Feast for the senses at Rod & Gun Club annual banquet

Annual banquet in new location this year at Columbia Valley Centre Saturday, February 24th

The Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club is set to celebrate at their annual banquet at the new Columbia Valley Centre on Saturday, February 24th

The banquet is the club’s major fundraiser each year. It includes a silent and live auction, 50/50 balloon draw, floor raffles, card draw, youth raffle items, and a picture contest.

“For the floor raffle items (balloon draw, .22 rifle, lottery tickets and trail camera), we are offering a $30 ticket package covering all these items at a saving over individual purchase,” reports Rick Hoar, president of the club, adding people can still buy tickets for any of the items individually as well.

The local club always strives to serve wild game, harvested by members and sometimes donated by Conservation Officer Service. This year, the offerings include grizzly and black bear, elk, whitetail deer, sheep, cougar, and beaver.

The evening is comprised of before-dinner appetizers, dinner, trophy and Worker for Wildlife awards, followed by a dance and midnight snack. The Worker for Wildlife award honours someone who has done a lot for wildlife in the area, including habitat work, or stood up for wildlife at different meetings, or have joined committees, explains Mr. Hoar. The award is not given out every year, only if the nominating committee feels there is a person worthy of the recognition. Mr. Hoar confirms there will be a Worker for Wildlife award bestowed this year.

The club also hands out trophies for hunting and fishing, such as largest mule deer and largest fish. To win an award, you must be a member of the club, with your club membership prior to that season opening.

There is a photo contest in conjunction with the banquet. Categories include wildlife, natural landscape, and people in a wildlife setting for the year 2017. Members can enter one picture per category (please ensure photos are no larger than 5 Mb each). Send entries to bob@lwdrodgun.com by February 14th.

This year’s card draws are for two rifles, donated by Canadian Tire and Dusk Building Systems.

Mr. Hoar urges people to buy their tickets soon as they always sell out. He says this is a great way, “to support the Rod & Gun club in our projects we do.”

Tickets are $50 per adult, youth 14 years and under $30 per ticket. Tickets are available at RONA, Kootenay Coffee, Home Hardware, and Horsethief Pub and Eatery.

For more information on the Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club, visit www.lwdrodgun.com.

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