Wildlife Federation seeks to build on momentum

Matt Gardner
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Members of the Prince Albert Wildlife Federation discussed the need to build on progress from last year on Tuesday at the club’s annual general meeting.

Prince Albert Wildlife Federation president Doug Erickson (left) offers his report at the club’s annual general meeting on Tuesday alongside vice-president Kevin Kowalchuk (centre) and secretary Don Erhardt.

Approximately 18 members attended the meeting, which served as an opportunity for the club to review its performance from last year, discuss current strengths and weaknesses and set the stage for 2014.

In his report, president Doug Erickson described the club’s situation as vastly improved from one year ago, when there was a real fear that the federation would have to sell its building.

“If anybody’s noticed, there’s a completely different attitude here now,” Erickson told members.

“It’s positive, it’s upbeat, things are happening. We’ve got forward momentum. Things are looking up for the first time in a long time and I just personally want to extend a heartfelt thanks to everybody that’s served with me this year.

“We’ve got a lot of positive things that have taken place. We have an operational business plan that’s working.”

That business plan -- a partnership with Red Ribbon Catering that incorporates food services into hall rentals -- has helped provide an additional revenue stream for the federation to ease the burden of maintaining its clubhouse.

While members anticipate that solving past building woes will allow them to devote more attention to their real interest -- wildlife -- Erickson also expressed a desire for the federation to raise its profile in the community going forward.

“Most of the projects that a wildlife federation would undertake would evolve around wildlife management conservation projects,” he said. “But as a local club we’re kind of hoping to branch off as well and be a little more out front in the limelight and participating in some local things like other service clubs do.

We’re certainly looking to expand our horizons and hopefully be in a position that we can also be involved in different things that take place in the city of Prince Albert. Doug Erickson

“The Kinsmen Club, Kiwanis Club, they reach out and they help benefit the community as a whole, and so we’re certainly looking to expand our horizons and hopefully be in a position that we can also be involved in different things that take place in the city of Prince Albert for different causes.”

During the meeting, federation members elected three new members to the board of directors: Shane Robinson, Jerry Robins and Mark Jenkins.

Among the items of business discussed were the federation’s upcoming fundraisers, including a fish fry, wild game supper and its first-ever golf tournament. The club will also host its annual awards banquet and dance on Feb. 8.

Members unanimously passed four motions that waived the requirement for an audit, ratified the director’s actions from 2013, adjusted signing authority to reflect changes to the executive and amended the constitution to change the quorum for a meeting from seven to four directors.

Director Glenn Ash expressed his support for the group’s forward-thinking approach.

“It’s a good common goal to try to get the club back up and functioning a little better,” Ash said.

“All the goals are good … I appreciate the direction we’re headed.”

Organizations: Kinsmen Club, Kiwanis Club

Geographic location: Prince Albert

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