March 4 banquet marks 25 years of wildlife conservation projects
EMPORIA -- Preparations are underway for the Emporia Area Quail Unlimited Chapter’s (QU) Silver Anniversary Conservation Banquet, dedicated to area wildlife habitat creation and improvement. The banquet will be held March 4 at the Anderson Building on the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Emporia. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner.

“Our QU board members and regular members have worked hard for 25 years laying the groundwork for this milestone banquet,” says Ron Whitney, chapter president. "Banquet attendees should enjoy themselves more than ever this year because of the varied selection of hunting packages, outdoor adventures, wildlife art prints in the auctions, an array of nice firearms, and games and raffles."

Whitney emphasized that virtually all the funds raised are spent in the greater Emporia area. Habitat-improvement projects the chapter assists with include providing native grass and forb seed, planting winter food plots, cost-sharing, and providing equipment for habitat plantings. Anyone needing assistance with habitat improvement projects can make their needs known at the banquet.

The chapter also is involved in youth natural resource conservation education projects and hunter education.

For tickets or more information, contact Thayne Cozart at 620-279-4345 or send a check for tickets to Emporia QU, P.O. Box 2206, Emporia, KS 66801. Advance tickets are $45, which includes the annual $30 QU membership and dinner. Spouse and children tickets and associate memberships are $20. Annual QU membership for those unable to attend the banquet is $30.

The chapter is still looking for businesses or individuals to help sponsor the banquet. Sponsors are entered into exclusive sponsor raffles and do not have to attend the banquet to win. Interested parties should contact Cozart or write the above address.