Book Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Missouri Chapter

Joe Dillard

The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future -Teddy Roosevelt

What Teddy said about knowing the past to prepare for the future also applies to MOAFS.  In that regard, I am pleased to announce the upcoming publication for release, Still Hooked: Our First Fifty Years, a compilation of the history of the Missouri Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.  It is the result of many years of hard labor by our own Joe G. Dillard to compile, organize, and summarize thousands of pages of documents, hundreds of photographs, and his own formidable institutional memory into a single volume.  Joe was assisted by History Committee members Amanda Rosenberger and Emily Tracy-Smith.  I sincerely hope it can be utilized by current and future members of MOAFS, and other state chapters looking to build upon our legacy, learn from our successes and failures, and examine their own history and evolution.

In Still Hooked, you will find records of our beginnings, officers, subunits, awards, and annual meetings.  In addition, our major milestones and significant accomplishments are summarized on a year-by-year basis. The book culminates with a summary of our 50th anniversary celebration and a reflection on the future of MOAFS by our own Greg Pitchford, a former president and guest author.

As Sydney Stephens, one of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s founding fathers, said, “No organization, whether governmental or public-private, is worth a damn unless it develops a history, a philosophy, and guiding ethics.”

I hope by delving into this volume, you will gain insight into all three.

—Clint Hale, MOAFS President, 2018-2019

This 288-page soft cover book is available from Joe G. Dillard.  You may contact him at [email protected] or 3535 West Arbor Way Columbia MO 65203.  The price is $15 in person or $18 if mailed.  You can reserve a copy to be delivered at the upcoming MOAFS annual meeting.  If you want to pay in advance for your copy to be delivered at meeting, please make out the check to Joe G. Dillard and mail it to him at 3535 West Arbor Way, Columbia MO 65203. Otherwise, you can just show up with your $15 in hand. For those of you who just can’t wait, please send him a check for $18 and an address to send it to.

Joe has graciously offered to remit all profits to MOAFS.  Help support MOAFS with your purchase.  The more you buy the more we get!