Meeting called to order by Chad Guell22 members present
Voted unanimously to keep all current members in charge in their positions.
Bob Taylor made a motion to accept David Longsethís proposal regarding the Almond color class.
Bill Murkley seconds the motion.Voted unanimously to pass motion.
Next we took a vote on where to hold our All-Age National this year.
1. St. Louis2. Freemont
Members in attendance voted 11-11 on this issue.I have recorded who voted which way as to avoid someone voting twice via mailing in a ballot.
Steve Olsen made a motion to bring back the Bird of the Year and Breeder of the Year awards.Then also add Junior of the Year and Rookie of the Year.
Butch Guell seconds the motion.Voted unanimously to pass motion.
We asked for suggestions to judge St. Louis this year and Bill Murkley was suggested and he accepted.
Steve Olsen made a motion to adjourn.Frank Podufalski seconds to motion.
LETTERS FROM OUR OFFICERS & CLUB MEMBERS~
Thought I better contribute something to the bulletin, since it has been a while. Just wanted to talk about Louisville show a bit. What a nice group of birds to be able to look over and enjoy. Every year, from one to the next, one has to take notice of the gap in birds becoming closer and closer. More birds with shorter length, wider chests, shorter legs, more back skull, better feather, better quality in the rare colors and the list goes on and on.
Now, must make mention of the superb job Bob K. did in the judging of our beautiful Balds. Great job Bob in explaining some faults, and of course conditioning issue some had. Your birds have made some great strides in several areas, in the past few years especially, and your fine job of judging went hand in hand with your improvements, as one could see the qualities you were looking for, and in the way you placed the birds. My hat is off to you Bob, ďJob well done!Ē
It also is very heart warming to have our meetings, discuss issues, and go on to what the majority feel is fit, without great controversy. This makes our club what it should be, and proud for many of us to be a member of.
Along with all of the above we cannot even begin to thank Jackie and Chad for such wonderful job they have been doing in keeping our club alive and kicking. Thanks to both of you for sharing your time and talents in getting the bulletins out, in keeping the show reports coming etc. I thank you sincerely and all of us members could never show you enough appreciation. Chad-it has probably been 15 years since I seen you win your last National Champion and I have watched you grow from a very young boy, to an adult, and you won that show with a tremendous bird that anyone of us would be proud to have in our loft. Donít you take all the credit, as your dad certainly has had a part in it, not only has he taught you how to be a fine gentlemen, but also a fine student of our pigeon hobby, both in the offices you have held, but also in the breeding pen. Good job on your part Butch for taking out your time, to teach Chad, and of course to Chad for listening and taking that advice to another step.
Good luck to all of you for the rest of the show season! Continue to enjoy and learn with your birds in making this a better hobby to belong to.
Yours In The Hobby
Wm Murkley Jr.
Wow how time flies! Louisville has come and gone again. I was fortunate to have won this year, with Bill Murkley (2), Bob Taylor, and my son Harleyjohn winning the reserve champions. I would like to thank Bob Kuzminski for doing the judging. He did a great job with both the placing of the birds, but also with the explanations as tp why he placed them the way that he did. Bob mentioned the conditioning of the birds several times during the show. There looked to be very good quality there this year, who knows what the results would have been had conditioning been equal amongst all the birds. It was a very good turnout again this year 111 birds entered equaled the exact same as last years total. This was great to see as almost every other breed at Louisville saw smaller entry than the year before. The Show Roller guys were a huge disappointment to me as I also have show rollers to show. They went from being traditionally one of the largest entries every year at Louisville to only about 60 some birds this year.
We once again held our annual meeting at Louisville and had a good turnout for that as well. We had 22 members present. We were able to get a few things accomplished in this meeting. We discussed and voted in favor of accepting David Longsethís proposal that he will sponsor the Almond class at both Nationalís for the next 2 years and that we would add a couple of similar colors to that class such as Qualmond. We will have a ballot to vote for the location of this yearís all age National in this bulletin, it is a very close vote so your vote may be the deciding vote. Please Vote! We also voted on and passed the idea of having a Bird of the year, a Breeder of the year, a Junior member of the year, and a Rookie of the year. This is very exciting to me, as I think it will add some fun to our club! We also voted on the club officers and all of them will remain the same. This has been a very enjoyable show season for me so far. I have been to 3 shows and HarleyJohn has come along and helped and shown his own birds at all 3 shows. It is certainly more work for me to keep an eye on him, but it is also so much more enjoyable showing with him too. He is really starting to get into it. I let him pick out his very own pair of show rollers and baldheads last year out of my loft. He raised 6 of each and has been doing very well this year showing them. He helps when we get to the shows putting the birds in the show cages and with feeding and watering the birds. It is absolutely amazing to watch a kids eyes light up over something as simple as a ribbon or a small trophy or plaque. I guess I now know what it was like for my dad watching me grow up and learning the hobby. Thanks dad for being the GREATEST, I LOVE YOU! We are just getting into the heart of our show season. We have several shows coming up: November 13th Van Dyne, WI, November 27thJefferson, WI, December 11thDes Moines, IA, December 18thSheboygan, WI, January 8th St Louis, MO, January 15th Freemont, OH, and then the Wisconsin wrap up either the end of January or beginning of February. Good luck to everyone at all your shows this year, and I hope to see you at any of these that Iíve listed. Iím sure my wife will have stuff all through this bulletin about needing articles for our dedicated Baldhead Roller issue up coming. If it is a paragraph about how you got started, an article on how you feed or condition, maybe pictures of your lofts or certain birds, the more information we can collect the better the issue will be!
