January 1998

BOAF Bulletin Express

President’s Report

Dear Members,

I hope that everyone had a joyous holiday season. As a new year approaches many of us plan to make changes in our life styles-such as losing weight, quitting smoking, getting more sleep, cutting down on birds, etc. Habits are hard to break and it takes so much will power that most of us fall short of our ultimate goals. But the important thing is to set goals. Only then can we better ourselves - even if we don't always succeed.

Which brings up an important subject -- our schedule of events for the year. What will BOAF do for 1998?? As always, it’s up to you! The focus of our January meeting again this year is "Roundtable Discussions". That is when we all have a voice in who and what we want for our monthly meetings. Please come prepared for this meeting. Think about what you want to learn or do (Not only do we have guest speakers, but hands on workshops are lots of fun as well). In 1997 we deviated from the norm and held a "Bird Mart" and "Birdie Bingo" - which proved to be quite successful. In 1998, lets do more.

We also have to get some contributing editors for the Bulletin. Who would like to write a monthly article? Many of our members raise cockatiels for instance. Who would like to become the "resident expert" in cockatiels? Same for finches, lovebirds, parrots, canaries, etc. You don't have to write an article each month - maybe 2 or 3 times a year. If we can get 3 or 4 contributing editors to help Ray out, then the Bulletin will be much more informative. Ray CANNOT DO EVERYTHING HIMSELF!!! I know - I've been there. It's not easy.

Pitch in and help him out. If you want to contribute, Call Ray and plan an article or two.

We've had many changes this year and winners too! Ray took on the tremendous responsibility of Bulletin Editor and has done a fantastic job! Katie Secor won "Best Parrot" at the National Cage Bird Show in Denver with her Brown Headed Conure - Quite a feat!!!

All in all, it has been a very good year for BOAF and our Christmas party /Yankee swap was lots of fun. The gifts were all terrific and everyone was a winner. The food was especially good...not much for hot dogs though.

In closing, we are all wishing our dear friend and dedicated member, Carl Cantin the very best for the New Year.

See you at the January meeting!


Denise Bourgault

Notes from the Editor

Who says things are easier the second time you do them? That certainly doesn’t apply to BOAF bulletins!

After many calls, and considerable prodding, I got the inputs for last month’s bulletin. How many people noticed it was a bit later than the first bulletin I sent out? I know this is a busy season so a large THANK YOU to all the contributors.

Hope everyone enjoyed a happy Chanukah, merry Christmas, joyous Kwanza or whatever. Now its time to look forward to 1998 and exciting new presentations.

For those who don’t already know it, the first week in January is my vacation. That, combined with the holidays, resulted in an early cutoff for ads and announcements. (Did you read the December bulletin?) If your material wasn’t received before Christmas, it didn’t make the January bulletin. It will be published in the February bulletin.

I’d like to include articles from more members. Give me them at a meeting or mail them to:

Ray Schwartz
19 Olde Common Drive
Atkinson, NH 03810-2177

or e-mail them to Prismsdad@aol.com

or call me at (603) 362-6106

Contribute an article to the BOAF Bulletin and become a world famous author. Don’t believe me? Visit the BOAF web site (www.boaf.com) and see the bulletin resplendent with vibrant colored headings.

Next Directors Meeting

Date: January 19, 1998
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Steve Tanner’s Home
Agenda: This meeting of the Board of Directors will be to establish the Calendar of Events for 1998. It is open to all members. Please let Steve know in advance if you plan to attend so he will put out enough chairs.

If you are not an Officer or Director, but have a program suggestion that didn’t come up at the meeting, please come to the directors meeting or contact one of them.


December Meeting Summary

A Fantastic Party!!!

The December meeting consisted of a dichotomy of events. Compared to the rest of the night, the elections were rather staid and the results are summarized in the Secretary's report. Due to the exceptionally large turnout, we ran out of 1 year director's ballots - sorry 'bout that. But I'm glad to see so many people attended. The party and Yankee swap were awesome.

Kudos to Doug for running the Yankee swap as well as for keeping things moving smoothly. For a while it looked as though we'd party past midnight! No problem except that some of us (well me anyway) had to be at work early the next morning.

There were 56 gifts in the Yankee Swap, all fantastic! (Last year there were 41.) It's really hard to say which gift was most sought after since several changed hands many times. The lamp with the cockatiel painted on it had several owners. The rosy bourke also had numerous owners over the course of the swap. It finally ended up with #1. How many people planned parties with the bottle of vodka they temporarily possessed! Who did end up with it? Lisa ended up with the champagne - when's the party? Pat can bring her new sex book "Birds Do It Too". There was also a surprise gift. The smiley face Santa included an "unknown gift" which Andy eventually found out was a crystal bird clock. Wish I'd swapped for that!

I think it is safe to say no one left the meeting hungry. If they did it was their own fault. There was every kind of food imaginable - pastas, salads, veggies, meat pie, fruit pies, cakes, cookies, beverages, etc., etc. I'm still stuffed!

