New board takes over UIRPF

Upper Iowa River Pheasants Forever will be having its 21st annual banquet on March 23 at the Chester-Lime Springs Community Center in Chester.

This year will be a changing of the guard for UIRPF. After many years and countless hours, the board consisting of Tom Cray, Bob Ullom, and Rick Ullom has decided to retire. James Wendel and Tyler Smith have been elected as Co-Presidents and Nathan Schwickerath as the Secretary/Treasurer.

Wendel said, “We actually looked at dispersing the chapter after last year’s banquet. But after making some calls to see if there was interest in keeping things going, the response was outstanding. We now have over 15 folks working on the banquet committee and many others who have volunteered to help—it’s just great to see.”

Smith commented, “We appreciate all the hard work from the past board members. They have offered a ton of assistance as we make the transition.”

The fun-filled evening will start at 5:00 p.m. with a free, must-be-present-to-win drawing at 6:00 p.m. for a $200 ticket package. The bar, provided by Laddy’s, will open at 5:00 and at 7:00 the Travel Lanes of LeRoy will serve an all-you-can-eat three meat meal with all the extras.

Following supper, there are the raffle and auction. There will be many great items this year including a large variety of guns.

Only limited tickets are being sold. If you would like to attend please contact Nathan Schwickerath at 563-419-4802, James Wendel at 563-419-5311 or Tyler Smith at 641-330-9389. Prices have not changed from previous years and are $50 for membership and meal and $35 for spouse or non-membership. Tickets will not be sold at the door, so call soon.

Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant and other wildlife populations through habitat improvement, public awareness and education, and land management policies that benefit private landowners and wildlife alike.

Pheasants Forever has a unique system designed to keep all net profits from banquets and other fundraising activities 100 percent local. Some of the projects that previous banquets have supported are subsidizing the cost of trees and food plots, firefighting equipment for both Lime Springs and Chester for CRP fires, local hunter safety courses, and many others.



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