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The American Kennel Club (AKC®) announced today that Carol Jo Stuart, of Peninsula, Ohio, has been named a recipient of the AKC Community Achievement Award for her love and support of all aspects of the canine community. The Metropolitan Cleveland Miniature Schnauzer Club (MCMSC), a group in which she serves as vice president and show chair, nominated Stuart. Stuart was one of two honorees this quarter – Lucille Perry, of Grants Pass, Oregon, also received recognition.

The AKC Community Achievement Awards support and recognize outstanding public education and legislation efforts of AKC-affiliated clubs, AKC-recognized federations and their members. The AKC selects award recipients who promote purebred dogs and responsible dog ownership within their communities or who have successfully introduced, monitored and responded to legislative issues affecting dog ownership.
“Carol Jo has spent much of her time educating the canine community about responsible dog ownership,” said Noreen Baxter, AKC’s VP of Communications. “Her dedication to mentoring new fanciers and promoting the well-being of her breed and club are inspiring. We are pleased to present Carol Jo with the AKC Community Achievement Award and thank her for all of her efforts.”

Stuart has been a member of the MCMSC since it was founded in 1962. As a member she has filled many top positions including president, board member, secretary, and newsletter editor. The club also values Stuart as a resourceful fund-raiser and wise mentor. Stuart has devoted many hours of faithful service to the MCMSC, working tirelessly to promote the sport she loves. In addition, Stuart always sets time aside to help new fanciers.

“She has expertise in grooming and shares her knowledge very freely with any new Schnauzer owner,” said MCMSC president Charles Frank. “She is dedicated to club objectives and has worked tirelessly for the betterment of the breed.” As club member Carole Naft puts it, “She will always help in locating breeders for new owners, to help make a happy home with a good-quality pet or a puppy for show.”

Nominations for the AKC Community Achievement Awards are accepted year-round. Up to three honorees are named each quarter. They receive a certificate and a $1,000 check payable to the club or federation’s public education and canine legislation efforts. Nominate a club.