It was a night to feast and rejoice as the community and Ponoka Fish and Game members came together to honour the organization and the 2014 award winners.
“It’s the one time we can award the members,” said newly re-elected president Evelyne Huseby. “We just celebrate with Fish and Game is all about.”
Not only are the winners rewarded during the evening but they are also recognized as stewards of the Fish and Game goals; protecting the environment and sustainable resources, says Huseby.
“They do as they say, not as they do. They walk the walk when it comes to Fish and Game,” said Huseby.
Each year Ponoka Fish and Game strives to build a foundation of knowledge for its members, both old and new, about responsible hunting and practices. “They’re making sure people know how to handle themselves and respect what they’re doing,” said Huseby.
The annual awards evening also serves as a fundraiser for the organization’s different clubs and programs.
“Not only are there fun games but it brings people together,” said Huseby, referring to members of the different clubs and the public.
“The sponsorships, we try to make everybody feel like a part of the family,” she added. “This event is proof of that, we’re a sellout.”
It is estimated that approximately $10,443 was raised over the course of the evening. “It did really well,” said Huseby.
Huseby says that the level of the Fish and Games’ success would not be possible if it were not for the generosity of the community. “It’s overwhelming to know that the club and its members are supported where they live. Not every club has that.”
Ponoka Fish and Game members also come from as far as Calgary and Edmonton, and both of Alberta’s east and west border limits.
2014 adult award winners:
Scott Rarick – typical mule deer, 123.2
Bryan Walchesky – typical whitetail deer, 143.2
Eric Soderberg – moose, 91.6
David Abt – elk, 282.1
Wade Soderberg – mule deer, 156.4
Jeremy Abt – antelope, 72.1
Leonard Davis – typical whitetail deer, 154.2
Dan Narkaus – non-typical whitetail deer, 189.6
Peter Dykstra – big horn sheep, 158 3/16
Wade Soderberg – moose, 85.4
2014 junior award winners:
Jenna Abt – bull trout, 15.2 inches
Jenna Abt – cutthroat trout, 11.6 inches
Ashlyn Frandsen, typical whitetail deer, 101.2 inches
On Thursday, Feb. 5 Ponoka Fish and Game held its yearly annual executive elections.
Huseby says this year saw four to five new chairpersons claim a position.
She feels it is sensational the younger generations are interested in taking on the responsibility and that the older generations still have a passion for the job.
2015 executive positions
President- Evelyne Huseby
1st Vice President- Dave Abt
2nd Vice President- Phil Donnelly
Secretary- Sherri Thoreson
Treasurer- Beth Sykes
Youth chair-Christine Frandsen
Trap chair-Dick Sykes
Rifleman’s Rodeo chair- Todd Nabozniak
Range chair-Al Mossip
Publicity-Robert (Red) Greene
Glen Eden property chairs- Chris Lyle/ Kellyn Christensen
Pofianga property chair-Dale Jess
Gull Lake property chair-Steve Tattrie
Predator chair-Tim Thoreson
Pistol chair-Ken Sheehan
Membership chair-Tova Christensen
Grants chair-Tom Simpson
Environment chair-Tom Simpson
Bird and Fish chair-Dale Jess
Big Game- Ray Abt
Casino chair- Dave Abt
Banquet chair- Leonard Davis
Archery chair- Scott Rarick