Recently Wilke Enginuity developed a plaque for the International Fraternity of Wrestlers. This organization is just newly formed in October of 2014 and is a fee-based membership, exclusively for men or women who have formerly wrestled competitively. These members have hung up their wrestling shoes, have careers and want to give back to wrestling in the form of being part of an organization that advocates wrestling at many levels. The members strive to uphold the principles, values and discipline that are ingrained through the sport of Wrestling.
Board of Governing Members at International Fraternity of Wrestlers
October 31st, 2014
“We searched long and hard to find someone that specializes in this type of piece” comments Chuck Harman, Governing Member at International Fraternity of Wrestlers. “Through a contact we found a local source with Wilke Enginuity who has a tremendous amount of capabilities and experience in designing and producing this type of award. Wilke was very flexible and listened to our needs and ideas; although we did not provide much beyond a concept of the award being polished and made out of stainless steel with some wording.” Harman explains.
From this point, Wilke designed the plaque, developed the graphics and incorporated the wording into a workable concept. A prototype was created and with a few changes and revisions, the final piece was approved and ready for production.
“The plaque is a deciding factor between an annual membership versus becoming a lifetime member of the organization.” Harman elaborates. “Members like to hang the plaque in their office and use it as a conversation starter. There is a certain comradery between wrestlers; people who go toe-to-toe on the mat, this makes a great connection to others who have had a similar experiences.”
In fact each year there are approximately 270,000 wrestlers in high schools across the country. This translates to approximately 6 to 8 million formerly competitive wrestlers in the United States. “The First fifty thousand lifetime members will have “founding” on the plaques (smaller size) to hang on the wall.” states Harman. “We have several other types of plaques on deck; 1st person to join, 1st female to join and the 1st former Olympian to join. Currently Kenny Chertow (1988 Olympian) from State College Pennsylvania is slated to take former Olympian position within the fraternity. In addition to the plaques, we will be looking to Wilke Enginuity for key chains and other logoed items to support the membership. The new laser system that they have recently installed opens a large number of possibilities and customization capabilities that make it special to be part of this organization.”