HAMBURG, N.Y., – January 22, 2018 – Southtowns Walleye Association of Western New York Inc. (SWA) ( held its annual elections on January 18, 2018 for its Officers and Board of Directors. The organization which boasts over 1,000 members annually supports kids fishing, philanthropic and conservation programs for the Great Lakes region and was instrumental in pushing for the removal of gill netting on Lake Erie, helping to make it the great fishery it is today.

The recent election for various positions consisted of First Vice President, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary and several Board of Directors roles. Prior to the general election several officer positions went uncontested at the December meeting; President, Second Vice President, Membership Secretary, Recording Secretary and Sergeant at Arms respectively.

David B. Woodworth previous President of Southtowns Walleye Association of Western New York, Inc. recently stepped down after a remarkable fourteen years of service, his various contributions and leadership over this time has been instrumental in the success of the club and helped to set the foundation for its major role in the fishery and community today. Sue Guenther former First Vice President was elected into the position uncontested by the membership and the club looks forward to her continued strong leadership in 2018 and beyond.

Current List of Officers 2018:
President – Sue Guenther
First Vice President – Jim Skoczylas
Second Vice President – Ron Wutz
Recoding Secretary – Jack Schultz
Membership Secretary – Jay Such
Corresponding Secretary – Tom Chiavetta
Treasurer – Bob Merrick
Assistant Treasurer – Dick Shaefer
Sergeant at Arms – Mike McCloud
Sergeant at Arms – Robert E. Mueller

Board of Directors election results 2018:
Director – Rusty Ellis
Director – Chris Guenther
Director – Tim Kuczka
Director – Randy Scott
Director – Jim Stechenfinger

Southtowns Walleye Association of Western New York, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving fishing opportunities in the region for all individuals. With a clear focus on kids, community, conservation and philanthropy, our various programs support these pillars for a strong future generation of outdoorsmen and women and our fishery. To learn more about the club, please visit us at or stop by our facility located at 5895 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg, NY 14075, Tel.: 716.649.8202, Fax: 716.649.8237, meetings are held the third Thursday of each monthat at 7:30pm and are open to the public.

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