Diane Thompson Coordinato r 92 Hidden Drive, Camdenton, MO 65020 diane @cavern.com 573 836 2256 From the Desk of the NCA President First of all I would like to give my personal thanks to everyone who made the convention in Luray another memorable NCA event. All the cave visits and outings credited to Thomas Jefferson, including first to map a cave? Special thanks go out to Rod & John Graves and their staff for their gracious hospitality and for pulling all the stops out to end the convention with a bang. The fireworks were simply amazing. It was also the last day for Susan Berdeaux as the N CA Coordinator and thanks to everyone who contributed and put together a fun slideshow, funds contributed to the Barren River Animal Welfare Association and funds for Susan to escape to someplace warm. Thank you Susan, for all your hard work over the year s and as you said at the convention, the NCA will be in fine hands with Diane Thompson as the new Coordinator. Welcome Diane! And final thanks to outgoing President Eric Evans for his dedication to this organization not just for the past two years, but f or many years of service (and I hope many more to come in the future). OFFICERS President : Greg Beckler N atural Stone Bridge & Cave, NY Ph: 518 494 2283 email@example.com Vice President : Steve Rawlings Mercer Caverns, CA Ph: 209 728 2101 firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary Treasurer : Bob Holt Howe Caverns, NY Ph: 518 296 8900 email@example.com Past President : Eric Evans Ohio Caverns, OH Ph: 937 465 4017 firstname.lastname@example.org Coordinator : Diane Thompson Camdenton, MO Ph: 573 836 2256 email@example.com REGIONAL DIRECTORS Region One : (CT, DE, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT) Bob Holt Howe Caverns, NY firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 518 296 8900 Region Two : (MD, VA, WV, KY) R h o Lansden Lost River Cave & Valley, KY email@example.com Ph: 540 743 6551 Region Three : (IL, IN, MI, OH) Claudia Yundt Squire Boone Caverns, IN firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 812 732 4382 Region Four : ( AR, IA, KS, MO, NE) Steve Thompson Bridal Cave, MO email@example.com Ph: 573 346 2676 Region Five : (MN, MT, ND, SD, WI) Joe Klimczak Cave of the Mounds, WI firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 608 437 3038 Region Six : (CA, ID, NV, OR, WA, AK, HI, Barbados, Bermuda) Matt Doyle Lake Shasta Caverns, CA email@example.com Ph: 800 795 CAVE Region Seven : (AZ, CO, NM, UT, WY) Steve Runkle Cave of the Winds, CO firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 719 685 5444 Region Eight : (LA, OK, TX) Ed Mayfield Caverns of Sonora, TX Ph: 325 387 3105 Region Nine : (AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TN,) Patty Perlaky Raccoon Mt. Caverns, TN email@example.com Ph: 423 821 9403
I would like to introduce our new officers and new members to our board: Steve Rawlings Vice President Bob Holt Secretary/Treasurer Rho Lansden Region 2 Director Matt Doyle Region 6 Director Ed Mayfield Region 8 Director New faces, ideas and energy are always good to keep an organization moving forward. Thank all of you and the returning Directors for serving the NCA. I hope all of our membership looks forward to the next convention as much as I do. No matter the size of your cave or the years of experience managing it, there is always so much to learn for each other on how to do it better. If you have never attended, the openness to share information of what works/does excellent reason for attending our next convention. Of course there will also be a vendor show, a great opportunity to see interesting products and do some buying. Hopefully eve ryone will look forward to a prosperous 2012 year and perhaps there will be a few less weather related problems reported at our roundtable next year. We will continue to keep track of the developing WNS situation and provide information useful educationa l materials and updates to our membership. Our committees continue to do excellent work and please take advantage of their efforts. For example, be sure to view the safety webinars put together by the insurance committee. That is it for now, until Dee an d I see some of you at the IGES gift show in November. All the best Greg Greg Beckler President, NCA Retail Committee Update Wow, summer is already over and fall is here. During the 2011 convention at Luray Caverns the Retail Committee met and formed a game plan for 2012. The Bat Awareness bracelets will be reordered again for spring of 2012. Penny Books & NCA play ing cards w ill still be available for purchase. The NCA Buyers group will continue. And the big one is for the 2012 NCA Convention in South Dakota there will be a fully fledged vendor show! I have put details below on each topic and as always if you have any quest ions please let one of the Retail Committee Members know. Gift Show Update Deadline for signing up is Oct. 20 th The IGES (Sevierville) show will be Nov. 3 7, 2011. Smoky Mountain Gift Show (Gatlinburg) show will be Nov. 4 7, Dinner will be on Friday November 4 th If you plan on attending please let Claudia know right away so she 2012 NCA Convention Deadline to get vendor list in is Nov. 1. The 2012 NCA Convention will be in Deadwood, South Dakota. The facility that will be hosting us, Lodge at Deadwood, has enough room for a really nice Vendor Show! We are hoping to get 20 30 vendors from YOUR favorite vendors list and a fe w local vendors. Please check your favorite vendor list and get those to me by Nov. 1 st We are wanting to start inviting vendors very soon so they can keep the date open on their calendars. Awareness Bracelets Awareness bracelets will be reordered th is fall for early spring arrival. The plans are to keep the order the same as last year. We ordered 3,000 blue and 3,000 black bracelets. This winter we will put out a notice to all member caves to place orders. It will also be the same with all profit going to the WNS education fund. This project alone has already donated around $1,000.00 to the WNS fund. Penny Books The NCA Penny books for your penny press machines are available. Please get with Diane to order!
