Cave Talk

Cave Talk

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Cave Talk
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Cave Talk
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Cave Talk is a publication of the National Caves Association, a non-profit trade association founded in 1965 by a small group of private show cave owners. These initial members sought to bring together show cave owners and operators from across the United States to promote the show cave industry to the public, to share information and ideas, and to lobby for legislation favorable to the show cave industry.
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1 National Caves Association Susan Berdeaux, Coordinating Director P.O. Box 280, Park City, KY 42160 270-749-2228 fax 270-749-2428 Fall 2009 CONVENTION 2009 – BRANSON We hope everyone has made their reservations at the Clarion and sent their registration fees to Talking Rocks. The vendor show is sold out once again so come prepared to shop. Our hosts have done a great job, combining business with pleasure, so we’re sure it will be a fun and prosperous trip for all. Has there EVER been a bad convention?! Don’t miss out – just get there if you can! CONVENTION TIDBITS There are caves that are due to be recertified for alpha radiation this fall. Steve Runkle has graciously offered to help review your plans so you will stay in compliance – he will be available at the convention for anyone who may need assistance. Please bring your notebooks to the meeting so he has all the proper info to guide you appropriately. That is, when he is not working on insurance, or the finance committee, or keeping the officers and directors out of trouble!! And at long last, our online cracker barrel will be launched at this meeting. There are several topics already on the blog, with more to be added at your requests. UPCOMING TRADE SHOWS International Gift Expo in the Smokies – Sevierville,TN Nov. 6 -10 (see article in this issue) Smoky Mtn Gift Show – Gatlinburg,TN – Nov. 14-17 IAAPA – Las Vegas, NV Nov. 17 – 20 SAD NEWS We are sorry to tell you of the death of Dan Proctor, Shenandoah Caverns VA. Dan was at Shenandoah Caverns for over 50 years and leaves large shoes to f ill. Our sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Barbara, and his family. OFFICERS: President : Steve Thompson Fantastic Caverns, MO 417-833-2010 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Vice President : Eric Evans Ohio Caverns, OH 937-465-4017 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Secretary Treasurer : Susan Berdeaux Diamond Caverns, KY 270-749-2228 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Past President : Brad Wuest Natural Bridge Caverns, TX 210-651-6101 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------REGIONAL DIRECTORS Region One : (CT, DE, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT) Greg Beckler Natural Stone Bridge & Caves 518-494-2283 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Region Two : (MD, VA, WV, KY) Rod Graves Luray Caverns, VA 540-743-6551 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Region Three : (IL,IN, MI, OH) Claudia Yundt Squire Boone Caverns, IN 812-732-4382 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Region Four : (IA, KS, MO, NE) David Thompson Bridal Cave, MO 573-346-2676 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Region Five : (MN, MT, ND, SD, WI) Joe Klimczak Cave of the Mounds, WI 608-437-3038 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Region Six : (CA, ID, NV, OR, WA) Steve Fairchild – Moaning Cavern, CA 209-736-0330 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Region Seven : (AZ, CO, NM, UT, WY) Steve Runkle Cave of the Winds, CO 719-685-5444 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Region Eight : (AR, LA, OK, TX) Michelle Devaney Longhorn Caverns, TX 830-598-CAVE ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Region Nine : (AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TN,) Patty Perlaky – Raccoon Mt. Caverns, TN 423-821-9403 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Region Ten : (AK, HI, Bermuda, International) Jeanne Gurnee – Goodlettsville, TN 615-264-0019 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


