Got this the other day and kept forgetting to pass it along:
UWC said:Dear United Wildlife Cooperative (UWC) members,
Please know that we as officers and staff really appreciate your membership and recognize that you are the key to UWC's existence and success! We hope you realize that as well.
We apologize for not being as active in the public's eye as much as we have been in the past nor as much as we would like to be in the future. We made some major changes in leadership positions and had to clear up some challenges with the paperwork, red tape, and delays imposed by the IRS and State of Utah to become a non-profit 501(c)(3) conservation organization. It wasn't easy, but we got through it and we are now fully non-profit compliant so any contributions to UWC are now tax deductible.
Meanwhile we've kept active in other less visible ways, with getting a mandated 30% of the EXPO permit application fees returned to wildlife projects, having 2 UWC members on the Mule Deer Planning Committee, 2 UWC members on the Bear Management Committee, and 1 UWC member on the Cougar Management Committee. We are also working with several other organizations and groups of organizations to insure access to public lands and wildlife habitat. And we have continued to attend and make proposals at the RAC and Wildlife Board meetings to provide for more family oriented hunting and fishing opportunities. In other words, we have continued working in your behalf.
Now, because we want to again become a more visible and stable wildlife organization, and after much thought and discussion with officers, staff and sponsors, we believe it's in the best interest of you and UWC that we now ask you to support UWC financially, as well as with your time and talents. In the past we have relied solely on unspecified voluntary financial contributions, but found they didn't come in a timely manner nor in the amounts we needed to meet our obligations and goals, and many times the officers and staff made large personal sacrifices to provide those funds. That has taken its toll on them and UWC's ability to plan and function as we should. To solve that problem, from now until Feb 15, 2016 and continuing each year, we are asking you to support UWC with an annual dues of $30 for each immediate family living in the same household. That may not seem like much, yet it gives us a basic stable form of funding and it will make all the difference in the world to our ability to plan and function. And coupled with our sponsorships and other fundraising efforts, it will put us fully back on track with our mission and goals. You can contribute and subscribe to our biannual newsletter using Paypal through the UWC website, www.unitedwildlifecooperative.org, (Click on Membership and closely follow instructions.), or by check or money order to UWC, 646 S. Main St #215, Cedar City UT 84720, or at your nearest Mountain America Credit Union office (Be sure to tell them that UWC is listed on their records as a non-profit business account and also tell them your name so that we have a record of your contribution/subscription.) In return, we offer you a token (or tokens) of our gratitude. For a 1 year membership/subscription of $30, you'll receive your choice of a UWC sticker you can put on your car window or a signal mirror you can put in your survival kit. For a 2 year discounted membership/subscription of $50, you'll also receive a 160+ page pocket/pack size survival manual and for a 5 year discounted membership/subscription of $125 you'll also receive a great looking bolt action style ballpoint pen.
In the next few emails we will give you further information on various meeting schedules, events, projects and surveys related to wildlife and we'll answer any questions you may have. In the meanwhile we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season.
Lee Tracy, UWC Pres.