The Lewis Wetzel chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation completed a very successful 2011.
The year began with the chapter supporting the Wetzel County Ham and Bacon Show with the purchase of a ham.
The first major event of the year was the Superfund Banquet in April, where a capacity crowd enjoyed a catered dinner by Matt Quinet and his crew.
There also was a silent auction, raffles, and a live auction with auctioneers Russ and Trish Clem. The chapter thanks sponsors and donors for their support and help in making the year a great one.
Under the leadership of Ron Homer, the chapter held a JAKES day event at the Pine Grove Sportsman Club. There were approximately 50 youth and their parents in attendance.
The youth participated in archery with Pete Headley, shooting with Terry Adams and Jim Ritchie, gun safety discussions with Don Bordenkircher, and they made a turkey call with Peck Martin.
After a lunch of pizza and chips they went to the pond that had been stocked with 150,200 pounds of catfish for the fishing tournament.
Winning the heaviest fish and most fish caught was Hunter Huggins. Alex Norton caught the smallest fish. Each child went home with a hat and fishing pole combination. There was a drawing for a 20 gauge shotgun, which was won by Chase Walls.
The NWTF thanks special donors, Danny Homer, Cabela's, the Sportsman's Den, and Bill Talkington. Thanks, also, to Simon's Market for preparing the delicious pizza.
Youth volunteers were Clay Ueltschy, Paige Adams, and John Mason.
Coming up in 2012 are the Superfund Banquet on April 14 and JAKES Day on June 2.