500 Families by Jan. 1, 2019
A recent episode of ABC’s 20/20 included several stories about kids who are “addicted” to different aspects of the internet. The symptoms of the addiction often include behavioral issues and eating disorders. In this story, the “treatment” involves spending 10 weeks at a camp in a Utah dessert.
As an organization, MHHF feels strongly that a connection to the natural world is important to living a balanced life. In Richard Louv’s book, The Last Child in the Woods, there is documented scientific proof that spending time outside has a positive impact on all of us – mentally, physically and emotionally.
As a member, and supporter, of MHHF, you understand the value of being connected to Missouri’s great outdoor heritage. On behalf of the board, I thank you for supporting our Mission to introduce youth to our hunting heritage and helping them connect to the natural world.
While we’ve made great progress in realizing our Mission, our work is just beginning. Your MHHF board of directors met Sunday, May 21, to review progress over the last year and set new goals for the next 19 months. Among those targets was a determination to introduce 86 more families to Missouri’s hunting tradition and to bring our total number of families who have participated in an MHHF clinic to 500 by Jan. 1, 2019, the time Stacie Hubler takes office as the next Federation president. This will be accomplished through expansion of the Henry County Chapter and with the addition of two new chapters in Central and North Central Missouri.
Other targets include new member recruitment and development. And, for the first time since their creation in 2010, the MHHF Vision and Mission Statements are also being revised. Emphasis will be moved from statewide expansion to the quality of our clinic experience.
Thanks to board members Sean Flanagan for hosting the meeting and to J.D. Selby for leading the discussion.
If you’re interested in getting a copy of The Last Child in the Woods, please consider ordering through the Amazon Smile Program which will, in turn, make a contribution to MHHF.