C.B.C. Badge Award Scheme
With the new show season, crested members exhibiting at shows receiving CBC patronage will be awarded a newly designed Diploma of Merits cards kindly sponsored by Budgerigar World in 2006. These new cards in Gold colour for Young Bird and Silver colour for Any Age were awarded at the 2005 Club Show for the first time. These cards go towards the Badge Award Scheme. So what is this scheme?
This scheme, devised by Alan Fullilove and implemented by the Club in 1975, is a replica of that operated by the Variegated B.C. since 1970, again devised by Mr. Fullilove. The scheme was launched to encourage members to support the patronage shows.
The judge awards the Diploma of Merit cards, to the best Crest in each section who is a C.B.C. member. The Diplomas of Merit are used to form a League Score List, and when a certain number have been won over one or more show seasons by any one member or partnership, a special badge is awarded. The design of the badge is comprised of the club's badge surrounded by an aura of gold or silver laurel leaves, according to whether won in Young Bird or Any Age sections respectively. When the scheme was launched, ten diploma cards were required to qualify for a certain badge. In 1982, this number was increased to fifteen. There is no limit to either the number of badges a member can win or to the number of years taken to win the 15 diplomas. To receive a badge, the onus is on the exhibitor to forward the 15 cards won for either the Gold or Silver Badge to the Patronage Secretary so that the appropriate badge can be awarded.
Shield of Honour
To give further incentive to the exhibitor and to increase the value of these badges, the "Shield of Honour" scheme was launched. Under the scheme, members who win both the Gold and Silver Badges will have their names engraved on a special club shield together with the year in which the last of the two badges was won. If further badges are won, in subsequent years, the winner's name and year are again recorded.
The "Shield of Honour" is displayed at the Club Show and at Members' meetings. Members who have had the honour of winning both the Gold and Silver Badges and have had their names engraved on the "Shield of Honour" are:-