Arkansas Wildlife Federation

Wayne Shewmake

President’s Letter – November/December 2013

Thanksgiving has just passed and Christmas is here. I would like to reflect on some things I have to be thankful for over the past 4 years as president of AWF.

First of all I am thankful to our God who has given us all of these beautiful things on earth to have and share while we are here.

I am thankful for my mother for doing all she could to provide for so many in our family during hard times (my mother had 16 children). Even though we didn’t have much, we appreciated what we did have and didn’t always realize what most others had that we were without.

I also want to thank my wife and family who support the volunteer work I do.

As for AWF I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as an important part of such conservation-minded organization that wants to do what we can to benefit wildlife and for people to enjoy the rewards of nature and give back. I am thankful for the support of AWF board members and, of course, AWF Executive Director Ethan Nahté. Without them AWF could neither function nor accomplish our conservation goals. AWF’s present board has been one of the most supportive boards I have served on, and I’ve served on many. We are a hardworking, hands-on board.

I am thankful to several organizations who have been AWF partners in conservation, like the USFS, Ozark National Forest, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, National Forest Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Arkansas Tech University Fisheries & Wildlife Society, University of the Ozarks Planet Club, Little Rock Air Force Base, and many others who have been a part of the Bearcat Hollow Project. This project has given new life to wildlife in the Ozark National Forest area. I am so thankful for all the other organizations that do what they can to help conservation, for I feel we are all caretakers of this great place we call earth and, while we are here, we should do the best we can to leave something for the future generations.

I want to thank the men and women in our military who give so much for America and our freedom we all have and enjoy every day.

I want to thank AWF members and sponsors for all their support, for without them we would not be the oldest and largest conservation organization of our kind in Arkansas. AWF is an all-volunteer organization and continues through the financial support of our members and sponsors. I would like to ask you to become a supporter of AWF and help us continue. Help us to pass on our natural heritage to future generations and the rights we have today. Become a “Doer” not a just a “User.”

Wayne Shewmake


By Creative Director
Published: Jan. 28th, 2013

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