Volunteers Celebrated at Elk Camp
By Lauren Hummel, Field Programs Manager
Elk Foundation volunteers played a key role in the organization’s success in 2010, and it was their time to shine at the annual Volunteer Fun Night (VFN) at Elk Camp in Reno. The evening celebration—themed “Welcome to the Great Outdoors”—included award ceremonies, games, drawings and music from surprise guest entertainer Easton Corbin. It was a celebration not only for the mission but also for the tremendous spirit and heart of RMEF volunteers who help make good things happen for elk and other wildlife every day.
Fifty-three Chapter Recognition Awards honored chapters for their efforts in 2010, including three chapters who received high honors for their fundraising records. The Three Rivers Chapter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was honored as the first chapter ever to reach $3 million in total fundraising. The Lee County Bull Busters Chapter in Dime Box, Texas, was recognized as the first chapter to reach $1 million in total fundraising in only eight years—the shortest yet by any RMEF chapter. The Tucson Chapter (Arizona) was honored for raising $359,785 in total fundraising in a single year; the Grand Junction Chapter (Colorado) cordially passed the torch to the Tucson Chapter for surpassing their fundraising efforts in 2010 and setting the chapter fundraising bar higher.
Five extraordinary volunteers received the 2010 Chairman’s Awards during the evening: Rick Barlin, Olympia Chapter (Washington); Bobby Gray, Montrose Chapter (Colorado); Terry McLaughlin, Peoria Chapter (Illinois); and Terry and Jane Lewis, Jacksboro Chapter (Tennessee).
The night would not have been complete without a friendly game of Heads or Tails followed by Easton Corbin’s hit ballads, “A Little More Country than That” and more.
Volunteer Fun Night was the night to honor and thank the volunteers for their hard work and dedication to elk country. It was also a night to reinvigorate the vitality and spirit of our volunteers to continue to do what they do best.
“Keeping with tradition, Volunteer Fun Night once again delivered as a high-energy celebration of RMEF chapter and volunteer accomplishments from 2010,” says Steve Decker, vice president of marketing. “Perhaps most importantly, VFN was a night of camaraderie and relaxation for RMEF volunteers, those who give so tirelessly all year to our mission.”