We Want You!

Bob Streeter, Chair of the FWS Retirees Association, recently sent a final appeal for candidates for election to the Board in an e-mail to all members: "Each year, the terms of three members of the Association's Board of Directors expire.  And each year, you get a chance to run for one of those seats or to nominate someone else to run.  This year the terms of Nell Baldacchino, Matt Perry, and Jim McKevitt expire.  Jim has announced that he will run again for his third term (having already served six years as a director).  However, Nell and Matt have decided not to run again, leaving us with only one candidate for election. We need at least two additional candidates for a seat on the board to even have an election and would like to have a total of at least six candidates to make it a meaningful election.  The duties of Board members are not onerous. Members meet via conference call every month and a modest commitment of time devoted to Association business is frequently required of members between each conference call. "

Click here to read Bob's entire message.

 

Reunion 2016 – Memphis on the Big Muddy

A very successful 2016 Reunion took place in October in Memphis, TN. Click here for a few selected photos!

 

Official Reaction to Malhuer NWR Verdict

The FWS Retirees Association joins with Secretary Jewell and Director Ashe in being profoundly disappointed in the verdict regarding the takeover at Malhuer NWR earlier this year. Their letters to all employees are posted here:

All Employee E-Mail from Secretary Jewel

All Employee E-Mail from Director Ashe

 

Emerging Issue - Loxahatchee NWR

Our Board wants you, our members, to be aware of an emerging issue, and to write to Florida Governor Rick Scott supporting the FWS positon to work cooperatively.

ISSUE:The State of Florida is attempting to void the lease agreement for one of our most important National Wildlife Refuges. 

Click here to read the letter from the Board Chair to all members of our Association.

 

Emerging Issue - National Bison Range

Our Board wants you, our members, to be aware of an emerging issue, and to encourage you to assist us in developing any future course of action by our Association.

ISSUE:  After failing to reach a reasonable agreement with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) for the co-management of the National Bison Range (NBR) in Montana, the Service has indicated that it would support legislation to transfer the NBR to the CSKT for management of the lands to be held in trust by the BIA.

Our Board is generally opposed to the loss of any lands now within the National Wildlife Refuge System or actions that are not consistent with our heritage.  We have been in touch with the Directorate and have sent the Director a letter stating our concerns. 

Click here to read the letter from the Board Chair to the Director on behalf of our Association.

We will continue to investigate the nuances of any proposal and keep you informed. 

Numerous members have already voiced their concerns to the Director, the Secretary, and their elected officials.  We encourage you to do the same.  We do want to hear from you and learn of your thoughts and opinions as to what additional action the Retirees Association should take as the issue develops into some specific action by the Service or the U.S. Congress.  Please mail or email any comments to Bob Streeter, Chair, rgstreeter@gmail.com, who will share with the Association Board for further discussion. 

Click here for additional information about this issue.

 

Been a long time since you have had an email from us?  Know that we have the right email for you?  If the answer is yes to both questions, you may want to check your spam folder and mark anything from these addresses as not spam:

postmaster@fwsretirees.org
chair@fwsretirees.org
treasurer@fwsretirees.org

If you've changed your e-mail address, please update it by clicking here.

 

Travel News

Members of the FWS Retirees Association recently returned from the 2016 Conservation/ Volunteer Safari to South Africa and another intrepid group explored Cuba in search of 28 endemic Cuban birds - and so much more! Read all about their adventures here (and scroll down on this page to learn how you can participate in the next trips planned for 2017).

2016 group in South Africa

 

This year's group in South Africa with the wild dogs they helped move to their new home.

From left to right: Back row - Nancy Morrissey, Allan Danise, Fran Lynch, Linda Evans, Robin Fields, Jim Tisdale. Front row - our host Joe Viljoen, Donna Stanek, Jacque Tisdale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 South African Safari and Volunteer Opportunties Announced!

Due to the overwhelming success of the February 2016 Conservation Volunteer/Safari and requests to offer a summer opportunity, we have talked with the staff at Chazen Game Reserve and are happy to announce two new trips.

Trip 1 – February 5 – 17, 2017dusk at Chazen

This will be a conservation work trip. Depart Sunday February 5, arriving in Johannesburg February 6

Tentative schedule: February 6- 12 at Chazen Game Reserve. February 13-16 at Pilanesburg National Park. 

Includes lectures on Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site (Chazen is located in the dome area), visit to nearby town of Parys. Visit to Marapeng and /or Sterkfonein Caves, You can find more information about Chazen on their website Africa Through Your Lens. Return flights depart JohannesburgFebruary 17, arriving back on the 18th. Many travelers opt for additional trips to Cape Town or additional safaris.

Cost: $2500 plus airfare ($2500 is all inclusive, including all transport, meals, lodging, entry fees). Group is limited to 10 people.

For more information, contact: Donna Stanek at dstanek0418@hotmail.com

Trip 2 –June/July 2017, exact dates to be announced 

Departure will be on a Thursday with Friday arrival in Johannesburg and departure from Johannesburg the following Friday. This will be a non-work trip.  Tentative itinerary four days at Chazen Game Reserve.  Three days at Pilanesburg National Park.  Includes lectures on Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site (Chazen is located in the dome area), visit to nearby town of Parys.  Visit to Marapeng, Sterkfonein Caves, or Lesedi Cultural Center.
Cost: $2500 plus airfare.  ($2500 is all inclusive, including all transport, meals, lodging, entry fees)

For more information contact: Donna Stanek at dstanek0418@hotmail.com

 

Watch the New FWS Retirees Association Video

A new video is available on YouTube called "Join the FWS Retirees Association". Featuring interviews with FWS HIstorian Mark Madison, Pacific Region Retiree Jerry Grover and Board of Directors Member Dr. Mamie Parker, the video covers the history of the Association, the benefits of joining and how to join (if you're not already a member!), and some of the activities members participate in - especially the reunions!

Click here to watch the video.

 

Denny HollandDenny Holland

We are sad to announce that one of the FWS Retirees founding members, Denny Holland, has passed away after battling cancer for the last couple of years. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Denny Holland had a remarkable life full of experiences, including more than 30 years of active service with the FWS. You can read his full obituary here:

http://www.dothaneagle.com/eufaula_tribune/obituaries/holland-dennis-franklin/article_6200ab41-8fa7-5d7e-b5ed-fb791f5f6599.html

The family of Denny Holland has requested that those wishing to remember Denny do so with a donation to the FWS Retirees Association.

You can also visit the FWS Retirees Page on Facebook for more information.

 

Board Offers Free Membership for First Year

Apply for membership - your first year is free!

Join 1st Year Free

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Why join?

Keep connected to USFWS, renew friendships,

make new friends with similar interests,

travel to unique wild places,

do volunteer work for fish and wildlife conservation,

and support the FWS Retirees Association