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To keep things in order perhaps we should begin with reference to the Winter Issue of the 1995 IFCA Newsletter. There had been a good deal of discussion and debate over whether to increase the band size for the Indian Fantail. President Frank German announced in his column that the increase had been approved; “We will go to ‘J’ in January 1997.” He further noted that the ‘K’ band would be used in 1996 due to the bands being already ordered in 1995.


In Frank’s next paragraph he announced a new Standard Committee Chairman, Bill Larson, Harbor City, CA.


Going to the Spring 1996 IFCA Newsletter, editor James Anderson, Dallas, included in his Editor’s Corner column the following information –


Bill Larson, chairman of the Standard Committee has named his committee. It will consist of Kevin Hammond, Sacramento, CA, Keith Wamhoff, St. Charles, MO, Rick Leimann, Cincinnati, OH and Stan Luden, Norwalk, CA, president of the Southern California Indian Fantail Club.


In the Summer 1996 IFCA Newsletter Frank German announced that he would not run for any IFCA office for 1997. There was no Standard Committee report in that newsletter. There was a ballot for officers for the 1997-98 term.


The Fall 1996 IFCA Newsletter carried a full page revised drawing of the Indian Fantail and editor James Anderson had this paragraph in his column –


Bill Larson, chairman of the Standard Committee has just submitted a new drawing of the Indian Fantail for the membership to look over. Bill and the other committee members have worked on this for some time now. He says after months of work using measurements from the IFCA Standard this is the drawing they want to present to the members. Check it out and mail any comments you may have to Bill. He’s open for suggestions.


My files show no newsletter was published in the winter of 1996-97. The Spring 1997 IFCA Newsletter carried the first column of president elect Ted Golka, Glenwood, IA. In it he stated that Bill Larson and his Standard Committee would continue with their work. Also in the issue was this report –


Standard Committee Drawing Update


I have received some interesting input. We as a committee will review all material received. I have mailed out all the letters I received to the committee members. They will look over the material and send me their suggestions.

Standard Drawing Committee

Bill Larson – Chairman


We then go to the Winter 1997 IFCA Newsletter. President Golka announced that the Standard Committee was presenting a second drawing in this newsletter for review. It was a Jacky 1997



We reach the Spring 1998 IFCA Newsletter. This important announcement opened president Golka’s column –


As you can tell from the size of the envelope there is a lot in this newsletter so I will get right to it. There seems to be some confusion among some of the new members as to what is the official IFCA Standard drawing. To clarify this, I have asked James Anderson to use the official drawing as the cover page for the newsletter. The drawing that is with our Standard in the NPA (1993) Book of Standards was a mistake made at the time the book was printed.


Okay, now that we have made that clear, I want to remind everyone that our Standards Committee is working on a new Standard Drawing and these drawings are being circulated for member comment. When you see one of these drawings, let the committee know what it is you like or dislike about the drawing. This committee has the very tough job of creating a Standard drawing that is acceptable to the general membership. They not only want feed back but need it. Bill Larson, 1415 W. 247th St., Harbor City, CA 90710.


The drawing that editor Anderson ran on the Newsletter cover was, of course, the 1984 Jacky drawing that had appeared, correctly, way back in the 1985 NPA Book of Standards. (I remind you of my report earlier about the 1993 NPA book of standards carrying the incorrect drawing for the Indian Fantail. This mistake caused problems for many years.)


This was followed in the fall of 1998 “by a special mailing of the Newsletter” as it was called by editor James Anderson. It included the ballot for the election of officers for the 1999-2000 term. It also carried a draft of a revised Constitution and By Laws with a comment that; Garry Glissmeyer, Dave Diehl and Stan Luden had been working on and that it would be offered for a vote in the next newsletter. This revision, for the first time, included the statement under Article 6: Amendments, that a two-thirds majority vote by the membership was required for revision of the Standard drawing.


Of equal importance was the following article –




Your standard committee has been working for two years to come up with a definitive Indian Fantail standard drawing and, finally, we believe we have come up with one that the membership will like.

This drawing is the combined work of Diane Jacky, Lynn Kral, Heather Bartmann and Garry Glissmeyer. The committee members are not artists and relied on the talents of the foregoing to provide us with the means to assemble the parts to make this ideal drawing of our Indian Fantail.

This will be the first of two insertions in the bulletin, look it over, let your committee know if you like it or dislike it.  Please be specific with your comments. If the majority approves of it we will post it in the next bulletin for a vote. If the majority disapprove of it, it’s back to the drawing board for us.

