Conservation group hands out honors

by Verla Peichl
Review Correspondent


SERVICE AND SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD winners at the 2017 Sheboygan Counthy Conservation Association Annual Awards Night at The Village at 170 in Kohler were (left to right) Josh Mersberger, Pat Holt, James Meinnert, Michael Clutter and Dave Taylor. — Submitted photo SERVICE AND SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD winners at the 2017 Sheboygan Counthy Conservation Association Annual Awards Night at The Village at 170 in Kohler were (left to right) Josh Mersberger, Pat Holt, James Meinnert, Michael Clutter and Dave Taylor. — Submitted photo The Sheboygan County Conservation Association recently held its annual awards night and banquet at The Village at 170 in Kohler.

The evening was filled with club members from the various association clubs throughout the county, with special awards and recognition given to those who have excelled.

Guest speaker Kristopher Rusch from Wildlife of Wisconsin spoke to the group about what they do at their facility.

“We take care of the sick, orphaned, injured and sometimes diseased wild animals and then return them to their natural habitat,” said Rusch. “We have rehabilitated sandhill Cranes, owls, hawks, falcons, songbirds and yes, even opossums, raccoons and bats.”


SPECIAL AWARDS at the recent Sheboygan County Conservation Association Annual Awards Night at The Village at 170 in Kohler went to (left to right) Mike Scholler, Lil Pipping, Dorothy Behr and Mike Drossel. — Submitted photo SPECIAL AWARDS at the recent Sheboygan County Conservation Association Annual Awards Night at The Village at 170 in Kohler went to (left to right) Mike Scholler, Lil Pipping, Dorothy Behr and Mike Drossel. — Submitted photo Rusch played a short video to better describe how they use adult animals to foster the young and teach them how to live in their natural habitat.

He noted that wild animals are not meant to become pets. If an animal is found that needs attention they should be brought to their rehabilitation center where the animal can be properly cared for and then released into the wild.

“If there is an animal that just can’t be returned to the wild, we will euthanize them if that is within the best interest of that animal,” said Rusch, “However, there are some that we keep to be used as a visual for our programs, such as these or when we are invited to go into the schools.”


JOHNSONVILLE ROD AND GUN CLUB members present to receive Club of the Year Award at at the recent Sheboygan County Conservation Association Annual Awards Night at The Village at 170 in Kohler were (left to right) Ralph Knuth, Dan Fulcer, Dave Taylor, Duane Gumm, Lori Gumm, Rich Taylor, James Knepprath, James Ubbelohde and John Lederer. — Submitted photo JOHNSONVILLE ROD AND GUN CLUB members present to receive Club of the Year Award at at the recent Sheboygan County Conservation Association Annual Awards Night at The Village at 170 in Kohler were (left to right) Ralph Knuth, Dan Fulcer, Dave Taylor, Duane Gumm, Lori Gumm, Rich Taylor, James Knepprath, James Ubbelohde and John Lederer. — Submitted photo Rusch brought some of the educator animals with him, including a red-tailed hawk, barred owl, falcon and barn owl.

Those in attendance were interested to see these animals up close and hear details about their hunting abilities and natural habitats.

The rest of the evening was filled with numerous recognitions and awards, which were distributed to the dedicated volunteers who have been committed to taking care of wildlife and the environment as well as teaching youth how to continue with these important practices.


2017 DNR SAFETY INSTRUCTORS honored at the recent Sheboygan County Conservation Association Annual Awards Night at The Village at 170 in Kohler recently were (back row, left to right) Jeffrey Schmitz, James Tarnowski, Randolph Platz, James Ubbelohde, (front row) Thomas Engelman, Kevin Capelle and Glen Walcott. — Submitted photo 2017 DNR SAFETY INSTRUCTORS honored at the recent Sheboygan County Conservation Association Annual Awards Night at The Village at 170 in Kohler recently were (back row, left to right) Jeffrey Schmitz, James Tarnowski, Randolph Platz, James Ubbelohde, (front row) Thomas Engelman, Kevin Capelle and Glen Walcott. — Submitted photo The 2017 DNR Safety Instructor Awards were presented by southern Sheboygan County Conservation Warden Michael Clutter.

All instructors were named and specified by amount of years and number of students.

Among those recognized were Aaron Gorman (5 years, 284 students), Jason Hoffman (5 years, 232 students), Scott Klabechek (5 years, 137 students), Jeffrey Schmitz (10 years, 827 students), James Tarnowski (10 years, 308 students), David Nett (15 years, 1,207 students), Randolph Platz (15 years, 359 students), James Ubbelohde (15 years, 743 students), James Knepprath (15 years, 771 students), Daniel Guell (20 years, 923 students), Thomas Engelman (25 years, 1,468 students), Kevin Capelle (30 years, 1,650 students), Glen Walcott (30 years, 2,607 students) and John Scholler (35 years. 1,583 students).

Service Recognition Awards, presented by Second Vice President Jason Zorn, went to James Meinnert (past service as president), Waitman Slaughter (past service as first vice president), Bob Schumacher (past service as a board of director) and Pat Holt (past service as a member of the board of directors).

Special Recognitions Awards, presented by Secretary Mary Jo Robinson, board member Phil Mersberger and President Jim Evraets, were handed out to Dave Taylor (fundraising banquet committee), Michael Clutter (Sheboygan County outdoor programs) and Josh Mersberger (Easy Money Raffle committee).

The Educator of the Year Award, presented by Between the Lakes Muskies Member Bob Fricke, went to Mike Scholler.

Tri-County Sportswomen member Roxanne Taylor presented the Conservationist of the Year to Lil Pipping.

The Tri-County Sportswomen Lifetime Achievement Award went to Dorothy Behr.

Farmers and Sportsman’s member William Lorenz handed out the Hall of Fame Inductee Award to Mike Drossel.

The Club of the Year Award, presented by President Jim Evraets went to the Johnsonville

Rod & Gun Club.

“The Johnsonville Rod & Gun Club supports local and state projects and excels in outdoor education and is held in high standard of excellence.” Evraets said.

The Sheboygan County Conservation Association strives to serve the outdoor community, protect and maintain habitat, educate and provide opportunities for all to enjoy the great outdoors.


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