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Welcome new members and supporters Nov. 21 – Dec. 20, 2016

December 20, 2016 Association Update


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New Members

  • Tyler Frantz, 24 Cardinal Ln., Annville, PA 17003. (H) 717-838-1795, (C) 570-640-1990,, Founder of Natural Pursuit Outdoors, an online outdoor media website featuring weekly blogs and videos. Sunday outdoors page columnist, Lebanon Daily News. Author, “Pennsylvania Deer Hunting Through the Pages of Game News.” Regular contributing freelancer. Freelance credits include Pennsylvania Game News, Pennsylvania Outdoor News,,, Quality Whitetails Magazine, Pennsylvania Angler & Boater Magazine, Lebanon Daily News, Pottsville Republican & Herald, Shamokin News Item, Hanover Evening Sun, Wilkes-Barre Citizen’s Voice, Chambersburg Public Opinion, “Keystone State of Mind” blog,, On-Target Magazine, Pennsylvania Trout, and Natural Pursuit Outdoors blog. (Erin) Skills: BCDLNOSVW; Subject Matter: ACDEFGIKLOQRST; Sections: CMNPV. Approved for Active membership; sponsored by Mark S. Taylor.
  • Jacob Hofer, Wide Open Spaces, 1262 County Road 1150 N., Henry, IL 61537. (C) 309-238-7545,, Full-time student studying law enforcement and justice administration along with a minor in marketing. Hunting has always been a true passion. Fortunate to have a family that raised whitetail deer, which offered more opportunities to learn about the much desired trophy whitetail buck. The desire for hunting big bucks sparked when he was 8 years old harvesting his first 8-point buck with his dad. Since then, he has been trying to find ways to share success of other hunters increasing their odds of getting more opportunities to harvest the elusive mature whitetail buck. Contributing writer since February 2015, Wide Open Spaces. Social media influencer since 2013, creating various large accounts accumulating over 250,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Generated millions of impressions per month across multiple platforms. Consulted with brands and agencies to explore brand strategy and tailored content creation. Conducted efficient profile overhauls for clients to increase reach and credibility. Vice President, WIU National Wild Turkey Federation. Skills: DOS; Subject Matter: C; Sections: C. Approved for Student membership.
  • Jason Klass, Tenkara Talk, 13702 W. 64th Dr., Arvada, CO 80004. (H) 303-803-2740, (C) 303-803-2740, (W) 303-803-2740,, Former fly-fishing guide & casting instructor based in Colorado. He was an early adopter of tenkara in the West and has been fishing the method for a variety of species since. Runs the blog Tenkara Talk. Skills: CDO; Subject Matter: ABG. Approved for Active membership; sponsored by Tom Sadler.
  • Jim Schlosser, Barbary Coast Productions, 1859 Fifth Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901. (H) 415-485-6728, (C) 415-258-9505, (W) 415-258-9505,, Best known in the production industry for his work with Scripps – Fine Living TV Network, CBS, NBC, and The Outdoor Life Network. He came up through the ranks as an actor in Hollywood, and in the process, learned the business from both sides of the lens. As producer, director and cameraman, sometimes all-in-one, he has taken crews around the world to 17 different countries and nearly every state across the United States, successfully producing more than 750 segments over and in the water, on some of the most incredible and beautiful Class IV-V rivers, oceans, bays and lakes. Production assignments have included New Zealand, at the America’s Cup challenge series sailing regatta, the Tour de France in 2003 and 2004, the Raid Gauloises Adventure Race in Vietnam, a three-week rafting trip on one of the five most difficult rivers in the world, the Rio Futaleufu in northern Patagonia. Foresight and creativity in all cases were requirements, not options. (Laurene) Skills: EMOTV; Subject Matter: ABCGJKLMNORST; Sections: V. Approved for Active membership; sponsored by Thomas Stienstra.
  • Michael Shea, Field & Stream, 217 Peter Rd., Willseyville, NY 13864. (H) 607-659-7031, (C) 917-455-3400, (W) 607-659-7031,, Contributing editor, Field & Stream. Atlantic flyway migration editor, Ducks Unlimited. Previously served as the special projects at Field & Stream and the video editor for both Field & Stream and Outdoor Life. His work has also appeared in Petersen’s Hunting, American Waterfowl, New Pioneer and American Frontiersmen. (Rocio Nunez Shea) Skills: EMOSVW; Subject Matter: CDEFGKLOPQRST; Sections: MP. Approved for Active membership; sponsored by Joseph Albanese.
  • David Van Wie, 5 Starlight Dr., New Gloucester, ME 04260. (H) 207-272-2482, (C) 207-272-2482, (W) 207-272-2482,, Has lived in a small Maine town for over 30 years, enjoying many outdoor sports and activities on the rivers, lakes and coast of Maine, as well as the Adirondacks and White Mountains with his wife. Works as a writer, photographer and environmental studies adjunct faculty member at the University of New England, after 30 years working as an environmental professional in government, business and consulting. Instigator and lead author of “The Confluence – A Collection of Essays, Art & Tall Tales about Fly-fishing & Friendship,” written with six close friends from college about their 20+ years of fishing adventures in the backcountry of northern New Hampshire. Monthly columnist for The Maine Sportsman. Credits in Northern Woodlands, Interface Business News and several newspapers. Working on a couple of new book projects as well. Fresh air photography focuses on outdoor activities, nature and the built environment. Enjoys shooting interesting structures and “portraits” of outdoor statues. Also photographs sporting events, family gatherings, and outdoor adventures, such as fishing or outfitter trips. Has been active in the community for the past three decades, including serving on various boards. Served a term in the Maine House of Representatives where he was on the Utilities and Energy Committee. Also served as the Director of the Bureau of Land and Water Quality at Maine Department of Environmental Protection. (Cheryl Bascomb) Skills: BCLN; Subject Matter: ACGLMNORSU; Sections: MP. Approved for Active membership; sponsored by Tom Sadler.

