During the 1930's, 40's and 50's and into the early 60's, the New England Chow Chow Club was quite active. Its membership was small, but almost all members exhibited their dogs. The club held its annual specialties and matches and was known to have"get-togethers".
In the mid 60's the club became quite inactive. Due to the unwavering dedication of Mr. Charles O'Hara, our club treasurer, the club never did lose its charter. Each year Mr. O'Hara paid the charter filing fee to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In 1969, Mildred Fugman, a member of the Southern Chow Chow Club, moved to Rhode Island to be with her husband who was in the Navy. She had chows with her when she moved north, and she would take in local dog shows. She would immediately tell any Chowist she met about the New England Club. Mrs. Fugman also ran "Chow for Sale" ads (even though she had none to sell) in order to "sell" callers on the club, and it worked! It was through Mrs. Fugman's enthusiasm and love of the breed that the club became "alive" again. Since 1972, the club has once again gained recognition by all chow people. Several of our members, past and present, have served as members of the Board of The Chow Chow Club, Inc., as well. Nina Armitage held the post of Secretary-Treasurer from 1952 until her death in 1965. Although she was elderly, she diligently executed her duties, even from her hospital bed shortly before her death. AKC Delegate Ginny Atkinson, served as our secretary for three years. Andrea Moore (who followed Ginny as secretary) and Kip Kopatch (former President and Board Member) have been board members of The Chow Chow Club. Another club member, Bill Atkinson has served as that clubs Statistic and Awards Chairperson.
Our club membership surpassed 50 in the late 70's and 80's. We have held an annual Specialty Show since 1976, and in 1982 we hosted the National Specialty. Mother Nature did not cooperate with good weather for that event, but it was a big success and generated numerous compliments. Since 1980, we have held several Supported Entries, AKC sanctioned Matches, fun matches and our annual Holiday Party. We have also participated in "The Gaines Medal for Good Sportsmanship" award. Our Breed education has always been an important element to our club. Our first "Chow Day" was held in September 1985 as a public service to anyone who owned a Chow or was considering acquiring one. Our chow club members offer grooming, handling, and obedience demonstrations. There are "fun" and "real" class categories and contests as well. It is very worthwhile to have people of all backgrounds and experience with the breed come together and enjoy themselves.
With the start of the new millennium our membership has grown close to 70 members. It includes both experienced chowists and novices. In the late summer of 1999, the club's newsletter was resurrected after a long absence.
In Summer of 2000, the club officially announced its internet website to further provide information to current and prospective chow owners. The site was closed for most of 2006 until it was redesigned and reopened in mid-January, 2007 on a new domain, http://www.NewEnglandChowChowClub.COM