Monday, October 30, 2006

The United Angora Rabbit Club

To All Fellow Angora breeders :),

I would like to announce the formation of a new Angora RabbitClub. As of October 29, 2006, a new club entitled the 'United AngoraRabbit Club' is officially open and will be accepting newmemberships. This club will be National/International in scope and will actively seek members from both the show and fiber communities, with benefits offered to everyone at every phase of Angora rabbit production. Our club is now officially chartered with ARBA and will be included in the next Domestic Rabbit Magazine, and we will be hosting our first Specialty show at the PA State Convention in Lebanon, PA, in February of 2007.

We are overflowing with plans to enhance and promote the appeal ofthe Angora rabbit, and we will be taking a special interest in education on behalf of the new breeder and fiber enthusiast alongside long term breeders and showpeople. Below are listed several of the benefits currently being discussed for inclusion into the membership packages, in addition to many others:

-a National Angora show
- a National Fiber show
-Local specialty shows and fiber events
- Online Classifieds and Ads on the club Website
- Newsletter containing Rabbit and Fiber info.
- Advanced online discussion forum
-Workshops, Lectures, and Classes on the various aspects of Angora ownership and fiber use
-Extensive collection of online articles and subject references
- Member contests
- Mentorship programs

- and much, much more.

A BOD in currently in place for our organization as well as a working Constitution which can be viewed directly on the website at http://www.unitedangoras.com . The mission of our club is to provide positive support and educational opportunity to Angora owners everywhere, and we will be relying heavily on the input of our members in order to supply them with the tools they need to raise better rabbits and larger quantities of wool.

The founding members of UARC consist of several long term Angora breeders as well as experienced fiber people who are working to construct a strong foundation for the Angora rabbit breeds and their products in our country. You may view the club's new website at http://www.unitedangoras.com , a continually updated reference which will serve as an ever-expanding resource for it's members.

If you have any questions about this newly formed club please contact myself, Amy Spang, at amy@spangangoras.com, or any of the Officers listed on the website at their respective email addresses. There is a membership form included on the site as well as a copy ofthe C&BL for public viewing and reference. Prospective members will fill out a membership application which will be reviewed by the board, and then the Secretary will issue membership cards and mail them promptly. New members will be asked to contribute articles, pictures of their animals, or fiber products for the website, and suggestions that they may have about improving the club for it's members.

I look forward to meeting many of you in this club in the future as we look forward to building an organization which is unswervingly committed to one of the most unique animals in all the world, the Angora Rabbit :). Please print off a membership application and mail it in today!

Thank You, and All the Best --

Amy Spang :)
UARC President
www.unitedangoras.com

OK, my thoughts on this club:

Many, many current and former NARBC members want the things this club is offering. In fact, they elected Amy because they thought she'd get it done, and because they were fed up with the negativity and outright lies from certain officers and former officers in the NARBC. Unfortunately, between deliberate roadblocks interference of former officers, and attacks from within her own support structure, Amy was unable to get anything done. So she resigned. I wish she hadn't, and told her so, but I understand why she did. I support the new administration of the NARBC, but so far the changes we'd like to see aren't happening, I can only speculate as to why, but I feel people are intimidated from proposing any changes after the furor that happened when Amy tried to advance the club.

So Amy and other concerned and talented people are going to demonstrate that it can indeed be done, and without the back-stabbing, obstruction, bullying, and other garbage she and her officers had to put up with in the NARBC.

Well, MORE POWER TO THEM!!!!!!

I am not giving up on the NARBC, although there are some real control-freak JERKS in that club, there are also many very wonderful, sweet, loyal people who unfortunately have to deal with the others.

If you'd like to know why I feel that way, email me and I'll give details.

I am also going to join the UARC, assuming they'll have me. So I think that speaks for itself.

4 comments:

Terri said...

Well after reading you thoughts Janet I guess this club won't be bad after all. It does offer alot of different things, even more than what I realized they were trying to improve in the NARBC. Sorry for being mean but it looked like Amy was being revengeful. She just wants to promote angoras and all they can be. This is the kind of club I want to be in too!!

Jan said...

I'm glad to hear you say that, Terri! I'm sure that is what some people want others to think, that this is a revenge action, but I assure everyone it is not. It is an effort to show what can be done when people are allowed to develop fresh ideas, instead of having certain people with a pathological need for control try to manipulate everyone.

So we'll see what happens. At best, the membership of the NARBC will wake up and make sure the people who caused this split are never allowed near the administration of the club again, and the free flow and development of ideas will be encouraged and the club will grow, and perhaps the split will heal. One can only hope. At worst, the people who want things to be done "the way we've always done them" will have their club, and the rest of us will have a club that responds to our needs and wants.

Time will tell. I'm not giving up on the NARBC, but I am excited about the UARC.

Terri said...

Well, I know one thing, you can't control someone that refuses to be controlled! They will find a way to get what they want done no matter what the other person does. There's more than one way to skin a cat! I see on some of the groups I'm on some are already trying to get rid of the new club! If the UARC wasn't meant to be ARBA wouldn't have let it come into existance.

Jan said...

Good point, Terri. How exactly are people trying to get rid of it? Email me. Thanks!