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SCOA History
In the 80’s, Larry Dickey (Ruff Creek), an avid bird hunter from eastern Ohio, obtained Alba del Sasso from Paolo Sacchetti (del Sasso). Larry noticed that his brand new breed was pictured on a bulletin from the hunt testing and development group NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association) and found that a single dog  had been registered by Jim Channon (Risky Business) of Virginia. Larry contacted Jim, who had obtained his dog from Guido Malandruccolo (di Morghengho) in Ontario. These four founded the SCOA, Spinone Club of America, in 1987. Many of their dogs were out of ‘del Benaco’ lines, including Jim’s beloved ‘Kemo’, Nico del Benaco, bred by Valentino Vignola in Italy.
 
The SCOA group had much of the same drive and enthusiasm as their dogs. They met, promoted and tested their dogs in both conformation and hunt, kept a registry and successfully rooted the breeds development in our country. And with Guido as interpreter, they traveled to Italy and built a foundation for importing new lines. An early import, Iso Dell’ Adige, a brown roan bred by Bonvicini, appears in many of the early pedigrees. And dogs were imported from the U.K., whose foundation dogs arrived there in 1981. Deldawn Federico at Dazen, an orange and white dog bred by Helen Thompson was an important early stud. In 1994 the club began holding National Specialty shows, which have continued and grown in popularity. In 1994 and 5, Pat Fendley’s ‘Cuddles’, ARBA Ch. Mals-About’s Bel Monte Fiori CD,CGC won under Italian judges. From 1997 to 2003, Guido’s di Morghengo bred dogs dominated these National Specialty shows, winning Best Of Breed and/or Best Of Opposite each year.
 
SCOA was recognized as the official AKC parent club in February, 2000 and the breed was accepted into the Sporting Group in September 2000.
 

 History of Service for Officers and Board Members

April 1987 - May 1993

President:  Jim Channon

Vice President:  Larry Dickey

Secretary:

Treasurer:

Board of Directors

Membership Secretary:  M. Channon

May 1993 – May 1995
President: Jim Channon
Vice President: Larry Dickey
Secretary: Carol Prima
Treasurer: Ruth Adams
Board of Directors: Ron Stanerson,

Norm Prima, Kelly Hendrix

Membership Secretary:  M. Channon

May 1995 – May 1997
President: Jim Channon
Vice President:  Larry Dickey
Secretary: Sharon Murphy
Treasurer: Dave Nordquist
Board of Directors: Norm Prima,

Lena Amirian, Davide Zirondelli

Membership Secretary:  M. Channon

May 1997 - May 1999
President: Jim Channon
Vice President:  Norm Prima
Secretary: Sharon Murphy
Treasurer:  Dave Nordquist
Board of Directors:  Kathleen Kerr, Mike McCormick, Ed Hanna

Membership Secretary:  M. Channon

May 1999 – May 2001
President: Jim Channon
Vice President: John Kerr
Secretary: Bridget Curry
Treasurer: Jan Naigus
Board of Directors: Kathleen Kerr, Mike McCormick, Ed Hanna

Membership Secretary:  M. Channon

May 2001 – May 2003
President: Jim Channon
Vice President:  John Kerr
Secretary: Bridget Curry
Treasurer: Jan Naigus
Board of Directors: Ed Applegate, Ed Hanna, Denise Hanna-Nosko

Membership Secretary:  M. Channon

May 2003 – May 2005
President: Jim Channon
Vice President:  Ed Applegate
Secretary: Bridget Curry
Treasurer: Denise Hanna-Nosko
Board of Directors: Jan Naigus, Ed Hanna, Sue McGregor

Membership Secretary:  M. Channon

May 2005 - May 2007
President: Jim Channon
Vice President:  Ed Applegate
Secretary: Bridget Curry
Treasurer: Denise Hanna-Nosko
Board of Directors: Ed Hanna, Deb Davenport, Sue McGregor

