SYRACUSE, N.Y. â€" April 8, 2014 â€" Honeywell (NYSE: HON) will honor Stephen Wowelko, immediate past president of the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmenâ€™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 Sportsmenâ€™s Clubs Awards Banquet on Friday, April 11.Â
â€œIt gives us great pleasure to recognize a man who has an outstanding commitment to habitat and conservation,â€� said Tom Buckmaster, president of Honeywell Hometown Solutions.Â â€œFor 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.
Collaboration among Honeywell Hometown Solutions
, the companyâ€™s citizenship initiative; Wowelko; and the Sportsmenâ€™s Clubs began when Honeywell
stepped in to support Sportsmenâ€™s Days at Carpenterâ€™s Brook as the organization was losing its major sponsor in 2009. Â Under Wowelkoâ€™s leadership, Honeywell Sportsmenâ€™s Days at Carpenterâ€™s Brook grew from 400 participants to more than 6,000 in 2013.
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.
As president of the federation from 2007 to 2014, Wowelko oversaw 40 different sportsmenâ€™s clubs with memberships reaching more than 5,000.
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.
has also served on the DEC Region 7 Citizen Task Force for Deer Management