NANFA-- RE: nanfa V1 #1342

Bob Sinclair (
Wed, 24 Jul 2002 14:00:53 -0700

Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 09:30:33 -0400
From: Chip Rinehart <>
Subject: RE: NANFA-- membership cards

I agree with what Todd says. We can't have/don't want just anybody to say
"I'm doing this because NANFA says I can". While most members follow or at
least try to follow their states rules and regulations, there are a few who
do not and we don't want the image or publicity that this might give us.


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My suggestion was that NANFA membership cards should carry
the association's Mission Statement, which it seems to me would
obviate the problem you are addressing. Don't you think it would
be rather difficult for some irresponsible collector to produce a
document which condemns whatever irresponsibility he or she was
up to?


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It appears that most BOD members are not in favor of this, plus it's
an added expense that doesn't really enhance the native experience.
If you REALLY want a card, do what I did. I printed up a bunch of
business cards which I keep in my wallet, and which I hand out to
interested persons. Each card has the following legend on the back:
"...dedicated to the enjoyment, study, and conservation of the
continent's native fishes". The front has my title and contact info,
plus the NANFA website address.

Good suggestion. If there's no interest in NANFA producing an
official membership card as suggested, I'll have no difficulty doing
up my own.

I'm beginning to regret bringing up the suggestion in the first place.
My interest lies with studying, collecting, and keeping native freshwater
fishes, not in being some kind of "shit disturber." :-(


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