Ray Russell

WPF October Board Meeting & Extraordinary Special Meeting

WPF Board Meeting &  Meeting of the Board 5th of October 2015

 In attendance:           R Russell; M Portelli; C Abela; D Vatsakis; C Cachia; J Farrugia; J Muscat; ;    J Pulis;   T Holwell; A Papadakis

Suspended: Jake Smith Joe Angelino

President Ray Russell opened the meeting of the board to discuss and investigate the dispute between Joe Angelino and Jake Smith at 7.45 pm.

All witness where interviewed:

Joe  Muscat

Andrew Papadakis

Charlie  Abela

Joe  Pulis

The above members were interview separately by the board and were a testimony to a fight that broke out between Joe Angelino and Jake Smith.

Joe Angelino provided a letter seeking all fines and charges be dropped as he was simply defending himself. He also attend the meeting and was given the opportunity to tell his side of the story.

Jake Smith apologised he could not make the meeting although provided a letter highlighting his actions and apologies for his conduct. He accepts the decision of the board and seeks a reduction in fines due to his circumstances.

J Pulis moved that both suspended board members are charged a $250 fine with a 3 years suspended good behaviours period. Should this be contravened a $750 fine will be levied.

As Joe Angelino is on a current warming for his conduct he is now banned from the WPF board indefinitely.

Fines are due to be paid in full by 4th of  January 2016

8 in favour

1 against

Carried.

The above events have been very disappointing for the WPF board and all members are reminded that they are to conduct themselves in a orderly and respectfully manner  to all fellow members AT ALL TIMES.

We have process in place for and grievances and or disagreement regarding procedures and this board will no longer tolerate any member’s actions who brings the WPF in disrepute.

Monthly Board Meeting President Ray Russell opened the Meeting at 9 30pm

Previous board minutes were read and received.

Moved:    C Cachia                          Seconded:  J Muscat

Business arising out of previous meeting:

None

Correspondence received:

1)     GMPF requested to run a 500 mile race.

Finance Report:

Finance and Treasury report was read.  All in order. Moved Cachia  Seconded J Pulis.

Response to Letters:

1)      Due to logistical reasons this cannot be done.

General Business

Presentation of the WPF Breeders plate will be conducted at our annual dinner dance. The costs of a large cardboard cheque with WPF logos etc would cost $150.

 

Reminders

WPF Squeaker Sale & Old bird auction will be held on the 8th of January 2016. For members who are unable to attend they can donate pigeons and or nominate ring numbers to Ray Russell.

Bring in all those pigeons you would like to sell. 25% of the sale will be charged.

Club Secretaries are reminded of the following birds per tier.

Basketing Day

Friday 35

Thursday 30

Wednesday 25

Other

Next meeting 9th of November at 7.30 pm

Meeting closed: 10.35 pm

Ray Russell

President

 

 

WPF September Board Meeting

WPF Board Meeting 14th of September 2015

 In attendance:           R Russell; M Portelli; C Abela; D Vatsakis; C Cachia; J Farrugia; J Muscat; ;    J Pulis;   T Holwell

Apologies:  A Papadakis

Suspended: Jake Smith Joe Angelino

Guest Member: M Tenaglia

President Ray Russell opened the meeting at 7.40 pm.

Previous board minutes were read and received.

Moved:    C Cachia                          Seconded:  J Muscat

Business arising out of previous meeting:

None

Correspondence received:

1)     Steve Cutajar ideas to improve racing and reduce costs.

Finance Report:

Finance and Treasury report was read.  All in order. Moved Cachia  Seconded J Pulis.

Response to Letters:

1) Noted. Thanks for your ideas. Keep them coming in. It is great feedback for organizers. Although there are many considerations when organizing a pigeon race and not all requests can be implemented.

General Business

Presentation of the WPF Breeders plate. A cardboard cheque was discussed. Chris Cachia to explore costs.

J Farrugia moved to organise an old bird sale on the 8th of January. WPF commission 25% of sale price. Seconded M Portelli

All in favour. Carried

 

Reminders

WPF Squeaker Sale & Old bird auction will be held on the 8th of January 2016. For members who are unable to attend they can donate pigeons and or nominate ring numbers to Ray Russell.

