DOUBLE JUBILEE CELEBRATION
Members from the Crested Budgerigar Club (CBC) and Spangled
Budgerigar Breeders Association (SBBA) gathered together on the evening of Saturday
30th June 2012 to celebrate a milestone in both societies history. It was a Jubilee
Celebration for both societies and they held a joint function with 43 fanciers attending
the 24th show organised by the Specialist & Rare Variety Open Show (SRVOS) held at the
Holiday Inn Hotel, Flore, Northamptonshire.
A three course meal was served and in between courses speeches were
made by senior fanciers. Ghalib Al-Nasser, in his treble role as the Chairman and past
President of both societies as well as the Show Organiser & Chairman of the SRVOS
thanked members and guests for attending and made a special welcome to the three overseas
fanciers who were present at the function namely John Carter, President of the Australian
Pied BS, as well as two overseas CBC members Carlos Ramôa from Portugal who will be
judging the SRVOS next year and Martin Stieglmaier from Germany. Ghalib was pleased to see
fanciers from the ten area societies as well as the six specialist societies represented
at the function. He thanked Maurice Roberts, President of the Budgerigar Society, for
attending the function as the Guest of Honour and also to Chris Hawkins, President of the
CBC, and Bob Allen, President of the SBBA, for joining him at the head table.
Presidents at the Jubilee Celebration standing
(left to right) Chris Hawkins (CBC),
Michael Chapman (VBC), Rick Watts (LSCBS), Dave Guppy (CBBA), Bob
Sitting Maurice Roberts (B.S.), Margaret Chapman (LEA), Janice
Ghalib reflected on the role of the specialist societies within the
fancy as a whole, and the beginning of the CBC, formed on 20th October 1962 with 26
members; also on the formation of the SBBA on 14th November 1987 with 34 members
attending. His association with both societies has been long, as he joined the CBC in 1972
and was chairing the first SBBA inaugural meeting as a co-founder member. He was pleased
and honoured to still be at the helm of both societies so many years later and even more
pleased to see Presidents from the five specialist societies and two area societies as
well as The Budgerigar Society, Maurice Roberts, attending this unique function. Those
were Chris Hawkins (CBC), Bob Allen (SBBA), Dave Guppy (CBBA), Michael Chapman (VBC),
Janice Al-Nasser (RV&CBS), Margaret Chapman (LEA) and Rick Watts (LSCBS). He hoped
that fanciers will join next year in another jubilee celebration when the show committee
of the SRVOS will be celebrating the Silver Jubilee Show and invited the Management
Committee and members of the Clearwing Budgerigar Breeders Association (CBBA) who
will be celebrating their Golden Jubilee to join them in another double celebration.
Maurice Roberts, Budgerigar Society President, was the second
speaker whose knowledge on all the specialist societies is unique as he is a member of all
of them as well as a member of all the ten area societies. He reflected on the role that
Alan Fullilove, founder member of the CBC, played in the early days of the formation of
the club till the time he handed over the secretarial duties to Ghalib in 1976 before his
retirement. Alan is alive and well, making him the only CBC founder member still living
who sent his congratulations to the CBC.
Guest of Honours Chris Hawkins, Maurice Roberts &
Maurice said that the role of the specialist societies is as
important as the role of the area societies in making the fancy flourish with each having
their own areas of responsibilities.
The last speaker of the evening was Grant Findlay who said, like
Ghalib, he filled a double role within both organisations as he was for many years the
Membership Secretary & Treasurer of the CBC as well as past President and for one year
he was the Secretary of the SBBA. He also praised the work that Ghalib has done for both
societies and many others and said that, like him or not, he was the common factor in the
CBC, SBBA and SRVOS and has held them together for so many years.
He proposed a toast to both the CBC and SBBA and hoped that they
continue to flourish and serve their members well.
All fanciers who attended said how much they enjoyed the evening
with the usual friendly banter and even Janice Al-Nasser made a short speech, saying that
Ghalib is celebrating his own Golden Jubilee on 1st August as he landed in England 50
years ago and that she is making a collection to mark the event by seeking donations
towards a one way ticket back to Iraq, and felt that this would probably result in
business class travel!