THE HISTORY OF THE BORDER FANCY CANARY CLUB OF VICTORIA INC.
Written by Paul Stephens.
The Border Fancy Canary Club of Victoria Incorporated was formed in 1955. Not much is currently known about the club’s early years from formation to the mid 1970s as the club’s records for those years have been lost. However, the club’s first Annual Show was held in 1956 and was won by Mrs I. Woodall. Subsequent winners of note in those twenty odd years include:
Mr David Mold (1959 and 1970);
Mrs Judy Caulfield (1961);
Mr Bill Tape (1962 and 1965);
Mr Norm Rastall (1963);
Mr Harry Oddy (1967);
Bill and Judy Caulfield (1968, 1971 and 1976);
Mr Jim Grace (1969);
Mr Charlie Frigo (1972);
Mr “Dick” Archer (1973);
Mr Bill Day (1974, 1978 and 1979);
Mrs Jean Lees (1975);
Mr Bob Doran (1977);
Mr Merv Jessup (1980);
Mr Tom Ricardo (1981).
At that time, the Standard of Perfection for the Border Fancy Canary of Victoria was the British Standard or “Thomas Model” and the club was affiliated with the British Border Fancy Canary Club. The Standard of Perfection was subsequently revised and updated by the Border Fancy Canary Club of Victoria in the early 1990s and this aspect will be covered later on in this article.
It is reasonable to suggest that members such as Mr W.J. Caulfield (senior), Mr Jim Grace, Mr Les Gough, Mr Bill Tape and Mr Tom Ricardo, to name a few, guided the club in those early years.
One of the first pieces of history that has come to light (thanks John Duke) is a newsletter dated April 1974, which was on A4 paper, typed and folded to give four pages. There were 50 newsletters distributed each month. The newsletter editors at the time were Bill and Judy Caulfield who were to give the lecture that April evening (Thursday 11th) on, “Preparing Your Birds for the Show Bench”. They were not able to fulfil their commitment as they were going away on holidays and Mr Harold Heath had kindly agreed to stand in for them. The club met at St Bartholomew’s Hall, 290 Burnley St, Burnley.
The results of the Young Stock Show Aggregate points were announced and Mr Charlie Frigo won the Open Section comfortably. The Novice was hotly contested with I.A. & I.J. Reilly and John Mannering drawing on 14 points with Tom Mathieson and Mrs & Mr Bird right behind them. It was also announced that the club was elevating four members into the Open Section:
I.A & I.J. Reilly;
Tom Mathieson; and
The Judge for the 1974 Annual Show was Mr Stan Rust. Mr Gordon Coulter had been invited, but was unable to attend.
It is interesting to note that the club was seeking to make up a dinner setting for 50 people and was asking each member to donate one set (1 dinner plate, 1 soup bowl, 1 bread and butter plate and 1 cup and saucer). This 50 piece set was required for the club’s Annual Show dinner. The hosts of the dinner were not mentioned. It is reasonable to deduce from this request that the club’s membership at the time was around the 50 mark and this corresponds with the number of monthly newsletters produced.
A Show Cage and drinker cost $5.55 and were available from the Secretary, Mr Les Gough. The cages were made by the Tasmanian Border Fancy Club. The member was required to pay the freight costs. Room nominations were being taken for the Derby And Oaks that was being held on Sunday 3rd June. The nomination fee was $1.00 per “room” and had to be paid by the May meeting. Phone entries were permitted up until the evening of Saturday 2nd June. The Show Secretary was Mrs Judy Caulfield.
The club was also seeking a donated bird from each member for the annual Bird Sale in July. It was amusing to read the request, “The bird doesn’t have to be a Champion. It can be any type of Border Fancy, just as long as it has feathers and hops from perch to perch”.
There was a list of Clubs that cater for Borders and their Annual Shows were coming up. These were:
May 11 – ACA Annual Show;
May 18 – CBA Annual Show;
May 19 – MCIS Annual Show;
May 25 – Federation Young Bird Championships;
June 3 – The Border Fancy Canary Club’s own Derby and Oaks;
July 8 – Southern Canary Club Annual Show;
June 15 – Northern Districts Annual Show;
June 22 – The Border Fancy Canary Club’s own Annual Show; and
July 6 – Victorian Canary Club Annual Show.
