2013 NBRC NATIONAL CONVENTION
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
8 JUNE 2013
THURSDAY 20TH JUNE 2013
2:00 PM TO 10:00 PM CHECK IN AT THE HOTEL
FRIDAY 21ST JUNE 2013
6:00 TO 6:30 AM LOAD THE BUS
6:30 AM LV HOTEL
6:45 AM AR RODNEY FORBUSH FLY KIT* 4806 S. 3685 W., SLC
7:20 AM LV RODNEY FORBUSH
7:50 AM AR JAY STARLEY FLY KIT* 827 E. PEPPERELL CIR., SANDY
8:25 AM LV JAY STARLEY
8:50 AM AR JASON CROXFORD FLY KIT* 844 VILLAGE WAY, ALPINE
9:25 AM LV JASON CROXFORD
9:55 AM AR NICK MORENO FLY GUIL RAND KIT*
10:20 AM NICK MORENO FLY KIT
11:00 AM LV NICK MORENO
11:30 AM AR ADAM HILL FLY KIT* 154 E. CENTER ST, LINDON
12:05 PM LV ADAM HILL
12:25 PM AR PROVO MALL FOR LUNCH
1:10 PM LV MALL
2:40 PM AR GAVIN ANDERSON FLY KIT*
3:15 PM LV GAVIN ANDERSON
3:35 PM AR KENNY DEFA FLY KIT 271 BEAR CANYON RD,
4:05 PM LV KENNY DEFA
6:30 PM AR HOTEL
7:00 PM BANQUET AT THE HOTEL
SATURDAY 22ND JUNE 2013
6:00 TO 6:30 AM LOAD BUS
6:30 AM LV HOTEL
7:15 AM AR WADE STEPHENS FLY KIT* 987 N. 3150 W., WEST POINT
7:45 AM LV WADE STEPHENS
9:15 AM AR BLAKE COATES FLY KIT* 6135 N. 4700 W., BEAR RIVER
9:45 AM LV BLAKE COATES
11:00 AM AR RANDY BALLS FLY KIT 65 S. 700 E., HYRUM
11:30 AM LV RANDY BALLS
11:45 AM AR BRYAN LAY FLY KIT* HYRUM
12:15 PM LV BRYAN LAY
12:30 PM AR OLD GRIST MILL LUNCH LOGAN
1:15 PM LV OLD GRIST MILL
2:45 PM AR HOTEL
3:15 PM THE DNA OF THE ROLLER PIGEON
4:15 PM PIGEON KEEPING AND CITY ORDINANCES by TOM MONSON
5:15 PM PIGEON HEALTH AND DISEASES by DR JAY IPSEN
6:00 PM FRESHEN UP FOR THE BANQUET
6:30 PM AWARDS BANQUET
The * by “FLY KIT” means that the kit will be judged for the Utah State Championship Fly. Nick Moreno will be the judge. This schedule is very tight, but very doable if everyone has their birds ready to fly as soon as everyone is off the buses.
I want to thank everyone that has been helping with the convention, especially Jeff Summers who has been gathering donations, and David Curneal who designed our beautiful logo for the hats and shirts for the convention.
Those of you who are donating birds, please bring a written description of the bird or birds, including their family origin, rolling ability, breeding ability, etc. The more information there is about the birds the better the price will be when they are auctioned. Thank you to all of you who are donating items for auction and raffle.
I just wanted to let everyone know where we are on the convention plans. I have narrowed the hotel down to one of two hotels out by the airport. They both have shuttle service from the airport, and have the meeting room space that we need. Please plan on attending as much of the convention as you possibly can.
The following is a preliminary schedule of events:
Thursday June 20: People will start checking into the hotel in the afternoon. We need a few USRC members at the hotel to greet people and to be available to sell shirts and hats.
Friday June 21: 6:00 AM We will start loading the buses at the hotel so we can leave by 6:30 to visit lofts. We need someone to make arrangements for drinks (juices, sodas and water) and for pastries (to be paid for by the NBRC) to be on the buses. We will need large coolers to keep things cool. Drinks and pastries will be made available to everyone at each stop (loft) that we visit.
6:30 Buses leave the hotel. We will be visiting lofts in Utah Valley.
7:30 Jason Croxford loft
8:30 Zach Fossum loft
9:15 Adam Hill loft
10:15 Craig Smith loft
11:00 Chet Olsen loft
12:00 Guil Rand loft
12:30 Bar-b-que lunch at Guil's house. We will need a few bar-b-quers to cook hamburgers and hot dogs on. I figured we could have beans, a salad, drinks and sheet cake for lunch. Everything can be catered except for the hamburgers. We will charge everyone for the cost of the catered food and the hamburgers.
1:00 Bird auction at Guil's. We will need to set up some show pens so that auction birds can be displayed.
2:00 Load up the buses and head back to the hotel.
3:00 Arrive at the hotel.
3:15 Seminar on loft design by Guil Rand.
4:15 Seminar on city ordinances that restrict the keeping of pigeons and how we can deal with them by Tom Monson.
5:15 Seminar on Pigeon Health and Diseases by Dr. Jay Ipsen veterinarian
6:30 Buffet dinner at the hotel (raffle, auction and fellowship) All NBRC members and their significant others are invited to come to the dinner. If you are not a member, you can come, but you will have to pay for your meal.
Saturday June 22: Start loading buses at 6:00 AM. We will need to provide pastries and drinks (to be paid for by the NBRC).
6:30 Buses leave the hotel. We will be visiting lofts in Salt Lake Valley, Ogden, and Logan.
