WY-WSF President's Message
As my first attempt at this message to the membership, let me say I am honored that your board has put their vote of confidence in me. I will be reaching out and asking a lot from them and other members in the coming year.
The June banquet was another record setter and our move to the Ramkota brought a lot of positive comments. Your board will strive to continue improving this event and welcomes any new ideas or games you might have. Thanks to the generous bidders for the WY Governor’s sheep tags as 2 new records were set for this license. The first record bid came in Reno but it was surpassed at our Casper event. The new standard to top is $92,000. If you happen to talk to, or write Gov. Mead, thank him for supporting this great program. Our Game and Fish Commissioners were also very generous and provided several commissioner licenses for us to market. Be sure to thank Commissioners Rael, Schmid, Price and Culver.
We are continuing to push the Conservation Fund towards the stated $250,000 goal. Thanks to all who have participated already and look for more great opportunities to come. The work on the ground that all this fundraising pays for is the core of what we try to do.
Several projects are completed or nearing that point. Ferris Mt. guzzlers were installed this summer and more sheep were transplanted to that mountain range this spring. Disease work continues on several fronts along with habitat projects in several areas of the state. I am constantly amazed at the amount of work this dedicated group of conservationists accomplishes for sheep.
Thank you all for being involved! For the upcoming year as you spend time in this great state think what else we might accomplish. Bring your ideas to the board. Sign up a new life member, or acquire an item we might use for the banquet. Consider stepping up and joining us on the board. Come join us on a volunteer day or help us with set up at the summer banquet. We always need help during the banquet. Talk to your circle of sheep nuts and find a way to make a difference. Those that step up and speak up will be the biggest difference makers in today’s world. This group makes a difference!
Join us in Jackson Hole for the winter meeting and field trip on December 1&2,2017. This less hectic and more informal meeting affords many more opportunities for conversation with your board and fellow members.
Please feel free to introduce yourself to me and don’t be offended when I don’t remember your name right away. That is one of my many weaknesses which I will try to improve.
There is much we can do here in Wyoming to help our sheep herds. It all starts with you the membership! Your generosity and commitment to our wild sheep resource is amazing.
Many of you will never draw another sheep tag here in Wyoming yet you continue to step up and speak up for wild sheep. I salute you and pledge to keep standing up for wild sheep.
President & Life member #410
Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation