Nov. 5, 2018
Franke Wins NYSOWA Pass It On Award
George Franke of Norwich, NY, longtime member of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association (NYSOWA) was selected to be the recipient of the group’s Pass It On Award at its annual awards banquet Oct. 6, this year held at the Peconic River Sportsman’s Club on Long Island.
The Pass It On Award was initiated by Bass Pro Shops many years ago and continued by NYSOWA. This annual award honors the active member of NYSOWA who has done the most to “pass on” our outdoor heritage. The media group has recognized the fact that it is vital to pass on our outdoor heritage, including the understanding of the role of conservation and an interest in our outdoor sports.
This year’s winner does all of the above and more. Franke has devoted many years and much effort to involving others, especially youngsters, in the outdoor sports and an appreciation of the outdoors and sporting tradition.
George Franke has done many of these things quietly, without fanfare, and without seeking recognition. He has been a longtime member of Safari Club International where most of his efforts have been directed towards involving youth. He has led efforts to raise the money and led the search to find deserving youngsters that were sent (all expenses paid) to the outdoor leadership school in Colorado.
On the local club level in various Chenango County organizations, he has been instrumental in sending many kids to conservation camp. He organized fundraising efforts and the search to find youngsters to send to conservation camp.
In these organizations, he has also been an instructor in many outdoor skills from hunter safety, bowhunter education, and other skills. Throughout the area, he has conducted many classes or seminars on hunter education or other skills, including taxidermy. He has been an instructor at Becoming an Outdoors Woman weekends.
Franke has taken the lead in organizing many of the Youth Hunts that give youngsters who would not otherwise have the opportunity, a chance to learn the skills and to go afield hunting with experienced mentors. It should be noted that Franke was late, and almost missed his own induction into the NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame, because he was involved in a Youth Hunt for turkey that he had organized.
Franke has traveled throughout central New York as speaker and proponent of Second Amendment Rights and the NY Crossbow Coalition. As an outdoor writer for several publications, including Empire Outdoor Journal and the Norwich Evening Sun, George has educated his readership about many opportunities for outdoor recreation, passed along skills to be successful, and made people aware of issues that involved or threatened outdoor sports.
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