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PA Council 2018 Annual Awards nominations are due by July 31

Jun 19, 2018
Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited will present its annual awards on September 8 during the fall meeting at the Centre Regional Office of the PA Fish and Boat Commission,

Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited will present its annual awards on September 8 during the fall meeting at the Centre Regional Office of the PA Fish and Boat Commission, 595 Rolling Ridge Dr., Bellefonte, PA 16823. There is a huge amount of extraordinary work being accomplished by PATU chapters, as well as many individuals, and that work should be recognized. If you are aware of a group, chapter or individual you feel is worthy of a nomination, please consider filling out a nomination form. Nominations are due by July 31.

Forms may be emailed to Ashley Wilmont at c-awilmont@pa.gov or mailed to her at PATU P.O. Box 5148, Bellefonte, PA 16823 Please note: nominations for Best Newsletter and Best Chapter website (described below) should be sent to Brad Isles at bisles@live.com.

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

  • Chapter with greatest membership increase – Nominations not accepted; Recipient determined based on data collected from National TU.
  • Chapter with greatest percentage increase in membership – Nominations not accepted; Recipient 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 applied 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 person who, while not necessarily a member of TU or a conservationist professional, was particularly helpful and who contributed time and effort to supporting a TU chapter or project. Their 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 recent efforts shows promise as a future leader of the organization.