The honor of being the first Local Irish Setter Club belongs to the Irish Setter Club of New England. On November 14, 1928 a group of twelve New Englanders gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roderic Blood in Newton Center, MA and organized the Irish Setter Club of Massachusetts (which it was called for a short time). John Cuneo, a judge and 11th President of ISCA was designated the club’s first President. The twelve founding members were: Mr. and Mrs. George W. Alden, Mr. William W. Allen, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Cuneo, Mrs. Marchione DeFatta, Mrs. F.J. Doyle, Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Forbes, Mr. Robert H. Johnson, and Mr. and Mrs. Roderic M. Blood. Two months after that first meeting, realizing that interest was more than state-wide, the members changed the name to The Irish Setter Club of New England. Being the only Local Club, it attracted members from neighboring states and from the Year Books, we find nationally known names: ISCA Presidents: John Cuneo, also a judge; Dr. Gilman S. Currier; Hon. Walter C. Ellis; Lester O. Gatchell, judge; Joseph P. Knight, judge; Lee M. Schoen, judge. ISCA Board members: Richard Adams, AKC Executive; Edwin Berolzheimer, judge; Laura Delano, judge; E.I. Eldredge, AKC executive, judge; Maron B. Neville; Doris Swain, judge. Judges: Barbara Brodie, George Brodie, Claire Andrews, John L. Downs, Mrs. Edwin Dresser, Frank J. Fiore.
A historical perspective of the ISCNE forwarded by Carol Levesque from an article by Ann Looney, Paula McAteer, Doris Swain and Lester Gatchell published in the ISCA Centennial Edition,Vol 1 History, 1991.