The Irish Terrier Club of Chicago was organized on September 10, 1926, by James R. Mack of Libertyville, Illinois; John Frye Jr. of Barrington, Illinois; Arch Lappen, Rudolph Jensen, William Butler, and Ed O’Keefe all of Chicago, Illinois. The Club’s first show was held as part of the combined specialty show of the Western Specialty Clubs Association, November 21, 1926. From 1953 through 1969, the Club held its Specialty in conjunction with the International Club of Chicago show held in the Spring.
In 1967, the Club joined the Great Lakes Terrier Association and held its first Specialty show with them in October, 1969. The annual specialty continues to be held today and is held in mid-June at the Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake, Illinois. An annual Club dinner follows the show.
The objectives of the Club, set out in the Club’s constitution, shall be:
- to encourage and promote quality in the breeding of purebred Irish Terriers and do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed through selective breeding, exhibition and education;
- to urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as adopted by the Irish Terrier Club of America and as approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which Irish Terriers shall be judged;
- to, as an affiliated regional club of the Irish Terrier Club of America, conduct sanctioned and licensed specialty shows and obedience shows under the rules of the American Kennel Club; and
- to encourage sportmanship and good fellowship at all Club events.
The Club produces several newsletters each year with show results, upcoming events, health information and many other topics. An Annual Roster is also produced.
The Irish Terrier Club of Chicago is open to all adults who are in good standing with the American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purpose of this Club. While membership is to be unrestricted as to residence, the Club’s primary purpose is to be representative of the breeders, exhibitors, and Irish Terrier owners in its immediate area.
The governing body of the Irish Terrier Club of Chicago is composed of 5 Officers and 2 Executive Officers whose names are listed on the Executive Officers page. The entire governing body is elected annually.
The governing body is elected by the membership for a one-year terms and may be re-elected. The president is limited to three consecutive one-year terms. The Club meets a minimum of once a quarter.