LET’S GET COOKING
MCAA is putting together a new cookbook. We
plan to have it available by Mother’s
Day. Please send wild game recipes to
Marsha Jones or Joannie Bledsoe. Include
any pertinent stories about your dish or photos
of the hunt. We will try to use as many
recipes as we can. We need all recipes
by February 28, 2006.
Each year MCAA sponsors members to attend
the annual North American Wildlife Enforcement
Officers Association conference. For
the 2006, conference the board has approved
sending the President, one board member, one
member in good standing, and one new member. A
new member is defined as a person who joined
MCAA since August 30, 2005, or is a person
who has been a previous member and has rejoined
since August 30, 2005. MCAA will provide
$1000.00 each to the four members selected.
The drawing to select the lucky members will
be held at the MCAA meeting on January 30,
2006. This years’ NAWEOA conference
will be held in Quebec City, Quebec.
We have been helping Concers for Police Survivors
for several years now. See what Oklahoma
has to say about us.
Kudos’ to all who helped to support
the NAWEOA Museum with your $5.00 donation. The
Memorial Gardens are moving right along. Previous
donations have been made in memory of Mike
Bethel, District Supervisor, and Garret Coffman,
Conservation Agent. They both have a
stone to honor their service, which was paid
for with funds from friends and loved ones.
YOUTH DEER HUNTS
In 2004 MCAA sponsored 11 kids from Deaf
Camp participants to get together youth deer
season weekend to have a go at taking a whitetail
deer. We sponsored an additional 8 participants
in 2005. The hunts took place at H.
Roe Bartle Boy Scout Camp and Randolph County
landowner Glenn Spotts farm. Several of the
kids were successful and all had a great time.
WE NEED YOUR HELP-
Booths at UBM and Compton Conferences
United Bowhunters of Missouri and Compton
Traditional Archery have been great supporters
for the Outdoors Camp for the Deaf and Hard
of Hearing Kids. Through this working
relationship Dennis Garrison has
been granted booth space at both of these
events. UBM’s conference will
be held in Jefferson City in February and
at Compton’s in Michigan in June. All
proceeds from these booths will be earmarked
for future MCAA support of the camp. *Dennis
could use some volunteers to man the booth
in Jefferson City.
MCAA on the WEB
We’re back! Next time you are
on the internet check out www.moagent.com. It
is a work in progress by Rob Brandenburg. In
the future, you will find information on Association
activities, Deaf Camp, scholarships and more. In
the members only area you will find information
on membership, and minutes of the past board
meetings. If you have any information
you would like posted, send it to Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org. If
you want access the member’s only area
contact Rob for details.
In 2004 and 2005, MCAA sponsored events
at the annual Y-HEC event. We were impressed
to see a couple of members coaching their
own teams. Good Job, Rob !
And the winner is…
MCAA sponsored the Missouri Conservation
Agents Association Wild Game, Fish, and Nature’s
Harvest Cook-Off at the Missouri State Fair
in August, 2005. Once again lots of
good stuff made it to the table and the recipes
will be printed in the State Fair Cookbook. We
will also be reprinting the winning recipes
in our new cookbook later this year. There
is still time to get your name in the hat
to be a judge for the 2006 competition. Check
with KC Rep. Andy Bullock for details.
The past two years have been harder on some
of us than others. MCAA has been very
fortunate to be able to offer financial assistance
to those in need. Some have been members
of our Association, some Department employees. Others
like the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and
Rita are merely kindred spirits in other states.