Two meets down and several more to go.... Ready or not the 2018 field meet season has arrived. Last month I sent my president's update from Swift Current, Canada while attending the Saskatchewan Falconry Association 60th Anniversary Field Meet. It bears repeating eh, those Canucks displayed some impressive, high quality falconry. I had an incredible time and am extremely grateful for their incredible hospitality. As promised, mums the word, your secrets are safe with me.
Almost immediately following my trip to Canada I ventured north to Rock Springs, Wyoming for 2018 Eagle Meet. If you've ever hand the slightest interest in eagle falconry, this meet is a must attend. Game numbers may have been down this year but the camaraderie, the social aspect of eagle falconry, and the folks in attendance make these meets a great time. Mike Barker and his incredible field meet committee, Anne Price, Carina Woodruff, Rich Howard, Chase Delles, John Coffman, and Rocky Connell, planned and executed another phenomenal field meet. The evening speakers were very informative and the silent auction was incredible and very fruitful. Eagle falconry in the US has it's challenges, but the eagle falconers who attend these meets are doing all they can to keep it alive and well in the US and help make it accessible to more falconers.
2018 NAFA Field Meet
In just a few weeks, 31 days to be precise (December 2nd-7th), we'll be meeting in Lubbock for NAFA's 56th annual field meet. Please don't forget to take a few minutes to pre-register, before November 10th, to ensure you receive that early bird discount.
Brandi Nickerson and Corey Roelke are organizing a great meet and have put together a fantastic schedule of events. The following tentative schedule is just a hint of what's going on:
Sunday, December 2
Welcome reception sponsored by the Texas Hawking Association
Monday, December 3
Vendor Appreciation Night and Vendor Raffle
Tuesday, December 4
Wednesday, December 5
Shrimp Boil hosted by Chris Comeaux - noon
Evening speaker – Adam Chavez - Bird Abatement
Thursday, December 6
Evening speaker – Group presentation by the attendees of the International Falconry Festival in Abu Dhabi
Friday, December 7
Banquet keynote speaker – Steve Chindgren
This year’s raffle coordinator is Krys Langevin. If you would like to donate to the raffle this year, please get in touch with Krys at 817-528-9743 or email@example.com. NAFA depends on the generosity of members and vendors to have a good raffle that helps fund all of our other operations through the year, so any donation is welcome.
Our vendor coordinator is Mario Nickerson. If you would like to sell items in the vendor space, please contact Mario at 817-751-5775 or Dirthawking@yahoo.com.
As some of you saw on our official public Facebook page, Chris Comeaux has graciously offered to do the shrimp boil again this year; hopefully, you can make it to what is always a fun event.
Brandi has been working hard on procuring meet shirts, pins, swag and all the little details leading up to the meet. Below are a few pictures of the zipper front hoodie, t-shirt, and hat that will be available. Please try to pre-order yours, we usually sell out early.
Corey has been doing some serious land acquisition and I've heard he's already secured permission on over 9000 acres of land to hunt.
Last but not least and if you needed yet another reason to attend this year field meet, the very talented Bryan Kimsey will be entertaining attendees during vending time. .
As always, if you have any questions about the meet please contact either Brandi Nickerson (940-507-0333) or Corey Roelke at 817-575-7256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
REGISTER TODAY: https://www.n-a-f-a.com/event/2018NAFAMeet
Refreshed NAFA Website and Online Weathering Yard
Website Redesign - If you haven't noticed yet, please take a moment to check out the redesigned NAFA home page. Thanks to the creative abilities of Hawk Chalk and Journal Editor Dan Milner, who worked with our membership management software provider, YourMembership, to redesign and deploy a new and redesigned NAFA website. Most importantly, the new website is significantly more mobile and tablet friendly.
Online Weathering Yard - As an organization, communication and sharing of timely information is important. To better facilitate membership engagement NAFA has rolled out a new member's online community that we fondly call the 'Online Weathering Yard'. To access this new community simply login in using your member ID and password and you'll be presented with the new NAFA Weathering Yard community pages. In time it's our hope that members will use this new and exciting tool to reach out to other falconers either in their own backyard or around the world.
We are also pleased to announce that the new NAFA Online Weathering Yard member community is now available on your mobile devices and desktop or via a downloadable app called SocialLink. This brand new way to easily connect with fellow members, share information across the NAFA online network, register for meets, pay your membership dues, and manage your membership preferences provides members all the self service features you could ever want or need. Finding member information and updates has never been easier thanks to this exciting new enhancement!
To download the app on your mobile phone or another device:
Direct links: Google play store | Apple store
OR search “SocialLink” in the app store on your mobile phone or other device and download.
To login to the app, you use the same membership login from the NAFA website.
Once logged in it will ask you to confirm some of your personal preferences for the app – you can always go back and adjust these later.
We encourage you to stay logged in to the app for easy access, however, if you do choose to sign out the app will remain on your mobile phone or another device. If you have issues logging back in, clear the cache on your phone.
This is a membership directory on your phone! Make friends, manage groups, post pictures, ask questions, this is a true membership engagement tool that I hope you will all take the time to learn about and enjoy.
*This community and app is available to current NAFA members only and requires a member login to access. To become a member, click here.
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Finally, in closing......... Always remember...... "Our differences as falconers make us stronger, but falconry is what unites us! Falconry makes us family!"
Thank you all for your continued support!
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