Our Officers

GDCDM Officers

President:  Bev Klingensmith
Vice President:  Nina Sutherland
Treasurer:  Brian Gens
Secretary:  Sonia Gens

Show Chair 

Kathleen Robinson

Performance Chair 

Julie King

Delegate to the Great Dane Club of America 

Cheri Van Eeghen

Board of Directors

Christine Harrison
Julie King
Neil O'Sullivan
Kathleen Robinson
Gerard Thompson 


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. Since that time, the club has promoted owner education, community involvement, and awareness around responsibly-bred Great Danes.