Summarised Report of the General Council Meeting of the Budgerigar Society held on 8th February 2020 at the Society Office, Northampton with the following decisions being ratified:

• A trial of technology (Conference Calling) to hold non-physical GC meetings to be arranged for August 2020, to enable discussion of specific subjects or in emergency situations without having to assemble the GC.

• A Hall of Fame badge will be presented to each person who is successfully nominated to the BS Hall of Fame.

• The Judges Panel was reviewed with Promotion to the Main Panel – Tim Gee, Northampton. Additions to the Subsidiary Panel – David Leadbetter, Norfolk; Darren McKeown, Ripon; David Purdue, Port Glasgow; Greg Willcocks, Doncaster. Retired from Main Panel and added to Retired Judges Panel – Geoff Capes, Stoke Rochford; Les Cutler, Bromsgrove; Alister Easdon, Wisbech; Gary Hale, Neath; Harry Hockaday, Whitchurch; Colin Parsons, Bristol; Douglas Pringle, Perth; Roy Townsend, Doncaster; David Woan, Coventry.

• Four trainee judges are taking their test this year. • Arrangements for Open Judges Meeting in conjunction with the AGM will consist of three interactive sessions to include a Class of Birds including faults to be co-ordinated by R Miller. A class of Recessive Pieds to be co-ordinated by A Terheege and a class of Colour Budgerigars to be co-ordinated by G Findlay.

• The proposed change to the show cage label to be discussed at the judges meeting to get views and a starting point for discussion and feedback. This includes the possible re-introduction of the judge having the ability to write on the cage label. A trial on the concept of any new cage label, will be at the Specialist and Rare Show in 2021.

• Plastic ring manufacturer Roxan has written explaining that they are no longer willing to supply plastic rings to the Society. This decision was based on falling sales since they started supplying the Society in 2016 and them not having a moulding department. This means it is impossible for them to trial new materials and different colours without involving the high cost of third party suppliers for each trial.

• The existing GC Ring Sub-group is to investigate all aspects of ring design, materials and alternative suppliers.

• Correspondence on plastic rings were received from A Edden, J Johnson, M Freakley and S Costello – the Administrator will respond to these members.

• A complaint received about the Society’s President’s comments on Social Media resulted in the GC giving full support to the President. The Administrator will respond to M Freakley.

• Rule revisions proposed by the GC, mainly as a result of the Society’s solicitor’s advice, will be put to the membership in the March / April edition of The Budgerigar for voting ready for the AGM in May.

• The Offence/Infringement form issued with every patronage pack is to be reviewed and will be included in the new Judges Handbook and on the Society web site.

• The new potential plastic show cage manufacturer is busy with other work and will not be developing the plastic show cage as earlier promised.

• A training feature which can be added to a standard show cage with the addition of training perches supported by bosses at the bottom of the cage, will be available from the Society for £10 per pair.

• Convention 2020 room bookings now stand at 60 from the allocation of 70 rooms. Jim Muir, through his company, has sponsored the Judges, Speakers and Committee mementoes. Away Day Sub-groups

• Membership Group –Area Societies have been contacted about providing local budgerigar mentors. Of the ten Area Societies, five have responded favourably. We are still waiting to hear from LEA; LCNWBS; SBS; SMBS and WCBS. A generic introduction pack is to be produced. The sub-group are also planning to have a map of the UK on the new website giving members/new members the ability to click on the map to find the details of clubs and mentors in their area.

• The offer for the BS Office to send Area Society details with new members packs has been on offer since the Area Society presentation was delivered some years ago. To date only NBS and MBA have taken up the offer.

• The website input training session held on 7th February 2020, attended by M Ackers, G Findlay, J Muir, R Simpson and T Tuxford, had been very productive. However, we should not underestimate the large amount of work to be undertaken to the transfer the old site to the new.

• Show Structure Group Wrong class and disqualified birds to be counted towards the final benched figure but will not count towards CC’s.

• Super League –a rule change be introduced to change the show rules to reflect that the promotion from a status is from the collation of the overall league and not from the league for each status.