2 NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT This year’s Nominating Committee was appointed at the mid-winter meeting. Our task has been to accept nominations and seek out qualified candidates willing to serve the two year term for officer and regional director positions. In advance of our National Caves Association Annual Business Meeting, the nominating committee proposes the following slate of candidates for the NCA Officers and Board of Directors. Officers President: Eric Evans – Ohio Caverns Vice President: Greg Beckler Natural Stone Bridge & Caves Secretary / Treasurer: Susan Berdeaux – Diamond Caverns & NCA Coordinator Regional Directors Region 1: Bob Holt – Howe Caverns Region 2: Rod Graves Luray Caverns Region 3: Claudia Yundt Squire Boone Caverns Region 4: David Thompson Bridal Cave Region 5: Joe Klimczak Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark Region 6: Steve Fairchild – California Caverns Region 7: Steve Runkle – Cave of the Winds Region 8: Michelle Devaney – Longhorn Caverns Region 9: Patty Perlaky Raccoon Mountain Caverns Region 10 was created several terms ago in anticipation of more international caves joining NCA. The Board has decided to dissolve this region and move its few caves into other regions therefore the Nominating Committee was not tasked with proposing a candidate for this region. Thanks to Jeanne Gurnee who served as the International Region 10 director. Jeanne has been asked to remain as an advisor to the Board. And a big thanks to our President Steve Thompson from Fantastic Caverns for his two years of service. Steve will assume the role of immediate Past President for the next two years. We greatly appreciate the willingness and commitment of those who serve the NCA. Respectfully Submitted by your NCA Nominating Committee: Brad Wuest Chair, Natural Bridge Caverns Rho Lansden, Lost River Cave & Valley Gordon Smith, Marengo Cave Greg Beckler, Natural Stone Bridge & Caves Michelle Devaney, Longhorn Cavern State Park IGES/Sevierville Trade Show Attendees The IGES/Sevierville Trade Show will be held Nov. 6 – 10, 2009. There are over 784 booths leased this year and it seems to be growing every week. Your NCA Retail Committee has worked with IGES to plan out a couple great deals for the NCA buyers that attend the trade show. Buyer amenities are: 1) Show Party Saturday evening wi th live entertainment and music. 2) Free shuttle to and from the airport. (check for details) 3) Free shuttles from the show to area restaurants and hotels. 4) Free lunch coupon


35) Wine and cheese reception Friday at 3:30 6) Drawing for free airfare and l odging for pre-registered buyers. 7) Free parking on site 8) Golf carts bring buyers fr om their cars in the parking lot to the show entrance. Special amenities just for NCA Buyers: 1*) A lounge in the convention center for you to relax and get your thoughts together. 2*) FREE dinner to all NCA buyers supplied by 8 IGES exhibitors and IGES! The Dinner will be held on Sunday Nov. 8th at the New Orleans on the River restaurant. The show ends at 5:00 and the shuttle busses will be provided at the convention center for those needing a ride to the restaurant and then to their hotel after the dinner. A mixer with open bar will begin at 5:15 and dinner will be served at 6:15. Keep your evening free and enjoy networking and a buyer’s cracker barrel after dinner! Please come prepared to share any exciting new products y ou discovered at the show. Also share with the group how your cave shops did this year, wh at’s new, successful produc ts you introduced this year and any other ideas for increasing retail per capita spending at your cave. There will be lots of ti me for networking an d a cracker barrel! The sponsors of the dinner will be provid ing goody bags for all attendees but they will not be present. The sponsors are: Cool Jewels by Phillips Funworks IGES/SSS Jaco USA Lantern Press The Petting Zoo Playvisions Safari, Ltd. Squire Boone Village/Bloom Brothers Your NCA Retail Committee is thrilled to be offering this oppor tunity to all the NCA buyers. We do need to know who will be attending the FREE NCA networking dinner on Sunday ev ening. Once we know who will be attending we will be sending out dinner cards so you can pick what you would like for dinner. Please e-mail, call or RSVP to Claudia by Oct. 20th. We will need your Cave’s name, Buyers name, tota l number attending the dinner and a contact e-mail or phone number. Please contact Claudia at 888-934-1804 or give her the RSVP before you leave the convention!! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------IGES/Sevierville Trade Show RSVP NCA Dinner – Sunday Nov. 8th Cave Name: _____________________________ Buyers Name: _________________________________ Number of people attending: ________________ Contact info: email ______________________________ Phone number _______________________

Cave Talk is a
publication of the National Caves Association, a non-profit
trade association founded in 1965 by a small group of private
show cave owners. These initial members sought to bring
together show cave owners and operators from across the United
States to promote the show cave industry to the public, to
share information and ideas, and to lobby for legislation
favorable to the show cave industry.


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