Wild Turkey Federation involved in community

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 14, 2007

More than just turkey hunting.

That’s the way Buddy Fry describes the South Hills Chapter of the Wild Turkey Federation that represents more than 100 area sportsmen.

Fry, who is president, said the volunteer organization is involved in a number of endeavors throughout the year.

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When members meet Saturday for their annual banquet, they will award scholarships to two Lawrence County young people. Kurt Shipley will receive the $500 Levon Kingrey Memorial Scholarship. Rebecca Capper will receive the $500 annual Donald “Poppy” Washburn Scholarship.

“This is an opportunity for us to show we are involved in the community and we are concerned for our future and that we want young sportsmen to have a chance to further their education,” Fry said.

The federation also sponsors the annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen Fishing Derby at Lake Vesuvius each spring. The fishing event is aimed at including wheelchair-bound and other physically-challenged people in outdoor recreation activities.

The South Hills chapter includes members from Lawrence and Scioto counties as well as some from Kentucky and West Virginia.

“We are involved in a lot of programs and we don’t want people to make the mistake that we’re just about making sure we have enough turkeys to hunt,” Fry explained. “We’re about more than just turkeys and turkey hunting.”

The banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. There will be a buffet dinner , raffles and a silent auction as well as a short program. The banquet will be at Dawson-Bryant High School.