Minnesota Trappers Association
Incentive & Fundraising Committee (IFC)
Summer 2021 Update Report:
Almost a year ago, appointed by the board, the Incentive and Fundraising Committee (IFC) started looking into ways of generating dollars to support our general fund and work on growing association membership. Want to thank all for sending, sharing thoughts and concerns. Rest assured I’ve been taking notes for our committee meeting discussions.
The “Top Recruiter” incentive program has begun. Individuals signing up new members are asked to write their names on the membership signup cards so they can be accurately counted by our membership coordinators. At our January winter meeting in 2022 we will announce our top three recruiters. The board has approved three cash payouts. First place $100.00, second $75.00 and third place $50. Let’s all make an effort to sign up members and grow our MTA.
Another fundraising program “Antique Trappers Calendar” is moving full steam ahead. Presently our MTA board approved some dollars for startup. We have a committee presently working on layout and content. This 2022 calendar is expected to debut at the Barnum convention. We are making plans for the calendar as far out as three years. It will be our hope that each year we can add pertinent information to have this as a tool for our association. We will be contacting vendors to defray some of our startup cost. We will be selling them at a table next to the MTA booth in July. Potentially getting them into the hands of vendors to sell, get them into each district and they will be available at our winter meeting. The price of the calendar is still tentative but do me a favor start by saving up to spend at least $20 or $25 per calendar this year. If I can have 500 or more of my fellow trapper’s support this, the association will benefit greatly.
It’s great that MTA has the Newsletter magazine. It is a tool for us all to connect, and it opens doors to many that want to help but need a little direction. I have been talking to a gentleman up north that read our last IFC article. I want to give a big shout to Ed from Backus, MN. We have been talking about a body gripping setter. He’s made a prototype and it’s in my shop now for review. Here is a man that is obvious talented and found a way to share. If he had his way, I think he would love it to be mass-produced and would want it in every beaver trappers’ hand. It’s safe, easy and kid friendly. We will see where it goes from here, but it’s this type of service people can contribute that makes a difference.
Questions or concerns on any of these fundraising ideas please contact me, your chairperson, Brian Fischer 507-276-6322. I will get the information into the correct hands.
Report from April 8, 2021:
"Top Recruiter for 2021" Announcement was put into our last newsletter to make our members aware of this incentive. The plan is to announce and hand out cash awards at our winter meeting recognizing the MTA member who recruited the most new members during the year, cut off is the last day of the year, Dec.31st. First place $100, second place $75.00 and third place $50.00. The top recruiters would be listed in the newsletter, announced at our winter meeting and also acknowledge on our website and Face Book pages. To keep track of our recruiting we have asked that members write their name on the membership sign up sheet so our Membership Coordinators can keep track. If you have questions, you can contact Dave Curtis or Brian Fischer.
"Putting Your Tails to Work for the MTA" It still is in the set-up stage. We have had a person call and has collection approx. 50 tails. The market for tails appears to be down right now. Dan is asking around and digging deeper for outlets. Contact is Dan Collins
“Calendar” A calendar for 2022 season is moving forward. At present prices, quantities and content is being gathered. See below chart on info.
MTA Calendar 2021:
The above chart is assumed calendars to be $20 each.We are working on "antique trap collection pictures (recommended also by the calendar place-because it is different)We could sell advertising to pay investment (would require additional fee per calendar) (maybe start that for the 2023 year)Goal is to have it ready for our July 2021 convention.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Spring 2021 Report
We’re moving forward on some new and innovative fundraising ideas. At our last meeting on Jan 30, 2021 the Board discussed the IFC report and approved several initiatives to pursue. Several possibilities were considered including: Top Recruiter, Minnesota Book (with native animals), Beaver Tail Contest, Collector’s Trap Program, Fur Shed Program, Annual Trapping Trophy Case, Calendar and perhaps an additional Gun Raffle. The following three will be pursued at this time. All are in early stages of development at this point.
"Top Recruiter" This would be an award presented at our annual winter meeting recognizing the MTA member who recruited the most new members during the previous year. The cut off for credit would be the last day of the calendar year. For 2021 that would be Dec.31st. Cash awards have been approved at $100, $75, $50 for first through third place. Top recruiters will be recognized in the Newsletter, announced at our winter meeting, and also acknowledged on our website and Facebook platforms.
In order to simply and accurately keep a record, recruiters are asked to write their names on the membership applications as well to assist Membership Coordinators in tracking.
"Putting Your Tails to Work for the MTA" The collection and eventual sale of beaver tails with proceeds to benefit MTA is also being looked into. Most trappers are unaware of the untapped market for beaver tails for use in lure manufacturing and leather making as well. Dan Collins is leading this effort and we have a potential person in mind to help organize this as a fundraiser.
“Collector Trap Calendar Fundraiser” A calendar will be developed for 2022 that will identify and describe characteristics of various old traps worthy of your attention as collector’s items highlighting a different model each month.
These efforts are directed at generating additional dollars to support our General Fund which has been running in the red in recent years. The Board is seeking to establish a few long-term fund generating vehicles to assist in supporting Association activities.
If you have other ideas of this sort, or feel comfortable volunteering in this niche, we’d love to speak with you. Please contact Brian Fischer or any other member of this Committee.
Brian Fischer 507-276-6322 email@example.com Dan Collins firstname.lastname@example.org., Dave Curtis 320-493 0403 email@example.com, or Eric Maijala (Souvenir Coordinator) 218-385-4122 firstname.lastname@example.org