The club produced in that year copies of the “Thomas Model” Standard of Perfection and was charging 20 cents each. The club also produced an “Illustrated Faults of the Border Fancy Canary”, which illustrated, one fault at a time, the various faults found in the Borders. The booklet was priced at 40 cents per copy.
September 8 – Lecture ( Mr Eic Maddison – Starting Up with Canaries)
October 13 – Lecture (Mr John Mannering – Management and Care of Young Border Fancy)
November 10 – First Young Stock Show Plus Lecture (Mrs Jean Lees – Schooling Young Border Fancy)
December 8 – Second Young Stock Show Plus Lecture (Mr Harold Heath – Open Discussion).
There is a gap of a couple of years and the next piece of documentation related to 1978 when Mr Bill Day was President. The club’s monthly meetings were then held at St. Theodore’s Church Hall in Surrey Hills Victoria on the second Thursday of each month, so some time in the intervening four years, the club moved from Richmond. The long standing Secretary, Treasurer and Ring Registrar was still Mr Les Gough. Les often hosted meetings and Committee meetings at his house in Richmond in the club’s early years.
In 1978, the club’s Annual Subscription was $2.50. Show cages had risen in cost to $12.50. The format of the monthly meetings for the 1977/78 syllabus had remained largely unchanged through the years. It has been a very successful format.
January 12 – Combined Invitation Night
February 9 – Third Young Stock Show Plus Lecture (Mr Harry Oddy – Your Border Fancy During the Moult)
March 9 – Fourth Young Stock Show Plus Lecture (Panel Discussion – Breeding Season Results)
April 13 – Any Age Show Plus Classification of Your Birds
May 11 – Young Stock Show Championship Stakes Plus Lecture
June 4 – (Sunday). Derby and Oaks (Entries 30 cents a bird)
June 8 – Lecture (Mr Joe Bracegirdle – The Border Fancy Canary)
June 24 – (Saturday) 23rd Annual Show and Bird Sale
July 13 – Pairs Night Plus Lecture ( Dr Ian Staff – Cinnamon Expectations)
August 10 – Annual General Meeting -Election of Office Bearers
The May 1978 meeting saw 27 members present, despite it being a very cold and wet night. That night was the Young Stock Show Championship and there were 43 birds entered (25 Open and 18 Novice). Don Patterson won the Open Classes with a White Border and John Kilgour won the Novice. It was noted at that meeting that 11 members of the club journeyed up to Ballarat to attend Ballarat club’s Annual Show. The show was a great success with 380 birds benched, of which 104 were Border Fancy.
Paul and Christine Stephens were welcomed to the club as new members.
In June 1978, the club welcomed Mr Joe Bracegirdle to lecture on the Border Fancy. Joe was the then Chairman of the U.K. Border Fancy Canary Club. The lecture was very well received. The club’s 23rd Annual Show was held in June of that year and was officially opened by Councillor E.H. (Jim) James. Border Fancy were sent to the show and were “shipped” to Melbourne via train on the Bairnsdale line, arriving in Melbourne at 3pm on Thursday 22nd June. The hall was set up on that Thursday evening and Mr Joe Bracegirdle was the guest judge. Grand Champion Border Fancy canary was won by Mr Bill Day. Reserve Champion was won by Mr Charlie Frigo and Best White Border of the show was won by Christine and Paul Stephens.
Bill Day remained as President through 1978 and in August 1979, Mr Don Patterson took over as President. Mr Les Gough remained as Secretary. The 1979 Annual Show was a 2 day event, being held on 23rd and 24th June. The Treasurer and Ring Registrar at the time was Mr Jim Dickson and the club’s auditor was Mr Harold Heath.
In the early 1980s, Mr Frank Holzigal became President. Club rings were $1.60 per 10 and the meeting venue moved to Richmond Central State School.
At the club’s 1981 prestigious show for young Borders (its Derby and Oaks), Mr Bill Day won both the Open Derby and Oaks. The Novice Derby and Oaks was won my Norm and Barbara Coyne, with the Novice bird taking out the honour of the Best Bird in Show. There were 122 Border Fancy exhibited and the Judge was Mrs Jean Lees.
