On the off year of the UTA Expo the UTA holds their annual members meeting in conjunction with a state association convention. The UTA provides hospitality services on "Meet & Great" night and seminars or judges at no cost to help the host association with their convention. This year the UTA members meeting was held at the North Carolina Taxidermist Associations annual convention in August. As do most associations NCTA had their fund raising live auction on Friday night of the convention. NCTA had an offshore fishing trip donated to the auction and it was bought by Mr. Craig Lewis, former UTA Chairman. Craig also bought a very nice rod and reel during the auction. Craig then donated the fishing trip and gear back to NCTA to award to the highest scoring Youth Division mount in the NCTA competition. Here are photos of Miss Abby Shipman and her father Mike on their first offshore fishing excursion. The hard work and love of taxidermy of Abby and the generosity of Craig Lewis culminated into a great day for all. Congratulations Abby and thank you Craig !! A very special "Thank You" to everyone at NCTA for making the UTA feel very welcome at your convention !! "We Stand Together"