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AKC Honors New Jersey Fanciers Donna and Bill Welty With a Community Achievement Award

(Thursday, June 15, 2006)
American Kennel Club Honors New Jersey Fanciers Donna and Bill Welty With a Community Achievement Award

The American Kennel Club® announced today that Donna and Bill Welty of Vienna, N.J. have been named recipients of the AKC® Community Achievement Awards for their dedication to promoting responsible dog ownership. The Weltys serve multiple roles in several clubs, including being founding members of two clubs. The Weltys received one of three awards this quarter - Holly Stump of Ipswitch, Mass. and Edward Peterson of Middlesex, Vt., 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.

Bill and Donna Welty
The Weltys are founding members of the United States Neapolitan Mastiff and the Garden State Neapolitan Mastiff Clubs, members of the New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs, past presidents and vice presidents of the Schooley's Mountain Kennel Club and members of the New Brunswick Kennel Club.

In addition the couple has promoted public education by staffing information booths, creating flyers and newsletters, and writing articles. Donna Welty, a school teacher for 33 years, created and taught a popular seventh-grade course on the dog's role in history and conducted an after-school dog-care program.

"The Weltys are devoted to the education of the fancy as well as the general public," said Noreen Baxter, AKC's VP of Communications. "They have been highly influential in the sport of purebred dogs and their successes are shared by all members of the fancy. The American Kennel Club salutes the Weltys on all their accomplishments."

Nominations for the AKC Community Achievement Awards are accepted year-round. Up to three honorees are named each quarter. They receive a certificate of appreciation and a $1,000 check payable to the club or federation's public education and canine legislation efforts. To nominate a club, please visit the Community Achievement Award section of our website.