Bill Gorodner and Lloyd Alton
Bill Gorodner Lloyd Alton
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013
For contribution to the Organization
Lloyd Alton & Bill Gorodner
Lloyd Alton and Bill Gorodner were Life members of American Spaniel Club and have worked to benefit the breed and the Organization.
Both Billy and Lloyd have a long history as breeders. Billy began with his first cocker at about age 11. He competed in Junior Showmanship during his adolescent years and later owned a grooming shop in NYC. He taught grooming at the Nash Academy in New Jersey while he and Lloyd lived there. Lloyd’s interest in Cockers began in the 50's and he actually owned and started showing them in 1968. Lloyd and Billy moved to the "country" in northern Virginia where they operated a successful small scale boarding kennel. They continued to breed Cockers under the “Gings" prefix and produced champions in all three varieties. Their efforts have been recognized with top producers and top winners they have bred or owned. Among those would be the parti colors, Ch Gings Alydar and Ch Tagalong Macho Man.
But, beyond the breeding program, we are here today to celebrate these two men for their contributions to the community of ASC members and to the ASC organization. Their contributions are many.
Together with Lloyd’s business background and organizational skills and Bill’s knowledge of cocker spaniels and their history they collaborated in writing and producing the book The World of the Cocker Spaniel. This beautiful book is truly a “must have” for any serious Cocker breeder.
Lloyd was the “Voice” of the Flushing Show in January and again each July National show. For years we sat ringside at our ASC events and counted on those dulcet tones to call out the winners, absentees, announcements and the dogs to the show ring. What you may not realize is that Lloyd did this for 27 years, a laudable and amazing contribution in itself.
Billy has been educating, intriguing and entertaining us with his columns for decades, from columns like Butternut Wisdom through a number of other cocker related bulletins and magazines. Ask Billy a question and in giving you his answer he will share stories and information many breeders, owners and handlers may well have forgotten. His memory is encyclopedic. Just don't ask him where he may have left his glasses!
With his incredible knowledge of our history, Billy also wrote the Obituary’s for deceased members and sometimes a well-known dog or two. Both Billy and Lloyd were active members of the ASC Spaniel Sleuths until Lloyd’s death. Billy continues to work with the Sleuths and he is always on standby during the Annual Meeting to help during announcements.
Over these many decades of deep involvement and love of the breed and the ASC, Billy and Lloyd have touched many of us in some way. To some of us they are the extended family we chose because of our common love of cockers. To others they were dear loyal friends with whom a phone call, an email, a dinner, a drink or a tale of days long gone can be shared. To other people newer to our breed they are icons, knowledgeable and respected. Their life experiences of many years are fascinating to those of us with whom they have shared them. And most importantly, their talents and knowledge were always generously and freely given to anyone who truly wanted to learn more about the breed. Each of them encouraged and mentored many breeders and ASC members who have valued their tutelage and friendship. And whenever asked by ASC or any of the dog clubs to which they belonged you could count on them to be always willing to take on any job to help promote the breed in any way they could.
Their decades of devotion truly exemplify sustaining contribution to the ASC and its members. Today we recognize and celebrate these two men and fondly remember their many personal contributions to the organization with their induction into the 2013 ASC Hall of Fame.
Sharon Reed and Wilma Parker