Vermont Trappers Association January 2009 Report

President — Randy Barrows, 88 North Road, Milton, VT 05468; phone: 802-893-4258; e-mail: critrgitr@msn.com

Co-Vice Presidents— Joe and Deb Epler, P.O. Box 12, Chester, VT 05143; phone: 802-875-4511; e-mail: jdepler@vermontel.net

Secretary — Deb Epler, P.O. Box 12, Chester, VT 05143; phone: 802-875-451; e-mail: jdepler@vermontel.net

Treasurer — Jim Calchera, 233 McCaffrey Rdg., Putney, VT 05346

NTA Director — Dave Perrin, 2600 Vt. Rt. 12A, Randolph, VT 05060; phone: 802-728-5935

Membership Director — Paul Ainsworth, P.O. Box 118, Eden, VT 05652; phone: 802-635-7343

Membership Options:
• Individual adult membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $20
• Family membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $25
• Oldtimer (65 & up) with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $10
• Lifetime membership with subscription to The Trapper & Predator Caller — $300

Complete membership application on first page of
association section and send dues to:
VTA, Membership Director
Paul Ainsworth
P.O. Box 118, Eden, VT 05652

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Hello Vermont Trappers.

On Sept. 13, 2008, I became your new President of the Association. A little background here, I have trapped for 40 plus years and I am a member of Vermont Trappers and National Trappers Associations. In the spring of 2006 while at a advanced trappers course, past President Rick Schoonover gently talked me into being a director for Chittenden County. After two years as Director, the fellow directors decided it was my turn for the Presidents position. At first I balked thinking “man, these are big shoes to be in”. I voiced my concerns and everyone told me I could handle the job, right up to the day of rendevous. For those of you who encouraged and had the faith in me to do this job, my sincere thanks. I certainly hope I can live up to your expectations. With the history and background of the folks who work so very hard to keep this organization healthy it should be a painless journey.

I would also like to thank outgoing President John LaPre for the fine job he did as President. John, as with the past Presidents before him have molded this Association to be very active in the state of Vermont. If there is a issue involving trapping in Vermont you can bet this years fur check that the Vermont Trappers Association will be front and center.

Speaking of front and center, we need all members to step up to the plate. Vermont Trappers Association have about 7-800 members at any given time, yet 20-30 members do all of the work, i.e. fairs, banquets, fur auctions, etc. A whole lot of work goes into these events, with the planning for next year’s events starting the week after this year’s. Sooo, if you can donate a little time at a fair, fur sale, rendevous please call your local director and let him or her know when you can help. There is no obligation, but even a couple hours a month, yes “A MONTH” will be a great help. Our Directors meetings are once a month, the second Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Hilltop Inn in Barre Vermont. Your local Directors name and address can be found on our Web site at www.vermonttrappersassociation.com.

Please mark your calenders for February as the annual banquet is coming up soon. This highly sought after banquet sells out early so buy your tickets early.

In closing, I hope the Holidays were happy ones and that your traps were full of prime Vermont fur this past fall. Take a kid trapping and see you on the trapline.

— Randy Barrows

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