This is a message from Dave Trahan, current president of NAVHDA, who is running for re-election.
In the three years that I’ve
served as President of NAVHDA, I have stressed the need for more communication
with our members while always keeping an open-door policy to listen and act on
new ideas for the organization’s improvement. Along with the other members of
the Executive Council, and with the support of many of our local chapters,
membership in NAVHDA has increased nearly 10%. When I ran for this position I
knew that it would not be easy—especially not having served on the Executive
Council. However, as an active NAVHDA member for over 20 years, I believed that
I could represent the membership well while also providing the leadership to
keep the organization moving forward.
I am a Life Member of NAVHDA, a
Senior and Invitational Judge and Clinic Leader. I am a founding member of the Merrimack
Chapter, and served the Yankee Chapter as its President. I have run and qualified dogs in every facet
of the NAVHDA testing system. I am a
self-employed Professional Dog Trainer and Licensed Hunting Guide. I am owned
by my 5 German Shorthaired Pointers, and reside in house with my wife Carol.
In recent years NAVHDA has gone
through many changes, most of which have only strengthened the organization.
These positive developments have been made possible by a dedicated and
passionate Executive Council, who work tirelessly year-round on your behalf. Of
course, these changes would not have been possible without the continued
support of the membership.
Here are some of our recent
accomplishments, along with areas of focus for me as your newly re-elected
Member retention has improved,
and the Registry is going strong! I will continue to focus on these important
aspects of our organization by listening to you, the Members.
We have had a strong focus on improved
communication with our membership, with enhancements to the Versatile Hunting
Dog Magazine, reorganization to the
NAVHDA website and creation of
presence on Facebook. On The Right Track,
Ask Dr. Lisa and Full Circle Fair continue to have a strong
following. Mary Burpee has done an outstanding job as Editor and Publisher of
VHD and this will continue to be a focus for our organization.
NAVHDA’s Youth Development Program (due to
generous donation from Terry Wilson and Nancy Ansfield) established test Fee
refunds for youth handlers and provided financial assistance for youth camps,
etc. In addition, our members have also given generous donations to further
Our Sponsors and Partners have
become more active with NAVHDA, and we have ensured that they all receive the
recognition they deserve by making sure that all local chapters have Sponsor
banners. We have a new key conservation
partner in Pheasants Forever, who has been active with our youth events, and,
of course, our Focus On Forever
events. The Ruffled Grouse Society has entered into a Partnership Agreement
with NAVHDA to also focus on youth events.
We continue to focus on Judge
Development by ensuring consistency in the assessment of both Apprentice and
Acting Senior Judges. The Judges
Workshop was moved to the last day of the Annual Meeting, resulting in improved
We have been working with other
breed and testing groups to help them understand our testing program and accept
us as a leading testing organization. The popular television program Wingshooting USA was invited to the
Invitational to give NAVHDA national television exposure and to showcase our
testing program. We have also
implemented a new Member requested recognition program through our Test Pins,
which have been both wildly popular and profitable for our organization.
We have also implemented numerous
improvements in the Central Office. While staying within our approved Budget
over the last three years, we have hired a new full-time resource to replace
Jim Applegate, and have also hired Maria Bondi as Office Manager. A new Employee Handbook was developed, and
the Central Office Computer system and servers have been replaced. In addition,
we have been able to see cost savings on the printing of VHD with the
transition to a new printing house.
I am very proud to have been a
part of these accomplishments, and hope to build upon the progress we have
already made. I humbly ask for your vote this next election.
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