Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance
By Liz Ging, HTDA Secretary
P.O. Box 93, Batesville, IN 47006-0093
May 2013 Article
Hello Hoosier Hunters!! Spring is well on its way, Easter was here and gone and now we are looking forward to Mother’s Day and Memorial Day and those leaves on the trees!!
February was busy for the HTDA. On February 9th, we held our annual banquet at Western Howard Conservation Club in Peru, IN. At 5:00PM doors opened for our guests and approximately 6:00PM past-president Jeff Morgan welcomed our members and guests. Tammy Newlin was presented with a plaque for their club for hosting the banquet and she discussed some of their upcoming events and their appreciation for the opportunity in hosting the event. Prayer was given by Western Howard Conservation Club and HTDA member Glen Weaver, followed by a wonderful dinner. After dinner, Liz Ging gave a brief presentation of the year-in-review of the 2012 HTDA activities. Chris Powell followed Liz with presentations of the Mack Watson Legacy Award to Don Bonsett; the Wounded Warrior awards to Parke County Coonhunters Association, Brazil Coonhound and Field Trial Inc., and Deer Creek Coon Hunters Inc. for hosting the 2- day event to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project; and the Conservation Officer of the Year award to Master Conservation Officer, Jerry Hart from Wabash County for his services of the dog shooting in 2012. Jerry Moll followed Chris with recognition with certificates of our club sponsors in 2012. Jim Haas concluded our banquet with our annual auction. Thank you again to all of our 2012/2013 sponsors; and all guests and members who purchased auction items.
February 15-17th the HTDA headed to Indianapolis to the Deer, Turkey, & Waterfowl Expo in conjunction with the Boat, Sport, & Travel Show at the Fair Grounds. We had a wonderful weekend promoting HTDA, handing out Don’t Shoot My Dog posters, answering questions, doing demonstrations, and allowing everyone to pet the dogs. It was a positive experience for HTDA and great publicity to educate the public.
On March 19, the board of directors held a meeting. Some of the highlights of the meeting in old business Jeff Morgan gave a report to a follow-up discussion at our previous meeting. On that particular Tuesday (March 19, 2013), Morgan had gone to a meeting in Indianapolis to discuss the spring squirrel season. At this time it is being discussed to consider an addition to squirrel season either before or after spring turkey season. It is still in discussion and if passed at stage one, will be open for public comment. Other old business consisted of our banquet, Banquet discussion was the next item of old business. Our banquet in February, everyone was happy with. The board agreed, the food was excellent, the auction was a success and the hospitality from the Peru club was very welcoming. For our next year’s banquet, it was discussed about allowing another Coonhunters club host the banquet and each year allow a new club to host the banquet. This would enable the HTDA to work around the state each year; if any HTDA club is interested in hosting the 2013 HTDA banquet; they are welcome to nominate themselves and need to contact Jerry Moll (812)212-1619. In new business, Liz Ging reported t-shirts have been selling great; and that before our next big event HTDA will need to purchase more short sleeved t-shirts for adults. Long sleeved camouflage shirts and youth t-shirts are in stock at this point. It was discussed to change the color of the adult size t-shirts; and it was voted and agreed upon to change the color of the adult t-shirts to pink, gray, and blue. Youth t-shirts will remain the fluorescent yellow and orange.
This year HTDA will be sending 2 youth to the Karl Kelley camp and 1 youth to the Backwater Legacy camp. A child is eligible for camp if they are a relative to an HTDA member. The Karl Kelley camp is located northern Indiana and is a summer camp program that will educate youth about conservation of natural resources. This camp experience is open to any boy or girl that has completed the fifth or sixth grade in the preceding school year. For more information, please visit http://icoo.com/home/. The Backwater Legacy camp is located in Ellettsville, Indiana. This is a 4-year academy that will educate youth about outdoor recreation. This camp experience is open to any boy or girl ages 9-16 years of age. The camp is June 10-14 and June 17-21. For more information, please visit http://backwaterlegacies.org/. If any HTDA member is interested in sending a youth relative to either of these camps; please send inquiries to Liz Ging at firstname.lastname@example.org or (765)265-1522. If there are more participants than there is availability; HTDA will request the child to write an essay of why HTDA should consider their eligibility. Any youth participant wanting to be considering, must have inquiries to Liz Ging no later than May 1st to attend camps.
If any club would like to host an event, host a youth day, or get more involved, please contact a director to get you started in the right direction. The website is still up and running. Please check out pictures and comments on the forum. Also, “Like” us on Facebook. Good luck at the hunts, shows, and trials and until next time, see ya in the woods.