Please keep in mind that no one person drew this ideal but it is a compilation of several artists input. Look it over and decide if this is to be the official standard drawing we will be using for the next ten years or more.

Best regards to all, The IFCA Standard Committee


The Summer 1999 IFCA Newsletter carried the following statement from the committee –


After six months of analyzing the input we received from the membership, your standard committee has arrived with the latest drawing that we are presenting for a vote. As the membership requested we have lengthened the flights, added a little more roundness to the chest, redefined the beak, changed the top of the head and moved the legs forward an eighth of an inch, added a half of an inch to the toptail. The committee believes we have constructed the definitive ideal drawing of the Indian Fantail. Careful measurements were taken from the written standard, and applied to the drawing. The measurements were used based on the actual size of an Indian Fantail, that is, the prototype drawing was done on an eleven by fifteen sheet of paper. The actual measurements will be a bit off because of downsizing it to the eight and a half by eleven size necessary to fit into the bulletin.

The new drawing is presented here for your considerate vote. Give it a close going over, measure it, and compare it to the written standard.


We do believe that it doesn’t get any better than this! Look for the ballot elsewhere in this bulletin and exercise your right to vote. The membership has spoken and we have listened. This is the drawing you asked for! VOTE!

Submitted by the Standard Committee


The ballot was a simple “Yes, accept” or “No, not accept” and the drawing was a Jacky ’99. The Fall 1999 IFCA Newsletter included this in president Golka’s report; The Standard has a new drawing. The drawing passed 34 (Yes) to 17 (No); which makes the 2/3 majority required for a change in the Standard. In that same newsletter there was a ballot for voting on revisions to the Constitution and By Laws. In the following newsletter, those revisions were accepted.

In the Fall 2002 IFCA Newsletter president Golka made the following announcement –


I have asked Tim Kvidera (MN) to chair a committee to work on revisions of the written part of the standard. Tim will be putting this committee together in the very near future. It has been 17 years since the last revisions were made in the written standard. We have a new standard drawing, which is an important visual aid, but the written part of the standard is by which the birds are judged. I believe it is very important that the whole written standard be reviewed and updated to match the growth and direction the membership wants the Indian Fantail to move toward. This committee will have a lot of hard work ahead of them and I hope the membership will give them support and input with this project.


In the following Newsletter, Winter, 2002 Tim Kvidera published a comprehensive position paper. It layed out his thoughts and plan on how he would proceed. Here is what he wrote –


The Written Rule

Our IFCA Show Standard

By Tim Kvidera


The Indian Fantail is an exhibition pigeon and the IFCA sponsors District and National meets in which our birds can be shown and evaluated by qualified judges who utilize a consistent measure to judge the overall quality of the entries.  The yardstick used by the judges is the Show Standard.  This standard is a document approved by the membership as being consistent with their understanding of the ideal Indian Fantail of which we are in pursuit.


The standard is not to be a set of tablets carved in stone.  It is rather a dynamic document that can, and should, be periodically reviewed and updated, as deemed appropriate, based upon the membership direction.  The basic skeleton, the foundation, of the standard has not appreciably changed during past revisions.  This is a testament to the forethought the original writers brought to the table.  But every decade or so it is appropriate for the IFCA to review the standard and determine if it remains in line with the stage of the fancy and is pointed in the direction the membership wishes to strive for in the future.


I have been chosen to chair the review of the IFCA Show Standard.  Although I am active in both the showing and judging of our Indians, I do not claim to know all the areas of potential concern and need the membership input to assure all needed topics get brought to light, put to a discussion, resolutions suggested, membership review and membership concurrence on the appropriate resolutions achieved.


There are no Sacred Cows!!  Any item of concern to any member needs to be considered.  Obviously not every suggestion brought up will get implemented.  What one individual or group feels important may not pass the review of the general membership.  But all need to be talked about, so that in the end we all have a clear understanding of the intent of each part of the document.


What should we discuss?  Anything and everything.  If you like parts, say so.  If you hate some things, say so.  BUT also suggest something better.  You do not like the fear of possibly getting birds disqualified for laced tails  –  suggest a clarified definition of lacing, or change the wording to allow laced tails.  You do not like colored birds with bull eyes  —  suggest the standard outlaw dark eyes.  You like huge birds with mammoth tails  —  suggest eliminating the weight limits.


