Above: Grant Findlay with wife Maggie at last year’s BS Club Show. He has been involved in the hobby since the age of 10. He joined the BS in 1969 and has been a member of Tayside BS for more than 50 years. He represented Tayside at area level (Scottish BS) and became the youngest Scottish BS vice president in his 20s and then SBS president for a three-year term

 

AT THE Budgerigar Society (BS) General Council (GC) meeting earlier this month, Grant Findlay announced his intention to retire from his role as society administrator by this Christmas.

Mr Findlay, a former BS president who will be 65 this year, has decided to step back from what is, in reality, nearly a full-time position. This year is a particularly busy one for the society, with its 95th anniversary convention in June, the integration of a new website, the BS Club Show in September and, potentially, an earlier ring-issue date, and Mr Findlay says he doesn’t want to let anyone down.

He is more than willing to train his successor and, if necessary, will stay on until Christmas if a replacement is not found before then.

“All members of the BS are indebted to Grant for stepping into the role of administrator at a time when the society was in a very difficult situation,” said general councillor Richard Miller. “The transformation of the administration of our society and the changes he has overseen during his time in office are testament to the kind of man Grant is.”

He continued: “I know that Grant will remain an avid supporter of our wonderful pastime and his successor will be able to utilise his wealth of experience going forward.”

BS chairman Maurice Roberts called it “a great loss”. He said: “I don’t think anyone in living history has done more for the society. His commitment, all the positions he’s held over the years, his knowledge – it’ll be difficult to replace him.”

Mr Findlay, who is a popular judge worldwide, told Cage & Aviary Birds that he will continue to take an active part in the hobby. This year he will become one of only a few who will judge in all four home nations in the same year with engagements in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and he will also be judging in France and Sweden.

Anyone interested in the role should contact Mr Findlay on 01828 633 030 or email: budsoc@btconnect.com

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