Membership Secretary:  M. Channon

May 2007- December 2008
President: Jim Channon
Vice President:  Jeff Rhodes
Secretary: Joe Zawadowski
Treasurer: Denise Hanna-Nosko
Board of Directors: Ed Applegate, Liz Bodell, Ed Hanna
Membership Secretary:  M. Channon

January 2009 – February 2009
President: Jeff Rhodes
Vice President: Denise Hanna-Nosko
Secretary: Joe Zawadowski
Treasurer: Liz Bodell   
Board of Directors: Ed Applegate, Ed Hanna, Mike McLeland

Membership Secretary:  Sue Acquistapace

AKC Delegate:  Karen Luckey

February 2009 – May 2009
President: Jeff Rhodes
Vice President: Denise Hanna-Nosko
Secretary:
Treasurer: Liz Bodell   
Board of Directors: Ed Applegate, Ed Hanna, Mike McLeland

Membership Secretary:  Sue Acquistapace

AKC Delegate:  Karen Luckey

May 2009 - April 2010
President: Jeff Rhodes
Vice President:  Liz Bodell
Secretary: Jan Naigus
Treasurer: Don Lamoureux
Board of Directors: Bobbi Benson, Deb Davenport, Chris Sweetwood

Membership Secretary:  Kim Vanderbilt

AKC Delegate:  Karen Luckey

April 2010 - May 2011
President: Jeff Rhodes
Vice President: Bobbi Benson
Secretary: Jan Naigus
Treasurer: Don Lamoureux
Board of Directors: Deb Davenport, Sue McGregor, Chris Sweetwood

Mebership Secretary:  Kim Vanderbilt

AKC Delegate:  Karen Luckey

May 2011 - May 2012
President: Jeff Rhodes
Vice President: Bobbi Benson
Secretary: Kim Vanderbilt
Treasurer: Don Lamoureux
Board of Directors: Deb Davenport, Sue McGregor, Chris Sweetwood

Membership Secretary:  Kandi Kwirant

AKC Delegate:  Karen Luckey

May 2011 - May 2013
President: Jeff Rhodes
Vice President: Bobbi Benson
Secretary: Kim Vanderbilt
Treasurer: Don Lamoureux
Board of Directors: Deb Davenport, Sue McGregor, Chris Sweetwood

Membership Secretary:  Laura Penfold

AKC Delegate:  Karen Luckey

May 2013 - May 2014

(Staggered Elections Begin)

President: Jeff Rhodes (2 years)
Vice President: BobbiBenson(1year)
Secretary: Kim Vanderbilt (1 year)
Treasurer: Don Lamoureux (2years)
Board of Directors:
Sue McGregor (1year)

Jack Clendenny (1 year)

Dan Graff (2 years)

Membership Secretary:  Laura Penfold

AKC Delegate:  Karen Luckey

May 2014 - May 2015

President: Jeff Rhodes (2013-2015)
VicePresident:BobbiBenson (2014-2016)
Secretary:Sue Acquistapace (2014-2016)
Treasurer: Don Lamoureux(2013-2015)
Board of Directors: RosDuda(2014-2016)

Jack Clendenny (2014-2016)

Dan Graff (2013-2015)

Membership Secretary:  Laura Penfold

AKC Delegate:  Karen Luckey

 May 2015 - May 2016

President:MikeMcLeland(2015-2017)
Vice President:BobbiBenson (2014-2016)
Secretary:Sue Acquistapace(2014-2016)
Treasurer:DonLamoureux(2015-2017)
Board of Directors:Ros Dud (2014-2016)

Jack Clendenny (2014-2016)

Dan Graff (2015-2017)

Membership Secretary:  Laura Penfold

AKC Delegate:  Karen Luckey

May 2016 - May 2017

President:MikeMcLeland(2015-2017)
VicePresident:BobbiBenson (2016-2018)
Secretary:Sue Acquistapace(2016-2018)
Treasurer:Don Lamoureux(2015-2017)
Board of Directors:RosDuda(2016-2018)

Teri Turner (2016-2018)

Dan Graff (2015-2017)

Membership Secretary:  Laura Penfold

AKC Delegate:  Karen Luckey