In 1982, Mr Harold Heath took on the role of President and Mr Norm Coyne became Secretary. Throughout the early 1980s, attendance at the monthly meetings was around 30 plus members. In June 1982, the club commenced a School of Instruction for prospective Border Fancy Canary judges. The senior Judges Panel at the time comprised Mr Harold Heath (Chairman), Mr Jim Dickson, Mr Bill Day, Mr John Kilgour, Mr Tom Ricardo, Mr Les Gough and Mr Don Patterson.
During 1983 there was considerable discussion on the current Standard of Perfection (the Thomas Model). Discussion revolved around a perceived inconsistency of judging relating to the length of the Border Fancy. The Standard stipulated a length of 5 1/2 inches. There were a lot of quality Borders on the bench that exceeded this length. Another contentious issue related to the angle of 60 degrees that the bird was to stand at and it was accepted at the time that the birds being exhibited stood at around 50 degrees.
The Annual Show in 1985 was held in Richmond. There was a large entry of almost 400 Borders and Paul And Christine Stephens won Champion Border Fancy. Les Burke won Reserve Champion and almost repeated his feat the previous year (1984) when he won Grand Champion.
At the Annual General Meeting in 1985, Harold Heath retained the position as President and Mr Terry Walsh took over as Secretary. Annual Membership Subscription was $15.
Harold Heath stepped down in 1987 after 5 years as President and Mr Tom Ricardo assumed the role. In November 1987, Mr John Duke was welcomed as a new member and Mr Frank Kemp in December 1987. The price of a show cage was $16 and the club’s annual membership subscription rose to $20.
At the December 1987 Young Stock Show, 140 Borders were exhibited (69 Open and 71 Novice) for Harold Heath and Bill Day to judge. This was the last meeting at the Richmond Central State School.
In January 1988, the club moved to the North Richmond State School. The number of birds at the Young Stock Shows was strong (Feb 1988 – 119 birds – 36 Open and 83 Novice; Mar 1988 – 118 birds – 31 Open and 87 Novice).
In April 1988, the club introduced a new night show to cater for Green and Cinnamon Borders. The Derby and Oaks in 1988 was judged by Mr Harold Heath and Mrs Christine Stephens. There were 216 birds entered (147 Open and 69 Novice). Paul and Christine Stephens won both the Open Derby and Oaks. Also in June 1988, Mr John Kilgour donated perpetual trophy for the Border Cup. The inaugural winners that year were Paul and Christine Stephens. That trophy is still in existence today.
The Annual Show in 1988 was held at St Theodore’s Church Hall in Surrey Hills with Mr Ben Merlino from South Australia taking out Grand Champion. Reserve Champion was won by Mr Cliff Falla. There were 391 Borders exhibited (207 Open and 184 Novice). In August 1988, the club welcomed Mrs Julie Sargeant as a new member and Mr George Poulos in September of that year.
In August 1988, Mr Ron Balnaves became President and Mr Terry Walsh remained as Secretary. (The cash at bank was $5354). During the years of Ron’s Presidency, Ron and Betsy hosted a number of very successful Garden Shows at their residence in Frankston. The first Young Stock Show in November 1988 saw 70 entries. December had 160 entries (71 Open and 89 Novice).
In January 1989 there were 123 entries and March had 143 entries.
In February 1989, the club had available for the first time a new three dimensional model and had revised and produced a new Standard of Perfection. Mr Ben Merlino from South Australia was credited with the production of the initial model with Mr Bill Day credited with the finalisation of that initial model design and then producing the model from a mould that the club had produced. Bill continued with this role for many years. The Derby and Oaks of that year had 207 birds. Paul and Christine Stephens won both the Derby and the Oaks
The Annual General Meeting in August 1989 saw Mr Alex Peter take over as President and Mr Norm Coyne take over as Secretary. The club had $3513 in the bank. At this meeting, the Committee recommended that the “Clear” Class at all shows be amended to “Clear and Ticked”; ticked being one mark only, to be covered by a one cent coin. The recommendation was adopted by the members. The reason for the change was to avoid an increasing frequency of birds being wrong-classed by judges with difficult-to-see marks, especially on the thighs, and these not being detected by the exhibitors when entering their birds for a show.
