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Board Meeting via Teleconference

United Taxidermist Association

July 20, 2016

                                     Chairman Craig Lewis called the meeting to order at 2:02 pm M.S.T.


Roll Call                                                               

Present:                                                               Absent                                 Guest

Craig Lewis Chairman                                     Brenda Duvall                    John Jennings                                                   

Garland Lessley vice Chair                             Mark Walker                      Steve Abbott OK pres.   

Terry Bennett Secretary                                Manny Chavez                                 

Bob Prewitt

Jeff Whitlock


Approval of the Agenda

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

Motion Passed unanimously by a roll call vote

Approval of June 15, 2016 regular meeting minutes

A motion was made by Garland and seconded by Bob to approve the June 15, 2016 minutes as presented

Motion passed


Chairpersons Comments

Craig accepted Bill Bowen’s resignation and thanked him for his service.


Treasurer’s report                                                          

Report was emailed to all Bod.

There were no questions on the Report.

A Motion was made by Garland and seconded by bob  to ratify the checks from the Treasurer’s report.

Motion Passed unanimously by a roll call vote

Board member liability insurance policy.

A motion was made by Garland and seconded by Terry to pay the $1000 liability policy for board members.

Motion passed.

Website Report

Jeff received a CD from Ken Edwards with photos from the expo. Jeff will add winner’s photos and some other candid photos to the website.

Marketing committee

No report Committee chair vacant.


Membership Committee

Status quo

                Elections discussion on nominations letter. Will email ballots instruction to International members.

Be Bear Aware committee

No changes.

Donations/ fundraising committee

 Garland and Jeff are working on sponsors and have a plan forward.

International director report

Craig spoke with Mark Walker about the upcoming New Zealand show. The UTA will donate a membership to the New Zealand Association.

International Ambassador.

Craig again discussed the importance of having a liaison between the Taxidermy Industry and the conservation community.

Craig suggested John Jannelli.

Board discussion on Ideas and thoughts. The general consensus of the board is that John is well qualified for the position, but would need to have a specific job description and stay within the bounds.

Craig will put together a draft document for the position.



2016 final expo report.

Craig stated that there are still outstanding checks from the expo. He will complete the report after they have cleared.



New Associations and distribution of the Artisan Policy  

Garland has written a draft policy outlining the requirements for new associations to receive the Artisan award.

A motion was made by Terry and Seconded by Bob to approve the draft policy.

Discussion on the content of the policy. Garland will amend contend of the policy and we will continue discussion at the next meeting.

Motion tabled until next meeting.

2017 General Membership meeting/ 2018 expo venue.

Steve Abbott President of the Oklahoma association stated that he is excited about having us at the general membership meeting and discussed the facility where the Oklahoma show is held. The Reed conference center.

Garland stated that he has attended the OK show at this facility and it is awesome.

Terry made a motion to hold the 2017 general membership meeting at the OK show on June 7, 8,9,10

In Oklahoma City. Garland seconded the motion.

Discussion on the motion was held.

Terry amended the motion to include Oklahoma as the Expo venue in 2018 as long as conditions permit.

Amended motion passed unanimously by a roll call vote.

New business

Craig will write an article on the UTA’s activities for inclusion on the website.

For the good of the order

Please keep in mind that we have an election coming up and we need to recruit Board members.

John Jennings again offered the use of his software to the UTA Non Gratis.


Announcement of the next meeting on August 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm MST.

Motion to adjourn by Garland at 3:08 MST


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