It has been a busy year once again for NBPOGA. After a slow start we were able to finally able to succeed in getting meetings with ERD to discuss different issues on hunting and fishing in New Brunswick.
Many of our issues discussed have been of concerns of NBPOGA for many years and often being ignored but with continuous effort some issues were finally addressed.
We have dealt with different governments and many Ministers over the years and seems as we start to make some headway the government either changes or Ministers are changed and we have to start over. We still deal with the same beaurocrats so I have realized this is where we need to concentrate our efforts to move forward.
NBPOGA has achieved many issues over our existence and strive to to do more to protect the Industry and stakeholders in the future. NBPOGA has some of the greatest Chair people on board that work very hard on your behalf and deserve much credit for their dedication and hard work.
Once again we are pleased to announce that show funding has once again been awarded and applications will soon be reviewed.
We have held meetings with ERD on Bear Allocations and the Liaison to ERD has met and we await decisions on recommendations submitted to better enhance the Industry and stake holders in a prosperous future.
I am pleased to announce that our 2018 AGM will be held in Moncton this year in conjunction with the Outdoorsman show this year.
We will also be hosting a Luncheon immediately following the AGM and still putting together a guest speakers list to address members and guests.
We also will be putting a booth in to answer any questions on the Hunting and Fishing Industry in NB and solicit new members both Outfitters and Guides giving them an official voice in the Industry and to have access to our great Insurance exclusive to our members at a reduced rate with many seeing at least 4-5 hundred dollar savings. We also provide a space for our members to advertise their business at different levels.
Hopefully a great turnout will attend our AGM.
As this is our AGM “ALL” positions of the Executive and Directors will be elected to represent you for the following year so if interested in offering for a position please attend and have a nominator in place.
Also you can contact Paul Leahey the nominating committee chair with your suggestions or intents.
I would like at this time to thank the membership for re-electing me for another term as President of NBPOGA. Also I would like to congratulate the incoming Executives and Directors for 2017
We are very fortunate to have Louis Leger elected as Secretary of NBPOGA, he brings many things to the table and one of his tasks is reworking and improving our website which was out dated and needed refreshing.
It is going to be very user friendly and many new features will be added to benefit our growing membership list.Welcome aboard Louis.Also a new director was elected to our board, Amy Jardine whom brings many new ideas to our board.Welcome aboard Amy and look forward to you being on the board of Directors.
I also wish to thank our past President Paul Leahey on serving as our President last year,Thanks Paul. Also congratulations to the other executives and directors for maintaining your positions with the board and look forward to working closely with you all once again to ensure the future of Hunting and Fishing in the province and working closely with Government and other user groups to safe guard the privilege of hunting and fishing in the province of New Brunswick.
As the year for hunting seasons is soon to begin I wish you all a prosperous and successful year. Also to the chair people of our many committees you also are to be congratulated on your hard work in the past and now our future, you have served the Industry very well.
As we go forward it is vital to our board that our members voice their concerns to us to better serve you,this is our duty to you. We still encourage non members to look us over and speak to us on your concerns and possible membership and as the only organization in the province we encourage guides to become members to voice their concerns as well.We have seats on our board for guides to fill and represent the guides of New Brunswick.The Industry looks strong and many lodges are filling up for a busy year and as shows are coming to an end I hope you all did well.
Back to the website many new items will be developed and added as quick as possible.One new feature is existing members can now pay their dues on line and new members after joining will enjoy the same benefit when renewing.Also a new type of membership is offered for those seeking extra coverage for their business over and above existing benefits.Also members get to purchase insurance at a members only premium that many have saved hundreds of dollars for great coverage.This is only available to our members. Once again I wish to thank the members for their support and look forward to serving you in the upcoming year.