Life Members

In 2016 we have added our first life member to celebrate 10 years of the Tasmanian Rare Breeds Poultry Club. Life membership is the highest honour our club can bestow and is not given lightly.

Jill Weaver - 2016

At our 2015 AGM we unanimously voted in agreement to appoint Jill Weaver as our first life member. She was officially awarded the life membership at our 2016 Show. One of the founding members of the club, she has contributed far beyond the call of duty to the club in many ways. Jill joined the Management Committee in 2010 as the Publicity Officer and from 2011-present she has served as Secretary of the club. Even before joining the management committee she worked behind the scenes assisting our secretary. For the last 5 years Jill has organised the clubs annual raffle, donating many prizes herself and tirelessly acquiring sponsors for the society, and has manned the Information Stall since the club's inception. She has also represented the rare breeds club to the TPFA for many years.

In 2020 Jill published the "Keeping Happy Poultry" book, a wonderful guide to poultry keeping which she has continued to expand for the last 3 years and which sells to raise funds for the society. In addition Jill created our clubs breeders directory in 2013, taking over from the former TPFA breeders directory, and designed and organised most of the club's merchandise.

In addition to her work for the club, Jill has developed new colours of Japanese bantam and has won 2014 and 2015 Best New Breed or Variety class at our show with her Barred New Hampshire, which she will be submitting to the standards committee in the near future, as well as achieving much success with her Wyandotte bantams and Japanese bantams.

Outside the rare breeds club, Jill has helped out at Ulverstone and Devonport poultry shows for many years. She has been Vice President of Ulverstone Poultry Club for two years and in October 2015 assumed the Presidency.

Deanne Lance - 2020

In 2005, while Deanne was secretary of the Bantam Club (Tasmania), Deanne also took on the position as secretary of what was then called The Tasmanian Rare Breeds Poultry (TRBP) Group, the following year becoming secretary for The Tasmanian Rare Breeds Poultry Club Incorporated. During the initial set-up of the club, Deanne compiled many folders of paperwork that were necessary to form the club and have it incorporated.

In Deanne's own words “we discussed the idea with the bantam club committee members and other (club) members and we decided to trial the club by starting a sub-committee under the bantam club banner. We continued over the next couple of years to see how it would go and how well supported it would be by other poultry fanciers”. This was the TRBP Group, then in 2006 became a club in its own right.

Deanne's contributions to the club are many. Her contributions included; paperwork, phone calls, research needed to start the club in the beginning and designing the award cards. Deanne was also part of the small group that sat down and worked out a constitution for the club. Deanne held the position of club secretary, for five consecutive years, six counting its first year as a group, then president for one year and vice-president for three consecutive years. Deanne also put together the club newsletters for approximately nine years.

Deanne became very interested in showing poultry and was encouraged by Brent (Partner) to keep and show as many rare breeds and varieties that she could. Deanne attended each annual show and helped with paperwork, general tasks, organises trophies and undertook the role of steward.

Deanne undertook the research and developed the standards for the Phoenix and the Yokohama. These breeds are not recognised as individual breeds in the British Standard. The submissions were lodged in August 2009 and were added to the APS in 2012. Deanne and Brent were also responsible for up-dating the standard for the Jungle Fowl.