Bring in all those pigeons you would like to sell. 25% of the sale will be charged.

Club Secretaries are reminded of the following birds per tier.

Basketing Day

Friday 35

Thursday 30

Wednesday 25

Other

Next meeting  5th of October  at 7.30 pm

Meeting closed: 9.35 pm

Ray Russell

President

WPF August Board Meeting

WPF Board Meeting 10th of August 2015

 In attendance:           R Russell; M Portelli; C Abela; D Vatsakis; C Cachia;  J Smith; A Papadakis;   T Holwell

Apologies:  J Farrugia

President Ray Russell opened the meeting at 7.35 pm.

Previous board minutes were read and received.

Moved:    C Cachia                          Seconded:  T Holwell

Business arising out of previous meeting:

None

Correspondence received:

1)     Graeme Ellis – Seek letter for a pro rata refund of race fees as he cannot continue racing due to unforeseen circumstances.

Finance Report:

Finance and Treasury report was read.  All in order. Moved Cachia  Seconded J Smith.

Response to Letters:

1) A credit would be provided for the 2016 race season.

All in Favour

General Business

This year the WPF will be organizing the Yolla transport and welfare of our race birds. We have been advised by Wayne Harkam that we can take 12 units which need to be shared amongst all federations.

As a result we have allocated WPF – 4 units ; VRPU – 4 units;  Greater Melbourne and Geelong members – 4 units.

WPF members will have a 10 bird limit.

Given this is the first time organizing Yolla we have realised for 2016 race season, WPF fliers will be asked to nominate how many birds they would like to enter at the start of the year. This should allow better utilisation of the space allocated.

Prize money was increased from $3 to $5 per pigeon.

Moved R Russell Seconded J Smith 7 in Favour 1 Against

Breeders Plate – Barbeque to be provided by the WPF and catered by Des Vatsakis and Andrew Papadakis. A new barbeque will be purchased.

Open to all members; friends and other federation members.

Reminders

WPF Squeaker Sale will be held on the 8th of January 2016. For members who are unable to attend they can donate pigeons and or nominate ring numbers to Ray Russell.

Club Secretaries are reminded of the following birds per tier.

Basketing Day

Friday 35

Thursday 30

Wednesday 25

Other

Next meeting  14th of September  at 7.30 pm

Meeting closed: 9.05 pm

Ray Russell

President

 

WPF July Board Meeting

WPF Board Meeting 13th of July 2015

 In attendance:           R Russell; M Portelli; C Abela; D Vatsakis; C Cachia;  J Farrugia; J Muscat; J Smith; A Papadakis;    J Pulis;   T Holwell and J Angelino

Apologies:  None

President Ray Russell opened the meeting at 7.35 pm.

Previous board minutes were read and received.

Moved:    J Angelino                          Seconded:  J Farrugia

Business arising out of previous meeting:

None

Previous Special board minutes were read and received.

Moved:    C Cachia                          Seconded:  J Muscat

Correspondence received:

1)         None.

Finance Report:

Finance and Treasury report was read.  All in order. Moved Cachia  Seconded J Muscat.

Federation Scheme Transport costs have now  been calculated and the board have significantly reduced our previous years costs from $260 to:

– Members – $195

– Members who supported the WPF Squeaker sale  – $130

Tassie and National race’s are not part of the Federation scheme

Response to Letters:

None.

 

General Business

J Angelino moved we hold another Rupanyup on a Sunday and we approach B Borg to use / rent his truck / tossing unit. Seconded C Cachia – 4 in Favour 8 Against

We discussed at great length conducting another Rupanyup and due to logistically reasons it was decided not to hold another race and will be permanently cancelled form the 2015 schedule.

WPF Squeaker Sale will be held on the 8th of January 2016. For members who are unable to attend they can donate pigeons and or nominate ring numbers to Ray Russell.

Club Secretaries are reminded of the following birds per tier.

Basketing Day

Friday 35

Thursday 30

Wednesday 25

Other

Next meeting  10th of August 2015 at 7.30 pm

Meeting closed: 9.05 pm

Ray Russell

President

 

Special Board Meeting

WPF Special Board Meeting 22nd of June  2015

 In attendance:           R Russell; M Portelli; C Abela; D Vatsakis; C Cachia;  J Farrugia; J Muscat; J Smith; A Papadakis;    J Pulis; T Holwell and J Angelino

Apologies:   J Pulis

President Ray Russell opened the meeting at 7.30 pm.

