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ABCs 40th (Ruby) Anniversary / Ameraucana Breeders Club 40th Anniversary! Part IX
« Last post by Susan Mouw on September 19, 2018, 08:20:33 PM »
History of the ABC, continued
First Quarter - 2015
Whenever people from diverse backgrounds, education, beliefs, and practices join together, the opportunity for conflict can arise. As the ABC grew, so did the diversity of its members: from all walks of life, all levels of experience with Ameraucanas, and poultry in general, and from all over the country. While disagreements within the ABC were usually resolved amicably, there came a time when there seemed to be no room for compromise or resolution. Following the 2014 election such a dispute arose, with one defeated candidate for office becoming dissatisfied with the ABC. Some folks took sides in the dispute; some remained neutral. About 20 of our members chose to follow the disgruntled candidate to his new Ameraucana club, established in March 2015. The Ameraucana Breeders Club wishes the new club all the best.

While the disagreement played out; sometimes in the public eye, the Board and the members of the ABC were very busy. The website was completely redone, offering more history, more archives, more choices in breeder's directories, more online services (new online membership forms, etc), more visibility for upcoming meets, and results of meets past, and the process for acceptance of the self-blue Ameraucana was started, a new ABC Handbook was released; the list goes on. Here are just a few examples of the progress from the first quarter of 2015:

• New Ameraucana Breeders Club Website:
Starting in early 2015, a complete make-over of the ABC website began. Functionality was increased, with an online membership (for new members and renewals), a searchable and sortable online interactive breeders directory, an archives page with all of the bulletins (that we had available), going back to the very first one, a new page with online meet reports showing results going back to when the ABC points system began in 2012, and eventually, a new, and more user-friendly Ameraucana gallery.


• One of the early priorities for the new website was to remodel the gallery, or scrapbook as it was called then, to make it easier to see the pictures of Ameraucanas, from chick to mature bird. This became a phased project, with the first phase of restructuring the page so that all the images could be seen at a glance. If a website visitor chose to examine a picture more closely, they could just click on that picture and it would bring up a larger image in the middle. This proved to be huge success, but was, by no means, the end of the project.


• The second phase of the Gallery project was to add pictures of the non-standard varieties, so they could also be easily seen and compared. A third page to the gallery, Large Fowl AOV, was added in May 2015 and included images of lavender, mottled, and splash Ameraucana. This phase of the project is ongoing and the next step will be to add AOV pics of the bantams.

• The third, and still ongoing, phase of the gallery is a continuous update of the images displayed. To that end, a monthly Gallery Competition started in June 2017, with a new variety featured each month. Everyone with Ameraucanas was invited to send in their pictures and a team of three well-known poultry judges, Rip Stalvey, Walt Leonard, and Tom Roebuck, reviewed and chose the best images for the website. That monthly Gallery competition continued all the currently accepted varieties had been updated, and the in process variety, self-blue. You can see all the new images by visiting our current gallery at ameraucanabreedersclub.org/gallery.html.

• New Online Membership Form
The online membership form was introduced in early March, 2015 and the first new member signed up on March 8, 2015. Since its introduction, over 300 new members have joined the ABC through the convenience of the online membership form. Existing members have used it, too, for renewals with over 200 ABC members renewing their membership online – simply and quickly. Of course, we still accept mailed-in membership forms, too!


Ameraucana fanciers all over the world were starting to notice the "new" face of the Ameraucana Breeders Club: in just the first quarter of 2015, 46 new members joined the ABC!

Come join us for a celebration of the last 40 years at our 40th Anniversary ABC National Meet at the Dayton Fancy Feathers Show, Greenville, OH on October 6th-7th.

Better yet, join the ABC and get your name tossed in the hat for this year's New Member Drawing - your choice of either a 4 hole bantam show box or a 3 hole LF show box made by Vinson Workman.




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Take a look to see what and who is offering items for the auctions.  Drop a note to the contacts listed above if you would like to offer poultry items or birds for the National Show. Birds can be both entered into the show and be lncluded in the auction.
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Exhibiting & Promoting / 2018 ABC National Meet
« Last post by Paul on September 14, 2018, 08:42:26 PM »
Good news!
Amanda Heitzman said "The deadline to enter the ABC national at the Dayton Fancy Feather Club Show in Greenville, Ohio has been extended to September 21, and she will take e-mail entries!  Angela and I entered 6 pullets (1 each of black, blue, blue wheaten, wheaten, white and self blue).  They were put into conditioning pens on 9-11.  Its been way too hot to risk any earlier by caging them.  A few weeks ago we saw 114ºF!  The early males are not in any condition to show.  Hopefully we will have some ready for the later shows.  Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

  Paul Smith
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Hello all! My name is Tiffiny and I would like to invite you to the Missouri State Poultry Association Double Show! It is Saturday October 27, 2018 at the Missouri State Fair Grounds Poultry building in Sedalia, Missouri. The Ameraucana Breeders Club has graciously granted the double meet so please make plans to attend! Entry deadline is October 8, 2018. This is a wonderful venue with even better poultry enthusiasts! Please contact Bernita Miller for a complete entry packet (660) 647-2474 or bmiller@iland.net. Like Missouri State Poultry Association on Facebook for all the latest show information.
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ABCs 40th (Ruby) Anniversary / Ameraucana Breeders Club 40th Anniversary! Part VI
« Last post by Susan Mouw on September 10, 2018, 06:01:17 AM »
40th Anniversary Celebration
History of the Ameraucana Breeders Club

With all eight current accepted varieties in both the APA and ABA Standards of Perfection, things began to settle down in the second half of the 80s. 

