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Happy Holidays

December 2014

To All OHEIA Members, Hunter Education Instructors, and Website Visitors:
With the approaching holidays, the Oregon Hunter Education Instructor Association Board of Directors would like to take a moment to wish all a Happy Holiday Season.   With 2014 coming to end, ODFW staff and our Hunter Education instructors deserve a pat on the back, as Oregon continues to be one of the safest regions in the nation for our hunting public.  A great job by all.

CHANGE

Presently we’re in an extremely dynamic era with our rapidly evolving education programs.  Traditional Hunter Education classroom and home study opportunities are highly valued and still with us, and the adoption of online courses and their accompanying field days continue to attract an expanding audience.  These new venues demand a revamping of our materials and techniques, but feedback and statistics suggest they’re well accepted. Again, kudos to all involved.

BIENNIAL STATEWIDE CONFERENCE

The 2015 statewide Hunter Education Instructors Conference is scheduled for April 24, 25 and 26th in Pendleton at the Wildhorse Resort.  ODFW staff will be sending notices, agenda, and registration information in the near future.  Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.   This is our best opportunity to personally interact with ODFW staff, stay informed on changes in policies and procedures, and take advantage of educational sessions benefitting both new and well tenured instructors

As always, OHEIA’s planning committee is scheduling accompanying extra-curricular and fund raising events at the conference.   These include post-banquet games, drawings, and silent/oral auctions.   The planning committee is putting an emphasis on quality, and members should be quite pleased with opportunities this year.  OHEIA also welcomes any fiscal or merchandise donations one may wish to contribute.  Simply contact a Board member, and we will make every effort to expedite the process.

OHEIA BUSINESS MEETING

In conjunction with the instructors conference, OHEIA will have a brief membership meeting addressing the geographic distribution of Board members across the state.  Our bylaws historically based Board representation on ODFW district boundaries.  With recent ODFW redistricting, there is need to amend our bylaws to assure a balanced Board composition.  Details of our proposal will be forwarded before the conference, and we will gather for discussion and a yea/nay vote on the amendment. 

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

The OHEIA Board strongly encourages our members to explore and take advantage of the Grants section on this site.  ODFW supports Hunter Education to the greatest degree possible, but there are facility and equipment needs for classes that are outside of their realm and beyond typical class funding abilities.  Portable benches, clay bird launchers, video equipment, or permanent facility developments serving numerous classes are potential examples.  Nothing ventured is nothing gained.

Be Safe and Happy Holidays,

Dave Ganskopp, President OHEIA   


2015 Conference

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How many of you have heard the term: "Free Money?" Too good to be true, right? Not so fast. In this case it is both good and true. Need teaching aids for your class? Need supplies for your class? Need partial funding for a large project? As an OHEIA member you are entitled to grant money.
All you need to do is go to OHEIA.ORG, download the grant form, fill it out, and send it to Jeanne Littleton. Her address is on the form. Your request will then be taken into consideration at the next OHEIA board meeting. That meeting date can also be found at http://oheia.org/calendar.html
Don't pass up this opportunity. The form is easy to fill out and as a member and the cost of a stamp your needs could be easily met. Don't let this opportunity pass you by.

End of the Year Hunter Education Training and Awards Dinner on December 13, 2014 at ODF&W Headquarters in Salem on Dec 13th.

 OHEIA 2015 Statewide Conference Planning Committee will be meeting (10:00 AM) prior to ODF&W’s 2:00 PM scheduled program.


If you plan to attend please sign up. If you have further questions about the event,  please contact Janice 503-947-6019 or janice.b.copple@state.or.us

Go to https://odfw.doodle.com/787efne9b9af8t2a to sign up (or indicate if you can't go)

 


MESSAGE FROM THE TREASURER
By Diana Ackerman, OHEIA Treasurer,
(541) 480-5377  oheiatreasurer@yahoo.com
OHEIA  •  P.O. Box 263  •  Prineville, OR 97754

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS:   Did you renew your OHEIA membership?  Our annual membership remains at $10, and our Lifetime Membership at $100.  These dues are used through our grant program to help Instructors with financial assistance for their Hunter Education classes.  All instructors are eligible for these funds. 

Please go to our website at www.oheia.org  and download a membership form available under the Information tab, or use the one I’ve attached to remit your dues.  Remit to the new address listed above.

On the website you will also find a grant application form with rules and guidelines on procedures to apply for a grant.  Plan to take advantage of OHEIA’s assistance in your efforts to continue the success of your hunter education program.

If there are any questions or concerns with your membership, please feel free to contact me at my email address.  I realize some of you are life members and others have already paid your dues, but I wanted to contact you just the same.  Again, thank you for your support and involvement in our Association.

 


 

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Oregon Hunter Education Association (OHEIA) is to continually strive to improve the teaching of safe, ethical, and responsible hunting through the Hunter Education Program.

OBJECTIVES:

    Assist Hunter Education instructors to obtain training, teaching aids, and equipment for Hunter Education courses, presentations, and related activities.

    Provide funding and/or equipment for improvements at shooting ranges or facilities that will assist Hunter Education instructors to provide more effective courses.

    Provide a forum to discuss Hunter Education program policies and issues.

    Advocate for and support a Hunter Education program that continues Oregon's safe hunting traditions. When necessary, express the membership's views to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) or media as appropriate.

    Work with other organizations, businesses, and individuals to help fund projects and activities that enhance Hunter Education programs in Oregon.

    Apply to become an Instructor!

    Call for interested candidates for open board positions: Submit a combined one-page note of interest and relevant biographical sketch to Jeanne Littleton before the end of July, to be considered at the August 2nd Board meeting.

    Buy hunting/fishing licenses now

    For information about purchasing your 2014 hunting licenses, visit ODFW’s licenses and regulations page.


    Instructors: For students and parents inquiring about available classes - send them to https://or.outdoorcentral.us/or/License/Classes

    Hunter Education Instructor ODFW catalog - http://www.dfw.state.or.us/education/hunter/instructors/catalog.asp

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