The NFH Spring Banquet has been cancelled. We are still planning on having the spring meeting at a different place and date. Please check back here for further details on the location of the spring meeting.
In the interest of saving valuable time at our Fall meeting, I am posting my NTA report here as opposed to delivering it at the meeting. I will have copies available.
-Mark Hajny, NTA DirectorNTA Report Fall 2019
The convention flyers and raffle tickets are now complete and being mailed out. Click here to see the convention flyer including demo times and vendor lists!
A great way to get involved and help our cause is to serve on a committee. The Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association is going to put together some committees to help get more things done faster and we need your help!
Being a committee member isn’t hard. All you have to do is be a current member and have a desire to help make us a better organization.
At the fall meeting (Bassett, NE) this year we are going to assemble some committees to break down tasks to get done instead of trying to cover all of our activities in 2 one hour meetings a year.
Committees will meet whenever and wherever needed. Most committee business can be accomplished over the phone or email, conference calls or group emails.
If you are interested please let us know. We need your help and we need more voices!
The following committees will be assembled at the Fall meeting. The chairpersons will be chosen by the board of directors.
EDUCATION – scheduling trapper ed classes, facilities, personnel, resources, food
CONVENTION – vendors, facility, demos, table layout, etc
BANQUET – Spring banquet, location, food, speaker, activities, donations
MEMBERSHIP – adding new members, putting together membership material, sending out membership cards, ordering membership cards (for example, Donna could chair this committee, and the members could assist her)
BYLAWS – Keeping the bylaws current. Proposing changes
COMMUNICATIONS – website, facebook, youtube, communications with our members on anything of importance, including writing our column in the Trappers Post.
AWARDS – Nebraska trappers hall of fame, any other awards, ordering plaques, trophies, etc.
SCHOLARSHIP – promoting and reviewing and awarding the NFH scholarships
The Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association has always had districts, but as of the last 10 years, they have not been active. We are looking for members to serve as directors in the district that you live in.
To be a district director isn’t a difficult task. What it means, is you are the contact point in your area for the Nebraska Fur Harvesters. If there are any activities in your area, you can represent the NFH. You also promote membership in your district.
If you are interested, and are a member with current dues, please see a Nebraska Fur Harvesters officer, or anyone at the front table during the upcoming convention, or message us on our facebook page.
The Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association is looking for a new logo that will better identify the organization. In order to engage our current members, and attract new members, we announce competition to design a new logo.
The new logo should identify the organization and what we are all about.
If you are interested in submitting a logo, send it as an attachment to Jessica Power at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions must include the full name(s) of the person(s) who designed the logo, name, email address, postal address, and telephone number. One or more submissions per person is acceptable. Each submission must be sent in a separate e-mail.
The prize for the winning entry is “first release” of the new logo on one hoodie, one t-shirt, one hat, one coffee cup, and one decal. In addition to four years free membership to the Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association, with twenty-four issues of the Trapper’s Post, and $ 100.00 cash. This prize remains the same regardless of the size of the team submitting the winning entry.
Contest ends September 21, 2019. There is no fee to enter the contest.
Please see below for the official contest rules and details.
Looking forward to seeing all the submissions!
We are looking for bids for the 2020 convention location. 2020 is scheduled to be held in western Nebraska from highway 83 west.
Some of the requirements are….
Vendor building, preferably one or two within close proximity, minimum 12,000 sq feet.
Motels, preferably 2
A variety of places to eat
Camper hook ups on site and shower
The local host person will need to be responsible for being the local contact for the facility, lining up a food vendor for both days on site, auctioneer for the Saturday night auction and a vendor to supply bbq for the Saturday night dinner.
Vendors, demo schedules, T-shirt’s, raffle firearm and Friday night fish fry will be taken care of by the association.
If you are interested in hosting the 2020 convention or have questions please contact Eric Stane, 402-658-8012 or email@example.com.
If no bids are received the association will look for a location in the eastern third of the state.
The Spring Banquet has been re-scheduled for Saturday, June 1st, 2019 at the Seward VFW. Social Hour starts at 5pm and Dinner is at 6. Speaker will be Furtakers of America President Dave Hastings. There will be a silent auction and lots of furtaking talk. Tickets can be purchased in advance or let us know you are coming and you can pay at the door. Tickets are $20. See you there.
The Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo will be May 9, 10 & 11 at Fort Kearny State Recreation Area. We will have a trappers tent that will focus on types of traps, pelt identification and why we trap. Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association Members are invited to join Nebraska Game and Parks efforts in education youth and adults about trapping. I am currently looking for members of our association who would be interested in volunteering. Contact Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org for volunteer information.
The Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association met Saturday at noon during the fall convention. The following are some high points of the meeting:
- G&P Furbearer Biologist Sam Wilson gave an update on the process to have an otter season in Nebraska. The process is more complicated than one might think, with lots of meetings and due diligence. Hats off to Sam, as he is pushing as much as he can to get us the season.
- Two vacant officer positions were filled. Ted Howard will be our new Legislative Representative. Jessica Power will be our new Public Relations Director. We wish both of these people well in their new endeavors and we know they will do a good job for us in the Nebraska Fur Harvesters Association.
- The guys from Bassett came and gave a good presentation and put in a good bid to get the 2019 Convention. The members voted unanimously to have it there. 2019 Convention will be in Bassett next September.
- Dave Hastings and Mark Hajny gave their national association reports from the FTA and NTA respectively. Dave’s knowledge of trapping happenings on a national level is invaluable to our association.
- We sold the trailer. For those who do not know, the association owned a trailer which held all the tables and chairs, cooking equipment, coolers, totes, etc. The trailer got some hail damage, we ended up buying 2 new trailers, a large one and small one. At the convention we sold the old trailer.
- We kicked off a vendor advertising program this year. You will now see vendor advertisements on the website and you will see vendor reviews on the facebook page.
If you have any questions about what was discussed please contact any of the NFH officers.