The 52nd ISTA Convention and rendezvous is history and was a great success. Tom Morelock handle the majority of the planning and did an admirable job. We had twice the number of people attend as last year and almost twice the number of votes cast. It is great to see members exercise their right to vote. On teh question of whether to stay in Tipton, IN, the majority voted YES. The Board took it all under advisement, and looked at several other Fairgrounds. ALL of those fairgrounds wanted at least twice what we are paying for at Tipton. Therefore the Board elected to hold next year's 53rd ISTA Convention and Rendezvous at Tipton, once again. The dates will be Sept. 12 & 13, 2014. A successful event could not happen without member participation. As I wrote, Tom Morelock oversaw the qwhole event and was assisted by Beaverfoot, Tom Geisler, and Paul Waldman. Our Indoor vendors included JR & Sons, Sterling Fur Co., Hal Sullivan / Sullivan's Supply, Hoosier Trapper Supply, Reinold's, Jeff Dunlap, Volker's Wire Cubbies and suplies, INC., The Coon Whisperer, Allen Hedrick, and the NTA, FTA, FTA Chapter 7B as well as the IDNR with Wildlife Biologists Shawn Rossler. Tailgaters and outside vendors included Jeff Pask, Dave Ducy, Jerry Schilling, Sudden Valley Supply, Ickes, Jerry Anderson, Bryon Reichart, Wilbur Cook, Phil Spring, Emmert Boyer, Scott Davis and Rick Finley. Wilbur Cook is a particular friend of the ISTA. He collected donations from the following people and businesses. Leon & Denise Windschit, Scott & Terri Webb, Soup Can Coonin, Chris Ryan, Randy Kozak, John Ripple, Muskrat Central, Mike Wise, D.C.T.M., ThE Sock Guy, Dave Green, Okie Cable & Trap Supply, Chris Lenard, Jayme Johannes, Be A Trap, Mark Hanna, Trappers World, Minnesota Trappers Supply, Terry Herron, Herron Conversion KIt, Spoon Stand, Golith Furs, Porter's Trapline Lures, Bill Porter, B&D Fur Co., MW, Senior Moments Enterprise, Nuisance Animal Removal, Blu Ribbon Lures, Ann Meverden, Bryon Reichart, Jerry Anderson, Black River Dog Supplys, and Bill Kasten. Additionally, many businesses sent donations in. These donors included the Animal Hospital of Rushville, PC, BG Ranch, Southeastern Outdoor Supplies, Douglas Kampfer / Rock Cradle anchor, Milligan Brand, Minnesota Trapline Products, The Snare Shop, Blackie's Blend, PCS OutDoors, Liggett's, Jeromy & Lisa Somerfield, Maple Lane Furs, Mark Ruge, Tom Geisler, adn Demon Lures. If I missed anyone, it was not intentional. If it wasn't for all the help and donations of items, money, and time, this Convention would not have been as good as it was. I list everyone because their donations of items, money and time are what make these events so valuable to the ISTA. Oh, one last acknowledgement, we definitely cannot forget Terry Manley, representing NAFA, presenting that HUGE share check to me after the Saturday Membership Meeting. WOW. That money, along with the rest, will go a long ways toward helping us preserve our trapping priviledge and heritage.
I will try to run down the names of the trapping contest winners.
Also, the winners of the Dunn Knives and the guns.
I have just been too busy with other things to get this published. We could really use some help to lighten the load, but till then, I will get things on as I can.
NEXT year's 53rd ISTA Convention and Rendezvous has been set for Sept. 12 & 13, 2014 at the Tipton County 4-H Fairgrounds, located at 1200 S. Main St. (SR 19), Tipton, IN 46072.
That's it for now.
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Fred "DR" Philips, DVM