EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation’s National Board of Directors recently named a new chairman and president, who will help lead the conservation organization during their two-year terms.
Peggy Anne Vallery of Arizona, who has been a member of the NWTF’s National Board of Directors since 2000, will serve as chairman. Most recently, Vallery served as president of the board. She is chairman of the NWTF’s Executive, Development and Development sub-committees and also is a member of the Nominating, Finance, Policy and Procedures, Compensation and Strategic Planning committees.
Jim Hinkle of Arkansas will serve as president of the board. Hinkle has served as vice president of the board since 2008. He is currently a member of the NWTF’s Executive, Nominating, Finance, Compensation and Strategic Planning committees.
“Peggy Anne, Jim and the rest of the NWTF’s National Board of Directors will help lead the Federation toward a successful future,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “I look forward to working with every member of this dedicated team to help provide our volunteers, partners and sponsors with quality experiences while staying focused on our mission of conserving wildlife habitat and preserving our hunting heritage.”
Sam Mars III of Tennessee was named vice president of the board; Dave Mahlke II of Minnesota was named secretary; and Vincent M. Rosdahl of California, was named treasurer.
Six NWTF Board of Directors members are seated each year. Three are elected by a membership vote and three are selected by the Board of Directors. Hinkle, Mars and Marvin Hartley of Florida were elected to three-year terms by the board.
Earlier this year, NWTF members cast their votes and elected Earl “Buddy” Fry of Ohio, and re-elected Robert “Doc” Dettmer, M.D., of Missouri and Louis Yount of South Carolina to the board.
A national nonprofit conservation organization that was founded in 1973, the NWTF has worked with wildlife agencies to restore wild turkey populations nationwide. Now, NWTF volunteers raise funds and work daily to improve critical wildlife habitat, increase access to public hunting land and introduce new people to the outdoors and hunting. To date, the NWTF and its partners have spent more than $306 million upholding hunting traditions and conserving nearly 14 million acres of wildlife habitat.
The NWTF is governed by an 18-member board of volunteer directors. Board members donate their time to help guide the NWTF in its mission of the conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of our hunting heritage.
Current NWTF Board of Directors members are: Albert Bobrofsky of Battle Creek, Mich.; Frank Coble of Springfield, Ill.; Gene Denton of Clarksville, Ark.; Robert “Doc” Dettmer, M.D., of Ironton, Mo.; Ron Fretts of Scottdale, Pa.; Marvin Hartley of Jacksonville, Fla.; Robert Higginbotham of Louisville, Miss.; Jim Hinkle of Mountain View, Ark.; Dave Mahlke II of Winona, Minn.; Sam Mars III of Harrogate, Tenn.; Jere D. Peak of Selma, Ala.; William E.C. Marvin of Tallahassee, Fla.; Vincent M. Rosdahl of Danville, Calif.; Vern Ross of Camp Hill, Pa.; Harlan Starr of Cedar Bluff, Ala.; Peggy Anne Vallery of Tucson, Ariz.; and Louis Yount of Hartsville, S.C.
For more information about the NWTF visit www.nwtf.org or call (800) THE-NWTF.
About the NWTF: The National Wild Turkey Federation 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 more than 350,000 members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, spending more than $306 million to conserve 14 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.
The Federation works to increase interest in the outdoors by bringing new hunters and conservationists into the fold through outdoor education events and its outreach programs – Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin’ Sportsmen, JAKES and Xtreme JAKES.
The NWTF was founded in 1973 and is headquartered in Edgefield, S.C. According to many state and federal agencies, the comeback of the wild turkey is arguably the greatest conservation success story in North America’s wildlife history.
Visit www.nwtf.org or call (800) THE-NWTF for details.
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