- Award recognizes individuals who improve the lives of people and communities
- Honeywell has partnered with Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs to educate the Central New York community about wildlife and habitat conservation since 2009
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – April 8, 2014 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) will honor Stephen Wowelko, immediate past president of the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and member and past chairman of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 7 Fish and Wildlife Management board, with the Honeywell Hometown Heroes Award. The award will be presented at the annual Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs Awards Banquet on Friday, April 11.
The Honeywell Hometown Heroes Award is given to individuals who improve the lives of others and make their hometowns better places to live and work through long-term dedication, compassion and the desire to do the right work, right now.
“It gives us great pleasure to recognize a man who has an outstanding commitment to habitat and conservation,” said Tom Buckmaster, president of Honeywell Hometown Solutions. “For decades Steve has been working with the community in hands-on conservation activities, helping to raise awareness of the importance of protecting our natural resources. Thousands of community members now attend Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook, the annual celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, because of his leadership.”
Collaboration among Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s citizenship initiative; Wowelko; and the Sportsmen’s Clubs began when Honeywell stepped in to support Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook as the organization was losing its major sponsor in 2009. Under Wowelko’s leadership, Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook grew from 400 participants to more than 6,000 in 2013.
Wowelko also has been instrumental in leading efforts to restore the fish hatchery. The hatchery stocks up to 100,000 trout annually in more than 100 miles of Central New York rivers and streams, and hosts hundreds of youths and community members.
“I am humbled and honored to accept this award,” said Wowelko. “What is most gratifying is seeing how many community members participate in Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook to learn about conservation and stewardship taking place in their own communities. It means so much to know that a company is open to listening and incorporating ideas into such a significant project as the revitalization of Onondaga Lake.”
“Steve has provided opportunities through the Sportsmen’s Clubs that would not have been available to my children without his hard work and input,” said Chris Nutter, a member of the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs.
As president of the federation from 2007 to 2014, Wowelko oversaw 40 different sportsmen’s clubs with memberships reaching more than 5,000. He was inducted into the New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame in 2010 and was awarded The Post-Standard Heroes of Conservation award in 2009. Wowelko has also served on the DEC Region 7 Citizen Task Force for Deer Management. Honeywell Hometown Solutions is one of the most recognized corporate social responsibility initiatives in the world, receiving more than 80 awards for its community outreach efforts.
About Honeywell Hometown Solutions
Honeywell Hometown Solutions is the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, which focuses on five areas of vital importance: Science & Math Education, Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Habitat & Conservation, and Humanitarian Relief. HHS established the Honeywell Hometown Heroes award to honor exceptional community leaders making a positive impact in their cities, states and hometowns. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit: http://citizenship.honeywell.com/.
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About Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook
Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook was created as a tribute to National Hunting and Fishing Day and is held in Elbridge, N.Y., in September. It is one of the largest celebrations of National Hunting and Fishing Day in New York State. Outdoor activities suitable for all ages include: clay target shooting, waterfowl identification/calling, turkey and goose calling, archery, BB guns, fly fishing, jig tying, canoeing, muzzle loading, and trout fishing. There are demonstrations by woodsmen, local wildlife artists, and authors, as well as retriever and pointer dog demonstrations.
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