Reinstated Members

  • Dan Bertalan, Into the Outdoors Education Network, (Active) 6260 Onwentsia Trail, Oregon, WI 53575. (C) 608-512-9596,, Director of production for the multiple Emmy-winning Into the Outdoors Education Network that uses a combination of broadcast television in 7 states with 22 stations and online classroom films and curriculum that empower our next generation to think critically about their role to shape the future of all “earthlings” who share planet earth. (Cindy) Skills: BIT; Subject Matter: AFORS; Sections: V.

New Supporting Groups, Agencies and Businesses

  • Marine Fish Conservation Network, 3033 Wilson Blvd. Ste. 700, Arlington, VA 22201. Contact: Robert Vandermark, director. (W) 703-842-0680,, Secondary contact: Tom Sadler, deputy director, The Marine Fish Conservation Network is a coalition of commercial and recreational fishing associations, regional and national conservation groups, aquaria, and marine science organizations committed to sustaining fish populations, healthy marine ecosystems, and fishing communities. Our goal is to maintain and strengthen the conservation and management objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. We are committed to ending overfishing, rebuilding fish populations and fostering a fisheries management system that protects vibrant marine ecosystems and the thriving local communities that depend on them. Supporter Resources: C.

Reinstated Supporting Groups, Agencies and Businesses

  • B’n’M Pole Company, 1224 N. Eshman A, P.O. Box 231, West Point, MS 39773. Contact: Jack Wells, president. (W) 662-494-5092, (F) 662-494-7211,, Manufactures crappie, bream poles, reels and crappie rods. Direct consumer inquiries to OWAA department at above address and phone. Supporter Resources: IP.
  • Star Brite, 4041 SW 47th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314. Contact: Bill Lindsey, vice president of marketing. (Toll Free) 800-327-8583, (F) 954-587-2813,, Offers a complete line of marine and RV maintenance and repair products. Direct consumer inquiries to consumer affairs at above address and phone.
  • Tioga County Visitors Bureau, 2053 Rte. 660, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Contact: Lori Copp, executive director. (W) 570-724-0635, (Toll Free) 888-846-4228, (F) 570-723-1016,, Our mission is to promote and facilitate the delivery of tourism and related activities with the reputation of serving Tioga County as the guardians of the quality of life its citizens enjoy and active standards of the natural resources that make it an attractive destination.


Operating Fund

  • Sam Caldwell
  • Dick Hess
  • Roy A. Welch

 Restricted Endowment

  • Philip Larson
  • Larry Stone

John Madson Fellowship Fund

  • Ben Moyer

 Bodie McDowell Scholarship Fund

  • George Ingram          


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