Club History


On September 9, 2006 an organizational meeting was held in Des Moines, Iowa with nine interested individuals present. Appointment was made for President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. Phyllis Fleming accepted the position as President. It was decided at that time that we would call our club Central Iowa Papillon Club. Our goal was to recruit members which we did. Word was spreading and we attracted more members ranging from a wider area other than just the central part of the state so we renamed the club Papillon Club of Iowa and received AKC approval for the club name. 

In September 2007, the first election was held and Danna Robinson-Saathoff was elected as President. Danna resigned her position a short time into her term and Vice-President Lou Ann King stepped up to finish Danna's term and then Lou Ann was elected as President in 2008 and again in 2009.

In August of 2009, we applied to AKC requesting B Status and were approved to hold our first Sanctioned B Match which we held on Saturday,

September 4, 2009. The match was held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. It was judged by Mrs. Carolyn Schaldecker of Imagine Keeshonds. 

AKC gave us permission to hold our second Sanctioned B match, which was held in Des Moines on Saturday, February 20, 2010. Greg Larson of Ista Shih Tzus judged. 

On October 30, 2010 at the Canine Craze Performance Center in Urbandale, IA we held our third Sanctioned B Match which also included a sanctioned all-breed obedience match. This was the first time PCI was approved to conduct a B/OB match. The judges were Sonia McGrail for obedience and Deborah Thompson for conformation. 

On January 7, 2011, we officially became the Papillon Club of Iowa, Inc. when articles of incorporation were filed with the Iowa Secretary of State.

July 20, 2012 AKC approved our first A Match. The judge for this match was Mrs. Carolyn Schaldecker of Imagine Keeshonds. The match secretary was Kim Maret.

On September 18, 2013 AKC approved our club to hold licensed shows. 

Our first AKC Licensed Specialty was held August 29, 2014 in Amana, Iowa .

If you are interested in joining the club see the Membership page

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