BOAF Bulletin Express
the holidays approach and the year winds down, it is time to reflect on 1997 and look
ahead to 1998. We had two terrific auctions and an equally successful first time bird
mart. We hosted the KAYTEE Great American Bird Show. The Raptor presentation was well
received. The membership stayed healthy. We had excellent guest speakers and activities
like the "ice cream social" and "Birdie Bingo."
It is now time to put together our 1998 Calendar of Events and your input will be
solicited at the January round table discussions. This is your opportunity to tell us what
you liked or disliked last year and want to see/hear/do in 1998. Some possibilities
include: learning about AFA, nutrition, proper cage sizes, teaching birds tricks, why
birds pluck. I bet your suggestions are even better. Help schedule great events in 1998.
I would like to see BOAF do more for our community. Perhaps we can put together a
program to present at schools and nursing homes. One that would allow us to share our love
of birds while giving others enjoyment and understanding of these marvelous creatures. All
of New England would be included since our membership spans the entire region. Let me know
if you would you like to participate.
The Christmas party will be lots of fun. Lets all take part in the festivities!
The Yankee swap is a real "experience" and I wouldnt miss it! So, whether
you are a member, or just contemplating membership, youre invited. It is the best
way to get involved. Bring a wrapped gift of at least $10 value thats it! And
dont forget a tasty treat, your favorite dish (Swedish meatballs, chicken wings,
salads, brownies, cakes, pies, or anything else) And, well all "pig out"
Last - but not least - it is election night for BOAF officers and directors. Come and
vote for those people you believe will best serve BOAF in 1998.
Thanks to all who supported BOAF in 1997. Because of you we are the best society in New
England. (Ed. Why limit it to New England?)
May you all have a merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous new year.
Sincerely, Denise Bourgault
|Notes from the
Whew!!! My first edition of the Bulletin is now history. Thanks
to all who contributed articles for it. If I spelled your name wrong, put in the wrong
phone number or some such thing, I apologize. Let me know what the corrections are and
Ill happily make them.
So far I havent been flooded with BOAF member stories. Someone must have a bird
worth writing about!
How do you reach me with stories, announcements and the like? Give me them at a meeting
or mail them to:
19 Olde Common Drive
Atkinson, NH 03810-2177
or e-mail them to
or call me at (603) 362-6106
Want to be a world famous writer? Contribute an article to the BOAF Bulletin. Im
continuing to work with our Webmaster, Allen Fox, to publish the bulletin there for the
world to see. Id like to publish at least one contributed article (by someone other
than the editor) in each issue.
Notice that this months Bulletin has narrower margins so I can fit more content If the
Post Office damages the edges, let me know and Ill restore the wider margins.
With a change in editor it is a good time to make changes in the bulletin. Several
people have already asked for it to be mailed earlier. Im trying! What else should
be done? Style? Organization? Format changes? Content changes? Let me know - dont be
Christmas party is Dec. 15, 1997 the third Monday in December.
|Gift for Yankee Swap|
|Food for Party|
|Bring a friend - nonmembers are welcome at all BOAF meetings.||Yankee
Rules for the Yankee swap will be finalized at the
Christmas party. Will number one pick first, last or both. Lobby your friends to support
your viewpoint. A vote will be taken prior to distribution of presents.
Presents should cost approximately ten dollars and be in new condition. Dr. Al already
has a used handbag!
Who will bring the most traded gift? Will it be a bird, lamp or wall hanging as in
recent years? Something else?
Birdie Bingo a Blast
Cries of Bingo rang out from the lucky players. Another fantastic prize is given away.
Others, like me for instance, just groaned. How could Katy or Roger have filled a complete
row when I still had only two markers on my card. Whether we won a prize or not, we all
had a good time!