Hopefully by now you get the idea.  Don’t just knock something, suggest a fix.  If you do not think some sections need any improvement, say so.



How do you get heard?  WRITE!!  Do not just call up and voice your opinion.  I may not, and probably will not, take good notes.  For sure do not just talk among your friends and no one document the outcome.  Do talk, but make sure someone summarizes the discussions and submits them.  I need to have your thoughts down on paper so they can be added to the stack and when time is right get reviewed, tabulated, summarized, discussed, etc.


When?  NOW!!  The sooner we start, the better the chances are we will get through the process in an acceptable time frame.  I do not have a preconceived timetable.  I will roll with the flow.  Depends on what issues are brought forth and what amount of effort it takes to get them resolved.


Where?  Send to:                Tim Kvidera

IFCA Show Standard Review Chairman

17776 Wedgewood Lane

Prior Lake, MN  55372-2850




In the Spring 2003 IFCA Newsletter, editor Joe Olszyk included a copy of the one page, two sided BIFC Standard which also contained their new drawing. The following newsletter, Summer 2003, carried this report from Tim Kvidera –


IFCA Show Standard Review Committee Update


I would like to thank the IFCA members who have contributed much to the initial information gathering stage of the review of our current Show Standard. In the near future you will receive a separate mailing which will document the comments received on the various sections of our current Show Standard. Please take the time to review this packet and if it prompts further thoughts, please submit them for the Committee to consider in its developing of potential revisions to the Show Standard.


The Winter 2003 IFCA Newsletter carried this sentence in president Golka’s column –


Tim Kvidera is making his way through all the suggestions for the revised written Standard and the results should be seen some time next year.


In the Spring 2004 Newsletter Ted Golka wrote –


This year we will also start reviewing the proposed changes to the Written Standard; and, depending upon how fast this process moves along, there may be some voting on parts of the Standard.


We then jump to the Winter 2004 IFCA Newsletter in which editor Sue Chew presented an article regarding muff length and encouraged everyone to do some measuring and to report via email or letter to her and she would report the results in the next newsletter. There was nothing reported in the Spring 2005 Newsletter regarding muff length but the president’s report contained the following paragraph –


What’s on the agenda for the next two years? First and foremost, there is a need to revise the written standard. The Standard Committee has been reviewing input gathered from the general membership and soon will be posting its first draft for review.


The IFCA Newsletter reported nothing regarding Standard revision considerations until the Summer 2006 Issue. Here is that report –


IFCA Show Standard Review Committee Update –May 2006

Tim Kvidera


The IFCA Show Standard Review Committee (Dave Diehl, Bill Larson, Tim Kvidera) has been receiving membership input via personal contacts and periodic copies of Internet chat group discussions. I would like to thank all those who have been involved in providing this input. These sources of input as well as the Committee members’ insights have resulted in a couple draft revisions and the Committee is further refining these revisions and getting closer to having something ready for membership review and comment.


For the most part these revisions are not large departures from what we have in the existing standard. Rather they are our attempts at better clarifying what we are after in the “ideal” Indian Fantail, leaving less possibilities for mis, or multiple, interpretations.


The most significant change in the latest draft is an attempt to better define the desired overall balance of the bird, the relative sizing of the various parts of the bird in relationship to each other. This is being attempted in relative terms rather than specific linear dimensions. The thought being that a smaller bird can be just as balanced in proportions as a larger bird, but the actual dimensions of the two birds will be significantly different, and we need a way to account for these differences. Too soon to say exactly where that process will end up, but it appears to have some promise.


I know that it has taken us a while to get to this point. And even though there has not been a lot of visible output from the Committee, for which I deserve all the blame, there has been lots of thought generated and passed around to get us to where we are. The membership input has helped us draft what we think should be a document that addresses most of the confusion and concerns of merit while not redefining what we believe to be the common goal of what the Indian Fantail should be.


I do not think that it is realistic to expect us to have the new standard in place by the upcoming show season. But we should have a publishable draft by then to allow the members plenty of opportunity to review and discuss it through the show season so that a final document can be made available to the membership for potential ratification prior to the 2007 show season.


The very next Newsletter, Fall 2006, carried #7 for a revised Standard. It was preceded with a full page of explanation by Tim Kvidera. Following are selected paragraphs from that page –


Draft #7 is being presented along with the current standard for easy comparison of the two versions. The current standard, section by section, is followed immediately by the respective Draft #7 wording, with the draft wording in a different type font and italicized.


