Regrettably the St. Clair County Pheasants Forever Chapter #74 Board of Directors have canceled the annual banquet for the year 2021. As many of you will recall, our 35th Annual Banquet scheduled for March 13, 2020, was postponed on March 11, 2020, due to the pandemic. At that time, the Board of Directors rescheduled the banquet for August 29, 2020. When it became apparent that we would be unable to host the banquet at that time, the Board of Directors rescheduled the banquet for March of 2021. Again, due to pandemic issues, the Board of Directors in January 2021, made the difficult decision to cancel the banquet for the year 2021. There was a lengthy discussion of possibly scheduling the banquet later in the 2021 year, but with the uncertainty of hall availability, executive orders, etc., the decision was made to cancel for the 2021 year.
The support of our chapter members throughout this process has been greatly appreciated. Even without holding a banquet in 2020, our chapter was able to register over 300 members to Pheasants Forever. Through this type of commitment and support from our chapter members, the St. Clair County Pheasants Forever Chapter #74 has been nominated for a National Pheasants Forever Membership Award. This is an amazing feat considering we were unable to hold our banquet.
Letters should be arriving to those chapter members who still have money on account for the 35th banquet with the chapter. The chapter is hoping to maintain a strong roster of memberships through the 2021 year. It was decided that those of you who want to remain an active PF member and renew your membership for the 2021 year, the chapter would apply the $30 that you have on account for the 2021 banquet towards your membership. The chapter will then pay the additional $5 towards your renewal for your Pheasants Forever National Membership. Spouse tickets will be reimbursed unless the individual wants to become a Pheasants Forever member or make a donation to the chapter. Ringneck and Student ticket holders will have the same renewal opportunity as our associate members (renewal or refund). When all transactions are complete, the chapter will have either renewed, refunded, or accepted a donation from all ticket holders. Everyone attending our next banquet in 2022 will need to purchase a banquet ticket at the full asking price. The Board of Directors are asking that members who receive this letter please mail back their decision ASAP. All letters must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2021. If the chapter does not receive a member's response with a directive postmarked by March 1, 2021, the Board of Directors will renew your membership and use spouse tickets as monetary donations to the chapter.
Support from our chapter's members has been phenomenal during this pandemic. The Board of Directors pledges to continue to carryout the mission of Pheasants Forever to the best of our ability during these times. As the longest, continuously running chapter in Michigan, the St. Clair County Chapter of Pheasants Forever has a proud and strong tradition of promoting habitat, youth involvement in the out of doors, and supporting Pheasants Forever's mission locally, state wide, and nationally. We look forward to continuing and building on these initiatives for years to come.