We've been having issues with the website, so this information is coming late. But for those interested, the semi-annual Bird Fair will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the same place it has for the last 5 years--Green Country Event Center, east of Garnett on 31st Street in Tulsa.
We are still seeking suggestions for a new venue because Green Country WILL be closing. That closing is anticipated before our regular September Fair. We need a 12,000 foot space to hold all the great vendors who like to come to our fairs, and all the people who like to buy from them. So if you know of a site in the Tulsa area that can accommodate us, please speak up.
Don't forget the monthly meetings, February's is on Sunday, 2/22 at the Hardesty Regional Library starting at 1:30. Come meet the people who pull together the Fairs.
As the days get shorter, and our time becomes involved with preparations for the holidays, ALL the members of OAS are requested to attend this meeting. We have many items to discuss, and we need your input.
- First and foremost, if we want to have a Bird Fair in March, we MUST find a place to have it. Come with some concrete ideas of places that contain 12,000 (that's thousand) square feet to accommodate the vendors we've been lucky enough to have over the last few years. Are you a member of a church that might allow us to rent a space for a couple of days (Friday before and Saturday of) for the fair? Do you work with a company that might have a warehouse space? Put your thinking caps on, please.
- It's time to think about nominations for officers for next year. There are a couple openings, so consider what you can offer, then step up to the plate. It takes many pieces to complete the puzzle.
- We can learn what the AFA is doing now and plans for the future from our representatives at the August convention.
One of my favorite thinkers and bloggers, Seth Godin, says:
It takes many ideas to come up with one that we want to put into action, so come, bring your thoughts and participate in YOUR club. See you on the 28th!
The August 24th monthly meeting for OAS features Dr. Paul Welch, one of our favorite avian veterinarians. The meeting starts at 2:00, but you can come socialize with us before and after Dr. Welch gives us information from the AAV conference, and answers those question or concerns we have about our pet birds.
Another reason to gather for this meeting is it's the last meeting before the Saturday, September 6 Indian Summer Bird Fair. We need all members to be ready to volunteer some time to help make this, the last show at Green Country Event Center, be one more outstanding event for the OAS. So think about the best time for you to be there to help, and what area you'd like to work. We will need people to help set up on Friday afternoon (pizza is the incentive for those who help with this project), MANY people all day Saturday between 8 and 6, and then to tear down after the show. Don't leave it to just the few Board and regular attending members. It's your bird club too. Participate, please.
Plan to gather at the Hardesty Library, 8316 East 93rd Street, Tulsa. See you there.
I created a new page for the bird fair, and for some reason it's not posting correctly. So, in order that vendors may download an application for the September 6 Fair, I'm posting the application here.
Sorry for the confusion.
Dr. Carol Best of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital is our speaker.
Don't miss the popular Dr. Best from Best Friends Veterinary Hospital as she teaches us Avian First Aid Techniques! Ever wonder what you would do if your bird chose a weekend or holiday to have an accident or illness? Come to our meeting tomorrow and find out.
Meet your fellow OAS members and guests at the Hardesty Regional Library, 8316 E 93rd St, Tulsa, OK. We start gathering at 1:30, and the short business meeting begins at 2:00. Then Dr. Best will let us know what we need to know for a bird-related emergency.
At this meeting we will also need to discuss who will do what at the September 6 Bird Fair. It is important that all members participate in producing this well attended, income-producing event. It's not fair that only a few hearty, yet very tired, members bear the full burden to put on this event twice a year. Think about how you can spend a couple hours helping with set-up, the raffle table, the club table, admissions or working with the vendors and clean-up. Every little bit helps and is appreciated.
See you - Tomorrow!! - Sunday, July 27.