There has been lots happening and a lot changing this quarter. Everyone who has been effected by the COVID-19 Crisis and the BGCA is no exception.
To start the year, we assisted with our Lincoln Branch’s annual banquet which was a huge success! We then turned our attention towards the Northeast Branch and helped them with their 3rd annual banquet. All the while, we were preparing for our largest banquet in Howells and also possible recruiting events, expansions and donations.
Howells Banquet Postponed
With the COVID-19 crisis looming, the hard decision was made to postpone our Howells banquet. Not to mention, the planned recruiting events in Lincoln, Howells and Omaha. We will be continuing to monitor the situation and hope to be able to reschedule the events for our attendees. Likewise, we need financing for the projects we were already involved in or were looking to get into in the future. Maintenance on state properties has been halted by Nebraska Game & Parks.
The Howells banquet is an important one for the organization, its attendees and also the goals of the organization. We will do what we can to make sure that it is a success and are looking at new dates.
Dedicated to the Community
We also volunteered for a few events and had booths at others. You could find us in our booth at the Nebraska Deer and Game Expo in Lincoln or volunteering at the Omaha Boat, Sport and Travel show in Omaha. There we helped with the archery range. Our involvement in the community and dedication to Nebraska defines who we are as an organization and we will continue to serve in every way possible!
Each year the BGCA awards a $500 scholarship to a Nebraska student. The student can be a high school senior or already attending college. The recipient must be a Nebraska resident pursuing or planning to pursue a Fisheries/Wildlife degree at a Nebraska institution of higher learning. The 2020 recipient of the BGCA Scholarship was Kate Asmus of Pierce.
Kate is a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is studying Wildlife Ecology & Management as well as Conservation Biology. During her time at UNL she volunteered with the Wildlife Club, Christian Student Fellowship, Treasurer of the Fly Fishing Club, and Phi Theta Kappa. Kate also was part of a Third Millenium Alliance Intersnip and Environmental Issue Studies Abroad in Costa Rica. Not to mention, maintaining a 4.0 GPA through it all!