Open Letter to NYSTA membership
On Saturday, February 10th, at the quarterly BOD meeting, I was nominated to fill the unexpired term of Vice-President, by past president, Jim Carmody. I accepted the nomination, and I will also be running unopposed for our upcoming elections held in April, for a full term as the NYSTA VP. With this position also comes the job of Convention Chairman for our annual NYSTA convention held in Herkimer each Labor Day weekend. I know this is going to be a huge undertaking on my part, but I believe that many hands make light work.
I want to start out by thanking Bill Swagler for his many years as NYSTA VP, and for running the conventions the past several years. And I hope that I am up to the challenge of filling his shoes, and making this years, and future conventions a success as well. I look forward to working with Bill on this transition, and listening, and taking into consideration any advice he can offer me.
I am not going to lie- this first year is going to be a trying time for me and the committee I’m going to put together. I am in hope that we give the membership and, hopefully, future members a convention that they will never forget. All I ask from everyone is that you give me your support, help, patience and understanding as I move forward. There will be changes made, but know this – it is nothing personal on mine or anyone else’s behalf, but I will be doing everything I can to satisfy everyone’s needs. However, the overall goal is to make the convention a success for NYSTA, so we can continue fighting for your right to trap in New York State! It’s that simple. If we all keep that in the back of our minds then I know that this year’s convention and all future conventions will be successful. NYSTA has many expenses, not the least of which is paying YOUR, (the membership’s) Executive Director to spend countless hours in Albany when the legislature is in session. For those of you that don’t know, Dave Leibig is our Executive Director. While all of us are enjoying our time on the trap line, Dave is busy keeping track of any legislation that comes down the pike that may threaten our rights to continue trapping here in NY.
My initial plans for this year are to get a committee together that CAN WORK TOGETHER! I can’t stress this enough! I need help from people that can work with whomever they are with, without drama. This includes getting as much help from our regional directors and county reps as possible. I am currently working on getting a list together of the different sections of the convention, where I would like to have 1 or possibly 2 people in charge, and he or she can get whoever they want to work under them. The person in charge will report to me with any concerns, or problems. Together, we will get them resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. For example: one person will be in charge of building 2, along with those who choose to work with him/her. This will include, but not be limited to – setup of the tables and chairs for the dealers that will be arriving as early as Wednesday, as well as, after the convention is over, folding up and putting away of the tables and chairs and cleaning and sweeping up the debris left behind by dealers and attendees. This is just an example of what I am expecting from each area, so that we can get it done as soon as possible, so everyone can go home in a timely manner to enjoy the remainder of their Labor Day weekend with their families. At this time, I have a few people that have stepped up to head each of the areas I have in mind, and I have a few people that I think would be a perfect fit for a certain area. I just need to reach out to them personally. Below is just a partial list of different areas where I need people to help out. This list will likely change with some additions:
Demo area – setup and teardown
Demo area – lining up people to do the demos for Thursday afternoon through Saturday.
Intercom – someone with a clear strong voice
Photographer or photographers
NYSTA booth in building 1
NYSTA booth outside of building 1 where vendors can check in and pay for their reserved space. As well as reserving spots for the following years convention.
Kids’ contests and programs
Some of these sections are already taken care of, but if someone still wants to work in that section, I can certainly put you in touch with the committee person in charge.
I hope NYSTA members from across the state will reach out to me, offering their help. When I am prepared to have a meeting with committee members, it will likely be held at the fairgrounds in the fair office. To make this easier on people that live far away, and are planning on being at the convention, and would like to help, I’m planning on being able to do a zoom meeting. This should make things much more convenient for members that may live 3 or 4 hours away. I have some ideas that I’m pondering, but I’m not ready to divulge them yet. I think I’d rather have a committee established first, and then discuss it with those members first.
I look forward to hearing from many of you, and as I stated earlier, please have patience and understanding with me. Any and all help & support will be greatly appreciated. My phone numbers are below, as well as my email address.
Yours for the future of trapping,
convention chairman, and NYSTA VP
518-605-0569 – cell
518-203-7557 – home
Email address: email@example.com
The New York State Trappers Association
Dedication, Preservation, Conservation and Education.
We are an association comprised of men, women and children who are dedicated to protecting and preserving our heritage as well as the tradition of trapping in the State of New York. To ensure that, NYSTA employs a full time lobbyist who actively engages the legislators on our behalf in Albany. Our members have shown their support and loyalty by proving time and again that they are willing to stand up and let their voices be heard on issues that affect their right to trap.
New York has a long, rich history with the fur trade. When the Europeans first came to North America, they depended on our plentiful furbearer resources. It is one of the major reasons for the early settlements here. Albany, formally known as Beaverwyck, still to this day has a picture of a beaver cutting down a tree on its official seal. This image and former name attest to the volume of fur that came from and through this area, as well as the significant role trapping played in the development of New York. Today, we strive to preserve this long, rich history and we whole heartily look for opportunities to share and pass this cherished legacy on to others, especially the younger generations.
Trapping is one of the most important conservation tools available today. Thanks to sound wildlife management over the years, large populations of furbearers still exist. The New York State Trappers Association works closely with the Department of Environmental Conservation on all aspects of furbearer populations. We work very hard to ensure this renewable, natural resource remains healthy and is not depleted.
Our association is full of trappers and trapping instructors who willing give their time, for free, to educate the public. Numerous classes are given all over the state, demonstrations are done, conventions take place and statewide we have 17 affiliate groups. All of us are passionate about teaching and educating the public on the benefits of trapping. We want everyone to have a better understanding of why trapping is a necessary conservation tool. We also want people everywhere to learn how and why trapping contributes to healthy environments and continued renewable, healthy furbearer populations.