President’s Message – Jan/Feb/March
As I sit down to write this, I’m just back from the Spring meeting of the National Bird Show Board of Directors. This Board is comprised of a group of people from across the United States who represent a number of clubs and a variety of birds. It’s a long weekend and our only opportunity to meet as a group to plan the current years’ event.
NBS, just like any other aviculture group, is faced with budget constraints and with trying to host an event that keeps as many people as possible happy within that budget. It’s becoming increasingly difficult. There are changes this year, and we can expect more in the years to come, all necessary if this event is to continue and we all need to do our part to support this event in any way possible.
As mentioned in prior years that “support” may be in the form of a financial donation, an offer of help at the event, or perhaps placing an ad in the Show Catalog, etc. Is YOUR club affiliated with NBS? The NBS board has no choice but to make sure they don’t SPEND more than they MAKE; so if you attend the event and see changes– please remember this club, just like any other, is working with a limited budget.
The event will continue to be held at the Pheasant Run Resort in St Charles (Chicago-land), Illinois and their date will be two (2) weeks prior to Thanksgiving. Hopefully this consistency in location and dates will help you better plan to attend the event. While some may wish to see the event “travel” between locations from one year to the next, remaining at the St Charles location does provide a significant cost savings.