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Our Society - About GCC Bird Society

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Brief History

The Greater Chicago Cage Bird Society (GCCBS), Formerly Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club (GCCBC) was established on February 11, 1938 and is a Not-for-Profit organization. The society runs the Adoption and Rescue in Villa Park, Illinois.

We hold meetings quarterly with the fourth meeting of the year as our Holiday Party and annual election. Meetings are held on the third Friday in March, June, and September. December’s meeting is on a weekend and is our Annual Holiday Party. At each meeting we have a social time with refreshments, a short business meeting, and our program presentation with informative speakers. GCCBS offers members a quarterly bulletin with informative articles that are bird-related, and contains Society reports, and a classified ads section for currently paid members.

The Adoption Program takes in unwanted birds from several different sources and provides for their care at our shelter in Villa Park, Illinois. All positions held within the society and rescue operation are on a volunteer basis.

See our MISSION STATEMENT

 

shelter side view
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Offices of the Society

The society is able to do these activities through members volunteering to work. The board members and officers are elected according to the society by-laws. All members present at the election meeting vote to determine whom they want to elect to these positions. In addition, the bulletin editor(s), membership chairperson, adoption decision committee, and publicity chairperson are all volunteer positions.

President: The President shall be the chief executive officer of the society and shall preside at all general society meetings. The president shall see that the bylaws of the society are enforced. He/She shall appoint such committees as are necessary to the functioning of the society. 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 society 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 society. He/She shall provide to journals material covering the activities of the society and such other information of educational nature or interest to bird fanciers.

Treasurer: The Treasurer shall keep record of the accounts of the society, 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.

Eligibility:

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 society that meets in the Chicago area.

 

Fox Valley Wildlife speaker

Meetings:

Meetings are held quarterly, with the fourth meeting of the year as our Holiday Party and annual election. Meetings take place on the third Friday in March, June, and September. Doors usually open about 7pm. December’s meeting and Annual Holiday Party is on a weekend. Exact date, time, and location info will be posted on our announcements page.

At each meeting we have social time with refreshments, a short business meeting, and our program event or speaker. Beverages are provided by the society. Attendees are welcome to bing a snack for our hospitality table. Guests are welcome to attend.
 

Dr. P. Sakas

 

Dr. Peter Sakas, of Niles Animal Hospital gives an informative presentation on avian care, at one of our meetings.
Owl(Pictured top - Lauren from Fox Valley Wildlife...a 501c3 rescue in Elburn Illinois. This Owl from Fox Valley Wildlife was on of our guest at our May 2017 meeting ).