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Longbeards Host 18th Banquet

By Staff | Apr 6, 2016

FRIENDLY – The Middle Island Longbeards Chapter of the Wild Turkey Federation hosted their 18th Hunting Heritage Superfund Banquet on March 26 at Momentive Park.

“It was a great success and had improved from last year,” said Bob Leasure, chapter president. “I’m proud of the committee. Again this year, the committee was made up mostly of JAKES members. Now that’s America’s youth working for wild turkey conservation.”

Leasure praised family and friends who helped with the banquet that was attended by more than 200 people.

“I’m especially thankful for the help and support of my family and the sacrifice my wife makes by allowing me to commit so much time to our efforts,” he said. “We have only a handful of adult volunteers that are dedicated to our mission.”

The banquet committee deserves special applause: Leasure, co-chairman/vice president Jim Barnard; underwriting chairman/merchandise/firearms dealer Alta and Jerry Koeber; banquet cashier Mona Deem; Women in the Outdoors Committee Debbie Leasure, Gracie and Caitie Lowers; auction committee Tish and Russ Clem; raffle sales Parker and Riley Leasure; and games by Jerry Williams and Mike Rokles.

The evening started with a social hour, entertaining raffles, games and a silent auction. Then, military veterans were honored and everyone enjoyed a buffet meal catered by Teresa Collins’ crew from the Fort Pizza in Sistersville. There were 18 JAKES members in attendance who were recognized as future conservationists.

All received a prize. The Middle Island Longbeards Chapter has been recognized by the Wild Turkey Federation for their Outstanding JAKES events with six national awards, one in each category, as well as “Best of the Best Award” so as to be inducted into the NWTF “Outreach Hall of Fame.”

The Longbeards acknowledged their 2016 Conservation Scholarship recipient, Carly Allen, with a big check. Also, recognized for 18 years of continuous service as the chapter’s treasurer and one of the founding members was Steve Estep, who was awarded a custom box call.

The Longbeards would like to say thanks to Momentive Materials for the use of their facility and acknowledge the efforts of Leasure, Estep, Barnard, Myers Funeral Home, Jerry Williams, Antero Resources, Harmon Haught, Worden Rustemeyer, The Fort Pizza, Walton Electric/Rich Walton owner, Mackenzie Leasure, Clay Hupp, Trevor Tallman, Dale Koontz, Leasure’s Hillbilly Grill, Antero Resources/Lisa Barnard, Witchey’s Market, Mid-Ohio Vallye Chapter, Newport Table, Wable Ford, McDonald’s Restaurant, S&S Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, Timber Creek Country/Mike and Mindy Hogue, Belly Chevy, Antero Resources, ACE Home Center, Tyler County Prosecutor Luke Furbee, Tyler Star News, Did’s Designs, Power Country Radio, Moundsville Pepsi, Tyler Outdoor Store, Joyce’s Floral BOW-K, NAPA Auto Parts, Ferocious Calls, Furbee Funeral Home, Phillips Pharmacy, Sistersville Pharmacy, State Farm Insurance, King’s Corner, Mary Dotson/Magistrate, Blake’s Auto Glass, Fast Eddy’s Auto Body & Tires, Peoples Bank, Long Reach Federal Credit Union, DAC Energy LLC.

Anyone who is a turkey hunter, please consider joining the NWTF by calling 304-758-4374 or via email at wildwvjakes@hotmail.com.