There were gift certificates and fantastic door prizes - a sun conure, a hospital tank and a mystery gift that turned out to be a ring.

What are we going to do next year to top this?

Secretary's Report: Meeting of December 15, 1997

The meeting was called to order at 8:00 p.m. by Denise Bourgault. The first order of business was election of officers. Dr. Al Decoteau presided over the elections. Election results were:

President: Denise Bourgault
Treasurer: Steve Tanner
Vice President: Roger Hamlin
Secretary: Ray Schwartz
4 Year Director: Susan Fellows
1 Year Directors: Lisa Armitage and Karen Small

The following annual recognition awards were presented:
Directors' Award: Lisa Armitage
President's Award: Steve Tanner
Cindy Hawkins' Award: Denise McCabe

Special Recognition:
Allen Fox
Doug Beardsley
Dave Smith
Gary Bell
Susan Fellows
Ray Schwartz

During the vote counts members partook of the bountiful pot luck buffet brought in by the members.

Two special drawings were also held. One was for fifteen $15 gift certificates for turkeys at Shop and Save. The other for three special door prizes.

After elections a vote was taken to determine rules for the Yankee swap. It was voted that number 1 picked both first and last. Doug Beardsley presided over the Yankee swap.

After the 50-50 drawing and extensive raffle drawings, the meeting was adjourned at 11:15 p.m.

How I Chose My Birds' Names by Ray Schwartz

Jade, Flower and Prism are not common names for parrots. But then I wanted something distinctive, yet meaningful. After all, my birds are special - they're mine!

Although I set off to buy a scarlet macaw, my first parrot was a green cheek conure. He selected me as much, if not more, than I selected him. Could it have been love at first sight? After I put the deposit on him, I was told he needed a name other than "Hey Bird." I rejected something cutesy like Larry and pondered the possibilities. Under the store fluorescent lights, his feathers looked jade green. You guessed it - he became Jade.

Jade was about three pounds shy of the macaw I really wanted to buy. So about six months thereafter I went to Eileen Brouk to order my macaw. She convinced me I needed experience with a bird larger than Jade. She originally suggested an umbrella cockatoo or an African Grey. I had heard that cockatoos are prone to screaming and that African greys tend to feather pluck. I looked through parrot books until I saw a blue headed pionus sitting on a morning glory vine. It looked just like one of the flowers. When my blue headed pionus arrived, he immediately became Flower.

A year later I was ready to purchase a macaw. I planned to order a scarlet macaw but Sabine Heiser convinced me that a green wing macaw would have a more stable personality. I insisted I wanted a red macaw and only a scarlet would suffice. She showed me there were two red macaws. In the green wing picture the bird looked like a rainbow. And, my bird was going to get that name. But, while in the mall one day, I saw a Swarovski crystal prism that turned white light into a rainbow. The spectrum matched the bird's coloration and Rainbow became Prism.

Please tell us how you chose your birds' names.

Need help accessing the Web?

Most of the officers and directors have computers and we use e-mail regularly to communicate amongst ourselves. If you have a computer and need help accessing us by e-mail, or reaching our BOAF web site, just ask. We'll gladly help.

If you want to practice, send me an e-mail at Prismsdad@aol.com. I respond to all e-mails and forward them to other officers where appropriate

Visit the Birds of a Feather web site at


Ads are now published both in the bulletin and on the web site.

Survey Question??

Would anyone be interested in a BOAF field trip? This was briefly mentioned last year and then dropped. If a number of members went somewhere as a group, we could get special rates. Let's go somewhere as a group!

I'm interested!

Name: ____________________

Suggested Destination(s) __________________________

Willing to spend $___________

per person for ______________

(day, weekend, etc.)

Send, give or email  to Ray Schwartz

1998 Membership Renewal

It is now time to renew your membership for 1998. Please use the updated form in the back of this issue of the bulletin. Note that e-mail addresses will now be collected and published (optional as is all information) in the 1998 membership directory

Breeder's List Update

If you want to change your listing in the 1998 Breeders directory, please send me the revised listing.

Snow Cancellations

Should bad weather force cancellation of a BOAF meeting, it will be announced on major radio stations in the Manchester area.

Webmaster’s Report by Allen Fox

By the time you read this we should be up to 1000 hits on our web site. (Not all made by me). I hope those of you who have been there have found our site useful. And, for new world wide web users, it has helped you find what is out there.

Now that everyone's holiday season is winding down maybe it is time to dust of those pictures of your birds and send them in. Remember our site is for all members to use and add to.

As always, suggestions are readily welcomed at webmaster@boaf.com. For those without computers of their own, many local libraries have PCs which offer access to the Internet. You can get free time to see what the Internet is about.


Where have all the Stories Gone?

Last October a dozen or more people offered to write stories for the bulletin. I'm not going to name names, but you know who you are. Well it is now three months later and I'm still waiting. Please let me have your stories. The spelling and grammar don't have to be perfect - Word takes care of that. They don't even have to be typed. There are no special events in February so there'll be room for several member articles. Let's try for a minimum of three!

Authors Needed!

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