Missouri Trappers Association September 2009 Report

President — Robert Wilson, 21562 Pike 227, Eolia, MO 63344; phone: 573-485-7478

Vice President — Doren Miller, 26500 Pike 244, Clarksville, MO 63336; phone: 573-242-3319

Secretary — Charlie Brown, 7130 Drury Lane, Maryland, MO 63143; phone: 314-644-1364; e-mail: charliet1961@SBCGlobal.net

Treasurer — Herb Binsbacher, 29535 Hwy. J, Gravois Mills, MO 65037; phone: 573-372-6711

Conservation Director — Arlon Held, 10075 Janes Creek Rd., Caledonia, MO 63631; phone: 573-766-1382

Delegate to NTA — Ron Pantry, Rt. 1 Box 87, Lancaster, MO 63548; phone: 660-457-2192

Delegate to FTA — Delegate to FTA — Henry A. Wendt, P.O. Box 123, Couch, MO 65690; phone: 417-938-4519

Membership Options:

• Individual membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $25
• Lifetime membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $365

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

MTA Secretary
Charlie Brown, 7130 Drury Lane, Maplewood, MO
63143; phone: 314-644-1364; e-mail: charliet1961@
SBCGlobal.net
http://www.motrappers.org

FORMER PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Hello fellow trappers. It has been awhile since I have written an article, and I apologize for that. Was down for sometime with what we finally found out was gall bladder problems. Had surgery and now I feel like a new man, which is good, as Sandy was getting ready to trade me in!

Speaking of illness, I would like to wish Bob Wilson a speedy recovery, as I know all of you wish him well.

I was asked by Ron Pantry and Kraig Kaatz, President of the NTA, if Missouri would like to host the NTA 2011 National Convention, as I am sure you have heard. I have agreed and have spent the most of the past two months gathering information and bids to present to the NTA in Ohio the end of July. By the time you read this, we will know if the bid we submitted was accepted.

During the summer board meeting, the board agreed unanimously to bid on the convention with me as the Chairman. Post cards were sent out to determine the feel of the entire membership as being the host of the convention. Again the members overwhelming response was for the convention. So on to Lima, Ohio to bring the convention to Missouri once again!

On other notes, I attended a Jake’s Day in Keytesville in June with Joe Moser. We talked to about 25-30 children. Thank you District 7 for the opportunity to you in this event. It was a nice day.

On July 22-23, 2009, the Missouri Trappers Association will have a booth in Union, MO at the Hunting and Fishing Expo. Last year Freddie Cox went to this event where about 4,000 was in attendance. They expect a bigger turnout this year, so it is a great opportunity to get the MTA out there to meet new folks and get them into trapping and our organization. We could use some help at this expo and would greatly appreciate it. You may call Jimmy Love or myself to volunteer your help.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the fall convention in Salem. This will be held in September, but I have not verified the date with the wife yet. I know that Kenny Wells and District 9 will have a good convention for us and hope to see a big turnout.

— Rich Friedrich

TREASURER’S REPORT

Greetings and final salutations from Gravois Mills! If it hadn’t been for a call from Albert, I would have missed this issue. Thanks Albert for a grand job on the MM News and all else you do for MTA! When you decide to quit, I wonder who will step up and do as good a job as you have done? Most members have not a clue as to the work that is done by the officers. This is obvious by the return on any info sent to each member for return.

It was really good to see everyone at the summer BOD meeting in Columbia. Would you believe all 9 Dist. Directors were there? Wow! That was great! It looks like the NTA may be coming to the Boone City Grounds again if our bid is accepted by them. We’ll need lots of help as usual.

I’m having my good and bad days with this artificial leg, but as a handicapped friend of mine says, “I’ve still got a pulse.”

This will be my last missive as your treasurer. It has been real and it has been fun, but it has not been real fun. There are some conditions that need to change, but that will be best left up to your next elected officers. May God grant them the wisdom to do what is best for all the MTA. May our Great God grant you and yours safety, peace and tranquility for the rest of your lives.

Thanks to all who have stepped up in my time of need, especially Robert “Paul” Webb. Way to go Paul!
I will leave you with this last bit of wisdom that I have acquired in the past 73+ years and 30+ years in the MTA.

“There are three kinds of people in all organizations, and ours is no exception. There are rowboat, sailboat and steamboat people. The rowboaters always need to be pushed or shoved along. The sailboaters will move along only when a favorable wind is blowing. The steamboaters move along continuously, through calm and storm — they are the masters of themselves and their surroundings. WHICH ARE YOU? Later.

— “Grizzly” B.

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