The Revelstoke Rod and Gun Club annual Banquet is one of Revelstoke’s longest running events.
“It’s been going for as long as I can remember, and I’ve been a member since the 70’s,” says Rod and Gun president George Buhler.
Originally, the banquet was about sharing meals made by the members and awarding trophies to members. With changing food regulations, the event is now catered. This year, Arrowhead Catering will be offering a variety of delicious dishes, including beef, turkey and ham.
The evening serves as the clubs largest annual fundraiser. “Money raised is used for the survival of the club and different enhancement projects,” says Buhler. “Every year we organize the family fishing day at Williamson Lake, which includes us stocking the lake.”
This summer, the Rod and Gun club hope to be using their new gun range. “It’s on West Side road, above Revy Riders,” says Buhler. “The range is 500 meters.”
Rod and Gun club membership is open to anyone, whether they are hunting and fishing enthusiasts or not. “We have a wide demographic of members,” he says. “Some are hunters or fishers, but some are shooters, others have hand guns (which legally require them to be members.) We also have avid outdoors people who enjoy camping and being in the wilderness. When people join the club, they automatically become members of the BC Wildlife Confederation, which means people are insured if anything happens while they are out there.”
For those interested in joining and shooting but with no experience, club member Matt Angus offers the Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) Program several times a year. BC Residents who are 18 years of age or older and who wish to obtain a hunting licence are required to complete the CORE Program.
As for the banquet? Everyone is welcome. The doors and bar open at 4:30 pm with dinner around 5:30 pm. After dinner, various trophies will be awarded to deserving members. Minors are welcome until 9:00pm, when they have to leave and the dance starts. There will be a 10:00 pm snack. There will be a silent auction and raffle.
Tickets are available at Rough Country Marine, Universal Footwear and the Revelstoke Community Centre. Adults are $50, Juniors are $25 and Children are $15.
If you’re looking for a night of great food and lively company, come on out this Saturday night, February 23rd to the Rod and Gun Banquet at the Revelstoke Community Centre.