Early Saturday morning brought everyone together again for another UTA sponsored seminar. Kenneth Bauman headed up the ―Hands on Setting of Eyes, Ears, and Nose of Whitetail Deer seminar. The room was filled to capacity. This one had everyone‘s attention for the entire session.
One of the attendees was overheard saying that he couldn‘t believe he could see a seminar like this at a state show. The UTA is very appreciative of McKenzie Taxidermy Supply for donating the change-out heads, Ohio Taxidermy Supply for eyes and ear liners, Aves Studio for critter clay and Kenneth Bauman for reference photos. Without the unwavering support of the supply industry we would not be able to do what we do.
Starting at noon on Friday and running until Sunday morning, the
The attendees were very pleased to receive ―Continuing Education Certificates for attending the UTA seminar. We hope these certificates will be proud adornments to shop walls attesting to the motivation and desire to keep current with the newest and best techniques from respected national and international instructors.
Friday evening brought everyone together for a social put on by the Kansas Association. Many of the wives
and some of the competitors prepared the feast for the event. If you love great food, you need to attend the Kansas show. Man, do these women know how to cook. The camaraderie and fellowship among the Kansas members was extraordinary. We were truly included and treated as family.
The UTA grew from the need for unity and professionalism within the taxidermy industry. In art, unity occurs when all of the elements combine to make a balanced, harmonious, complete whole. The UTA creates that unity, a place for all individuals to come together for the betterment of the industry and those that support it.
It’s no coincidence that the UTA starts with You! Be a part of the most positive new force in taxidermy. Join the United Taxidermist Association today. www.unitedtaxidermyassociation.com
May 1, 2009 | Brenda Duvall
We Stand Together
The United Taxidermist Association is an international organization with thousands of members worldwide. We have no boundaries. Our vision is to unite, promote, and champion the needs of taxidermists and those that support and strengthen us where ever we are.
The Kansas State Taxidermist Association was the host of the first UTA membership meeting at their annual convention held in Hutchinson, Kansas March 20-21, 2009. It is the current UTA policy to hold its annual meetings in conjunction with a State show as a purposeful effort to bring our help and program to you rather than the other way around. If your State has an interest in this please contact us.
The doors to the convention opened at 2:00 p.m. and the first UTA seminar started at 3:00. Ken Walker presented ―Mounting a Life-size Stone Sheep. It was a how-to on everything involved with the mounting process of a sheep. The seminar was well attended with many questions asked and answered and, yes, a lot of sewing. There were still people in the room talking and sewing past 10:00 p.m.
UTA set up and staffed some supply company booths in the vendor area. Revolution Forms out of Wisconsin and Matuska Supply out of Iowa both sent materials and supplies for the attendees to look through and purchase. This was extremely well received with the Kansas show members and the vendors. It is just one of the services the UTA hopes to provide when attending state conventions.
It was also exciting to watch the people who were attending a show for the first or second time, picking through the different supplies, and knowing how it would be beneficial in their shop - like kids in a candy store.
A fantastic time was to be had by all at the Saturday evening Awards banquet. The buffet was top notch. The entertainment was even better. Kansas has a wonderful group of people that like to have a good time. President Dennis Schumacher, and Master of Ceremonies Cory Foth did a great job of accepting the ―Special Awards‖ presented to them. Cindy Cunningham gave an extremely generous donation to her state and purchased UTA memberships for all the members of the Kansas Association. Everyone walked away a winner. Our own Ken Bauman won numerous awards as well.
The first UTA annual membership meeting was held at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. The room was full. The Board explained in more detail the mission and direction the UTA was heading. Reports were made by various committee members, financial information shared and goals for the coming year were dis-cussed. Numerous questions were asked and answered with nothing but positive energy and cooperation voiced. There were persons present from adjacent States who indicated they would take the information home and recruit their State‘s participation based on what they saw in Kansas. The meeting concluded at 10:20am.
The Kansas Taxidermist Association was a premier host and extremely accommodating. The facility selected was excellent, the competition well attended and the results complimentary The UTA will be traveling to another Midwest Show for its 2nd annual meeting next year. Be looking for the date and time. We look forward to meeting and talking with all of you.