Thoughts and Updates from WY-WSF Board President, Zach McDermott.
Sometimes we all struggle to embrace change, but we all know Change can be a good thing. In the case of WY-WSF, change has been a great thing!
The biggest change came with relocating the summer banquet to Lander. Once again we had a sold out event with record breaking attendance. We hit an all time high in both gross and net revenues. Beating our previous net record by over $100K! The highlights of the evening were the custom Weatherby WY-WSF rifle, 1 of 1, going for $100K, the Rancho LaGuarida Desert Sheep hunt sold for $70K and the Gunwerks ClymR rifle system for $25K. The night had a great energy! A special thank you to the Lander crew for creating a special evening.
Another change we recently completed is moving our investment funds from Wells Fargo over to Ashton Thomas. Ashton Thomas is led by LM and former Board Member Mike Porter. Mike and his team have already provided us with very knowledgeable guidance and strategies. They helped us develop Investment Policy Statements for each of our 3 funds, short term investments to have our money always working for us and structure taking us long into the future. Our next step is we will be creating an Endowment/Legacy Fund for our membership. This will include utilizing Estate Planning, Life Insurance policies, retirement plans etc. to ensure WY-WSF for the next generation and beyond.
This year’s winter meeting will be held in Cody. Our Cody crew led by Dean has already been working hard on facilities, field trips, presentations and sponsorships. We have also been collaborating with several other organizations to help put on the film “My Wild Land.” At the winter meeting, we will also be unveiling our Rebranding. Our board has been hard at work dialing in our Mission Statement, Conservation Vision and a new Logo. We see this as another opportunity to set us apart from other organizations and be an innovative leader in the Sheep world for the future.
In January 2023, come see us in Reno. We will be at booth 452. We will have several new raffles going on headlined by the Raven’s Throat Caribou Hunt. Only 300 tickets are available and they are going fast.
A sneak peak to Summer Banquet 2023. The event will be held at Little America in Cheyenne. Once again, we have several great hunts already lined up for the Live Auction. This includes a ¾ slam with hopes of landing the last sheep hunt in Reno.
As usual, I can’t thank our board, volunteers and membership enough for all the hard work and dedication in making this an amazing organization.