• Pictorial Ideal – it is considered that the current 2008 Ideal, which is the WBO ideal and adopted by the BS, is due for revision. The Society to write to the WBO asking them to review their ideal taking on board BS input.

• Judges Handbook to be available early 2021.

• All exhibited birds to have official closed coded rings – unrung birds will no longer be accepted on the show bench.

• With effect from the 2021 show season, only Colour Budgerigar with the smaller rings can win CCs.

• All shows, regardless of their status, will retain their existing 2019 show status for the 2020 show season. This covers clubs that would have dropped one status below. The exceptions to this are the Anniversary shows. This gives clubs one extra year’s grace and is based on the reduction of entries experienced at many shows last year.

• With effect from the 2020 show season, Gold Patronage benched figure level is being reduced from 600 to 500 and is based on last years benched figures.

• On a trial basis of three years the Society will allocate one Gold Show in each geographic Area Society that does not currently have a Gold Show. The show allocated will currently be a Silver Patronage show and the upgrade will be for one year only. A Society cannot have this upgrade more than once in every 2 years. The responsibility for the allocation will be the Area Society but only if the proposed club wishes to have the upgrade.

• The Area Society Specialist & Rare Variety Gold Patronage (double CC’s with min of 3 points value) benched figure is being reduced from 300 to 250 with effect from the 2020 show season and is based on 2019 benched entries.

• The Novice/Junior Incentive will continue for a further year and details of the qualification required will be published before the commencement of the 2020 show season.

• Currently the Best Young Bird in Show (BYB) is awarded a nil point certificate while it could have beaten half of the birds in the show. With effect from the 2020 show season the Society will reward the BYB with half the points of the Best in Show (BIS) bird, providing the BYB is not also BIS. If the BIS bird is also BYB then the current situation will remain with the BIS certificate allocated the points and the BYB certificate issued with nil points. The current BIS Certificate points are 10, 8, 6 or 4 so the BYB Certificate points will be 5, 4, 3 or 2.

• Bio Security Guidelines Review – the Club Show Committee to provide feedback on which areas of the guidelines they would like to see improved.

• The Society Administrator advised that he was giving notice and would retire by the end of 2020. He was conscious this was a very busy year for the Society with the Convention, Website integration, Club Show and potentially an earlier ring issue date and he was more than willing to train and work with his successor to oversee a smooth transition. The Chairman thanked the Administrator for the tremendous service he has given to the Society.

• Current membership stands at 2,151 which is made up of 2,015 UK and 136 overseas members.

• New rosette sponsors are Kevin Bore of Avi Smart who will pay £1,000 sponsorship towards the main patronage rosettes and Faisal Al-Zayed, Kuwait who will sponsor the Club Show rosettes with £500.

• An alternative and “greener” magazine wrapper to be sought. • The Administrator has negotiated an annual reduction on postal costs for “The Budgerigar” of £200.

• The Bird Care Company are continuing their sponsorship of the Society in 2020.

• The 10 events that the BS stand will attend this year are Stafford Spring Show 01 March; Fife Agricultural Show 23 May; Think Parrots event 14 June; Lincolnshire Agricultural Show 25 June; Ashby de la Zouch event 11 July; New Forest Show 30 July; BS Club Show 26/27 Sept; National at Stafford 04 Oct; Norwich & Norfolk Sales Day date in October and National Pet Show 07/08 Nov.

• Patronage applications now standing at 65; the closing date is 28 February 2020.

• Correspondence from G Turner suggesting the BS take ownership of the Show programme developed by Ronnie Simpson and provided free to any patronage club that requests it. The programme will saved onto a memory stick and given to the BS after each upgrade and also added to the Admin area of the new website.

• NCA Minutes was tabled for information.

• The next WBO meeting will be held on 5th June 2020 at the BS Convention in Stoke. Date of next meeting(s) General Council – Saturday, 02 May 2020 – Lincoln AGM & Open Judges Meeting – Sunday, 03 May 2020 – Lincoln. General Council – Saturday 07 November 2020 – Northampton. AGM in 2021 – LC&NW area – date and venue to be advised



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