To the Editor:
Martin County Conservation Club held its first fundraiser banquet Feb. 16 at the Fairmont Armory. The event was attended by more than 350 people and was a huge success, raising money for our conservation projects in Martin County and youth education in conservation-related activities.
The club wishes to express its gratitude to the many businesses and individuals in Martin County who sponsored or made donations toward our banquet. It wouldn't have been so successful without their generous support of money, merchandise and services.
Martin County Conservation Club has been in existence since 1914 and a 501(c)3 charitable organization since 2001. Through the years, it has helped purchase several DNR wildlife management areas; public water accesses; county and city parks; plant thousands of trees; and build thousands of wood duck, bluebird and wren houses given away to the public. The club funded a new wildlife management area north of Granada in 2012, and has pledged funds toward habitat improvements at Perch Creek Wildlife Management Area west of Truman for 2013.
The group also has donated funds in support of youth education, such as Harry Stewart Environment Day, 4-H Shooting Sports, Boy Scouts, Let's Go Fishing for Seniors and many others. Funding also has gone to the Martin Soil and Water District for a native grass drill, conservation trees, and other conservation projects.
One hundred percent of the funds beyond expenses remains in and is used in Martin County, often in partnership with other local conservation groups. Thanks again to all of our sponsors, donors, members and those who attended our first-ever banquet, making it a great success.
Bruce Moore, MCCCI president
Mike Ebert, banquet chairman