Current communications with the Humboldt County 4-H office has led to development of a working relationship to help develop our youth events. The next GRAM newsletter will contain a short article detailing our group and our search for co-chairs to help run our youth show to held next summer. This is a great step forward for our organization, which will hopefully get us the youth support needed to successfully promote the youth aspect of our vision.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Kathryn Saria, President
Humboldt County Rabbit and Cavy Breeders Association, Inc.
Rabbit and cavy club working to bring ARBA-sanctioned rabbit show to Humboldt County
Humboldt County, CA – June 6, 2011 – Local youth and adult rabbit/cavy breeders alike are no strangers to having to travel hours to show their animals. Heather Ponsano, 4-H leader, banker, business doctoral student, and rabbit breeder, hopes to change that. Her solution: provide a new opportunity for breeders to show their animals at an ARBA-sanctioned show in their own county. Thus, Humboldt County Rabbit and Cavy Breeders Association, Inc. (HCRCBA) was born. Ponsano (who serves as Treasurer/Secretary of the association), along with the other executive officers and the club’s board of directors, have united in this vision. Beyond the core group, any community member has the opportunity to support their efforts by joining the club via the club’s website at http://www.HCRCBA.org.
Members will receive a membership card, monthly newsletter containing event updates (including updates regarding the planned local show), rabbit/cavy-related articles, membership directory, automatic participation in the club’s annual sweepstakes points contest (launched soon), and an opportunity to advertise their rabbitry or caviary on the HCRCBA for a nominal investment.
In the words of one of the club’s directors, Ben Brower, “As a rabbit breeder and exhibitor, the more shows we have in our area, or nearby, the better. We have, many times, driven six hours or longer, one way, to get to a show,” he continues, “but, as serious breeders, it’s what we have had to do to get comments, get our rabbits registered, and earn legs. A local show will help out not only us, but every other serious rabbit breeder.”
In addition to Brower’s statement about benefiting the rabbit community, HCRCBA also hopes to benefit the community at large through the addition of this new rabbit show. Think about it: 4-H and other youth breeders with a show to look forward to become more motivated and focused on their projects, while building self-esteem. These youth are the generation of tomorrow, and motivation and self-esteem are important qualities in leaders of any age. Residents of other areas, traveling to Humboldt County for an annual show, need to buy gas, food, find lodging, and purchase any supplies they may have forgotten. This potentially benefits the Humboldt County economy. Although HCRCBA officers, directors, and members focus on the rabbit community, they also hope to benefit the community at large, HCRCBA President, Kathryn Saria, says on the website’s blog.
In May of 2011 the HCRCBA began formation. The group is currently working on organizing. We have submitted incorporation paperwork to the State of California. Currently we are waiting to receive our paperwork from the state so that we can make our next steps to fully forming as a non-profit organization and an ARBA chartered club. We welcome any and all people who are interested in joining our group and helping us to achieve success in developing shows and educational opportunities.