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Ducks Unlimited has success with new carnival games format

Friday, 03 November 2017. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Ducks Unlimited has success with new carnival games format
You can never have too many Elks in the kitchen! Club members were busy again this year preparing a prime rib dinner for the Ducks Unlimited banquet. In front are Jo Baker, left, Ken Kitigawa and Rick Clark. In back are Ken and Elsie Neumann, Kirk Weisshaar, Les Ostby and Peter Wollman.   Photos by Shannon Robison

Ducks Unlimited has success with new carnival games format

By Kari Zieffle

A wonderful time was had by a sold-out crowd at the 35th anniversary of the Pincher Creek Ducks Unlimited banquet and carnival on Oct. 14.

Despite changes in the format of the event, the carnival games seemed to be a hit with attendees. With the Pincher Creek Elks club providing a wonderful prime rib dinner, and wine donated by local businesses, the crowd was well fed and ready for the presentations and auctions.

We were honoured to have a very special visitor — Karla Guyn, PhD, CEO of Ducks Unlimited Canada. Karla has special ties to the area as her mother, Lorraine Guyn (Zoratti), grew up in the Beaver Mines area. Many of her local family members were in attendance, and were great supporters during our auctions.

Karla shared fond memories of visiting the ranch as a child, and credited these experiences with guiding her to pursue a career in environmental studies. We all enjoyed meeting and hearing from Karla, as she inspired us to continue our efforts with Ducks Unlimited.

Another very special presentation went out posthumously to lifetime DUC committee member Bob Lounsbury, one of the founding members of our group. Many of Bob’s family were present at the event and were presented with a beautiful handmade bench, with a plaque bearing his name. They are proud of Bob’s legacy, and plan to place the bench in a public park to honour Bob.

Live and silent auctions were presided over by Grant McNab and Bob Westrop, and fun abounded! Items from Ducks Unlimited, as well as items generously donated by local businesses and individuals, were sold or bid on. Everyone lucky enough to walk away with a treasure will carry memories of a great night.

The Pincher Creek committee thanks the community for continued support of our events over the last 35 years.

With your help, Ducks Unlimited Canada will continue to change the relationship Canadians have with the environment, unite conservationists across the continent, deliver solutions to environmental issues threatening our world, and inspire present and future generations to join our conservation movement.

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Nigel Whittington shows a duck decoy — one of the popular silent auction items every year.