Club Mission:This club is organized for the purpose and with the object of improving
the methods of breeding better cage birds, to promote a more friendly feeling, and to set forth
higher standards of conduct – to encourage honest dealings in all business transactions
among bird breeders and fanciers and with the public at large – to encourage annual exhibitions
and open contests for the purpose of comparison of all types of birds, determine the progress
made, disseminate and exchange information to all bird breeders and fanciers.”
To provide adoption services to persons who can no longer care for their exotic caged bird(s)
by accepting the bird(s) into the Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club's adoption program and
to place said bird(s) in qualified homes at the discretion of the adoption committee.
The Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club (GCCBC) was established
on February 11, 1938 and is a Not-for-Profit organization.
Meetings & Events:
The club meets on a monthly basis, and offers a monthly bulletin,
adoption program, bird fairs, and educational events. All of these functions
are successful due to work done on a volunteer basis by our club members.
We meet on the third Friday of every month except November and December.
There is usually no meeting in November and December’s meeting is on a
weekend in conjunction with our Annual Holiday Party and election of officers.
At each meeting after the primary business has been discussed, we have a
social time with refreshments followed by a guest speaker.
GCCBC has a monthly bulletin with informative articles that are bird-related,
written by regular columnists, that also contains a classified ads section
for members. The bulletins are provided to all active dues paid members
before each meeting, via email to those members who have provided an
email address, and otherwise by US postal service. It is also provided to
other bird clubs with whom we share information and is also available
on this website.
Shelter & Help for Unwanted Birds:
The adoption program takes in homeless birds from several different sources.
See Adoption page for eligibility and program details.
The club is only able to do these activities through
members volunteering efforts.
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 chairperson and members of our Standing and Special Committees, e.g. Adoption, Membership, Hospitality, Webmaster, etc., are all volunteer positions.
Club Officers Duties & General Rules:
President: 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.
Vice-President: 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.
Secretary: 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.
Treasurer: 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.
To 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.
To 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.
No 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.