The New York State Outdoor Writers’ Association (NYSOWA) announced on October 4 at its annual conference, in Cortland County, that Dave Barus of East Aurora, NY is this year’s recipient of the Pass It On Award. This award is sponsored jointly by NYSOWA and Bass Pro Shops.
Bass Pro Shops sponsors the annual NYSOWA scholarship fund
To stress the importance of passing on our outdoor heritage to others, Bass Pro Shops sponsors this annual award and donates $300 to the scholarship fund of NYSOWA in the name of the recipient. A committee solicits nominations and chooses the writer who is most deserving of this award.
Both NYSOWA and Bass Pro Shops realize that passing on our outdoor heritage is vital if we are to keep alive the ethics of conservation and the enjoyment of natural resources and outdoor sports. This can be accomplished in many forms, including youth activities, education, publicity and mentoring.
Barus is founder of the popular Teach Me To Fish program
Dave Barus of East Aurora, NY has been a syndicated outdoor journalist since 1983, and through his writing he has helped pass on the knowledge and a taste of the outdoor experience to his readers, helping to get them interested and more skilled in the outdoors. As a seminar speaker, he has also instructed and inspired people interested in our outdoor sports.
Barus is the founder of the highly-popular "Teach Me To Fish" four hour Erie County program to introduce youngsters of all ages to the fun of the outdoors through fishing - passing on the tradition to thousands of junior fishermen through the years. The program also educates the parents, too. His outstanding effort with this program has earned him induction into the NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame.
His involvement with the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Club and the Erie County Fisheries Advisory Board also helps to pass on his youthful expertise to other by running other youth events.
For more information contact Glenn Sapir (203-426-1320)