Thursday, March 5, 2015

NORTHWEST JUNIOR FLYERS FUNDRAISER AUCTION



YOUNGBIRD AND BREEDER AUCTION

SPONSORED BY

NORTHWEST JUNIOR FLYERS


Can the kids count on you?  This auction is our main fund raiser; the auction supports our Loaner Loft Program. We currently have 29 lofts in use and we have 5 in major need of repair. We use the money from this auction for free race shipping and free medication for when the kids need it. We use some of this money to make repairs to our building at the Cummington fair and some of our races ship from here as well. This also funds our annual pigeon show in august that is welcome to all kids. Our auction will be held on Saturday April 11th 2015; both young and old birds can be shipped. Your generosity will be what carries this next generation of pigeon flyers along.


The loaner loft program was started 9 years ago to help junior flyers that could not afford or have the skill to build a coop on their own. If you ever hear someone say that this sport is dying or going away they’re certainly wrong. Please come to the auction and see the love and devotion our kids still have for this sport.


The address for this event is, Burgy Bullets Snowmobile club 12 Laurel Rd, Haydenville Ma. For more information contact Tim Tessier- Home: (413) 296-4359 Work: (413) 586- 6611 or email: (Florenceprecision@verizon.net)


When mailing birds (NOT BEFORE MARCH 31st, 2015)

SEND TO: Tim Tessier                           George LeClerc                   Moe Litchfield
                   PO Box 325                        18 Rockrimmon St.              PO Box 444
                   Chesterfield, Ma. 01012      Belchertown, Ma. 01007     Hinsdale, Ma 01235
                                                             (413) 323-7183                   (413) 446-7939


We need to know if you are donating pigeons to the auction by March 21st 2015, please call or email Tim by this date!! A huge thanks to Ron Seinbrenner from Triple Crown in California and CL gage from Texas Shootout who will be donating birds for the auction!

P.S. The Kids will help out the National Pigeon show which is held January of 2016 21st-23rd

Thank you to everyone that donated last year, and hopefully there will be more people this year that help support this youth program!

Friday, February 13, 2015

TRIBUTE TO A LONG-TIME FANCIER




As a serious pigeon fancier, Jim Richesin has flown pigeons in competition for many years, long before computer records of his wins.

As a child, he flew in the later 40’s with the Central California Homing Club.  After serving 11 years with the U.S. Navy in the Korean War, he could not wait to come back to the sport in the late 60’s.

His first club competition was with the San Diego Club; then San Diego Invitational in the mid 70’s.  That’s when he joined the AU.

After moving to Central California, he joined the Modesto RPC. Later, with four other members, he founded the Golden State Flyers.  They had eleven flyers to compete before they had their first race.

Within the following year, he helped establish the Mid Valley Combine with Ed Jorgensen, Dan Severns, Mickey Hickman and Mike Gonigan.  They had fundraisers in the early years by having bird auctions from birds donated from as far away as the New Bedford Club in Massachusetts.  That helped them finance their own club/combine truck.  In the club and combine, he held about every office available and took part in writing the club and combine constitution and race rules.

Several years ago, he was asked to join the AU board of directors as a replacement for the late Matt Bourguignon as the Competition Standards Chairman.  It was an honor and a privilege to serve in a position that he enjoyed so much.  He took part in making decisions that had to be made – sometimes with short notice. 

He also had the pleasure of serving as the President of the California State Racing Pigeon Organization for two years.  He served briefly on the World of Wings board of directors.  He has devoted much of his life working for the sport that has given him tremendous enjoyment.  That is work and experience he treasures.

It would not be a surprise to other pigeon fanciers to know that Jim still gets pleasure from visiting his pigeons every morning to do what is necessary for the day, from banding babies to racing. 

He received the AU HALL OF FAME BIRD IN 2002.  His “Smokin Joe” AU GSF 2497 BBC was his single biggest accomplishment.  And he still has the plaque to admire every day.


Jim turns 82 this year.  He will not have missed a year flying with the Golden State Flyers Club and the Mid-Valley Combine since they began in the 70’s.  A few years ago, he kept close to 250 birds at the peak of the year.  Now, with age, he keeps 110 birds at the peak of the year and as few as 50 in the winter.  As with many seniors, cutbacks are sometimes in order.  Trimming costs where possible, he intends to fly until he dies.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015