Washington Trappers Association October 2011 Report

President — Bruce Vandervort, 5338 US Hwy 101, Humptulips, WA 98552; phone: 360-288-2466; e-mail: brucevandervort@hotmail.com

Vice President West — John Consolini, 17030 Marmount ST SE, Monroe WA 98272; e-mail: itrap4you@yahoo.com

Vice President East ­— George Brady, P.O. Box 535, Pateros, WA 98846; phone: 509-923-2326;
e-mail: cascadeb@televar.com

Executive Secretary — Ralph Dobson, 711 196th Street NW, Arlington, WA 98223; phone: 360-652-2132; e-mail: rlph.dobson@gmail.com

Treasurer — BJ Thornily; 63 Redmond Rd., Republic, WA 99166; phone: 509-775-2936;
e-mail: bobbiemike@yahoo.com

NTA Director — Bob Maier, 38 Francis Dr., Walla Walla, WA 99362; phone: 509-529-9568;
e-mail: bob_maier@hotmail.com

Membership options:

• Individual membership including subscription to Trapper Predator Caller — $30
• Junior (under 18) with subscription to Trapper Predator Caller — $15.50
• Associate (non-trapper) including subscription to Trapper Predator Caller — $15.50
• Senior Citizen (over 70) including subscription to Trapper Predator Caller — $10.50
• Lifetime membership — $250
• Lifetimer subscription to Trapper Predator Caller — $10.50
Dues entitles members to all newsletters, meeting notices, discount entry to workshops and the annual rendezvous. All monies are used to protect your right to trap.
Complete membership application on first page of association section and send dues to:

(A non-profit organization.)
PO Box 3687
Arlington, WA 98223


Been a real busy month. I spent the better part of the second week at the South West Washington Fair. I have to admit I’m beginning to wonder if it is worth the while to keep attending this one. We really are preaching to the choir in Lewis County. Have to see how I feel about it next year.

Of course the last week was taken up with preparations for our Rendezvous.

I approached it with a bit of trepidation. There were some real worries about the facilities and some of them were well founded but we pulled it off with a lot of work from some of our people. More on that later.

I was so darn busy I didn’t get to take in any demos but from what I was told there were some good ones. I spent a good deal of the time trying to get the auction lined out. George Sovies business inventory was sold at the auction so we had a lot of items and the fact that it had to be kept separate from our donated items complicated things.

I have to say the highlight of the Rendezvous for me was how well the auction went. We essentially sold everything at very good prices. A big thanks to Daryl Druzianich who I talked into being our auctioneer. He did a fabulous job, going through around 250 lots in three hours.

Not sure at this time how much we took in but I think it is safe to say we exceeded our expectations..

Bobbie Thorniley was unable to attend due to recovery from knee surgery, not Bobbies but Mikes. That threw a lot of extra work on Ralphs shoulders and he pulled it off well. I’m sure Bobbie will find a few things lacking in our bookkeeping efforts but any mistakes I’ll take the blame for as I sprung a few things on him at the last minute.

Complicating Ralphs workload was the job his wife Sharon took on. We basically had no suitable facilities for preparing meals and Sharon did most of it out of their trailer.

George Brady held Trapper Training and also a class for prospective instructors. We need more instructors. WSTA is taking over the entire Trapper Education Program from the Department and this is the first step.

We had elections and the incumbents were reelected except Marsee Wilson was elected West side Vice President to take the place of John Consolini who has stepped down as Vice President but still remains as Chairmen of the Awards Committee. Although not an election item I was well pleased to have Tammy Rice except an appointment as Assistant Treasurer.

Ok, so not a very good report of The Rendezvous but I kind of missed a lot of it. I did enjoy visiting with people Friday but Saturday was pretty busy for me.

So many people to thank, Ralph and Sharon did just an amazing amount of work and sacrificed the privacy of their trailer.

Dave McClure for running down appliances, ice and other things we needed. Thanks

Dave for taking on the job of putting together the Rendezvous. Not many people would take on the job. Although I didn’t get to see them I was told Eric lined up some good demos. I would remind him it would be nice to know you had volunteered to do a demo before you read it in the schedule.

A special thanks to Jack Thompson and Daryl Druzianich who made the auction go off well.

Also to Tammy Rice who not only pitches in every Rendezvous but stepped up to a lot more work by taking on Assistant to the Treasurer. Thanks Tammy!
And for a last Thank You, I want to recognize all the people who spent more then they intended to at the auction. Thanks for helping us keep the lights on!

Hope I didn’t forget anyone.

Not going to mention the Awards that were presented as one person was not there and John wants to present it to the person before they read it. I’ll let John write a report on it..
One last passing shot, although Omak is a nice place it is too hot in August. I hope not to attend another rendezvous with near 100 degree heat.

I’m off to the Puyallup Fair in a few days so I’ll let you know how that went next month.

— Bruce Vandervort

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