Dear Fellow Members,
This is my ﬁrst message to the Association as your Vice President. Many of you came to know me through my activity with Door Prizes, donations and rafﬂes in the past. I’ve had the distinct pleasure to converse and get to know many of you since joining back around 2000. It is an honor to ﬁll this role in the interim until the February elections. As an appointee, I was again honored to receive your votes from those of you at the Rendezvous. I appreciate your vote of conﬁdence and will work to ﬁll the big shoes that Troy vacated. I know I won’t be doing any auctioneering, but there is much to be done prior to our upcoming 2018 anniversary and the 2018 State Championships.
The Rendezvous was a wonderful time. I have got to hand it to Mike and Lori Orthober for their diligent efforts for a successful event. Thank you also to the many members, wives, and kids that lent a hand to make for a huge success. I was not able to make last year and was amazed how many activities were available for fun and social activity. I couldn’t put down the shotgun from Sporting Clays, to Trap and Wobble Clay, to Skeet on both Friday and Saturday. The Saturday Fish Boil was a real treat. The museum tour was fascinating with Mike Orthober’s explanation of his in-depth artistic seasonal taxidermy expression on permanent display. Wow!
I have got to hand it to all the Live Taxidermy presenters and Artists who contributed their time to share tips and techniques. Live mounting included everything from deer heads, otter, ducks, and ﬁsh. The competition was a great opportunity to walk away with some additional learning and perhaps a ribbon or two. I very much encourage participation for next year’s Rendezvous again in Door County.
I want to thank all the special committee members’ involvement. Thanks everyone on the board for your efforts to keep the WTA a huge success. Don’t hesitate to recommend membership to other taxidermists near you. You can surely promote the many beneﬁts of membership including; education, tips, mentoring, artistic expertise, camaraderie, supply savings and discounts, competition, and professional involvement in your business. Do call or volunteer if you have a special talent or interest in getting involved and helping out on one of the committees or activities.
This writing brings with it best wishes and good luck for the late summer and autumn hunting seasons in addition to any late season ﬁshing. Might I remind all to get on the DNR site for those special tags; Spring Turkey, Bear, Trapping, Sturgeon Spearing, and whatever other tags you may be interested in. Be safe aﬁeld and do take a child or two with you. Happy times aﬁeld!
Keeping the Tradition Alive, Joe McGrath