Date: Monday, June 15, 2015
Hello Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever Members-
I wanted to provide an update to all of you regarding some of our Chapter's recent activities. I have summarized the Chapter's highlights from the previous twelve months below.
1. The 2015 banquet was a great success, judged by the enthusiasm I saw at the event and proceeds we garnered from our effort.
a. We had 209 attendees.
b. Gross banquet revenue including the Gun-A-Week drawing was $66,000.
c. Net banquet revenue including the Gun-A-Week ticket pre-purchase was $17,000. We had about $6,000 in expenses charged to the 2015 banquet that will be utilized over the next several banquets including the Apple tablets, Square software that is run on the Apple tablets, merchandise, and sponsor gifts.
d. The Chapter now has $75,000 in our account which the Board will disperse for approved habitat improvement projects in Montana.
2. The banquet committee will be making some changes to the 2016 banquet focusing on the check-in procedure to minimize the check-in wait time, and requiring payment at the time of registration.
3. The banquet committee is in dire need of additional human resources. This year they were understaffed. If the Chapter wants to maintain our banquet experience, the Chapter has to enlarge the volunteer base to make it happen. Without additional volunteers, our banquet committee cannot continue to improve our banquet experience. Please spread the word, and have potential volunteers contact Becky Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rose Timmer (email@example.com).
4. Tom Pick, Jim Hoschouer, Gordon Haugen and I attended the PF State Meeting in Billings. No real earthshaking news from National or other Montana chapters. The highlight for me was a presentation about progressive farming techniques to promote soil health put on by North 40 Ag (https://www.facebook.com/north40ag). Our chapter has a continuing interest in promoting this subject on a landscape scale (think Townships rather than acres), as evidenced our habitat committee meeting a few weeks ago. I made a rather lengthy comment to the State meeting attendees saying that if PF doesn't endorse and promote these types of farming practices across the northern plains we don't have a chance of replacing the upland bird habitat we've lost due to loss of CRP. I also said that we won't be successful at this effort unless PF National gets behind it and promotes it from the top down, not just from the bottom up. I know that Dan Bailey (our Montana Regional Representative) is enthusiastic in this regard, but I believe his resources are limited unless PF National gets on board. Without support from National, I don't see PF as a real player in promoting progressive farming practices that could really help our upland bird populations on a large, multi-state scale. You can voice your support by contacting Dan directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Tom Pick's habitat efforts have focused on several projects as presented in his habitat report below.
6. Our chapter has a new website format. Please check it out at GVPF.org. Thanks to Justin Varley for making this happen.
And finally, I am stepping down as GVPF Chapter President. Jim Hoschouer (email@example.com) will step into that role effective immediately. Kyle Barner will step into the Vice President role. I will continue to serve on the Chapter Board. Thanks to all who helped me throughout my tenure at the GVPF helm. It's been a good ride.
That's all I've got. It's been a real pleasure being part of this organization.