AU. Recognition of the Cascade Racing Pigeon Club for Year 2000
The North Cascade Invitational Racing Pigeon Club or NCI as we are
refereed to Holds the distinction of being the most North West
club in America. Located in the Puget Sound area of Washington,
just south of B. C. Canada, with the beautiful San Juan Islands to
our west and the Cascade Mountains to our east. Our members span a
40 mile range from Ferndale, Blane, and Bellingham to the north,
to Mt Vernon and Sedro Woolley to the south. We fly with the
Evergreen Concourse which includes our club, the Stilly club,
North Sound club, and the Everett club.
All our races are flown from the south, with release points at
Puyallup, Toledo, Battleground, Wa. Salem, Cottage Grove, and
Ashland, Or. Weed and Burney Ca. Our old bird series starts in
April and goes into July with 12 races. We have 2 releases each
weekend, a Red Race and a White Race. We have two special
"Trophy" races in the old bird series. Our annual
"Yearling Derby" flown from Salem, Or. And our 500 miler
flown from Burney Ca. Our Young Bird series starts in July and
goes into Sept. It includes several special "Trophy" and
money races. We have two club auction races, flown from Battle
Ground, Wa. And Salem, Or. We also have a concourse auction race
flown from Salem, Or.
NCI club members are one in a million. We have some of the most
dedicated, serious, pigeon fanciers you could ever find. Yet this
has to be the friendliest most helpful club I have ever been in.
In the last couple years our club has had several new members
join, myself included. And the old timers have gone out of their
way to help us novices get started off right. Our club is not the
cut throat club you hear so much of but a club that's welcomes competition.
When I joined, several NCI members gave me young out of their best
breeders, saying "now you have the best, the rest is up to
Zdzislaw Chala and Ron Spoelstra are the "Old Timers" as
far as experience goes. Zdzislaw Chala, or as we call him, Chala
came to America from Poland about 18 years ago. He raced in Poland
as his father and Grand father before him did. Chala has at one
time or another won just about every "Trophy" or
"Money" race in Washington and Oregon. He fly's a
variety of pigeons but is most noted for his Leen Boer family.
Ron Spoelstra came to America from Holland as a young man years
ago with his family. His dad was a dedicated pigeon racer in
Holland. And of course brought eggs with him when he came to
America. Ron's dad Jake, raced up to his passing a couple of years
ago. Ron fly's mostly Janssen based birds and like Chala has more
wins under his belt than he can count. Andre Pena and Dave and
Jerry Sims are our north end flyers. Living just south of the
Canadian border. Which puts them on the long end of the club and
concourse. Dave is a semi retired commercial fisherman and Andre
is a soon to retire U. S. Border Patrol Officer. Andre is already
looking for property on the short end of the club for retirement.
Ray Coward is next to the south. Ray joined NCI last year like I
did. Last year was ray's first young bird season and did quite
well with his small team. Last year Ray rescued one of Chris
Peeman's birds and being the gracious man that he is, Chris gave
Ray quite a few eggs in return for his help. So this year Ray is
flying a hot shot team of "Peeman" birds. Ray and his
wife are expecting their first baby this month.
Mike and Simon Ni are brothers from China. They are restaurant
people with a chain of Chinese buffet restaurants on the East
Coast and now in the North West. Mike and Simon just joined NCI
and are getting ready for their first young bird series. They both
are very experienced flyers having raced for years in China. Mike
and Simon live in Bellingham along with Chala And Bob Jansenius.
Bob and Chala work hand in hand and Bob has a team of several top
"Chala" birds. Bob is always a force to be reckoned
with. Doug Peterson and His son Ian. Doug works for the Washington
State Ferry System and because of his work misses a lot of races.
His young son Ian is the loft manager. There is nothing Ian
doesn't know about his birds or about racing. Every week at
basketing night you can count on Ian being there helping out. Doug
and Ian fly a tough team of Fabrys.
Jack DeLano and His daughter Faye Engberg live In Sedro Woolley.
Jack is our oldest member being in his seventies. They fly
together out of the same loft but have and race their own birds.
In today's age of "Widowhood" flying, Jack and Faye fly
natural and this year their hens have been doing real well.
Winning several club races and one concourse race.
Bruce's birds have to break early from the flock and fly over or
around a mountain. All the while avoiding the many hawks that live
up in the evergreen forests. But that doesn't slow Bruce down any.
Last year two of his birds 400, and 1023, were two of the clubs
best. Bruce is putting together a new team of Meulemans for next
Then there is me, the short end flyer. Last year was my first year
racing. I mentioned all the help from all the club members, it was
because of their help and their birds giving to me that I won
Champion Loft, Young Birds in my first year. I'm flying a little
of everything but have some new Staff Van Reets I'm excited about.
I'm also flying Hofkins, Janssens, Leen Boers, and Fabrys.
That's It for NCI members. Once again I can't stress enough how
good our people are. Anytime a flyer has a question or needs help
any one of these people are there for them. As a club we have our
usual meetings in the winter, plus a Pot Luck picnic in the fall.
Last year we had an auction to raise money for a new computer as
most of the members have gone to the new electronic clocking.
Birds were donated from some of the best breeders from all across
America and Canada for out auction. It was standing room only and
was a great success. This year we're planning another auction
along with a club show. And also an awards banquet.
The North Cascades Invitational Racing Pigeon Club is a club
anyone would be proud to be in. With Champion birds and Champion
people. If your ever in the North West feel free to call on us.
Steve Joneli, 360-854-0575 or firstname.lastname@example.org