The Young Stock Show series commenced in November 1989 with 38 entries (9 Open and 29 Novice). The newly promoted Judges from the club’s recent training program commenced their judging careers. The senior judges that conducted the program included Mr Bill Day, Mr Harold Heath, Mr Jim Dickson and Mr Paul Stephens.
Mr David Manhire
Mr Bob Painter
Mrs Trish Brooks
Master Mathew Brooks
Mr Maurie Hunt
Mr John Duke
Mr Norm Coyne
Mr Alex Peter
Mr Tony Kerry
It was with great sadness that the club announced the passing of Mr Tom Ricardo on 22nd December 1989. Tom was a foundation member of the club, a past President and Life Member of the club.
In December 1989, the Young Stock Show had 132 entries (42 Open and 90 Novice).
In January 1990 there were 84 entries, February had 84 entries and March had 149 entries (48 Open and 101 Novice). As can be seen from the above, the Novice section was hotly contested and extremely well supported. The April 1990 meeting was the Any Age Show (135 entries). Best Bird was won by Paul and Christine Stephens and the May meeting hosted the Young Bird Championship (150 entries). This was also won by Paul and Christine Stephens.
In July 1990, the club welcomed Mrs Margaret Bridgeman as a new member. The Annual Show of that year saw Mrs Julie Sargeant win her first of many subsequent Grand Champions. The 1990 win was a great feat for a relatively new member. The sale of the new three dimensional model was very successful and the club had cash at bank of $9,771.
The Annual General Meeting in August 1990 saw Ron Balnaves remain as President and John Kilgour took on the role of Secretary. Mrs Julie Sargeant took on the role of Assistant Show Secretary to Mr Bob Campbell. The 1990 Derby and Oaks was very successful with 254 exhibits (178 Open and 76 Novice). Best Open was Mrs Nancy McPherson and Best Novice was M & T Brooks.
The club welcomed Mr Peter Kalageropoulos as a new member in October 1990. At this time, the floor covering on the show cages was changed from fine shell grit to white paper towelling. In December 1990, the club welcomed Mr Frank Always as a new member.
With effect January 1991, the club changed its monthly meeting night from the second Thursday to the second Wednesday of each month and remains the meeting night till today. The April 1991 Any Age Show was won by Don and Audrey Bruce (113 birds) and the May Young Bird Championship was won by Mr Bill Day (145 entries). The 1991 Derby and Oaks had a near record entry of 236 birds (109 Open and 127 Novice). The Open Derby and the Oaks was won by Paul and Christine Stephens. The Annual Show saw another large entry of over 400 birds with Grand Champion being won by Bill Saunderson and Reserve Champion by Paul and Christine Stephens. The Best Novice Bird was won by Mr Peter Kalogeropoulos.
In August 1991, the new Pictorial Standard appeared on the front cover of the club’s monthly newsletter and show schedules. Ron Balnaves continued as President (cash at bank $9924). The Classification Committee was announced comprising Mr Bill Day, Mr Paul Stephens, Mr John Kilgour and Mr Jim Dickson. The Young Stock Show series continued to have large entries around 100 birds.
The club welcomed Mr Graeme Kendrick in March 1992 as a new member. Large entries again characterised the Derby and Oaks. Open Derby Paul and Christine Stephens. Open Oaks George Poulos. Best Novice Bird Graeme Kendrick. The 1992 Annual Show had a record entry of 554 Borders. Judges were Mr Ray Mellor (Tasmania) and Mr Graeme Neville also from Tasmania. Grand Champion was won by Julie Sargeant. and Reserve Champion was won by Graeme Neville. The AGM saw Ron stay on as President and Margaret Bridgeman as Secretary. (Cash at Bank $10,225).
The first Sweepstakes was held in July 1994. The Best Bird of the Night at the Young Stock Show competitions was spread around – George Poulos in November, Bill Day in January, Julie Sargeant in February and Trish and Roy Brooks in March.
