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I am a member of the American Racing Pigeon Union, the Findlay (OH) Racing Pigeon Club, the West Central Ohio Flyers, the National Pigeon Association, and the American Dragoon Club. I am a past member of the Fremont Pigeon Club, the Rare Breeds Pigeon Club, the American German Beauty Homer Club, the American Frillback Club, and the American Giant Homer Association. I have judged pigeon shows throughout the eastern half of the United States, and I still accept judging assignments on occasion, both as an all-breeds judge and a judge of some specialty club meets. Some of the venues where I have judged pigeon shows include the NPA National in Birmingham, Alabama; the National Young Bird Show in Louisville, Kentucky; the Kentucky State Fair; Indiana State Fair; York, Pennsylvania; Bay City, Detroit, and Holland, Michigan; Hammond, Indianapolis, Muncie and Hartford City in Indiana; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Fremont, Cincinnati, and Akron, Ohio; as well as several county fairs in Ohio and Indiana. My 2008 judging assignments were the 2008 NPA Great Lakes Grand National, where I judged flying homers and, flying rollers, and the Michigan State Fair in August of 2008. In 2009 I took a year off from judging, but I served as the all-breeds judge at the recent Fremont Fancy Pigeon Show in January of 2010. Matt judged the homers at that same show. Some of the individual breed meets that I have judged in the past include Racing Homers, American Show Racers, Dragoons, Pouters, German Beauty Homers, Frillbacks, and Giant Homers, as well as certain of the rare breeds. As of June, 2011, I am an on the approved list of Racing Homer judges as certified by the American Racing Pigeon Union.
I am above all a hobbyist, not a dealer. I keep pigeons because of my love of the species for their beauty and in the case of Racing Homers for their athleticism and intelligence, and also because of my interest in genetics, particularly color genetics. Does this mean I do not sell pigeons? No. I do sell surplus birds on occasion, but I am not in it for the money (although an occasional sale certainly does help cover the feed bill). I sell my surplus at prices other hobbyists can afford. (Click here to see what I do have available at this time.) I also on occasion supply "white doves" (actually white homing pigeons) for use at weddings and other special occasions in the area. I also supply my daughter with whites for her wedding-release business, which supplies releases in the Central Ohio region. Our whites, however, are top quality racing pigeons, not just white birds kept for special events, and they must fly with the rest of the race team in order to earn a spot in my loft. Several of our whites have won diplomas for us.
In addition to my pigeon interests I have recently been licensed as an auctioneer in the state of Ohio. I am now available to conduct auctions in both Ohio and Michigan, and I would love to do the bid calling at your club benefit auctions in either of those states.
In June of 2009 I retired after 41 years as a high school mathematics teacher, the last 39 of which were spent at Lima (OH) Central Catholic High School as teacher, department head, and resident curmudgeon. I am currently working part time as an adjunct lecturer in mathematics and statistics at Ohio Northern University.