NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame Inductee Details – Part 2
Utica, New York –-(Ammoland.com)- The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame proudly announces that it will induct eight new members at the Annual Banquet, April 30, 2011 in Canastota, NY.
The eight individuals represent a cross section of interests and achievements from various regions of New York State. What they do have in common is a lifetime of dedication to conservation and improving participation in outdoor sports.
Fred Golofaro, editor of “The Fisherman” magazine, has been active in involving youth in fishing and a major advocate for expanding access and opportunity for sport fishing in the Long Island region. He has established a non profit Sport Fishing Fund that benefits outdoors activities for youth and funds conservation issues. The Kids Fishing Camp established by Golofaro educates children about recreational sport fishing and outdoor recreation.
Golofaro developed and managed the “Send a Kid Fishing” program that has allowed over 20,000 children to experience fishing and outdoor recreation. He also manages a series of annual fishing tournaments whose revenues support recreational fishing opportunities at state parks throughout Long Island. In addition to being an advocate for access rights and sport fishing, he has actively been involved with the Fishing Advisory Board and Casting for Recovery.
Harold Palmer was honored for his longtime service to sportsmen, including involvement in the New York State Conservation Council. He has served in many offices, including Legislative Vice President and President of NYSCC. During his term as president he worked with the State Legislature to secure passage of the Junior Big Game and Trapper Mentor bills. He also worked with the DEC to save the pheasant farm and stocking program from being eliminated.
Palmer has also been involved with Coxsackie Sportsmen’s Club in several roles including youth instruction in safe gun handling. Currently he is a NYS volunteer instructor in bowhunter education. As a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation he was responsible for presentations on the feasibility of restoring elk to New York.
Lin Menninger, a former teacher at East Syracuse-Minoa, did what many thought was impossible – bringing hunting and fishing into the school. Her Great Outdoors Club involved many students who had academic and discipline problems and by getting them involved in hunting, fishing, etc., their performance improved and they even became involved in giving back to the community. Following her retirement she incorporated this group into Advanced Strategies Adventures, a volunteer organization that is heavily involved with helping physically challenged sportsmen.
She has been very involved with the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen and serves on its Board of Directors. Among the many organizations that she is involved with are NY Bowhunters instructor, Women In Nature instructor, DEC Hunter Safety instructor, and a Search and Rescue volunteer. For her lifetime of involvement and service she has won many honors, including “Field & Stream’s” Heroes of Conservation Award.
Will Elliott, an award winning writer for the “Buffalo News,” has covered the outdoor scene for 26 years. During that time he has been a strong advocate for conservation, ethics, and increased involvement in outdoor recreation. His columns in the “Buffalo News,” “New York Outdoor News,” and other publications has increased the knowledge of techniques and opportunities for sportsmen and alerted to issues of importance. He is a past president of the New York State Outdoor Writers’ Association.
Will Elliott has also served the sportsmen of western New York in many capacities and roles in the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and was a member of the Erie County Fisheries Advisory Board. He has been active in many clubs and organized and taught an adult education class in hunting and fishing. He actively volunteers at charity fishing tournaments, including the BassEye Tournament to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research and the Wounded Warriors program.
These sportsmen will be honored at the Annual Banquet on April 30, 2011. Guests and interested sportsmen are encouraged to attend. Information or reservations are available by calling 315-363-3896 by April 23. In addition to honoring sportsmen and women for preserving or enhancing our outdoor heritage, the NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame is involved in many other educational activities including seminars, fishing clinics, or youth programs. Check the web site www.nysohof.org for more information.