Left: Christine Frandsen (right) leans in for a hug after being awarded the President’s Award from Ponoka Fish and Game president Evelyne Huseby (left) at the Ponoka Fish and Game Awards banquet

Left: Christine Frandsen (right) leans in for a hug after being awarded the President’s Award from Ponoka Fish and Game president Evelyne Huseby (left) at the Ponoka Fish and Game Awards banquet

Ponoka Fish and Game celebrates 2014 award winners

It was a night to feast and rejoice as the community and Ponoka Fish and Game members came together

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.

Fundraising efforts

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:

Archery:

Scott Rarick – typical mule deer, 123.2

Bryan Walchesky – typical whitetail deer, 143.2

Eric Soderberg – moose, 91.6

Rifle:

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:

Fish:

Jenna Abt – bull trout, 15.2 inches

Jenna Abt – cutthroat trout, 11.6 inches

Rifle:

Ashlyn Frandsen, typical whitetail deer, 101.2 inches

Executive elections

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

Rental-Leonard Davis

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