Connecticut Trappers Association September 2009 Report

Connecticut Trapper AssociationPresident — George Finch, 100 Allen St., Groton, CT 06340; phone: 860-445-2514

Vice President West — Fred J. Becker, 23 Riverside Dr. Apt. B2, Clinton, CT, 06413; phone: 860-669-2847; e-mail: FKMBecker@comcast.net

Vice President East — Mike Cote, 50 Hopevalley Rd., Hebron, CT,.06231; phone: 860-228-2404

Treasurer — Herb Sobanski Jr., P.O. Box 2183, Manchester, CT 06040-2183; phone: 860-741-0728; e-mail: trapper43@hotmail.com

Secretary — Herb Sobanski Jr., P.O. Box 2183, Manchester, CT 06040-2183; phone: 860-741-0728; e-mail: trapper43@hotmail.com

NTA Director — George Finch, 100 Allen St., Groton, CT 06340; phone: 860-445-2514

Membership Options:

• 1-year membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $30
• 2-year membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller— $48
• 3-year membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $64
• 15-years and under — $10
• Lifetime — $350

Complete membership application on first page of
association section and send dues to:

CTA, Secretary/Treasurer
Herb Sobanski, Jr.
P.O. Box 2183, Manchester, CT 06040-2183

SECRETARY/TREASURER’S REPORT

The CT Legislation Session ended at midnight June 3 without passing one bill that would have impacted our right to trap in Connecticut!

We won this battle due to all of your efforts, perseverance, and vigilance.

Every letter, e-mail and phone call to your Representatives and Senators made a difference.

We have many to thank, from organizations like the NTA and FTA that stayed in constant contact with us, organizations throughout the country who donated to our Legal Defense Fund, to the DEP with their Fiscal Impact documentation, to the CT NWCO organization, to our lobbyist, to Jeff Serena from the Examiner.com and Herb Berquist from the Committee for Responsible Wildlife Management.

We have much more to do now. We cannot sit back on our laurels. We need to compile all of our “lessons learned,” determine where we need to enhance our strategies, discuss opportunities to build upon our Legal Defense Fund and build upon our memberships attention to information by the best means possible.

As a reminder, the CTA Fall Rendezvous is scheduled for Sept. 26 at the Fin, Fur and Feather Club in Chaplin, Connecticut.

May your boots stay dry and your plews be prime!

Regards.

— Herb Sobanski Jr.

FAIRFIELD COUNTY DIRECTOR REPORT

The battle has been won. We seemed to have come out stronger. Spreading the word of the benefits we as trappers offer in terms of dollars and sense. Our legislators that have supported us in the past came through again. The legislators who were moved by the anti’s propaganda were reached and the ones who were willing to listen and learn saw our services as the benefit it is.

I am glad to see all of the support from our community, the bill was common talk even at the little league games in my home town. Thank you to our larger trapper community for your support. It allowed us to fight the fight.

Well, now we can plan for our up coming rendezvous, the season and the next battle.
Regards.

— Chris Sanzaro

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