The Committee amended the ruling in April 1994 relating to the requirements for a Novice member to qualify for Open status. The Novice member was now required to win three major awards before being elevated into Open. The Committee determined that the only major awards to be considered by the club were the Best Novice Bird at the Derby and Oaks and the Best Novice Bird at the club’s Annual Show. This ruling remains until today. However, if a mixed club elevated a Novice exhibitor to Open separately from the Border Fancy Canary Club of Victoria, then the Border Club would have to recognise the breeder as an Open exhibitor.
In May 1994, the club recognised the sad passing of a leading canary identity and past member, Mr Phil Stevenson. At the AGM in 1994, Julie sergeant takes over as Ring Registrar, a position she still holds till today. In December 1994, it was recorded that the Border Fancy Canary Club of Tasmania had adopted the current 3 dimensional model and the Standard of perfection. Three States now shared a common Standard – Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. The club also noted the passing of Dick Reynolds, a long time canary fancier. All night shows continued to be well supported. The Any Age Show winner – George Poulos; Open Derby – Julie Sargeant; Open Oaks – George Poulos; Novice Derby and Oaks – Vangel Curtis.
The new Judges School commenced in April 1995.
The Judges for the 1995 Annual Show were Mary East (Tasmania) and Jim Williams (NSW). Grand Champion was won by George Poulos and Reserve Champion Vangel Curtis.
Ron Balnaves stepped down as President at the August 1995 AGM and Paul Stephens took on the role. Margaret Bridgeman continued as Secretary. Thirty five members attended the AGM.
In January 1997, the club welcomed Mr Joseph Yardin as a new member. The 1997 Derby and Oaks had 280 entries (192 Open and 88 Novice). Open Derby and Open Oaks winner was Mr George Poulos and the Novice Derby and Novice Oaks winner was Joseph Yardin. Mr Bill Christansen (NSW), Mr John Duke and Mr David Manhire officiated at the Annual Show that year. Grand Champion Border was won by George Poulos.
At the 1997 AGM, Paul and Margaret remained as President and Secretary respectively. At that meeting the results of the Judging School were announced with the following being promoted as Trainee Judges.
Mrs Margaret Bridgeman
Mr George Poulos
Mr Bill Saunderson
Mr Vangel Curtis
Mr Frank Kemp
Mr Roy Brooks
Mr Steven McArdle
Mr Joe Saunderson
Mr Ross McDonald
Mr Steve Simeon
The club also increased its Annual Subscriptions to $25.
The major shows in 1998 were again hotly contested. Garden Show at Paul and Christine Stephens (110 entries) – Best Bird Paul and Christine Stephens; Young Bird Championships (118 entries) – Best Bird Julie Sergeant; Open Derby – Paul and Christine Stephens; Open Oaks – Maurie Hunt; Novice Derby and Novice Oaks – Graeme Kendrick. The Judges for the 1998 Annual Show were Mr John Penprase (Tasmania); Maurie Hunt and Christine Stephens. Grand Champion Border was Julie Sargeant and Reserve Champion Border was George Poulos. The bird sale was held in conjunction with the Annual Show and raised $350 for the club.
At the AGM in 1998, Maurie Hunt took over as President and Margaret Bridgeman remained as Secretary.
The ensuing 12 months was a difficult period for the club as it was forced to move the venue for its monthly meetings to Clyde St Thornbury in January 1999 at relatively short notice. The Garden Show was again held at Paul and Christine Stephens. There were 126 entries and Best Bird was won by Mr Jack Devlin. The 1999 Derby and Oaks was held at Merrilands Community Centre in Reservoir. There were 232 entries. Open Derby was won by George Poulos and Open Oaks was won by Trish and Roy Brooks. The Novice Derby was won by Mr Colin Blain and the Novice Oaks was won by Mr Michael Mazza. The Annual Show that year was held for the first time in the club’s current venue – The Burwood Uniting Church Hall. This venue remains as the club’s current venue. Grand Champion Border was won by W.&N. Weightman and Reserve Champion was won by Mr Bob Doran (Tasmania).
The club decided to move its meeting venue once again at the 1999 AGM to the Burwood Uniting Church Hall and the club moved in November 1999. Maurie Hunt remained as President and Margaret Bridgeman continued as Secretary. After more than 10 years as Show Secretary, Mr Bob Campbell decided to step down and Julie Sargeant accepted the role.
