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South Central Newfoundland Club

Newfoundland being shown.

SCNC Board Members

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President, Mary Broihier

I have been a member of The South Central Newfoundland Club since 2000. During that time, I have served as President, Secretary, Treasurer and Newsletter Editor. In 2001, my husband J. C. Randolph and I started our kennel, Water’s Edge Newfoundlands, which we operated for many years, producing AKC Champions, Grand Champions, Register of Merit dogs, service dogs and companions. We now are Emeritus Breeders of the Newfoundland Club of America, to which we have belonged for 22 years.

Vice President, Liza Durbin

Growing up my family had lots of pets and my favorite was always the dogs.  I’m originally from Wisconsin and moved to Ohio 30 years ago for a job, met my husband and set about raising our family.  Naturally we had dogs, all different kinds, as our children grew.  When we lost our beloved Berner we decided to get more serious about our next dog. We went to dog shows, researched different breeds and when we settled on the Newfoundland, I spent a lot of time speaking with breeders.  My husband and I love everything about the Newfoundland most especially the versatility.  They do everything and enjoy it!  We joined SCNC early on to learn more about what we could do with our pup when we got him.  We picked up Otis almost 6 years ago.  He’s taught us so much and we continue to learn more through him still.  Although I had always managed to keep our house to no more than 2 dogs (I only have 2 hands I reasoned) to me Newfy’s are like potato chips, you can’t have just one.  So even though we also share our home with Baxter (a Great Dane) a little over a year ago we took on our second Newfoundland, Oliver. 

I truly enjoy everything about this breed, watching them perform is a joy, and I’ve found the people that share their lives with them are just as special.  That said, I look forward to meeting you and your wonderful Newfy, if you have one, at an event in the near future. 

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Dog laying in grass.

Secretary, Robin Adamson

I first encountered the breed at the "Meet the Breed" exhibit at the Ohio State Fair in 1980 with my then-boyfriend.  I was attracted to this fluffy black dog who was about 60 pounds, and was so sweet.  I grew up with a Saint Bernard and loved big dogs.  I was conversing with the dog and then the huge Mama came over and I was smitten.   I did not realize this large dog was a baby.  I went home, read everything I could about Newfies and when that boyfriend asked me me to marry him, my answer was- "When I graduate from college I knew I was getting a Newf but did not count on you."  "Love me love my dog".  So 8 Newfs later, a few titles, and a different husband, I am committed to this breed.  My dogs have seen me through 2 children, 2 step-children, caring for sick parents, and several career changes.  They are my rock and my north star. They keep me grounded and always, always support me and my family.  Newfoundly yours, Robin

Treasurer, Pam Weir 

I’ve been a member of the SCNC since 2017 and am pleased to serve as the club’s treasurer. In addition to my duties with SCNC, I serve as Treasurer of the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America. I’m the office manager of a production company in east central Indiana and serve as my church’s pianist. I enjoy gardening, am an avid reader, and try to get home to Minnesota regularly to see my family there. All of these things keep me busy, but my favorite thing is to be home with my husband and my dogs. We’ve had several dogs over the years, and at present, we have two – Murray (Newfoundland) and Waylon (Bernese Mountain Dog). 

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Board Member, Amy Birk 

I have been a member of SCNC for many years and am very involved with Rescue. My favorite club event is the Christmas Tree Pull at Dull’s Tree Farm. I live in a log cabin in the woods of Brown County with my cats, assorted woodland creatures (that sometimes get in the house) and my dogs. My three dogs are Yeti (brown Newfoundland known as “The Brown Bear of Brown County”), Moose (Bernese Mountain dog missing one ear) and one crazy Husky. I work at a veterinary clinic in Southern Indiana. When I have free time you can find me walking my dogs around Nashville, hiking the woods around Brown County, running into trees on my mountain bike and playing tennis.

Board Member, Bob Kinney

A long time ago and not so far away, my bride to be talked to me about getting a dog after we got married.  Having grown up with dogs on the farm, I said “Sure, it would be nice to have a dog around the house.  We could get a nice shepherd or shepherd collie cross.” She said that she had really looking forward to getting a Newfoundland since she was in high school. “What’s that?” said I. “I know someone that has one and we’ll go and show you” said she. When we got to the place, I saw that Newfy face looking at me through the screen door and fell in love. The rest is history. That was about 30 years ago and between failed fosters and puppies, we still have a pack of four. During that time, our dogs achieved lot of titles, for all of which I was more of an equipment manager and observer, leaving the heavy training work (and credit) to my better half.

Man with a dog.
Man with a dog.

Board Member, JC Randolph  

My wife Mary Broihier and I have had Newfoundlands for 23 years. We joined the South Central Newfoundland Club in order to learn about Newfoundlands and were members before we had one. Our first Newfoundland, Duncan, became our first conformation Champion and after that, there was no turning back. We live in rural Morgan County with five Newfoundlands: Beau, Sofia, Dylan, Darcy and Vera. We bred our first Newfoundland litter in 2002 under the name Water’s Edge. Our dogs have been successful in the conformation ring and that is what we love the most. We also have owned and bred Labrador Retrievers for 12 years and share our home with four Labs: Ashley, Leia, Star and Velvet. Through our dogs we have met many wonderful people across the country and overseas. They have added immensely to our lives. We are retired from breeding now and are Emeritus breeders with the NCA, but we still enjoy events with South Central and the Newfoundland Club of America. 

Board Member, Jon Weir  

My wife and I share our home with a very large Newfoundland and a Bernese Mountain Dog. I grew up with a Newfoundland and have always had a love of big dogs. After many years of living with Berners, we got our first Newf together in 2017. We joined SCNC at that time and have enjoyed all the SCNC events that we have been able to attend. We started showing in conformation with our first Newf, Murray. What an incredible learning experience that has turned out to be! Besides all of the great people we have had a chance to meet at the shows, my grooming knowledge and technique has grown tremendously. When not traveling for work, I spend most weekends at dog shows showing Newfoundlands in conformation.

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Origins of South Central Newfoundland Club

by Terry Newhouse

Dog sleeping.
Dog laying in grass.
People and dog in a boat.

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. 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.  

On behalf of SCNC, many thanks to Terry Newhouse, whose's kennel name was The Good Shepard's, for preserving this piece of club history for us.

Dog at the beach.
Puppy chewing a flower.
Dog in the water.
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