Club says thank you

To the Editor:

Martin County Conservation Club Inc. held its second annual fundraiser banquet on Feb. 22 at the Fairmont Armory. The event was attended by more than 400 people enjoying a great meal, raffles and prizes. It was a huge success, raising money for conservation projects in Martin County and youth education in conservation-related activities.

The club wishes to express its gratitude to the 48 businesses and individuals in Martin County who sponsored and the 25 donors who helped make the evening the success.

The evening was also a celebration of 100 years of conservation in Martin County and special recognition to Jim Welchlin (retired) for his 48 years as a director, including 27 years as president. We’re grateful for his dedication and service these many years.

Through the years, the organization has helped purchase several DNR wildlife management areas, public water accesses and county and city parks; plant thousands of trees; and build thousands of wood duck, bluebird and wren houses given away to the public. This past year, we helped with an addition to and habitat restoration in Perch Creek WMA, west of Truman and wetland restorations in the Four Corners WMA, north of Sherburn. Several other conservation projects are in the works for Martin County in 2014.

The group also donated funds in support of youth education such as Harry Stewart Environment Day, three youth shooting sports teams, Ducks Unlimited Green Wings and Let’s Go Fishing for Seniors, among others. Funding also has gone to the Martin Soil and Water District for a native grass drill and ATV sprayer, and invasive weed and native grass projects throughout the county.

One hundred percent of the funds beyond banquet funds remain in Martin County and are used often in partnership with other local conservation groups.

Thanks again to all of our great sponsors, donors, members, and those who attended our banquet, making it a huge success.

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Youth Habitat Day from 10 a.m. to noon on March 29 at Five Lakes Centre in Fairmont. Bring a youngster to build a bird house to take home with help from our volunteers.

Bruce Moore, president, MCCCI

Mike Ebert, banquet chairman