The 2000 Garden Show was held for the first time at the home of Julie and Dennis Sargeant. The Annual Show had 450 entries and Judges were Mrs Mary East (Tasmania); Mr Steve Simeon and Mr Steven McArdle. Grand Champion was won by Mr Bill Saunderson and Reserve Champion was won by W&N Weightman. The Best Novice bird was won by Mr Bill Hains.
The club’s membership suffered with the changes to its meeting venue from Richmond to Thornbury and then to Burwood in a relatively short space of time.
In January 2001, the club welcomed Mr Keith Muller as a new member. The 2001 Annual Show had 460 entries. Grand Champion Border was won by Mr Bill Saunderson and Reserve Champion Mr John Duncan. The donated bird sale that was held in conjunction with the Annual Show raised $400 for the club. The club’s fund raisers were Mr George Thomas and Mr Graeme Kendrick.
In January 2002, the club welcomed Mr Bill Hains as a new member. In February, it was sadly announced that Mr Harold Heath had passed away (25th January 1910 to 1st February 2002). Harold was a Life Member of the club; a senior Panel Judge; Past President and long time supporter. His loss was sadly missed. The Garden Show was held at Julie and Dennis Sargeant’s and George Poulos won Best Bird. In July 2002, the club welcomed Mr Chris Koufos as a new member.
At the 2002 Annual Show, the club introduced 2 new trophies – The Tom Ricardo Memorial Trophy for the Best Novice Bird and the Harold Heath Memorial Trophy for the Reserve Champion Border in Show. The winner of the Grand Champion Border was Don and Audrey Bruce and Reserve Champion was Mr John Farr (NSW). At the AGM, Margaret Bridgeman took over as President and the role of Secretary was taken on by Mr Paul Stephens, but only for a twelve month period as the pressures of work and interstate travel were too onerous.
The club acquired new staging due to the generous support of Mr Ron Balnaves, Mr George Thomas and Mr Graeme Kendrick. This staging remains in use today.
Alex Kovacevic (NSW) was invited to judge the 2003 Annual Show with fellow judges Trish and Roy Brooks. J&K O’Shea took out Grand Champion Border.
An Invitation Night to all Novice breeders who were not members of the club to come and show their birds proved successful. It was held in March 2003 and Best Bird was won by Keith Muller. At the AGM of that year, Margaret remained President and Joseph Yardin accepted the role of Secretary; a position he still holds today. All night shows were again hotly contested.
The Judges for the 2004 Annual Show were John Duke, Maurie Hunt and David Manhire. Both Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Borders were won by George Poulos. At the AGM of that year there was no change to office bearers. In September 2004, the club welcomed Mr Frank Greco as a new member.
Nov 2004 YSS – 32 entries; Best Bird Julie Sargeant;
Dec YSS – 81 entries; Best Bird Julie Sargeant;
It was announced at that meeting that John Kennett (NSW) would judge the 2005 Annual Show, together with Paul Stephens and Margaret Bridgeman. Nominations were also sought to participate in a new Judging School. There were 11 nominations received. The School commenced in May 2005.
2005 marked the club’s Jubilee (50 years). Framed Diplomas were issued to members to celebrate this milestone. The results of the shows were as follows:
Jan 2005 YSS – 59 entries; Best Bird Peter Barry;
Feb YSS – 25 entries; Best Bird Peter Kalogeropoulos;
Mar YSS – 73 entries; Best Bird Chris Koufos
Garden Show (Sargeant’s residence) – 111 entries; Best Bird Julie Sargeant;
Young Bird Championship – 73 entries; Best Bird Julie Sargeant;
Sweepstakes – Best Bird Chris Koufos;
Derby & Oaks – Open Derby George Poulos; Open Oaks Julie Sargeant; Novice Derby Frank Greco; Novice Oaks Haddon & Houston.
Prior to the 2005 Annual Show, the Committee proposed to the membership that the judging procedure for the Annual Show be amended for the 2 Open Judges so that 1 judges Any Age Cocks and Young Hens and the other judges Any Age Hens and Young Cocks. The rationale being that it would give exhibitors, who were also Judges, the opportunity to still show their birds, provided they were not judging Champion, Reserve Champion and other major awards. The Judge that was to judge Greens, Cinnamon and White Borders would be the delegated Senior Judge on the day and would be responsible for the major awards. This was adopted by the members and this system still operates today and has been very successful.
