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NEECA Store where you
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2015 "Spring Spruce Up" Day
Scheduled for April 18th

If you visited NEECA towards the end
of last year, you hopefully noticed that
our fall work day up there produced
some pretty impressive results.  

The Food Booth received a new coat
of paint, along with the equipment
storage shed and picnic tables, and
both the food and membership
booths were the recipients of shiny
new roofs.  We also cleaned the
weeds out of the back of the
grandstand and painted the
announcement board.  A couple of
brave souls even tackled the
daunting task of "de-junking" and
organizing the equipment shed!  All
in all, it was a very productive day.








But....as much as we got done,
there's still PLENTY left to do!  The
park is getting used more and more
every year, and a couple of other
organizations have already contacted
us about renting it this year.  All the
more reason for us to put our "best
face forward" and make sure NEECA
looks as good as possible.

Therefore, we have scheduled a
Spring Spruce Up Day for April
18th.
 If we could get 15 or 20
volunteers up there for even 3 or 4
hours, it's absolutely amazing how
much we can get accomplished.  So
we are calling on all our members to
come up and give a few hours of your
time that day.  I realize time is often a
precious commodity, but
volunteering a couple of hours to
help support NEECA could certainly
be considered time well-spent.  We
always seem to have the same core
group of 7 or 8 members show up,
but it's not fair to expect them to keep
doing all the work and we need the
other 170+ members who are
capable of helping out to show up
every now and then.








So please save the date of April 18th
and plan to take part in our work day
at NEECA.  We work, but we also
have lots of fun!
New NEECAWear Now Available!
Thanks to the artistic creativity of NEECA member Susie Feldman,
and the efforts of Sue Ellen Mowcomber to turn a great idea into
reality, we have some really lovely new options available for NEECA
t-shirts.  Susie was able to create a horse from "NEECA" and we
have incorporated her design onto some great looking shirts in a
variety of color combinations.  These shirts are available for sale at
most NEECA sponsored events, or email
brycarmansfield@aol.com if you would like to order one.  Design is
pictured to left.
Book/Magazine Lending Library
    
Many of us probably have some books on horses/riding/horse novels and magazines that
we are no longer using.  If you are willing to donate them, we can create a lending library for
adult and youth members!  We will keep the books in a room at Hometown Realtors in Athol
and an inventory of what we have will be kept on the NEECA site.  If you would like to come
and check them out, you can email Pam DeGregorio at
pamdeg2002@yahoo.com and we'll
agree on a time to meet there.  Please bring whatever books or magazines that you're willing
to donate to our NEECA meeting on March 18th.

Youth/Adult Show Clothes Swap
 
   As we all know, show clothes are very expensive and kids outgrow them quickly!  If you
have show-quality clothes that are not old, in good condition, we would appreciate your
donations!!!  We're looking for English breeches and jodhpurs, paddock and tall boots,
English and Western riding pants, Western shirts and boots, chaps and vests (no riding
helmets, please).  Please make sure that the clothes are clean.  Once again, we will keep an
updated inventory on the NEECA site and you can contact Pam DeGregorio at
pamdeg2002@yahoo.com .  We would appreciate a small ($5?) donation when you borrow
the clothes and would appreciate if you would return them clean within a week after the show.  
We're hoping to make more use of the attire and to save parents some money!  There is a
possibility that we will also sell the used clothes at a very reasonable fee to NEECA
members.
 PLEASE BRING YOUR DONATIONS TO THE NEECA  GENERAL MEETING ON
MARCH 18!

Youth Involvement in NEECA
  
  We are interested in increasing the number of NEECA youth members and also in having
them become more active participants in our organization.  We would like to meet with
interested parents and other youth to brainstorm about interests/how to "pull kids in more" for
fifteen minutes prior to the beginning of the NEECA meeting in March.  We realize that some
parents might not want their kids out for a meeting on a school night, so if you would just
speak to your kids before coming on the types of activities/trips that they would like to do as
part of the organization, in addition to volunteering, you could share that with us that night.  
Please come early to share your thoughts and ideas at 6:00 on March 18th.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING SCHEDULED FOR
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH AT 6:30 PM









Every year NEECA members like to start off the new season with a general meeting that
allows us to reconnect with each other, briefly touch upon the events and projects from
the prior year and, most importantly of all, discuss what we have planned for the new year!

NEECA's development continues to progress, with each year seeing more use of the
facility, and more improvements to the venue
.  We have some projects already in mind for
2015 and look forward to sharing them with the membership for their input and approval.

We would like to begin this year's meeting at 6:30 so that we can go over NEECA business,
and still allow time for a
presentation by Joe Safron on proper horse trailer maintenance
and repair
.  We hope you can join us, and please feel free to bring a friend.  Our meetings
are open and we welcome anyone who would like to attend.  Meeting will take place at the
Environmental Center, 100 Main Street in Athol.  Hope to see you there!
PLEASE NOTE THAT 2014 NEECA MEMBERSHIPS ARE EXPIRED AS OF
12/31/2014.  WE HOPE YOU CONTINUE TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT OF
NEECA BY RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP.  WE'RE
VERY PLEASED TO
ANNOUNCE THAT THE NEW TRACTOR SUPPLY CO. IN ORANGE WILL BE
OFFERING 10% OFF ON HORSE SUPPLIES TO NEECA MEMBERS!  
VALID 2015 NEECA MEMBERSHIP CARD MUST BE PRESENTED AT TIME
OF PURCHASE TO RECEIVE DISCOUNT.
EVERY YEAR WE WILL BE OFFERING A NEW YOUTH T-SHIRT DESIGN.  WE HAD A NUMBER
OF ADULT MEMBERS ASKING IF THEY COULD PURCHASE THE 2014 SHIRT.  WE WILL BE
SELLING THOSE SHIRTS FOR $15 EACH AT THE UPCOMING MARCH 18TH GENERAL
MEETING.  
LIMITED NUMBER AND SIZES SO IT'S FIRST COME FIRST SERVED!