7:00 Rod Forbush loft
8:00 Brian Jacobsen loft
9:00 Jay Starley loft
10:45 Kirk Middaugh loft
11:45 Lunch we will need to find a place that can serve 120 or so hungry guys lunch. Perhaps someplace where there is a food court or several fast food restaurants close together. This would need to be in the Ogden area, and the closer to the freeway the better.
1:30 Blake Coates loft
3:00 Brad Winward loft
4:00 Randy Balls loft
4:45 Load buses for trip back to the hotel
6:00 Arrive at the hotel
6:30 Awards Banquet at the hotel (auction, raffle, club business and presentation of awards) All NBRC members and their significant other are invited to come to the Banquet. If you are not a member, you can come, but you will have to pay for your dinner.
11:00 End of convention.
If you want to ride on the bus the cost is $15.00 per day. I want to encourage all the members of the Utah State Roller Club to plan on attending the convention. It may be the chance of your lifetime to meet many of the best roller people in the country. Hopefully you can make some new friends, learn a lot more about your rollers, and see some good kits flown.
The schedule is not set in stone, and may change as conditions dictate. The loft visits are not set either and may be changed. I am also trying to get in contact with Dr. Shapiro, professor at the University of Utah, and a researcher and geneticist that does a lot of work with pigeons. If I can get him to come and talk to us I will have to fit him into the schedule somewhere.
Does anyone have any other suggestions as to anything they think I have missed or we need to do?
We still need auction and raffle items.
Thank you for all your help. Lets make this the best NBRC convention yet.
NBRC CONVENTION JUNE 20 - 22, 2013
JUNE 20 - 22, 2013
UTAH STATE ROLLER CLUB
By Guil Rand
The Utah State Roller Club (USRC) is honored to serve as the host club for the 2013 NBRC Convention! The USRC was established in 1953 and currently has 64 plus members. The founding members were W. Paul Bradford (HOF), Norman Drecksel, John Fife, Gordon Hadley, Dale Husband, Earl Lemon, Wayne Myers, George West, and Thomas S. Monson (current President and Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). Of these founding members, Norman Drecksel and Thomas S. Monson are still alive.
Because of the large number of active members of the USRC, the club is divided into geographical divisions so that local areas can hold a fly competition and have everyone in the division fly on the same day. Most divisions have between 5 and 10 flyers. Currently there are 8 divisions: Cache Valley, Ogden, Salt Lake Valley, North Utah Valley, South Utah Valley, Coal Country, Richfield, and Southwest Wyoming. This year a 9th Division will be added in the Vernal area.
Each Division conducts 3 spring flies and 3 fall flies, and all divisions compete in the World Cup and NBRC National Championship competitions. In addition to these contests, the club sponsors a Utah State Championship fly in June. Based on the spring competitions for each division, the 2 best kits from each division qualify for the State Championship. This year we will be concluding the State Championship fly at the convention.
The Utah State Roller Club has a rich history of competition rollers. Paul Bradford is a member of the Hall of Fame and served as Secretary and Bulletin Editor for the NBRC for many years. Several of the founding members of the USRC were also charter members of the NBRC. Two of our current members have reached Master Flyer status, Guil Rand and Jay Starley who has also achieved the Master Flyer Lifetime Achievement Award. Last year we had 45 kits entered in the World Cup Regional and 50 kits entered in the NBRC NC Regional. The club is very competitive, but enjoys a great camaraderie among the members. We work together to help everyone achieve success and enjoy raising, training and competing with rollers. We are looking forward to having you visit our beautiful state and enjoy our friendship and our rollers at the convention in June.
UTAH STATE ROLLER CLUB
"Promoting Fellowship and Flying in the State of Utah Since 1953"
PROUD TO BE HOSTING THE 2013 NBRC CONVENTION
Come Help Us Celebrate Our 60th Anniversary!
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2013 NBRC CONVENTION
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
JUNE 20 - 22, 2013
Hosted by the Utah State Roller Club
CONVENTION HOTEL INFORMATION
NOTE: AT THE JANUARY 10, 2013 DEADLINE DATE FOR BULLETIN SUBMISSIONS, NEGOTIATIONS WERE STILL UNDERWAY FOR SECURING A CONVENTION HOTEL SITE.
THE OFFICIAL HOTEL / CONVENTION HEADQUARTERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED
IN THE NEXT ISSUE OF THE BULLETIN, AFFORDING EVERYONE PLENTY OF TIME
TO MAKE ROOM RESERVATIONS AND FINALIZE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS.
THE DATES OF THE CONVENTION ARE FIRM AND YOU CAN SAFELY PROCURE AIRLINE
TICKETS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EARLY BOOKING FARES IF TRAVELING BY AIR.
THE USRC IS COMMITTED TO MAKING YOUR VISIT A MEMORABLE ONE AND THE
2013 CONVENTION WILL BE AN EXPERIENCE THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON!
The following pages contain airport information needed to make your plans, with the full itinerary and additional convention details to be announced in the next bulletin.
OFFICIAL CONVENTION HEADQUARTERS
TO BE ANNOUNCED NEXT ISSUE
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PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES
TRAVEL OPTIONS IN GETTING TO THE SALT LAKE CITY CONVENTION
SALT LAKE CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
If traveling to the convention by air, your destination is "SLC", the Salt Lake City International Airport.
The airport is served by eight different airlines and is located only minutes from downtown and the future convention site. Airport details and flying information will be published in this bulletin.
