NWTF National Elections!!!
It is time to vote for the members of the National Board of Directors for the NWTF. This year our State President, Steve Gage, is on the ballot. Below is a bio about him and another candidate, Ronnie Reagin. Please consider voting for them this year. Your ballots will be in the November/December issue of Turkey Country.
Steve Gage is a 35 year community banker and a Senior Vice President/Chief Lending Officer at Sturgis Bank & Trust Company,Sturgis, Michigan. Mr. Gage is quick to say that he was fortunate to come from a family of hunters and fisherman which was the foundation for his love of the outdoors.
When approached 15 years ago to start an NWTF chapter in Indiana, he gladly accepted the challenge and founded the Pigeon River Chapter and served as its president and banquet chairman until 2007. He joined the Indiana State Board as a director in 2002, and was elected State President in 2007, a leadership role that he continues to serve in today. When current Board members were asked what they thought Steve was best known for as a state president they responded that his leadership, organizational skills, and a common sense approach were just some of his strengths. In 2009 the NWTF honored Steve by presenting him the prestigious Roger Latham Award.
Mr. Gage, a Diamond Life member of the NWTF, has spent his adult life serving his community and state. Steve had the privilege of being the youngest person ever elected to the local town board when he was just 20 years old (he turned 21 years old twenty days after taking office) and serving on the County Planning Commission. He is the past President of the LaGrange Co. Community Foundation, the LaGrange Co. Chamber of Commerce, and the LaGrange Co. Shrine Club. He also served as the President of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Board of Deacons at his local church.
Steve and his wife of 40 years, LuAnn, live in Howe, Indiana. When not working, taking care of his NWTF duties, or turkey hunting, Steve likes to spend time with his wife, his two children, and his 5 grandchildren at their lake home – hopefully passing on his love of hunting and the outdoors.
For over thirty years, Ronnie Reagin has strived to support the mission and goals of the NWTF. Founding and serving as president of the Double Gobble chapter in Moultrie, he takes pride that it has been a Golden Gobbler Chapter since established and is a Diamond Life chapter. He has been a member of the Georgia State Chapter Board for 14 years serving as vice-president and currently in his second term as president. Ronnie is a Diamond Life sponsor and a Life Member of the NRA.
Ronnie is a licensed real estate agent and auctioneer in Florida and Georgia. He has been married to Susan for 41 years and they have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. He currently serves as a Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church of Moultrie.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to represent the NWTF volunteers who work hard to protect our hunting heritage. I pledge to make sure that your voices are represented on the national level and respectfully ask for your support. Working together we will make our mission to Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt initiative a reality.”