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AETA encourages member participation

Nominations extended: Sunday August 3, 2008

In the spirit of reaching out to as many people as possible, the deadline for AETA members to submit their nominations for the 2009 American Equestrian Trade Association Board of Directors has been extended until Sunday, August 3. We have learned in conversations with our members that many have chosen to “wait and see”. We hope that waiting until the Trade Fair, seeing the quality of participants, experiencing the energy around the Association, our members will “see” and step forward.

Our members, many of whom have joined quite recently to take full advantage of the Golden Ticket and AETA Bucks programs (see below***), have expressed the need for more time to consider what is at stake before identifying the best people to lead the association. Also, we recognize that our members would appreciate the opportunity to speak with each other in person during the Trade Fair about something as important as selecting the Association’s leadership.

Nominations may be submitted at the Trade Fair by noon, Sunday, August 3rd; if submitted by email to the AETA office (equestriantrade@verizon.net), they must be submitted by Friday, August 1st. The ballot will be available on the morning of Monday, August 4th at the Trade Fair and mailed to members after the Trade Fair. After the Trade Fair, members may cast their votes until Sept. 5th by submitting their ballots by mail or fax to the AETA office.

Nomination materials will be available and distributed at the Trade Fair as well as membership information for those who would like to join at the show and become eligible to nominate, be nominated and vote. Our hope is that the members who are nominated and elected will be reflective of our Association’s industry mix --- manufacturers/distributors and retailers of varying size, representing different sectors and parts of the country (and world).

Summary of Revised Schedule for Nominations and Election

·Call for Nominations due by noon, August 3rd at the Trade Fair

or by noon, Friday, August 1st by email to equestriantrade@verizon.net

·Voting begins on the morning of Monday, August 4th at the Trade Fair

·Ballot mailed to all current members on August 6th, as well as posted on the web site

·Ballots due back to the AETA office by 5 p.m., September 5, by fax or mail

·2009 Board will be announced in mid-September and assume full responsibilities January 2009

We encourage you to play an active role in leading our Association, dedicated to uniting and promoting the industry.

***DON’T DELAY: DEADLINES TO JOIN AETA and BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE***

July 1

Golden Ticket: Retailer membership + registration for the Trade Fair + reservation at our host hotel

AETA BUCKS: Retailer membership + registration for the Trade Fair

JULY 15

AETA BUCKS: Manufacturer/Distributor membership + Trade Fair exhibitor

American Equestrian Trade Association

Uniting Equestrian Trade

591 North Avenue, Ste. 3-2

Wakefield, MA 01880-1617

781/246-0487 fax: 781/245-6487 equestriantrade@verizon.net http://www.aetanews.com

 

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