Sections:

Were discussed at length and will remain as is. A new North West section was created to accommodate the following clubs – Bacchus Marsh;  Sunbury and Melton.

See previous board minutes.

Moved:    J Angelino                          Seconded:  J Farrugia

Deer Park Club / J Spiteri lodged a letter seeking further  clarification on ETS clocking procedure.

Response is as follows:

The placement of ETS was discussed at length at this meeting in line with previous extensive deliberation in August BOM 2014. This racing by – law was amended in August 2014 to provide a fair and equitable playing filed for all members. The rule was updated from its initial inception in 2005. Rule 13.9 reads:

Amendment   reads:  Electronic pads must be underneath the common roof line and built into the face wall of the loft. The sensors / antennas of an EBSS must be within the entrance of the loft.

(This includes an entry into the face wall of the loft, as long as it is considered the entrance.)

Time does not permit any changes to this by law in 2015 racing season.

Other

WPF Social Barbeque was a huge success with many members catching up and discussing their favorite topic ! Awesome food – Des Vatsakis. Thanks for organizing the catering.

Next meeting  13th of July 2015 at 7.30 pm

Meeting closed: 8.30 pm

Ray Russell

President

 

June 2015 BOM Minutes

WPF Board Meeting 8th of June  2015

 In attendance:           R Russell; M Portelli; C Abela; D Vatsakis; C Cachia;  J Farrugia; J Muscat; J Smith; A Papadakis;    J Pulis; and J Angelino

Apologies:    T Holwell

President Ray Russell opened the meeting at 7.45 pm.

Vale: Ron Peterson and Charlie Grech ex WPF members recently passed away. 1 minute silence was help in respect to our previous members.

Previous board minutes were read and received.

Moved:    J Angelino                          Seconded:  J Farrugia

Business arising out of previous meeting:

None

 

Correspondence received:

1)         Deer Park Club / J Spiteri lodged a letter seeking further  clarification on ETS clocking procedure.

2)         David  Becchi from Deer Park Club requesting to race with his own life rings for 2016 only.

3)          Application for membership received from Gordon Tran for Altona Club in 2015 flying in partnership with W Lac    racing name W & G Bros Loft racing at 171 Green gully Road Keilor Downs

4)          Application for membership received from Jimmy Hughes – 16 Yallop Crt East Keilor and Bernie Osborne of Curlew Ave Altona to race in the Yarraville club.

Moved: C Cachia Seconded : J Muscat

Finance Report:

Finance and Treasury report was read.  All in order. Moved J Muscat Seconded M Portelli.

Response to Letters:

1)              The placement of ETS was discussed at length at this meeting in line with previous extensive deliberation in August BOM 2014. This racing by – law was amended in August 2014 to provide a fair and equitable playing filed for all members. The rule was updated from its initial inception in 2005. Rule 13.9 reads:

Amendment   reads:  Electronic pads must be underneath the common roof line and built into the face wall of the loft. The sensors / antennas of an EBSS must be within the entrance of the loft.

(This includes an entry into the face wall of the loft, as long as it is considered the entrance.)

Time does not permit any changes to this by law in 2015 racing season.

2)          Joe  Farrugia moved David Becchi can use his won rings fro Junior only. Seconded C Cachia. Carried all.

3)    & 4 )      Applications accepted for membership – Welcome to the WPF

Moved: C Cachia Seconded :J Pulis: All in favor

General Business

It was moved by J Pulis that ONLY registered federation life rings with a current ring secretary be permitted to race in the WP. Seconded J Farrugia

C Abela reminded club secretaries to have their accounts in order after the last race, so prize money can be paid and distributed at our annual dinner dance on the 27th of November.

M Portelli would like to remind  all members who intend on racing in 2015 to complete the following forms by the 17th June 2015:

– Renewal Members hip form with updated mobile phone numbers for SMS

– Ring Registration

– Statutory Declaration your birds have been inoculated for PMV

In future all forms are required by the 1st of June of that racing year.

