Kentucky Combine’s historic first meeting

On December 9, 2017, at a crowded Frisch’s Big Boy in Frankfort, 15 members of 3 Kentucky racing pigeon clubs gathered to elect officers and move toward filing the paperwork with the AU to formally form Kentucky’s first combine.

Members of the Covington, Lexington and Louisville Racing Pigeon Clubs will soon race in the Kentucky Combine with about 25 total members.

Below are the newly elected officers:

President: Brian Lord (LKY)

Vice President: Devere Burt (COV)

Race Secretary: Mike Glaab (COV)

Treasurer: David Wolf (LOU)

Secretary: David Stephenson (LKY)

Our next steps will be to form a race committee and a constitution/by-laws committee.

Our next meeting will be the third weekend in January, location TBD.

Some of the newly elected officers of the Kentucky Combine are (l-r) David Stephenson (LKY), recording secretary, David Wolf (LOU), treasurer, Brian Lord (LKY), president, and Devere Burt (COV), Vice President.

About 15 members of the Louisville, Lexington and Covington racing pigeon clubs take their first vote to elect officers of the Kentucky Combine on December 9, 2017.

2017 Summer Meeting on July 1

We will have our summer meeting on July 1 at noon, location TBD.

Agenda items include ordering Unikon bands, young bird race schedule, young bird liberator and more.

2017 Winter meeting notes

We had a very robust showing at our winter meeting on Jan. 5. I don’t know if it was the lure of pizza or good company, but whatever it was, I hope we can do it again soon.

A few general notes from our meeting:

  • We will be meeting at least once, maybe twice before old bird racing begins in April. When we meet in March, we will be asking for a commitment from the old bird flyers and that they pay their racing fees then. Many flyers are understandably undecided right now, but for the sake of budgeting, we will be asking for payment of fees well in advance of our first race this year.
  • It is possible we could have 6-12 flying members in old birds this year, but we will be more spread out than ever. It will be an interesting challenge for all.
  • We will continue to pursue engaging with the Louisville clubs to combine with them on the longest races.
  • We will be making an effort to hire our own driver in order to alleviate concerns over shipping limits and other questions that come with shipping with another club.
  • We will again have an invitation-only young bird auction race. Auctions will be on old bird shipping nights.
  • If you missed the meeting, please pay your AU dues to Fred ASAP. If you are eligible to buy bands from the club, please also get with Fred ASAP.


2016 Young Bird Schedule

As discussed and voted on during our July 13 meeting:

Sept. 3, 100 miles, Starkey ($100)

Sept. 10, 150 miles, Stephenson ($125)

Sept. 17, 200 miles, Dunaway ($175)

Sept. 24, bye/rain makeup week

Oct. 2 (Sunday!!), 300 mile Auction race, Horn drives ($350)

Oct. 8, 100 miles, Starkey ($100)

Oct. 15, 150 miles, Dunaway ($125)

Oct. 22, 200 miles, Potts ($175)

Our season will cost $1150. The five members racing will pay fees of $230 each before the first race.


Other notes from our meeting:

We voted to name our 500 mile races after long-time member Bob Zerkle. The race will be called the Bob Zerkle “it’s not a memorial” 500. (OK, not really, it’s called the Bob Zerkle 500).

Bob also suggested a good weather app called “My Radar”.

We voted to take our leftover $50 from the old bird season to buy a trophy for the 2016 Auction Race winner.

We discussed (via email) the option of changing our shipping limits to 20/25. It has not yet been decided.