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January 18, 2011

You Will Go Far

A good many of you are probably acquainted with the old proverb, “Speak softly and carry a big stick – you will go far.” If a man continually blusters, if he lacks civility, a big stick will not save him from trouble, and neither will speaking softly avail, if back of the softness there does not lie strength, power. In private life there are few beings more obnoxious than the man who is always loudly boasting, and if the boaster is not prepared to back up his words, his position becomes absolutely contemptible. So it is with the nation. It is both foolish and undignified to indulge in undue self-glorification, and, above all, in loose-tongued denunciation of other peoples. Whenever on any point we come in contact with a foreign power, I hope that we shall always strive to speak courteously and respectfully of that foreign power.

Let us make it evident that we intend to do justice. Then let us make it equally evident that we will not tolerate injustice being done us in return. Let us further make it evident that we use no words which we are not which prepared to back up with deeds, and that while our speech is always moderate, we are ready and willing to make it good. Such an attitude will be the surest possible guarantee of that self-respecting peace, the attainment of which is and must ever be the prime aim of a self-governing people.

-Theodore Roosevelt in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair, 1901

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It Is Not the Critic Who Counts

The famous Theodore Roosevelt quote about striving valiantly and daring greatly

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

—Theodore Roosevelt
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

 

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January 15, 2011

January Trivia

When did T.R. kill his first bison and where did he kill it?

Send your answer to info@trcp.orgor submit it on the TRCP Facebook page for your chance to win a TRCP camo hat! If you’re stumped, ask for a hint.

Congratulations to Jeffrey Pearson for winning last month’s contest.

Last month’s question: What is the name for the type of pinch on style glasses that T.R. wore?

The answer: Pince-Nez. Teddy’s family had no idea how bad his vision was until he kept missing shots with his first gun.

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January 14, 2011

Rollin Sparrowe

Location: Daniel, Wyoming

The Wyoming Chapter of The Wildlife Society recently awarded Rollin Sparrowe the Citizen of the Year Award, recognizing his work to conserve and manage wildlife and habitats in the state of Wyoming.

Sparrowe was recognized for his efforts toward developing science as a basis for management, his outstanding work as a mentor to wildlife professionals, his expertise on wildlife and energy issues and his active engagement in the Upper Green River Basin where the TRCP currently is involved in a lawsuit.

Read on to learn more about one of the founding board members of the TRCP, Rollin Sparrowe.

Q: What is your fondest hunting or angling memory?
My first wild turkey in 1970. It was Missouri’s first season in 30 years.

Q: What led you to your career in conservation?
I read all about exploration, hunting and wild animals in places like Africa when I was growing up. This lead me to seek a college degree in wildlife management at Humboldt State University in California.

Q: How did you get involved with the TRCP?
I am a founding board member and was a partner in establishing the goals of the TRCP.

Q: What do you think are the most important conservation issues facing sportsmen today?
The inexorable growth of human population and its pressures on habitats and wildlife is threatening our hunting and fishing heritage. We also are losing a true sense of wildness in the hunting experience.

Q: What are your hopes for the future of the TRCP and how can sportsmen work with us to accomplish these goals?
The TRCP was established to bring hunting and fishing organizations and sportsmen together to solve difficult problems with the future of habitats and fish and wildlife. I hope to see the TRCP reach that basic goal.

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January 1, 2011

January T.R.ivia

What is the name for the type of pinch-on style glasses that T.R. wore?

Send your answer to info@trcp.org or submit it on the TRCP Facebook page for your chance to win a TRCP camo hat! If you’re stumped, ask for a hint.

Congratulations to Darren Mayers of Brainerd, Minn., for winning last month’s contest.

Last month’s question: What drug was commonly used to help asthmatic children during T.R.’s childhood?

The answer: Tobacco

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CHEERS TO CONSERVATION

Theodore Roosevelt’s experiences hunting and fishing certainly fueled his passion for conservation, but it seems that a passion for coffee may have powered his mornings. In fact, Roosevelt’s son once said that his father’s coffee cup was “more in the nature of a bathtub.” TRCP has partnered with Afuera Coffee Co. to bring together his two loves: a strong morning brew and a dedication to conservation. With your purchase, you’ll not only enjoy waking up to the rich aroma of this bolder roast—you’ll be supporting the important work of preserving hunting and fishing opportunities for all.

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