WPF Social Barbeque to be held 20th of June 2015 starting at 4 pm. Free for all members and other members who transport there birds on our truck.

Other

Next meeting  13th of July 2015 at 7.30 pm

Meeting closed: 10.00 pm

Ray Russell

President

 

May 2015 BOM Minutes

WPF Board Meeting 12th of May 2015

 In attendance:           R Russell; M Portelli; C Abela; D Vatsakis; C Cachia;  J Farrugia; J Muscat; J Smith; A Papadakis; T Holwell; and J Angelino

Apologies:     J Pulis

President Ray Russell opened the meeting at 7.30 pm.

Previous board minutes were read and received.

Moved:    C Cachia                          Seconded:  J Muscat

Business arising out of previous meeting:

A conveyor has been appointed. John Tung was awarded the role given his previous experience carting birds for the WPF. Moved M Portelli Seconded J Muscat.

Members are reminded to call Pauline Pulis on her new dedicated mobile number. Please refrain form using her personal home numbers for any WPF business.

New phone number for reporting lost birds is 0427 467 011.

 

Correspondence received:

1)         Deer Park Club / J Spiteri lodged a letter seeking clarification on ETS and electronic pad placement.

2)         J Angelino has requested for 2 lofts to be registered from his address for the 2015 flying season.

3)          Application for membership received from C Camilleri & Ivan Fonti to be members of the Deer Park Club

Moved: C Cachia Seconded : J Muscat

 

Finance Report:

Finance and Treasury report was read. Moved C Cachia Seconded M Portelli.

Response to Letters:

1)              The placement of ETS was discussed at length at this meeting in line with previous extensive deliberation in August BOM 2014. This racing by – law was amended in August 2014 to provide a fair and equitable playing filed for all members. The rule was updated from its initial inception in 2005. Rule 13.9 reads:

Amendment   reads:  Electronic pads must be underneath the common roof line and built into the face wall of the loft. The sensors / antennas of an EBSS must be within the entrance of the loft.

(This includes an entry into the face wall of the loft, as long as it is considered the entrance.)

Time does not permit any changes to this by law in 2015 racing season.

2)          Joe  Angelino has been approved to race under 2 lofts in 2015. Loft 1 will be called J Angelino; Loft 2 Blackmore Lofts – Flier – Miss Carlene Clark & Chris Penza

3)          Application accepted for membership – C Camilleri & Ivan Fonti to be members of the Deer Park Club. Welcome to the WPF.

Moved: C Cachia Seconded :M Portelli: All in favor

General Business

C Abela reminded all members who have outstanding accounts in particular breeders plate money to finalise their account so he can reconcile affairs and determine costs and prize money.

He also asked all clubs to have their accounts in order after the last race, so prize money can be paid and distributed at our annual dinner dance on the 27th of November.

 

Reminder for all members who intend on racing in 2015 to complete the following forms:

– Renewal Members hip form with updated mobile phone numbers for SMS

– Ring Registration

– Statutory Declaration your birds have been inoculated for PMV

WPF Social Barbeque to be held 20th of June 2015 starting at 4 pm. Free for all members and other members who transport there birds on our truck.

Reminder to all outside clubs if you need to contact the WPF rooms on race day please call Ray Russell mobile phone:  0418 553 431

FIRST AID at the WPF

First aid box is currently being re stocked. For any members who has safety accreditation please make themselves known to Ray Russell and other members.

Speed limit in the WPF car park is 5 klm. Please keep to limits etc.

2016 WPF Breeders Plate

It was moved by C Abela that the 2016 Breeders Plate on the line of flight be offered a GUARANTEED FIRST PRIZE of $30,000 and 60% of prize money would be allocated to the Flier and 40% to the Breeder. Breeder’s will now have the advantage of entering up to 15 birds per sale. Seconded M Portelli.

Other

Next meeting  15th of June 2015 at 7.30 pm

Meeting closed: 10.15 pm

Ray Russell

President

 

April 2015 BOM Board Minutes

WPF Board Meeting 13th April 2015

 In attendance:           R Russell; M Portelli; C Abela; D Vatsakis; C Cachia;  J Farrugia; J Muscat; J Smith; A Papadakis; T Holwell; and J Angelino

Apologies:     J Pulis

President Ray Russell opened the meeting at 8.05 pm.

