PRESIDENTS MESSAGE, DEC. 2018 -  Robert Bomia


The ARBA Convention in West Springfield, Massachusetts is over and everyone able to attend seemed to enjoy the week showing the Giants and spending time with their Federation Members.  Thanks to Wayne Bechdel, Breed Chairperson, Lisa Wilson, Breed Supt., Isabella DeSilva, Banquet Chairperson, Andrew, Pam, CeCe, and Emily Hambright family for the Federation Booth. Also all those that helped work during the convention Amanda Hutcheson, Joanne Walker, Kathy Rynard and all the others that wrote carried rabbits, or manned the booth during the week.

Thanks to Pam, Cece, Emily and Andrew for the awesome booth that got 1st place at the Convention.  Also Jim Fleming my buddy for the wonderful banners.  Second year in a row as 1st place booth, way to go team.

Youth Recognition Awards, “The Youth of the year” were announced by our Youth Chairperson Tom Sabrey.   Those being recognized by the Federation this year were: Shayne Lentz, Haydn Tinsley, Shawn & Avery Schlickman, and Chloe Clemets.   A giant Congratulations and keep up the good work. Also , Thanks to Tom Sabrey for contributing $3,300 to the youth Scholarship fund thru the internet auction this year.  Thank you Tom for your awesome contributions to our youth.

Master Breeders award were presented by Wayne Bechdel, Chairperson to Mike Knapp, and Lisa and Donnie Wilson… Way to go and congratulations.   Also presented was the induction into the Federation Honor Roll for all the work they have contributed to the Federation and its members was Lisa and Donnie Wilson.  Thank you for all you do.

Best of Breed Open Carlo & Fern Zappia, and Best opp Breed Mike Knapp.  My buddie Dan Brink had best Display. The John Coon award for best sandy fur went to Wayne Bechdel.  The Youth Best of breed and Best opp. Went to Eric & Drew Rosendale. A giant congratulations for all your work to achieve these awesome awards.  Also thanks to Anne Murdock and Mr. Rosendale for doing the auction at the banquet.

We have a new website thanks to Katie Mullenax our new webmaster.  You can find it at https://NFFGRB.ORG/ .   A giant thank you to Dick Gehr and Norma Hart for the work on our past website.   Our condolences to Dick and family on the loss of Norma this year.

Our upcoming National Show will be held in Wisconsin this year at the home of Jason and Lisa Swenson.  The Great Lakes Flemish Giant Regional specialty club, Wayne Bechdel, President will be hosting the Federation National show this spring.

The National Show in 2020 will be held in Texas, and the bids for the 2021 National Show need to be sent to Robert Bomia prior to March of 2019.  Anyone wanting to serve on committee’s please notify Robert Bomia.

The ARBA Convention will be in Reno next year.  Julie Jorge, President of the WSFGRB and her club members are organized to help support the Federation Show for its members at Reno.   (Pacific Coast Flemish Giant Rabbit Breeders). Julie Jorge and Joanne Walker will be Breed Supts., Wayne Bechdel will be Breed Chairperson.  Linda Wagner, and daughter, Rooms & Banquet chairpersons, Les, Joanne, Julie and Wayne awards committee. Tamera Jewell, raffle items. Look forward to the convention, save your money for Reno.  The judges will be Dr. Chris Hayhow, and Bruce Ormsby. It gets no better.

Prayers for all of our members that are having health problems.  Keep the rabbits in perspective as it is just a fun hobby. Keep your friends, and continue the greatness of the Federation and keep it fun.  

Regards, for the membership

Robert Bomia, President

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