By Leslie Boucher
John is My Name by John
Lawrence (assisted by Pat Lawrence)
I thought I should write and bring the BOAF membership up to date on my life. I was the
beautiful Double Yellow Head Amazon that was the "raffle king" of the 9th Annual
BOAF Bird Show on Saturday, September 21, 1996. I remember the date well. I had a
"good mother" that was hand feeding me at the time. Her name was Denise McCabe.
I fooled her into thinking I still had to be hand fed right to the very end! Thanks Mom
On the afternoon of September 21st the raffle was drawn. I was turned over to the
winners, Vic and Pat Lawrence. What happened next should have been on "Funniest
Videos". My new owners brought my nice large cage and me to the parking garage.
Unfortunately, they had a mid-size car and the cage wouldnt fit through any of the
door openings. Finally, they removed my food and water cups, turned the cage on its side
and relocated my perch for the ride home.
Once home, they cleaned the cage and set it on the table in the living room. They were
concerned that I might scare the finches. Now, I claim this room as my own and dont
want finches visiting my room. You know how big I can puff up when I see another bird in
my room. Well, after they got me settled in they proceeded to discuss the issue of hand
feeding me. When they tried it, I played "not interested". They called some of
their parrot people. One of them rushed over with a bird scale and tried to hand feed me
still not interested! I even heard my new mom talking to Mom #1 to find out what
she fed me and how often. But let me confess that I ate on my own and never ate that baby
Now it was time for "name that bird". Several names were thrown out for
consideration. My dad came up with the biggest name of all John Deere Lawrence. He
reasoned that I was adorned with the colors of the J. D. tractors and when he won me he
was wearing his J. D. tee shirt. Wow! The colors were the same as mine.
I really enjoy living with the Lawrences. When my folks go away, I get to visit
Rosemarie Lacroix. If the timing is right, I go in her van with all her parrots. We go
down Maine on the beach. What fun!
I guess by now youve figured out that I get lots of love, special food and
attention. Im spoiled and love it. I can say quite a few words and even some
sentences. I really blow my humans minds when I use word correctly in context. They
are good to me so I havent felt compelled to bite them. I give mom a little nip to
let her know she should pay attention to my parrot body language. So far dad is okay; he
is my favorite person.
June Bird Mart Raffles
Raffles are one way BOAF raises money to put on the annual show and buy nice prizes for
the meetings and events. Please help by selling both books of raffle tickets enclosed with
this bulletin. Better yet. After theyre sold, get more from me or Steve Tanner.
NOTE: All monies collected for raffle tickets should be sent to the BOAF treasurer, Steve
Missing Raffle Prize
Pat and Doug Beardsley won one of the raffle prizes at the spring auction.
Unfortunately, they left early and were not there to claim it. Someone volunteered to
deliver it to them. Well, they are still waiting! Would the person holding their raffle
prize please deliver it to them. Thank you.
Cages STILL needed for our BOAF monthly raffle table
If you can donate a new or used cage for our monthly raffle table, please call Lisa at
(603) 622-3874. Please call also if you can sell cages at prices our limited budget can
Secretarys Report: Meeting
of April 13, 1998
Social Event: Birdie Bingo
The meeting was called to order at 7:55 pm by Denise Bourgault. The first order of
business was a review of the raffle table and Birdie Bingo prizes. One prize in particular
drew a lot of attention a bottle of wine with a custom BOAF Low Quality Wine label.
Denise requested (pleaded for?) donations for the fall show. They should be given to
Roger or Nancy, the show raffle table co-chairs.
The membership approved the directors decision to bid for the 2001 National show
and use the theme "2001 a Bird Odyssey".
Steve Tanner sold cards and called numbers for the Birdie Bingo. Many members improved
their odds of winning by playing multiple cards. He livened things up by varying the games
with variations including wild numbers, blocks of nine, requiring all four corners plus
Bingo and full cards.
The grand prize winner (a pair of lovebirds with cage) was Victoria Hyde.
Other great prizes included $20 gift certificates to Shop and Save.
After another great raffle and the 50-50 drawing, the meeting was adjourned at 10:05
Next Directors Meeting
Date: May 18, 1998
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Steve Tanners Home
Agenda: This meeting of the Board of Directors will be to review the status of the
Summer Pet Mart and the Fall Show. 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 want to volunteer to help with the a future
event, please come to the directors meeting or contact one of them.