Rendezvous 2006 was a great success with many trappers present along with their families and a significant number of young folks. The The pictures are starting to come in and they will accumulate on this website where they will be stored as part of our continuing history and heritage. The winners of the pie contest on Saturday were Sandra Burnham for 1st prize, Maryanne Jefferson for 2nd prize, and Eli Coponen for 3rd prize. On Sunday we had the Annual Fall Business Meeting of the NHTA which involved many aspects. The winning raffle tickets were drawn for gun winners and their names are posted on the HOME page of this website. The gun raffle is the largest fund raising mechanism utilized by NHTA and therefore the top sellers are recognized and given prizes. As is often the case Loyd White was the top seller, followed by Rubin Parker , and then Bill Bailey.
Conservation Coordinator, Eric Weil of the Student Conservation Association was on hand to explain their program to our membership and accept an educational fur kit donated by the NHTA.
Roger Burnham who presently serves as both the Membership Director and the Secretary has been with the NHTA since his youth. Roger served as President in 1995 and 1996. In recognition of his long and faithful service to NHTA the membership is proud to have him inducted into the NHTA Hall of Fame as the fourteenth individual so recognized. Roger's father Francis Burnham was one of the original founders of NHTA, served as President for eight consecutive years 1955-1962 as was the second person inducted into the Hall of Fame. It is a first to have both a father and son listed as NHTA Hall of Fame Trappers. Roger is shown here displaying his plaque and shaking hands with Gary Speed the Nomination Committee Chairman.
All during the weekend the kids in our crowd found activities to keep them interested and engaged. Perhaps the most enjoyed activity was a chance to throw the ball at a set traps hanging in front of a bear target. Each time a trap was set off the contestant won a brand new trap. Some of the youngsters went home with three or more new traps, and most won at least one.
The Octave Delude Award is not presented every year and is reserved for an individual, company, or organization that has provided exemplary service for the NHTA. This year that award was presented to Maryanne Jefferson for all of her fine service to assist our organization to produce a fine Fall Program booklet, prepare the Secretary's minutes for dissemination, and other beneficial services.
And last but not the least we had the passing of the gavel from the outgoing President Mel Liston to the new President, Dwight Pennell. The NHTA has been well served by a long list of volunteer Presidents who have been willing and able to take a turn in this position of responsibility. We are grateful for them all.
Wes Charles not only became a life member this year but was also recognized as the 2006 NHTA Trapper of the Year. Wes is shown here receiving his plaque from Gary Speed who was the Chairman of the Nominating Committee this year.