SAM NEWS

Improved SAM News

Posted Feb. 22, 2012, at 3:50 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 24, 2012, at 1:05 p.m.

By now you have figured out that the SAM News has changed, we hope you will agree for the better. The SAM News is the most important vehicle we use to communicate with our members on legislative and out-door issues effecting sportsmen.

That will not change: Members will still be the first to receive this important information several weeks before the general public, but now the SAM News will include more columns and feature stories written by SAM and the Bangor Daily News.

Instead of the News going just to SAM members, it will now appear free on 870 newsstands throughout rural Maine. We believe this new statewide distribution enables us to reach tens of thousands of potential SAM supporters and more effectively promote our message. We hope you approve; please, give us your feedback.

New Partners

We are excited to announce our renewed corporate partnership with Robbins Lumber of Searsmont and Huber Corporation. We welcome them back.

We are also excited about a new partnership with the 3,800 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Men and women of Local S-6, at Bath Ironworkers represent 3,300 of those members, and like SAM they are excited about promoting youth and disabled veterans programs. Our common interests in the outdoors and the vast potential for grass roots activities strengthen SAM and some of that potential is highlighted in the SAM News. Welcome aboard!

Deer Management Network

Gerry Lavigne, retired deer biologist, has energized SAM members and Fish and Game clubs across the state with the Maine Deer Management Network. We kicked off this initiative on January 21. The fund-raiser at our SAM Conference Center raised $3,100. Between 90 and 100 people enjoyed wild game from raccoons to coyotes. To learn more, please, visit the website at: sportsmansallianceofmaine.org.

New SAM Board Members

We are excited to announce the election of two new board members, Gerry Lavigne of Boyd Lake and Erik Hart of Winthrop. Gerry is well known to sportsmen as SAM’s go-to guy on deer. Gerry is leading our deer management network. Erik Hart is an avid fisherman and passionate duck hunter. His experience will be helpful as we develop youth and veteran programs, especially of the Messalonskee project highlighted in the SAM News.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the State of Maine Sportsman Show, to be held March 30-April 1 at the Augusta Civic Center. If you are interested in volunteering, please, contact Becky at becky@sportsmansallianceofm

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