AMTRAK'S CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR
As an alternative means of travel to and from this year's convention, you may want to board the California Zephyr, Amtrak's superliner train that experienced travelers call one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America. Zephyr riders enjoy the utmost in train travel, with exposure to some of the country's most spectacular scenery as it climbs the Rockies from the east and winds through the snow-topped Sierra Nevada mountains from the west. Amtrak serves Salt Lake City and the downtown station will be close to the convention hotel. The Zephyr runs daily between Chicago and San Francisco. Train #5 leaves Chicago, coursing through the plains of Nebraska to Denver en route to Salt lake City from the east, while Train #6 journeys to Salt Lake City from San Francisco through Reno and Sacramento from the west.
Those who live in close proximity to convention headquarters may choose to travel to the event using personal transportation. If so, detailed driving directions to the hotel will be published in the next bulletin after the convention site is secured, offering you road by road guidance. It is recommended that you lodge at the convention hotel not only for convenience but for the availability of onsite private vehicle parking.
Details regarding rental car acquisition will be covered on the following page.
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RENTAL CAR ACQUISITION
Some members choose to arrive early or stay late when attending a convention, using the occasion to visit the local attractions and thus interested in acquiring a vehicle. Others sometimes choose to obtain private vehicle transportation instead of utilizing convention bus service.
For anyone interested in renting an automobile, Salt Lake City International Airport is served by nearly all major car rental firms. Car rental facilities are located on the ground floor of the short-term parking garage directly across from the terminal buildings.
Rental car agencies that are located at the airport include: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, and Thrifty. You can get contact information for any of the airport rental
car companies by visiting: www.slcairport.com/rental-cars.asp
The travel route from the airport to the designated convention hotel headquarter site will be published in
the next issue of the bulletin after the convention site is secured. It is recommended that you lodge at the convention hotel not only for convenience but for the availability of onsite private vehicle parking.
Anyone preferring to utilize taxi services after arriving to the airport can easily acquire transportation.
Taxi service booths are located outside of Door #7 in Terminal One and Door #11 in Terminal Two.
City Cab --- (801) 363-5550 Ute Cab --- (801) 359-7788 Yellow Cab --- (801) 521-2100
SHUTTLE SERVICE FROM AIRPORT
Shuttle Service transportation from the airport to the convention hotel will be announced in the next issue of the bulletin after an official convention hotel site has been secured.
As is customary, the NBRC will acquire busses to transport attendees to and from all of the convention destinations, a service provided for a daily boarding fee cost of $15 to help offset some of the expense incurred by the club. Please use the accompanying form to reserve your seat.
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SALT LAKE CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
If traveling to the convention by air, your destination is "SLC", the Salt Lake City International Airport.
The airport is served by eight airlines and located only minutes from the selected convention site.
SALT LAKE CITY
TERMINAL INFORMATION AND AIRLINES
Salt Lake City International Airport has two terminals, five concourses, and 83 aircraft gates. Delta Airlines and SkyWest operate from Terminal Two. All other airlines serving Salt Lake City use Terminal One. Salt Lake City International Airport is located five miles northwest of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. TERMINAL 1 - American, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and US Air TERMINAL 2 - Delta and SkyWest Concourse A Gate 1, 2, 6, 8 ------ Multi Use Gate 3 ---- American Airlines Gate 4 ------------- US Airways Gate 5 ------ Frontier Airlines Gate 7 ------ JetBlue Airways Concourses C and D All Gates are serviced by Delta Airlines Concourse C is the International Flight Terminal Concourse B --- Upper Level Gate 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 --- Delta Airlines Gate 5, 7, 9 ----------- United Airlines Concourse B --- Lower Level Gate 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18 ------ Delta Gate 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22 --- Southwest Concourse E All Gates are serviced by SkyWest Airlines PAGE 30 NATIONAL BIRMINGHAM ROLLER CLUB AIR TRAVEL INFORMATION
TERMINAL 1 - American, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and US Air
TERMINAL 2 - Delta and SkyWest
Gate 1, 2, 6, 8 ------ Multi Use
Gate 3 ---- American Airlines
Gate 4 ------------- US Airways
Gate 5 ------ Frontier Airlines
Gate 7 ------ JetBlue Airways
Concourses C and D
All Gates are serviced by Delta Airlines
Concourse C is the International Flight Terminal
Concourse B --- Upper Level
Gate 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 --- Delta Airlines
Gate 5, 7, 9 ----------- United Airlines
Concourse B --- Lower Level
Gate 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18 ------ Delta
Gate 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22 --- Southwest
All Gates are serviced by SkyWest Airlines
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AIR TRAVEL INFORMATION
Plan on Arriving Early
Checked Bag Screening
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2013 NBRC CONVENTION
CONVENTION "RSVP" REQUEST – BUS & BANQUET RESERVATIONS
To assist in the planning of this year’s convention, advance notice is requested from everyone who will be in attendance. The host flyers want to ensure that adequate accommodations are provided to make your trip the most enjoyable ever!
It is essential that we pre-determine an exact number of riders for acquisition of adequate bus transportation, and also important that we get a good head count of those attending to make adequately arrangements for food and seating for the dinner and banquet meals. Please get your reservation to us as soon as possible. If traveling with other fanciers as a group, it is preferable that each group member submits his or her own form.
2013 NBRC CONVENTION REGISTRATION / RSVP FORM
City ____________________________________________________ State ________
Phone__________________ Email Address ________________________________
Please assist us in planning and making this a well organized, cost effective, and fun event. To do so, we need counts to be as accurate as possible. Please indicate he items that you will be attending and wish us to reserve space for you by filling in the appropriate boxes. If your spouse or children will be accompanying you, please include them in the number.
