This Tennessee volunteer says it takes involvement from many generations to keep the NWTF going
NWTF: How did you get involved with the NWTF?
Jason Noe: A friend of mine, Joe Spoone, took me to a few banquets and a committee meeting where I got acquainted with Wayne and Rosemary White. They showed me a lot of things about the NWTF. I have a great friendship with the Whites and I love and cherish them. In fact, I have met a lot of great people through my work with the NWTF. I have never met a stranger.
NWTF: Tell us about your involvement with the NWTF on the state and local level.
JN: I have served as vice president of my local chapter, a state board member, district director and have helped NWTF run banquets. I have run several banquets myself.
NWTF: What NWTF events or projects have you been involved with?
Jason Noe is involved in the NWTF because he wants hunting to be there for decades to come.
JN: I go to all the banquets in east Tennessee, which totals between 25 and 30 banquets a year. Our chapter hosts an awesome JAKES Day at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency office in Morristown. This year, we named our JAKES Day in memory of Allen Ricks. He was a long-time information officer for the TWRA and a great NWTF volunteer.
NWTF: Why do you volunteer for the NWTF?
JN: I believe in the NWTF's mission. I want hunting, fishing and all outdoor sports to be there for adults and kids for decades to come. With our organization leading the way, we can accomplish that.
NWTF: Why should others get involved?
JN: We are losing ground every day in our mission. Without the help of volunteers, we may lose our hunting privileges and the way of life we cherish. We need all the help we can get.
NWTF: Are there any NWTF programs you take special interest in?
JN: I really like being involved with the JAKES program. I believe in what the Bible says in Proverbs 22:6: "Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
NWTF: Do you have any advice for new NWTF members?
JN: Ask a lot of questions and try to learn all you can from somebody a little older who knows about who we are and what we do. Listen to what they have to say. There's a lot of knowledge under that gray hair. And remember, you have two ears and one mouth for a reason. Listen twice as much as you talk. — Gregg Powers