ARBA NATIONAL CONVENTION 2013, HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA REPORT
ROBERT BOMIA, PRESIDENT
a wonderful National Convention we had in Harrisburg,
I think it ranked
the top five Flemish Giant Shows ever.
We had perhaps one of the biggest National Convention
entries with 479 total with 78 exhibiters (This includes the
Open and Youth).
404 Flemish Giants were shown in the Open with 58
exhibiters and were sorted by Joey Shults, and Michael Franke.
The show started at 8:30 am, and finished at 9:30 pm that
Both Judges did and outstanding job for our members.
In the Youth we had 75 Flemish Shown by 20 exhibiters and
sorted by Tonna Thomas who is one of the best judges in the ARBA….(
I loved her smile when I told her that I heard she was a better
Judge than Tex)
What a great day this was for everyone.
78 Exhibiters at one show is a real mark that shows our
club is healthy and doing fine.
Our Flemish Members are Awesome.
(The Eastern States members were in full force making
this convention a Great one.
Thanks to all of you and we loved the fellowship during
of us never realize the work that is put in to make these shows
special for you and our members.
A Giant Thank you to John and Barb Trone, PA, for
obtaining our Hotel and Banquet Facilities.
John and Barb are special friends and they are
outstanding members of the Federation.
We had over 100 members at our Banquet, and I think that
is the biggest one that I know of to date.
John Trone is a long term board member who is a great
Representative of the Federation.
Their work at the local and National level is commendable
had to start a new paragraph to Thank, “Anne and Reg
Murdock” for all the hard work that went into making this one
of the best Conventions I have ever attended….
Members like these are hard to come by and are
appreciated by our Federation.
Anne was the booth chairperson, wrote at the table, got
special awards for our members, and worked award presentation,
and assisted the Auction….
(And her rabbit got a 6th place).
Our Federation Booth was the best that we ever have seen
Our booth and awards were the best, and at the banquet it
took about 6 tables to hold all the awards.
Additionally, Anne helped our great member Larry Rishell
with the Auction that got our Federation 2800 dollars.
She also helped pass out all the awards.
She has been relentless in years in serving our
membership and working without being asked…. It speaks for
itself that Anne and Reg were inducted into the Federation Honor
(Our Federation Booth took in more money than ever at any
time in the history of our Organization ).
special thanks to all that worked on our booth and at our booth
at the Convention.
It was obvious to all that we had the very best booth at
Thanks to Anne Murdock for being booth Chairperson.
Jim Fleming, Ga deserves a Giant Thank you for all the
professional banners that he made for the Federation Booth.
They were better than outstanding and I personally want
to thank Jim for his help that he has given us every year, and
the money that these banners have drawn at our Banquet Auction.
Thanks to all the girls that worked at the Federation
Anne Murdock, Barb Trone, Fern Zappia, Kathy Bomia, and
Hazel Langley to mention a few.
(Those that have not donated any time to this booth
please try to spend at least one hour working for the Federation
at Future Conventions).
Anne your booth was the best, and it was unfortunate that
the people putting on the Convention missed our booth in
(It was poorly handled in my opinion).
the Banquet our Auction brought in near 2800 dollars… Thanks
to Larry Rishel for doing and outstanding job as auctioneer and
Anne Murdock his assistant.
Thanks to all those that donated to the auction.
Reg Murdock’s Indian Necklace brought in near $400 and
thanks to Doc Dan Hall for the purchase.
The banners brought in lots of bucks as well as the big
Flemish Giant permanent posters.
Larry Rishel bought one of the posters for over $300. I
was very pleased to have purchased two of Jim Flemings
professional banners, and the Buckeye basket donated by my
Buckeye buddy Amanda. Gene
Gubala spent near $500 .
Thanks to all that contributed to the Financial well
being of the Federation. Our
total income from the Convention was the most financially
3rd and 4th Presidents awards were
presented by Robert Bomia to Jack and Hazel Langley, TX, and
Anne and Reg Murdock, N.J... .
These awards go to those members that have helped the
Federation the most over the years and recognized by the
Only 4 have been awarded in 13 years with the other two
going to Bob Bolyard, and Karen Clouse.
Thank you for all you do for the Federation and its
Personally, I love the workers… You are awesome.
into the Federation Honor Roll were Anne and Reg Murdock, NJ,
and presented by Honor Roll Committee Chairperson,
I have never seen Anne so excited and happy… Anne and
Reg deserve this award.
For those that do not know Anne and Reg,
Help set up and tear down every Convention.
Their contributions are greatly appreciated.
(You are special and congratulations again on being
receive the Federations
into the Federation Master Breeders were Cathy Caracciolo, NY,
and Victor Bloom, Michigan.
Both were presented by Doc Dan Hall, Master Breeder
Congratulation on both of these fine members to their
contributions to the Promotion of Flemish Giant Rabbits.
Cathy has worked to improve the Blue Flemish Giants and
has done an outstanding job.
Victor Bloom has raised over 11 barns of Flemish Giants
and has helped promote the Flemish Giants in both the Open and
He is a wonderful person and a great promoter of the
are very deserving of this top award from the Federation.
479 Flemish Giant rabbits shown by 78 breeders.
Congratulations to Carlo and Fern Zappia, NY, for Best of
Breed with Intermediate Fawn Doe, and Best Opp Breed to Bruce
Johnson, Wis . With a fine Sr. Fawn Buck.
Good job on your accomplishments to Carlo, and Bruce.
In the Youth, Lisa Quinn won Best of Breed
with a Sr. Sandy Doe, and Best opp Breed went to Kaylie/Clayton
Krueger/ Schwendimann with a Fawn Sr. Buck..
Congratulations to all the Youth members on the great
showing, and your hard work.
The Youth Recognition award was presented by Dawn Buuck,
Ind to Elizabeth Barrett.
We are proud of you Elizabeth, keep up the good work.
Show went from 8:00 am to 9:30 pm, and that is a long time to
write for the judges and judge…. Special thanks again to Joey
and Michael, and Tonna for the outstanding job for our
membership, and also to those writers, Kathy Rynard, Joanne
Walker, Valerie Delair, and Anne Murdock.
Also thanks to all that carried rabbits.
I got tired watching them, and I know they had a long
note of interest
Jack and Hazel Langley donated $100 to start Youth
For our 100th Anniversary Show in Columbus,
Ohio in 2015 we have the following either already donated or
promise to donate to the show:
John and Barb Trone $100,
Jack and Hazel Langley $100.
Gene Gubala, Pa, has pledged $1000 for Best of Breed, and
$500 for Best Blue.
Anyone wishing to donate money to
this 100th Anniversary Show please send to Wayne
(Let’s make this the biggest show ever in the spring of
enjoyed the trip to Harrisburg with my wonderful wife Kathy ,
and my Buckeye buddy Tom Sabrey.
The week was a total enjoyment with the show
with the Valley Gals (Kathy Rynard, and Joanne Walker),
and visiting John and Barbs Home.
The Steak dinner was awesome also with our members.
Thanks to Wayne Bechdel , Breed Chairperson, and Chris
Stover, Breed Supt. For all your work at the show.
Thanks to Deb,and Dan Brink and Stephen Trent and Bill
Ferguson for the wonderful Fawns they blessed me with.
Also thanks to Stephen and Bill for their work at the
Convention to set up and tear down.
It was good to see all at the show, and we
look forward to seeing everyone in Texas next year.
It is apparent why many say that The Flemish Giant
Federation is the Best Specialty Club in the ARBA.
the membership, Bob Bomia