In December of 2001, Harold Collett and Leroy Pramann were at the Des Moines Show, and had entered their old frill breed in the Rare Breed Club meet. There were quite a few interested fanciers in Des Moines; several expressed interest in getting a club started. To help get this going, Harold Collett collected names and put together a directory, which was sent to every one interested. As the year progressed additional names were received and lost due to a lighting strike.
At the Louisville Young Bird Show of 2002, the group of six breeders got together to discuss the possibility of hosting their own show next year. They decided to have a meet, sponsored by themselves and should not be joined with the Rare Breeds Club. The reason for the club was to be able to show this type of breed as the rest of the breeds show and not be judged as a European Style. Donald Averbeck spoke with a member of the Louisville Club about showing and was told that in order to show as a club they needed to provide a membership list, and who was President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer. In addition they needed a judge and to take care of our own awards with a deadline of June 1, 2003. Old Fashion Frills Club was suggested as the name of the new club.
During 2003 the first officers were Harold Collett as President; Kevin Scott as Vice-President; and Donald Averbeck as Secretary/Treasurer and a constitution and standard were created. After some discussion the name of the club was changed to the National Classic Old Frill Club and the name of the breed was called Classic Old Frill. A yahoo group page was shortly created by Harold Collett to help attract new members and help those interested breeders communicate among each others.
During 2004, a committee was created to work on the new standard and the drawing. It was decided that starting in 2005 a bi-monthly bulletin would be mailed out with Harold Collett and his wife putting these together. An election was planned for the first part of the year with nominations being accepted by Bonita Johnson the election Commissioner. The Results were President Harold Collett, Secretary/Treasurer Donald Averbeck, East Vice President Lew Wescott; West Vice President Ron Costa; North Director Richard Stroszka; East Director Bill Jacox; Central Director Rick Tucker; & West Director David Walton.
During 2006, another election was held with the results being President Lew Wescott, Secretary/Treasurer Donald Averbeck, East Vice President Ed Novak; West Vice President Ron Costa; North Director Richard Stroszka; East Director Bill Jacox; Central Director Dick Bonnell; & West Director Dave Mott and took office the first of 2007. During the end of 2007 and through out 2008 Kathy Wescott served as Interim President. During this time the club created several new programs which consist of the Hall of Fame, Master Judge and Master Breeder. Jerry Lorenz of WI was appointed as Points Coordinator. In addition, the club also began a youth program to assist the youth of the club. Kathy Wescott served as the Adult Advisor along with Erin Hage as the Youth Member in charge. The current standard drawing was approved by the standard committee during 2008 Diana Jacky did the artwork.
During 2008 another election was held with the results being President Sue Becker; Secretary/Treasurer Ron Costa; East Vice President Saso Petkovski; West Vice President Harold Collett; Central Director James Osche; Easter Director Larry Losee; North Director Richard Stroszka; and West Director Dave Mott. Donald Averbeck was appointed as the Band Distributor and 2009 saw a new editor for the newsletter as Max Sterrett from WV.
During 2009, officers were President, Sue Becker; Secretary/Treasurer, Ron Costa; Eastern Vice President, Saso Petkovski; Western Vice President, Harold Collett; Central Director, James Osche; Eastern Director, Larry Losee; and Western Director, Dave Mott. In February 2009, the first club officers conference call was held. There was a great turn out with all officers on board to support the membership with feedback. Later in the year, the club started discussing the Breed of Issue for the COF in the Purebred Pigeon magazine. All articles were sent to Ron Costa. At the NYBS, a fund raiser was started, which will be continued every year.
During 2010, officers were President, Sue Becker; Secretary/Treasurer, Ron Costa; Eastern Vice President, Saso Petkovski; Western Vice President, Harold Collett; Central Director, Jim Osche; Eastern Director Larry Losee; and Western Director, Dave Mott. The redistricting of districts vote was approved. This made the number of states within each district equal. Dick Bonnell became the first master breeder by accruing 1111 breeder points. By September, all articles were completed and sent to Purebred Pigeon magazine.
During 2011, another election was held. Results were President, Sue Becker; Secretary/Treasurer, Jim Osche; Eastern Vice President, Kathy Wescott; Western Vice President, Harold Collett; Central Director Mike McLin; Eastern Director, Larry Losee; and Western Director, Dave Mott. The club reached over 100 members. A color book was started by Sue and Mike. A junior member’s page was added to the bulletin by newly dubbed youth director, Harold Collett.
During 2012, Mike McLin took over as Western VP when Harold Collett became youth director. A judge apprentice program was started. Larry Losee and Harold Collett were awarded with engraved plates for being outstanding members of the club. The club had the first Futurity at Louisville. A club yearbook was developed by Mike McLin showcasing reports, pictures, and history. A committee was formed to review the Master Breeder Program. The committee included Saso, Ron, Mike, and Sue.
During 2013, another election was held. The results were President, Mike McLin; Secretary/Treasurer Jim Osche; Eastern Vice President, Kathy Wescott; Central Director, Ken Kniesly; Eastern Director, Saso Petkovski; Southern Director, Bob Strohmeyer; Canadian Director Tyler Weening. Carlin Whisenhunt is chosen to judge the Grand National. A guide is created on how to perfectly feather a frill’s foot. Saso and Tyler judge at Louisville. Ron creates a detailed piece about the genetics of the old frill. The color book is finalized and sold at the NYBS. Kathy became the club’s 2nd Master Breeder. Saso became the club’s 3rd Master Breeder.
During 2014, officers continued as President, Mike McLin; Secretary/Treasurer, Kathy Wescott; Eastern Vice President, Kathy Wescott; Eastern Director, Saso Petkovski; Southern Director, Bob Strohmeyer; Canadian Director, Tyler Weening; Youth Advisor, Harold Collett; Central Director, Rick Tucker; Western Director, Casey Crockett; Publicity Director, James Clark.