Here we go..... Jim Kimball rocking the boat again... Lets start with a good note... Hats off to John Janelli and his commendable contributions and personal love for his and our industry. Your desire to keep us educated on the history of taxidermy is with out a doubt the most important lesson each and every young taxidermist should learn, respect and understand. For some I’m sure its hard to believe that at one time there wasn’t a supply company to call and order a form. If your not a member of the NTA you're missing out on a wonderful article in the latest Outlook that I'm referring too.. Your work on the Conservation Committee is LONG OVERDUE... And I had to chuckle a little when I read your opening line to the article, John. Its really to bad that you were shunned by the President one year ago when you were asked to be part of this same type of committee to combat the CWD concerns. All I know is that you were the right person then and you will do a fine job now for each and every taxidermist out there. On to the rocking.... I was setting in on the board meeting in Billings, along with many other members when a motion was put on the table for the board members to have a conference call meeting in September... It was passed.... But it did NOT happen... Mr. President why is this ?? And please don't use the excuse of "not enough board members available for the call." During this same board meeting a motion was put on the table for a committee to be formed to advertise for the up coming Executive Director position that will be available soon.... It was passed... Also advertising was to begin with the next Outlook publication... Guess what the new Outlook is in my hands and there is no ad. Mr. President why has this not happened. You are the one to appoint such a committee... Has this happened, are they the ones to blame for dropping the ball ?? Its really to bad you didn’t have the phone conference meeting in September so that the minutes from this July meeting in Billings could of been approved and published in this issue of the Outlook. So that all the members that are reading this could refer to them and read what I’m talking about. Also during this same call maybe the board could of discussed the NTA Sate Affiliation concerns the membership has, and just maybe the NTA wouldn’t of lost the most recent support of the state of Colorado. It makes absolutely no since that the membership has to wait until after a February board meeting to read the minutes from a July meeting. And please the excuse of "that's the way its always been done"..... Guess what change is a good thing.. Also during this conference meeting call that was passed by the BOARD and should of been carried out by the PRESIDENT... The board could of discussed the recent election and the cloud that hangs over it.. Like members receiving there ballots late..... Also members receiving multiple ballots... What’s up with that Mr. President ?? Getting the highest number of votes really dosn't mean much when you know that at least one member received multiple ballots... Lets move onto the Presidents message in the Outlook....the quote is “ The NTA Convention Competition and Trade show, as well as state and regional shows, have provided taxidermists with top ranked judges .... I’ll stop there... I think the NTA has set a new bar when it comes to “top ranked judges”... I believe there was a top ranked judge that was hired by the NTA a few years ago... And when this judge refused to write politically correct comments on the score sheet he was fired !!! And to replace him, a group was assigned to run up and down the halls of the convention center to find someone to be a replacement judge. What does this say to the competitors... If you don’t like what that judge told you, just run and find a different one.. Eventually you’ll find one that will tell you what you want to hear... To heck with learning, I want my BLUE RIBBON to hang on my wall.. Especially one of those big ones that say National Taxidermy Association on it... I believe as a member of the NTA its time we remind our board members what there duty as a board member is..... Listen to the concerns of the membership and do there best to carry them out... They also need to hold the president accountable, when a motion is passed it needs to be carried out... Also remember they “the board members” are the ones that control the ship, and the president is there to steer it in the direction THE BOARD sets... There should be more to this organization then just planning for the next convention... If anyone is wondering...... Our president has blocked my e-mail address and I couldn't e-mail him directly, so I figured this would be the best forum to relay my concerns as a member to other members of this non-for-profit organization.. And I’m sure after this I to will be banished from the NTA similar to what they did to Mr. Janelli years ago when he to was out spoken. Have a good one... And of course this was all said “Tongue and cheek” PS... Please, after reading this don’t take it as me making a personal attack on anyone or thing... I’m just a member of an association that has concerns with the way it is run. I’ve sat in on meetings and heard motions get passed and these motions just get swept under the rug.... What little I know about organizations, meetings and boards, this action is not acceptable and needs to be addressed. This is a public taxidermy forum ... It was suggested to me to write a complaint and send it to the ethics department.... but just like un-popular motions, un-popular complaints get swept under the rug..