ÉIRE BUDGERIGAR SOCIETY (EBS) is seeking the creative skills of its membership and supporting fanciers in its 65th year.
Officials are actively encouraging the involvement of fanciers with trade backgrounds, such as carpentry and print, and anyone with sponsorship ideas or contacts to make this year’s exhibitions even more special.
“We want to know where fanciers buy their seed? And if they have a business who is their biggest supplier?” explained club treasurer Gerard Lanigan.
“If fanciers are carpenters or have carpentry skills, why not make some nest-boxes for the club to raffle off on show days? We already have a super sponsorship deal from club member Jack Caverly, whose company is printing our club magazine for free for the next three years.
“What we are trying to achieve in our 65th year is that everyone involved in the club plays an active role – not just the six-man committee. We want to utilise every skill or idea of our membership.”
Additional sponsorship and fundraising efforts by members this year will add to the generous investment of €2,000 (£1,676 approx) in the club for three years by the Kinane & Mackin partnership (see News, July 26, 2016).
Mr Lanigan added: “We’re asking for the membership to give something back to our club in this milestone year. If every member sought some form of sponsorship, be it money or a spot prize, the shows we put on in 2017 could be huge.”
First on the EBS’s programme is the members’ club show, held in June. Christian Back from Germany will make his judging debut in Ireland and will be accompanied by avian vet and guest speaker, Doctor Marcellus Buerkle. T h e society’s second magazine of 2017 is out in May and includes a members’ club show schedule.