I got this email from APHA headquarters today...
basicly it tells me that to be an APHA memeber i have to charge my clients extra money to help fund the projects that AHPA is putting forward. which currently is the guide concession program. In a weird twisted way, i would have to charge my clients to potentialy put me out of business...?
just thought i'd share it here, as alot of APHA rumors have gone around surrounding the GCP in the first place, figured this would shed some light on it...
"During the APHA annual Board of Directors and Membership meeting held on December 5th, the fifty plus members present and the APHA Board voted unanimously to make participation in the Nonresident Hunter Preservation Fund mandatory for all APHA Professional members. Much discussion occurred which is reflected in the meeting minutes that are posted on the APHA website. Bottom line was that it does not cost our Professional Members anything to participate, our clientele is very willing to pay the fee and become a member and the program is vitally important to providing for our future.
In the past, participation has been optional and although we have had nearly unanimous agreement from all professional member guides in the value of the program, we continue to see that many guides are not actually participating. Your participation in the program is essential in order for APHA to be able to preserve and enhance quality hunting opportunities for non-resident hunters and our ability to control our own destiny in providing these services
There were two approved amendments to the motion prior to it passing:
1. Aaron Bloomquist asked that all Disabled Veteran clients receive the membership free.
2. Bobby Fithian asked that any member who is not currently involved in the program be have the ability to contact the APHA office and Pledge to become active in the program during 2010. This would allow for any member who is not currently involved that pledges to become active will have access to the Sportsman's Insurance Co. General Liability Insurance program.
If you are a Professional member of APHA and not currently involved please contact the office or review the program description on the APHA website and review the attached NRHPF letter and examples of how to implement the program into your business. It is vitally important that at this particular time when many aspects of our industry are in transition, that we continue to turn together and support industry representation. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the office, any Board member or any of the members who have been actively participating which are listed below."