Tennessee Free Trappers Association October 2009 Report

President — Mike Renfro, 401 Norton Hollow Road, Erwin, TN 37650; phone: 423-330-8134

Vice President — Jerry Scott, 190 Mockingbird Drive, McMinnville, TN 37110; phone: 931-692-2035

Secretary — Cindy Jacobsen, 938 Tyree Springs Rd., White House, TN 37188; phone: 615-672-8546

Membership Secretary/Treasurer — Cindy Jacobsen, 938 Tyree Springs Rd., White House, TN 37188; phone: 615-672-8546

State Organizer, NTA Director and FTA Director — Chris Jacobsen, 938 Tyree Springs Rd.,
White House, TN 37188; phone: 615-672-8546

Trapper Education/Public Relations Coordinator — Jackie McMurtry, 143 Pond Rd.,
Cottontown, TN 37048; phone: 615-672-4163

Membership Options:

• Individual membership including subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $18
• Family membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $20
• Junior (16 & under) with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $12
• Lifetime membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $200

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

TFTA, Membership Secretary/Treasurer
Cindy Jacobsen
938 Tyree Springs Rd., White House, TN 37188
615-672-8546
http://www.tennesseefreetrappers.com

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

TFTA FALL MEET: Will be held at Montgomery Bell State Park on Oct. 24, 2009, at 9 a.m. CDT. This meeting will be held at a shelter rain or shine. There will be signs pointing the way in the park. Everyone invited. This meeting will be a pot luck type luncheon, so bring a covered dish if possible. Coffee and cold drinks will be provided by the TFTA at no cost. Please bring a donation item for our fundraising auction if possible. We will be having some trapping and snaring demos also.

Directions: From Nashville I-40 West to exit 182 (Fairview/Dickson Hwy. 96 Exit). Turn left (west) onto Hwy 96. Stay on Hwy 96 until it dead ends at Hwy 70. Turn right (east) on Hwy 70, off-ramp provided. Stay on Hwy 70 for approximately 3 miles. The park entrance is on the right.
Look for more information about the 2009-2010 TFTA Fur Auctions this season in future issues of Trapper & Predator Caller or visit www.TennesseeFreeTrappers.com.

EAST TN Meeting will be held at Cherokee Park Saturday, Oct. 17 at 9 a.m. EDT rain or shine. Cherokee Park is located at 3075 Floyd Hall Road in Morristown, TN 37814. A shelter has been reserved. This meeting will be a pot luck type luncheon, so bring a covered dish if possible.

Coffee and cold drinks will be provided by the TFTA at no cost. We need volunteers to do some trapping demos and trapper education information. We will also have a fundraising auction, so if possible please bring an item.

DIRECTIONS: Take I-40 East to I-81North towards Bristol. Take Exit #8 for US 25E (towards Morristown, White Pine). Turn right on David Crockett Pkwy – Hwy 113 / Hwy 32 / Hwy 25E. Continue on David Crockett Pkwy – Hwy 32 / Hwy. 25E for 9 miles. Turn right at Cherokee Park Rd. Turn left at Floyd Hall Drive. Please contact me if you need more information at 423-330-8134.

Thanks.

— Mike Renfro

STATE ORGANIZER’S REPORT

Coming up this October will be an election year. Now is not too soon to be thinking about whom the officers of the TFTA for the year 2009 to 2011. Please consider nominating any TFTA member for one or more of the officer positions (before doing so, please ask them first to see if they would be willing to run for that office).

Officers are elected for a term of two years by the membership at the annual fall meeting. The membership shall elect a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, state organizer, membership secretary and public relations/trapper education spokesman.

This year, the election committee chairman is Pat Pangle – 821 E. Big Richland Creek Rd, Waverly, TN 37101. Phone: 931-296-3446. The committee members are Clarence Dies, Phone: 615-449-4412, address: 34 Locke 5 Rd, Lebanon, TN 37087 and Roger Seward Phone: 731-584-3200, address 90 G & S Rock Ranch Road, Camden, TN 38320. Beginning July 24, 2009, you can begin making nominations. All nominations must be made before Sept. 12, 2009.
The New TFTA officers will be announced at the fall convention at Montgomery Bell State Park this October.

As the TFTA bylaws state, an election committee will be formed consisting of members who are not currently an officer of the association. Article VI of the bylaws states that “prior to the election, members in good standing shall make nominations for the officers of the association.”

Nominations can be made beginning 3 months before the annual fall meeting up until 6 weeks before the annual fall meeting. Nominations can be either mailed in writing or by a phone call to one of the members of the election committee. Once a nomination has been made to the election committee, it is the responsibility of the election committee to contact the nominee for their acceptance of the nomination.

After acceptance of the nomination, the election commission will then notify the election committee chairman so that the name can be entered on the ballot. Once all the nominations have been received, a ballot shall be prepared by the election committee chairman for mailing, no earlier than one month prior to the annual fall meeting. Voting members can choose to either bring their ballot in person to the annual fall meeting or return it by mail to the election committee chairman.

One official ballot and envelope shall be mailed to each member who has paid his/her dues. At the annual fall meeting, the ballots will be opened and counted in the presence of the general membership. The new officers will be announced at the fall meeting and will begin to serve their term.

I look forward to seeing you at the fall meeting.

— Chris Jacobsen

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