The Door County Scottie Rally Board Members (& Scotties) Pictured below are the members and inspirations of the Door County Scottie Rally. Please click on each member's photos to learn about their roles.
Michele Geiger-Bronsky Tom Bronsky
Baileys Harbor, WI.
Baileys Harbor, WI.
Baileys Harbor, WI
Baileys Harbor, WI.
Ken Luth & Rose Walton
Michele Geiger-Bronsky Tom Bronsky
President and Founder Vice President
Baileys Harbor, WI. Baileys Harbor, WI.
The world of dogs in Michele Geiger-Bronsky’s childhood was limited to the family watchdog. Often times these were large Belgian Shepherds who served as companions and guardians. In spite of this limited exposure, she has always had an attraction to dogs and often felt that she must have some puppy hood in her background/prior life experiences.Tom Bronsky’s history of dogs was limited to a Dalmation, but only for a short time due to family issues. After Tom and Michele were married for a few years, they began to consider welcoming a dog into their family. The Bronsky’s attended a dog show sponsored by the Beverly Hills Kennel Club in Southern, CA and searched the best breeds for their lifestyle. Although the Scottish Terrier did not rise to the top of the list according to the computer match program, they were very attracted to the breed and the characteristics for which they were known.The search for a Scottie resulted in taking Shayna McPunim Bronsky home. Michele recalls the drive home: “Tom and I were a little panicked about the ability to be good parents and give this wonderful little puppy everything she needed. Neither of us had cared for a new puppy before.” The rest is history: Shayna became the love of both their lives, and when she was diagnosed with bladder cancer almost 12 years later they were devastated.The concept of the Scottie Rally began in the winter of 2000 shortly after Shayna’s diagnosis. After talking with Judy Mawacke, who at that time coordinated the WISCOTS (Scottie Collector meeting), the Bronsky’s decided to gather people together in Door County to celebrate the lives of Scotties. It was the best decision they ever made! The friendships developed through the first event sustained them during the last few months of Shayna's life and have been lifesaving to Tom and Michele after her passing.The Door County Scottie Rally has been the largest single contributor to the STCA Health Trust Fund. After organizing and holding an annual gathering for four consecutive years, it became clear it was time to form an official organization and apply for non-profit status. What started as a simple gathering of Scottie owners from two to three states has grown to encompass people and their Scotties from all over North America. As the founder of the Door County Scottie Rally. Michele Geiger- Bronsky is responsible for just about every detail of the Scottie Rally activities from program planning, auction acquisition, menu planning, cookie baking to marketing/public relations.Up until the fall 2004, Tom Bronsky had been responsible for the outdoor logistics of the Scottie Rally including negotiating for rental equipment, grounds set-up, parking and Parade of the Scots logistics. Since Door County Scottie Rally became incorporated as an organization, Tom has taken on the role of Director of Finance, and has added the financial bookkeeping to his responsibilities.Michele and Tom are members of the Scottish Terrier Club of America for two primary reasons. First, they believe in supporting the specialty organization that is committed to the maintenance and ethical breeding practices of the Scottish Terrier. Secondly, they wanted to position the Door County Scottie Rally as a legitimate event which is recognized and respected for the work that it does.Michele concludes by saying: “The Scottie Rally has grown into a year-round labor of love and a legacy to Shayna and every single Scot who has touched all of our lives. Sometimes we can hardly wait for each May to arrive, and then we can’t believe it is already here!”
When I was very small, I would stay with my Grandmother. She told me stories about Fala and FDR. She would describe Fala to me, and then ask me to draw a picture of him for her....I can still see it happening. From that time on, Fala had my heart, and the scottie was the dog for me.I didn't get one though until I was 21. I was thrilled the day I brought Doolie home. He was coal black with bright little eyes and he was my dog from the moment I first held him in my arms we were friends. I loved (and love) him so.After I lost Doolie, it was many years before the day came when we went to see Delancie, an 8 month old brindle baby. She wagged her tail and captured the both of us. She took her place as scottie princess in our home. She is a reserved, proper little lady and very sweet.We have since added Digby, a rescue boy. He is a bright happy guy who has decided that my hubby Rex is his person. I remember the first time we arrived at the Rally. It was a glorious morning, and we could hear the scotties barking up on the hill. It was the beginning of many wonderful times we've had. To me, the Rally is a win win experience. I've met(and still meet) fine people to share the love of scotties with...I get to see all the beautiful scotties...and I get an opportunity to do something for these wonderful little dogs.
