The following is an early history of SDOC written for the October 1968 newsletter by Kiku Kennedy, a charter member of the club. She graciously agreed to enlighten us as to what went on in those "early years" in a series of articles for the newsletter. The first article follows:
Once upon a time, in the fall of 1950, we met at Stan Swanson's house here in Alb. Vern & I were new in town. Mike Favia & his family & some other dog obedience interested people were there. Mike & Stan having had training experience in the mid-west & east suggested training classes with an obed. club to be formed in mind. There was enthusiasm from the start * the first class was set up at the old Carpenters Hall on Coal Ave. Cpt. Rosner was our first trainer.
I don't recall how long it took to organize the club & to get AKC's recognition, but classes were rolling under 2 trainers & dogs of all breed attended. In 1951, we held our first Sanctioned Match & it was funny to see a Dachshund win, who never sate, because both judge & handler were so tall they never saw down to the ground! We trained in-doors & out-doors & for awhile, at Menaul School.