RSVP FOR EVENTS BY PUTTING AN "X" BY ANY EVENT YOU WILL BE ATTENDING. IF YOU WISH TO RESERVE MORE THAN ONE SEAT ON THE BUS AND/OR MORE THAN ONE MEAL AT THE FELLOWSHIP DINNER AND/OR BANQUET LUNCHEON, PLEASE PUT A NUMBER INSTEAD OF X.
Bus Seats on Friday, June 21, 2013 --- $15 Per Rider Payable At Boarding Bus Seats on Saturday, June 22, 2013 --- $15 Per Rider Payable At Boarding
Bus Seats on Saturday, June 22, 2013 --- $15 Per Rider Payable At Boarding
*** Water and snacks provided on buses compliments of the NBRC
Buffet-Style Dinner on Friday, June 21, 2013 --- Compliments of the NBRC
Banquet Dinner on Saturday, June 22, 2013 --- Compliments of the NBRC
RSVP INFORMATION CAN BE PROVIDED VIA MAIL, EMAIL, OR TELEPHONE.
PLEASE RESPOND BY JUNE 1, 2013 – SEND TO:
GUIL RAND --- 1991 SOUTH STATE RD --- SPRINGVILLE, UT 84663
The Utah State Roller Club is committed to making your visit a memorable one! The full itinerary and convention details will be announced in the next bulletin. We look forward to seeing you!
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COMMEMORATIVE 2013 NBRC CONVENTION HATS AND TEESHIRTS
Commemorative hats and tee shirts are always popular items with convention-goers and will be available for sale at the 2013 NBRC Convention. If you are planning to be in attendance and would like to have one or both of these items as a keepsake, please inform us ahead of time to ensure that we have an adequate supply on hand. We don’t want to incur the expense of ordering more than we can dispense, but more importantly, we want to make sure that everyone who desires one will be afforded that opportunity. Our goal is to procure as many of these as needed to meet demand, without overstocking either. It would therefore be greatly appreciated if you would inform us by June 1 as to which items, if any, you are interested in purchasing at this year’s convention. Having this information in advance will assist us in acquiring a feasible number of the sizes needed.
Please assist us by indicating the total number of hats and shirts wanted and the appropriate sizes.
NUMBER OF HATS WANTED
NUMBER OF SHIRTS WANTED
PLEASE PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION VIA MAIL, EMAIL, OR TELEPHONE NO LATER THAN
JUNE 1, 2013 – SEND TO:
GUIL RAND --- 1991 SOUTH STATE RD --- SPRINGVILLE, UT 84663
DONATIONS NEEDED AND GREATLY APPRECIATED
The NBRC Convention is an annual, club-sanctioned event to promote the hobby and encourage fellowship and growth among its membership. While the purpose of the convention is not to generate monetary gain, it is essential that every effort be made to break even each year to avoid significant depletion of NBRC funds.
Those who host the convention strive each year to operate in the black, and those involved in previous organization of this event are well aware of the associated costs and countless hours of donated volunteer time. Funds generated through donations play a significant role in assisting with meal and transportation costs, accommodations, and the ability to make the convention an event to remember.
We will be appreciative of all donations for the convention raffle and auction to assist in generating funds and providing attendees opportunity to win nice hobby-related items and memorabilia. Past support of donations for NBRC conventions has been quite generous and we hope the same will be true for this year's event. Any donation or assistance you can provide for the upcoming convention will be greatly appreciated.
To assist the club by making a charitable donation, please contact:
GUIL RAND --- 1991 SOUTH STATE RD --- SPRINGVILLE, UT 84663
UTAH REGION 7A NBRC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FLY
(Oct 15-20, 2012)
Judge: Wayne Feder
Lynda and I traveled to Utah where we were welcomed by wonderful people and scenery. We began our week with two days of travel through the southern part of the state with Connie and Guil Rand. For flatlanders like us, every place we went was new and exciting; our favorite places were Arches National Monument and Bryce Canyon, but all the scenery between and beyond these destinations was great as well. We ended our two days of site seeing at the home of Justin and Mindy Okerlund in Monroe, were we were treated to a great rib dinner and the following morning to the worlds best cinnamon rolls.
MONDAY, OCT. 15
Justin Okerlund started the day flying two 20-bird kits. The first, a young bird team, kitted well and could have rolled a little deeper, but scored 56.76 points. His second team had two birds land early and received no score.
Craig Smith was the next flyer. Craig was not home but his daughter released a nice looking kit of bald marked birds for me. The kit rolled a little too shallow, but had a couple of scoreable breaks before landing twenty seconds before the fifteen-minute mark.
We drove from Craig's to Chet Olsen's cattle and sheep farm in Benjamin. Chet put up a 20-bird kit; the kit had some good individuals but just wouldn't stay together. Two birds landed at 9:20.
Guil Rand was the final flyer of the day. His eleven-bird kit came out hot and rolled with good quality, but never committed to going up; they landed at 2:57.
TUESDAY, OCT. 16
Guil and I left early and drove to Fielding to watch Brad Hoggan's 11-bird team. Brad has an impressive racing pigeon station and is an accomplished racer. He is new to rollers but has nice kit boxes and I am sure will do a good job with rollers as well. His kit of young birds flew high, but was able to score ten points.
From Brad’s we drove to Ogden to watch Bill Whitby's 11-bird team. The birds flew nice and slow and used the sky well but could only manage 8 points on this day.
Kirk Middaugh in Layton was our next flyer; his twenty bird kit had a lot of trouble with out birds, but had some nice rollers. The team only had one break for 6.05 points.
