Any of you who've been here more than a day or two, know that John and I have enjoyed a tumultuous relationship over the years. I've busted his chops dozens of times and he's made me so mad I could spit, but I've never doubted John's love for the industry and the bond that the two of us seem to share. I just want it said for the record, he's still one helluva guy to have on your side. What he's done for the NTA can't be spelled out, but though he may pretend to be modest and say he doesn't want the credit, each of you needs to know that the ship was adrift and John reached out and though he was threatened with "being fired", he's managed to control the wheel and get us here. I spoke to him a couple hours ago as he was leaving the show. He gave me a recap and I was almost in tears realizing that OUR NTA is back in control of the members. I am likely to screw this up and I hope John C corrects the mistakes, but you shouldn't have to wait to hear the beauty of this. Director of the Year (chosen by the President and VP) went to EVERY FAITHFUL BOARD MEMBER PRESENT. National Taxidermists Hall of Fame inductees were the late Brian Harness and Larry Blomquist. Both Mike Orapollo and Craig Lewis were presented awards for their service to the NTA during the conversion. JJ recognized the host state association. He also donated an invaluble artifact (An elephant foot tray mounted by Carl Akeley for President Theodore Roosevelt) to Safari Club International for permanent display at their headquarters with the NTA donor lable on it. He recognized EVERYONE there and noted the contributions of the United Taxidermists Association from the podium. He told me the others he'd recognized but they were so many and we were both emotional so I FORGOT. Anyone who has a complete list, I do hope you'll post it. Neatest of all, John swore to me that for every day of the show, he wore a DRESS SHIRT, TIE, SLACKS, and DRESS SHOES. Imagine that. I'm fully aware that one person doesn't make grand things happen but I know that's it's so much easier to follow someone willing to step up in a time of crisis and LEAD. So you you, John Janelli, this post is to say THANK YOU. I just wish I'd have been there.