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2017 Annual Award nominations are due by July 31

Jun 14, 2017
PA Council is seeking nominations for a variety of awards honoring individuals and chapters who have achieved outstanding results during the past year in meeting the goals of Trout Unlimited

PA Council is seeking nominations for a variety of awards honoring individuals and chapters who have achieved outstanding results during the past year in meeting the goals of Trout Unlimited in Pennsylvania. This is a fabulous opportunity to recognize the efforts of the people who dedicate their time, energy, and resources to supporting and advancing the mission of PATU. Take a moment to thank them by submitting your nomination no later than July 31, 2017.

Awards will be presented at the Annual Fall Membership Meeting on Sept 23 in Pleasant Gap.
 
Forms may be emailed to Tali MacArthur at c-tmacarth@pa.gov or mailed to her at PATU, P.O. Box 5148, Bellefonte, PA 16823. Nominations for Best Chapter Newsletter and Best Chapter Website (described below) should be sent to Brad Isles at bisles@live.comClick here to download a nomination form.

Below is a brief description of each award with eligibility criteria when applicable:

  • Chapter with greatest membership increase – Nominations not accepted; Recipient is determined based on data collected from National TU.
  • Chapter with greatest percentage increase in membership – Nominations not accepted; Recipient is determined based on data collected from National TU
  • Edward Urbas Award for Best PA Chapter – This award is given to the chapter that best exemplifies the work of TU, including involvement in conservation efforts, community activities, outreach, youth activities, etc.
  • Best Small Chapter Award – The same criteria used in the Edward Urbas Award will apply to this award, but it is limited to chapters with 150 or fewer members.
  • Best Chapter Project – This award recognizes an exceptional initiative, project, or effort on the part of a TU chapter which demonstrates efficient use of resources and which utilizes effective partnerships with other organizations such as government agencies, other non-profits, schools, etc., and which had a notable impact on the community and/or environment.,
  • Doc Fritchey Award for Outstanding Coldwater Conservationist, TU Member – This award recognizes a TU member with a history of exemplifying PATU’s core values and mission; conserving, protecting, and restoring PA’s coldwater fisheries and watersheds, and who demonstrates a commitment to volunteerism.
  • Outstanding Coldwater Conservationist, Professional – This award recognizes an individual, either from a governmental agency, private enterprise, or non-profit organization, who has made an exceptional effort to help fulfill the TU mission of conserving, protecting, restoring, and sustaining PA’s coldwater fisheries and watersheds.
  • Outstanding Volunteer – This award recognizes a TU member who was particularly helpful and who contributed time and effort to supporting a TU chapter or project. His or her efforts on either a single project or on an ongoing basis can be considered and described in the nomination.
  • Best Chapter Website – Is your chapter’s website particularly attractive, clear, up-to-date and easy to navigate? If so, send nominations to Brad Isles at bisles@live.com.
  • Samuel Slaymaker Award for Best Chapter Newsletter -​ If your newsletter includes information about your chapter’s activities that is current, well-presented and clear, and is visually attractive, your chapter may very well win this award. Send nominations, with a few copies of the newsletter, to Brad Isles at PO Box 23, Grove City, PA 16127. A digital copy can also be sent to Brad at bisles@live.com
  • Dr. Jack Beck Award for Outstanding Youth Outreach – This award recognizes an individual who has shown exceptional leadership and commitment to youth outreach, programs, and activities.
  • Ken Sink Award for Outstanding Service to PATU – This award is given to a person who contributes to PATU’s mission in a notable way. It is intended to recognize a person who has been involved for a significant period of time and who has demonstrated steadfast dedication to coldwater conservation, protection, restoration, as well as volunteerism and leadership. It is not necessarily presented every year.
  • Inky Moore Award for Outstanding Service to State Council – This award recognizes a person who through his or her ongoing efforts shows promise as a future leader of the PA Council.