BOAFs first Birdie Bingo event had a wonderful selection of prizes. Thanks to the
many donors. Top prize for the full card final game was a green cheek conure (sold to the
club at a great price by Evelyn Flanders). Other prizes included a wide variety of bird
toys (donated by Pet n Coat Junction and several other members), a lovebird (donated
by Pat Thomas), bags of apples, sacks of oranges, an embroidered shirt (donated by Pat and
Gary), bird mugs, bird food, a bird puzzle, a years membership in SPBE (donated by
Dr. Al), bird....
You get the idea. If it was related to birds, we had it.
Thanks to Don Bourgault for both the great job of calling numbers and for bringing the
coffee can of markers a long time collection of pennies.
Thanks again to all who donated the fantastic prizes. Without them the game would not
have been nearly so much fun. Sorry I couldnt list everybodys name.
ReportWe have a new look to our Web Site check it out! The
November bulletin articles are there now. Each months articles will be available for
viewing online along with those from previous months.
The request for pictures is still open. Place a picture and story of your bird on the
Web. (You can place the same or different story in the bulletin as well)
Classified Ads are now online. All ads from the bulletin are also placed online giving
you exposure you could never get before. In addition, if you want to include a picture of
the bird you want to sell, that picture can be placed online. Just send it along with your
Lets get the word out to other local clubs that we have a web site.
Member suggestions are always encouraged and appreciated. Please submit them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: All Classified Ads posted online are sent to Ray for the next months
|About My Birds
new monthly column is intended to be a story submitted by a BOAF member describing
something of interest to others about his or her bird(s). It can be an unusual specie. Or,
it could be a strange behavior or trick. Maybe something that your bird says or does that
you would like other members to know about. Tell about the awards it has won, or why it
didnt win. Did it pluck its feathers on the way to the show? Remember
"Brags"! It is sort of like that but on a larger scale, and doesnt require
an accompanying donation. Hope by now you get the idea.
Please give me your stories at least two weeks prior to the next meeting. Handwritten
(assuming its legible) is okay. If I dont get any input, youll read about my
birds. I can put together at least a years worth of columns so get going and give me
your stories. Ive already told you the alternative.
I'm waiting - who is going to submit the first story???
BOAFs Katy Secor won the Kellogg Award in the recent National Show. Her Brown
Headed Parrot won top honor for her in this his first year out of the Novice division. He
did well as a novice too.
|BOAF DIRECTORS MEETING
- Held Nov 17, 1997
Nominations for annual awards were reviewed. Silent paper ballot
elections were held and the winners names will be announced at the December meeting.
Denise Bourgault will have plaques prepared.
It was decided to have a number of special raffle prizes for the Christmas Party, a
pair of green singing finches, other finches, a singing canary, a pair of cockatiel
breeders and many more surprises.
It was decided to have a members only door prize. This will be a hand fed, sun
Ballots for the election of officers and directors were discussed. Positions will be
filled one at a time. Each ballot will contain nominee names for a single office only. Ray
Schwartz will prepare four ballots. These are: Vice President, Secretary, 4 year director
and 1 year director. Votes will be taken in that order. All nominees for 4 year director
are automatically included on the ballot for 1 year director.
A first pass was made for the 1998 Calendar of Events. Only a small number of responses
have been received.
Next Directors Meeting
There will not be a formal Directors meeting in December. The next regular meeting will
be January 19, 1998. Details will be in the January 1998 bulletin.
|Phil is the Star
of the Raffle
Denise McCabe donated Phil,an African Timneh Grey parrot,
for the Raffle Table. This is clearly one of the best raffle prizes since I joined BOAF
many years ago. She wanted Phil to go to a home where hed get more attention. Thank
you Denise for your most generous donation.
that the 1998 Calendar of Events is not filled in yet. That means you still have time to
provide input on topics of interest to you. Several good meeting suggestions have already
been received. Thank you! More would be helpful so varied programs that appeal to the
majority of members can be offered. Send or give them to Denise Bourgault or any BOAF
officer or director. It is not too late to fill out the survey from the October Bulletin.