Cody Stephens, our national junior director from West Point was our next flyer. Cody is very knowledgeable about rollers and should become a top flyer; his team of eleven birds kitted well but landed early.
Cody's dad Wade flew next. Wade was the only flyer who got a really bad deal with the weather. Out of nowhere, a gale blew up and scattered his eleven-bird team. They survived for over thirteen minutes but had no chance to stay together.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17
We started the day at Blake Coates house in Bear River. Blake's eleven-bird team was active with nice crisp rolls but had a hard time staying together. They scored 45 points. His twenty-bird team refused to kit and had one break for 6.05 points.
Brad Winward's team in Nibley started well but shut down at about six minutes and managed 56.7 points. Brad has one of the best designed kit boxes I have ever seen, it has a center alley and doors opening both to the inside and outside of each box.
Randy Balls from Hyrum put up two twenty-bird kits. His first kit had good action but rolled too short to score. His young-bird team was still green but had one excellent black bird.
THURSDAY, OCT. 18
Phil Distefano from Provo was our first flyer on this day. Phil's kit flew a nice slow pattern but quickly reached a height too high to score.
Jay Starley from Sandy was our next flyer. Jay's first twenty-bird kit started fairly well, flying with good speed and in a good pattern, but soon shut down and could only manage 36.96 points. Jay's second team of young birds couldn't get out of a left turn mode and scored 14.4 points.
We went from Jay's to Riverton to watch Brian Jacobsen fly his eleven-bird kit. Brian had to have been one of the week's most disappointed flyers. His kit came out rolling and had a very high score in the works but just never got elevated. The combination of hard work and low height brought them down in 9:34.
Rod Forbush put up two twenty-bird kits for us in Salt Lake City. Rod's birds must not have liked the judge and pretty much refused to roll on this day. One kit had a nice black individual; the other kit flew a good pattern but scored only once for 6.05 points.
Our last flyer of the day was Ryan Williams in Oakley. Ryan has a beautiful setting in a valley looking up at the Uinta Mountains. His twenty birds couldn't get out of a right turn mode. That, and a falcon attack, kept him from scoring today. Ryan's attractive lofts blend well with his new home.
FRIDAY, OCT. 19
This was our biggest day, with eleven kits being flown. We started back at Chet Olsen's where he put up his twenty-bird team. His young birds flew the time by one second and looked like they may develop, but couldn't score today.
We drove from Chet's up to Nick Moreno's in Eagle Mountain. Nick had three kits to fly, two of his own and a club kit that was a tribute to Norm Dreksel. Nick wasn't having much good luck this day. His eleven-bird kit looked as if it might take the lead but landed at 11:19. His twenty-bird team needed one more break to take the lead but completely stopped rolling the last half of the fly and scored 53.76 points. The Dreksel kit of baldheads weren’t much interested in rolling this day and landed early.
Ron Anderson in Lehi flew eleven birds. His team was mostly too short to score but he has one quality bird that scored a bunch of his points. He ended with 19 points.
We next traveled to Lindon where Adam Hill put up two twenties. His first had some good quality rollers but landed early. His second team also had some good birds but didn't kit very well this day. They scored 14.4 points.
Kyle Gray, also from Lindon flew a twenty-bird kit for us. Kyle had some good birds but loose kitting and a right turns stopped his kit from scoring. Kyle will definitely have better days in the future.
In Alpine, Jason Croxford flew two twenty-bird kits. His first kit was very active, maybe too much so, and landed in 5 minutes. His second kit had an excellent black bird in it. This kit had a hard time staying together. They scored 6.05 points. I was welcomed to Utah by getting kissed in the ear by Jason's llama.
Zack Fossum was our last flyer of the day. His twenty-bird kit showed very good quality and depth but kept rolling in groups or three and four and only managed 29.4 points. Zack lives in Lehi. It turned out that the next day would be a better one for Zack.
SATURDAY, OCT. 20
This was the last day of our fly, and a day that would produce the winners in both flies.
Trampas Williams in Springville started the day with a twenty-bird team. His birds flew a good pattern and speed, but a combination of three attacks by a Merlin and a team that rolled a little too shallow, kept him from scoring.
Richard Daybell's kit was flown at Springville this morning but couldn't break in large enough groups to score.
Craig Smith flew his eleven-bird team. All the birds in his young kit showed some action but were just learning to roll. He scored one point.
At noon we were back at Zack Fossum's; he put up eleven birds from the kit he flew the day before. They were a little tired but still put on an excellent show. Zack easily won the eleven bird fly with 96 points. It looks as if he will be a force in the future.
Guil Rand flew the last kit in the competition. He easily flew the best twenty-bird kit in this fly. His kit showed both good quality and depth. He had many breaks that were just short of being scored, so the kit definitely has room to be even better. Guil's team scored 163.2 points.
The Utah flyers sure know how to treat a judge; I would like to thank them for all their friendship and for hauling me around and feeding me. A special thanks to Guil and Connie for the tour, and for putting up with me for several nights. Also thanks to Jay and Tamara for keeping me and driving me around Salt Lake City and to Craig's sister Becky for putting me up for a night; she didn't even know what rollers were.