In some cases the wording will be very similar or identical. Where the committee decided that further clarification or rewording was needed, that was done. Some sections have added portions to more exactly describe the desired traits. But the major departure from tradition is that we have tried to establish relative relationships between the various parts of the bird to define a balanced bird, independent of its actual size or weight. It is probable that the relative positions and proportions mentioned in Draft #7 may change somewhat prior to what the Committee will propose in the end, but we felt it necessary to get a draft out there to the membership to generate feedback on what we have developed so far and determine the direction for the final submission.


With the Draft #7 version are sketches to aid in understanding as to where and what these relative proportions reflect visually. These sketches are not intended as standard drawings. They are only being submitted as a visual aid to show where the areas are that are referred to in the Draft #7 words. We have both a profile and front view sketches. …….This is an evolving project and by the time of the official submission of the proposed revised Standard I expect that we will have more realistic sketches.


The current plan is to have a seminar on the proposed standard revision at the Des Moines National in December. No need to wait that long to make your thoughts known. I would expect that by then we will be at a point where we are very close to what will be the final submission.


The Winter 2006 issue of the IFCA Newsletter arrived in mid December, before the NPA Grand National was held. Committee chairman Tim Kvidera presented an update in that newsletter. Here are just a couple paragraphs from his report –


Since the publication of The Show Standard Review Committee’s submission of Draft #7 in the last IFCA Bulletin there have been a few comments submitted which were reviewed by the Committee and resulted in Draft #8 which was shared with those present at the NYBS in Louisville. I will share those comments and the Committee’s recommendations below………


This is where we are at the moment. Our plan is to have further discussion at the National in Des Moines. From what written comments are submitted and Committee action taken on them, the plan is to have the final draft available shortly after the first of the year for a membership review and subsequent vote.


With the Spring 2007 issue of the IFCA Newsletter came an update from chairman Kvidera, part of which follows –


A meeting was held during the annual IFCA Meet in conjunction with the Des Moines NPA Grand National in which the current status of the Show Standard Review Committee was presented to the membership. Draft #8, which incorporated a few changes resulting from input based on the previously published Draft #7, was presented. That prompted membership response which will be taken into consideration as the Committee develops what should be presented to the membership in the next IFCA Bulletin for further review.


The Summer 2007 issue of the IFCA Newsletter presented Draft #10 of the revised Standard. Chairman Kvidera’s preceding page report highlighted the areas that had brought about the most recent comment and concern. They related to size and to the number of points allotted to a self white. The last paragraph was as follows –


We are asking the membership to review Draft #10 and submit any comments to the Committee by July 1, 2007. Subsequent to that a special IFCA mailing will be sent to the membership publishing the comments and the final draft for membership balloting so that results will be known prior to the 2007 show season.


In the Fall 2007 IFCA Newsletter president Golka reported that voting on the revised Standard was completed with 62 votes cast. Only the appendix to the Standard had received a 2/3 majority vote. The Standard itself missed a 2/3 acceptance by two votes.


In the Standard Review Committee report it was noted that the IFCA president had been asked to poll the dissenting voters in order to provide the committee with direction as to possible further adjustments to the Standard. Since the separate questions regarding weights, color points for whites and marking points for selfs resulted in no one option receiving a two thirds majority, a “follow – up” ballot was carried in this newsletter to try and determine acceptable answers.


The Winter 2007/2008 Newsletter carried a page report from the Standard Review Committee. It was followed by another “follow-up” ballot. Here are (only) two paragraphs from that report –


I would like to thank the members who have expressed their thought on the project of updating the IFCA Standard of Perfection for the Indian Fantail. We are getting close to having a finished document for potential ratification. There are still three questions which remain undecided.

Lower weight range, upper weight range and color points for white. Once these questions have been answered the results will be incorporated into the body of the Standard and we will have final balloting, probably in the spring issue of the IFCA Newsletter.


It is the Committee’s feeling that quality of color is a portion of the overall quality of the individual Indian Fantail and that superior color should be compensated when judging that bird’s quality. Lots of philosophical questions and we are sure a lot of individual feelings as to what the right answer is. But in the end you, as an IFCA member, must decide – how many color points will the revised standard provide for whites?