The 2005 Annual Show (50th year) was won by Bill Day and George Poulos exhibited Reserve Champion. There were 435 exhibits. The AGM of that year saw no changes to Office Bearers. It was announced with deep sadness that Don Bruce had passed away. Don was a very strong supporter of the club and a great club man. The major winners of the shows were:
Nov 2005 YSS – 16 entries; Best Bird Frank Greco;
Dec YSS – 39 entries; Best Bird Frank Greco;
Jan 2006 YSS – 36 entries; Best Bird Chris Koufos;
Feb YSS – 19 entries; Best Bird Chris Koufos;
Mar YSS – 39 entries; Best Bird Julie Sargeant;
At the March meeting, the club welcomed Martin Sammut as a new member.
Garden Show (Sargeant’s residence) – 100 entries; Best Bird Peter Kalogeropoulos.
Young Bird Championship – 68 entries; Best Bird Julie Sargeant;
Derby & Oaks – Open Derby Julie Sargeant; Open Oak George Poulos; Novice Derby and Novice Oaks Frank Greco.
Annual Show (Judges Alex Kovacevic (NSW), George Poulos and Steven McArdle) Champion and Reserve Champion Julie Sargeant.
In July 2006, it was with sadness that the club announced the passing of Les Gough. Les was a foundation member of the club, a long serving Secretary and Life Member. Les often hosted meetings at his place in Richmond in the club’s early days.
The following members were presented to the club as Trainee Judges following the successful conclusion of the Judges School.
These “young” judges commenced their judging careers by judging at the club’s monthly meetings.
Julie and Dennis Sargeant once again kindly hosted the Garden Show. Best Bird Julie Sargeant.
Gary Clark takes on the role of Newsletter Editor in July 2007; a role he performs till today. The 2007 AGM saw no change to Office Bearers. Show results were:
Nov 07 YSS – 40 entries; Best Bird Julie Sargeant;
Dec YSS – 34 entries; Best Bird Chris Koufos;
2007 Annual Show (Judges Mary East (Tasmania), Bill Day & John Duke) – 400 entries. Champion Border Julie Sargeant. Reserve Champion Border George Poulos.
Jan 08 YSS – 32 entries; Best Bird Julie Sargeant;
Feb YSS – 47 entries; Best Bird Julie Sargeant;
Garden Show (Sargeant’s residence) – 99 entries; Best Bird Julie Sargeant;
At the AGM of 2008, the club warmly congratulated George Thomas, who was awarded Life Membership. George has been a long standing supporter of the club and has enriched the club in many ways. He was a long time Assistant Newsletter Editor for 20 years and also acted as the club’s major fund raising Manager. He attends all meetings.
In late 2008, the following Trainee Judges were elevated to the Senior Panel:
Frank Greco; and
The major show winners were as follows:
Nov 08 YSS – 42 entries; Best Bird Joe Abraham;
Dec YSS – 47 entries; Best Bird Joe Abraham;
Jan 09 YSS – 35 entries; Best Bird Keith Muller;
Feb YSS – 33 entries; Best Bird Peter Kalogeropoulos;
Mar YSS – 85 entries; Best Bird Julie Sargeant;
Garden Show (Sargeant’s residence) – 119 entries; Best Bird George Poulos;
Derby & Oaks; Open Derby W&M Day; Open Oaks Julie Sargeant; Novice Derby Joe Abraham; Novice Oaks Peter Barry
2009 Annual Show – 489 entries (Judges, John Duke, Maurie Hunt and David Daff); Champion Border George Poulos; Reserve Champion Border Frank Alway.
At the 2009/10 Young Stock Show series, Julie Sargeant and Chris Koufos shared the honours.
The 2010 Garden Show was, once again, kindly hosted by Julie and Dennis Sargeant and Julie won the Best Bird. In April of that year, the club welcomed Don Carbone as a new member. The 2010 Open Derby was won by Julie Sargeant. George Poulos won the Open Oaks. The Novice Derby and the Novice Oaks was won by Gary Clark.
