Our club is made up of members who breed &/or exhibit their Brahma as well as those who have never set foot in a show hall and simply keep Brahma for a backyard flock. That is the beauty of the breed. They have such mellow personalities, are easy keepers, weathering the coldest of winters with ease & are pretty good egg layers to boot! What's not to love about the "Majestic Ones"? You do not have to be a poultry breeder or exhibitor to be a member of the American Brahma Club. :
For those in our club who are not familliar with the wide wonderful world of exhibition poultry, the APA and the various Breed Clubs, like our own American Brahma Club, have several types of sanctioned poultry shows each year. We call them "meets" and there are several kinds of meets, starting with "Special Meets"; then there will be one "State Meet" for each state, one "District Meet" per district, and then there is the *Big One*.... the annual "Brahma Club National Meet"
The photo above is a group photo that was taken in the show room of the Brahma Club National Meet at Bay City, WI.
** Special thanks to Sandy Kavanaugh for sending me this photo! I am hoping to get her to send me names of all the members in this photo so I can list them in a caption for this photo. (I recognise half of them, but I do not want to leave anyone out!) **
What I remember best about this National was that it was the first time I met some of the club officers in person. I had chatted with Sandy, the club's "goofy secretary" (her words, not mine) and with Susan Nicolas, (the district 2 director) on the phone and via emails for several months before traveling to Bay City for the National to meet them in person. These two fast became my best Brahma Buddies as well as my role models later on when I took over for Jimmy Rust as district 5 director.
The job of club secretary is a BIG JOB..... mostly I believe, because the secretary is also the newsletter editor. The bulk of our newsletter, The Scanner, is made up of the district directors' & club officers' reports, articles & photos. (Sandy had a *nag note* system that worked well to remind each us of deadlines fast approching) Then the secretary is also responsible for keeping records of memberships & renewals, recording minutes at the annual meeting & is responsable for the treasury & reports too. Whew!!! It is a busy job, consuming many hours, but Sandy was the most deticated breed club secretary I have ever met because she not only adores her Brahma, but she adores her fellow Brahmaholics. Plus, she is so dang organised! (That is one skill I am still trying to master)
And Susan is also a true blue Brahma Club member and one dedicated district director, I tell you what! She would make sure every poultry club with a show in District 2 had a Brahma Meet. Then at the shows in her district which she attended, Susan would set up a table with Brahma Club infornmation and membership applications, and she would look for opportunities to talk to exhibitors and youth about the club. At National Meets I would always find her at our club table promoting the club, talking about the attributes of the breed, selling raffle tickets, and what ever else needed doing, Susan would jump right in and do it. Why twice she even came to a National Meet without any birds to enter, she just wanted to be there to support the club and visit with her fellow Brahma Fanciers. Susan was also very good at keeping in contact with the members of her district right along with the secretaries of the local poultry clubs hosting meets at their shows.
It is said that with every volunteer organization, 10 per cent of the members do 90 per cent of the work.... I am thinking when these 2 ladies were in office they were only 2 per cent doing the 90 per cent workload!!
The Brahma Club has always been and will always be the best breed club in all the Fancy.....I believe, because of the devotion & dedication of everyone of the members, be they officers or not. And that's not brag... that's a fact!