NBRC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REGIONAL FLY
MONDAY 15 OCTOBER 2012 (SOUTH DIVISION & SOUTH UTAH VALLEY DIVISION)
8:00 AM JUSTIN OKERLUND 20 BIRDS Monroe
8:45 JASON BROWN 11 BIRDS Monroe (needs to join NBRC)
9:30 JUSTIN OKERLUND 20 BIRDS Monroe
DRIVE TO MONA
11:45 CAGEN CARTER 11 BIRDS Mona (needs to join NBRC)
1:00 HUNTER SIGGARD 11 BIRDS Santaquin (needs to join NBRC)
2:00 CRAIG SMITH 20 BIRDS Payson
3:15 CHET OLSEN 20 BIRDS Benjamin (needs to join NBRC)
4:30 GUIL RAND 20 BIRDS Springville
DRIVE JUDGE TO OGDEN/NORTHERN DIVISION SO THAT HE CAN START JUDGING AT BRAD HOGGANS AT 8:00 AM TUESDAY MORNING. WE NEED A PLACE UP NORTH FOR THE JUDGE TO STAY MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY NIGHT.
TUESDAY 16 OCTOBER 2012 (OGDEN DIVISION)
8:00 AM BRAD HOGGAN 11 BIRDS Fielding (needs to join NBRC)
10:00 KIRK MIDDAUGH 20 BIRDS Layton
11:00 WADE STEPHENS 20 BIRDS West Point
12:00 CODY STEPHENS 20 BIRDS West Point
2:00 PM BILL WHITBY 11 BIRDS Ogden (needs to join NBRC)
3:00 CURTIS CHATELAIN 20 BIRDS Clinton (dnf)
JUDGE TO STAY IN OGDEN DIVISION AND BE DRIVEN TO BLAKE COATES WEDNESDAY MORNING
WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER 2012 (NORTHERN DIVISION)
8:00 AM BLAKE COATES 20 BIRDS Bear River
9:00 BLAKE COATES 11 BIRDS Bear River
10:30 BRANDON BARNES 20 BIRDS Smithfield
11:45 BRAD WINWARD 20 BIRDS Nibley
1:15 PM RANDY BALLS 20 BIRDS Hyrum
2:00 BRAD WINWARD 20 BIRDS Nibley
3:45 BILL WHITBY 11 BIRDS Ogden
DRIVE JUDGE TO GUIL RAND’S HOUSE. JUDGE TO STAY AT GUIL’S WEDNESDAY NIGHT
THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER 2012 (SALT LAKE DIVISION)
7:30 AM PHIL DISTEFANO 11 BIRDS Provo
8:45 MONT BONE 11 BIRDS Bennion
10:00 JAY STARLEY 20 BIRDS Sandy
10:45 WAYNE PURRINGTON 20 BIRDS Sandy (needs to join NBRC)
11:30 JAY STARLEY 20 BIRDS Sandy
1:00 PM ROD FORBUSH 20 BIRDS SLC (needs to join NBRC)
2:30 BRIAN JACOBSON 20 BIRDS Riverton (needs to join NBRC)
4:30 RYAN WILLIAMS 20 BIRDS Oakley (needs to join NBRC)
JUDGE TO STAY IN UTAH VALLEY
FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER 2012 (NORTH UTAH VALLEY DIVISION)
8:00 AM NICK MORENO 20 BIRDS Eagle Mountain
8:45 RILEY JENSEN 11 BIRDS E. M. (needs to join NBRC)
9:30 NORM DRECKSEL 20 BIRDS E. M. (needs to join NBRC)
10:30 RON ANDERSON 20 BIRDS Lehi
11:30 NICK MORENO 20 BIRDS Eagle Mountain
1:00 ZACH FOSSUM 20 BIRDS Lehi
2:15 JASON CROXFORD 20 BIRDS Alpine
3:30 ADAM HILL 20 BIRDS Lindon (needs to join NBRC)
4:15 KYLE GRAY 20 BIRDS Lindon
JUDGE TO STAY IN UTAH VALLEY
SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER 2012 (SOUTH UTAH VALLEY DIVISION)
8:00 AM TRAMPAS WILLIAMS 20 BIRDS Springville (needs to join NBRC)
9:15 CRAIG SMITH 11 BIRDS Payson
10:30 CHET OLSEN 20 BIRDS Benjamin
11:45 RICHARD DAYBELL 20 BIRDS Springville
1:00 PM ZACH FOSSUM 11 BIRDS Lehi
2:30 GUIL RAND 11 BIRDS Springville
BAR-B-QUE AT GUIL RAND’S HOUSE. EVERYONE IS INVITED.
BY MY COUNT THAT GIVES US (13) 11 BIRD KITS AND (31) 20 BIRD KITS, WHICH WILL GIVE US ONE FINALIST FOR THE 11 BIRD FLY AND THREE FINALISTS FOR THE 20 BIRD FLY. FINALS WILL BE FLOWN ON MONDAY NOVEMBER 5TH AND TUESDAY NOVEMBER 6TH.
ATTACHED TO THIS EMAIL IS AN UPDATED USRC MEMBERSHIP LIST.
Those of you that aren’t members of the NBRC right now can join by simply sending in your dues ($25.00) to Jay Alnimer at PO Box 99525, Cleveland, OH 44199, or give the money to Guil Rand the day you fly your birds. I will send the dues in after the fly. If you haven’t paid your entry fee for the fly yet, the cost is $35 for the first kit and $25 for the second kit if you are entering two kits. Send your entry fee to Jay Starley at 827 East Pepperell Circle, Sandy, UT 84094, or pay your entry fee the day you fly. Thank you all for participating in the Region 7A 2012 NBRC National Championship Competition.
Hope to see you all next week and good luck with your kits.
“PD” BY YOUR NAME MEANS THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY PAID YOUR ENTRY FEES.