That brings us to the spring of 2008. President Golka’s column in the Spring 2008 IFCA Newsletter opened with this paragraph –


Well, here it is again…..the new Standard in its entirety, to be voted on. Some of the things in this Standard have already been decided upon by the membership, such as the lower weight limit and the 10 points for markings. But, the membership did not come to an agreement on the points allotted for color on whites. Each time it was voted on, the vote was almost split down the middle with the extra votes going for 10 points for whites; because of this, the committee has decided to use 10 points for the white color in the new standard. Also, the membership did not agree on an upper weight limit, so the committee has suggested 20 oz.


The results of the Follow-Up voting from December 2007 were presented at the end of his column.


The Standard Review Committee Report, preceding the presentation of  Draft #11 of the revised Standard, included details of the adjustments that had been made in Draft #10. It ended with these last two sentences –


Receiving a minimum of a 2/3rds majority is the requirement for it to become our new Standard. Please take the time to review the proposed Standard and express your feelings through the ballot.


President Golka’s column in the Summer 2008 IFCA Newsletter opened with this paragraph –


As I’m sure most everyone knows, the Standard revision did not pass. The vote was 40 No and 27 Yes. The Board of Directors has decided it would be best to table the new standard for now. It will be a project for the next administration.


Committee chairman Tim Kvidera presented a review of how the committee had gone about its work. He highlighted the fact that major changes had not been recommended and that; “The only novel thing that was incorporated was the development of a relative scale to use in defining the sizes of different components of the bird which comprise a well balanced Indian Fantail, thereby allowing for larger birds, tails and muffs as long as they were in proportion to each other, while not punishing the smaller birds if they too were balanced.” He closed by publicly thanking all the members who contributed to the project over the past few years and specifically his fellow committee members.


Now we jump to summer, 2009. That Newsletter carried the second newsletter column for newly elected president Eric Kooker who took office on January l, 2009. Here is a portion of that column –


They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Nothing makes this statement like a standard drawing. When the majority of people think of the “ideal” bird they picture the drawing in their mind. Over the past few months I have been working with a few artists and consulting with Vice Pres. Dan Skiles. I am very pleased and excited to have these drawings for you “the membership” to review and approve. The pictures will be displayed further in the newsletter.

It is a three dimensional drawing showing the side, front and back. I can’t express enough the need for a drawing like this. If anyone has any corrective criticism on the drawings please feel free to contact me. My phone number and email are enclosed in this newsletter. If all goes well, we will have the drawings in the next newsletter to vote on.

When the new drawings are approved we can have sets made for the district directors to display at the shows. I believe this will be a big improvement for the audience watching the judging to see the goal we are striving for.

The plan is to move onto the written standard after the drawings are approved. One step at a time.


In the Fall 2009 IFCA Newsletter president Kooker opened his column with this paragraph –


I am happy to say we have had a good response in the feedback from the standard drawing. With 95% all positive it leads me to believe we are on the right track. So with this newsletter the drawing is in again with a ballot for the membership to vote on, to make it our new IFCA drawing. Please remember to have your vote to the Election Officer by the date on the ballot. (9/28/09)


In late September a President’s Message was sent to the membership. The opening paragraph read as follows:


Dear IFCA Members, I have to apologize first. In our excitement to have the Standard Drawing voted on before the Show Season, the Committee overlooked a step in the Constitution & By Laws. (Article 6: section B, where in it states: “(the item to be voted on) will be submitted and aired in the IFCA Newsletter for two successive issues, promptly followed by a mail ballot/vote (usually in the IFCA Newsletter, but not limited to that). We didn’t give the drawing its second “airing.” So, because the Drawing needed to be seen twice, and you all get a change to read the comments, we goofed, and are sending it out the second time, with the comments.


This six page special letter included a little over a page and one half of reprinted comments regarding the revised drawing received from the membership, many one liners and most comments were in favor of the revisions. All three drawings were also included along with a ballot with an October deadline date.


Included in president Kooker’s column in the Winter 2009 IFCA Newsletter was this paragraph pertaining to the Standard Drawings –


As many of you know the drawing has passed, the results were: 45 voted – yes, 10 voted – no. The official Drawing is included in this newsletter. Anyone needing a hard copy for trophies or posters please let me know. I would like to thank Lynn Kral for doing the drawing and Garry Glissmeyer and Dan Skiles for helping with input. When you surround yourself with good positive people it makes a big difference when you try to achieve something. I feel we now have a Drawing to be proud of. Now I will put together a team to work with on the written part. More to come on that later.


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