A little bird dropped off an email our infamous paragon of legal knowledge and NTA Board Member has sent out. As if his infamous "subpoena" at the WTC wasn't ridiculous enough, get a load of this crap. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From: [email protected] To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] Sent: 5/18/2013 3:21:49 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time Subj: A few thoughts Officers and Board Members,NTA I have come to the conclusion that it is apparent that the bulk of this assembly are not completely familiar with the tenants and specifications of the various rules of order that we as officers and board members are required by law to adhere to. The 501(c)(6) organizational requirements for such an association as ours, among it's other guidelines, is the absolute necessity to create a set of by-laws and rules of order that we are then mandated to abide by in conducting this association's business. Lately our attempts, as a Board of Directors, to maintain any sense of decorum and proper procedure in conducting this association's business has been fairly abysmal. And so I ask with all sincerity; what parts of our by-laws,code of conduct,statement of commitment, conduct responsibilities, or oaths of office do we get to choose whether or not we want to follow? Do we get together to ascertain which parts we vote to delete or change? Or do all of us even get to vote, and instead,maybe just make changes by executive fiat? If any of you think that I am writing this in order to illicit some kind of response; don't bother, I'm not. At this point in time what good would any conversation do unless you actually take the time to read and understand all of the rules and procedures that you are required to. Although, all of you did take an oath to do just that; remember? I guess all that I'm asking is for you to sit back and reflect. Do you fully realize what you have accomplished? I know most of you truly believe you are doing what you think is right, and I do fully appreciate the fact that those of you that are suppliers were threatened by some of the "talking heads" on taxidermy.net with being "black listed" unless you shared their views. However, have you considered the concerns of our members that have remained members for many years? The majority of working taxidermists that don't have the time or inclination to spend hours hiding behind a computer screen, and not just those individuals that claim they haven't been members for 6 - 7 years or more while espousing righteous indignation and claiming they haven't renewed their memberships because of what someone said or did last year or maybe the year before. Could it be that maybe a major contributing factor to membership being down just might possibly be the economy? Just like what has happened to most state associations over the past few years. Of further thought.When you find out that all the rhetoric,misunderstandings, and outright falsehoods you've been hearing and bought into, end up being just that.When you try to figure out just who among us is actually capable of "picking up the ball and running with it" less than two months out from a convention. Now....do we get to go after another target? Of course we should wait a couple of years at least to make sure that individual gets really effective at their job first.And then after destroying more people's good names and reputations we could simply fix everything with a rousing chorus line of oooops!.....sorry 'bout that. I have been a member of this association for almost more years then I can remember, and have always aspired that someday I might be as good as some of those that have preceded me, while all along truly treasuring the camaraderie, associations, and friendships I've made over those years. As I sit here now, I find myself feeling maybe a little betrayed, certainly embarrassed and for damn sure ashamed. Unfortunately I'm also entering a realm of "pissed off" that I haven't experienced in a long, long time. So before I lower myself to the level of foul language and demagoguery that quite a few of you find so appealing on taxidermy.net, I'll just sign off for now. One final thought, there appears to be quite a few of you that believe that this association, although having a few growing pains along the way, still standing strong after 40 years, now needs changing? You want to champion the desires of those who really don't like this association and never did.Now these same individuals really feel a need to join now? I believe you'll find that once thev've gotten whatever short term benefits they can from this association then it's POOF! Gone again.For those of you that take offense at reading this I apologize, I did not intend to directly offend.....but if the shoe fits? Walter "Tinker" Johnson NTA Board Member And here's MORE: From: [email protected] To: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] Sent: 5/22/2013 4:40:05 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time Subj: Letter of Protest To all officers and board members of the NTA This is a formal protest to the actions taken in this most recent board meeting and attempted actions proposed. Among the many violations to standard procedural etiquette in the conduct of this meeting there are multiple violations of our by-laws and Robert's Rules of Order which our Articles of Incorporation mandate that we follow. The very latest being the attempt to suspend elections. You absolutely can not do this in accordance with any of the provisions of our by-laws or governing prerequisites. Walter "Tinker" Johnson Steve Wolk Marylou Crabtree Dave Hale Bill Haynes Archie Phillips Board Member Immed. Past Pres. Board Member Board Member Board Member Board Member First off, he's not intelligent enough to compose a letter like that without some serious help. It sure sounds a lot like a Greg Crain copy and paste signed by a numbskull. Secondly, here's a guy espousing following guidelines after he adamantly insisted that since the NTA was a private organization, it didn't have to comply with state and federal laws. And third, this moron doesn't have a single clue as to how he's been pulling the tillar on a sinking ship for the last few years. The NTA didn't have "growing pains" it was writhing in death quivers under the watch of people who were either stealing it blind or complicit in it happening (perhaps you should read Mike Orapallo's letter where it talks of "fiduciary responsibility") That tired ass excuse of the membership declining because of the economy was used before when justification for that idiotic "affiliation" went on. You probably weren't around the association when that clusterflock was, but I sure was and it damned sure was NOT the economy. The best thing that could happen to you personally is the postponement of the election this year. That means your sorry ass can hold office one more year instead of being thrown out by a membership who's seen your competence at work. You might want to get a head start and just resign now and save the organization some money.