The Early History of the

International Butterfly Breeders Association Inc.

In the spring of 1998, Rick Mikula, Steve Connolley, Cindy Hepp, Bethany Homeyer, Jack Mikula and Sheri Moreau all conceived of the idea to start up a professional trade association for butterfly breeders.  The planning and research began and many long hours were required to determine how to bring this organization into being. Steve talked with attorneys regarding the non-profit status of the association and Bethany researched other organizations to determine what it would take to officially start the International Butterfly Breeders Association (IBBA).  Sheri Moreau suggested the name "IBBA."

Ricki Mikula Bethany Homeyer Cindy Hepp Sheri Moreau Jack Mikula

The IBBA was incorporated October of 1998.  On Oct. 5, 1998, Christine Morigi filed, as sole incorporator, the Certificate of Incorporation for the IBBA in the state of Delaware. Then on Wednesday, November 11, 1998, the results of the Board elections-- held via the Butterfly Farming Association List Server at the Butterfly Website, were announced by Jack Mikula.  The first Board of Directors elected at this time were: Paul Cherubini, Steve Connolley, Nina Elshiekh, Bethany Homeyer, Jack Mikula, Rick Mikula, Sheri Moreau, Chris Morigi and Terry Terbush.  Jack Mikula hosted the e-mail lists for the IBBA and the Farmers groups.

Following this, the Board of Directors held its first official Board meeting on November 18, 1998. At this meeting the following Officers were elected by the Board: Steve Connolley, President; Bethany Homeyer, Vice President; Jack Mikula, Treasurer and Christine Morigi, Secretary.  Steve Connolley researched having meetings on a "bridge" to bring members together on one telephone call. Conference calls were deemed too expensive, and Steve Connolley located and acquired the bridge time that the IBBA now uses.

Developing the Statement of Purpose was a proposed agenda item for future meetings, and the original Board of Directors worked to develop the following purpose of the IBBA:

"To support the growth and development of the commercial butterfly farming industry through a variety of means including research, grower education, market development, habitat conservation, and voluntary adherence to a code of ethics proscribing compassion, conservancy and integrity."

The first year, the following people were paid members: Kathy Conlin, Steve Connolley, Nina Elshiekh, Bethany Homeyer, Reese Homeyer, Sandra Jones, Gordon Laatz, Melanie McCarthy, Jack Mikula, Rick Mikula, Sheri Moreau and Terry Terbush. 

This history has been provided so that we can always remember and appreciate these very special people's initial work and personal sacrifice, required to found the IBBA for all of us.  Thank you to the founders of the IBBA for caring enough to give so much of yourselves.  Special thanks to Christine Morigi for her work to acquire the IBBA's Tax Exempt Status under Section 501(a) of the IRS Code, for non-profit organization exemption from federal income tax on the corporate level. 

Click HERE to see the IBBA Certificate of Incorporation.

HERE to view some early IBBA Board Meeting minutes.

Click HERE to see a list of IBBA Board Members since incorporation.

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