NCA Playing Cards You can contact the printer at Impact Photographics 800 950 0110 ext. 19 Matt will be your contact. You can also e mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org The cards come in groups of 40 at $2.10 pe r pack. Impact also has other items that are cave related, just ask Matt when you call. 2012 NCA Convention The 2012 NCA Convention will be in Deadwood, South Dakota. The facility that will be hosting us, Lodge at Deadwood, has enough room for a really nice Vendor Show! We are hoping to get 20 30 vendors from YOUR favorite vendors list and a few local vendors. Please check your fa vorite vendor list and get those to me by Nov. 1 st We are wanting to start inviting vendors very soon so they can keep the date open on their calendars. Have a wonderful fall!! Claudia Yundt Claudia @squireboone.com IGES/Sevierville Trade Show Attendees The IGES/Sevierville Trade Show will be held Nov. 3 7, 2011. The 2011 show has old and new vendors exhibiting! This is the largest wholesale resort and souvenir gift show in the nation! Your NCA Retail Committee has worked with IGES to plan out a coup le great deals for the NCA buyers that attend the trade show. NCA Buyers amenities (only for NCA Buyers): 1) 2) 3rd Annual Caves Dinner and Meeting. Fri. Nov. 4 th 5:30 at Partridge and Pear restaurant (transportation provided). 3) CAVES LOUNGE will be available again this year! Complete with Wi Fi and complimentary refreshments. 4) sees! 5) E arly arrivers will also get CAZAM bags which will be in our Caves Lounge! Buyer amenities are: 1) 2) Fiesta Friday (Nov. 4) Free Buyers lunch and margaritas while you shop. $100.00 cash prizes will be awarded every hour from 10 4:00. Check at the show for details to win! 3) Free lunch and dinner shuttles will be available every day and evening. Rocky Top Tours will have a staffed table in the lo bby of the Events Center to help with questions. 4) Free parking on site 5) Golf carts bring buyers from their cars in the parking lot to the show entrance. 6) New This year for all buyers is the Happy Hour Reception on Nov. 3 rd 5:00 to 6:00 in the Main Concourse 7) And much more! The 3rd Annual Caves Dinner and Cracker Barrel will be held on Fri. Nov. 4 th restaurant in Pigeon Forge. A mixer with bar will begin at 5:30 and dinner will be served at 6:30. There will be a complimentary shuttle available to take you from the Event Center to Partridge & Pear and back. The restaurant is in Pigeon Forge and traf fic is horrible on Friday nights so please take advantage of the shuttle service because they know the back roads! Keep your evening ful products you introduced this year and any other ideas for increasing retail per capita spending at your cave. There will be lots of time for networking and a cracker barrel! The sponsors of the dinner will be providing goody bags for all attendees bu t they will not be present at the dinner. If you are planning on attending the FREE NCA networking dinner on Friday evening. Please e mail, call or RSVP to Claudia by Oct. 20 th ner and a contact e mail or phone number. Please contact Claudia at Claudia@squireboone.com 888 934 1804 or give her the RSVP before you leave the convention!! *The Wilderness Water Park Hotel is the lodging facility for the three drawings.
NCA Dinner Fri. Nov. 4th, 2011 IGES/Sevierville Trade Show RSVP Cave Name: _____________________________ Buyers Name: ____________________________ _____ Number of people attending: ______________________ Contact info: email ______________________________ Phone number : ______ _____________ __ Thank you for a wonderful convention! A big thank you! all the staff of Luray Caverns, & Bill Huffman for all of the hard work put into making this convention a memorable one. Mark your Calendar for the next NCA 2012 Convention Dates: September 12 th 21 st 2012 Place: The Lodge of Deadwood 100 Pine Crest Lane Deadwood, SD 1 877 393 5634 Please think about making arrangements early, as there may be a limit to the amount of Rent A Cars available at a smaller airport. More information and activities for the surrounding area will be in futur e Cave Talks B ut if you just cannot wait Tom & April Hagen, from Rushmore Cave, have graciously volunteered to answer any questions you have about the activities in the local area.
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