Baileys Harbor, WI
Hi! I am both thrilled and honored for the opportunity to be on the board of directors of the Door County Scotttie Rally.My husband Greg and I moved from the Appleton area into our log cabin in Baileys Harbor in the fall of 2007. We immediately began to make lots of new Scottie friends. We have two amazing Scotties that let us care forthem. Our big guy is Donnegal and his little sister is Aberdeen. We enjoy being their staff.Greg and I met while pursuing our degrees at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, he in Pharmacy and I in Textiles. I used my degree for awhilemanaging clothing stores then retired to raise our daughter. The folks at the veterinary clinic who cared for our pets knew I had a BS degree and loved animals. They convinced me to try working there. I started out in the office but soon was doing lab work and assisting in surgery. It was a wonderful opportunity and I worked in veterinary medicine for about 12 years.Last year was my first Scottie Rally and I met some wonderful Scottie owners. I look forward to meeting more of you at the upcoming rallys and parades.Marilyn
My introduction to Scotties came in 1973 when my partner decided we needed a little puppy in our lives. Little did I know how it would change our lives. From a small Chicago apartment to a larger house further north in the city, Scotty was always there. She traveled a good part of the United States and she was always adored by the motel/hotel housekeepers.Unfortunately, at about 8 years of age, she developed diabetes and the remainder of her years (she did live to over 13 1⁄2) were spent with daily insulin tests (running behind her with a small cup) and subsequent insulin injections. Ultimately she did develop some serious health problems and I’ll always remember her last meal of Kentucky Fried Chicken outside the vet’s office. I think we cried for two days.After a couple of years of non-Scottie-hood, we went looking and found two very wonderful litter-mates who became known as Murphy and Corky (guess where that inspiration came from).We had decided on two, since we thought they would/could keep each other company while we were away at work. Didn’t quite work out that way – Corky became fast friends with the alley cat Alexis (who we think was Scotty reincarnated and had moved in during the non- Scottie-hood period) and Murphy mostly ignored Corky. They also traveled the US extensively and were quite different characters. Murphy was the happy go lucky – let’s have a good time – guy, and Corky was the more cerebral part of the family. You could just see her eyes roll at her brother sometimes – thinking – I can’t believe I’m related to HIM! Well, again after over 13+ years of wonderful times, health issues starting taking their toll. First Corky with liver cancer and then Murphy with a spinal paralysis just 4 months later. It was a sad time to be moving to Wisconsin, which they had enjoyed visiting very often. Somewhere during this sad time I heard about the Door County Scottie Rally, but given the recent events, just couldn’t bring myself to attend. Eventually, I did contact Michele about potential Scotties and got a wonderful recommendation about Helen in Sun Prairie.The joy of being with all her Scotties was exhilarating and after several visits we became proud companions to Milis and Pepper. They are incredibly loving and affectionate and we hope to have them for a very long time. We finally attended our first Scottie Rally in 2007 and vowed to keep going back – there’s nothing like it in the world!
Although I knew about the Scottish breed growing up, we always had a mutt for a pet. My wife, however, has always loved Scotties and was owned by a couple of them before we were married, After my retirement from the Air Force (finally settling in one place), we started searching for a Scottie.Delancie (Queen “D”) came into our lives in 1996. We became a family of three-she took her place effortlessly and graciously-as if she knew her throne was waiting for her. I learned then that a person doesn’t own a Scottie. Digby, our two year old happy go lucky rescue boy, has been with us just over a year. Digby showed me how out of shape I became which started me back on an exercise program. I can now keep up with him a little bit.We were always delighted to find other people who had and/or loved Scotties. After moving to Illinois we found and attended two Great Scots gatherings and had a ball. Then we discovered and came to the Door County Scottie Rally. Not only did we find wonderful gathering of Scotties but a gathering with a dedicated purpose to promote their health and their lives. Not being one to set around I offered my help in setting up and cleaning up. Working on the Rally is a joy – seeing and sharing in all that is accomplished together, enjoying each other’s company, and doing something for our breed – it’s a great thing to be a part of. We have made some wonderful friendships, and out of these have come many rewards. As a board member I look forward in continuing the efforts of the DCSR to further the lives of this wonderful breed.
Ken Luth Board Member
Rose Walton Treasurer
Rose and I started our dog career together over years ago with Rose’s Westie mix, Gibson.Since then we have had other dogs, but when we found Emma, our first Scottie, and we knew this was the breed for us. Cute and all attitude!Soon after I was surfing the web for Scottie stuff, and found the DCSR. We flipped and had to come! We loaded up the motor home (named after Emma), came over, and LOVED the Rally.The next year we volunteered to help, and we sure were put to work! But it truly was a labor of love, camaraderie, and Scotties! And like all good things, it went way too fast. Being a part of the Rally is so rewarding and satisfying. The reasons for the rally of getting together for dog fun and raising funds for Scottie health and welfare is why we come out. Our lives revolve around these little ones, but during the day Rose is the owner of “Friends of Wool” yarn shop in Holland Michigan, and Fiona is her” employee” every day at the shop. Ken works in auto claims for an insurance company, and loves to play with his old GTO.Our Fur kids are: Spike, a Westie and in his opinion, “Lead dog”. Emma is our “Princess”, loves kids, and she doesn’t mind “digging right in”. Hamish is our “Big Boy” and back yard “Pioneer”. And little Fiona, who is our “Baby” and aka “Monster”. These three are Scotties. Three of our four kids are rescues.Being asked to be on the board of the Rally is really an honor, and we hope we can help be a part of a ongoing, beneficial, and FUN event and cause.Ken and Rose.
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