PRESIDENTS MESSAGE 2012 YEARBOOK
It gives me great pleasure to be writing this message for the 2012 Yearbook and our first version online. I know some would rather have a book version but with today’s economy and cost of doing things we were just not able to do that. We have tried to do a book version a few times but just could not come up with the necessary funding to put it together. I would also like to thank Matt for his idea of doing the yearbook online and for putting it all together. I also would like to thank those that submitted articles and supported the yearbook with ads. There are some good articles from current exhibitors and also from some of the greats from the past. I would also like to thank all those that have taken the time to be officers of the club. I feel we have one of the best breed clubs out there and a growing membership. It is really good that we have all the new interest in the color versions recently in Bantam and Large Fowl.
I am also glad of the interest in Plymouth Rocks buy our junior members we have some juniors that have some really nice birds. Thank you to all those that help and support the junior members, without them we don’t have a future in this hobby. I hope everyone has an enjoyable and successful show season and hope to see as many of you as possible down rock aisle.
EDITORS MESSAGE 2012 YEARBOOK
I hope everyone enjoys this new format of an Online PRFCA yearbook. Several of us were brainstorming at the NE Poultry Congress last January and I suggested to Greg English that we do an online version and eliminate the expense of printing and mailing. All ad revenue could be used for future national meets.
We met a little resistance from a few who have resisted technology but went ahead with this Yearbook. I tried to blend the old and the new and I am so proud of two new exhibitors, Scott Branzinski and Joe Emenheiser who took the time to write articles even though they are fairly new to Plymouth Rocks. I challenge some of the other old-timers like myself to write down their ideas and methods because once we are dead and gone, no one will remember the birds but there are articles that we can pass down to the future Plymouth Rock breeders who may need some help.
I also am proud to dedicate this Yearbook to two outstanding breeders that have gone on to the Big Show in the Sky! Shelby Harrington was not only one the best Plymouth Rock breeders who ever graced the breed, he was my friend. I often sit at a show and think of what he would have to say about this or that in the fancy today. I miss his honesty and perfectionism of conditioning birds. I never had the pleasure of meeting Lowell Sherman in person but I have seen and judged his birds and he was also a true master of the White Plymouth Rock Bantam. I know he is missed by many out on the West Coast and his son Bruce is doing a fine job of carrying on their family tradition of breeding and exhibiting the best in White Plymouth Rock bantams.
Lastly, I want to thank those who have taken time out of their busy lives to serve as an office or director in the club so others may enjoy the hobby we all love. I have done this in many clubs and I am currently working to help keep the ABA at the forefront of the hobby. Keep up the work and hope to see all of you at the shows.
Sincerely Yours in the Plymouth Rock Fancy,