Michigan Woman Receives NWTF Outreach Volunteer Award
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Jan Kuhtic is a bit of a do-it-all for the NWTF at the local and state level. From orchestrating fund-raising opportunities to improve critical wildlife habitat to introducing new people to the outdoors, she does it all in the name of the NWTF’s mission.
For her non-stop effort, Kuhtic was awarded the NWTF’s inaugural Overall Outreach Volunteer of the Year Award on Feb. 10 during the 36th annual NWTF National Convention and Sport Show.
“Tireless, committed volunteers such as Jan allow the NWTF to introduce and educate people from all walks of life to the outdoor lifestyle, conservation and our hunting heritage,” said Tom Hughes, NWTF Assistant Vice President of Education and Outreach Programs. “Jan’s huge contributions to each of the NWTF’s major outreach programs make her the perfect recipient of this inaugural award.”
Kuhtic’s motivation is simple she’s a firm believer in the NWTF’s goal of wildlife conservation and passing on our hunting heritage.
“We do everything in the NWTF because we enjoy it,” said Kuhtic, who also serves as secretary of the Michigan State Chapter board of directors and is banquet chair for the state convention. “We believe in the mission. We love being outdoors, and we support our hunting tradition.”
Through the Thornapple Valley Chapter in Hastings, Mich., Kuhtic is active in NWTF’s three outreach programs: JAKES, Women in the Outdoors and Wheelin’ Sportsmen.
Kuhtic got her start almost four decades ago, thanks to her husband, Phil, a founder of the Thornapple Valley Chapter and a current Michigan State Chapter board member.
As chair of a vibrant, 10-member Women in the Outdoors committee, Kuhtic oversees a two-day event that attracts more than 50 women annually. During a local Christmas parade, the committee entered a float with women donned in outdoor gear performing an array of outdoor activities.
Kuhtic is one of three committee members for an annual JAKES event the chapter holds in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The popular event focuses on teaching shooting sports to youth. She’s also an active volunteer in an annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen event for people with disabilities.
“She picks up the pieces wherever necessary,” said Michigan State Chapter President Tony Snyder, a longtime friend. “She grabs the bull by the horns and wrestles it. She’s a person who gives a lot but asks for very little.”
Kuhtic, who works full-time as a nurse, teaches Bible classes and plays the organ at her church and devotes significant time to her garden and two grandchildren. She’s also an active turkey hunter, harvesting her first turkey in 1974, only a month before giving birth to their son.
“We love the outdoors and staying active,” she said.
Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, investing more than $372 million to conserve 17 million acres of essential habitat for all types of wildlife.
For more information about the NWTF, call 1-800-THE-NWTF or visit www.nwtf.org.
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