While there are many very worthy outdoor organizations that encompass youth activities as part of their overall mission, Heartland DSC has identified youth as our primary mission including youth with life-threatening illnesses or disabilities. We realize that if hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities are to remain a viable part of our society, it will be the youth that preserve them into the future.
Corey Goss | President (February 2017 – Present)
The best days in my life are when I see my kids smile. My favorite moments are when they catch a fish, shoot their first deer or make a perfect shot at an archery tournament. So, what could be better than forming a chapter under DSC that has a primary focus on youth. I think I speak for all our members, the board of directors, and officers when I say the only thing we want or expect out of the Heartland DSC Chapter is to produce smiles on the faces of the youth of today. When we do this, we will have done our part to ensure there is a future and freedom in the great outdoors. Whether they want to hunt, fish, shoot, or just go for a nature walk.
Chuck Kopocis | Secretary (February 2017 – Present)
I have been fortunate to spend a great deal of my life outdoors hunting, fishing and enjoying nature. While I am able to pass these traditions on to my own children and grandchildren, I wish to expand this influence to other youth that may have not been provided the same opportunity. Heartland DSC provides me the ability to share my appreciation for wildlife and nature. These things can only be fully understood by experiencing quality time outdoors.
Pat Shurtliff | Treasurer (May 2018 – Present)
We all have life choices that we make and one of my life choices was to spend time in the outdoors. I have had the opportunity to explore and experience the outdoors in many areas across the United States. As a youth, I earned the rank of Eagle Scout and am extremely proud that both of my sons have done the same. It is through my Scouting experiences and teenage friends that I developed a passion for the outdoors. One of my first memorable hunting experiences was with my oldest brother. He would wake me up very early to go duck hunting with him then drop me off at grade school before classes started. When I learned of the mission of Heartland DSC, I felt that it was an organization that I wanted to help support.
Kim Gibson | Director at Large (September 2017 – Present)
My story is similar to many outdoor enthusiasts in that my Father introduced and provided opportunities in my youth to experience the Great outdoors. Those early stories have been the driving force in my desire to hunt, fish, hike and camp worldwide while pursuing the bounty provided for all of us to enjoy, harvest and protect. Heartland DSC has allowed me to help create stories for Youth to get outdoors and preserve the heritage we love and want to share. Our mission is critical to the future efforts to increase participation geared towards Hunting, Fishing, Shooting, Conservation, and getting Youth involved in Outdoor Experiences. It was easy for me to support an organization that invests in Youth, including those with disabilities. We strive to create memories that become chapters in the story of the next generation of Outdoor Enthusiast.
Patrick Moore | Director at Large (November 2018 – Present)
When I was invited to be a part of Heartland DSC, I realized that the only reason I would join an organization in a completely different state was that it must have a unique mission. I am involved with numerous outdoor groups locally. Many outdoor groups today annually host youth, disabled and veteran hunting and fishing events. However, few outdoor groups completely dedicate themselves to one of those missions. Heartland DSC has uniquely dedicated itself to youth hunting and fishing with an emphasis on disabled youth. This is a mission I am passionate about and proud to help carry out. If we do not help spread the joy of the outdoors to kids and try to help kids with disabilities experience these wonderful moments outdoors with their peers, then we are not true sportsmen and sportswomen. That is the essence of the word SPORT, in my opinion.
Everett Madson | Director at Large (May 2019 – Present)
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Jerry Avis | Director at Large (February 2020 – Present)
While growing up in the Midwest, Corey and I had always been close as friends. Memories of many fishing excursions and teaching our kids to fish or hunt, have always been at the forefront of our lives. We have both passed those experiences to our children, and also onto other children. Teaching kids the simple pleasures that nature has to offer, is both rewarding and satisfying. The excitement of the first catch, the first hunt, or simply getting out in the great outdoors, is always gratifying through the eyes of a child. They are doing activities through the club that may not otherwise be a reality.
Ruth Moore | Director at Large (February, 2020 – Present)
I grew up in south-central Iowa. My father died when I was only 4 years old, so needless to say, my mother of 4 did’nt have the time or resources to introduce us to the great outdoors. Fast forward 29 years later, I met my husband, and he was and still is an avid hunter. Although I do not hunt, I go with him on all of his outings to assist him due to the fact that he was born with Spinal Bifida. Nothing, and I mean nothing stands in his way. My husband and I started our own nonprofit with its main objective is to assist physically disabled people remain active in outdoor sports. Heartland Dallas Safari Club has the same mission, but with an emphasis on helping youth , which is something that I feel very passionate about. There is no better feeling in the world then watching a child do something that they thought might never be possible. This is Heartland DSC’s goal. This is why I love Heartland DSC!
Founding Board Members: Jeremy Suiter (Chapter Vice President), Dianna (Chapter Treasurer), Chuck Kopocis (Chapter Secretary), Corey Goss (Chapter President), Darin Kotil (Director at Large)