It was decided to appoint 4 Judges for the 2010 Annual Show. (This practice continues till today.) They were Paul Stephens (Senior Judge), George Poulos, Steven McArdle, and Joseph Yardin. Grand Champion Border was won by Julie Sargeant and Reserve Champion Border was won by Martin Sammut.
The 2010/11 Young Stock Show series was again well supported and hotly contested. The winners included Julie Sargeant, Joseph Yardin and Chris Koufos.
The 2011 Open Derby was won by Julie Sargeant with Joe Abraham winning the Open Oaks.The Novice Derby and Oaks was both won by Gary Clarke. The Judges for the Annual Show of that year were John Duke, Frank Greco, Bill Hains and Frank Kemp. Grand Champion Border was won by Julie Sargeant and Joe Abraham won Reserve Champion.
At the 2011 Annual General Meeting, Gary Clark took on the role of President and Joseph Yardin remained as Secretary. The Show winners for that season were:
Nov YSS- 32 entries; Best Bird Chris Koufos;
Dec YSS- 64 entries; Best Bird Keith Muller;
Jan 2012 YSS- 49 entries; Best Bird George Poulos;
Feb YSS- 31 entries; Best Bird Chris Koufos;
Mar YSS- 78 entries; Best Bird Chris Koufos;
Garden Show (Sargeant’s residence) – 96 entries; Best Bird Chris Koufos;
Young Bird Championship – 58 entries; Best Bird Keith Muller;
Derby and Oaks – Open Derby Julie Sargeant; Open Oaks Steven McArdle; Novice Derby and Oks Gary Clark.
The club distributed a member survey to illicit member’s views on how to improve the club’s services to its members. There was a very good feedback and a number of new initiatives are being implemented. The club undertook another major initiative directed to new Novice members who joined the club. It offered a matched pair of Borders at no cost to each member.
The 2012 Annual Show was judged by Clem Page (Qld), Paul Stephens, Chris Koufos and Adam Roy. Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Borders were both owned by George Poulos.
The President briefed members on the development of a new Pictorial drawing for the Border. The current written Standard of Perfection is not expected to change. It had been discovered that there were some inconsistencies between the Standard of Perfection and the current Pictorial drawing which has been in place for over 20 years. Chris Koufos developed a revised set of Pictorial drawings and these have been under consideration of the Judges Panel for over 12 months. The Committee and the Judges Panel thought it was appropriate to brief the members on these developments and therefore an interim copy of the proposed Pictorial drawing had been distributed. Several members provided written feedback and this was initially referred to the Judges Panel for consideration and then a recommendation to the Committee. Several of these suggested improvements were incorporated into a new set of Pictorial drawings. These drawings are currently being finalised and will be presented to the members for ratification. Paul Stephens reported that the new Pictorial drawings had been presented to representatives of the Border Fancy Canary Clubs of Tasmania and South Australia and the feedback had been positive.
The Show winners for the 2102/13 season were:
Nov YSS – 21 entries; Best Bird Julie Sargeant;
In January 2013, the club welcomed Kevin Horrigan as a new member.
Jan 2012 YSS – 24 entries; Best Bird GGG Partnership;
Feb YSS – 34 entries; Best Bird Julie Sargeant;
Mar YSS – 59 entries; Best Bird Chris Koufos;
The Garden Show was kindly hosted by George and Pat Poulos. There were 92 entries and the Best Border was won by Julie Sargeant.
Young Bird Championship – 69 entries; Best Bird Keith Muller.
Derby and Oaks – Open Derby George Poulos; Open Oaks Chris Koufos; Novice Derby Pero Naumovski; Novice Oaks Kevin Horrigan.
The 2013 Annual Show had 400 exhibits. Judges were Maurie Hunt (Senior Judge), Adam Roy, Chris Koufos and Joseph Yardin. Grand Champion Border was won by Julie Sargeant and Reserve Champion Border was won by Chris Koufos.
The club resurrected its Annual Bird Sale. The second Bird Sale was held in July 2013 and was very successful. The Bird Sale will continue as an annual event.
At the Annual General Meeting held in August 2013, Gary Clark remained as President and Joseph Yardin remained as Secretary.