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Lee Wahlgren

Senachwine Club gives back to PHS Sportsman’s Club

A few weeks ago I received a phone call from a student of a few years ago, Adrienne Erickson. She told me she had some good news for me.

One part of her busy life is she is the house manager for a group of outdoorsmen during the duck season. This group of outdoorsmen form a club known as the Senachwine Club. This group of 30 members belong to a club whose membership goes back 126 years. Most of the members are from the northern half of the state.

Before the duck season was over, the club had a dinner, (Saki night) in which the membership dined and commiserated about the season and generally had a good time. One of the customs of this club is to pass the hat for donations to give to a worthy organization. A member chose the organization he wanted, and the money was given to that organization. This year it was announced Adrienne would be the person to choose who would receive the donation.

So that was what the phone call was about. Adrienne told me that she chose the PHS Sportsman’s Club because of the goals of the club and the activities for youth. She related to me one of the greatest weeks in her life was when her dad took her fishing along with her daughter. I was shocked and thrilled. This will help several students defray some of the cost of the Canada trip. We are a little short this year.

A quick history on Adrienne. She is the daughter of Lee and Carol Brown and sister of Brett Brown. Now this was and still is an outdoor family. Lee was a longtime member of the Princeton Game and Fish Club.

He was happy when his son Brett joined him with a membership. Brett was also a member of the PHS Sportsman’s Club. Brett is also the Northern Director for Illinois Ducks Unlimited.

On behalf of the PHS Sportsman’s Club, sincerely thanks to you, Adrienne, and also for the generosity and thoughtfulness of the Senachwine Club.

• In my last article, I gave you the details for the Pheasants Forever banquet, with the doors opening at 5 p.m. March 6 at the Met. What I didn’t know the last time was the club will auction off two pheasant hunts - one locally and one in South Dakota. Secondly, there will be a youth shotgun given away, and thirdly, there will be a youth pheasant hunt later on this spring for the young ones to sign up for.

I have the names of three more committee members from which you can reserve your spot. Kurt Freeberg at 815-875-4089, Gene Englehart at 815-875-1840 and Robin Rediger at 309-238-7711. Tickets will be held at the door.

• The Whitetails Unlimited banquet is coming up March 21 at Wise Guys in Princeton. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the chicken and fish buffet at 7 p.m. There will be a silent and live auction, raffles with firearms, bows and other hunting equipment. There will be a youth drawing and games as well as the presentation of the $500 Gordon Shipp Memorial Scholarship.

Fifty percent of all proceeds will go back to the local area for conservation related projects. For ticket information, contact Bob Stevens at 815-646-4146. Ticket deadline is March 14.

Lee Wahlgren is the BCR Outdoor Columnist. Contact him at pdub52@gmail.com.