Conservation clubs recognize members

by Verla Peichl Review Correspondent


Special recognition award recipients at the Sheboygan County Conservation Association awards banquet included (back row, left to right) Jeremiah Dentz, Chuck Strysick, Jeff Gorr, John Mersberger, Jim Kloppenberg, Kevin Hartmann, Dave Taylor, (front row) Sarah DeZwarte, Michelle Molkenthine, Dave Molkenthine, Rhonda Bohrmueller and Warren Bohrmueller. — Review photo by Verla Peichl Special recognition award recipients at the Sheboygan County Conservation Association awards banquet included (back row, left to right) Jeremiah Dentz, Chuck Strysick, Jeff Gorr, John Mersberger, Jim Kloppenberg, Kevin Hartmann, Dave Taylor, (front row) Sarah DeZwarte, Michelle Molkenthine, Dave Molkenthine, Rhonda Bohrmueller and Warren Bohrmueller. — Review photo by Verla Peichl The Sheboygan County Conservation Association Awards banquet was recently held at Klemme’s Wagon Wheel, Howards Grove. The event was well attended and this was a special time to recognize all of the conservation clubs in the county as well as individual members for their efforts to teach good conservation techniques through a multitude of activities.

Conservation club members are continually teaching ATV safety, snowmobile safety, bowhunter safety and hunter safety. The number of students are simply amazing and it truly demonstrates the dedication that this group has shown over the years.

The guest speaker for the evening was Stacy Hron, ADC Coordinator. She spoke on the Sheboygan River clean up and restoration. This extensive project has been under way since 2012 with one of the biggest endeavors being the dredging. She explained that the project was moving along and they were continually monitoring the results on the positive impacts to fish, wildlife and the surrounding habitat.

DNR Safety Instructor Awards were presented to those in attendance by Kyle J. Drake and Michael Clutter of the Department of Natural Resources.

Service recognition awards were presented by Phil Mersberger, president. Those awards included; Dave Taylor for past service as 1st Vice President of the SCCA Board of Directors, Addison Lee for past service as a member of the SCCA Board of Directors for three years and Chuck Strysick for past service as a member of the SCCA Board of Directors.


The Sheboygan County Conservation Association presented its Hall of Fame award to (left to right) Mike and Terri DeMaster, and William “Billy” Lorenz at the association’s recent awards banquet. — Review photo by Verla Peichl The Sheboygan County Conservation Association presented its Hall of Fame award to (left to right) Mike and Terri DeMaster, and William “Billy” Lorenz at the association’s recent awards banquet. — Review photo by Verla Peichl Special note should be made that Strysick has been coordinating and heading up the annual fishing and ice fishing program in the 4-H world. He has generated an extremely large amount of youth to the point that he must make a decision as to how to continue both here in Sheboygan County and other counties.

The decision is an easy one, however, to a point. He either needs more volunteers to help for the day’s event or add a second day so he will be able to accommodate all that desire to learn what he has to offer. It is for this continued effort that he was also presented with the Conservation Educator of the Year Award.

Special recognition awards were presented to; John Mersberger, Dave and Michelle Molkenthine, Rhonda Bohrmueller and Whitetail Bow hunters was represented by Warren Bohrmueller.

Mersberger was recognized for 31 years as an active volunteer for board activities and the Molkenthines and Bohrmuellers for their active roles in archery. Dave is the archer instructor, Michelle is the equipment manager and Rhonda is the administrative person. Warren started the 4-H archery program and it has grown to 200 students so the project had to be moved from Whitetails to the swine barn at the Sheboygan County Fair Park.

There were two Conservationists of the Year Award presented to Jeff Gorr and Jim Kloppenburg.

The Club of the Year/ Farmer’s & Sportsmen’s Conservation Club was presented to Kevin Hartman for his involvement in high school trap shooting since 1970 as well as numerous other activities such as hunter safety courses and the Pigeon River clean-up.

The SCCA Hall of Fame Award was presented to Mike and Terri DeMaster and William “Billy” Lorenz. This award is given to an individual or individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime of commitment to conservation on a local level, the state and or national level. A lifetime commitment to conservation is required for this award.

The DeMasters worked at the Sheboygan County Planning and Resource Department where they used their expertise in the process of land acquisition for the SCCA and joined the Winooski Bowmens Club, Plymouth in 1988.

Lorenz has also spent years of commitment to conservation. In 1977 he helped form the Sheboygan County high school trapshooting league. His leadership as an instructor has been instrumental in the teaching and learning of all the students he mentored. His list of accomplishments are also remarkable.


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