* ESTABLISHED 1983 *

Michigan Taxidermist Association

One of the Nations Largest Taxidermy Associations

 

Get Ready For Upcoming
Meetings & Events:

May 16th 2021
Board Meeting

Via ZOOM

June 12th (Tenative)

MTA Summer Picnic and Mini Comp (Upland Game Birds)
@ Jean Rolls Farm
Perry MI

August 13th-15th
2021 MTA Competition and Convention
Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
More information will be coming soon!

Fall Membership Meeting
TBD

Winter Membership Meeting
TBD

2022 MTA Competition and Convention
Possibly May? TBD


I'd like to thank the membership and board for the support as your new President. I'd also like to thank John and Kathy Proctor, and previous board members for their hard work over the last year. We have a lot of work ahead of us as a board, and I see some really exciting things coming in the near future. Stay tuned! Feel free to contact me through messenger, email, or phone with any ideas or concerns.

Rob Benson
President
rbenson6248@gmail.com
(231)519-0434

The meeting on March 14th was a huge sucess! It was nice getting to see everyone again! I think everthing from the venue, to the seminars and all the offerings from the auctions were well received. Contact info has been updated with your new Officers and Board. The Auctions brought in over $2000!!! Way to support the MTA! We had a great turn out for the mini competition too. Jayson Clark won the championship round with his awesome bobcat mount! Congrats Jay! We will be posting photos and video soon!

Thank you all!

Kelly Agren

Secretary



MICHIGAN TAXIDERMIST ASSOCIATION
Winter/Spring Membership Meeting & Election
March 14th 2021 @ 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

SOARING EAGLE RESORT & CASINO
6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858

MASKS ARE REQUIRED NO EXCEPTIONS By Soaring Eagle
Meeting will be held in the BLACK RIVER & SWAN CREEK rooms.
RENEWALS AND NEW MEMBERSHIPS:
You must be a 2021 member of the MTA in order to vote in the election. Kathy will be available before the meeting to take renewals and new memberships. Please be there at 11:30 am

ITINERARY:
Board & Membership Meeting Starts at @ 12:30 p.m.
MTA Fundraising Auction after meeting
Election to Follow
Break for those wishing to eat
Multiple Mini Seminars will be set up around the room.
NEW Board Meeting will proceed after the Seminars
If you would like to run for a board or officer position please reach out to Kelly Agren to have your name added to the ballot by March 5th.
More Election details in the Election Flyer included below.

Food is available at the casino to purchase.
We will take a short break for anyone wishing to eat at the casino.
No outside food is allowed.


AWARD PRESENTATION! Any earned awards that would have been presented during our 2020 Competition will be given out during the membership meeting!

BY-LAW REVISIONS - These will be presented and a vote by the membership will be taken .

MINI COMP: This time we're doing something new! Multiple Categories and Prizes!!

Birds, Fish, Mammals, Deer & Gameheads!! Single 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons awarded in each category. The 4 1st place winners will then enter the Championship round. Best overall will be crowned the 2021 MTA Mini Competition Champion!! An awesome plaque will be awarded! Entries in the mini comp can still compete in the regular competition.

FOR SALE/SWAP – Bring your items you want to sell!

AUCTION – We have items donated from our Sponsored Suppliers that will be auctioned off. Bring just your taxidermy related items to donate this time. This is a great way to help support the MTA and raise money!

SILENT AUCTION - We have “Days in the Shop”, BB GUNS and many other great things that will be included in our silent auction. Silent auction will run the length of the meeting.

SEMINARS – MULTIPLE MINI SEMINARS!!! Tables will be spaced out around the room so that viewers can spread out and bounce around to different ones! If time allows some seminars may be repeated. See Seminar list below!

TANNERY PICK UP - K&K TANNERY Will be available to pick up hides. If for some reason K&K can't physically be there John Proctor will deliver! Existing customers of K&K ONLY at this time. Space is on a first come first serve basis. Please have short boxes that will fit under a Tonneau cover just in case.  Include your K&K Packing forms in your box.
K&K Will be leaving at 12:30pm so get there early!

SUPPLIES- Joe Miles from Wildside Outdoors
Joe Miles is taking supply orders. You must contact Joe a week prior to the meeting for specific items. He may have some extras of things at the meeting for sale as well. His price list will go out with the emailed version of this flyer as well as posted on the website. www.michigantaxidermist.com


S E M I N A R S
If time allows, some seminars will be on repeat so people can float around.

Don Gadillie - Antler-tine repair
Doug Aven - Painting Whitetail noses
Kyle McClure -  Whitetail antler sets and eyes
Mike Lagorio - New Adhesive product demos
Steve Zanin- Sculpting WT earbutts in clay
Wendi Johnson will be bringing a Dream Makers Mount/PATH ½ bear for anyone to watch


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
The MTA has experienced an unbelievable time since the shut down in March of 2020.  But the Board and Officers have continued to work on your behalf to keep the MTA strong.  Meetings have been difficult due to restrictions, but our March meeting is going to take place because it's at a Tribal Casino with their rules.  We've planned seminars, auction items and vendors to make it a great event.

I regret that we were unable to thank John Crabb in 2020 for his work as President and I was looking forward to a prosperous year as President after serving many years on the Board.  My best wishes go with the new Officers and Board, building on what has been established by previous Board and Officers.  

John Proctor

President


Hope to see everyone there!




It's time for the…
2021 MTA Officer and Board Election!
Election will be held at the Membership Meeting on March 14th at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort starting at 12:00pm

Officer and Board Positions:

President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Membership Coordinator
(appointed by the President)
Board Member

You must be a 2021 member of the MTA in order to vote in the election. Kathy will be available at 11:30am prior to the meeting for renewals.
Special Considerations regarding the 2021 term:

There is the possibility of planning two shows this year-finances regarding hotels will be discussed.
We are changing the number of Board Member positions from
10 members down to 8.

If you would like to run for an Officer or Board Member position please reach out to Kelly Agren to have your name added to the ballot by March 5th.

Electronic Ballots will be available for those who can not attend the meeting. To vote electronically you must still be a 2021 member. If you can not attend the meeting but would like to vote, payment for your membership must be received by March 7th. You must let Kelly know of your desire for an Electronic Ballot along with a valid email for each member. Each email can only submit 1 vote (Single Memberships include 1 vote & Family Memberships include 2 votes)!
Electronic Ballots will be open from March 8th-12th

Kelly Agren: 989-370-3806 or agrensanimalartistry@hotmail.com


2021 MTA Officer and Board Election Ballot:
Any member can run for any position
As of 03-01-2021

PRESIDENT:

ROB BENSON
Previous Board


VICE PRESIDENT:
MARC SKUTT
VP/Previous Board


SECRETARY:
KELLY AGREN
Sec/Previous Board


TREASURER:
ELAINE UNRATH
New


MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR:
(to be appointed by the President)


BOARD MEMBERS:
ROBERT SLOGERIS-Returning
JEFF AGREN-Returning

COURTNEY BARBER-Returning

KYLE MCLURE-New

DOUG AVEN-New
TRAVIS WALLE-Naw
KANDI NICHOLS-New
MIKE LAGORIO-New