In 1986, Rusty Hart won the logo contest with the logo we still use today (with the name change). (Ameraucana Breeders Club Bulletin 1986 vol 8 1.pdf) Later in that year, a vote was held and the Ameraucana Bantam Club became the Ameraucana Breeders Club. (Ameraucana Breeders Club Bulletin 1986 vol 8 2.pdf)


By 1990, the Club had just over 100 members and had spread all across the US, including Hawaii. 


Stay tuned for more of the history of the ABC and join us for our celebration of 40 years at the 2018 National ABC Meet at the Dayton Fancy Feathers Poultry Show, Oct 5-6, 2018, Greenville, OH
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ABCs 40th (Ruby) Anniversary / Ameraucana Breeders Club 40th Anniversary! Part VIII
« Last post by Susan Mouw on September 09, 2018, 01:17:41 PM »
After a short drop in 2006-2007, ABC membership and active participation began to rise and, by the start of 2009, the rolls had risen above 200 active members for the first time in club history! (membersrcehistory.pdf)

Ameraucana exhibits at the shows, and ABC participation in those shows increased during this time, as well.  For 2006, there were 9 ABC sanctioned meets across the US - mostly in the mid-west. At the end of 2014, there were 25 ABC sanctioned meets across the USA, spreading across a much wider area.  Not just the number of sanctioned meets, but the number of Ameraucanas being shown was increasing, as well.  In 2006, there were a total of just over 400 Ameraucanas shown at ABC sanctioned meets (243 Bantams, 161 Large Fowl).  Beginning in 2013 (1210 Ameraucanas) and through the end of 2014, the numbers would begin a stunning rise that has continued to this date (1757 Ameraucanas entered in ABC sanctioned meets: 345 Bantams and 1412 Large Fowl).  Of course, these are just the numbers reported; there probably were more that were not reported or not at ABC sanctioned meets. (ABC Meets 2006-2014.pdf)


A great article, written by Patty Pickard, "The Art of Cage Training", was re-published in the ABC Fall Bulletin in 2010.  If you've not had a chance to read that, I would recommend it.  (ABC Bulletin 2010 31 3.pdf)

The present day Ameraucana Breeders Club point system was introduced in 2011 and actually began in 2012. (ABC Bulletin 2011 vol 32 3.pdf).  The first one to earn the title of Master Exhibitor, with 800 points, was Jerry DeSmidt.  Jerry completed the points for this award on October 4, 2014 at the Southern Ohio Poultry Association show. (Master Exhibitors.pdf)

The new point system recognizes our Junior members, as well. While there were no Juniors who had qualified by the end of 2014, they more than made up for it beginning in 2015, as we'll see in the next ABC history post.

The next, and final, post in this series of the history of the Ameraucana Breeders Club covers the period 2015-2018 - a short time frame, but a lot of exciting changes, progress, and growth.  Stay tuned to learn more about the history of the Ameraucana Breeders Club.  Join now!  You can join online at ameraucanabreedersclub.org/membership.html and you'll be automatically entered in the drawing for the New Member Drawing at our National.  Winners do not need to be present.

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Upcoming Meets / Oklahoma State Poultry Federation, 12/8/2018, Shawnee, OK
« Last post by Temple DaSilva on September 07, 2018, 07:54:11 PM »
Oklahoma State Poultry Federation Show
Shawnee, OK
http://www.oklahomastatepoultryfederation.org/
Mike Geis
geismcloud@yahoo.com
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Upcoming Meets / Cape Fear Poultry Association Show, 12/8/2018, Smithfield, NC
« Last post by Temple DaSilva on September 07, 2018, 07:51:37 PM »
Cape Fear Poultry Association Show
Smithfield, NC
https://www.poultryshowcentral.com/Cape_Fear_Feather_Fanciers.html
Wilbur Hanley
langshanman@gmail.com
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Forsyth Fowl Fanciers Fall Double Show
Winston-Salem, NC
Requested by Jeff Vance
https://www.poultryshowcentral.com/Forsyth_Fowl_Fanciers.html
Mark East
statefan10@yahool.com
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Upcoming Meets / Heart of the Ozarks Double Show, 11/3-4/2018, Fayetteville, AR
« Last post by Temple DaSilva on September 07, 2018, 07:42:22 PM »
Heart of the Ozarks Double Show
Fayetteville, AR
http://hotopa.com/index.html
Jacob Bates
(479) 965-5222
jakeab42@hotmail.com
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