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Board Meeting via Teleconference

United Taxidermist Association

February 17, 2016

 Chairman Craig Lewis called the meeting to order at 2:00 pm M.S.T.


Roll Call                                                               

Present:                                                               Absent                                 Guest

Craig Lewis                                                         Mark Walker                      John Jennings

Garland Lessley vice Chair                             Brenda Duvall                                                                                  

Terry Bennett Secretary                                Jeff Whitlock

Bob Prewitt

Bill Bowen

Approval of the Agenda

A motion was made by Garland and seconded by Terry to approve the agenda as presented

Motion Passed

Approval of the January 20, 2016 regular meeting minutes

A motion was made by Garland and seconded by Bill to approve the January 20, 2016 minutes as presented

Motion passed


Chairpersons Comments

Craig stated that we are getting close to the expo and need to have than as our primary focus.

Craig also stated that we need to update the Facebook page.






Treasurer’s report                                                          

Report was emailed to all Bod. There were no questions on the Treasurer’s report.

A Motion was made by Terry and seconded by Garland to ratify the checks from the January report.

Motion Passed unanimously in a roll call vote.

Craig again stated that we need to fill the Treasurers post. He will be contacting a couple of Board members. We all so will need new check signers.

Website Report

No report Jeff was absent.

Craig said that one person has submitted and article for the website. Craig forwarded the article to Jeff.

Craig is still working with the credit card processor to make it possible to accept credit cards on the website.

We are getting 10-12 likes per week on the website.

Marketing Report.

Bill Bowen. The taxidermy to day ad is good for the next two issues. Any changes will have to be made for the issues to follow.

Craig asked to add the last day for the Ramada Plaza room rate to the ad. Craig also stated that we need to emphasize that we are the only International Taxidermy Group.

In the area of Legislative action. The UTA was at one time contracted with an organization that would track legislative event so that we could keep the membership informed. He suggested that we should research these organizations and possible continue this in the future.

Membership committee report.

A few memberships are still trickling in.

Discussion on any changes to member benefits.  

Be Bear aware report.

No report at this time.

Fundraising committee.

We need some more fund raising ideas and events

Artisan Magazine report.

Dead issue at this time. Craig continues to work with a printer on publishing a magazine.  



Artisan Award

All of the Awards that Garland has have been mailed out. He is now waiting on the supplier to send him more awards. He needs at least 15 by the end of March.

Craig asked about using Unishippers to possibly get a better shipping rate, but there is not a depot in Garland’s area.

A New mold has been made for the artisan awards.

Donations committee

Jeff is absent.

Brenda attended the SCI convention but had difficulty in procuring donations. Due to a low turnout the vendors were not feeling very generous.

A UTA member has contacted Craig and requested that we get more involved with International organizations that are Pro Taxidermy/Prohunting.

Craig has suggested that we have an International Ambassador.

2016 Expo

15000 Flyers have been ordered.

Judges and seminarians contracts have been mailed.

Division of Labor. Each of us will have a few tasks.

Dave Peters will not be able to manage the vendor area, so we will need help with that area.


For the good of the order.

John Jennings introduced himself and explained his new business launch Taxidermy Direct.

A taxidermy software company.

Garland is working on more vendors for the expo. Booth spaces are $300

Terry reported on inventory of promotional items. At this time there are enough to distribute to the board members who have none. Craig said that he would order more.

Announcement of the next meeting. The Next Meeting will be March 16, 2016 at 2pm MST

Garland made a motion to adjourn at 2:45 pm MST.