chair, Chapter Club Secretary, and on the board of directors.

She has chaired the CHIC Doberman health registry since its inception in 2006 and organizes the CHIC blood draw at the DPCA National Specialty Show every year. She has written pipeline articles and given seminars about this AKC affiliated health registry and promoted CHIC tirelessly to Doberman fanciers. She has attended every DPCA National Specialty except one since 1966.

She also serves on the DPCA judge’s education committee and is currently in charge of ringside judges mentoring at the DPCA nationals. She regularly presents judges education seminars for the DPCA .

She is currently AKC approved to judge Dobermans and 20 other breeds and JR showmanship.

Pamela DeHetre has excelled as an exhibitor, teacher, mentor, and organizer in service of the Doberman Pinscher. She is the 2016 Lifetime Achievement honoree.