All of us here at the UTA hope that you and your families are doing well. This has definitely been a difficult year for our industry and the entire economy as well. As I write this letter, I have a great amount of hope going forward that we are coming out of this pandemic and the world can return to some sense of normalcy. As some of our states still have restrictions, some associations with early show dates have canceled or rescheduled their shows for later in the year. The UTA will post an updated list of state show schedules soon.
You can still help your State Association by reaching out to taxidermists you may know in your area who are not members of your state association. Be an advocate for the value and the benefits of tapping into the educational opportunities, competition and networking that is so important to the growth of the individual and the industry.
Let's also remember our vendors as they continue to meet the demands of our orders and their desire to serve us, even with limited staffing. Some of them are struggling too, while many of us still continue to work and need their help. We thank them for their dedication to keeping us going and fulfilling our orders in the best timeframe. As a UTA member, you receive discounts from many of these vendors. Please take advantage of these discounts, as this is one of the terrific benefits we have as members.
Remember to stay safe during these times . We wish you all a great spring and lots of work!
Chair of UTA BOD
Stacy Smith owns Pure Luck Taxidermy in Odessa, Missouri
Stacy Smith is the winner of our membership drawing! Anyone who joined or renewed their UTA membership from Jan. 1 through May 14 was entered into the drawing, which was held on May 15, 2021.
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