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Husband/Wife Team Win Prestigious Rare Breed Society Award

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Florida couple, known for their undying commitment to the National Wild Turkey Federation and its mission, were recognized with the Wild Turkey Bourbon Rare Breed Society Award.

Lou and Diann Haubner of Apopka, Fla., received the award during the NWTF's 35th annual National Convention and Sport Show Feb. 18 in Nashville, Tenn. The convention will continue through Feb. 20 and is officially sponsored by MidwayUSA.

Sponsored by conservation partner Wild Turkey Bourbon, the Rare Breed Society Award is presented each year to a volunteer who exemplifies grassroots dedication to the NWTF's programs and wild turkey conservation.

"I can think of no other couple as deserving of this honor as Lou and Diann Haubner," said NWTF Chairman of the Board Peggy Anne Vallery. "We usually reserve this award for a single, outstanding volunteer, but Lou and Diann are an inseparable team, who work tirelessly promoting the NWTF, conservation and wild turkey hunting through one of the most successful Hunting Heritage Super Fund banquets in North America. Both have earned this award, and we are proud to present it to them as a team."

Based in Apopka, the Wekiva Springs Strutters have thrived under the 20-year leadership of the Haubners, earning the top spot among the NWTF's more than 2,300 chapters for six years in a row with numerous national and state awards of excellence. During the NWTF's 2010 National Convention and Sport Show the chapter earned awards for greatest net income, total sponsor membership achievement, total membership achievement, best net/net and best of the best local chapter.

Diamond Life members of the NWTF, the Haubners spearhead outreach and fundraising events to raise awareness and funds for the organization's conservation and education efforts in Florida and nationwide.

"We do what we're doing because we believe in conservation, the right to bear arms and the NWTF's mission," Lou Haubner said. "We've enjoyed those things for years and want our grandchildren to enjoy that same heritage."

"Winning this award is overwhelming" Lou continued. "It is a great honor that other people, who have done so much more than we have, would put us on the same pedestal that they are on. We're humbled that we were chosen."

When asked how to build a successful chapter banquet like Wekiva Springs Strutters', Diann explained, "We really do have fantastic people helping us raise money and helping us to continue holding successful banquets. Everyone wants to be with the winning team, so everybody pushes and supports us, and it becomes easier every year. We've got so many great volunteers and sponsors that the longer we go, the easier it gets."

But the key is, she continued, "You have to make it fresh and exciting every year, so we have themes that change. You have to give people more than they expect. When people leave our banquet, they say, `Wow!'"

The NWTF is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage. Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, spending more than $331 million to conserve 15.9 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.

2011 Convention Sponsors

MidwayUSA – Official Sponsor

Academy Sports and Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops, Bank of America, Benelli USA, Browning-USRAC, Call Makers and Collectors Association of America, Chevrolet, Federal Premium Ammunition, Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, HuntVe, Marlin Firearms Company, Mossberg & Sons Inc., Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nationwide, The Outdoor Connection Inc., Remington Arms Company Inc., Rivers Edge Treestands, SHE Outdoor Apparel, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, Weatherby Inc., Wild Turkey Bourbon, Winchester/Olin Corporation




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