David Rhodes – A Gentleman & A Carver

David Rhodes

It is with extreme sadness that we learned of the passing of our long-time member and friend, David Rhodes on April 7, 2019. A true gentleman and talented artist.

His wife, Nancy, is on hospice care and we extend our thoughts of peace and comfort to the entire family.

NJDCA Biography of Dave Rhodes as a decoy carver

Services are pending and we will post the information when we have it.

Wishing All a Happy Holiday Season

As the year comes to an end, we would like to thank you all for being Members and Friends of the New Jersey Decoy Collectors Association.

2018 seems to have flown away. For us it was a very successful year.

  • Memberships were up from 2017
  • The annual show was very successful, both in good times and financially for the club
  • Hall of Fame night was enjoyed by many and for the first time elected new inductees posthumously
  • Our general meeting attendance was outstanding, even on lousy weather nights
  • Exhibits put on by the club in the Hunting Shanty at Tuckerton Seaport were the best yet
  • We have a new “home” venue for our 2019 show (and beyond!) 
  • Pizza is back at our meetings and we even had a few complimentary nights
  • and much more went on including great speakers, participation in the Tuckerton show (Ocean County Decoy & Gunning Show), members mentoring Tuckerton Seaport Youth Carvers, videotaping of speakers…

Please be sure to renew your membership for 2019 and sign up for a table at the show if you are so inclined. Our first 2019 meeting is on Tuesday, January 22nd. Until then…

MAY YOUR HOLIDAYS BE MERRY AND BRIGHT…

2018 Hall of Fame Induction

 

On Tuesday, June 2, 2018 the New Jersey Decoy Collectors Association held a small plate reception to honor and celebrate Hurley Conklin (Carver) and John Hillman (Collector) for their contributions to the decoy community. Both men were posthumously elected to the NJ Decoy Hall of Fame this year.

While more than 50 members enjoyed appetizers and desserts several speakers told stories of their encounters with the two men. Members also displayed fine examples of their works and Jim and Deb Allen provided two videos for the members to view. Bob Seabrook provided the storyboards for the evening’s exhibit.

The event was organized by Pete Butler. Blessing given by Clarence Fennimore. Thanks to all who helped with the event. Flowers provided by J.W. Lloyd Lawncare. Photos of the event by Nancee Jo Luciani.

(Click on the light green names to read more about the person)

Established in 2006, the New Jersey Decoy Hall of Fame members now include:
2006 William Cramer
2009 Harry V. Shourds III
2010 David Rhodes
2011 Dick Gove
Art Birdsall
2012 Bill Cordrey
Clarence Fennimore
2013 Bill Doggart
Bob White
2014 Grove Conrad
JP Hand
2015 Lawrence Pollin
Robert Seabrook
2016 Pete Butler
John Holloway
2017 Jim Allen
2018 John Hillman (posthumous)John Hillman_NJDCA 2018 Hall of Famejohnny-a-hillman-drake-pintail-carved-painted-and-signed-vintage-duck-decoysJohn Hillman 36285147_909067499272233_8815442206358765568_nThe Hillman Collection
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NJ Decoy Hall of Fame 2018

At the May 2018 general meeting the membership voted to elect the 2018 Decoy Hall of Fame recipients. They are:

The Hillman Collection    Collector is John HIllman (Posthumous).

Hurley Conklin     Carver is Hurley Conklin (posthumous).

On Tuesday, June 26, 2018 these two men and their contributions to the decoy world and NJDCA will be honored at the Manahawkin Elks Lodge, 520 HIlliard Boulevard, Manahawkin, NJ 08050 at 6 p.m. Members and guests are invited to join us for appetizers and dessert.

Members please bring an appetizer to share. Dessert will be provided. Cash bar.

Please join us!

It’s Time

…for our Annual Decoy Show & Sale. This year we are pleased to be partnering with NJ Ducks Unlimited to present a Bucket Raffle and Auction.

The large banquet room at the Manahawkin Holiday Inn will be full of Decoy, art, and hunting collectibles and we also will have our usual activities of the day.

We encourage everyone to stop and say hello to Featured Carver Barry Griffiths.

Food and drink is available through Hotel Services.

Those attending who are members of DU or the Elks (our new meeting place hosts) or join NJDCA at the show will get an opportunity to win a special Decoy door prize.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9a.m.-4p.m., Holiday Inn Manahawkin, 151 Route 72 East, Manahawkin NJ 08050