Our Officers

GDCDM Officers
President: Bev Klingensmith
Vice President: Kara Norris
Treasurer: Brian Gens
Secretary: Sonia Gens

Show Chair
Kathleen Robinson

Delegate to the Great Dane Club of America
Cheri Van Eeghen

Board of Directors
Bev Klingensmith
Sonia Gens
Kathleen Robinson
Neil O'Sllivan
Gerard Thompson
Erin Sytsma
Christine Lemke

Our Mission

The mission of the Great Dane Club of Des Moines is as follows:

  • To encourage and promote the quality in breeding of purebred Great Danes and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.

  • To encourage the membership to a lifetime responsibility for their Great Danes, their Dane’s offspring and to the education of others as all are necessary for the protection and advancement of the breed.

  • To urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which Great Danes shall be judged and to encourage the study of the standard by breeders, judges, dog show committees and others interested in the advancement of the breed.

  • To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows, field trials and obedience trials.

  • To conduct sanctioned matches, specialty shows, obedience trials and other events for which the club is eligible under the Rules and Regulations of the American Kennel Club, and to generate publicity on any matter affecting the welfare of the breed.

  • To encourage dedication to the health and welfare of the breed.

  • To encourage the participation by club members and breeders with a rescue program in their area.

  • To disseminate and promote the ideals and objectives of the GDCA Charitable Trust.

Our History

The Great Dane Club of Des Moines hosted its first Specialty in 1977. - More to come!