Hello.We just got back from the Rapid City, SD show.Yes, it was a small show; however we had such a blast!Little did we know what an attraction this was going to be when we set out for this show.There was SO much to do!We could have easily spent a week out there and not run out of things to do.Neil and Parry Bruggink followed us out there.
We left Thursday evening at around 5pm our time.We drove to Sioux Falls, SD and arrived there around midnight.We got up early and we were back on the road by 9am.Before going too far, we stopped to see the Worldís Only Corn Palace in Mitchell.We can say we did it, thatís about it.It was kind of interesting but not exactly what we expected.Stopped for lunch at this small - not sure if it was ever going to pass health inspection - place called RJís Bar and Grill.We ordered beefalo burgers.We drove to the Bad Lands.Our son was so hoping to see a rattle snake.We didnít of course.Saw some goats, deer, prairie dogs, buffalo from the distance and a pair of eagles.The kids thought this part was great because we let them out of their car seats.
Once we were done there we headed for the show hall arriving there right at 5pm.HarleyJohn sure does love helping with the birds.He was helping Chad put them in the show cages when he decided to let one of the good ones go!Oh boy!Chad recovered the bird and was still brave enough to let HarleyJohn try again.The birds were all safe and settled then it was time to eat.After that, we got our hotel room and settled in for the night.We took the kids swimming in the pool, which they always enjoy.We just wish the water was a little warmer.
Up the next morning the boys all left for the show while I stayed back to let the kids sleep in.After breakfast we were off to the show as well.It was a small show starting at 9am and finishing at 11am.We didnít mind since it gave us time to finish our site-seeing.After grabbing a quick bite, we were off to Mt.Rushmore.
We didnít go into the actual touristy part, just got close enough for pictures of the family with the memorial in the background.We had driven past something called Bear Country and decided that was going to be our next stop.WOW!Was that ever awesome!You drive right up next to elk, reindeer, big horn sheep, wolves, cougar, mountain goats, and obviously BEAR!!!Once again, the kids were out of the seats for this one.HarleyJohn said, ďThis is freakiní awesome!Ē
We were now heading back into the direction of home.We made one last stop at Wall Drug.Found the t-rex that moved.Poor Aalyiah just shook something fierce while I was filming the video of what it did.My poor baby!After buying our little souvenirs, we were on our way home.It was getting to the point where Aalyiah was done being in her car seat.Poor girl started to cry every time you put her back in.So once the kids were sleeping, they were sleeping good.So we decided to split from the group and drive straight home!I drove for about the last two hours of the trip.Lucky me!I drove through the country Hwy 33 were there were more animals to watch out for.As Iím dodging a cat on one side and a skunk on the other, Chadís jumping up asking if Iím ok all in panic!(He had dozed off.)It appeared black tar over the cracks had just been done.So Iím seeing that gleam under the headlights while continuing to scan the sides of the road.White-knuckled on the steering wheel of course!Just above the passenger headlight, I see a half dead skunk.It was too late to miss him so I ended up finishing him offÖ right after he sprayed our wheel well of course.Oh the joys of driving in the country.I was never so happy to see Hwy 151 before!
We arrived back home at 4am Sunday morning.HarleyJohn slept until 10am!(Heís normally awake no later then 8am.)I kind of laugh to myself.Our pediatrician told us we do too much and need to let his little body rest more!I donít know if we know HOW to do less!Although we didnít do anything Sunday and Monday he just went to preschool.
Other then not having enough time to see all of the awesome things to see, the trip was well worth it and we certainly plan on going out there again!Maybe not every year, but certainly going again!
(Iím sure my husbandís letter will cover more of the show specifics.So I just focused on the trip.)I hope you and your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas.We will talk with you again after the new year! (I canít believe itís late enough for me to say that again!)
P.S. Iíd like to also add that this yearís auction was another wonderful success.Thank you all who bought birds and sold such beautiful birds