President’s Message – August 2020
I must start out by apologizing for the long delay in getting out Chapter updates. We were lucky to have our Banquet just a few days prior to the state shutting down of event gathering all together. We were luckier than 40% of the other chapters that had to cancel or try to reschedule this fall. Our attendance was down from last year (-40%) with the hovering of the COVID-19 already in the air. Those that attended certainly did their part in bidding and enjoying the evening. Revenues compared to last year was only down 22%. Our offerings in silent, raffle, and auction were as good as we have ever had. We had around 24 guns spread out over all three combined!!!! Most of the hunt/fishing trip auctioned were North American with exception of a fantastic New Zealand hunt.
We also awarded the Arkansas Warrior 2020. Major (retired) Robin Tolliver was in attendance with her husband and two beautiful girls. M C Adventures is going to put their family up at the Hickory Knoll Ranch in Texas for an adventure they all four will never forget. Thanks to Cathy and Mike Wheatley.
The money raised has supported the following:
|AR. Hunters Feed the Hungry||$2,000|
|Saline County Shooting Sports||$1,500|
|Avilla youth sporting||$1,500|
|Youth Hunter Education Challenge||$5,250 – We supported both state and regional competition.|
|SCI Colorado Wolf Initiative||$2,000|
|Blue Rock Gun Club||$2,600|