PI Turkey Trackers Award Scholarships at Annual Banquet | News, Sports, Jobs

The recipients of the courtesy photo scholarship, from left, are Leah Themel, Joseph Konieczny, Elizabeth Romel, Sophie Romel of Posen High School and Brady Myers of Rogers City High School.

POSEN — The Almost Isle Turkey Trackers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation held its annual fundraising banquet on March 5 at the Posen Community Center. Five scholarship finalists and their parents were the guests of honour.

Scholarships were presented to high school students Joseph Konieczny, Brady Myers, Elizabeth Romel, Sophia Romel and Leah Themel. With financial assistance from LaFarge Almost Isle Quarry, each student received a check for $500 for upcoming college expenses.

Students submitted scholarship applications that included an essay explaining why hunting is important to the nominee and their commitment to conservation, their involvement in school and community organizations, and letters of recommendation.

The banquet is also an opportunity for friends to get together before the start of the spring turkey hunt, which begins today (April 23). The event raises money for scholarships and local wildlife habitat improvements for winter feeding of wildlife, including deer, turkeys and other wildlife. The chapter also provides members with low-cost seeds for local food plots. The Almost Isle Turkey Trackers also provide domestic turkeys to local families in need for Thanksgiving and Christmas. To date, over 200 turkeys have been donated. The chapter sponsors a BB gun shoot for youth under 17 at the Posen Potato Festival.

The banquet included live and silent auctions, games, a women’s table, a children’s table and a delicious turkey dinner prepared by Kathy Purol. The emcees for the event were Joe Brewbaker and NWTF Regional Director Aaron Shaughnessy.

NWTF was founded in 1973 and the national headquarters is based in South Carolina. The NWTF is dedicated to wild turkey conservation and the preservation of our hunting heritage. To join or renew your membership, visit NWTF.org or call Lisa at 989-464-2620.

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