I am so proud of the direction the membership is going with this NTA mess. I just read an email from a wife of a past NTA board member and it stirred so many buried memories in my mind. I am proud that Fred and Harry have fought this battle and that they have the belief and the resources to follow though to make the board and the ED stand up or shut up. I am so proud to see so many members support them and want a change of leadership in the NTA. Danny and I support and have supported every move that has been made in that direction. With that said, after reading that email, I could not help but remember how our friend and her husband were treated at the hands of some members of the NTA board and the ED and his wife. Then I thought about the board member who had a taxidermy school and approached the board with an idea about raising money by having official NTA sponsorships such as what they have in NASCAR and other sports and I was there when the board voted to grant him official NTA status for his business. He jumped the gun and announced it earlier than they wanted and all hell broke loose. They said he was wrong and crucified him for his actions. The next meeting they tried to remove him from office for not paying his dues by January 1. They acted like the vote never took place. It did. It passed and the board lied to the membership about it. As far as the dues- we never paid our dues by January 1. Never, well, maybe once in 15 years. When Danny was nominated for the board, he had not paid his dues. He was elected. No one said one word. He paid his dues when he registered for the convention that year, which would have been in May or June. By that time, he had already won the election. It was only after his 1st board meeting when he saw the way the board worked and he was far from the ‘yes’ man they thought he was, that the issue of when dues were paid came into play. There was the female board member who was sexually harassed in a board meeting and it was seen by all and the ethics director said there was no reason for him to be reprimanded for his actions. I could go on and on listing this kind of abuse brought on to members of the board by other members of the board but it’s not worth digging up all the hurt. The fact remains, the NTA ED and board members destroyed livelihoods and lives of respectable people. They did not care about whom they hurt and they hid behind God’s good word. They convinced others that they were right in their beliefs and that good people were bad. This is what made NTA board members revolt. They did this for you, NTA members. You deserved an organization that was for you, taxidermist and taxidermy. This status quo of the NTA was not delivering this for the membership. I am embarrassed to say, we were followers at one time. We were blinded by the light. There were heroes before the board Danny was involved in. Jan Van Hoesen, Roger Martin, Sally Dahmes, Tommy Ray and others. They tried to change the flow of destruction but they too were turned away. The board of 2006 or 7, I can’t remember when all hell broke loose and I threw everything away that would remind me, was a determined bunch. They fought so hard for the membership to stop the cancer but it wasn’t enough. Some resigned and those that didn’t were slammed with the fraudulent four letter. Can you imagine if a letter full of untruths was sent to people all over the United States about you and your family? I was a part of that letter and I can tell you it was hurtful. It caused problems with my job and my self esteem but it didn’t do anything to me that it did to some of the taxidermists and families that were listed in that letter. It changed lives forever. Some will never recover. How terrible it was for someone to take it upon themselves to do something like that. And that my friends, was your NTA at its finest. My point of this post is this-my email from our friend today made me contemplate where all this renewed support of Fred and Harry and the oust of the board members and the Crains has come from, and I applaud it. But, there are people who deserve a public apology from some that have seen the light. Six or 7 years ago when the board from which I speak had a majority to vote Greg out of office, some turned coat. JJ had a change of heart and backed out and Joel Edwards had his first chance at being a yes man. Funny thing about it, some that were convinced that Danny and other were wrong- now are backing the movement to make the changes. Nothing has changed, it’s all the same. I believe it’s because they know the law is coming and they don’t want to be held responsible for the actions of the board. If you were a member and you were told what was going on and you chose to ignore it, you are responsible. Oh happy day! I’m not picking on John, he and I have discussed this and he is truly sorry for his decisions. George Roof was no better but has since realized the damage they have done and the mistakes he made. Correct George? There are those of you out there right now that thought some of these people were malcontents, low life’s, troublemakers, etc. but now you have changed your mind. That does not help those that have suffered. You turned your back on them. You stopped ordering forms from them. You talked bad in private conversations and not so private conversations about them and their lives have changed because of you. You owe these people an apology. It maybe won’t change their lives but then, maybe it will. Tonight when you lay down to bed- give a heads up to these people- Jan Van Hoesen, Roger Martin, Tommy Ray, Steve Faechner, Dan Reinhardt, Brenda Devall, Manny Chavez, Tony Finazzo, Danny Owens, Barb and John Lager, and others that I am sure I have forgotten- and I am truly sorry for that and feel free to please add your names because we celebrate you!