Banquet celebrating 25 years of service
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
This is a special year for the Southwest Nebraska chapter of Pheasants Forever. Members will be celebrating their 25th annual banquet with some special items.
A power point presentation will inform those attending the banquet Saturday night of the construction and completion of a Pheasants Forever park about one-half mile west of Champion Lake.
The organization has a long-term lease on an acre of land which contains a building for youth activities and Pheasant Forever events.
In addition, a “one of one” Silver Henry .22 rifle inscribed with “25th Anniversary” will be on the block during the auction that accompanies the banquet.
Other items to be auctioned by Bert Maxfield of Oakley, Kan. are numerous prints, sculptures and knives, according to banquet committee chairperson Joe Weiss.
Silent auction items include a “ladies table” and donations from local businesses.
Weiss said many games are planned for both adults and children.
The doors open at the Imperial city gym at 5:30 p.m. The dinner, beginning at 7 p.m., will be catered by Imperial Super Foods and includes a prime rib sandwich dinner.
The auction will follow the dinner. The meal is $15 per person, while Pheasant Forever memberships are $35 per couple. Tickets may be purchased at the door or from chapter members.
Proceeds from the banquet benefit the local youth hunt mentor program and local habitat projects.
Joel Gockley is the local chapter president.