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Mary and Norman Barnes

Mary and Norman Barnes - Liz Bar   
 Norman and Mary Barnes 1986 Best of Breed; L-R: Dr. Al Grossman, Judge, Alice Kaplan,
Agent David Roberts, Mary Barnes, Stephen Calvert, Norman Barnes

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015
For contribution to the Breed

Mary and Norman Barnes, Liz Bar

Mary Barnes bred and showed cocker spaniels from the late 1940's until she whelped her last litter in the early 1990's. She was primarily known for her black cockers and especially her beautiful black bitches but she also finished ASCOBs and parti-colors. Probably her two most famous cockers were CH Liz-Bar Magic of Music, "Bass," and Ch Liz-Bar Chances Are, "Esmeralda." Bass was a top winning black cocker for the decade of the 70's. He was a multiple Best in Show dog, winning the Black Variety twice at ASC and going Best in Show at Santa Barbara Kennel club over 2000 dogs. Esmeralda was also a Best in Show winner. Only bred once, Esmeralda produced two champion get (CH Liz-Bar Gambler and Ch Liz-Bar Happen). Mary finished over 75 dogs under the Liz-Bar prefix. Ch Liz-Bar Magician, "Buddy" was her top producer. She also showed and finished dogs for many other cocker fanciers in the southeast. To name a few, these include: Ann Smith-Martin, Terry Corn, Pat Karney, Diane Hernandez, Nancy Hunter, Karen Phiel, and Susan Roman. 

Mary and her husband, Norman were very active in ASC. Both served as President of the Cocker Spaniel Specialty Club of Georgia (CSSCG) for multiple terms of office. Additionally, Mary was the CSSCG treasurer for many years. Norman also served as President of The Combined Specialty Clubs of Georgia. Mary is a life member of ASC, CSSCG, and Atlanta Kennel Club. 

In addition to breeding, training and showing her beloved black cockers; Mary was a mentor to many cocker newcomers and exhibitors. She would work for hours teaching proper show grooming and handling to us. Mary shared her knowledge with many others and asked for only one thing of us; that we, in turn, share the knowledge and love of cockers with other newcomers.

Mary N. Barnes was 96 on December 19, 2014. It is fitting if that we, the ASC membership, recognize Mary and Norman Barnes and their contributions to the breed by adding their names to the ASC Hall of Fame.

Wilma Parker



All of the ballots regarding the proposed changes to the Cocker Spaniel Breed Standard have been counted. The only proposed change that passed was to add the disqualification for blue eyes or blue specks in the eye.  The results are as follows:


BALLOT 1: Proposed change to include disqualification for blue eyes:

Number of ballots returned 710

Invalid ballots 2

Total number of valid ballots 708


Number required to pass (2/3s) 472


Number of Yes votes 512 (72.32%)


Number of No votes 196 (27.68%)


This proposed change passed.


BALLOT 2: Proposed change to include undocked tails:


Number of ballots returned 708


Invalid ballots 2


Total number of valid ballots 706


Number required to pass (2/3s) 471


Number of Yes votes 324 (45. 89%)


Number of No votes 382 (54.11%)


This proposed change did not pass.


BALLOT 3: Proposed change to include solid sable:


Number of ballots returned 709


Invalid ballots 2


Total number of valid ballots 707


Number required to pass (2/3s) 471


Number of Yes votes 337 (47. 67%)


Number of No votes 370 (52.33%)


This proposed change did not pass.


BALLOT 4: Proposed change to include parti-color sable:


Number of ballots returned 706


Invalid ballots 2


Total number of valid ballots 704


Number required to pass (2/3s) 469


Number of Yes votes 336 (47. 73%)


Number of No votes 368 (52.27%)


This proposed change did not pass.


This has been a thoughtful, vigorously debated, and sometimes contentious process, but the membership has spoken. For the good of ASC and the love of our breed, I hope, and I think we will, all move forward together.


Linda Moore 



Earlier the National Nominating Committee presented the following nominees to serve 2-year terms (1-18 to 1-20) as officers of the club.:


President — Diane Kepley 

1st VP — Julie Virosteck 

2nd VP — Kathy Egeland-Brock


Now the Zone Nominating Committees have finished their work and are nominating the following individuals to serve as Directors and Alternates for 2-Year terms (1-18 until 1-20).


Zone 1 

Director — Stacy Dobmeier; Alternate — Vivian Hudson


Zone 2

Director — Dale Ward; Alternate — Karin Linde Klerholm


Zone 3

Director — Bonnie Buell; Alternate — Lisa Arnett


Zone 4

Director — Linda McLean; Alternate — Lane Tarantino 


Zone 5

Director — Alan Santos; Alternate — DeAnn Jepson


Any members who were not nominated by these committees may run by petition received by the Secretary on or before November 15th. Requirements for the petitions are contained in Article IV, Section 2 of the bylaws found on the ASC website under Documents.


Just a reminder that the ASC Board is soliciting member input prior to taking action on the proposed bylaw changes. The 30 day comment period ends on October 28, 2017.

Please post any comments or questions to the ASC Yahoo List or send your comments to me, Tony Stallard, privately if you so desire. a4r4s4@aol.com 


***** FLUSHING SPANIEL SHOW 2018 U P D A T E *****

Due to unforeseen delays with the building improvement construction, the Knoxville Exhibition Center will not be ready in time for our January show. Therefore, we will move the show to the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park (2201 E. Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville).

The venue is a short 5 ½ miles (approximately 10 min.) drive from the Holiday Inn. The Knoxville Convention Center team has committed to making this unexpected transition as seamless as possible. We are working with Visit Knoxville (Convention & Visitors Bureau) to provide shuttle service for our members and guests to/from the Holiday Inn and the show venue.

More information will be available shortly as the Show Committee works on the logistics of the Show.  For now, we recommend that everyone who has reservations at the Holiday Inn, KEEP them. The few motels located by the facility are not recommended by the KCC or Chilhowee Park management. However, if you would like to cancel your reservation, please DO NOT call the Holiday Inn.  Please contact Jane Williams.  We have a waiting list for rooms and we need to facilitate the room change or the room will go back to general hotel inventory. 

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