NWTF Board Announces Election Results

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – During the 43rd annual National Wild Turkey Federation Convention and Sport Show, the NWTF announced Sherry Crumley, Robert “Doc” Detmer, M.D., and Marcia Polhamus as the volunteers recently elected by their peers to serve on the board of directors.

This will be the first time Polhamus will serve on the board, and Crumley and Detmer will continue their roles as directors for the conservation organization.

“All of the individuals elected to serve on our board bring a wealth of experience and dedication to our mission,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “I look forward to working with them as the NWTF continues its efforts to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.”

Crumley, of Buchanan, Virginia, is an NWTF Guardian Life member and has been involved with the organization since 1985. She is a past chair of the Roanoke Valley NWTF chapter and organized the second Women in the Outdoors event held in Virginia. Crumley is an active member of the Botetourt Longbeards, taking special interest in helping the chapter start a WITO program and mentoring children and women in hunting. Crumley served on the NWTF board from 1994 to 2000 and was elected to the board again in 2012. She has served on the Compensation, Finance, Conservation, Awards and Strategic Planning committees and chaired the Development Committee.

Dettmer, of Ironton, Missouri, is a Patron Life Sponsor who has worked tirelessly to promote wild turkey conservation and defend our hunting heritage since becoming an NWTF member in 1978. He has served at every level of the NWTF, including as president and chairman of the national board of directors, on which he has served since 1995. His efforts have been widely recognized with a number of state and national awards, the two most prestigious being the Roger Latham Award in 1989 and the C.B. McLeod Award in 1999.

Polhamus, of Galena, Illinois, has been a dedicated member of the NWTF since 2004 and is a Vanguard Life Sponsor. She has served as secretary of the Illinois State Board of Directors. She and her husband, Ken, also serve as JAKES coordinators and organize 30 annual Illinois JAKES mentored youth turkey hunts at the Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center in Pecatonica, Illinois. A volunteer master hunter education instructor, Polhamus has made it her mission to introduce youth to the excitement of hunting.

About the National Wild Turkey Federation

When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters' rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.

For more information, contact Peter Muller at (803) 637-7698.