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Meetings and Events of the NFH.

Looking For Committee Members

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

Looking for members to be district directors

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.

You can see the district map by clicking here.

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.

NFH Logo Contest!

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 powerhouse.trapping@gmail.com.

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!

NFH LOGO CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES CLICK HERE

Seeking 2020 Convention Host

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 ericnfh@gmail.com.

If no bids are received the association will look for a location in the eastern third of the state.

Spring Banquet Reschedule Date

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.

Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo Volunteers Needed

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 powerhouse.trapping@gmail.com for volunteer information.

Fall Meeting Summary

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.

Why a NFH Membership?

There are various reasons why people do not “join up” for organizations.  Most of these reasons I understand and some I do not.  Some organizations will blast you with email constantly.  Now that they got you, they try to get you to the next level or to purchase additional products or services.  They collect your information such as address and phone number and sell it off to whoever pays money for it.  Soon you have junk mail from every conceivable related business and robo-calls that we all hate.

I would like to think the Nebraska Fur Harvesters is different.  In fact, I know they are different.

Most of your membership money goes to your subscription of The Trapper’s Post.  If you have never seen the ‘Post, then you are missing out on a really good read for trappers.  The post is always full of good information, how to articles and lots of knowledge.

The remaining money from your membership goes into our treasury.  This money is used to rent buildings and facilities for our annual convention and our annual banquet.  Lots of other things come up for our organization, such as printing costs, repair on our trailer, and other numerous things an organization encounters.

Of course you can attend the convention and its festivities without being a member of the NFH.  But only current members can attend the business meeting that takes place at noon on Saturday of the convention.

It is during this meeting where the organization decides where our money will get spent, among many other things.   It is always interesting.  Sometimes we all agree, sometimes we do not,  but there is always laughing and the camaraderie that goes with having a group of like minded people  “talking shop”.

The NFH annual convention is just around the corner.  It has fast become one of those things I look forward to every year.  Kinda like Christmas when I was a little kid.

The membership desk is located as you walk in the convention.  No one will twist your arm or look down on you if you are not a member, but your dollars (our dollars) are appreciated and are always put to good use.  Come out and have some fun, see some good demos, look at some new equipment and sniff some new baits and lures.  Above all, have a good time and enjoy yourself, and remember, we are all on the same team.

-Mark Hajny
NFH Web guy and NTA Representative