ENTRY FEE FOR FIRST KIT IS $35.00 AND $25.00 FOR THE SECOND KIT IF YOU WANT TO ENTER 2.
THE NBRC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FLY IS ACTUALLY 2 COMPETITIONS THAT TAKE PLACE AT THE SAME TIME. THERE IS AN 11 BIRD COMPETITION AND A 20 BIRD COMPETITION. SO IF YOU DON’T HAVE 20 BIRDS, YOU CAN STILL COMPETE IN THE 11 BIRD COMPETITION. IF EVERYONE ON THIS LIST FLIES, WE WILL HAVE 58 KITS ENTERED! THAT WILL EARN US 5 FINALISTS!!!!! IF WE CAN GET 60 KITS ENTERED, THEN WE WILL HAVE 6 FINALISTS. UTAH HAS NEVER HAD 6 KITS ENTERED IN THE FINALS. HELP US MAKE IT HAPPEN. WE ARE COUNTING ON SOME OF YOU NEW GUYS TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE. SEND YOUR ENTRY FEES TO:
JAY STARLEY, 827 EAST PEPPERELL CIRCLE, SANDY, UTAH 84094.
IF YOUR NAME IS NOT ON THIS LIST, BUT YOU WANT TO COMPETE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW, AND I WILL MAKE SURE THAT YOU GET ON THE LIST. IF YOUR NAME IS ON THE LIST AND YOU DON’T WANT TO COMPETE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW SO I CAN TAKE YOU OFF. IF YOU ARE ON THE LIST AND HAVEN’T NOTIFIED ME PLEASE DO. THANK YOU, GUIL RAND, NBRC REGION 7A DIRECTOR
2012 MOUNTAIN WEST REGION
WORLD CUP FLY
28 MARCH 2012
TUESDAY, MAY 8, OUTLYING AREAS:
8:00 JASON BROWN
10:30* ALLEN JENSEN
11:45 KYLE MCARTHUR
14:30 TRAMPAS WILLIAMS
16:30 RYAN WILLIAMS
THAYNE LEE CNF
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, UTAH VALLEY
8:00 NICK MORENO
9:00 RILEY JENSEN
10:00 ZACH FOSSUM
10:45 RON ANDERSON
11:45 JASON CROXFORD
13:15 ADAM HILL (#1 KIT)
14:30* CURTIS ALLRED
15:30* PHIL DISTEFANO
16:30 GUIL RAND (#2 KIT)
17:30 JASON HOAGLAND
18:45 CHANCE PALFREYMAN
ADAM HILL (#2 KIT) CNF
THURSDAY, MAY 10, UTAH VALLEY & SALT LAKE VALLEY
8:00 GUIL RAND (#1 KIT)
9:00 MATT YOUNG (at Jason Hoagland’s house)
10:15 RICHARD DAYBELL
13:30 NICK MORENO (#2 KIT)
14:45 SEAN MCKANE
15:15 BRIAN JACOBSEN
16:15 DOUG ARCHIBALD
17:15 MONT BONE
VAL STEVENS CNF
FRIDAY, MAY 11, SALT LAKE VALLEY & OGDEN
8:00 JAY STARLEY (#1 KIT)
9:15 ROD FORBUSH
10:30 JAY STARLEY (#2 KIT)
11:15 WAYNE PURRINGTON
12:15* J. P. ISOM
14:00 KIRK MIDDAUGH
14:45 NED FRANKLIN
15:45 WADE STEPHENS
16:45 CURTIS CHATELAIN
17:45 CODY STEPHENS
18:45 BILL WHITBEY
19:45 GERRY KUNSCHKE
SATURDAY, MAY 12, CACHE VALLEY
8:00 BLAKE COATES
9:30 BRAD HOGGAN
11:00 BRANDON BARNES
12:30 BRAD WINWARD
13:15 BRYAN LAY
14:00 RANDY BALLS
BAR-B-Q LUNCH & AWARDS
WE HAVE 45 TOTAL KITS ENTERED. WE WILL HAVE 3 QUALIFIERS FOR THE FINALS.
THE FINALS WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY MAY 16 & THURSDAY MAY 17.
A FEW OF YOU MAY BE SURPRISED TO SEE YOUR NAMES ON THIS LIST OF PARTICIPANTS. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE SCHEDULE. THERE ISN’T MUCH THAT CAN BE DONE TO CHANGE IT NOW, BUT I WILL DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO ACCOMMODATE ANY REQUESTS. HOPEFULLY YOU WILL HAVE TIME TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO BE AT YOUR LOFT WHEN IT IS YOUR TIME TO FLY.
IF YOU CANNOT FLY, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. IT SHOULD BE A TERRIFIC COMPETITION AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST THAT THE STATE OF UTAH HAS EVER HAD. I KNOW THAT EVERYONE WOULD LIKE TO FLY ON SATURDAY. UNFORTUNATELY ONLY ONE AREA GETS TO DO THAT. THE CLUB WILL TRY TO CHANGE THAT AROUND IN FUTURE FLIES TO GIVE EVERYONE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FLY ON SATURDAY.
MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND AS MUCH OF THE FLY AS YOU CAN, ESPECIALLY THE BAR-B-Q ON SATURDAY SOMEWHERE IN THE CACHE VALLEY AREA. I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE MADE THE EFFORT TO ENTER THIS YEAR’S WORLD CUP COMPETITION.
