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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE  - Robert Bomia,  March 2017  

Well it is election time this year for the Federation to elect a Vice President, and Three Directors.  The rules and regulations are in our Guidebook page 152 under Elections.  You can copy a petition off our website at (under forms), and it must be signed by a min. of 5 members in good standing.  The petition must be returned to our Sec/Trea Wayne Bechdel prior to June 1st.   Incumbents are Vice President, Jack Langley, and Directors:  Keith Brown, Dan Hall, and Charles Bryant.     (Remember to vote for those that are willing to do the work of the Federation, They must be ready to do the Work to insure that we have awards, banquets, booths (An Manned), writers, carriers, hotels etc. for our Federation members to list just a few items.  They also will be required to perform such duties as are assigned to them by the President and as set forth in the By-Laws.   This person should be one that takes owner ship in serving the members of their Local Clubs as well as ready to serve the Federation. ).  Each members vote for the correct members to fill these positions could directly affect the future of our Great Federation.


THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY GUIDEBOOK IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED SOON By Kathy Rynard , and the Guidebook Committee.  (We had a brief set back to Kathy’s poor health, and her recent major surgery- Our thoughts and prayers are with her daily).   YOU CAN STILL GET YOUR NAME IN THIS HISTORIC GUIDEBOOK BY CONTACTING TOM ORR FOR AN AD PLACEMENT.  $100 for a full page Ad, contact Tom Orr with your and send check to Tom Orr or Wayne Bechdel. (All Checks must be made out to the NFFGRB).  Tom can be contacted at 317-457-5186 or e-mail, .  You can contact Kathy Rynard at her e-mail, (Joanne Walker is assisting her).  Get your name in the History of the Federation in the 100th Anniversary Guidebook.  We will take Ads until we are ready to go to print.


THE 14TH ANNUAL NATIONAL FEDERATION FLEMISH GIANT SPECIALTY SHOW WILL BE HELD ON APRIL 29TH IN CORTLAND, NEW YORK.  The show will be hosted by Eastern States Specialty club, President Brian Hoornbeek.  Look forward to seeing everyone at the show.  It should be a great show with top Judges and a great weekend for all.


The 15th Annual National Federation Flemish Giant Specialty Show will be held in Columbus, Ohio, and will be hosted by the Ohio All Flemish Specialty club, President Keith, Brown.  The show will be held in 2018.


The Board voted and the 16 Th Annual National Federation Giant Specialty Show will be held in Blanchardville, Wisconsin in 2019.  It will be hosted by the Great Lakes Flemish Giant Rabbit Breeders, President Wayne Bechdel.   This will be a home show at Lisa and Jason Swenson’s home.   Thanks to all the clubs that submitted bids, and the bids for the 17th Annual National Show for 2020 will be required to be in prior to March 1st, 2018. Again thanks to all that offered bids.


THE ARBA NATIONAL CONVENTION IN OCTOBER LOOKS TO BE ONE OF THE LARGEST EVER, AND ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE FOR OUR FEDERATION MEMBERS.  Tom Orr, our director is working on arrangements.  Hotel recommendations:  Baymont Inn & Suites (About 8 miles from fairgrounds by interstate).  1540 Brookville Crossing Way, Indianapolis, In.  46239, phone #317-322-2000.  This is where we stayed at the last convention- rooms and suites available, and pricing varies.  Tom said it seems to appear to be cheaper if you book through for 4 nights)


The other is Baymont Inn & Suites Indianapolis East (About 6 miles by interstate).  2311 N Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis, IN. 46219.  Phone 317-359-9900.


Our Banquet venue (Wed. Oct 4), at the Teppanyaki Grill & Supreme Buffet, 9701 E Washington, St., Indianapolis, IN 46229.  This is a buffet style restaurant with large and varied menu.  About 4 miles from the motel.  Private meeting room will hold 100 people and is available.   Meals under $15 (current Pricing).  


As always a big thank you to Wayne Bechdel for all that he does for the Federation He is the backbone of our fine club.  Also to Jim Fleming for all he does as our Design expert who does our Newsletter covers, banners for the Convention etc.…       If you have any articles that you would like to share with the Federation Members please send them to Wayne Bechdel. 


In closing prayers out to my friend John Davis, Kathy Rynard and Vic Bloom who are not in good health, and all other members and their families that are having health issues.  May God bless you, and until we meet at the shows may all your nest boxes be full of Grand Champions.


 For the Federation and its Members -  Robert Bomia   Phone:  419-304-3068 







ARBA Convention Judges:

This is the list of Judges for the ARBA National Conventions from Membership votes at previous National Conventions.   

The next Judges will be voted on at the 2016 ARBA National Convention to fill openings in 2022.

If you have a judge that you want to vote for, check with them and insure that they are available in this year prior to waisting a vote if they are already booked to do another breed.. Most all the Popular Judges are booked years in advance. I had to hIre Wade Burkhalter for 2023 because that was his first open date, and lots of members wanted him. He is a very popular judge. 

National Flemish Giant – Judges scheduled for upcoming National Conventions to Judge Flemish Giants (Open and Youth), Nov. 20, 2013



2017 -  Dr. Chris Hayhow, GA (Open and Youth)

             Jamie Green, GA  (Open and Youth)


2018 -  Willis Plank, MI (Open and Youth)

              Bruce Ormsby, IN  (Open and Youth)     


2019 -  Dr. Chris Hayhow, GA (Open and Youth)

              Bruce Ormsby, IN (Open and Youth)


2020 -  Dr. Chris Hayhow, GA (Open and Youth)

              Willis Plank, MI (Open and Youth)                


2021 -  Josh Humphries, TN  (Open and Youth)

             Rusty Westhoff, TN   (Open and Youth)


2022 -  Judges to be voted on by membership at the 2017

             ARBA National Convention


2023 -  Wade Burkhalter, MO (Open and Youth)

              2nd judge to be voted on at the 2018 ARBA National Convention


Robert Bomia, President, NFFGRB