2019 Committee Members
The current members of the NSW Fancy Rodent Society Inc Committee are listed below. Please feel free to chat to any of them if you have any questions, or can offer some help yourself. We’re always looking for enthusiasm and assistance! The usual point of contact for official matters is the Public Officer – please see the Contact Us page for more info.
If you would like to make a nomination for a committee position, please use the Committee Nomination Form.
President: Kath Dalton
Vice President: Sandra McLean
Secretary: Jodi Brock
Treasurer: Dianne Osborne
Public Officer: Katy Jenkins
General Committee Members: Sarah-Joy Cooney, Rachel Sydenham, Megan Dayhew, Shaun Burridge, Steve Smith, Wendy Culshaw
President – Kath Dalton: My partner Bow and I have 2 boys, Marcus & Thomas. I am a Team Leader and Trainer for Service NSW in Newcastle. I am a volunteer Possum and Glider specialist with Wildlife Rescue and have been for 15 years. When I can fit it in, I do kick boxing and roller skating. I run Minion Rodentry and have been involved in the Club for 6 years showing as well as judging.
Vice-President – Sandra McLean: I am the owner of Lucy Lou Rodentry, I have been involved with the Club since 2013, the hobby started with me hand raising 3 lovely Rattus Rattus found in my shed. I am retired after clipping horses professionally for over 40 years and now repair horse rugs to support my rodent family. My other hobbies apart from rats and mice extend to horses, chooks and growing things.
Secretary – Jodi Brock: I am a mother of 3 boys. I manage the Australian Office for a Global Marine Salvage Company. I have been involved with the Club since 2014 both showing and judging. I am the owner of Cyclone Mousery breeding both rats & mice in South West Sydney, where we also run a Rodent Rescue. In my spare time I am a Taxi for my children, a wife a Gamer and I dabble in Netflix. I also own British Shorthair Cats.
Treasurer – Dianne Osborne: I have been a Club member since 2008. I rescued my first rat Scabbers in 2002. I work full-time in the family business. Apart from Rats, I am also the proud owner of Cats, Lorikeets, Chickens, Guinea Fowl and Horses. When I have spare time I like to sew, go to Rodeos. Apart from showing Rats I also show chickens. We do Club runs with the Jaguar Drivers Club and I like to cook. I run Oz Rats.
Public Officer– Katy Jenkins: I have kept mice for 30 years breeding under the Zen Mousery Banner for 15 years, extending into rats recently. I have been showing since 2003. Rats & Mice have always been a rich & rewarding part of my life and this wonderful Club we have built together is the centrepiece. Outside of rodents I am in Marketing Technology, live in the Blue Mountains and enjoy dancing and music.
Committee – Shaun Burridge: I have been a member of the Rodent club for 2 years. My partner Haley and I co-ordinate the Club Canteen. I am a full-time Father of 6 and the owner of Ocean Star Rodentry. Aside breeding Rats I also breed Dachshunds. In my spare time I enjoy going to the Drag races, Gaming and playing soccer. I enjoy cooking different foods and tinkering on cars.
Committee – Sarah-Joy Cooney: I am married with a daughter who also loves her Rodents. I am the owner of My Little Buddies Rodentry, I have been showing since 2013 and have owned rats for 16 years. I work multiple jobs with differing hours doing a multitude of things. In my spare time I enjoy reading and my daughter and I have an awesome garden growing herbs, tomatoes, potatoes etc.
Committee – Wendy Culshaw: I have been a member of the Rodent Club for 3 years but have owned mice as pets for a long time, starting with a boy called Whiskers when I was 14. I am not a breeder, I prefer to get lovable pets from others in the Club. I work in IT and in my spare time I love traveling, getting the enjoyment from cycle touring and seeing new places at a slow pace.
Committee – Megan Dayhew: I dived into the rodent world quickly after I got mice in June 2017. Mouse genetics hooked me and I have a strong interest in inheritance and genetic variations. I breed long coat rex and long coat in the c-dilute range with a soft spot for manx. I work in finance and live in the Inner West, I am thankful my housemates love rodents as much as I do. In my spare time I like to read and dance .
Committee – Steve Smith: I have been a member of the Club for 4 years. I’ve kept rats since 2011 starting with 2 Rattikins animals. Nearly a quarter of my rats have been rescues and I have no plans to breed. I retired from paid work in May 2018, one of goals is to explore this marvellous city a piece at a time – apart from the expensive housing, traffic the impatient people I love living here since moving from Melbourne.
Committee – Rachel Sydenham: I own Rattikins Rattery and Rattikins Small Animal Boarding and work in Customer Service . I am qualified in different animal fields specialising in small animal care. I have owned and bred rats since 1992 specialising in coats types & colour pattern marking genes. I am the Small Mammals Rep for Animal Care Australia. In my spare time I draw, paint and ride my horse in Medieval displays and events.
The Committee gathers at most shows to discuss official matters, and are required to post the minutes from these meetings for public perusal. If you have any questions about a meeting and the minutes are not yet posted here, please feel free to contact the Public Officer.
- 13 October 2018 – Annual General MeetingPresident’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, Royal Easter Show Report
- 3rd December 2017 – General Meeting
- 15th October 2017 – Annual General Meeting, Treasurer’s Report, President’s Report
- 24th September 2016 – Annual General Meeting, General Meeting, President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report
- 6th August 2016 – General Meeting
- 13th February 2016 – General Meeting
- 28th November 2015 – Annual General Meeting, General Meeting
- 11th October 2014 – Annual General Meeting and General Meeting
- 30th November 2013 – Annual General Meeting
- 1st June 2013 – General Meeting, Treasurer’s Report
- 2nd February 2013 – General Meeting