Illinois Volunteers Win Top Awards at NWTF Convention
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — National Wild Turkey Federation chapters in Illinois received L.A. Dixon Memorial Chapter Awards during the NWTF's 35th annual National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn.
MidwayUSA was the official convention sponsor.
The L.A. Dixon awards are given to local, state and provincial chapters that excel at conservation fund raising, education and outreach events year-round. The following chapters from Illinois earned L.A. Dixon Awards for their outstanding work in 2010.
The Illinois State Chapter was recognized by the NWTF for winning first place in the membership achievement category for state chapters with 10,000 to 19,999 members, and earning second place in the Highest Total Net/Net Dollars Raised category.
The Little Egypt Longbeards Chapter, headquartered in Marion, Ill., was recognized as the over all winner in the Total Membership Achievement category for local chapters.
"We are proud to recognize these outstanding chapters with the L.A. Dixon Awards," said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. "The NWTF's volunteers and chapters are incredibly devoted to our mission of conservation and the preservation of our hunting heritage. These outstanding chapters are shining examples of how our great volunteers lead the way in communities across North America."
The L.A. Dixon Memorial awards are bestowed in honor of a man who gave unselfishly during the NWTF's early years. Dixon founded the North Carolina State NWTF chapter, served at the national, state and local levels and traveled thousands of miles at his own expense carrying the NWTF's message to all who would listen. The NWTF honors Dixon's achievements through the L.A. Dixon Memorial Chapter Awards.
Last year, NWTF chapters hosted more than 2,000 Hunting Heritage Super Fund banquets to raise funds for the NWTF's conservation and outreach initiatives. Dollars raised at these events help fund conservation and outreach projects nationwide through the NWTF Hunting Heritage Super Fund.
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 that helps wild turkeys and hundreds of upland wildlife species including deer, quail, grouse and pheasants.
2011 Convention Sponsors
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