Money was well made, and will be well spent

By Geoff Lee

January 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Gun & Outdoor Sportsman Show to donate thousand$

It will be money well spent.
The Lloydminster and District Fish & Game Association will invest every cent raised from this year’s gun show for youth, adult and conservation programs.
The Lloydminster Gun & Outdoor Sportsman Show, held Jan. 21-22 at the Servus Sports Centre, generated about $24,200 in gross ticket sales to fund fish and game association projects.
“We spend a lot of money on youth programs,” said Larry Chambers, the treasurer of the association, who added the gun show is the association’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Chambers said there is no point talking about how much is raised without telling everyone where it’s spent.
The association awards two $1,000 scholarships a year to encourage entry of qualified students to pursue careers related to conservation, biology or renewable resource technologies.
“For a number of years we have spent about $2,400 a year sending kids to conservation youth camps in the summer to both provinces,” said Chambers.
“We sent four kids to Alberta and two to Saskatchewan this year.”
“We would be introducing the kids we are sending to camp and the students we gave scholarships to during the annual awards night banquet.”
The banquet on Saturday, Jan. 28 will also feature a live auction for a Browning X-Bolt (.270 calibre) rifle that comes with a mounted Scorpion Venom hi-grade scope.
There will also be two African Hunting Safari packages for live auction, that has been donated by African Dreams Hunting & Photo Safaris Inc. based in Sylvan Lake, Alberta.
The banquet will be well attended with current membership hovering around the 1,800 mark, making it the largest club in Saskatchewan.
“We’ve gained membership over the last few years,” said Chambers.
“I don’t know exactly why, but one of the things is forming relationships with the Lloydminster and area archers and people who like to shoot at ranges.”
He said the core of membership is people that are interested in conservation.
There could be some mention at the banquet of the association’s $1,000 annual support for an Outdoor Woman program in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
“We do cover a lot of our program,” said Chambers about the banquet agenda.
The association also donates about $1,500 a year for youth programs in the two provinces.
The Lloydminster association will send four delegates to the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation Convention in Regina Feb. 16-18 to donate to their Habitat Trust Fund.
The association will also send three delegates to the Alberta Fish and Game Conference on Feb. 23-25 to donate to their Wildlife Trust Fund.
“For a number of years we have been donating about $15,000 between the two split equally because we are affiliated with both provinces being on the border,” said Chambers.
Money is raised for acquiring habitat in both provinces by individual tax deductible donations, club donations and many fundraising events and activities
“It’s a long standing tradition that we try to donate as much as we can to habitat purchase and retention,” said Chambers.

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