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The South Central Newfoundland Club, Inc. was incorporated in 1979 and is a Regional Club of the Newfoundland Club of America. We host activities throughout the year to provide members with the opportunity to compete in Conformation, Obedience and Working Dog events and to experience the joy of owning and caring for Newfoundlands.


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Water Test Photo for 2016 upcoming event on home page South Central Newfoundland Club’s 41ST Annual WD & WRD WATER TEST and 9th Annual WRDX WATER Test Sunday August 28,2016 HOSTED BY SOUTH CENTRAL NEWFOUNDLAND CLUB Lakewood- Rogers Park, North Meridian Road, Valparaiso, IN JUDGES Bethany Karger and Sue Zientara Our Annual Water Test is just around the corner! Stewards and volunteers needed!  Contact Bob and Lawren for assignments and information at:

  Annual meeting group shot
The Origins of the South Central Newfoundland Club by Terry Newhouse
  The following is a brief history of how SCNC (South Central Newfoundland Club) came into being. In the mid to late 1960’s, I was smitten with “Newfitis” and didn’t have any organized outlet for this disease. I called and talked for hours to anyone in a five or six state area about this affliction. Finally, some of us decided to start a club in the Midwest. Newfs were few and far between then unless you were in the New England area. In 1970, after the Fox River Kennel Club show north of Chicago, about twelve to fifteen Newf fanciers from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota met and the NCNC (North Central Newfoundland Club) was born. Some of the other charter members included Paul and Betty Ramey (Bethward Newfoundlands) and Bob and Jean Quandt (Tidal Wave Newfoundlands) of Illinois, and Mary M. Price (Paddlewheel Newfoundlands) and Anne Williams (Nine Mile Newfoundlands) from Minnesota. I was the only member from Indiana. Continuing to try to generate interest in the Club with my Indiana acquaintances, I was getting to know other Newfoundland lovers from Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and as far away as Louisiana. I would report to the Club all the “far flung” interest but since most of the functions were in the Chicago area, it was too far for most to travel. So, in late 1971, I was appointed to be the liaison from NCNC to form a new club. Indiana was broke off and given Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. SCNC was now formed.All the early meetings were around my kitchen table, drinking lots of coffee and dreaming dreams. All the early meetings were around my kitchen table, drinking lots of coffee and dreaming dreams. The memories and friendships are rich and deep. We had no money and would pass the hat to get our treasury started. I was elected founding president. Other charter members and officers were Russ and Judy Follett, Marcia Fonts, Paul and Jane Catlin, Mike and Joyce Lantz, and Bob and Liz Summers. Early members and dedicated workers were Judy Wirtz, Rick and Ozzie Foreman, Dick and Shirley Mittendorf, Bob and Gloria Laverty and Tony and Kathy Compton. By the mid 1970’s, we were much more professional and organized. We held our first NCA sanctioned water trial in 1976 in Kokomo at Lantz’s Arrowhead Springs campground. We continued to hold our water trials there until the mid 1980’s when we started holding them at Eagle Creek Park. The Club felt really big time when we hosted the National Specialty in 1981 at Jeffersonville, Indiana. There are many current members who were in the Club by the mid 1980’s but I am delighted to give this history of the origin and early years of the SCNC and NCNC from which we evolved. Today, dedicated members continue to make the SCNC a very strong and viable Club whose growth has significantly increased the popularity and love of the Newfoundland breed.  

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 SCNC Board Members

President, Robin Katen I reside in Willshire, Ohio on a small hobby farm with my husband Tom, my youngest son Sean, age 19, two Newfs, Splash and Rudder, a German Shepherd, Sherlock, 3 cats, 2 horses and a pony, 2 goats, a Jersey milk cow and her calf, and some chickens. I have always had large dogs, but what attracted me specifically to Newfs is the fact that they are so versatile.  I do obedience and draft work with them, dabble in agility, help with rescue transport and look forward each year to the Christmas Tree Pull. I hope to do some water work and tracking with Splash. I joined SCNC several years ago specifically to learn about the different sports that I could enjoy with my Newfs. As current president of the club, I hope to get many more members excited about participating in club activities.
Vice President, Cindy Wingfield   My husband Mike and I have been involved with this wonderful breed for 26 years. We began our journey learning everything we could about these amazing dogs. We were very fortunate to meet people that were a wealth of knowledge, and had such a willingness to share. Our passion for the breed flourished, and we enjoyed every minute of it. We breed under the prefix “Seadog” and have shown multiple home-bred dogs to their championship throughout the years. We have had many accomplishments at the Regional and National level as well.  I have been involved with SCNC  since our quest began. Mike and I were ever willing to learn all aspects of the Newfoundland dog, and SCNC offered this to us in a big way. We volunteered to help whenever we were needed. There were fun matches, grooming seminars, health seminars, and we attended many training sessions for water and draft. We met many people that excelled in the working aspects of the breed, and our admiration for this working dog excelled. Throughout the years, our dogs have enjoyed the pleasure of carting children, pulling Christmas trees for rescue, and lots of swimming and retrieving bumpers. I will always be grateful to this club for the knowledge that I have received throughout the years by stewarding, serving on committees, chairing events, serving on the board, and sharing our passion with those committed to the preservation and protection of this noble breed.
Treasurer, Jane Huge   I wanted a Newfoundland for more than 20 years after seeing a puppy in Indianapolis at the dog show. When our daughter, Mariah, was old enough to know what a dog was, I started showing her pictures of Newfoundlands. Then, when Mariah was old enough to show in 4-H she asked her Dad for a Newfoundland and that is how we got our first Newf. We initially got involved with SCNC at our breeder’s suggestion. The first event we attended was an SCNC Water Test at Eagle Creek. Mariah was 10 years old at the time and we were welcomed with open arms into the club. Then, we were hooked and have missed only one event since that day. Everyone in the club has been so helpful to me and my family in helping work with Mariah and her dog. I am the Putnam County 4-H Dog Club Leader this year and have been an Assistant Leader for the past seven years. I enjoy working with youth that are interested in showing their dogs in obedience, showmanship and agility in 4-H. I am the SCNC Treasurer and enjoy all our events at SCNC along with my daughter and husband, Duane.
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Learn how to find a breeder in your area or rescue a dog in need.
We always are looking to welcome new members. Sign up or volunteer for an event.
Are you looking for things to do with your Newfoundlands?. We know tons of great activities to keep you busy.
Grooming is an important part of your Newfoundlands life. Need some tips? Watch these videos.
The South Central Newfoundland Club (SCNC) is a regional club of The Newfoundland Club of America, dedicated to preserving and protecting the Newfoundland Dog. The club promotes this goal by organizing and sponsoring working trials, including annual water and draft tests. Open to families and individuals who enjoy working and playing with their Newfs, we also provide plenty of fun and educational activities throughout the year including water and draft workshops and other social events.
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