Memorial Awards

Mike Malone/Jim Bunch Memorial Award

In August of 1981 Mike Malone had a tragic accident while fishing on Grindstone Lake. Mike was a past president of the 1st Wisconsin Muskies Inc who was instrumental trying to improve our chapter and our membership and a very family oriented individual.

When Mike passed away in 1981 the chapter board decided to honor Mike by creating the Mike Malone Service Award. The idea behind this award was to recognize a chapter member for outstanding service to the 1st Wisconsin of Muskies Inc for each year.

Each year the past president along with the past year’s winner would decide who would receive this award with the first award presented to Barb Bowlin in 1982.

With a big change in our chapter membership from 1982 it was felt that many members did not know who Mike was and in 2018 the board directors decided to change the name to the Jim Bunch Chapter Service Award.

Jim was also a continually active member with the chapter as well as the National organization. This was a way for our chapter to honor both members who gave much to improve the 1st Wisconsin Chapter of Muskies Inc.

You can view all past recipients of the award on the History Page of this site.