MEMO FROM THE DESK OF THE PUBLICITY DIRECTOR
Greetings to the members of the National Birmingham Roller Club. It is March, and the mountains are only capped with a smidgen of the white stuff. Normally the mountains are coated clear down to the valley floors this time of year. It has been an unusually dry winter. Especially since last year was the third wettest (meaning snowiest) on record. And it has been unseasonably warm. I was able to put my pairs together mid January. I usually wait until the middle of February or the first of March. But since Mr. and Mrs. Falcon (I’ve named them Ripper and Slasher since they come to see me almost every time I fly) decided to make Springville, Utah their permanent home rather than migrating like they’re supposed to, and since they’ve devoured approximately 70 of my pigeons since last April, I’ve decided that I need to raise about 100 extra birds this year to try and make up for the losses. Enough of that stuff.
The Executive Committee members have been having some discussions about the rather heavy cost of the yearly convention, and we have been discussing ways that we might be able to recover some of those costs. There have been some excellent suggestions made. I’m sure that those of you that have been fortunate enough to attend one or more of the conferences have realized what a bargain the conventions are. To date, the NBRC has picked up almost all of the expenses of the convention. Some of those costs are covered by raffles and auctions that take place at the convention. Other costs are offset with the on line auction that the NBRC has each year, the sale of bands and other NBRC stuff. The problem is that even these are not covering all of the costs. So the EC has been having an informal discussion to try and come up with some ideas to help with the increasing costs of the convention.
I would like to invite the members at large, all of you that are receiving a bulletin, to pitch in with your two cents worth. If you have ideas on how we can help fund the convention, I would like to hear what they are. Please send your ideas to me at [email protected] . I would love to hear what kind of suggestions you may have.
Speaking of the convention, we have just heard that the Minnesota Flying Roller Club will be hosting the 2012 convention August 16th through the 18th. There is more information in this bulletin concerning the convention. For those of you that have never attended a convention, I would highly recommend that you make plans to attend. Minnesota has some very fine roller flyers. Among them are Dave Gehrke, John Elton, Wayne Federer and Dick Kollmann. Dave has been around flying rollers since the breed was first invented, making him one of the most knowledgeable roller people in the world. He created and edited the Roller Journal for 20 years, and has written a very informative book titled Flying the Birmingham Roller. It is a must read for everyone that wants to be competitive in flying rollers. John and Wayne have been two of the most successful flyers in the US over the past 3 or 4 years. And Dick was the judge for the NBRC National Championship Fly in 2010. I have twice had the privilege to judge all four of these gentlemen within the past 4 years, and they all put up extremely competitive kits. I am really looking forward to visiting them and seeing them fly their birds at the convention.
The annual convention is just one of the many benefits the NBRC can offer its members that no other club can. The convention brings together roller fanciers from all over the United States, and sometimes from all over the world. It offers the opportunity to meet other roller fanciers to see how they do it in their part of the world. Besides the camaraderie the convention offers the chance to visit the lofts of some of the top competitors in the country, and to see their birds in action. There is always plenty of good food and fellowship. The convention often offers the chance for its members to learn from some of the more experienced flyers, they’re “secrets” to winning the big one, and other important tips on taking care of and training rollers for competition.
The convention starts off with a gathering on Thursday evening at the central location of the convention. This gives everyone a chance to meet and greet old friends and make some new ones. Have something to eat and drink, and settle in. Don’t go to bed too late, because, early Friday morning a bus will pick us up at the hotel doors and take us around to see the local member’s kits. Later in the day will be other activities, with a club dinner in the evening. Saturday traditionally starts with a tour of more local lofts and kits. You can learn a lot on these visits, and make a lot of friends along the way. Saturday afternoon is a chance to rest up a little before the club Banquet in the evening. The banquet includes a delicious meal, an auction of pigeon memorabilia and often rollers that have been donated for the convention, and a raffle in which everyone goes away a winner. It just doesn’t get any better. I’ve already started making my plans to be there. I hope you will too. I look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis in August.
Memo from the Desk of Publicity Director
President Don Macauley has asked me to serve as the Publicity Director for the NBRC for the next two years. I’m not sure what all the Publicity Director is supposed to do, but I am going to find out fast and get to doing it. In the mean time, I have found out that one of my responsibilities is to write a "Memo" to the club for each bulletin. I thought the Nov/Dec 2011 bulletin would be the last time I would have to write a "Memo" to the club, but such is not the case. And that is okay with me. The "Memo" was one of the responsibilities I was going to miss, not being the VP anymore. So here is my first installment as the NBRC Publicity Director for 2012 and 2013. It will be my honor and privilege to serve you in this position. And if any of you have any suggestions as to what you think I should be doing as PD, please let me know. I am all ears.
Of course I know that my main responsibility is to represent the NBRC and to promote the club and its many functions. And that will be my goal, wherever I go. It won’t be hard to do, because I believe that the NBRC is the finest roller club there is. It does more to promote the roller hobby than any other club. It produces one of the finest bulletins, that there is about rollers and the people that fly and care for these birds. The articles in the bulletin are unsurpassed, and Bob Simpson does a masterful job of editing the bulletin every other month, and providing timely information to keep the roller world informed and up to date on what is going on. The bulletin acts as a place where local clubs and individuals can advertise and promote their activities.
When you think about all the different activities the NBRC promotes, it is astounding. Let me take a moment to list all that the NBRC provides for the world of roller hobbyists.
What a great organization. The NBRC does all of this, just so that you can enjoy flying and competing with the roller pigeon. If you’re not a member, please accept our invitation, and come join us. If you are already a member, then take advantage of all the things the club has to offer. Enjoy flying rollers to the max.
MAY ALL YOUR ROLLERS BE ZIPPERS AND RIPPERS, AND NOT JUST FLIPPERS.