WYOMING FLY CASTERS
WYOMING FLY CASTERS FOUNDATION
The Wyoming Fly Casters Foundation, Inc. was organized to operate as a charitable, scientific, literary and educational organization, with the power to solicit and raise funds, acquire, administer, hold, invest and re-invest such funds as may be received by it from gifts, devises, bequests, grants, contributions, purchases, investments, re-investments or otherwise; to own, lease and otherwise obtain property of all sorts and kinds, both real and personal, by gifts or purchases; to establish and maintain any financial arrangement whereby the earnings and income, as well as any gains or increases in value will benefit the promotion and enhancement of the sport of fly
fishing, the conservation of fish and fish habitat through education, acquisition of public access, maintenance and improvement of fish habitat and other activities that will benefit the public's ability to fish. Articles of Incorporation as a Wyoming Corporation filed with the Secretary of State on September 1, 1998. Application for Recognition of Exemption under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code was filed with the IRS on September 4, 1998. The Foundation was subsequently granted an exemption from Federal Income Tax on December 9, 1998
as a publicly supported charitable foundation. Donors may deduct contributions to the Wyoming Fly Casters Foundation, Inc. only to the extent that their contributions are gifts, with no consideration received, as provided in Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Foundation Board of Directors
Like several other Flycasters, Spencer was not born in Wyoming. His first 18 years were spent in central Kansas where he pursued various warm water species of fish and hunted pheasants, quail, and ducks with a passion.
After a couple of years at a small liberal arts college in Oklahoma, he transferred to Utah State University where he earned a couple of degrees in Wildlife Biology and Management.
Spencer worked for 33 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. During those years, he and his family moved about a dozen times. He claims to have lived coast to coast and border to border, having had residences in places from South Carolina, to D.C., to Minnesota, to Oregon, plus several places in between. Following his retirement from the adventures that agency provided, he formed a couple of consulting firms specializing in helping state fish and wildlife agencies around the country be more effective.
In the next 10 years he personally consulted with more than 40 state fish and wildlife agencies, largely dealing with improvements to their decision making systems – especially related to how they dealt with the general public. Finally, upon retiring from paid employment, he moved to Casper and got serious about fly fishing. He feels fortunate to have been taken into hand by Joe, Lloyd, and Ed as he began to learn his way around the fishing opportunities in this vast and beautiful place. Likewise, he feels fortunate to have temporary custody of several acres of land and cabins in the Snowy Range.
Within the Flycasters, he has been active in several roles: members of the conservation committee, committees working on several of our major functions, board member, Secretary, and Vice President, among others. He was humbled to receive the 2016 Flycaster of the Year Award. He enjoys helping other Flycasters learn how to fly fish more successfully. The current Vice President, he is also a trustee of the Wyoming Flycasters Foundation, and serves as Deputy Regional Coordinator of Project Healing Waters.
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