Earlier this year we received an inquiry on our web site asking if there was a MWTHA chapter in the southwest corner of Michigan. We replied that one had not been established there yet. Several messages passed back and forth. Eventually telephone contact was made with Adam Stump of Stevensville who asked what was required to establish a chapter?
A copy of our bylaws along with several issues of Michigan Turkey Tracks was sent. Also sent was a letter that explained that each chapter is required to abide by the bylaws. Each chapter is free to raise their own funds but it must be spent on conservation related projects. Each chapter should work to enhance the future of the Wild Turkey within their area. Each chapter is considered an independent conservation organization bound by MWTHA bylaws and a common goal. Each chapter is required to submit an income tax report to the state chapter treasurer who completes a report to the IRS.
On April 10 a chapter certificate of membership was sent and Southwest Michigan Longbeards was accepted as the new Michigan Wild Turkey Hunters Association Chapter. Their chapter area covers Berrien, VanBuren, Cass and Kalamazoo counties. Adam Stump of Stevensville is the chapter president, Patrick McCory of Coloma is the vice president and Heather Stump is the secretary-treasurer.
They are organizing an agenda and are seeking members to join them. If you are a current member of MWTHA from that area please consider joining their chapter. If you are anyone interested in their area please consider joining them. Contact can be made by contacting Adam at this link. In the meantime—WELCOME!