In 2013 we adopted an updated version of our By-Laws and Constitution and filed them with the A.R.B.A. They can be seen below.
The Forest City Rabbit Breeders’ Club-History and Affiliations
The Forest City Rabbit Breeders’ Club was founded in 1965 by a group of London and area rabbit breeders.
This club is an A.R. B.A. locally sanctioned all breeds club. We are provincially affiliated with the O.C.O.R.C.
The following is an excerpt from the A.R. B. A. website in December, 2012, “The ARBA is an organization dedicated to the promotion, development and improvement of the domestic rabbit and cavy. With over 23,000 members throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad, our members range from the pet owner with one rabbit or cavy to the breeder or commercial raiser with several hundred animals. Each aspect of the rabbit and cavy industry whether it be fancy (for exhibition), as a pet, or for commercial value, is encouraged by our organization.”
The O.C.O.R.C. website supplies this history of the organization, “Mr. Bill Croft of Hamilton, Ontario a detective in the Morality Division of the Hamilton Police Department had a vision which goes back to 1952. Bill's vision was to have local clubs formed in Ontario and an umbrella provincial organization. Bill also had his sights on a National Organization to represent breeders nationally.
Bill put a notice in the Hamilton Spectator for any interested rabbit breeders to meet at the agricultural hall on Market Street in Hamilton. There were several breeders from the Dominion Rabbit and Cavy Breeders Association in attendance and other breeders in the Hamilton area.
There was a lot of interest at this meeting and as a result the Southern Ontario Rabbit Breeders Association came into existence with the following as Charter members, Bill Croft, Bing Harris, Eriol Morton, Doc Montgomery, Ed Fuller, Eric Bingham, Cliff Arkell and Mrs. Perks.
When the Southern Ontario Rabbit Breeders Association was firmly established Bill Croft and Bing Harris travelled to the Kitchener area to meet with local breeders there. The Kitchener Waterloo Rabbit Breeders Club was then formed in 1959. Bill and Bing then travelled to the Simcoe area to meet with local breeders and the Simcoe Club was formed. Other clubs in Ontario quickly followed in the Central Ontario, Sault Ste Marie, Forest City and others.
Then on Saturday April 29th 1961 we saw delegates and other individual breeders get together in the faculty board room of the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph. This group unanimously agreed we needed a Provincial Organization, hence the Ontario Council of Rabbit Clubs was born on April 29th, 1961.
The election of officers took place with Bill Croft, President, Lloyd Shantz, Vice-President, and Directors were Bing Harris, Stuart MacDonald, Paul Fretz, Milt Bolduc, Cecil Woolner, Karl Bosma and Clayton McCaul. Mary MacDonald was the Secretary.
The Ontario Council of Rabbit Clubs have served the breeders well over the years and now with younger newer members at the helm the future is in good hands.”
Constitution and By-Laws of the F.C.R.B.C.
- The name of the club shall be known as the Forest City Rabbit Breeders’ Club or the acronym of F.C.R.B.C.
Article 2 – Aims and Objectives
To encourage the breeding of standard bred rabbits for show, meat and fur.
To hold regular meetings for the purpose of discussing the interests of the rabbit breeder and rabbits.
To encourage and hold demonstrations and competitive exhibitions as a means of improving the recognized breeds of rabbits.
As of March 1, 1983, the F.C.R. B. C. shall be locally chartered with the American Rabbit Breeders Association, recognizing that one day in the future that this charter may be dissolved at the membership’s discretion.
Article 3 – Officers
In accordance with A.R.B.A. requirements the F.C.R.B.C. executive shall include the following offices:
Article 4 – Election of Officers
Nominations or volunteers for officers shall be done and communicated to the membership by the sitting Secretary at least two weeks before the Annual General Meeting.
The election shall be held at the annual general meeting to be held in November of each calendar year.
All officers must be current members of the A.R. B. A.
Article 5 – Duties of officers
President – shall preside at all meetings and perform all duties pertaining to the office.
Vice-President – shall perform all the duties of the president in their absence.
Secretary/Treasurer- Shall plan and communicate all meetings to the membership and keep and distribute minutes of each meeting to the membership. Be responsible for maintaining A.R.B.A. and O.C. O. R.C. charters and affiliations as well as paying any fees associated. Maintain membership records, collect membership fees. Manage the club bank account and provide financial reports to the club at each meeting.
Article 6 – Meetings
Official in person meetings shall be held at least three times per year (in addition to the annual club show).
Article 7 – Dues
Annual membership dues are due in December of each year are to be submitted to the treasurer by the 31st of December.
New memberships joining after the halfway point of a calendar year will be accepted with 50% of the normal annual membership fee.
There shall be three types of memberships:
Individual adult (18 and over)
Family (immediate family residing in one residence, children under 18)
Youth (under 18, parents not members)
Article 8 – General Business Rules
At least 5 club members must be present at an in person meeting where voted decisions will be made.
All non-regular expenses to be approved by the board.
All current members of the club who are 16 years of age and older have a vote during meetings.
Members unable to attend a meeting where a vote will be held may register a vote by calling or video chatting into the meeting for the vote, or by submitting their vote in writing the secretary to read aloud during the vote.
The club shall host at least one show per calendar year.
No member shall ever be expected to give their own funds (over and above annual membership) for any club need and/or expense. Any member who chooses to do so, is doing so in the context of a donation to the club and should not expect reimbursement by the club at any point in the future.
Article 9 – O.C.O.R.C. affiliation
The club shall maintain O.C.O.R.C. affiliation and as such shall appoint one member of the sitting executive to sit on the board of the O.C.O.R.C.
Article 10 – Annual Show
The club shall hold at least one A.R.B.A. sanctioned all breeds show.
Unless otherwise decided the President shall be the show superintendent and the club secretary shall be the show secretary.
All members of the club shall assist in some way with the organization and execution of the show except in extreme circumstances.
Article 11 – Dissolving of the club
If the sitting board should come to the decision that there is no feasible way to continue the club due to lack of membership or funds, it shall first give the O.C.O.R.C. 60 days’ notice of its intent to dissolve the club. This is to allow the O.C.O.R.C. time to canvass membership to ensure there is no group of people willing to continue with the club and/or determine if financial aid to the club is warranted or available.
If after the 60 day period neither the board of the F.C.R. B.C. or the O.C.O.R.C. are able to come up with a plan to continue the club the F.C.R.B.C. board may hold a meeting and make a motion to dissolve the club. Such a motion should be open to vote by all current club members and could only be defeated if at least 6 (A.R.B.A. card holding) club members voted it down and in doing so were also volunteering to assume the board positions required to continue.
If the motion to dissolve succeeds then all club assets, financial and physical are to be turned over to the O.C.O.R.C. to be used at that board’s discretion.