The Potomac Valley Tibetan Spaniel Club (PVTSC) was founded in 1997. During its active years, the club was an enjoyable and educational organization for many Tibbies and their owners. Long-time members share happy memories from “Tournaments of Tibbies,” play dates, beach walks, and other fun events. Many made lifelong friends at PVTSC events.
After a decade, the club experienced declining membership and a lack of candidates for board positions. During its last annual meeting in 2007, the membership reluctantly voted to suspend PVTSC operations in lieu of dissolving the club outright, with assurance that members would be notified regarding the club’s future.
Over the next few years, no one expressed interest in working to revive the club, but those involved delayed acting to dissolve it. During the five years that PVTSC was in “limbo,” no meetings, elections, dues collections, expenditures or club activities took place. After this hiatus, things changed.
Proposal to reactivate: Several breeders in the area had been thinking about forming a Tibetan Spaniel club in the mid-Atlantic region for some time when they heard about PVTSC. In 2014, those breeders proposed reactivating PVTSC under new leadership and with a new direction.
The proposal’s key elements:
• The reactivated PVTSC would seek to become an official regional club of the Tibetan Spaniel Club of America (TSCA), similar to the Finger Lakes Tibetan Spaniel Association (FLTSA) in New York. As a regional club, its primary purpose would be to conduct sanctioned matches, dog shows, and other events under the rules of the American Kennel Club.
• The club’s 501(c)(3) and Incorporation status would be reinstated.
• All PVTSC members would be welcome participants in the revitalized club.
These goals—and more—have been met. The club retains several charter members from the 1990s, and has welcomed many new members. Past and present members of the PVTSC are united in their love of Tibbies. The club is not-for-profit, and it is through the support of our members that we can expand its focus and activities to better serve our Tibbies and their owners.
Our regional territory consists of Washington, DC, Maryland, parts of Virginia and as far north as Harrisburg, Pa.
If you are interested in joining the PVTSC, we welcome your new membership application.