It is the season of giving and celebrating in many ways. Michigan’s hunting seasons are in full swing, holidays are approaching, families are gathering and harvest has begun. For many people, this is the time of year they look forward to. It is also the time of year that non-profit organizations hold their annual fundraising banquets. The funds raised from these banquets are used throughout the next year to engage the community in conservation, education and hunting opportunities. Some national organizations that these chapters and branches are affiliated with take a percentage of banquet earnings to support their mission on a larger scale.

It is important to remember that as non-profit organizations, mission statements drive every decision that is made and they rely on public involvement and volunteers to help extend their reach. As someone directly involved with preparing a banquet, I know the kind of work and time it takes to be successful. Behind the scene crews are invaluable. Thank you to all of those that dedicate their time to producing and running these events. I hope you all buy a ticket and attend a local banquet – there’s good food, drinks, games, prizes and people gathered to support conservation.

The Isabella/Clare Pheasants Forever (PF) banquet was held on October 19, 2019, at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. This was the first banquet I have been able to attend this season. It didn’t disappoint. The organizers did a fantastic job providing organization, good spirits, great food, games, prizes and live auction items.

Kay Purtill, a leader of the Isabella/Clare Chapter, explained their mission as an organization.

The mission of the Isabella/Clare County Pheasants Forever Chapter is to provide members with education on habitat, hunting and heritage. We want to encourage members to bring their knowledge and experience to the next generation of hunters and conservationists. Our chapter believes that we need to bring the younger generation outdoors and get them shooting, pollinating and provide them with hunter safety. We believe that humans can have respect for nature and still enjoy the rewards of a good hunt on the dinner table.

Photo Credit: Isabella/Clare PF Chapter, 2019 Banquet

This is a prime example of the importance of local groups carrying out various organizational missions. When people work together, things get done. Banquets are also the perfect way to get your entire family and group of friends involved. It’s all about the experience.

Thank you to all individuals who participate and plan these events! Your efforts are not unnoticed. I am looking forward to attending more banquets in the future to celebrate conservation groups.

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