Saturday, September 10, 2016

NAMHSA Seeks Merit Award Coordinator

Are you interested in volunteering for NAMHSA, and want to work directly with hobbyists? Consider applying for the position of Merit Award Coordinator. The Merit Award program was developed in 1998 to reward horses that consistently place well at NAMHSA member shows. You can read more about the Merit Award program on NAMHSA's website here.

The duties of the Merit Award Coordinator include the following:
-Communicate (primarily via email) with Merit Award applicants and potential applicants and the NAMHSA Board of Directors as well as the hobby at large.
-Process merit award applications, ensuring all information on the application is accurate; cross check NAN cards with show results; enter data into a spreadsheet; and cross reference the spreadsheet for cumulative awards. 
-Promptly forward checks on to NAMHSA's treasurer and verify PayPal payments.
-Print Merit Award certificates; coordinate, purchase, or re-purpose trophy plaques from the NAMHSA supplier; and ensure an appropriate inventory of plaques are available.
-Collect and organize images of Merit Award winners and facilitate their upload with the NAMHSA Web Team.
-Promote the Merit Award program, including compiling monthly lists of recent Merit Award winners and submitting those to NAMHSA's Public Relations Officer and Web Team.

Required skills:
- Excellent communication skills including spelling/grammar fluency and ability to check email and NAMHSA forum frequently.
-Possess strong spreadsheet and/or database management experience, particularly with Microsoft Excel.
-Familiarity with USPS mailing procedures, including Click-N-Ship.
-Some graphic design knowledge beneficial.

The Merit Award Coordinator is a non-voting, appointed position. The term is three years. Applicants should email a letter of interest specifically addressing the knowledge, skills, and abilities described above to NAMHSA's Vice President, Pat Coulter, at Three references are requested.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

NAN 2016 Auction Report

Elena Lemm, NAMHSA Fundraising Coordinator, organized the NAN 2016 Auction. NAMHSA thanks the donors and the high bidders for their support.

The final bids for each lot are as follows:
  1. Jewelry Set by Sharon Mossy: $35 
  2. Merry Weather mini resin donated by Jenn Danza and painted by Kristen Cermele: $60 
  3. Jesse with accessories donated by Yashka Hallein and Jana Skybova: $70 
  4. Sherbert Lemmon mini resin donated by Elena Lemm: $60 
  5. Arvakr resin, donated by Katja Contu and painted by Angelica Nelson: $110 
  6. Jacob resin, donated by Lisa Sharpe and painted by Beatha Sellman: $110 
  7. OF Valegro with dressage tack, donated by Cicci Engdahl & Mistic Vintage Tack: $100 
  8. Custom traditional jump donated by Cassie Thomas: $35 
  9. Gypsy Gold resin, donated by Resins by Randy and painted by Erika Ipes: $120 
  10. Crusader mini resin, donated and painted by Jen Olp: $50 
  11. Jump with accessories, donated by Model Horse Jumps and Jana Skybova: $60 
  12. Copperfox SR Bertie with custom halter, donated by Harriotte Preston: $180 
  13. Shetland mini resin, donated by Sheri Rhodes and painted by Kimberly Bleecker: $75 
  14. Egyptian Dancing Horse Costume with Stone Arabian, created and donated by Jill Aman: $90 
  15. 9x12 original painting by Sue Sudekum: $30 
  16. Arab set with Rhapsody in Black, created and donated by Melissa Halvas: $130 
  17. Rocket resin, donated by Kitty Cantrell and painted by Caroline Boydston: $800 
  18. Performance base by Mike Owen: $90 
  19. Custom stablemate by Franceyn Dare: $60 
  20. Unlimited entry for NAN 2017, donated by NAMHSA: $170 
  21. Jim West donation model, created and donated by Equine Constellation Creation: $100 
  22. Test/OOAK Breyer donated by Breyer Animal Creations: $3,000 

Subtotal: $5,535
Expenses: (-$1,087)
Net income 2016: $4,448

Saturday, September 3, 2016

NAMHSA Welcomes New Board Members

Following elections in July 2016, the following new NAMHSA regional representatives were announced:
Region 2: Heather Visser
Region 4: Lindsay Diamond
Region 6: Nicole “Dot” Ramos
Region 8: Marilou Mol
Region 10: Sharon Mossy

Thank you to all of the past regional representatives for your dedication and service to NAMHSA.

Your current NAMHSA president is Kim Bjorgo-Thorne. Our newly elected vice president is Pat Coulter. Rounding out the balance of regional representatives:
Region 1: Stacy Quick
Region 3: Yashka Hallein
Region 5: Lynn Weber
Region 7: Carol Tuft
Region 9: Barb DiAnnabella
Region 11: Lynn Royea

The NAMHSA Board also includes:
Recording Secretary: Stacy Faraci
Treasurer: Carmen Robertson
Public Relations: Janna Shepherd
Web Team: Lynn Weber, Lindsay Diamond, and Heather Malone
Parliamentarian: Eleanor Harvey
Merit Award Coordinator: Dayle Steinke
Membership: Danielle Miller
Show Member Secretary & Results processing: Lindsay Diamond
Member Show of the Year: Chris Wallbruch
Fundraising: Elena Lemm

Friday, September 2, 2016

NAMHSA Seeks a Treasurer

We are currently seeking an individual to serve as treasurer of North American Model Horse Shows Association, Inc. We are a 501c4 organization dedicated to promoting the model horse hobby via the North American Nationals show.

The candidate must have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Live near a Bank of America branch.
  • Must have basic accounting and check balancing skills, including some knowledge of Quick Books or comparable program.
  • Must pay invoices and complete financial reports in a timely manner.
  • Keep up with the PayPal account and the BOA account.
  • Complete monthly, quarterly and yearly financial reports. Reports are submitted to the VP for approval. Following VP approval, treasurer posts reports to the NAMHSA forum.
  • Compile data for NAMHSA's tax returns, and file the annual Franchise Tax Return.
  • Maintain NAMHSA's hard copy financial records.
  • Pass a criminal background check.

If you are interested, please send your resume, the names and contact information for three references, and a personal statement to NAMHSA Vice President, Pat Coulter at