WY-WSF President's Message
The snow has arrived, and we are in the midst of a normal Wyoming winter. The visions of summer high country trips have faded back into our memories. But hope springs eternal as the big game application process in many states is cranking up. Good luck to all of you in the upcoming drawing process. We all share the anticipation of what is ahead for 2019.
While some of us run off to the sunny south, your board has been getting ready for the summer banquet June 1st. We are again headed to the Ramkota in Casper and it promises to be another sellout. We have arranged for a few more seats in the banquet hall but sign up early and bring your family and friends. We are planning another great event with a special welcome this year to Weatherby Firearms now of Sheridan WY! They have jumped in and joined our efforts to raise funds to put and keep Kids and wild sheep on the mountains. As a special treat they are providing one of their gold edition WY special edition MK V rifles for us to auction. This is a very special weapon commemorating their move to WY. Thanks to Adam and Brenda Weatherby and all the wonderful folks at Weatherby for making this happen. Tell your gun loving friends to check it out online at Weatherby’s website. They will want to be a part of the bidding at the banquet June 1 or online at onlinehuntingauctions.com
The WY WSF booth at the Reno Sheep show was a huge success. We picked up several new members including a life member and tallied over $6000 in sales. Thanks to those who worked the booth and those who stopped by to say hello. While in Reno Steve Kilpatrick and I were able to attend a Chapter & Affiliate meeting. Sara Domek from the Dubois sheep center gave a presentation about the Dubois conservation camp and opportunities for kids to the attendees. The response from the WSF family to this opportunity for kids was huge. National WSF is partnering with The Sheep Center and chapters are lining up to sponsor kids to the camp. This is a great start to the Sheep family’s involvement in the Wy Conservation Camp. Look for more from this partnership in the future.
While on the subject of kids, we are going to work hard to raise funds along with several other sponsors to send a young man on a sheep hunt. A few months ago, a member from Sheridan approached us with the idea of helping a young man named Zane Foust. This young man has a terminal illness, an issue that none of us would want to face. He is an avid outdoorsman and dreams of a sheep hunt. Several companies have joined to help the cause, but there remains some work to be done. We will fill in the details in June along with reaching out to you for support of this effort. If you wish to help with this now, contact our vice president Zach McDermott for details.
I would like now to ask you to welcome our newest board member Pat Pace from Cheyenne. He stepped up at the winter meeting to fill out our board. His efforts in the past as a volunteer at the June banquets are greatly appreciated. Ask one of the board members to introduce you or just be bold, welcome him and thank him for the commitment.
Sadly, that brings us to the departure of two board members at this year’s event. First Warren Youmans, who has been a great board member, has decided to step away and free up more time for his family and new job at WYLD company. Warren has been very active in multiple conservation groups for a long time and the time off is well deserved. Along with Warren our recent past president Jerry Galles has decided to slow down, if just a little, and step down from the board. His accomplishments and commitment to wildlife conservation are second to none. He will always be a part of this organization and a valued resource for myself and the board. We can’t hope to equal his accomplishments for wildlife, only use them as a target to shoot for. Please thank both for all they have done, and I am sure will continue to due for wildlife and wild places!
So now we have two new openings to fill and I am officially twisting some arms and asking all the membership to consider if it is time for you to step up and take a seat at the table. We are looking for two crazy people who can commit their valuable time and knowledge to help run this organization. Four years ago, I was the new guy on the block and was unsure if I would fit in. Guess I did or maybe I’m just a glutton for hard work. We work hard, make new friends and get the privilege of trying to make a difference for the wild sheep we love. They say someone goes on a sheep hunt, never goes again or is hooked and can’t get enough. Help us guide this chapter thru the hard work and wonderful successes coming down the road. You might just get hooked in the process. Bring whatever talents’ and skills you have to the board and we will do our best together to put them to work for kids and wild sheep. If stepping up to a board position is not possible for you, consider volunteering to help set up and run the banquet. Or follow the great lead of the Lander gang and pull all your sheep buddies together to underwrite a part of the banquet. Every year that group raises the funds and runs the two square board raffles at the June event. Now there’s a challenge to another group of sheep nuts, are you up to it?
Our Treasure Joni Miller and Dean DiJenno have worked countless hours to make the checkout process at the end off the banquet quick and easy. Please look for the explanations of the changes in the banquet literature you will see in June. Then relax at the end of the night’s festivities, have a drink with friends and be assured there is no reason to rush up and get in line. Remember sign up early, get a group together and buy a Full Curl table for 8. The seating will be reserved for your party, and the extra’s are worth the price. See you in June!
President & Life member #410
Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation