Nov. 1, 2017- At its Annual Conference and 50th Anniversary held in Lake George, NY the New York State Outdoor Writers’ Association (NYSOWA) honored Glenn Sapir of Putnam Valley, NY with the annual Pass It On Award.
Initiated by Bass Pro Shops, this annual award honors the person who has done the most to “pass on” our outdoor heritage. This award is given to Active Members of NYSOWA. Sapir was honored with a plaque at the Annual Conference and his name will be recorded in the Annual Directory along with previous winners.
Both Bass Pro Shops and NYSOWA have recognized the fact that it is vital to pass on our outdoor heritage, including understanding the role of conservation and an interest in our outdoor sports. This can be done in a number of ways such as creating awareness through writing, helping organizations that promote these activities, or directly being involved in mentoring and educating.
Glenn Sapir has been an outdoor writer and editor for over 40 years. During that time he has devoted his energy and writing to passing on the love of the outdoors and the skills necessary to find success. His writings and his editorial direction with Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, and Sports Afield stressed the how and where for outdoorsmen to enjoy the outdoors and achieve success. His writings also stressed the enjoyment in the outdoors, beyond any game or fish harvested.
His education and “passing it on” did not stop with writing. He shared his passion and knowledge of turkey hunting in seminars, columns, and books including Turkey Secrets of the Pros. Throughout his career he shared his experience and advice and been involved in mentoring other outdoor writers. He has continually put the sport and interest of others above his own pleasure by volunteering to guide other hunters.
Glenn has always had a particular interest in recruiting youth into the outdoor sports and providing them with the knowledge to enjoy the outdoors. His stories provided how and why, but even more importantly they told of stories of special youth adventures as well as stressing the importance of follow up activities to build on that interest and success.
Despite winning numerous awards and holding leadership positions in many organizations, Glenn Sapir has been proudest of his involvement with youth or disadvantaged individuals. He has instilled a love of the outdoors in his children and fostered outdoor bonding in his family with his brothers and their children in many outdoor-centered activities and gatherings.
For many years he recruited inner city children to attend Camp DeBruce under the sponsorship of the Rod & Gun Editors Association of Metropolitan New York. He was also active in planning and leading a fishing outing every year for the FDR Veterans Administration Hospital in Westchester County and took an active role in helping the veterans enjoy their outdoor experience.
Glenn Sapir has been a leader in planning and leading fishing outings at Harriman State Park for severely mentally handicapped individuals. He has taken a hands-on role in working at this activity and the follow-up celebrations. Sapir has also been involved in helping supervise fishing outings at Eldred Trout Preserve for children who lost a parent on 9-11.
All of these efforts have earned Glenn Sapir numerous awards, including membership in the NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame. Throughout his whole career Glenn Sapir has been concerned with passing on the love of the outdoor heritage as well as ethical and professional behavior.