Previous board minutes were read and received.

Moved:    J Farrugia                          Seconded:  J Angelino

Business arising out of previous meeting:

A conveyor is required to assist in transport  and care of birds throughout the racing season.

Brimbank council network meeting went well. The council require a business plan from the WPF which Ray Russell is compiling with assistance from various members.

A roster has been issued for unloading of race baskets from the truck after each race. Units have to be unloaded no later than the Tuesday following Saturdays race. For keys please contact Joe Muscat on 0420 621 341. Each club secretary has been given a roster.

New phone number for reporting lost birds is 0427 467 011.

Our end of year Dinner Dance has been booked with Lakeside Receptions and Ivan Fonti will providing the entertainment. You can hear Ivan live each and every week on Pigeon Radio 99.3 FM Phone 9740 4910 or you can listen afterwards on the web:

www.pigeonradio.mihci.net.au

Eastern Standard Time. Start 4 pm finish 6 pm

All paid members for 2015 will get a free ticket to the event. For any guests the price of ticket is $60 per head. You will receive a 3 course meal with beer and wine.

Seats are limited so be quick to get your tickets.

Correspondence received:

1)         Altona City Club has 3 new members joining;  Smith & Henry; Jing Zheng; Clint Elso. This has been noted.

2)         J Angelino has provide a tender to take photos of our Federation Winning birds for the sum of $60 per photo.

Moved: C Cachia Seconded : J Muscat

 

Finance Report:

Finance and Treasury report was not  read. C Abela will provide at the  next board meeting.

General Business

C Abela reminded all members who have outstanding accounts in particular breeders plate money to finalise their account so he can reconcile affairs and determine costs and prize money.

He also asked all clubs to have their accounts in order after the last race, so prize money can be paid and distributed at our annual dinner dance on the 27th of November.

Geelong federations have confirmed they will using our transport facilities in 2015 and thanked the WPF board and members for their continued support over the years.

It was moved by J Angelino that the WPF offer a Junior racing season in 2015. Seconded: J Muscat

It will comprise and held in conjunction with the WPF first 5 races. A 10 bird limit has been set with 30 birds being registered to the Junior.

There are no fees and separate results will be posted for the Junior on our web site. It will established and run as a separate section with its own 5 week average.

There are no fees and as such No prize money, just pure fun with Dad! This is in line with the WPF proactively promoting the sport and remembering to have fun again.

These registered birds to the Junior cannot take a federation spot. The Junior member is required to attend basket nights and are to be in separate baskets to Dads birds.

Joe Angelino moved that the first race Rupanyup will be nominated as a ladies race. T Holwell suggested this could be called the Margret Tung Memorial Ladies Race.  Moved C Cachia Seconded T Holwell.

Other

Next meeting  11th of May 2015 at 7.30 pm

Meeting closed: 9.45pm

Ray Russell

President

 

March 2015 BOM Board Minutes

WPF Board Meeting 16th March 2015

 In attendance:           R Russell; M Portelli; C Abela; D Vatsakis; C Cachia;  J Farrugia; J Muscat; J Smith; A Papadakis; T Holwell; and J Pulis

Apologies:     J Angelino

President Ray Russell opened the meeting at 7.40 pm and he welcomed all new and returning board members

Previous AGM minutes were read and received.

Moved:    J Farrugia                          Seconded:  C Cachia

Correspondence received:

1)              Brimbank City Council invited the WPF to the Council Network

2)              Smith & Henry has moved from Deer Park Club to Altona City Club

Finance Report:

Finance and Treasury report was read. All in order.

