Packed house expected at Ducks Unlimited banquet
PINCONNING — The Saginaw Bay chapter of Ducks Unlimited is holding its annual banquet March 24 at the Pinconning Knights of Columbus Hall, and those who would like to attend only have a few more days to get their tickets.
Area Chairman Mike Trombley said more than 300 people attend the annual banquet, and attendance has continued to grow.
“Last year we had 326,” he said. “We’ve increased every year for like the last five, six years. Every single year our cap has gotten bigger. We’ve had a bigger banquet every year.”
Trombley said the public strongly supports Ducks Unlimited due to the fact that donated funds go toward a purpose, not a paycheck. He said his position and most other positions are voluntary, meaning money donated to preserve wetlands does just that.
“We’ve got very good efficiency,” he said. “More than 80 percent of our money goes into the land. We’re trying to conserve as much land as we can for not only ducks, but all wildlife. Ducks are the primary, but we do quite a bit for other animals as well.”
About 90 percent of the Saginaw Bay chapter’s membership is composed of Arenac and Northern Bay County residents, Trombley said. Although it represents a small area, Trombley said the chapter banquet is one of the best in Michigan.
“It’s a great night out,” he said. “Our banquet is one of the best in the state, and it’s in a small area. Our chapter is always one of the top 15 in the state. We give away at least 35 guns every year, not to mention one of the biggest raffle giveaways in Northern Michigan.”
Doors open at the K of C Hall at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m., Trombley said.
Several ticket packages are available for the dinner, but Trombley said the most popular one is the Big Spenders Package, which is $100. The package includes Ducks Unlimited memberships, two dinners, door prizes, a chance to win the Ducks Unlimited dinner shotgun and $20 worth of raffle tickets.
For more information, contact Trombley at 989-860-2143.