History & Goals
Prior to the club being formed, there had been another club in
existence in the area for many years, it was known as the Warrnambool
Budgerigar and Cage Bird Society, it ceased to exist in 1991, due to a
decline in membership.
The few members that remained, joined other district clubs, which meant
they had to travel long distances to attend meetings and shows, with the
nearest, the Portland Club, a 200 km return trip from Warrnambool.
The assets that the club had amassed over the years, were kept in
storage, by now Life Member, Mr Philip Prider.
Between 1992 - 1996, a few district people became
interested in the hobby, and after some discussion by these enthusiasts,
it was decided to form a steering committee to establish if there was
enough interest amongst those people, to re-form a new club in the area.
After some discussion, at the 2nd meeting of this
committee, it was decided that we go ahead with the idea to establish
Other enthusiasts in the district were informed that with their support,
there were enough people interested to re-form a club, and that the
inaugural meeting would be held on the 4th Friday in April 1996 to elect
When the club was formed, it was decided to call it the
South West Victoria BS, as members were from many district towns, and
not just from Warrnambool, as had been the case in the original club.
The inaugural meeting was a great success, with people from around the
district showing their full support, and the first committee was formed
under the guidance of a member of the former club, Mr Dave Gammon of
Mr Philip Prider was elected as President, and Geoff Lowe elected as
Philip had started as junior member of the original club, and had the
experience to lead us into the future, and Geoff, although a Warrnambool
resident, was a past Secretary of the Camperdown/Colac club, between
them they had the know how, to get the club up and running.
The first money to go into the club coffers, was
membership money, and the first fund raiser, was the resurrection of an
old set of breeding cages belonging to district Champion breeder,
Ken Toogood, that were duly sold, raising the clubs first $200.