Moved: C Cachia                                Seconded: J Farrugia

 

Election of Office Bearers 2015

Position Member

Moved

Seconded

Vice President J Farrugia M Portelli J Pulis
Junior Vice President J Pulis M Portelli J Muscat
Assistant Secretary C Cachia D Vatsakis J Muscat
Minute Secretary C Cachia D Vatsakis J Muscat
Ring Secretary P Pulis R Russell M Portelli
Chronometer Marshall C Abela R Russell M Portelli
Clock Marshall – STB T Holwell R Russell M Portelli
Clock Marshall – Electronic M Portelli C Cachia J Pulis
Property Officer D Vatsakis C Abela M Portelli
Liberation Committee 1 M Portelli R Russell C Cachia
Liberation Committee 2 J Smith R Russell C Cachia
Room Stewards A Papadakis R Russell C Cachia
Room Stewards J Smith R Russell C Cachia
Transport maintain existing R Russell C Cachia
Convoyer No Nominations – who wants to be Convoyer
Trailer Safety Officer C Abela R Russell C Cachia
Brimbank Council Ray Russell C Abela M Portelli
J Muscat R Russell C Cachia

 

 Response to letters:

1)      Ray Russell & Joe Muscat will represent the WPF on the 1st of April 2015.

2)      Noted.

Moved:    D Vatsakis                          Seconded:  C Cachia

General Business

Ring colour for 2016 will be Green and 16,000 rings will be ordered

1st Tintinara will be nominated for the Gallipoli 100 year race.

J Farrugia and M Portelli would like to say thank you to all members who supported their inaugural squeaker sale for Pigeon Racing Victoria Inc.

They successfully raised over $14,000 which will be used to promote the sport. Well done great effort!

Don’t forget!

In 2015 we will celebrate finish off the year with a WPF dinner dance on Friday the 27th of November 2015. Each member will receive a complimentary ticket as part of their yearly membership. Venue and costs for partners and guests to be advised in due course.

Pigeon Radio; run by Ivan Fonti – Melton Pigeon Club on 99.3 FM Phone 9740 4910

www.pigeonradio.mihci.net.au

Eastern Standard Time. Start 4 pm finish 6 pm

 

Other

Next meeting  13th of April 2015 at 7.30 pm

Meeting closed: 9.45pm

Ray Russell

President

 

W.P.F. Annual Genneral Meeting 2015

Meeting opened 8.00 pm

Given we only had 28 financial members present we had to wait ½ hour before we could start.

Previous AGM Minutes:

Minutes from 2014 AGM were read and received.

Moved J Berto

Seconded: J Angelino

Business Arriving from Previous AGM Minutes:

M Bennett asked why WPF section was not on our current agenda. Advised it was not part of WPF AGM guidelines.

Despite this it was moved by M Portelli that Bacchus Marsh and Melton to have there own section.

Carried by all members

None against.

Members are encouraged any issue they wish raised in the AGM to be submitted via there clubs in November of each year

19th of January 2015 B.O.M Minutes

Minutes from the January board of management were read and received.

Moved: J Pulis

Seconded: C Cachia

Finance Report”

Treasure Mr C Abela presented the cash flow statements and reports for the period ending 30/12/2014.

The treasurer’s report was read and received.

Moved: J Muscat

Seconded: J Berto

 

 

Election of Office Bearers

President nominations:

Ray Russell

Nominated: D Vatzakis

Seconded: J Muscat

Secretary / Public Officer:

Michael Portelli

Nominated: R Russell

Seconded: C Abela

Treasurer:

C Abela

Nominated: C Cachia

Seconded: R Russell

All above were elected unopposed.

Board Members Nominations

T Holwell nominated by R Russell Seconded D Vatzakis

C Cachia nominated by R Russell seconded D Vatzakis

J Muscat nominated by R Russell Seconded D Vatzakis

J Angelino nominated by C Cachia Seconded D Vatsakis

D Vatzakis nominated by R Russell Seconded by C Cachia

J Smith nominated by M Portelli Seconded D Vatsakis

J Farrugia nominated by C Cachia Seconded M Portelli

J Pulis nominated by J Farrugia Seconded C Bonnici

A Papadakis nominated by J Muscat Seconded J Berto

 

 

General Business

It was moved by C Abela that any future board member must have 3 year consecutive flying experience with the WPF to be a board member. Seconded: T Abraham.

Defeated 24 against.

M Portelli moved that a board members must be a current flying member. Seconded B Webber.

Carried 20 for; 8 against.

 

Honorariums

T Abraham moved that honorariums be increased by $100 each. Seconded J Fontana

All in favour.

 

Closed 9.15 pm