Michigan Bird and Game Breeders Association
Club Updates

September 15th, 2011

Congratulations to Jim Furman from Clare.  He was the winner of the $50 gift
certificate to Johnson’s Giant Pumpkin farm in Saginaw.  Enjoy your day down on the

I am happy to say that the Clare/Loomis swap was a success.  No Rain!!!!  We ended
up having 82 sellers.  Membership sales were up and people were renewing their
memberships for next year.  If you get it done now, you don’t have to worry about it
after the first of the year.  Plus your name will be put in the drawing to win a 2013 one
year membership.  T-shirt sales are also going well.  
**My letter for this newsletter is due on Sept. 15, so the Montrose swap has not
taken place yet.  It is my hope that the weather is nice and there are a lot of sellers
and buyers.

Because of the struggling economy, I believe people are being more conservative with
their money.  We as a club are in the same situation.  Because of the mailing route
changes, we have had to change our shipping from 3rd class bulk rate, to 1st class.  
Needless to say there is a large price increase.  The club has also seen a decrease in
the amount of members we have and even the amount of buyers that come to the
sales.  I think people are coming to fewer sales.  With gas costing over $3.50 per
gallon, we all have to make choices about the way we spend our money.  Therefore, if
given the opportunity, please feel free to advertise about our club and the sale dates.  
Get the information out there.  We want people to be apart of the club and come to
the sales.  

**Possible 2012 dates---Not all of the swap dates have been confirmed—but most
Imlay City---April 28, 2012
Charlotte—June 9, 2012
Clare/Loomis—Aug. 4, 2012
Montrose—Sept. 15, 2012
Hudsonville—Oct. 20, 2012
Mark your calendars and help us get the word out there.  Please feel free to make
copies of the sale flyers that are located in the middle of the newsletter after the first
of the year.  

Jeff Hedrick