2015 Annual Convention Recap

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The Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) would like to thank all of those who attended our Annual Convention. With over 300 attendees, the Convention was a productive, event-filled weekend spent with passionate conservationists.

The Conservation Foundation of Missouri Charitable Trust and CFM presented 12 scholarships to students on Friday evening. These scholarships recognized both undergraduates and graduates for their hard work and dedication to our natural resources.

Ed Stegner Natural Resources Scholarship Recipients:

  • Mary Mabery
  • Brooke Widmar
  • Aaron Shawn Colborn
  • Brendan Woodall
  • Kasey Devine

Carl Morrow Graduate Natural Resources Scholarship Recipients:

  • Lisa Groshong
  • Jeffrey Schneiderman
  • Brittanie Schuette
  • Travis Schepker
  • Matthew Schrum

Minority Scholarship Recipient:

  • Edward Robinson

Kirkham Family CFM Scholarship Recipient:

  • Denver R. Long, III

During the ceremony, six CLC Student Conservation Achievement Awards were presented. These awards are given to students who have completed a minimum of three years as a member of the Conservation Federation of Missouri’s (CFM) Conservation Leadership Corps, and who have completed a conservation-related college curriculum. Awards are presented the year the degree is earned.

 Student Conservation Achievement Award Recipients:
  • Phillip D. Boyer
  • Valerie Jones
  • Kendell Loyd
  • Kelsey Rumley
  • Alan Sachs
  • Edward Sterling

The most unique portion of our Annual Convention is the resolution process. Much of the weekend is spent crafting, perfecting, discussing and passing resolutions. This year 22 resolutions were passed, which can be found on our website here

The 55 Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC) students in attendance spent much of their weekend crafting their resolutions. They worked in groups and with conservation professionals to produce 13 of the 22 resolutions passed.

 The banquet on Saturday evening was, as always, an exciting event. Over 300 silent auction items were donated, as well as over 40 live auction items. Through the auctions and multiple raffles that evening, CFM raised over $25,000.


A very important award was presented at the banquet this year. Pat Jones, an avid conservationist who has devoted her life to promoting conservation in Missouri, received a prestigious award from the National Wildlife Federation. She received the Affiliate Volunteer of the Year Award for her extensive volunteer efforts, and her conservation legacy that has touched so many.


Missouri conservationist Susan Flader will also be receiving an award from NWF. Flader will receive the National Conservation Special Achievement Award at the National Wildlife Federation’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 28 in West Virginia.

Special thanks to the major sponsors of the 2015 Annual Convention: Bass Pro Shops, Ameren Missouri, Shelter Insurance, Missouri’s Electric Cooperatives and Conservation Foundation of Missouri Charitable Trust. Additional thanks to all of our convention donors and volunteers.

We hope attendees left the event with a renewed passion for the outdoors and new ideas for preserving our unique system of conservation.  CFM looks forward to the rest of the year and is excited to host upcoming events such as Conservation Day at the Capitol, regional events in Kansas City and St. Louis and Trout Fest.

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