Summarised report of the Budgerigar Society General Council Meeting held on Thursday, 15th July 2021, via Zoom.
There was one absentee due to a family commitment.
The Vice-chairman (VC) chaired the meeting due to zoom connection issues. All attendees were welcomed including the new President Philip Reaney. On behalf of the GC, Phil was congratulated on becoming BS President and it was a shame that he did not have a proper induction in front of the membership. He also thanked Janice and Ghalib Al-Nasser, who together with Ronnie Simpson and Bev Hutt met to present the President’s chain to Phil. The VC also said how he and the rest of the GC are looking forward to working with Phil during his Presidency.
Phil thanked everyone for the warm welcome and said how privileged he felt being part of a great hobby and looked forward to uniting BS members moving forward into the future.
The GC were informed that there had been a number of deaths of members in recent weeks. These included Merv Viner of Bristol, Brian Poole of Basingstoke, Colin Gilbert and Chris Whaley both from Plymouth, Craig Binks son of Gerald Binks who died abroad with Covid and Brian Newton former bird partner of Gary Shepherdson in Yorkshire. Our thoughts are with the loved ones of each of these members.
The revised site went live on 15th July 2021. Pages and navigation have been tidied up and a news banner added for important messages, this will appear on all pages and can be cancelled once read. A feedback form has also been added to the Contact Us page. The database has been rationalised to remove all old data prior to 2016, which complies with GDPR rules and is now fully integrated.
BS Email Address
During the early part of July, the BS email address was unavailable. This was as a direct result of BT transferring the account to the new administrator’s location.
BS Facebook Monitoring
The BS Facebook is being administered and monitored by the BS Administrator and inappropriate comments are being removed.
Engage sub-group – The group met via zoom and have developed an outline plan of activities. These were unanimously accepted.
Process sub-group – This group has yet to meet, and an update will be provided at the next meeting.
Tech/Society sub-group – This group has yet to meet, and an update will be provided at the next meeting.
Shows sub-group – The Judges Handbook – Work is complete and is being reviewed by the sub-group before being circulated to the GC for approval.
Pathway sub-group – Former Chair Bev Hutt has expressed her wishes not to chair this sub-group as she was no longer a member of the GC, although she still wishes to be a part of the group. Grant Findlay agreed to take over this role.
Adrian Terheege provided a brief description of how gathering data on some basic key metrics would benefit the Society and how they could be used to measure success rates across implemented initiatives. This was met with approval by the GC and Adrian is to give a more detailed explanation at a future GC meeting.
2022 Ring Reports
The GC had been furnished with two excellent reports by Jim Muir, the Society’s Ring Inspector, on the sample of 2022 rings for standard and colour budgies recently provided to all GC members from Avian ID the Society’s ring maker. This report will be published in The Budgerigar
A discussion followed about ways in which we can advise those breeders who are not BS or Area Society members of the excellent quality of rings on offer via the BS. It was suggested that Avian ID may be willing to include a BS leaflet to those purchasing rings who are not a member of the Society. The Administrator will follow up with Avian ID.
The Patronage Administrator advised that as the 2020 show season was cancelled, he had changed all Patronage Applications to cover the 2021 season, he stated that show promoting societies are not required to apply by 28th February as in normal years but could apply anytime up to six weeks prior to the show date. The rosette makers had agreed to work to these timescales.
All Patronage rosettes are to be two tier and will cost £1.20 each. Tail prints are 25p each if we had a sponsor this would cost 50p each rosette (two printed tails). As Avi-Smart have not committed to sponsorship there is no rosette sponsor for 2021. As suggested by our members, patronage packages at bronze and silver shows now include 26 ribbons for best young bird of colour, and the platinum patronage has been added.
Cage Labels sponsored by “Moor Pets” and Platinum Colour Certificates have been received.
Patronage Applications 2021
There were 38 show patronage applications which reduced to 23. Of these, 14 shows have confirmed the show will be going ahead – mainly in the Midlands and Wales and the patronage packs have been sent.
Details have been maintained on the Society web site in two areas in the Showing link – one for exhibitors and another for officials. Most of the patronage information is available to show promoting societies and exhibitors. The confirmed show list is up to date.
Following a proposal and discussion, it was pointed out that it was custom and practice to grant the National a higher grade patronage than their figures warrant. Consequently, it was agreed 12 to 1 to give the National show BS National Patronage, which is equivalent to Platinum Patronage.
Area Show Selling Class
President Phil Reaney suggested that we have a charity sales class of birds. He thought this would be an outlet for members to dispose of surplus stock and do something for various charities. He proposed that the recipient organisation on this occasion could be Children in Need, and this could be changed every year to a different benefactor. Phil will feature details of his idea in his article in The Budgerigar to get feedback from members before being discussed further by the GC.
The concept was agreed unanimously.
Club Show Committee
The Club Show Committee met for their first meeting since lockdown on 24th June 2021, to discuss both the Spring Event and the 2022 Club Show. The meeting had lasted around 2.5 hours and the time only allowed the Spring Event to be discussed. Several subjects were covered but require further debate. The next meeting is being held on 27 July 2021 and the Show Director will present to the GC at their next meeting.
Area Society/BS Joint Membership
It was unanimously agreed to defer any future discussions until the Society sub-group had reviewed the subject and their feedback could be used to inform a face to face meeting.
Judges Training Scheme
The Judges Training Scheme Officer had issued a report and spoke of the challenges of finding suitable shows for Trainee Judges to attend given the limited show season. A discussion followed with various suggestions of shows where candidates could attend.
The Solicitor is advising additional information is added which will better inform members how their personal data is used for administering voting, who the votes are shared with, and what happens to their personal data after a vote is reported.
The Solicitor will review the remainder of the policy and once complete the final review document will be sent to the GC for approval
The Society Administrator has received nominations for the Disciplinary Panel in accordance with the recent rule change as follows:
Midland BA – Rod Clarke & Brian Taylor
Lincs and East Anglia BS – Phillip Dye & Michael Kiff
Northern BS – Dennis Cairns & Don Rowell
Welsh BS – David Game & Domonic Avo
Western Counties B&FBS – Brian Reese & Mark Gulley
London & Southern Counties BS – Jim Lawrie & Paul Tiller
Yorkshire BS – Dave Critchlow & Kev Brockwell
South Midland BS – Alan Haynes & Connor Hickman
Lancs, Cheshire & North Wales BS – TBA
Scottish BS – TBA
Date of the next meeting –19th August 2021 via Zoom
The Budgerigar Society, 8 Garvie Brae, Tayport, Fife, DD6 9PR.
Tel 01828 633030