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Peak presented NWTF’s Five-Star Award

Jere Peak of Selma received the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Five-Star Award during the Federation’s 33rd annual Convention and Sport Show, held in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 19-Feb. 22.

The Five-Star Award is the NWTF’s highest volunteer recognition. The NWTF’s Five-Star Award is not given every year and, in fact, only four other outstanding volunteers have received it.

“I was very surprised to receive the award.,” said Peak. “It seemed that everybody did an outstanding job of keeping it a secret from me. The previous recipients were outstanding volunteers and I am proud to be included with such outstanding men.”

An NWTF Patron Life Sponsor member, Peak is currently chairman of the NWTF national board of directors and the nominating committee. He also serves as a member of the strategic planning, compensation, awards and executive committees. Peak was first elected to the board of directors in 1999 and has served as president and vice president.

“Having volunteers trust me enough to elect me to the national board of directors, and then honor me with this award, is very flattering,” said Peak. “I am happy to have made some small contribution.”

As a volunteer, Peak has served in many capacities in his local and state chapters including serving as president of the Alabama State Chapter and of his local chapter, as a member of the Alabama State Board of Directors and as banquet chairman for his local chapter.

Peak helped organize the Selma NWTF chapter in 1990. Since its inception, the chapter has had several accomplishments. It was recognized in 2006 as a member of the half a million dollar club, in 2005 as a 15-year Golden Gobbler Chapter and received the L.A. Dixon award in 1992.

“I’m fortunate to be part of a sport and an organization I truly love,” Peak said. “The NWTF is more than just turkey hunting. The NWTF appeals to people in so many areas, and that’s why it’s been so successful.”

The chapter has also held 18 consecutive Golden Gobbler banquets to date. The banquets recognizes those chapters that minimize their expenses and maximize the dollars spent on conservation efforts.