2023 Awards Nomination

Each year the Awards Committee reviews submissions and carefully selects one party for each of the award categories for recognition at our annual awards banquet.

Click the button to make a submission online, or download the nomination form to complete and email it to the awards committee Chairman, Chuck Godfrey at: steelheader03@hotmail.com.

(You can also submit the form by mail to: Chuck Godfrey, 29 Yvette Dr., Cheektowaga, NY 14227)

 Submissions must be received by February 25, 2024.

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Award Categories

Club of the Year Award

This award is given to the organization that has the most outstanding contributions to promote conservation or outdoor sports. 

Dedicated Service Award

This award is given to an individual or group that has gone above and beyond, assisting the Federation with tireless effort whenever needed.

Lifetime Award

This award is given to an individual that has spent a lifetime contributing to the promotion and education of conservation and outdoor activities.

Paul Stoos Volunteer of the Year

The late Paul Stoos embodied the heart and meaning of “Volunteer” as he participated in every Federation event.¬† This award is given to the individual who shares Pauls’ dedication to being a volunteer.

Public Relations of the Year

This award is given to a media representative who has had an impact on our community by using their talents to inform the public on items vital to the preservation of conservation.

Public Servant of the Year

This award is to honor political representatives that have represented the voice of the conservation community to the government.

Public Service of the Year

This award is given to an individual or group that has participated in the enrichment of community events or programs through volunteer services or financial contributions.

Sportsman of the Year

This award is given to an individual who has by words and actions embodied the true nature of an outdoor enthusiast and have demonstrated honorable practices in all outdoor activities.

Youth of the Year

This award is given to an individual under the age of 18, that is impassioned with the desire to participate in an outdoor activity to the very best of their ability. A true beacon and representative of future sportsmen and sportswomen.

Valerie E. Gonnello Sportswoman of the Year

Val was the consummate sportswoman. Standing side-by-side with her husband Tony, she excelled at everything she did. From shooting in trap leagues to fishing on the lake – she did it all and did it better than most, man or woman. This award is given to a woman that has the same fire and passion that Val had in everything they do.

Stanley Spisiak Conservationist Award

Stanley Spisiak, also known as “Mister Buffalo River” was a staunch conservationist that fought for the cleanup of the Buffalo River, Niagara River and Lake Erie. This award is given to an individual or group that has fought to protect our natural resources in similar fashion.