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Board Meeting via Teleconference

United Taxidermist Association

December 14, 2016

Chairman Garland Lessley called the meeting to order at 2:00 pm M.S.T.

Roll Call

Present                                                                      Absent                                                           

Garland Lessley - Chairman                                   Grant Gavin                                                               

Jeff Whitlock – Vice Chairman                                Brenda Duvall                                                            

Bob Prewitt – Secretary                                          Manny Chavez

Craig Lewis - Treasurer                                                                                                                                 

Terry Bennett

John Jennings                                                                                    

Approval of the Agenda

A motion was made by Craig and seconded by Terry to approve the agenda.

Motion passed unanimously.

Approval of October 19, 2016 regular meetings minutes

A motion was made by Terry and seconded by Jeff to approve the October 19, 2016 minutes as presented.

Motion passed unanimously.

Chairperson’s Comments

John Janelli spoke with Garland regarding some proposals about marketing the UTA. Craig stated to invite John Janelli to a meeting to further discuss more specifics about these proposals regarding the USDA and UTA “hosting” a special hunt with the proceeds going to conservation fund.   


Treasurer’s Report

Report was emailed to all BOD by Craig.

There were no questions on the Report.

A motion was made by Terry and seconded by Bob to ratify the checks from the Treasurer’s report.

Motion Passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

Website Report

Jeff stated updates were made to the Board Member’s names on the website.  Craig will review website and notify Jeff with any necessary changes. Suggestions were made to add a link for an online version of the Artisan magazine.  Bob proposed featuring a business member of the month on the website.  Terry asked Jeff to get business member’s email and put them on our Facebook page.  Bob to contact business members for short bio.

A motion was made by Craig and seconded by Terry to add a link listing all Business Members with a short bio on the website.

Motion Passed unanimously.

Marketing committee

John Jennings is the chair of the Marketing committee.  No report sent yet.  John suggested an online version of the report.  Also recommended The Artisan and Treasury report to be put online.

Membership committee

Status quo. 

Be Bear Aware committee

No change.

Artisan Award committee

No change.

Donations/fundraising committee

No change.

International Director Report

No report Grant Gavin absent. 

International Ambassador

No Report John Janelli absent.  

2016 Final Expo Report

Craig stated he will send out the final expo report.

2017 Board Meeting Oklahoma

No change.

2018 Expo venue Oklahoma

No change.

New business:

New Credit Card Processing Company

No change. Hoping for a January roll-out.

Membership fees

Discussion was made about increasing membership fees.  No increase at this time.  Multiple suggestions were made about possible discount membership for renewal using online credit card processing versus checks, multi-year discounts, etc. 

Taxidermy Direct Software/UTA Membership management

No change.  John Jennings donated to the UTA a refurbished laptop computer.  John will send laptop to Bob.

Organizational Issues:

UTA/NTA discussion

BOD discussed again the merger between the two associations still no agreement and the UTA does not want to continue any further discussions.  UTA will relay the findings to the NTA.  

SW Board Member position

Still vacant.

For the good of the order.


Announcement of the next meeting on January 18th, 2017 at 2:00 pm MST. 

Motion to adjourn by Garland and seconded by Terry at 3:35 pm MST.

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