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How are the goals and objectives of this association accomplished? What are the benefits of joining?

The Constitution section of the organizing documents lists the purposes of the association in Art. 2. In general, the association provides a medium of communication through its Internet website and forum for current and successful Serama breeders to share their knowledge. At the same time, newcomers have an opportunity to get involved in the organization to help keep its blood flowing and maintain it as a viable, fully functioning association.

Newcomers and old hands at poultry breeding come together to learn and grow together; they help each other to promote the breed; achieve breeding perfection according to set standards through the development and improvement of the Serama traits and characteristics. SCNA provides educational programs for breeders and the licensing of judges for this breed as well as a geographical distribution of district clubs that encompass groups of states (or provinces). By joining the SCNA family of breeders, exhibitors, and hobbyists, a greater number of well-bred flocks in North America according to type, hardiness, reproductive qualities, size, etc., members take advantage of the developments of the use of scientific genetic knowledge for color breeding through color projects established to incorporate and recognize the breed in the poultry world at large while also maintaining the non-color aspects of the breed to have access to genetic material for further study.

About the SCNA.

SCNA is dedicated to the introduction and promotion of Serama to the poultry world at large. It seeks to continuously improve their beauty, quality, health and vigor, while sharing these goals with Serama enthusiasts throughout the North American continent.

The goal of SCNA is to promote Serama in accordance with a Standard of Perfection and to encourage its development to gain ABA/APA acceptance, and improvement in all of its varieties and colors, through breeding, exhibition and the sharing of information.

How did the Serama breed arrive in North America?

Kim Theodore, of Illinois, imported a small number of Serama from Malaysia in 2001. In August of that same year, Jerry Schexnayder, of Louisiana, imported a large enough number of birds (approx. 130) to consist of a breeding flock to get Serama established in this part of the world. It was he who envisioned the creation of a Serama council of expert poultry breeders to assure the future of this breed in North America. And, Serama poultry were introduced to the American public via the Ohio National, Columbus; a show in Lincoln, Nebraska; and, another venue in Tucson, Arizona, that same year.
Thus, Jerry Schexnayder, as its Founding Father, established a non-profit corporation in 2003. The first ever Serama Show in the US, was held in conjunction with the Ohio National in 2003. The following spring a Serama Only Show, the Cajun Classic, was held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
An Internet website was created in 2006 where people could come together and share ideas as well as help promote the breed and to welcome new enthusiasts into this enjoyable activity. Since the year 2003 and up until the end of this year, the year 2008, people who have joined SCNA are classified and recognized as Charter Members or the Founding Membership.

Who can become an SCNA member? Who is eligible to be a member and to vote on important matters? What rules do they need to abide to?

Any individual adult (18+); a group of people or individuals that constitute a family; and any organization or other poultry association, variety or breed club, educational institution, etc., may join as a member - the latter as associate member. Refer to the Constitution -- Art. 4 - Membership; and the By-Laws --Art. 1 - Membership. See Appendix A for the SCNA Membership Application - members need to be sponsored by a current SCNA member. Individual adults and heads of families are eligible to vote. Rules of conduct and penalties are explained in the same articles mentioned earlier. In addition, the Code of Ethics and the Terms of Service apply to the SCNA website and forum.

What is SCNA?

SCNA stands for The Serama Council of North America, Inc., not just a "chicken club" but more importantly an organized, group of people, who have formed an association based on their interest in the Serama breed of the tiniest bantams and the smallest chickens in the world that originated in Malaysia that covers the entire North American continent, that is, Canada, the US, and Mexico.

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