In 2016 we have added our first life member to celebrate 10 years of the Tasmanian Rare Breeds Poultry Club. Life membership is the highest honour our club can bestow and is not given lightly. At our 2015 AGM we unanimously voted in agreement to appoint Jill Weaver as our first life member. She will be officially awarded the life membership at our 2016 Show.
Jill is the first life member of our club. One of the founding members of the club, she has contributed far beyond the call of duty to the club in many ways. She joined the Management Committee in 2010 as the Publicity Officer and from 2011-present she has served as Secretary of the club. Even before joining the management committee she worked behind the scenes assisting our secretary. For the last 5 years Jill has organised the clubs annual raffle, donating many prizes herself and tirelessly acquiring sponsors for the society, and has manned the Information Stall since the club’s inception. She has also represented the rare breeds club to the TPFA for many years.
She has published the Keeping Happy Poultry book, a wonderful guide to poultry keeping which she has continued to expand for the last 3 years and which she sells to raise funds for the society. In addition she created our clubs breeders directory in 2013, taking over from the former TPFA breeders directory, and designed and organised most of the club’s merchandise.
In addition to her work for the club, Jill has developed new colours of Japanese bantam and has won 2014 and 2015 Best New Breed or Variety class at our show with her Barred New Hampshire, which she will be submitting to the standards committee in the near future, as well as achieving much success with her Wyandotte bantams and Japanese bantams.
Outside the rare breeds club Jill has helped out at Ulverstone and Devonport poultry shows for many years. She has been Vice President of Ulverstone Poultry Club for two years and in October 2015 assumed the Presidency.
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