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Best wishes for all in 2017.

People who race pigeons are eternal optimists. We all believe the next year will be better. I believe it is stamped some where on the inside of our heads and we see it every now and then, especially when we are getting ready to breed our next round of winners.

I have been asked why I have decided to auction off the birds that complete the Triple Crown Series and not just give them back. Another question is why bother to give the money to all Canadian Clubs, are you touched. I'll try to explain the answers to both questions in 10,000 words or less.

When I was a teenager, I was involved in after school activities at the United Church in our village { actually my girlfriend was and I got to help}.The minister of the church decided one Sunday that everyone present at church that day would receive $20.00 and they were to go into the community and do a good deed with it. The following weeks, after Sunday services, the parishioners stood up and one at a time they told the congregation what they had accomplished. It was very inspiring and proved to all what group effort could do for the village.

In magazines, at club or combine meetings, a lot of effort is spent discussing the decline of participation in our hobby and how we can attract new members. Advertisements in papers, on the radio, at fairs, at pet shows, in schools, in what ever, all these need funds to kick start them. Funds and people to do the work. I can't provide each and every club with a worker but we can help you by providing some of the needed funds.

Now, selling the birds is nothing new. Lots of one loft races sell their winners at auction. In Africa, Participating clubs and combines receive a share of the proceeds of the birds that are auctioned in their area. I will sell all of the birds that complete the program, With my skills as a handler, with my luck as a person, and with the grace of God, 200 may survive, maybe lots more. Even at 100.00 per bird, that means about $ 10,000.00 will be distributed to about 100 clubs.

This gift will have a few strings attached. We expect to hear back what was done with the money and what were the results.

I have two friends who are publishers and both will be interested in the outcome of this project. Both enjoy a good news story and we all know we need a few good news stories. You will see the results in print.

Those who are upset because you have to buy back your bird, your only paying half the price of the sale and your contribution will hopefully increase the participation level of our hobby.

For me, my community grows. One hundred clubs will welcome me in.

Again, Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2017. Hope to see your name on our breeders list soon.

Rick and Linda Broere




       I had a diary once, I was young. I found out all the girls, and some of the guys, wrote lots of stuff in them. You could look back and remember when. I wrote a few things, like stuff that I had done the night before. Apparently, diary means open it and read it to Dutch mothers. Mom told Dad and Dad told Rick and Rick burned the damn book.

       I promise never to write about last weeks escapades but I will keep you informed about our race and pigeon news in general. I know how nice it feels to be informed and how frustrating it can be when you don't know what's going on.

       Jim and Judy spent 11 years running the Empire Classic. There's not one thing they haven't had to deal with and solve. Our intension is not to reinvent the wheel, we just plan on polishing the spokes and adding white walls.  

       What was once old, will be new again. Pooling, Saturday evening loft auction, potluck supper, Sunday dinner and whatever more we can think up before the spring. We'll also have the auction of birds after the races. Read our home page end for end, find out what we've done.

I'll keep in touch. Rick

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