Friday, June 1, 2018

Club Leadership

The leadership of the club may guide members to steer away from potential problems. The structure of the club will dictate how efficiently the club runs. The basic fundamentals of a club include election of leaders, the conduct of those leaders, and running the club smoothly. There will always be times when a decision will be made that may not please all members. However, there should be ways to mediate and to make change when appropriate.
For instance, if the majority of a club votes in favor of changing the time frame that members should arrive for basketing and there are one or two members that can’t meet that time, a compromise can be made. One club member that is able to attend basketing by the appropriate time might bring the birds for another member that can’t.

At the next annual meeting when a change may be voted on, bring up the issue, discuss it rationally and ask for a vote. In other words, you may not like a decision or vote, however, if the majority are in favor, it must be upheld. There will be an appropriate time to revisit the issue. Members should understand the majority rules and that there is always an opportunity to reconsider – at the appropriate time. Club officers are the leaders of the club and should set this example.

Your AU Board of Directors adhere to this. The AU utilizes the Board Action Request (BAR). This is a simple form members may use to submit a request to change a policy, race rule, by-law, or introduce a new program. The Board reviews BAR’s at each Board Meeting. If the BAR introduces something that will benefit the majority, the Board may vote to approve. There may be a Board Member that does not agree, however, the majority vote rules. That Board Member will uphold the new approved policy or race rule presented in the approved BAR, because the majority voted to approve. However, that Board Member has a right to resubmit for discussion at the next meeting.

It may be a good idea for your club to adopt a similar process. The bottom line - utilize the appropriate opportunities to request change. Don’t allow bickering once something is passed. You can’t please all of the people all of the time.

The leaders of the club should be the first to set the example.

In order for any club to operate, there should be an atmosphere that is inviting. If club members are unhappy or uncertain of their responsibilities, relationships may be strained and members may leave.

A lot of clubs currently have a set of By-laws in place. Have you seen your club’s Bylaws? How long has it been since they were reviewed and updated? Do all members in your club have a copy to reference?

All clubs should have a Constitution and Bylaws with which to govern the club. The Bylaws may be very basic and need not be complicated. Having members work together to create by-laws means everyone has ownership. The Bylaws will serve as a tool in the event of a dispute.

The Bylaws should clearly define the offices for election, terms of office, special meetings and how to handle complaints.

Contact the AU office for assistance.  405-848-5801.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Auction to Benefit Youth

We can support the pigeon racing hobby by ensuring our youth have a good start and thereby perpetuate the sport for generations to come.  The Northwest Juniors Racing Pigeon Club is a great example of a project that has worked for over 15 years.

Jim Gabler shared that America's Dream Loft has a history of supporting the sport in many ways and their plan for the fall is an Auction of the Legions.  Jim said, "That auction will bring top donated birds and hopefully we can get only birds that are winners or who have bred winners.  It will be an internet auction followed by a live auction.  ADL will organize and do all the promotion and work with the income from the sale going to the kids."

The Northwest Juniors RPC was selected as the recipient based upon the founder's 16 years of experience doing the right things for kids.

They are looking forward to this happening in the fall, so keep an eye out for an opportunity to take part in a project that benefits the future of the hobby of racing homing pigeons.

Mount Pleasant Pigeon Club Benefit Race

In the Winter 2017-2018 Update newsletter, we shared that Charlie Klipsch and the Mount Pleasant Pigeon Club developed an event to benefit the Lafayette Industries special needs workshop.  Support is expected to triple!

Last year - 
The only people invited to the race day event were the donors and any press Charlie pre-screened.  They did a series of 4 releases in order to include demonstration of orientation, exercise and conditioning and then the race. . . It was such a unique activity that the organization wants Charlie to repeat it next year.

Here is an update from Charlie outlining this year's event - (April 16, 2018) 

Charlie was at a meeting last week regarding the Lafayette Charity Fundraiser Race in September.  

These are the things that are confirmed so far.

On Friday Sept. 14th:

1) 100 "Doves of Peace" release at 1:00 P.M.
2) Picture taking with at least 10 special needs people holding pigeons.
3) Written messages to be sent with pigeons to be read the next day.
4) Speech about pigeons and the fundraiser sponsorship for the races the
     next day
5) The "Mayor" of the City of Manchester and Office Staff will be in
6) The City Aldermen will be there
7) The City Police Chief and staff
8) The Fire Department with Truck etc. on display
9) A special group of women volunteers, to handle the free "hot dog day" for
     the 350 workshop people
10) And of course the Mount Pleasant Pigeon Club will be there
11) The street will be blocked off from traffic to help create a gala affair.

On Saturday Sept. 15th:

1) Expecting about 150 - 200 people in Charlie's back yard to view the races
2) Two races involving 25 pigeons in each race 30 minutes apart
3) A reading of the messages sent by the special needs people from the day
4) Distribution of the gifts for the winners
5) Acknowledgement of the benefactors, corporate sponsors, and local
6) Present a trophy and award for the M.V.P. (most valuable pigeon for the
     "Most Valuable Person")
7) Presentation of the money collected to the C.E. O. of Lafayette Industries

Enjoy some pictures from last year . .  

Corporate Sponsors

70+ people attended in 2017.

The race birds landing.