Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club (GCCBC) was established on February 11,
1938 and is a Not-for-Profit organization. The club is organized for the
purposes and with the objectives:
improve the methods of breeding better cage birds;
promote a more friendly feeling and to set forth higher standards of conduct;
encourage honest dealing with all business transactions among bird breeders
and fanciers and with the public at large;
hold annual exhibitions and open contest for the purpose of all types
determine the progress made; and,
disseminate and exchange information to all bird breeders and fanciers.
club meets on a monthly basis, and offers a monthly bulletin, adoption
program, two bird fairs, and an annual show. All of these functions are
successful due to work done on a volunteer basis by our club members.
meet on the third Friday of every month except November and December. There
is no meeting in November due to our annual show, and December’s
meeting is on a weekend in conjunction with our annual holiday party. At
each meeting after the primary business has been discussed, we have a social
time with desserts and coffee. Then we have a guest speaker. At the end
of the meeting we hold a raffle as a fundraiser.
has a monthly bulletin with informative articles that are bird-related,
regular columnists, and a classified ads section for members. The bulletins
are mailed out before the next monthly meeting to all club members and
various other clubs with whom we exchange bulletins.
adoption program takes in unwanted birds from several different sources.
See Adoption page for eligibility
and program details.
currently has two bird fairs each year. One fair is in the spring and the
other fair is in the fall, usually in September. All of the birds that
are sold at the fairs are checked by an avian veterinarian before the fair
opens for the day. We have two raffles at the fair. One is done at noon
and the second one is done about an hour before closing. The fairs are
big fundraisers for the club. The money goes toward the expenses associated
with putting on our annual show.
annual show is usually held the first weekend in November. Our shows include
judging on the various species of caged birds. These include canaries,
finches, lovebirds, cockatiels, budgerigars (parakeets), and hookbills
(parrots). Awards are given to the winners. If you have never been to a
bird show, you can learn so much about the different species by listening
to what the judges have to say as they judge the birds.
club is able to do these activities through members volunteering to work.
The board members and officers are elected each year. All members present
at the December meeting vote to determine whom they want to elect to these
positions. The bulletin editors, membership chairperson, adoption committee,
and publicity chairperson are all volunteer positions.
The President shall be the chief
executive officer of the club and shall preside at all general club meetings.
The president shall see that the bylaws of the club are enforced. He/She
shall appoint such committees as are necessary to the functioning of the
club. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.
The Vice-President shall be in
charge of the program for the club meetings. In the absence of the President,
he/she shall assume the duties of the President.
The Secretary shall record the
minutes of the regular meetings and the meetings of the Board of Directors.
All business correspondence shall go through the Secretary and a complete
file kept of same. He/She shall keep a record of all proceedings of the
club. He/She shall provide to journals material covering the activities
of the club and such other information of educational nature or interest
to bird fanciers.
The Treasurer shall keep record
of the accounts of the club, accounting for receipts and disbursements.
These records shall be open to the members at reasonable times for inspection.
He/She shall publish an annual report to the active members. He/She shall
have custody of the corporate emblem and affix the seal when necessary.
The Treasurer or his/her designee shall sell and record club bands.
be eligible to serve in an elected office, or two-year term of director,
one must have been a member in good standing for two years.
be eligible for the Board of Directors,
nominees must be twenty-one (21) years old or older and have been a member
in good standing for one year. To be eligible for the two-year terms, nominees
must be twenty-one (21) years old or older and have been a member in good
standing for two years.
duly elected officer or member of the Board of Directors may hold office
in any other cage bird club that meets in the Chicago area.